Ecstatic Music Festival: Xenia Rubinos & Adam Schatz’s Civil Engineering
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Xenia Rubinos & Adam Schatz’s Civil Engineering

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Xenia Rubinos can make social consciousness sensual,” says the New York Times. Her catchy yet exuberantly visceral songs meld weighty social issues with intimately personal ones and draw from a broad palette of influences ranging from Caribbean and jazz to indie rock, hip-hop and punk. Xenia will team up with Adam Schatz’s Civil Engineering, a high-energy, 10-member multi-dimensional big band led by the protean multi-instrumentalist Schatz, “New York’s Indie Rock Zelig” (New York Observer) and Landlady frontman, to perform new arrangements of her songs, his songs, and composers they love, and to premiere new works written for the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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John Hollenbeck's "All Can Work" Album Release Show
Jan
30
8:00 PM20:00

John Hollenbeck's "All Can Work" Album Release Show

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This concert is the first in a series of events that will be co-presented by New Amsterdam and Le Poisson Rouge throughout 2018, which marks the 10th anniversary of the two organizations, born with the mission of promoting the New Music community.

Come celebrate the release of All Can Work, the new album from the Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, on New Amsterdam Records.  The evening will also feature a special opening set by vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder.

Drummer/composer John Hollenbeck and his 20-piece Large Ensemble will release their third album, All Can Work, January 26 on New Amsterdam Records. The album follows the band’s Grammy-nominated releases A Blessing (2005) and eternal interlude (2009), and pays tribute to the Large Ensemble’s late trumpet player Laurie Frink, a key force in the group and the jazz community. The album title is from an exchange between Frink and Hollenbeck; the phrase epitomizes the flexible, optimistic resolve that is needed by everyone involved to create a record such as this one.

All Can Work represents The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble’s accumulation of years rehearsing, recording and performing together since its founding in 1998 — the definitive evolution of an exceptional ensemble that has developed a relationship akin to family (some members of which Hollenbeck has been playing with since high school and college). The album also pays tribute to artists who have influenced Hollenbeck most throughout the years: Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Strayhorn, John Taylor, William Shakespeare, and Piet Mondrian.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Kronos Quartet & Face the Music
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Kronos Quartet & Face the Music

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The adventurous, Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet – one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time – joins NYC’s acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music (“a force in the New York new-music world” – New York Times) to perform new works written for Kronos’ “Fifty for the Future,” a commissioning, education and legacy project showcasing contemporary approaches to the string quartet that features new works by some of today’s foremost composers. The program also includes new works by Face the Music member composers. The two ensembles will perform separately and together.

This concert is made possible thanks to the generosity of Eugene M. Lang Foundation.

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Liquid Music Series: Anna Meredith
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Liquid Music Series: Anna Meredith

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents visionary maximalist composer Anna Meredith, making her Twin Cities debut with an evening of her “striking and smart” (The Guardian) electro-acoustic music performed by her band featuring clarinet, cello, electric guitar, tuba, drums and electronics, a live show National Public Radio called “incredible.” Meredith’s debut album Varmints (2016) mixes contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock into compositional experiments like few before her. Prepare to be delightfully overwhelmed.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert

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World premieres by George Lewis and Angélica Negrón, plus a new look at “historic” PCF-commissioned pieces by Pamela Z, Annea Lockwood, Lukas Ligeti and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.

A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer & streamed live on Q2 Music

Bang on a Can’s People’s Commissioning Fund (PCF) is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from adventurous composers. Founded in 1997, long before crowd-funding became the norm through Kickstarter and the like, Bang on a Can’s PCF has pooled contributions of all sizes from hundreds of friends and fans and since its inception has commissioned over 50 works of music for New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars.

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William Brittelle's "Spiritual America"
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

William Brittelle's "Spiritual America"

Spiritual America is a series of electro-acoustic orchestral art songs exploring issues of secular spirituality in American culture through the personal lens of love, loss, youth, and longing. Created in collaboration with the indie rock duo Wye Oak, the full cycle of all seven songs receives its world premiere at Symphony Space on a program that also includes original music by Wye Oak, arranged for the duo and chamber ensemble by William BrittelleMetropolis Ensemble joins Wye Oak for this performance.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir & Mahogany L. Browne
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir & Mahogany L. Browne

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Dronechoir is the latest innovation by Arone Dyer of Buke and Gase, the band Pitchfork calls “never anything less than absolutely thrilling.” Dyer has assembled a group of talented women from completely different musical backgrounds to engage in spontaneous performance that bridges the gaps between them. They’ll be joined by the celebrated poet Mahogany L. Browne, Cave Canem Fellow and Programming Coordinator of Black Lives Matter Pratt @ Pratt Institute, for an evening of powerful vocal performances addressing Black Lives, gender equity and racial equality.

