USC Experimental Music Workshop: Another Pattern
Apr
5
8:30 pm20:30

USC Experimental Music Workshop: Another Pattern

  • Tapp's Art Center

The USC Experimental Music Workshop teams up with composer/percussionist Tim Feeney (University of Alabama) and flutist/soprano Alice Teyssier (International Contemporary Ensemble) for a concert of exciting sound making. Along with Feeney and Teyssier, the Workshop will present music by Pauline Oliveros as well as the the world premiere of Feeney’s “Another Pattern” for two duos and ensemble.

Info here.

Regular Admission: $5
Doors Open: 8:15pm
Concert Begins: 8:30pm

Sacred / Profane :  Pisaro and  Machaut at Monday Evening Concerts
Mar
6
8:00 pm20:00

Sacred / Profane : Pisaro and Machaut at Monday Evening Concerts

  • Zipper Hall - Colburn School

Michael PISARO: When I Hear Light (2016)  World Premiere  
Guillame de MACHAUTLa Messe de Nostre Dame
Guillaume de MACHAUTQuant j'ay l'espart
Michael PISARO: Asleep, Desert, Choir, Agnes (2016)  West Coast Premiere

Michael Pisaro, electric guitar
Greg Stuart, percussion
Dogstar Orchestra

Ever since its earliest days in the 1930s, Monday Evening Concerts has striven to find kindred musical spirits from diverse historical epochs.  In the third concert of our season, we pair the works of two composers: Michael Pisaro and Guillame de Machaut. Pisaro, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost representatives of the Wandelweiser Group. Writing pieces that feature microtonal electric guitar, bowed percussion, field recordings, rustling pine cones and choir, Pisaro has garnered wide critical acclaim. His counterpart on this concert, Guillaume de Machaut, was one of the great poets and musicians of 14th Century France. While the surfaces of these respective composers' works differ greatly, by placing them side by side, we examine the deeper connections that exist between  these sublime artists separated by seven centuries.

Buy tickets here

 

 

 

The Path and The Expanse: Jürg Frey at CalArts
Jan
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Path and The Expanse: Jürg Frey at CalArts

Short residency at CalArts for J-Term course on Jürg Frey'smusic organized by Andrew McIntosh and Michael Pisaro. Info here.

The first of two concerts dedicated to Jürg Frey's music as part of a week-long intensive class at CalArts co-taught by Andrew McIntosh and Michael Pisaro. Students and faculty from CalArts will be joined by special guests Erik Carlson (violin), Greg Stuart (percussion), and Stephanie Aston (soprano). The concert will also feature the world premiere of an earlier work of Jürg's that has been waiting for it's first performance for over 20 years.

Friday, January 13
7pm
The Wild Beast, Calarts

Program (all works by Jürg Frey):

Vielleicht bin ich wirklich verloren (1980, rev. 1993 - world premiere)
for soprano and ensemble

WEN 58 (2007)
solo trumpet

In Memoriam Cornelius Cardew (1993)
solo piano

Circular Music No. 7 (2015/16)
violin, percussion, and ensemble

Ephemeral Constructions (2015/16)
violin, percussion, and ensemble

Performers:
Erik Carlson, violin
Greg Stuart, percussion
Stephanie Aston, soprano
Ethan Marks, trumpet
Nicole Ying, piano

Nicholas Deyoe, conductor/guitar
Andrew McIntosh, violin
Josh Westerman, viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cello
Rafael Luna, flute
Kimberly Dunning, clarinet
Cody Putman, bassoon
Sam Friedland, percussion
Kevin Good, percussion
Katie Eikam, percussion

 

 

UCSD with Erik Carlson and Michiko Ogawa
Dec
9
7:00 pm19:00

UCSD with Erik Carlson and Michiko Ogawa

  • Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall

Erik Carlson with Greg Stuart, percussion

Friday, December 9th, 2016
7:00 pm
Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall
Free

Assistant Professor of Music Erik Carlson will present new works by Jürg Frey, Marianne Schuppe and Tim Feeney with guest performers Greg Stuart (percussion) and graduate student Michiko Ogawa (clarinet). The trio will also perform pieces by Ryoko Akama.

