Ensemble Dal Niente to Perform Music of George Lewis in Chicago

Source: Ensemble Dal Niente.

August 23, 2016 – 5:15pm (pre-concert conversation) / 5:45pm (concert)
St James Cathedral
65 East Huron

On August 23, Ensemble Dal Niente will make its Rush Hour Concert Series debut with a performance of George Lewis’s Hexis for sextet. The free program, titled “Here and Now II,” will also feature a performance by Fulcrum Point New Music Project of Mischa Zupko’s works Rising and Occupy, and will function as a preview of the inaugural Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music which will take place from October 5-10 in 2016. The title, Hexis, refers to a concept from Roman philosophy best described as “an active disposition of the soul.” For the Romans, hexis was the mark of good extemporaneous rhetoric; today, we might call it “improvisation.” Lewis, who cites improvisation as one of his main interests, writes that the work confronts the paradox of “allowing progress to coexist with stasis,” because that “[i]n Hexis, it is the listener who improvises rather than the performers.”