Bowerbird’s Fall Season Announced

Source: Philadelphia’s BOWERBIRD.

WED SEPT 21
MORTON FELDMAN’S “FOR BUNITA MARCUS”
ADAM TENDLER, piano
IN PERSON at University Lutheran
Bowerbird is pleased to present New York City based pianist Adam Tendler performing American composer Morton Feldman’s (1926 – 1987) late period masterpiece For Bunita Marcus . Music critic James Pritchett describes the work: “For Bunita Marcus , like all the late Feldman works, is an adventure that takes a relatively long time to play out, but which is remarkably lacking in heaviness. We may expect an epic, but we get something much subtler. Indeed, what we get is the present moment, in all its beauty, over and over again. If we surrender to the musical image that is right in front of us, a piece like For Bunita Marcus is an easy world to enter into and to explore with Feldman. We step into the silence after that first six-note motto, and we wonder: What comes next? The next hour and a quarter is spent doing nothing more than discovering what comes next—and the next thing after that, and the next after that.”

SAT OCT 1
TELESCOPING
JESSE KUDLER
IN PERSON at University Lutheran
Bowerbird is pleased to present a double bill featuring Seattle’s Telescoping and Philadelphia’s Jesse Kudler. Telescoping is a quartet of Dave Abramson (drums, percussion), Al Jones (guitars, electronics, voice), Greg Kelley (trumpet, electronics), and Robert Millis (guitars) that performs “dense, nocturnal improvised music.” Jesse Kudler will be premiering a new site-specific work developed on and for the pipe organ of University Lutheran’s sanctuary.

SAT OCT 22
GEORGE STAVIS
ELKHORN
FREE concert at The Rotunda
Bowerbird is pleased to present a rare performance by George Stavis, an American banjo player perhaps best known for his 1969 album Labyrinths , an album considered a landmark in the development of improvisational banjo performance. Opening the evening will be Elkhorn, the Philadelphia based guitar duo Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner, who are celebrating the release of their new album Distances , out this September 2022.

FRI DEC 2
CATHERINE LAMB’S “CURVO TOTALITAS”
YARN/WIRE
IN PERSON concert at University Lutheran
Bowerbird is pleased to present Yarn/Wire performing the Philadelphia premiere of Catherine Lamb’s “Curvo Totalitas”. On the score, Lamb describes the piece: “Synthesizer musicians play their material (which are filtered partials of the percussion recordings) in an unforced manner. Melodic contours unfold slowly, relative to the total time. Tones in contours may occassionally be articulated more than once to discover a well situated phase relation in a given moment. Tonal development consists of blurring together to form harmonic densities from melodic contours, more isolated highlighting aggregates, as well as lingering sustain points being collected and released. Responsiveness and resonance is depending upon the width of the filter around particular partials in time. Shiftings are very gradual.”

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