Open Space Festival of New Music Archive
2009 – 2013
Open Space Festival of New Music 2013 Archive
March 28-29, 2013
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
The Open Space Festival of New Music is now in its 5th year. This event is structured to present innovative composers and interpreters of contemporary music annually at the University of Northern Colorado. Composers and performers are featured guests in lectures, seminars, and performances. Each festival gives students the opportunity to perform with guest artists. The mission of the Open Space Festival is to present diverse programs annually – programs that appeal to a wide demographic population.
This year's Open Space, March 28-29, will feature internationally renowned composer Alvin Lucier.
With support from the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Music, music director David Caffey, and the UNC Schulze Endowment Speaker Series.
Lucier was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was educated in Nashua public and parochial schools and the Portsmouth Abbey School, Yale University and Brandeis University. In 1958 and 1959, Lucier studied with Lukas Foss and Aaron Copland at the Tanglewood Center. In 1960, Lucier left for Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship, where he befriended American expatriate composer Frederic Rzewski and witnessed performances by John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and David Tudor that provided compelling alternatives to his classical training. He returned from Rome in 1962 to take up a position at Brandeis as director of the University Chamber Chorus, which presented classical vocal works alongside modern compositions and new commissions.At a 1963 Chamber Chorus concert at New York's Town Hall, Lucier met Gordon Mumma and Robert Ashley, experimental composers who were also directors of the ONCE Festival, an annual multi-media event in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1970, Lucier left Brandeis for Wesleyan University. In 1972, Lucier became a musical director of the Viola Farber Dance Company, a position he held until 1979.
Though Lucier had composed chamber and orchestral works since 1952, the composer and his critics count his 1965 composition Music for Solo Performer as the proper beginning of his compositional career. In that piece, EEG electrodes attached to the performer's scalp detect bursts of alpha waves generated when the performer achieves a meditative, non-visual brain state. These alpha waves are amplified and the resulting electrical signal is used to vibrate percussion instruments distributed around the performance space. Other important early pieces include Vespers (1968), in which performers use hand-held echolocation devices to locate the approximate physical center of a room, to deepen their understanding of acoustical perception, and to reveal the elements of environmental space through non-visual means.
One of Lucier's most important and best-known works is I Am Sitting in a Room (1969), in which Lucier records himself narrating a text, and then plays the recording back into the room, re-recording it. The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Since all rooms have a characteristic resonance (e.g., between a large hall and a small room), the effect is that certain frequencies are gradually emphasized as they resonate in the room, until eventually the words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant harmonies and tones of the room itself. The recited text describes this process in action. It begins, "I am sitting in a room, different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice...", and concludes with, "I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have," referring to his own stuttering. Other key pieces include "North American Time Capsule" (1966), which employed a prototype vocoder to isolate and manipulate elements of speech; Music On A Long Thin Wire (1977), in which a piano wire is strung across a room and activated by an amplified oscillator and magnets on either end, producing changing overtones and sounds; Crossings (1982), Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas (1973–74), and Clocker (1978), which uses biofeedback and reverberation.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
4:40pm Workshop by Alvin Lucier
Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall
7:00pm Pre-concert lecture by Alvin Lucier
"Music and Sound: A Lifetime of Exploration"
7:30pm Concert of Lucier's music
Friday, March 29, 2013
11:30am-1:00pm Luncheon & Lecture with Alvin Lucier
Centennial Hall in Brown Hall
5:00pm Concert: Winners of the 2013 Open Space Festival of New Music Call for Scores and the Soundpainting Ensemble
Open Space Festival of New Music 2012 Archive
March 29-30, 2012
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
The Open Space Festival of New Music is now in its 4th year. This event is structured to present innovative composers and interpreters of contemporary music annually at the University of Northern Colorado. Composers and performers are featured guests in lectures, seminars, and performances. Each festival gives students the opportunity to perform with guest artists. The mission of the Open Space Festival is to present diverse programs annually – programs that appeal to a wide demographic population.
This year’s Open Space, March 29-30 will feature internationally renowned composer Kyle Gann.
With support from the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Music, Dr. David Caffey, Dr. Robert Ehle, and Dr. Ken Singleton.
Kyle Gann, born 1955 in Dallas, Texas, is a composer and was new-music critic for the Village Voice from 1986 to 2005. Since 1997 he has taught music theory, history, and composition at Bard College. He is the author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (Cambridge University Press, 1995), American Music in the 20th Century (Schirmer Books, 1997), Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice (University of California Press, 2006), No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" (Yale University Press, 2010), and Robert Ashley (University of Illinois Press, 2010; forthcoming).
