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Schulmeister/Pàmies Collaboration at ANODE 2014

Pàmies' new work [k(d_b)s] for solo double bass examines the parameters of musical text, performance technique, and interpretive intellect.

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Posted on May 16, 2014 by Kathryn Schulmeister

ANODE 2014 – Final Update

ANODE 2014 took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 10-12th, 2014. The festival kicked off with a workshop of new pieces by the composition students of Tulane University and closed with a concert and art exhibition opening at Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium. The 3-day festival engaged diverse communities in New Orleans, from college level music students to local art lovers. The range of events offered several opportunities to experience the music of 12 living composers, with each event using a different platform for presentation.

With the generous support of New Music USA, double bassist Kathryn Schulmeister and composer Joan Arnau Pàmies were able to attend ANODE 2014 to present their collaborative work on the piece [k(d_b)s] (2013) for solo double bass. The work was first presented in an open forum discussion at Tulane University on Friday, April 11th, and also performed in concert at the Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium on Saturday, April 12th.

Open Forum at Tulane University

ANODE 2014 hosted an open forum discussion at Tulane University with participating composers and performers in the festival, including special guest composer Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf. This event provided the opportunity for the ANODE 2014 artists to introduce and discuss their work with both students and faculty of Tulane University and also the general public. Joan Arnau Pàmies and Kathryn Schulmeister introduced the new work [k(d_b)s] with an explanation of the notation system, reflections on the interpretive process of preparing its performance, and a discussion about the issues this particular piece raises within the context of contemporary music culture. Discussion topics that engaged attendees in regards to [k(d_b)s] included the variability of sonic results that emerge from Pàmies’ notation system and the psychological experience of the interpreter as he/she deals with the decoupling of traditionally unified performance techniques.

Geometry of Sound Exhibition Opening + Concert at Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium

Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium participated in ANODE 2014 with the opening of a month-long exhibition titled Geometry of Sound, featuring an installation of sketches and manuscripts of compositions by young composers whose work creates a personalized transformation of traditional music notation. Each composer had a section of the gallery devoted to their work, showcasing a few examples of their scores in different chronological stages of the composition process. Additionally, each composer’s section provided an mp3 player and a set of headphones for gallery viewers to listen to excerpts of recordings of the composer’s work. The Geometry of Sound opening event featured a live solo performance by Kathryn Schulmeister. The concert program included 2 works, [k(d_b)s] by Joan Arnau Pàmies and The Crutch of Memory by Aaron Cassidy. Kathryn gave two separate performances of the full program, one set at the beginning of the gallery opening event, and the other after a 45 minute break. This break provided attendees the opportunity to enjoy refreshments while observing the installation of sketches, scores, and recording samples, and to discuss the works with the ANODE 2014 artists in attendance. Offering two performances of the program also gave gallery attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music in a casual and comfortable environment, inviting audience members to enjoy the visual stimulation of the installation and to freely move within the gallery during the performance.

Creating a space where people are free to engage with new music as a multi-sensory experience in a welcoming environment proved to be a refreshing and inviting approach to presenting works that are considerably challenging and abstract in relation to conventional classical music performance. ANODE 2014 successfully contributed a festival of events geared towards inviting the people of New Orleans to experience the exciting world of contemporary music.

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ANODE 2014 one week away!

Posted on April 5, 2014 by Joan Arnau Pàmies

We hope to see you a week from today in New Orleans! Please visit FOCI Arts for more information on ANODE 2014.

In the meantime, we invite you to listen to the recent world premiere performance of Pàmies’ per ser plagat de ta dolça ferida at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City. The piece was commissioned by loadbang with support from the Department of Culture of Generalitat of Catalonia. 

The text for per ser plagat de ta dolça ferida consists of four verses from four different poems by Valencian medieval poet Ausiàs March (ca. 1400-1459). 

vaig sobre neu, descalç, ab nua testa [LXVIII, 3]
corrent mal temps, perillant en la mar [LXXXI]
No te repos qui null’altra fi guarda [CV, 17]
per ser plagat de ta dolça ferida. [XXXVI, 1]

I go over snow, barefoot, head naked
running over bad weather, endangered in the sea
there is no rest for whomever keeps another purpose
to be plagued by your sweet wound.*

*English translation by Joan Arnau Pàmies

FOCI Arts Information and Recording of Pàmies’ PALIMPSESTUS Premiere

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Kathryn Schulmeister

Please check out the website fociarts.com for all details regarding the ANODE 2014 Fesitval and Symposium events. The website also features insightful blog posts by a variety of authors regarding interest in particular young composers and the art of interpretation in the context of certain trends in contemporary music. 

Also give a listen to the recording of the recent premiere of Joan Arnau Pàmies’ work for soprano, double bass, and percussion, titled PALIMPSESTUS. The premiere was performed by Nina Dante, soprano, Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass, and Ryan Packard, percussion, as a part of Fonema Consort’s residency at the Sounds of New Music Festival hosted by North Central College in Naperville, IL. 


[k(d_b)s] by Joan Arnau Pàmies is a new musical work for solo double bass that presents the ongoing collaboration between  bassist Kathryn Schulmeister and composer Joan Arnau Pàmies. In congruence with the artistic mission of ANODE 2014 (“Artistic New Orleans: Discussions & Extensions”), this collaboration explores the multidisciplinary intersection of visual stimulation, interpretive and perceptive psychology, and sonic form in music. The opportunity to present this work both in performance and also in open forum dialogue as a part of the ANODE 2014 events will not only strengthen the community of contemporary artists in New Orleans and Chicago (the city in which Schulmeister and Pàmies are currently based), but it will also allow the work to improve with relevant feedback and performance experience.

ANODE 2014 is a series of events curated and organized by the New Orleans based composer Ray Evanoff. The mission of the series is to promote the local contemporary music and art scene in New Orleans by presenting events to draw local artists together and also to introduce artists from across the country to contribute and share their work. [k(d_b)s] will be performed in concert, publicly discussed by both the composer and performer in a panel discussion with participating artists, and the score will also be on display in a local art gallery as part of an exhibition showcasing the visual content of contemporary musical notation and scores.

[k(d_b)s] is a significant work because it creates a viscerally stimulating solo performance that utilizes unconventional performance techniques and abstract sonic material. It is a work that challenges the status quo of performance, Western classical musical notation, and perceptive experience in music. The score itself is created in an original graphic notation system created by the composer.

Presenting [d(k_s)b] in ANODE 2014 will provide the participating artists and the attending audience members to benefit from the experience of forward thinking music – both in composition and in performance. With the multi-faceted experience of hearing the music performed, learning the processes that created the collaboration, and also seeing the visual element of the work, participants engaged in these events will be able to holistically appreciate the quality of this underrepresented and rarely performed music.

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Recording of Kathryn Schulmeister’s performance of [d(k_s)b]
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2011 recording of [d(k_s)b], a work that serves as a prelude to the 2013 creation of [k(d_b)s].

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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San Diego, California
Hawaii-born bassist Kathryn Schulmeister is currently living in San Diego, USA. She is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance at the University of California, San Diego. With an adventeruous curiosity for collaborative environments, Kathryn’s enthusiasm for seeking opportunities to integrate improvisation, movement and theatre into her creative practice have led…

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Chicago, Illinois
ANODE 2014 Director
New Orleans, Louisiana


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