Info here.

OpenICE Chicago: Ricefall (2)
Dec
5
7:30 pm19:30

OpenICE Chicago: Ricefall (2)

  • Chopin Theater

FREE

OpenICE Chicago continues with free events, all over the city!  Three evenings of concerts curated by ICE's star soloists show their unique perspectives on the repertoire.  Open workshops with Polish composer Wojtek Blecharz are also open to the public--get some insight into ICE's collaborative working process as we design a new project!

Monday 12/5
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St.

1 - 3 pm: Composer workshop #1: with Wojtek Blecharz

7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Ricefall (2)

Michael Pisaro: Ricefall (2) (Chicago Premiere) 

ICE has recruited a performance force of 16 "rice players" — all non-professional musicians - with eight ICE musicians also participating as instrumentalists.  After a successful premiere during OpenICE's New York season opening, it's time for Chicago to get a taste of rice!

Tuesday 12/6
Chopin Theater — 1543 W. Division St. 

12 - 2 pm: Composer workshop #2: with Wojtek Blecharz

7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT — Duos

Steve Lehman: For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton, and Alexander Scriabin for saxophone and piano (ICE commission)
Wojtek Blecharz: Small Talks for accordion reed box and baritone sax
Milton Babbitt: Solo e Duettini for flute and guitar
Vicente Hansen: Blur for bassoon and baritone saxophone (ICE commission)
Anton Webern: Drei Stucke for piano and cello 

    Lead Curators: Dan Lippel and Cory Smythe

Wednesday 12/7
Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center — 78 E. Washington St. 

7:30 pm: FREE CONCERT

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Sequences (2016) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone (ICE commission)
Sabrina Schroeder: He Cuts Snow (2012) for bass flute, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, and cello
Chaya Czernowin: Sahaf (percussion, piano, electric guitar, and saxophone
Liza Lim: Inguz (1996) for clarinet and cello
Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 5 (1968) for solo piano
Sam Pluta: American Tokyo Daydream (2007) for saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion 

    Lead Curator: Ryan Muncy

Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Dan Lippel, guitar
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Cory Smythe, piano
Alice Teyssier, flute

 

Experimental Music Workshop Plays Epstein, Hennies, and Wolff
Nov
16
8:00 pm20:00

Experimental Music Workshop Plays Epstein, Hennies, and Wolff

  • 701 Center for Contemporary Art

701 Center for Contemporary Art Presents

The University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop
Plays
Epstein, Hennies and Wolf

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 pm
Admission: free

701 CCA
701 Whaley St., second floor
Columbia, SC 29201

Just back from a September concert tour along the East Coast, the University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop student ensemble, directed by U.S.C. music school faculty member Greg Stuart, will perform three compositions at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., on Wednesday, November 16, 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. 701 CCA was the venue for the ensemble’s final concert of the September tour – a concert that drew an enthusiastic audience of some 150.
The Experimental Music Workshop will perform Text Series #7: White Noise by Nomi Epstein; Everything Else by Sarah Hennies; and Burdocks by Christian Wolff.

Hearing Metal 3 with Ensemble Knox
Nov
6
4:00 pm16:00

Hearing Metal 3 with Ensemble Knox

  • Enporium Arts Center

Contact: Dr. Andrew Bliss
Office: 865-974-4882
Email: abliss@utk.edu
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2016

UT PERCUSSION ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY: A 2-CONCERT WEEK FEATURING GUEST ARTIST COLLABORATION AND AN EXCITING PREMIERE OF KNOXVILLE’S NEWEST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

The University of Tennessee Percussion Studies area will showcase its two major ensembles in Fall concerts soon, both directed by Andrew Bliss: the UT Percussion Ensemble (November 2nd; Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall at 8PM) and the program’s newly-launched contemporary chamber group, Ensemble Knox (November 6th; Emporium Arts Center at 4PM, 100 S Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902).

Wednesday, November 2nd’s concert will feature repertoire both timeless and new. Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation (1931), acclaimed as the first significant composition ever written for percussion ensemble, received its premiere in Carnegie Hall. Using a plethora of instruments such as snare drums, chimes, air raid sirens, and anvils, this masterwork changed the role of the percussionist as an artist and was critical to the development of repertoire that the UT Percussion Ensemble is privileged to share with the community each season. This concert will also present more recent works such as Robert Honstein’s Patter and Impulse by Anna Meadors.