Gann studied composition with Ben Johnston, Morton Feldman, and Peter Gena, and his music is often microtonal, using up to 37 pitches per octave. His rhythmic language, based on differing successive and simultaneous tempos, was developed from his study of Hopi, Zuni, and Pueblo Indian musics. His music has been performed on the New Music America, Bang on a Can, and Spoleto festivals. His major works include Sunken City, a piano concerto commissioned by the Orkest de Volharding in Amsterdam; Transcendental Sonnets, a 35-minute work for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir; Custer and Sitting Bull, a microtonal, one-man music theater work he's performed more than 30 times from Brisbane to Moscow; The Planets, commissioned by the Relache ensemble via Music in Motion and continued under a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists' Fellowship; and The Hudson River Trilogy, a trio of microtonal chamber operas written with librettist Jeffrey Sichel, the first of which, Cinderella's Bad Magic, was premiered in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 2007, choreographer Mark Morris made a large-ensemble dance, Looky, from five of Gann's works for Disklavier (computerized player piano).
In addition to Bard, Gann has taught at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Bucknell University. His writings include more than 2500 articles for more than 45 publications, including scholarly articles on La Monte Young (in Perspectives of New Music), Henry Cowell, John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Ben Johnston, Mikel Rouse, John Luther Adams, Dennis Johnson, and other American composers. He writes the "American Composer" column for Chamber Music magazine, and he was awarded the Peabody Award (2003), the Stagebill Award (1999) and the Deems-Taylor Award (2003) for his writings. His music is available on the New Albion, New World, Cold Blue, Lovely Music, Mode, Meyer Media, New Tone, and Monroe Street labels. In 2003, the American Music Center awarded Gann its Letter of Distinction, along with Steve Reich, Wayne Shorter, and George Crumb.
2012 Open Space Festival for New Music Schedule
Thursday, March 29, 2012
4:40pm: Lecture by Kyle Gann, Frasier Hall 63
7:00pm: Pre-concert talk with Kyle Gann, Milne Auditorium
7:30pm: Concert, Kyle Gann featuring UNC faculty & students, Milne Auditorium
Friday, March 30, 2012
5:00pm: Concert of works by Cardew, Cage, and Kyle Gann, Kress Cinema and Lounge
Open Space Festival of New Music 2011 Archive
March 24-25, 2011
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO
The Open Space Festival of New Music is now in its 3rd year. This event is structured to present innovative composers and interpreters of contemporary music annually at the University of Northern Colorado. Composers and performers are featured guests in lectures, seminars, and performances. Each festival gives students the opportunity to perform with guest artists. The mission of the Open Space Festival is to present diverse programs annually – programs that appeal to a wide demographic population.
This year’s Open Space, March 24-25 will include internationally renowned French composer Jean-Claude Risset, saxophonist and composer Raphaël Imbert, and guitarist Jean-Marc Montera.
With support from the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, Cultures France and the Florence Gould Foundation, Schulze Speakers Series, School of Music, Robert Ehle, and Office of Sponsored Programs.
Jean-Claude Risset (b. March 13, 1938, Le Puy) is a French composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, vocal, piano, and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout the world; he is also active as a writer. Mr. Risset worked with Max Mathews at Bell Laboratories in 1965 and from 1967-69, initially on brass synthesis and later on pitch paradoxes, sonic development processes and the synthesis of new timbres. There he also had important encounters with F. Richard Moore, John Pierce, James Tenney, Vladimir Ussachevsky, and Edgard Varèse. Among his honors are the UFAM Prix pour Piano (1963), the Prix du Groupement des Acousticiens de Langue Française (1967), a prize in the Dartmouth electronic music competition (1970, for Mutations), and the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Marseille (1972, 1987, 1999). He has also received First Prize, Euphonie d'Or and the Prix Magisterium in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (1980, 1982, 1998), the Grand Prix SACEM de la promotion de la musique symphonique (1981) and the Golden NICA from the Ars Electronica competition in Graz (1987). Recent honors include the Grand Prix National de la Musique (1990), the Grand Prix Musica Nova in Prague (1995), the Ars Nova Prize in Prague (1996), and the EAR Prize in Budapest (1997). In addition, he was named an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1986 and a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the government of France in 1989.
