The Extradition Series 2017 Summer Concert in Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

The Extradition Series 2017 Summer Concert
July 22nd, 2017 — 7pm
$5-15, sliding scale
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR

The Extradition Series 2017 Summer Concert will take place on Saturday, July 22, at Leaven Community Center in NE Portland. The concert will include seven intimate works of mostly 21st-century experimental music, performed by a cast of outstanding regional musicians:

Samuel Vriezen, “The Weather Riots” (2002): Written for two or more high-pitched instruments, this piece by Dutch composer Vriezen allows each performer to construct his or her own score from the same set of parts, selecting among melodic fragments that can be combined in many ways. The piece will be performed by Lee Elderton (clarinet), Catherine Lee (oboe), and Matt Carlson (piano).

Giacinto Scelsi, “Ko Tha” (1967): For this solo work, the guitar is treated as a percussion instrument, played with a series of complex rhythms and ringing tones. This performance will feature guitarist Doug Theriault on electric guitars, a break from tradition for this typically acoustic piece.

Nomi Epstein, “Combine, Juxtapose, Delayed Overlap” (2013): A work for four or more instruments of any variety, each of them limited to three sounds apiece. The title conveys the piece’s entire structure, with musicians playing their sounds either in harmony, following directly one after the other, or overlapping the last seconds of the musician that precedes them. The order of players shifts continually, creating interest from a limited palate. The piece will be performed by Matt Carlson (electronics), Loren Chasse (percussion), Lee Elderton (soprano sax), Matt Hannafin (percussion), Branic Howard (electronics), and Reed Wallsmith (alto sax).

Taylor Brook, “Alluvium” (2016): A piece for oboe and pre-recorded sound, based on the concept of microtonal drift, which occurs when modulating to different keys in an extended just-intonation context, causing the tonic to gradually drift away from equal temperament. Over the course of the piece, the tape part plays a series of precisely tuned microtonal modulations that gradually drifts the harmony from an E-flat tonal center to a D tonal center, spiraling through unfamiliar harmonic territory all along the way. The piece will be performed by oboist Catherine Lee, for whom it was written.

Branic Howard, untitled (2017): A work for oboe and electronics, commissioned and performed by Catherine Lee. More details to come.

Anastassis Philippakopoulos, “Onissia” (2002) and “Song No. 2” from “Two Piano Pieces 2006–2008”: Two simple, spacious solo works by Greek Wandelweiser composer Philippakopoulos, played sequentially by Jonathan Sielaff (bass clarinet) and Matt Carlson (piano).
The Extradition Series is a quarterly concert series presenting composed and improvised New Music and works from the 20th-century experimental tradition. The series is directed by Matt Hannafin and presented by the Creative Music Guild.

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