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7/28 Performance of Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo

Posted on August 3, 2017 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

Gran Turismo

Andrew Norman has provided the following program note to accompany Gran Turismo:

“Right around the time I began sketching a motoric, virtuoso piece for violin ensemble, I discovered Futurist art for the first time. And right around the time I discovered Futurist art, I encountered—in a brief but blazing way—an addictive car racing video game that bears the name Gran Turismo. Soon I realized I was experiencing one of those serendipitous moments when the disparate facets of my life fall into an unexpected resonance with one another. The musical ideas, the art, and the video game all shared things in common-most obvious among them the subject matter of really fast cars. They also shared a certain flamboyant machismo that I associate strongly with the Italian peninsula (it is the Italians, after all, who produced Vivaldi, Marinetti, and Ferrari). There were other striking parallels as well; the “force lines” that rigorously divided space and created a dramatic sense of visual rhythm in much Futurist art—notably present in Giacomo Balla’s 1913 and 1914 paintings of speeding cars found on this and the previous page—resembled the jerky sequences of imagery in the video game, which in turn became a metaphor for the cut-and-splice method of juxtaposition that permeates the violin piece. In addition, the reiteration of fragmentary motives in the art recalled the repetitive visual vocabulary of the racing game as well as the obsessive motivic hammering of the violin music. The limited color pallet of the Balla paintings seemed fitting to describe a piece scored for a pack of like instruments, and the competition between leader and followers at the core of the video game had many parallels in the Baroque model of soloist versus ensemble that is a prominent modus operandi in the piece.

“I let these intriguing resonances rev up for a time in my head, and when I finally set my pencil to the start line the piece took off. Much like the music itself, the process was fast and furious and full of stop-on-a-dime changes. It was a creative joyride to work on a piece that, from the opening gesture to the final bar, is headed along only one emphatic trajectory: HIGHER! LOUDER! FASTER!”

Photo by Acadia Mezzofanti.

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7/30 GAMPER FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CONCERT

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

Presented as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival since 1965, the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music represents a sustained commitment to nurturing and promoting the music of our time. Over its history, the Gamper Festival has celebrated many of the most significant composers such as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, George Crumb, and Ralph Shapey as well as new voices at the start of their careers. The Gamper Festival is programmed by Derek Bermel. 

Photo from the performance of:

JULIAN GRANT
Études Transcendentales
Amalia Rinehart, toy piano

Photo by Acadia Mezzofanti.

7/29 GAMPER FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CONCERT

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

Presented as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival since 1965, the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music represents a sustained commitment to nurturing and promoting the music of our time. Over its history, the Gamper Festival has celebrated many of the most significant composers such as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, George Crumb, and Ralph Shapey as well as new voices at the start of their careers. The Gamper Festival is programmed by Derek Bermel. 

Photo from the performance of:

JENNY BECK
Gather What Falls
Sarah Yeoh-Wang, harp • Misha Vayman, Linda Lee, violin • SoHui Yun, viola
Roberto Arundale, cello

Jenny is a 2017 Composition Fellow, seen here conducting the ensemble.

Photo by Acadia Mezzofanti.

7/27 Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music Concert

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

Presented as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival since 1965, the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music represents a sustained commitment to nurturing and promoting the music of our time. Over its history, the Gamper Festival has celebrated many of the most significant composers such as Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, George Crumb, and Ralph Shapey as well as new voices at the start of their careers. The Gamper Festival is programmed by Derek Bermel. 

Photo from the performance of:

ANDREW NORMAN
Mine Mime Meme
Leo Sussman, flute • Bixby Kennedy, clarinet • Jennifer Gersten, violin • So Sugiyama, cello
Chewon Park, piano • Sofia Carbonara, percussion

Photo by Acadia Mezzofanti.

7/27 The Music of Andrew Norman Lecture

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

“The Music of” series is an opportunity to learn about and experience the creative process of a living composer. These distinguished artists will discuss aspects of their music and inspirations and then accept questions from the audience.

