Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.
THE ORCHESTRA OF THE S.E.M. ENSEMBLE
Petr Kotik, Conductor
Muhal Richard Abrams, Piano
Thomas Buckner, Voice
Claire Chase, Flute
Joseph Kubera, Piano
George Lewis, Trombone
Roscoe Mitchell, Saxophone
BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL, NYC
April 25, 2017, 7 – 10:30 p.m.
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, founded and directed by Petr Kotik, presents a marathon program which uniquely combines composers from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) – Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell – with those associated with the New York avant-garde tradition – Christian Wolff, Petr Kotik, Jackson Mac Low, and Czech composer Petr Bakla. SEM’s collaboration with AACM began 20 years ago, when Muhal Richard Abrams invited Kotik and his orchestra to perform, and has continued until today with many commissions and recordings. The concert’s program aims to bring forth the proximity of different musical ideas and underlines Kotik’s openness to unorthodox combinations of composers, whose work he has presented in New York at SEM concerts, and in Europe at the Ostrava Days festival.
Highlights for the Bohemian National Hall concert include five world premieres: George Lewis’ Seismologic (2017) for solo bassoonist Dana Jessen and electronics; Roscoe Mitchell’s Distant Radio Transmission (2017) with the composer on saxophone, baritone Thomas Buckner, and the SEM Orchestra, conducted by Kotik; Christian Wolff’s 5 Songs with Thomas Buckner and the orchestra; and Czech composer Petr Bakla’s Major Thirds with pianist Joseph Kubera and the Momenta Quartet.
The AACM composers (Abrams, Lewis and Mitchell) will also participate in the 2017 Ostrava Days (OD) festival later this summer with their orchestral and choral compositions. OD will also present Wolff’s 5 Songs and Bakla’s Major Thirds as well as Music for 3 by Kotik. Ostrava Days takes place in Ostrava, Czech Republic from August 14 – September 2 and is one of the world’s largest summer new music programs, with 21 concerts ranging from opera and orchestral works to ensemble and solo performances.
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble concert will take place at Bohemian National Hall, located at 321 E. 73rd St, New York (between 1st and 2nd Avenues). Free admission with suggested donation at the door. For more information on the S.E.M. Ensemble, visit http://www.semensemble.org. Ostrava Days information is available at: http://www.newmusicostrava.cz/en/ostrava-days/festival-program/