On Sunday, November 6th at 4PM,  the Knoxville area will be introduced to Ensemble Knox, the new resident graduate chamber group in the UT Percussion Studies area. The ensemble will begin its debut concert with b, by Simon Løffler, using an array of guitar pedals, an open jack cable, and fluorescent lights as their medium. Specific objects, aptly named, by Michael Maierhof, explores the use of electric toothbrushes as a sound inducer among various membranophones, placed around the listening audience. Sunday afternoon’s concert will be anchored by guest artist Greg Stuart (University of South Carolina) leading a performance of Michael Pisaro’s Hearing Metal 3, alongside UT students, Bliss, and European guest artists Henrik Knarborg Larsen (Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark), andBrian Archinal (Bern, Switzerland). Pisaro’s work features a 4 x 4 grid of percussionists seated at cymbals, who excite these metallic forces for nearly 45 minutes, using bowing and various “gravity excitation” via dropped grains of various texture. The result is a slowly shifting field of sound unlike any other.

For more information, please visit percussion.utk.edu or contact Dr. Andrew Bliss, UT’s Director of Percussion Studies at abliss@utk.edu. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Regular news surrounding UT Percussion can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/UTPercussion, Instagram @utperc, and on Twitter @UTPercussion.

 

 

 

Bent Frequency at Elevate Atlanta: A wave and waves
Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

Bent Frequency at Elevate Atlanta: A wave and waves

  • Laz Parking Garage

Bent Frequency is opening their 2016-2017 season with the US premiere of A wave and waves for 100 percussion sounds created by composer Michael Pisaro for percussionist Greg Stuart; both of whom will be joining us for this performance!

For A wave and waves, the musicians are set up in a 10X10 grid with the audience interspersed among the performers. The percussionists then layer very soft individual sounds to create large-scale sonic waves for the evening-length (70 min) piece. Pisaro describes the work as "an idea about confounding the small and the large: Small sounds, many different kinds of them, very soft, on a large time scale." It's a unique piece of sonic art that examines the idea of individual soft sonic events overlapping and combining to make large-scale sonic structures in a manner that's akin to individual water molecules in the ocean combining to create wave patterns, “the collective action of granular sounds making shapes of great mathematical complexity."

More info here.

 

OpenICE NYC: Ricefall (2)
Sep
16
8:00 pm20:00

OpenICE NYC: Ricefall (2)

  • Abrons Arts Center

OpenICE at Abrons: Ricefall(2) by Michael Pisaro

September 16, 2016 | 8:00pm
Abrons Arts Center - Playhouse
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002
FREE

OpenICE aims to share the most essential elements of ICE’s creative process–creation, collaboration and performance–with a wider audience, through free concert and activity programming. On the heels of a blockbuster season of OpenICE programming, the musicians of ICE catalyze a flurry of activity as they take up residency at the Abrons Arts Center for the 2016-2017 season. OpenICE also invites the audience to be a part of the creative process through open rehearsals and discussions, where questions about the works and the collaborations will be welcome and encouraged. High quality documentation of OpenICE activities feed a growing online archive of HD content, which is free for all to explore on digitice.org. ICE is thrilled to team up with the Abrons Arts Center engagement staff to turn the building into an “open space” for sonic experimentation!

The 2016-17 OpenICE season launches September 16-18 with a celebration of new and different ways of performing and experiencing music. Percussionist Greg Stuart and his students from the University of South Carolina join ICE to present the World Premiere full performance of sound sculptor Michael Pisaro’s epic Ricefall(2), for grains of rice falling on objects. Pisaro’s music will continue to activate gallery spaces through performances by ICE violinist Erik Carlson. The weekend will culminate in a concert featuring new music by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir alongside master vocalist and improviser, Sofia Jernberg.