Photo by Acadia Mezzofanti.

7/26 Performance of Andrew Norman’s Frank’s House

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Bowdoin International Music Festival

This week the Festival welcomes Andrew Norman, named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year. Norman’s work frequently demands unconventional techniques of performers, drawing inspiration from narrative forms, temporal distortions, and architecture. Indeed, in Frank’s House, Norman contemplates the residence of architect Frank Gehry, transporting the audience to Santa Monica, California.

ANDREW NORMAN
Frank’s House
Amalia Rinehart, Min Joo Yi, piano • Luke Rinderknecht, Griffin Harvey, percussion

Overview

Presented as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival (BIMF) each summer since 1964, the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music nurtures and promotes music of our time, bringing composers to Maine to have their works publically performed and to work with gifted young musicians, ages 12 to 29, from around the world. Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel is the Gamper Festival’s composer-in-residence and curator.

The 2017 Gamper Festival will host American composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, Andrew Norman (b. 1979), to conduct a week long residency, July 24 – 30, 2017, during which he will work with young composition students and give a public master class. Additionally, BIMF’s world-renowned Faculty will perform two to three of Norman’s compositions as part of our Gamper Festival program.

The 2017 Gamper Festival theme, “Beyond Borders”, will focus on ways in which the creativity of composers and musicians often defy categorization or classification. Throughout history, music has been energized by artists who actively embrace cultural, ethnic, genre, and other expressions of diversity, inspiring new artistic direction and achievement. Mr. Norman will bring his creative process to campus to interact with the Festival on every level, his works drawing on eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices from both the avant-garde and classical traditions.

Mr. Norman is increasingly interested in story-telling in music, and specifically in the ways non-linear, narrative-scrambling techniques from other time-based media like movies and video games might intersect with traditional symphonic forms. His distinctive, often fragmented and highly energetic voice has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors,” in the Boston Globe for its “staggering imagination,” and in the L.A. Times for its “audacious” spirit and “Chaplinesque” wit. Norman is named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year; is the recipient of the 2004 Jacob Druckman Prize, the 2005 ASCAP Nissim and Leo Kaplan Prizes, the 2006 Rome Prize, the 2009 Berlin Prize and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. He joined the roster of Young Concert Artists as Composer in Residence in 2008 and held the title “Komponist für Heidelberg” for the 2010-2011 season.

The Gamper Festival annually features exemplary composers and new compositions by gifted young composers. Recognized Guest Composers of the last three years include Luke DuBois, Kevin Puts, Chen Yi, Samuel Adler, Sebastian Currier, Vivian Fung, Elliott Schwartz, and Kaija Saariaho. Young composers include Allan Chen, Roger Zare, and Christopher Trapani. All programs take place at Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus, attracting hundreds of people nightly to the free-admission concerts.

BIMF comprises seven concert series and an intensive summer study program featuring 70 world-class artists and over 250 gifted young musicians. Over six weeks, BIMF presents over 100 concerts and educational programs on the Bowdoin College campus and area communities to audiences totaling 15,000.  While much of BIMF’s work draws from classical chamber music repertoire, contemporary music is interwoven into every music series and program, in addition to the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music.

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Bowdoin International Music Festival-Composition Program
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The Bowdoin International Music Festival’s composition study and performance program culminates at the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, our composition festival program.

Foumai Concerto Grosso Gamper Festival Performance
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This is a partial recording of the 2016 Kaplan Fellow performance of Michael-Thomas Foumai’s composition written especially for the Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellows. The completion of the composition followed his participation as the inaugural BIMF Kaplan Fellow of Composition in 2015.

Start and End Dates

07/24/201707/30/2017

Location

BRUNSWICK, Maine

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Each summer, the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings more than 325 classical musicians – distinguished artist-instructors, celebrated performers, and gifted students – to Maine from around the world. This renowned annual event encompasses six weeks of intensive individual and chamber-music study, with more than 100 concerts and programs.

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