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Affinity Brass Rehearsal
Affinity Brass rehearses Erik Carlson’s new sextet.
Sound files for Peckinpah Trios now available
Excellent Turnout for Andrew Lafkas
Very grateful to the attentive 78 listeners who turned out to experience Andrew Lafkas’ new work last night!
Andrew Lafkas: creating a space
A brief writing on tonight’s concert and the purpose of this series can be found here: http://www.mufoco.net/writing/2014/8/28/andrew-lafkas-creating-a-space
Andrew Lafkas Rehearsal
Andrew Lakfas (L) with Barry Weissblatt and Rick Brown (R)
9/6/14 Andrew Lafkas and ensemble
Music for contemplation in the New York times!!
Check out this write up of our last concert by Steve Smith
At the risk of hyperbole, it seemed likely that fewer notes were played during a 110-minute performance of “Peckinpah Trios,” a 2004 piece by the Dutch composer Antoine Beuger, on Saturday night, than might have been contained in a single ringtone on an audience member’s smartphone. No one present could make the comparison the hard way, thanks to the standard cautionary announcement.
The performance, by the trombonist Craig Shepard, the saxophonist Tyler William Wilcoxand the hammered-dulcimer player Dan Joseph, constituted the second event of Music for Contemplation, a new concert series at theChurch of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These musicians and one more, the violinist Erik Carlson, established the series to present music that promotes stillness and permits rumination — most of it contemporary and avant-garde in character.
That’s not to say there were no distractions on Saturday. To facilitate a suitable environment, the series presenters lock the doors before a concert starts. Not quite five minutes into this one, a latecomer’s insistent knocking resounded throughout the ornate Lombard Romanesque chapel.
Viewed from another perspective, though, the knocking was part of the experience. Mr. Beuger, born in 1955, is a founder of the Wandelweisercollective, a loose confederation of disparate, globally dispersed composers bound by the implications of John Cage’s notorious “silent” piece, “4’33”,”as well as other works by Cage and Christian Wolff.
Taken too often as mere provocation, “4’33” ” presents a radical rethinking of the relationships among performer, composer, material, listener and environment. Wandelweiser members have mined that rich lode of intersecting variables in a variety of ways. Accordingly, “Peckinpah Trios” is permeable to interference almost by definition. Each of its 50 pages — some or all of which can be used in any rendition — contains one, two or three sustained notes per player, with attacks and durations determined individually.
“It may last 90 minutes,” Mr. Shepard, a Wandelweiser composer himself, told the small but rapt audience. “It is conceivable that the concert tonight will last five hours,” he added. For nearly two hours, the players whispered notes into the air, alone, in pairs and occasionally all together.
Adjusting to the space and stillness, perception changed slowly but markedly. Were the cars and buses rumbling past the church louder in the second hour than in the first? Were the planes flying lower overhead? Most likely, the answer to those questions was “no.” Yet everything sounded more acute, lively and present — qualities enhanced by the keen listening that the music enabled.
updated schedule of concerts
Saturday, March 1st
Eva-‐Maria Houben: tranquility (premier) Tyler Wilcox (bass clarinet), Christopher Johnson (organ)
Saturday, April 5th
Antoine Beuger: Peckinpah Trios Arranged and realized by: Craig Shepard (trombone), Tyler Wilcox (soprano sax) Dan Joseph (hammer dulcimer)
Saturday, May 3rd
Orlando di Lasso, Sequuntur Cantiones (sine textu) Larry Polansky: Christian Music Anastassis Philippakopoulos: Song 6, Song (for trombone) Jack Callahan: substantia absolute infinita Craig Shepard, Mark Broschinsky (trombones)
Saturday, September 6th
Andrew Lafkas and Ensemble present a new work
Saturday, October 4th
Michael Oesterle: l’hiver monastiqie Erik Carlson (violin)
Saturday, November 1st Four for Six
New works by Erik Carlson, Dan Joseph, Craig Shepard, Tyler Wilcox Affinity Brass Sextet
Doors open at 7:30 pm
All concerts begin promptly at 8:05 pm
Most concerts do not allow late admission
$15 each at the door
Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary
259 North 5th St, at Havemeyer and Metropolitan
Brooklyn, NY 11211
In co-operation with the Parish of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (www.olmcchurchbk.com)
First Concert this Saturday
Very excited to hear Tyler and Christopher perform this Saturday.
Music for Contemplation aims to engage a completely new audience for radical contemporary music in a historic church through a series of six concerts dedicated to presenting compositions with open structures, quiet dynamics and use of silence. Taking place at the Church of the Annunciation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the series offers new music with a special focus on the contemplative nature of listening. The series includes premieres of works by five New York composers.
Location: Church of the Annunciation
255 North 5th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
CONCERT 1 – March
Evening with Eva-Maria Houben
New Work by composer Eva-Maria Houben performed by Tyler Wilcox (bass clarinet) and Diego Tornelli (organ).
CONCERT 2 – April
Evening with Andrew Lafkas
The premiere of a new concert length composition by Andrew Lafkas performed by his ensemble: Ann Adachi (flute), Kenny Wang (violin), Karen Waltuch (viola),Andrew Lafkas (contrabass) and Adam Diller (saxophone).
CONCERT 3 – May
Craig Shepard (trombone), Tyler Wilcox (bass clarinet), and Dan Joseph (hammer dulcimer) perform Antoine Beuger’s Peckinpah Trios.
CONCERT 4 – September
Canons and Angels
The program includes Angels by Carl Ruggles, Canons by Aldo Clementi, and works by Larry Polansky, Jack Callahan, and Craig Shepard; performed by Affinity Brass and guests
CONCERT 5 – October
Four for Six
New pieces for brass sextet by Craig Shepard, Tyler Wilcox, Tucker Dulin, and Erik Carlson; performed by Affinity Brass
CONCERT 6 – November
Harpist Colleen Potter Thornburn performs James Tenney’s August Harp.
This an excerpt of a recording of the premiere performance on june 28th 2013 at the Church of the Assumption.
Performed by Mark Broschinsky, Will Lang, Sebastian Vera, James Rogers (Trombones), Rachel Golub & Mario Gotoh (violins), Victor Lowrie (viola), and John Popham (cello).
This sample was chosen due to the strong positive feedback this performance received which lead to the proposal of this series. Octet is a 20 minute work comprised of shifting voicings of a chord alternated with silences.
Start and End Dates
01/01/2014 — 12/31/2014
Brooklyn, New York
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