Tickets HERE.

http://iceorg.org/events/event/openice-at-abrons-ricefall2-by-michael-pisaro#.V8Xtg7VrzIq

 

 

Sonic Frontiers at The University of Alabama
Apr
17
7:30 pm19:30

Sonic Frontiers at The University of Alabama

Greg Stuart with the University of Alabama Percussion Ensemble
Sunday April 17 7:30pm
University of Alabama School of Music - Moody Recital Hall
Free Admission


Sonic Frontiers welcomes percussionist and improviser, Greg Stuart, who performs music of his frequent collaborator, Michael Pisaro. Stuart performs Pisaro’s solo Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds, for crotales and sine tones. He also collaborates with members of the University of Alabama Percussion Ensemble in staging Hearing Metal 3, for sixteen suspended cymbals and sine tones.

Pisaro writes:

"The ensemble for this piece was suggested by Greg Stuart, and I immediately went for it. The image of 16 suspended cymbals was really striking (even before one heard anything).

After writing fields have ears (4) I wanted to work again with the idea of change. In this case the basic change that takes place over the 45 minutes is from the vibration of a solid (i.e., the cymbal bowed) to a kind of physical “evaporation” as the mode of excitation changes to gravity (beans, rice and then finally, millet falling on the cymbals).

Like ricefall and some of the pieces from the fields have ears series, the ground is laid out as a grid prepared with other surfaces (including tile, metal, wood, paper, ceramic, dry leaves and even four drums in the center), which can be heard as the various grains fall from the cymbals. The ground comes to the fore in the center of the piece (when “the beans begin to fall”) and gradually disappears as the grain changes (in several stages and combinations) to the very light millet. The sine tones accompany, and at times instigate the change."

More information about Greg Stuart

More information about Michael Pisaro

The Music of Jürg Frey
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

The Music of Jürg Frey

  • Columbia Museum of Art

Visiting composer Jürg Frey (Switzerland) and violinist Erik Carlson (International Contemporary Ensemble) join forces with Columbia percussionist and USC professor Greg Stuart and the Experimental Music Workshop for an evening of new work by Frey. A member of the Wandelweiser Group, Frey’s music is noted for its creation of wide, quiet sound spaces and revels in the "corporeal splendour of undiluted sound" (The Guardian). Commissioned by the South Carolina Honors College for Carlson, Stuart, and the Experimental Music Workshop, Frey’s new Ephemeral Constructions places a duo for violin and percussion in the context of a constantly shifting fabric from the ensemble. Also included on the program are Frey’s expansive Circular Music No. 6 and the compact Circular Music No. 7

Meridian at Elastic Arts
Feb
26
9:00 pm21:00

Meridian at Elastic Arts

  • Elastic Arts Center

Elastro 2016 #2: Meridian (Feeney, Hennies, Stuart) || Akosuen (Billie Howard) || Sabertooth Dream (Kraus, Ammerman) ||

http://elasticarts.org/event/elastro-2016-2-meridian-feeney-hennies-stuart-sabertooth-dream-kraus-ammerman-tba

 

Duo with Ryan Jewell at Tapp's
Jan
13
8:00 pm20:00

Duo with Ryan Jewell at Tapp's

  • Tapp's Art Center

Duo by Ryan Jewell + Greg Stuart
Solo set by John Kammerer

$5 – $10

Currently on tour from his hometown of Columbus, OH, Ryan Jewell is an experimental percussionist and composer whose meticulous sonic explorations fall somewhere in-between percussion, minimalism and electronic composition. https://noticerecordings.bandcamp.com/

Greg Stuart (Columbia, SC) is a percussionist whose work explores various alternative percussion techniques, including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds via small grains, sympathetic vibration and electronic instruments. http://www.greg-stuart.com/about/

John Kammerer (Columbia, SC) is an experimental electronic performer, sound designer, and composer whose solo performances include on-the-fly audio sampling, looping and stretching sounds into lush ambiences punctuated by the gritty rhythms of scratched records and handmade oscillators. http://www.johnkammerermusic.com/

Nomi Epstein Portrait Concert
Dec
4
4:30 pm16:30

Nomi Epstein Portrait Concert

  • USC School of Music Recital Hall

The South Carolina Honors College Experimental Music Workshop presents the world premiere of composer Nomi Epstein's "Communications (2)" for 15 players and two soloists. The 48-minute work explores a wide-range of soft vocal and instrumental sounds and combines these sounds with guest artist Nomi Epstein's piano and Greg Stuart's percussion.

