Source: LA’s REDCAT.
Musica Elletronica Viva – MEV
MUSIC. Fifty years after co-founding of MEV in Rome, three masters of improvisation, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum, reunite for an evening of freewheeling, groundbreaking music. In its early years MEV shocked audiences, sparked diatribes, and pushed the very concept of music into new territories. Through periods of activity and dormancy, the band’s remaining three members led busy solo careers: Curran, and composer, the man of great designs; Rzewski, the piano virtuoso and composer of the famous variations The People United Will Never Be Defeated; and Teitelbaum, the live electronic music pioneer. Each of their performances is an exceptional moment; everything is allowed, except, perhaps, taking themselves too seriously.
Wed 8:30pm $25 [members $20]
Gnarwhallaby: Heterophonic Avantgarde
MUSIC. Known for its musical verve and ensemble virtuosity, Los Angeles quartet Gnarwhallaby makes its REDCAT debut with works composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, violoncello and piano. The group is extending the mission and repertoire first put forward by the similarly configured Polish foursome Warsztat Muzyczny and later by the German outfit Quartett Avance. As the third-generation successor to those ensembles, Gnarwhallaby is adding to a fascinating body of contemporary classical repertoire with new commissions and original compositions by its members. The high-flying quartet comprises clarinetist Brian Walsh, trombonist Matt Barbier, cellist Derek Stein and pianist Richard Valitutto—all four instrumentalists of boundary-breaking technique, all four CalArts graduates.
Fri 8:30pm $20 [members $16]
MUSIC. Internationally acclaimed composer, performer and recording artist Eyvind Kang gives his first Los Angeles concert since relocating to the city as the newest member of the CalArts music faculty. He has released more than 20 albums on labels such as Black Truffle, Abduction, Editions Mego, Ipecac and Tzadik, and his music has been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. In addition to his ongoing collaboration with composer-vocalist Jessika Kenney, Kang has played viola, setar and other instruments with Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sun City Girls, the Secret Chiefs, Animal Collective and Blonde Redhead. As a soloist, he has performed work by Christian Wolff, Giacinto Scelsi and Hanne Darboven, among other composers.
Fri 8:30pm $20 [members $16]
The Music of Mark Trayle
MUSIC. The superbly imaginative, sonically expansive work of composer and sound artist Mark Trayle (1955–2015) is the subject of this tribute by friends, colleagues and former students in The Hub and Bitpanic. Co-founded by Trayle in 1986, The Hub emerged out of the Mills College scene to become the most influential improvising electronic ensemble since Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV). Known for using networked electronic and digital systems of its own devising, the Bay Area group currently consists of John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Phil Stone and Matt Ingalls. Adding to the computer music lineage pioneered by The Hub is the recently formed collective Bitpanic. Based in Los Angeles, it comprises Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, David Paha and Stephanie Smith—all one-time students of Trayle at CalArts.
Sat 8:30pm $20 [members $16]
JACK Quartet / Lightbulb Ensemble
MUSIC. The revered JACK Quartet joins forces with the multi-instrumental Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) for a special collaborative program combining contemporary music, newly created instruments, and the complex contrapuntal form of gamelan percussion. JACK is widely regarded for their “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe), and LBE is known for “refreshingly innovative performances [that] challenge conventional notions of how gamelan music should sound” (SF Classical Voice). The program includes Hydrogen(2)Oxygen, a three-movement work composed by Brian Baumbusch, LBE’s founder, director and instrument builder.