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The Colorado
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Colorado

The D.C. premiere of The Colorado, a groundbreaking music-driven eco-documentary from filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu features the score performed live by Roomful of Teeth, Glenn Kotche, and Jeffrey Zeigler, with narration by Academy Award winner Sir Mark Rylance.

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Liquid Music Series: Nathalie Joachim
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Liquid Music Series: Nathalie Joachim

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim (Eighth Blackbird, Flutronix), “an edgy multi-genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute” (The Washington Post). Joachim brings her infectious passion for music and living tradition to Saint Paul in the culmination of her 2016.17 Liquid Music Virtual Residency. Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) explores Haitian song and the role of women’s voices in Haitian music culture. Joachim’s new arrangements and compositions for flute, string quartet, vocals and electronics, examine some of the most prominent female voices in Haitian music, tracking international influences and telling stories of political exile, cultural affirmation and independence.

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Liquid Music Series: Brian Hannerty
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Liquid Music Series: Brian Hannerty

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee, Ohio, a work which critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history. Known for his ability to “bring gem recordings up out of the basement and into the light” (New Music Box), Harnetty derives his compositional material from the sounds of production and Appalachian town life, reflecting the experience of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region, now immersed in a controversial fracking boom. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Glasser (with Robbie Lee & Eleonore Oppenheim) & big dog little dog
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Glasser (with Robbie Lee & Eleonore Oppenheim) & big dog little dog

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Glasser (aka Cameron Mesirow), known for her ethereal vocals and atmospheric electro-pop, will venture into fresh sonic territory with her new all-acoustic trio, which features multi-instrumentalist Robbie Lee and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim. They will be joined by big dog little dog, the new duo project of composer-violinist Jessie Montgomery (“daring…inventive” – New York Times; “turbulent, wildly colorful, exploding with life” – Washington Post), and the “quietly virtuosic” (New York Times) bassist and songwriter Eleonore Oppenheim. Each band will perform sets of their own material, then together they’ll premiere a new piece written for the 2018 Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Bent Knee & Mantra Percussion
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Bent Knee & Mantra Percussion

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“The silo-smashing sextet Bent Knee taps into chamber pop, industrial rock, metal and prog-rock” (Wall Street Journal). The hard-hitting, experimental Boston band comes together with the visionary, “superhuman” (Time Out New York) Mantra Percussion for new works expanding their already enormous scope and sound. The two ensembles will perform separate sets and then come together to premiere a new work by Bent Knee that weaves influences from across the rock, pop and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Flower, Hollenbeck, Iverson, Kihlstedt, Tordini & Zimmerli
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Flower, Hollenbeck, Iverson, Kihlstedt, Tordini & Zimmerli

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The evening begins with a CD release celebration of composer-saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli’s Clockworks, a musical meditation on time, in all its forms, performed by Zimmerli with former Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Chris Tordini and composer-jazz drummer John Hollenbeck. In the evening’s second half, pop/art song composer-violinist-vocalist Carla Kihlstedt and composer Jeremy Flower join Zimmerli, Tordini and Hollenbeck for the world premiere of Songs of Mourning, an exploration of sorrow ranging from the political to the personal, and other works from their cumulative pasts.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: ModernMedieval & Julianna Barwick
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: ModernMedieval & Julianna Barwick

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A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer & streamed live on Q2 Music

Some of the greatest voices in contemporary music come together! Julianna Barwick’s ethereal, powerfully emotive voice paired with celebrated performers of early music ascends into a thrilling and truly ecstatic sonic world. Featuring premieres of new works by Barwick, Caleb Burhans, “New York’s mohawked Mozart” (Time Out New York), and Caroline Shaw, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The three-member super-group ModernMedieval features former Anonymous 4 founder Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and Roomful of Teeth’s Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg.

