The Ensemble at CalArts: MINIMALIST means

The Ensemble at CalArts:


Charting an alternative path through minimalism and its legacy, The Ensemble at CalArts reaches beyond pulse-based patterns of harmonic accretion in search of the beating heart of “stripped-down,” “essential” music. Anchored by the ever-rewarding compositions of James Tenney — who stood as one of the most influential figures in the CalArts music community — the program looks overseas, to the work of Jo Kondo and Stephen Whittington, as well as close to home, with music made at, or through, CalArts by Harold Budd, Danny Clarke, Michael Jon Fink, Jordan Dykstra and Frederic Rzewski. The Ensemble, the resident professional group of CalArts’ Herb Alpert School of Music, is conducted by Mark Menzies, holder of the Hal Blaine Chair.

 +++JUST ADDED: WORLD PREMIERE of recently discovered 1978 work by John Cage+++++

Program, In Order:

Michael Jon Fink: As is thought/Aurora (bass clarinet, vibes, harp)

Jo Kondo: Yokohama (bass flute, piano, 2 violins)

Stephen Whittington: Music for Airport Furniture (string quartet)

Jordan Dykstra: Fathom Peaks Unseen (string quartet, bass, crotales)

Frederic Rzewski: Chains (narrator, bass clarinet, trombone, violin, cello)

Danny Clarke: Synapse (piano, string trio, flute, clarinet)

Harold Budd: string quartet                                                                                                             


interwoven through the following compositions: James Tenney: August Harp, a performance-tribute to Susan Allen

James Tenney: Harmonium 6 (fl, ob, cl, bass cl, trpt, trbn, string quartet)

James Tenney: Spectrum 5 (fl, ob, bass cl, bsn, vibes, harp, piano, viola)

John Cage: all sides of the small stone for erik satie and (secretly given to Jim Tenney as a koan) (1978, World Premiere)

James Tenney: (night) […for Harold Budd] (3 flutes, 4 trumpets, vibraphone, 3 basses)

James Tenney: Form 4 (In Memoriam Morton Feldman) (orchestra)

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