Concert link here.

Living With the Death of Time/Untime in the Grey Darkness
Nov
21
2:00 pm14:00

Living With the Death of Time/Untime in the Grey Darkness

  • The Wild Beast @ CalArts

A three hour, afternoon event with two alternating compositions by Michael Pisaro. LWTDOT (written for Greg Stuart in 2012/13) is in six parts and works with the spatial and sonic configuration of 11 percussionists. (It is loosely derived from the work of Julian Barbour and Francis Alÿs.) "Untime" is a series of noise interludes between the six parts. It features electronic musician and musicologist Joe Panzner (and is loosely based on Gilles Deleuze, Leo Bersani/Ulysse Dutoit and Alain Badiou's readings of Beckett and Resnais). Both soloists will be joined by the Experimental Music Workshop (at CalArts).

Fogs, Mists
Nov
18
8:30 pm20:30

Fogs, Mists

  • REDCAT

“Like many a great piece of music, this work is about coaxing the listener to hear and see the world a bit differently when one next steps outside.” – Just Outside

World Premiere

A central figure in the John Cage-inspired Wandelweiser collective of experimental composers, Michael Pisaro is acclaimed for his meticulous embrace of sound as a material density, across a continuum of composed, incidental and “silent” forms. Pisaro, performing on guitar, is joined by Joe Panzner (electronics) and Greg Stuart (percussion) for the world premiere of Grounded Cloud, a 20-minute work inspired by a poem by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Following intermission is the Los Angeles debut of the hourlong a mist is a collection of points, with pianist Philip Bush playing alongside Panzner and Stuart. Pisaro’s extensive oeuvre has appeared on Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, another timbre, HEM Berlin, and his own imprint, Gravity Wave.

A wave and waves
Oct
17
7:30 pm19:30

A wave and waves

  • Meat Market

WORLD PREMIERE

Composer Michael Pisaro (USA)

Director Eugene Ughetti

Guest Artist Greg Stuart (USA)

Sonic pioneers Speak Percussion return to Melbourne Festival with an ambitious work for 100 percussionists.

Last seen at Melbourne Festival in 2013 with its cosmic avant–garde masterpiece The Black of the Star, innovative Australian ensemble Speak Percussion delivers a startling, monumental new work.

In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.

A wave and waves is a work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy—as countless tiny moments of friction, gravity and vibration heave into life like a single, pulsing organism.

Performers Matthias Schack–Arnott, Louise Devenish, Kaylie Melville, Greg Stuart and 96 guests

 

A wave and waves
Oct
16
7:30 pm19:30

A wave and waves

  • Meat Market

WORLD PREMIERE

Composer Michael Pisaro (USA)

Director Eugene Ughetti

Guest Artist Greg Stuart (USA)

Sonic pioneers Speak Percussion return to Melbourne Festival with an ambitious work for 100 percussionists.

Last seen at Melbourne Festival in 2013 with its cosmic avant–garde masterpiece The Black of the Star, innovative Australian ensemble Speak Percussion delivers a startling, monumental new work.

In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.

A wave and waves is a work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy—as countless tiny moments of friction, gravity and vibration heave into life like a single, pulsing organism.

Performers Matthias Schack–Arnott, Louise Devenish, Kaylie Melville, Greg Stuart and 96 guests

 

A wave and waves
Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

A wave and waves

  • Meat Market

WORLD PREMIERE

Composer Michael Pisaro (USA)

Director Eugene Ughetti

Guest Artist Greg Stuart (USA)

Sonic pioneers Speak Percussion return to Melbourne Festival with an ambitious work for 100 percussionists.

Last seen at Melbourne Festival in 2013 with its cosmic avant–garde masterpiece The Black of the Star, innovative Australian ensemble Speak Percussion delivers a startling, monumental new work.

In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.

A wave and waves is a work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy—as countless tiny moments of friction, gravity and vibration heave into life like a single, pulsing organism.

Performers Matthias Schack–Arnott, Louise Devenish, Kaylie Melville, Greg Stuart and 96 guests