6th Annual soundON Festival of Modern Music
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:30 PM
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla
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1-Day Pass: $15 member & student/$20 nonmember
San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library join to present the sixth annual soundON Festival of Modern Music, San Diego’s premiere independent exploration of the best in modern masterworks and contemporary music by living composers. Composers from around the world join with nation’s finest experts in contemporary music performance in an inviting and informal setting, allowing the audience ample opportunity to get to know the music and artists. The public has the unique opportunity to join with the artists for the Community Workshop to gain first hand experience in the performance of experimental music.
This year we feature the extremes of ethereal soundscapes and danceable grooves—the polar opposites of modern music in the U.S. today. Featured composers Evan Johnson, from Massachusetts, and Sidney Corbett, from Berlin, craft delicate webs of sounds from deeply personal explorations reaching back to Western music’s earliest incarnations in the Medeival and Renaissance.
“His music is in a strange way ascetic yet at the same time sensual and combines constructive logic with atmospheric magic.”
— Neue Zeitschrift für Musik on Sidney Corbett
“It takes fearsome intelligence and a worldview that recalls the Renaissance cabinet of curiosities and combines them with a deep sensitivity to musical traditions, techniques and philosophies that are often seen as opposite, even aggressively antagonistic to one another.” —Tim Rutherford-Johnson on Evan Johnson.
Also featured is composer Judd Greenstein who champions the emerging post-classical music scene, combining the energy and accessibility of popular music with the virtuosity of chamber music artistry through his label New Amsterdam Records, called “emblematic of an emerging generation” by the New York Times.
Our featured guest artist is internationally acclaimed bassist, improviser and composer Mark Dresser, whose innovations in amplified double bass performance are featured on over 20 CDs on all the major contemporary music labels. He will perform solo improvisations and will join San Diego New Music’s ensemble-in-residence NOISE for groovy works by Judd Greenstein and Frederick Rzweski.
“Mark Dresser is a giant in the free jazz / new music continuum and has been so for years.” —All About Jazz
The festival is hosted by San Diego New Music’s chamber ensemble-in-residence, NOISE, which features six acclaimed specialists in the performance of contemporary concert music from across the United States. With prominent performances across Europe and the U.S., and extensive recordings released, NOISE returns to its San Diego home once a year to produce the exciting festival.
Also performing will be L.A.-based The Formalist Quartet. The Formalist Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of adventurous repertoire focusing on contemporary pieces and world premieres as well as exploring a diverse spectrum of early music and the standard repertoire. The quartet was born on the 100th birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich (September 25, 2006) and since then has been playing frequently across the United States. In 2010 the quartet appeared at the Reykjavic Arts Festival, Iceland. Their recordings include the epic 100 Cadences of Arthur Jarvinen, music for several small films and pop records, and Kristian Ireland’s Clearing on the <541> concert series through Innova records. This season the quartet is looking forward to performances throughout Southern California as they continue to celebrate their fifth anniversary.
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