Raphaël Imbert is a saxophonist and composer who draws stylistically from an eclectic mix including baroque, classical, free improvisation, Appalachian, blues, gospel, jazz, bluegrass, and country music. Other influences include reflections on spirituality and paranormal phenomena. Imbert’s eclectic musical and intellectual interests led him to produce shows inspired by texts of Théodore Monod and Martin Luther King, among others. Raphaël Imbert worked on a study focused on the Sacred in Jazz and was a recipient of Villa Médicis Hors Les Murs, managed by AFAA and the French Foreign Affairs Ministry which enabled him to study in New York in October 2003. Imbert has developed teaching projects at the Marseille Conservatory, at Festival Cluny, and Fai’art. He has written music for cinema and television for projects by Philippe Carrése and Isabelle Boni-Claverie. Currently Raphaël Imbert manages two groups within the Nine Spirit Company and has recordings released on the Zig Zag Territoires Label distributed by Harmonia Mundi.
French avant-garde guitarist Jean-Marc Montera is a performer, collaborator, and bandleader in addition to being a co-founder in 1978 of GRIM (groupes recherches et improvisation musicales) in Marseille, France. The organization presents concerts and festivals and created the Montevideo venue in that city, out of which flourishes theater and film activity as well as music. Montera performs solo as well as in diverse ensemble settings. He has worked with American rock legend Patti Smith, bassist Mark Dresser, cellist Tom Cora, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Loren MazzaCane Connors, and Thurston Moore. Montera's solo work can be heard on the FMP label release Hang Around Shout and on Smiles from Jupiter, an outstanding CD released by the Germen Grob imprint. Montera has composed and performed music for films including two short films about Marseille (commissioned by the AGAM); Une partie de plaisance by Charly Kassab; the short film Air de Sfalte by Laure Verluise and Darie Delay. Jean-Marc Montera's working groups include F.D.T.C., a quintet formed in 1993 with Edmond Hosdikian (sax), Fred Giuliani (Sampler), J.M. Bourroux (drums) and Makoto Yabuki (bamboo percussion, flutes); Attila, with Jim Meneses (percussion) and Gianni Gebbia (saxophones); and a duo with Dominique Regef (hurdy gurdy).
2011 Open Space Festival for New Music
Thursday, March 24
11:30am Schulz Speaker's Luncheon with Jean-Claude Risset, Centennial Hall
4:40pm Lecture by Jean-Claude Risset, Frasier Hall 63
4:40pm String Improvisation Workshop with Raphael Imbert, Frasier Hall 249
7:00pm Pre-concert talk with Jean-Claude Risset, Milne Auditorium
7:30pm Concert, Jean-Claude Risset featuring UNC faculty & students, Milne Auditorium
Friday, March 25
12:00pm Silent film presentation with live music by Jean-Marc Montera, The Kress Cinema & Lounge
5:00pm Performance by Jean-Marc Montera and the UNC student Cobra Ensemble, Zoë's Coffee House
7:00pm Concert of the music of Raphael Imbert, Zoë's Coffee House
Open Space Festival of New Music 2010 Archive
March 25-26, 2010
Unviersity of Northern Colorado
The Open Space Festival of New Music is a new addition to the many diverse musical programs that UNCO has provided over the years. This event is structured to present innovative composers and interpreters of contemporary music annually at the University of Northern Colorado. Composers and performers are featured guests in lectures, seminars, and performances. Each festival gives students the opportunity to perform with guest artists. The mission of the Open Space Festival is to present diverse programs annually – programs that appeal to a wide demographic population.
This year’s Open Space, March 25-26, features the legendary composer Christian Wolff along with the dynamic Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, director. On March 25, the Consort will be performing “The Exception and the Rule” by Wolff, a new commission based on a Berthold Brecht text. Additional activities include a piano master class given by Drury, a performance of Wolff’s “Edges” by UNC’s Cobra Ensemble, Matt Smiley, director, and a lecture/discussion by Wolff.
Christian Wolff born in Nice, France; lived mostly in U.S. He studied piano with Grete Sultan, and composition with John Cage. Early contact with Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown, and later Cornelius Cardew and Frederic Rzewski helped form the direction of his work. Wolff also had academic training in Classics and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He has taught Classics at Harvard and, since 1971, Classics, Comparative Literature and Music at Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire). His compositions include works for piano(s), miscellaneous keyboards, instrumental solos, chamber groups, unspecified groups of players and sound sources, tape, chorus and orchestra. A particular interest in Wolff's work has been to allow performers flexibility and ranges of freedom at the actual time of a piece's performance; to devise notations to make this practicable; to foster among both professional and lay players a spirit of liberating interdependence; and to draw material from traditions of popular political music. Wolff's music has been performed throughout the world, especially in Europe and the U.S. A number of pieces have been used by Merce Cunningham and his dance company; also the dancer Lucinda Childs. His music is published by C.F. Peters, and his recordings are on: Columbia-Odyssey, Vox, Time-Mainstream, Wergo, Centaur, Elektrola, EMI CRI, Opus One, Philo, EMI-TOCI, Collecta, Hat Hut, and others.
Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Baribican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others. He has performed and/or recorded with the American Composers Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, the Springfield (Massachusetts) and Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestras, and the Romanian National Symphony. Drury was a prize-winner in the Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller Foundation Competitions in American Music, and was selected by the United States Information Agency for its Artistic Ambassador Program and a 1986 European recital tour. In 1989 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Drury a Solo Recitalist Fellowship and the same year he was named “Musician of the Year” by the Boston Globe. Stephen Drury's performances range from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by György Ligeti, Frederic Rzewski and John Cage have received the highest critical acclaim. He has worked closely with Cage, Ligeti, Rzewski, Steve Reich, Olivier Messiaen, John Zorn, Luciano Berio, Helmut Lachenmann, Christian Wolff, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Finnissy, Lee Hyla and John Luther Adams. Drury is artistic director and conductor of the Callithumpian Consort, and he created and directs the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. He teaches at New England Conservatory.
The Callithumpian Consort
The Callithumpian Consort was founded by pianist and conductor Stephen Drury and presents concerts of contemporary music at the highest standard. The Consort consists of a senior group of long standing soloists, but is flexible in size and makeup, enabling the group to tackle unusual repertoire in non-standard or larger chamber ensembles, or to take part in experimental projects. Their repertoire encompasses a huge stylistic spectrum, from the classics of the past 50 years to works of the avant-garde and experimental jazz and rock. The Callithumpian Consort actively commissions and records new compositions and they have worked with composers John Cage, Lee Hyla, John Zorn, Michael Finnissy, Franco Donatoni, Lukas Foss, Steve Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, John Luther Adams, Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff and many others. Recordings are available on Tzadik, New World and Mode records.
Michael Hicks received a DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has taught at Brigham Young University since 1985. His chamber and solo works have been performed and recorded by BYU faculty and student artists and by other performers around the country including the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, the Menlo Brass Quintet, and the Memphis Symphony Brass Quintet, and at events of the American Society of University Composers, Cincinnati Composers Guild, and the Subtropics Music Festival. His music can be heard on the Tantara CDs Ritual Grounds (2003), Late Conversations (1996), and Found Horizon (1993). His work as a singer-songwriter appears on the Tantara CD Valentine St. (2006) Hicks is the author of three books: Mormonism and Music: A History (1989), Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions (1999), and Henry Cowell, Bohemian (2002), all published by University of Illinois Press, which will also publish his book co-authored with Christian Asplund titled Christian Wolff.
His articles have appeared in American Music, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Musical Quarterly, and Perspectives of New Music. Hicks has lectured at Stanford and at UC Berkeley and has presented at conferences of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society. Awards include the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award (1994 and 2003), the Frances and Emily Chipman Award (Mormon History Association, 1989), and the Morris S. Rosenblatt Award (Utah Historical Society, 1991). He is editor of the journal American Music.
2010 Open Space Festival for New Music
Thursday, March 25
4:40 Piano Master Class with Stephen Drury
- Piano master class with New England Conservatory professor, pianist, conductor and contemporary music specialist Stephen Drury in Milne Auditorium.
4:40 Composer Master Class with Christian Wolff
- Composition master class with Christian Wolff, one of the most important experimental music composers of the 20th century.
7:00 Pre-concert talk with Christian Wolff
- Pre-concert talk on his recent composition, The song's from Bertolt Brecht's play "Exception and the Rule" in Langworthy Theater.
7:30 Performance of "Exception and the Rule"
- Performance of Bertolt Brecht's "Exception and the Rule" featuring the Colorado premiere performance of Christian Wolff's songs performed by New England Conservatory's Callithumpian Consort and UNC's theatre department directed by Mary Schuttler in Langworthy Theater.
Friday, March 26
10:30 Open Rehearsal of Wolff piece
- Open rehearsal of Christian Wolff's improvisational piece "Edges" with the composer and the UNC COBRA Ensemble at the Kress Cinema.
12:00 Michael Hicks @ the Kress
- Lecture on the 20th century composer Christian Wolff and avant garde music marketing in the late 60s by Michael Hicks at the Kress Cinema.
