From New York’s EMF Productions:
Composer, Architect, Visionary
October, 2009—March, 2010
Electronic Music Foundation and other organizations in New York present a series of extraordinary events showcasing the visionary interdisciplinary practices of this revolutionary composer/architect.
In collaboration with Goethe Institute NYC
February 2—10, 2010
A first for New York City, Unsound NY will showcase European experimental and electronic music, as well as related visual arts, including the Warhol Series. Details coming soon.
A recent ICE Chicago concert is reviewed:
Chicago has yet to hear any of Kaija Saariaho’s large-scale works, which is a great pity. At least attention is being paid to the instrumental output of this gifted and prolific Finnish composer, a world-class original who just completed the first of two residencies she will undertake this season at Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.
The Museum of Contemporary Art took up the Saariaho cause Thursday night when it presented an entire program of her chamber works as performed by the brilliant Chicago- and New York-based International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The crowd received it with rapt appreciation.
The Chicagoist has the scoop on the International Contemporary Ensemble:
Fans of sonic experimentation will want to clear their schedules November 19 for the return of the Chicago/NYC-based International Contemporary Ensemble to the MCA for a rare performance of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s work. Brad Lubman will conduct and Saariaho herself will supervise the group’s rehearsals and make a guest appearance at the concert to field audience questions.
An interview and profile of Lucier from the Wesleyan Argus:
Professor Alvin Lucier may be the most famous professor here that you’ve never heard of. Through his groundbreaking compositions, Lucier has become a world-renowned composer and is hailed as a genius in the experimental music genre.
However, Lucier’s path to experimental music was not a planned one. Though he grew up in a musical house dreaming of becoming a composer, he was not initially inspired by experimental music.