RIP Gérard Hourbette 

Source: La Voix du Nord. Rough translation:

He had joined Art Zoyd two years after its creation in 1971, but it is he, along with Thierry Zaboïtzeff, who traced the global destiny of the group hennuyer. Gérard Hourbette died Friday at the age of 64. In the history of contemporary music, it will leave a trace.

Ensemble Dal Niente’s Party 2018 in Chicago, June 2

Photo of Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles, bel...

Source: Ensemble Dal Niente.

Saturday, June 2, 2018
6:00 PM 11:00 PM
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL

Breathe deeply, grab a drink, sit down. Or stand up. Whatever. You do you. Get comfortable—then get ready. You’re at Party 2018, which overturns the so-very-1918 “clap, listen, clap, go home” concert paradigm by pairing food, beverages, and mingling with musical performances that run the gamut from the preposterous to the sober to the sublime. This year’s Party features a new staging of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire, sung by soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw. You might say, “wait! That’s 100 years old!” Well, good job, Professor Music Historian. For counterpoint, we turn to conductor/snake charmer/actual professor Michael Lewanski, who says: “Pierrot is so NOT new music. But Pierrot is SO new music.” He will happily expand on this topic at the Party, in both public and private conversations; meanwhile, for those who prefer their new music as new as possible, we present a world premiere by Sky Macklay, whose work “explores bold contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound,” along with several smaller works, mostly younger than the performers themselves, throughout the evening.


Sky Macklay, Escalator (2018*) for oboe, horn, guitar, harp, violin, viola, cello, and bass

Jonathan Hannau, Beyond The Looking Glass (2016) for harp and two players
Iannis Xenakis, Theraps (1976) for solo double bass

Jessie Marino, 737-800 (2017) for 3 players
Chris Fischer-Lockhead, Stutter-Step the Concept (2016/2018) for Bass Flute/Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet/Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello

Murat Çolak, At Ölür (2016) for fixed media
Arnold Schönberg, Pierrot Lunaire (1912) for Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin/viola, cello, and piano