2:30-4:00 Student composition reading session with Callithumpian Consort
- New England Conservatory's world renowned contemporary music group, the Callithumpian Consort, will read UNC students' compositions. Location TBA.
5:00 Student performance of "Edges" at the Kress
- The student directed UNC COBRA Ensemble will perform Christian Wolff's improvisational piece "Edges" with the composer playing piano at the Kress Cinema.
7:00 Michael Hicks Folk Guitar concert at Patrick's Pub
- Michael Hicks will perform a concert of historic folk music at Patrick's Irish Pub.
2009 Open Space Music Festival Archive
The first Open Space Festival of New Music at the University of Northern Colorado is April 9, 2009, featuring pianist Stephen Drury, composer Paul Rudy, and bouzouki virtuoso Roger Landes. All events are in Milne Auditorium on the campus. At 4:40 p.m. pianist Drury will present a master class open to the public, Paul Rudy will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. and a concert of music by Rudy, Cage, Lachenmann, and John Zorn will follow at 7:30. All events are free and open to the public.
Paul Rudy is associate professor and coordinator of composition at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, where he also directs the Intermedia/Music Production and Computer Technology Center (iMPact). He is a Fulbright Scholar (New Zealand), Guggenhiem Fellow (2008), and won the Prize ex aequo, in the VII International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" Italy (2008) for In lake’ch, 1st Prize in Sounds Electric ’07, Dublin, Ireland (2007) for November Sycamore Leaf and the 2002 EMS Prize, Stockholm Sweden for his work Thema: Omaggio. In 2007 he was awarded a three-month residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation, where he composed In lake’ch (Mayan for “I am another yourself,” also awarded recognition at the 33rd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, 2007). He has toured extensively in the Europe and the U.S. lecturing on his music and sound design in film and giving concerts. Rudy has received commissions from the Third Practice Festival for 8th Blackbird, the Jerome Composer Commissioning Program of the American Composer's Forum, Meet the Composer, newEar Ensemble, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the UMKC Conservatory Gala, and Accordion Orchestra. He has also been invited to write for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Composer’s Initiative. All works, which are recorded on SEAMUS, ICMC, Living Artist Recordings, SCI, and CDCM (Centaur Records), are published by Twisted Trail Music.
Of bouzouki player Roger Landes, Celtic Heritage Magazine said: "Not only is Landes helping to legitimize the instrument -- he is taking it to a whole other level." Roger took up the bouzouki in 1981 and quickly set about learning Irish tunes, playing tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhran and uilleann pipes; as well as co-founding the popular Celtic band Scartaglen. When that group disbanded after a decade, he concentrated on exploring the melodic capabilities of the bouzouki. His critically acclaimed CD Dragon Reels is the result of his work mastering the intricacies of Irish traditional music and has produced several recordings for other artists, performed in a duo with singer Connie Dover and recorded The Janissary Stomp, with folk and roots musician Chipper Thompson. Landes is a resident of Taos, New Mexico, where he performs, produces, composes and organizes ZoukFest, an annual festival of folk and world music. Roger appeared in and contributed to the soundtrack of the 1999 film Ride with the Devil, directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). He has appeared on the National Public Radio shows Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. He has toured with Chieftains alumnus Carlos Nuñez, famed Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin (De Dannan), harmonica virtuoso Rick Epping (Pumpkinhead), and legendary Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples (Bothy Band). Landes currently performs Irish traditional music in a duo with fiddler and guitarist Randal Bays. Their live CD House to House was released in September of 2004.
See Open Space 2010 for bio information on Stephen Drury
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- 4:40 p.m.: Composition master class with Paul Rudy, Studio B at Frasier Hall
- 4:40 p.m.: Piano master class with Stephen Drury, Milne Auditorium
- 7 p.m.: Pre-concert talk with Paul Rudy, Milne Auditorium
- 7:30 p.m.: Music of Paul Rudy and Charles Ives performed by Rudy, Stephen Drury and Roger Landes, Milne auditorium
Friday, April 10, 2009
- Noon: Lecture/demonstration: “What You See is Not What You Get: Slight of Hand in Sound and Image” by Paul Rudy at the Kress Cinema & Lounge
- 2:30-4 p.m.: Open rehearsal for John Zorn’s “Cobra” with Drury, Kress
- 5 p.m.: Live performance of John Zorn’s “Cobra,” Kress
- 6-9 p.m.: Live music at the Kress
- 9 p.m.: Irish, Balkan, Middle Eastern concert with Roger Landes at Patrick’s Irish Pub