S.E.M. Ensemble to Perform Many Many Women

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.

S.E.M. Ensemble presents a complete 6-hr. performance of
Many Many Women

Friday, June 3rd, 2022 6pm to midnight
Life World
Gowanus, Brooklyn

S.E.M. Ensemble
Jen Wu, soprano
Elizabeth van Os, soprano
Padraic Costello, countertenor
Steve Wilson, tenor
James Gregory, bass/baritone
Nicholas Hay, bass
Petr Kotik, flute
Roberta Michel, flute
Sam Jone, trumpet
Evan Honse, trumpet
Will Lang, trombone
Jen Baker, trombone

On June 3rd, at 6pm, S.E.M. Ensemble will present Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women. This will be the first of many performances of the work this year, in Europe and the US.

Many Many Women (1975-78) is based on a novella by Gertrude Stein of the same name. The composition is for six vocalists, two flute, two trumpets, and two trombones, and spans six-hours of uninterrupted performance.

Many Many Women consists of 173 sections across 378 pages of score. Although traditionally notated, the simultaneous performance of various sections are determined by the performers, who intuitively improvise their entrances, creating a musical flow of unpredictable configurations. The music can be described as a non-dramatic “situation” without a clear beginning or ending.