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Liquid Music Series: TU Dance and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
Apr
19
to Apr 21

Liquid Music Series: TU Dance and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents “electrifying” (City Pages) contemporary dance troupe TU Dance, known for navigating complex themes of social change “with variety and innovation” (Star Tribune) and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, whose “rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge” (Pitchfork) and “hyper-modern balladeering” (The Guardian) has garnered Grammy Awards and significant international acclaim, come together in an unprecedented collaboration of local powerhouses. Taking place in the breathtaking and newly restored Palace Theatre, this evening-length commission features new music from Vernon as well as new choreography from TU Dance’s “incredible polyrhythmic genius” (Star Tribune) Uri Sands.

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Ecstatic Music Festival: Margaret Leng Tan premieres George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin & Kelly Moran
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Ecstatic Music Festival: Margaret Leng Tan premieres George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin & Kelly Moran

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A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer & streamed live on Q2 Music

“Margaret Leng Tan — the formidable doyenne of the avant-garde piano — has built a career on upending tradition, pushing her instrument into fresh, no-holds-barred sonic worlds,” raves the Washington Post. Tan gives the New York premiere of Metamorphoses, a major new work written for her by the seminal 20th century composer George Crumb, for amplified piano, toy piano, percussion and voice. Metamorphoses is performed with Monica Duncan’s video projections, in which atmospheric visual textures complement the music. Tan will also premiere two new EMF-commissioned pieces by young composers responding to Cage and Crumb’s influence: a work for prepared piano by Kelly Moran, and a haunting new piece by 2017 Rome Prize winner Suzanne Farrin that acknowledges not only Crumb’s important contribution to American music, but, in Farrin’s words, “also Margaret Leng Tan’s special role as the artist who has brought the piano’s insides to life on stage.” Works by Toby Twining and John Cage round out the program.

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Liquid Music Series: Grand Band
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Liquid Music Series: Grand Band

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Grand Band, a “supergroup” (New York Times) of New York City-based pianists who have joined forces to create a powerful piano sextet. The unconventional ensemble commissions new works and arrangements for their unique instrumentation and brings a wholly distinct sonic experience to audiences. Each one an accomplished performer in their own right, the combination of their musical prowess results in mesmerizing performances that have been described as “a miracle of ensemble coordination and sonic delight” (Kalamazoo Gazette). Grand Band’s Twin Cities debut includes the world premiere of Degenerate Psalms by the “consistently inventive and surprising” (New York Times), “thoroughly original” (Wall Street Journal) composer Missy Mazzoli.

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Liquid Music Series: Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole
May
31
to Jun 1

Liquid Music Series: Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Vijay Iyer, “one of his generation’s brightest jazz luminaries" (Time Out New York), WITH Teju Cole, “one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary writing” (Los Angeles Times) in a powerful new collaboration. Blind Spot combines Cole’s photography and spoken prose with Iyer’s “provocative and accessible, intellectually substantive and sensuously attractive” (Chicago Tribune) music in an investigation of humanity’s voluntary blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history. The program opens with new work by Iyer for piano quintet with musicians from the SPCO.

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Liquid Music Series: Emily Wells
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Liquid Music Series: Emily Wells

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents “quietly transfixing” violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells, known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation, deft approach to live sampling, and “dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs” (New York Times) that blend “traditionalism with electronic ambiance” (NPR). Speaking to our cultural moment, The World Is Too ____ For You includes new work inspired by hymns, imagined eulogies for loved ones and arrangements of Wells’ musicby Michi Wiancko. The performance also reveals new video work designed by Wells, drawing heavily from contemporary dance.

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Liquid Music Series: Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Liquid Music Series: Patricia Kopatchinskaja

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Patricia Kopatchinskaja, “one of classical music’s great risk takers” (Bachtrack), brings the music of 20th century composer, Marxist and staunch anti-fascist Luigi Nono to life in the Walker Art Center galleries. The fiery Moldovan violinist performs Nono’s La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, a late work for violin and electronics inspired by an inscription found on a monastery in Toledo, Spain: “Caminante, no hay caminos hay que caminar” (“Wanderer, there is no way, there is only walking”). Known for “alarmingly innovative” (LA Times) musical interpretation that “excites and puzzles” (New York Times), Kopatchinskaja brings contemporary perspective to Nono’s mid-century cry for meaningful political change.

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