Frequency Series Festival in Chicago February 14-19

Iannis Xenakis

Source: Frequency Series Festival.

Tuesday, February 14
Museum of Contemporary Art / Free with museum admission
(Tuesdays are free for Illinois residents.)
Brand-new works written for the ensemble by Bethany Younge and Natacha Diels. Plus music for “instrument-clothing of recycled material,” “kitchen instruments,” video and movement by Carolyn Chen and Jessie Marino.

Wednesday, February 15
Bond Chapel, University of Chicago / 8 PM / Free
A Frequency Series favorite, pianist R. Andrew Lee performs music by Leah Kardos, Ann Southam, James Sellars, and Adrian Knight.

Thursday, February 16
Constellation / 8:30 PM / $15, included in Festival Pass
MFCP explore the connections between Morton Feldman and Samuel Beckett through performances of Beckett’s texts and Feldman’s music.

Friday, February 17
Constellation / 8:30 PM / $15, included in Festival Pass
This double bill features two remarkable solo performers. Guitarist and founder of the 90s duo (and, later, trio) Harry Pussy, Bill Orcutt’s sound is a jagged reinvention of blues guitar. In 2014 Rolling Stone Magazine referred to his playing as “John Fahey-meets-Vernon-Reid acoustic blues-shred.” Violinist Austin Wulliman returns to Chicago to play virtuosic tunes by Iannis Xenakis, and Lee Hyla. His program will feature guest appearances, as well, by vocalist Kayleigh Butcher and bassoonist Katherine Young.

Saturday, February 18
Constellation / 8:30 PM / $15, included in Festival Pass
For this exciting evening, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble presents music by Luis Amaya, Kate Soper, Daniel Dehaan, Fjòla Evans, Travis Weller, Gilda Lyons, Richardo Zohn-Muldoon. The second half of the evening features two works for short wave radio and voices by Olivia Block performed by Quince and Carol Genetti.

Sunday, February 19
Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago / 3 PM / $10, $5 museum members/students
Hailed by Downbeat as “one of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music,” violinist Miranda Cuckson performs a program that includes works by Brian Ferneyhough, Pierre Boulez, Steve Lehman, and Huang Roa.

ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE: Hard Music, Hard Liquor
Constellation / 7:30 PM / $15, included in Festival Pass
Back by popular demand, the festival once again wraps up with Dal Niente’s “Hard Music, Hard Liquor,” a no-holds-barred program of solo pieces by Joan LaBarbara, Mark Andre, Iannis Xenakis, and Ray Evanoff – plus a world premiere “multi-sensorial” ensemble work by Murat Çolak.