Re:Sound New Music Festival 2019
Re:Sound is an annual new and experimental music festival presented by Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project (CUSP), an organization that champions new work in Northeast Ohio. CUSP curates innovative events that ignite curiosity about new music. As CUSP’s flagship project, Re:Sound provides a platform for the music of adventurous creators and performing artists of diverse backgrounds. The festival is becoming an integral part of our city’s fabric, striving to highlight Cleveland’s strengths, address its needs, and facilitate meaningful connections between artists and audiences.
On June 6-9, 2019, 14 acts that share our dedication to improvised and newly composed music will perform in six concerts. Our top-notch performers hail from near and far. They represent major cultural hubs (such as Chicago, Boston, and New York City), smaller communities (Lancaster, PA and Lawrence, KS), and cities in our region (Detroit and Cleveland). Most of the music was either written by the artists themselves or commissioned in close collaboration with today’s important emerging composers. The acts range from an acoustic string trio to elaborate multimedia projects, and many incorporate technology, movement, or adventurous forms of noise.
We selected venues with these acts in mind, and they include underground bars, art studios in warehouse spaces, repurposed storefronts, and sleek jazz clubs. The geographical reach of the festival is more expansive than our inaugural event last year, ranging from historic Slavic Village (south of Downton) to Asiatown (on the near East Side) to the vibrant Hingetown neighborhood (West Side). We have been able to grow our festival’s footprint due to the wealth of offbeat artistic spaces in our city, as well as our community’s appetite for experimental music.
Re:Sound is the only new music festival in Cleveland of its kind, and last year’s edition—our first—was a great success. We presented 27 acts from a pool of over 100 applicants. The weekend was jam-packed with seven concerts, a panel discussion, and plenty of group hangs. Most events were sold near capacity, and we received some great press. For four inspiring days in June, artists from across the nation congregated in our city to connect with each other and exchange ideas.
This year, we are also thrilled to debut CoLab, a new initiative that is intertwined with the Re:Sound festival. In the fall, we released a call for applications from local cis- and transgender female or gender non-conforming composers in grades 9-12. Two winners were selected. Each will collaborate with No Exit, one of Cleveland’s most established new music ensembles, on a piece that will be premiered at Re:Sound 2019. The project will also involve a workshop in the spring and mentorship with the ensemble’s director. Each participant will receive a recording of the performance and a monetary award. Through CoLab, we hope to encourage the creativity of young, promising musical voices.
Acclaimed cello/percussion duo New Morse Code plays “Hush” by Tonia Ko.
At Re:Sound 2019, New Morse Code will present two new collaborations between them and composers George Lam and Christopher Stark. The two works, “The Emigrants” and “The Language of Landscapes,” use electronics to highlight the engagement between the two members of New Morse Code and the communities from which they come and within which they inhabit. For more information on New Morse Code, please visit www.newmorsecode.com.
Chicago-based saxophone quartet ~Nois performs David Reminick’s “Consort.”
They will perform this work at Re:Sound 2019, alongside “Dwalm” by Gemma Peacocke. ~Nois contextualizes these newer works with a third composition from the longer history of American experimental music, Pauline Oliveros’s “Thirteen Changes.” For more information on ~Nois, please visit www.noissaxophone.com.
Bethany Younge’s “ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing into” is a part of “Glass Screams,” a collection of commissions by the energetic violin/viola duo andPlay.
andPlay will present “Glass Screams” at Re:Sound 2019. In addition to “ing ing…into,” the program features two other works by female composers: Leah Asher’s “Letters to my future self” and “Maps” by Sky Macklay. These works were all developed in close collaboration with the performers. For more information on andPlay, please visit www.andplayduo.com.
Start and End Dates
06/06/2019 — 06/09/2019