ArtEZ General Study Workshop

18/03/2017 - 14:47

ArtEZ University of the Arts based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, asked me to come give a workshop for their Lost in Transition general study day on 16 March where they bring creative students from different art disciplines together. It was the Netherland’s national election day and I had just returned from weeks in North America. What a way to land.

We spent 3.5 hours making, interpreting and remaking one another’s works based on the concepts and practical expressions of transitions. I was flabbergasted and touched to be part of such original, resourceful and wise work coming from these young artists.

West Coast Tour 2017

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David Dramm and I took it upon ourselves to tour together after a 22 year hiatus. We started with a concert at our homebase, Splendor Amsterdam, where we could try a few things out before we hit the road.

I played radical repertoire including works by Sam Pluta, Hugo Morales, David Dramm, Yannis Kyriakides and myself and David told stories about our former tours. We ended the concert with a story that we told together.

First stop was Chicago which is not on the west coast and David was not there. Sam Pluta and I recorded his sonically intense and tremendous to perform Delay/Line. I gave a couple of composition seminars and we joined our favorite bassoon players Katie Young and Dana Jessen for an improv concert at Elastic Arts that was reminiscent of a concert in Splendor that Shackle produced a couple of years ago.

Recording Sam Pluta’s Delay/Line. Univ of Chicago.

David and I met up in Vancouver where he met with the students of John Korsrud and joined me for a concert produced by Music on Main. We get together with David Pay, the director of Music on Main, in the Netherlands and it was a treat to finally spend time with him on his own turf. What a stunning venue the Fox Cabaret is!

Vancouver is the home of the NOW Society run by colleague and close friend, Lisa Cay Miller. We managed to squeeze in a play at the NOW Society INsphere Sessions. I like the way Lisa hears and reacts when we play together. Jeff Younger joined us as did a few others. Nice night of improv with a lot of circular breathing.

Next came a residency at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I fell in love with the mountain that hovers over the campus. The snowy cliffs and peaks bewitched us with light and shadows moment to moment for four days. I collaborated with six student composers and recorded their flute/electronics compositions. A gratifying lip-buster and just the beginning. We will work together again in Amsterdam in June in a BYU/Splendor exchange residency. David taught lessons for a full day, we gave a joint lecture on Splendor and our work, I led an improv class and we finished with a concert. The rewards of spending time with the musical community of BYU were felt by all.

Another early flight took us to San Francisco where we got in a car and drove to Santa Cruz, American style. We gave another Composition Colloquim and enjoyed the challenge of tweaking our duo presentation. The students told us we brought a freshness to the seminar formant by handing the lead back and forth and into the public.

Our concert was in the Radius Gallery run by the Indexical Foundation. Bravo Indexical for creating a vibrant series with a curious audience from scratch!

The last concert was at the San Francisco Center For New Music. The audience included some new and some dear old friends. Performing for them in such an intimate space gave the concert a sort of conversational flavor. Hello, we’re here to tell you our stories.

Meerenai Shin was the curator for the Center For New Music Concert and this was her last concert.

The Saturday March

13/02/2017 - 21:22

I was in San Diego, California on January 21, 2017:

We, San Diego Women’s March, peacefully marched in San Diego in solidarity with the Women’s March in DC. We are dedicated to a free and open society. Together we stand united in our respect for all people and we resist the marginalization of anyone. As a diverse, inclusive community of compassionate people, we seek to strengthen and continue our commitment to work for the protection of women’s rights. We stand firm in agreement that women’s rights are human rights.

San Diego, 21 January 2017

With flutist colleagues Jane Rigler and Lisa Cella

John Fonville Portrait Concert

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I first heard about the legendary John Fonville when I was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in the late 1970’s. John had finished his doctorate not long before my arrival and had left a significant mark including his reputation as an adventuresome flutist. I felt that I was following in the footsteps of someone with whom I shared some musical passions and I had never even met the man!

Some years went by and in 1985 I thought a doctorate would be the next path for me so I paid John a visit at UCSD.

Click: We did indeed share some musical passions.

For the next two years we played microtones, multiphonics and developed a duo that the world has never seen the likes of. We commissioned, we improvised and we worked with our friends and colleagues knowing that, in our initmate cirlce, we were forging ground for the flute repertoire of the late 20th century. A bit presumptious of us but we were super motivated to the point of obsessive in our mission.

Our duo continued for a few years with our last performances in Europe at the end of the 1980’s.

Then John and I continued our separate career paths, meeting up occassionally in San Diego when I would pass through.

I still often meet John in my mind, thinking about his particular musicality, virtuosity and unique approach to dealing with the flute. I also think warmly about all those hours we spent learning the Mong Songs, Unengraced and By and taking turns ranting about the injustices of life.

Our music lives on.

Splendor Parade 2017

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One of Splendor’s calling cards is that we like to keep our members on their toes. We opened 2017 in a different location than the last few Parades and we put together a performance space in the round that was all about Opera. The SplendOpeRa.

Imagine, about 30 musicians playing new, old and improvised music that was somehow linked to Opera for 70 minutes in a warehouse with the public in the middle and the performers moving from podium to podium around them!

Maze in Berlin

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We made our way to Berlin for a short stay on a snowy day. The concert was part of The Kontraklang Tactile Paths Festival which was a continued celebration of Christopher William’s PhD accomplishments.

We played works that we love to play by Justin Bennett, Yannis Kyriakides and me plus the added extra of Jitterbug by Annea Lockwood who came over from the US to be part of the festivities.

Tactile Paths Defense

30/12/2016 - 11:11

Defending a PhD with music. That made my day!
Especially since I got to see old friends who served as external experts and play part of Cardew’s Treatise.

Check out the dissertation by Christopher Williams here.

Justin Bennett, Reinier van Houdt, me, Christopher Williams.

Paradiso Christmas Matinee

- 10:58

Here in Holland we celebrate Christmas for two days. On the second day a brass band, a jazz trio plus some ringers sang and played music by Laurie Anderson, David Dramm, Leonard Cohen, Kris Berry and more to continue the holiday spirit.

The Brass Band, The Jazz Band and the rest of us.

Diamanda Dramm

David Dramm

Frank Starik

New Emergences #5

18/12/2016 - 16:32

New Emergences is a lecture and discussion series highlighting the current debates around gender in electronic, contemporary and experimental music.

They presented their 5th edition in Splendor Amsterdam on 13 December and they asked me to be the moderator this time.

I have enjoyed the role of keynote speaker and panel member in the past and this time the challenge was terrific since I was hosting the event in Splendor and acting as moderator for a highly charged panel and public.

The keynote speaker was Kate Moore and the panel members were Henriëtte Post, Joel Ryan and Rozalie Hirs. Look them up. They are formidable people and accomplished in their work.

Kate’s keynote was poetic, informative and confronting all at the same time and the panel members and public grappled with the issues she put forward with passion.

Gender issues are hot.

I was particularly inspired by the stories that came from the younger generation which included shaking up academic curricula and forming feminist activity and action groups.

Kate Moore. Keynote speaker.

Kate Moore. Keynote speaker.

The panel. La Berge, Post, Hirs, Moore, Ryan.

The panel. La Berge, Post, Hirs, Moore, Ryan.

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Semay Wu. The head of New Emergences.

Semay Wu. The head of New Emergences.

Make and Remake

05/11/2016 - 20:40

I led a four day workshop for Composition, Sonology and Art Science students from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague called Make and Remake where they furiously researched and constructed sound and visual installations in record time.

The results were unexpectedly complex and engaging. Wow.

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