This Weekend at the Issue Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

06/05 @ 8pm – Matthew Welch and Daniel Wohl: Composer Portraits by Transit
Ulrikke for cello and percussion (2008)—Matthew Welch Big Hands (2009)—Daniel Wohl The Secret Labyrinth of Ts’ui Pen (2008)—Matthew Welch Suite Primaire (2008)–Daniel Wohl Symphony of Drones #2 (2002)–Matthew Welch Plus ou Moins (2007) for Bass Clarinet, Cello, Piano, percussion and electronics — Daniel Wohl The music of Matthew Welch (b.1976) stems from a remarkably multi-faceted foundation. Matthew holds two university degrees […]

06/07 @ 7pm – Ne(x)tworks
7pm – Fredric Rzewski’s Les Mouton de Panurge A rare complete reading of this seminal work from 1969 that audaciously combines pure Minimalist additive/subtractive technique with bold inderterminacy. 9pm – Music for and by Ne(x)tworks Michael Schumacher – isorhythmic variations Anthony Coleman – Seven at the Golden Shovel Joan La Barbara – Scatter Kenji Bunch – selections from Woman in the Dunes Miguel Frasconi – new work Ne(x)tworks is […

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Communicating Ideas Without a Word

The New York Times reviews a performance hosted by the Electronic Music Foundation.

Composers and poets, and of course, singers, have long rhapsodized about the purity and naturalness of the human voice, and about how instruments are really just mechanical imitations on which performers aspire to produce a lyrical line and a singing tone.

Strictly speaking, though, it has been a while since that was entirely true. Instrumentalists, when not chasing that vaunted lyricism, have long striven for a kind of virtuosity that singers cannot approximate. And these days, composers and new-music singers think nothing of abandoning that prized purity and naturalness in favor of electronic sound processing. Some singers, clearly, aspire to be electric guitars or synthesizers.

This is not lost on the Electronic Music Foundation, which is presenting “The Human Voice in a New World,” a series of three free concerts exploring new approaches to singing and vocal composition. The opening concert, on Monday evening at the Frederick Loewe Theater at New York University, was devoted to “Messa di Voce,” a multimedia collaboration between Joan La Barbara and Jaap Blonk, both composers and singers, and Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman, video artists who work under the name Tmema.

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