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The next generation of American composers at the Ojai Music Festival

Posted on September 2, 2016 by Ojai Music Festival
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Here’s one of our favorite concerts from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival, featuring the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and ICE performing the world premiere of Pa’lante by Tania Leon and new music by six young — and we mean young: 13 to 18 — LA Philharmonic Composer Fellows.  This performance on Sunday afternoon June 12,  2016 was free to the public and had hundreds of children in the audience, who listened to these spiky works with open ears.

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Another video from the 2016 Ojai Music Festival

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Ojai Music Festival
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Pauline Oliveros, Sonic Meditations performed by members of ICE at Meditation Mount in the hills above Ojai.  Recorded on the morning of June 10, 2016.

See and hear the 2016 Ojai Music Festival on YouTube

Posted on July 8, 2016 by Ojai Music Festival
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We invite everyone to experience all the new American music performed at the 2016 Ojai Music Festival on YouTube.  We’ll be posting a new video once a week for the next two months or so.  Here’s the first: the spectacular world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s This Might Also Be a Form of Dreaming with text by Claudia Rankine, performed by Roomful of Teeth and ICE.  Brad Wells conducts.  Also on the program is Leila Adu’s Alyssum with the Calder Quartet and Bridget Kibbey, harp and Du Yun’s An Empty Garlic with Claire Chase and Levy Lorenzo.

Overview

The 2016 Ojai Music Festival will feature performances of works by 7 contemporary American women composers, including 3 world premieres commissioned for this Festival. The composers represent multiple generations — from 16-year-old Sharon Hurvitz, who has been a Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellow for the past three years, to Pauline Oliveros, whose five-decade career creating boundary-dissolving sonic works makes her one of the towering figures of American new music. The list includes artists who are redefining what it means to be an “American” composer. Du Yun was born in Shanghai in 1977, educated in China and the US, and is now working around the world out of her New York base. Tania León was born in Cuba in 1943 and came to the US in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in 1967 – check out her own thoughts on the matter in this interview right here on NewMusicUSA http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/tania-leon-what-it-means-to-be-an-american-composer/. The pieces are:

  • Pauline Oliveros – Sonic Meditations
  • Caroline Shaw – Partita for 8 Voices; and By and By for voice and string quartet
  • Caroline Shaw – Don’t Let Me Be Lonely for voices and small chamber group, text by Claudia Rankine; world premiere commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival
  • Carla Kihlstedt – At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire, song cycle inspired by dream imagery for voices and chamber ensemble
  • Christine Southworth – Honey Flyers for string quartet
  • Du Yun – An Empty Garlic for bass flute, electronics, and tam-tam
  • Tania León – world premiere of a new work for string orchestra commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival
  • Sharon Hurvitz – world premiere of a commissioned new work for orchestra

The performers will be members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the vocal group Roomful of Teeth, the Calder Quartet, and soloists Claire Chase, flute and Carla Kihlstedt, voice and violin. Making their Festival debut — just 5 months after their amazing Super Bowl 50 halftime appearance — will be the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) in the two commissioned pieces for orchestra, alongside the professional musicians from ICE who have been mentoring them over the past year.

The performances will take place in different sites and at different times across the community. There will be two distinct programs of the Sonic Meditations on Friday and Saturday mornings at 9 am at Meditation Mount, a serene public retreat in the Ojai hills. Works by Kihlstedt, Yun and Shaw will be performed in two late afternoon concerts – “The Mystic Hour” – in Libbey Bowl, the Festival’s main venue.  The Calder Quartet will perform works by Shaw and Southworth at the Zalk Theater, which opens to the morning light, at 9 am. And the orchestral premieres will be performed for free at 1 pm on Sunday in Libbey Bowl, in a concert envisioned by Music Director Peter Sellars as an “an exuberant and free family event, featuring music written and performed by, with, and for children and anyone who is ready to listen to the world with fresh ears.”  We expect a total audience of about 4,000 people to participate, including 1,300 children, youth and families at the free concert.

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Vinko Globokar, “?Corporel”
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Performance by Steven Schick at the 69th Ojai Music Festival, June 12, 2015, 8:00 pm at Libbey Bowl. This is a recording of the complete concert dedicated entirely to modern and new works for solo percussion. The highlighted piece begins at 1:33:45.

Other works on the program:
Iannis Xenakis – “Rebonds”
Karlheinz Stockhausen – “Zyklus”
Kaija Saariaho – “Six Japanese Gardens”
David Lang – “The Anvil Chorus”
Lei Liang – “Trans”
Iannis Xenakis – “Psappha”

Michael Harrison, “Just Ancient Loops”
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Multi-media performance with Maya Beiser, cello; Bill Morrison, electronics and film; and Dave Cook, sound engineer at the 69th Ojai Music Festival, June 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm at Libbey Bowl. This is a recording of the complete “Late Night” concert. The highlighted piece begins at 8:45.

Other works on the program:
Osvaldo Golijov – “Mariel”
Roland Auzet – “La Cathedrale de misere” (staged version of Kurt Schwitter’s “Ursonate”)

George Lewis, “The Will to Adorn”
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Performance by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Steven Schick conductor at the 69th Ojai Music Festival, June 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm at Libbey Bowl. This is a recording of the complete concert. The highlighted work begins at 34:30.

Other works on the program:
Rand Steiger – “Template for Improvising Trumpeter and Ensemble”
Iannis Xenakis – “Thallein”
Julia Wolfe – “Four Marys” (world premiere of string orchestra version)
Lou Harrison – “Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra”

Start and End Dates

06/09/201606/12/2016

Location

Ojai, California

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Last update on September 2, 2016

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The annual Ojai Music Festival is an intensive and immersive musical experience bringing together creative artists and inquisitive audiences around intrepid programming. The Festival takes place over four days in June with more than 25 events from dawn to late night, in venues both indoors and out, across the village of Ojai. Each year we…

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