2012 Avant Music Festival
February 10-18, 2012, New York City

Five nights of music from the evolving Avant-Garde
Curated by Randy Gibson and Megan Schubert

February 10-18, 2012
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street, New York City

The third annual Avant Music Festival celebrates the 100th birthday of John Cage, the centennial of the premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, and contemporary experimental works by Randy Gibson, Eve Beglarian, and Jenny Olivia Johnson.

Schedule of Events:

All concerts begin at 8pm, except where noted

Friday, February 10, 2012

Randy Gibson's Circular Trance Surrounding The Second Pillar with The Highest Seventh Primal Cirrus, The Utmost Fundamental, and The Ekmeles Ending from Apparitions Of The Four Pillars

Video by Oscar Henriquez. Commissioned and Performed by Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble - Mellissa Hughes, soprano; Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Eric S. Brenner, soprano/countertenor; Patrick Fennig, countertenor; Matthew Hensrud, tenor; Michael Weyandt, baritone; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director with sine wave drones.

This piece is an Avant-Premiere, an updated and expanded version from the November, 2011 World Premiere at Music At First.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Celebrating John Cage at 100

4pm: John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes
Vicky Chow, piano.

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5.30pm: Composer Roundtable moderated by Megan Schubert
Eve Beglarian, Randy Gibson, and Jenny Olivia Johnson discuss John Cage, Contemporary Music, and the working life of a Composer. This is a free event. It will also be livestreamed.

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8pm: Cage, Unlocked

· John Cage: Living Room Music
loadbang - Alejandro T. Acierto, Andrew Kozar, William Lang, Jeffrey Gavett.

· John Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra
Vicky Chow, piano - with: loadbang, Gelsey Bell, Drew Blumberg, Nicole Camacho, and Victor Lowrie, orchestra.

· John Cage: Ryoanji
William Lang, trombone; Megan Schubert, voice; Randy Gibson, percussion.

· John Cage: Nocturne
Vicky Chow, piano; Drew Blumberg, violin.

· John Cage: Four3 performed as live musical accompaniment to the Merce Cunningham dance film Beach Birds for Camera
for rainsticks, piano, sine wave, silence - performed by Drew Blumberg, Vicky Chow, Randy Gibson, and William Lang.

This evening's program, celebrating John Cage's 100th birthday, was co-curated with Festival composers: Living Room Music (Johnson), Ryoanji (Gibson), Nocturne (Beglarian).

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire

The Pierrot Project: Megan Schubert, Sprechstimme; Nicole Camacho, flutes; Alejandro T. Acierto, clarinets; Josh Modney, violin and viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Chris Goddard, piano.

2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the World Premiere of Pierrot Lunaire.

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Jenny Olivia Johnson: An After School Vespers: 4 Songs on Youth/Sex/Death

Includes the works: Cutter, Dollar Beers (Redondo Beach '96), After School Vespers (Solemn), Starling.

The Pierrot Project with Megan Schubert and Lucy McVeigh, sopranos; Jude Traxler, percussion; Jeffrey Gavett, conductor; Jenny Olivia Johnson, electronics.

After School Vespers (Solemn) is a World Premiere, and was written for the festival performance.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Eve Beglarian's Songs from The River and Elsewhere

Eve Beglarian, voice; Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble - Megan Schubert, soprano; Rachel Calloway, mezzo soprano; Eric S. Brenner, soprano/countertenor; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director; Vicky Chow, piano; Ana Milosavljevic, violin.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012*

Randy Gibson's The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of the Four Pillars

Video by Oscar Henriquez. William Lang, trombone with sine wave drones and digital delay.

*Rescheduled due to technical difficulties

Monday, February 27, 2012

Randy Gibson's The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of the Four Pillars

Full World Premiere. Video by Oscar Henriquez. William Lang, trombone with sine wave drones and digital delay.

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