New Music Festival

OCTOBER 16-19, 2013
For this year’s New Music Festival, guest composer George Lewis, Ensemble Dal Niente and a host of other visiting composers and performers will be in residence at the College of Musical Arts for four days of concerts, presentations, art exhibitions, lectures and more.
George Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work as composer, improviser, performer and interpreter explores electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and notated and improvisative forms, and is documented on more than 140 recordings.
His oral history is archived in Yale University's collection of "Major Figures in American Music," and his compositions and installations have been presented by the American Composers Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Wet Ink, the Turning Point Ensemble, Ensemble Erik Satie, Works and Process, the S.E.M. Ensemble, the NOW Orchestra, Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and others, with commissions from the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, OPUS (Paris), IRCAM, Musee des Sciences et des Industries La Villette, Harvestworks, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others.  His widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself:  The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) is a recipient of the 2009 American Book Award. Most recently, Lewis was selected by United States Artists as a 2011 USA Walker Fellow.
Professor Lewis came to Columbia in 2004, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, Mills College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Simon Fraser University's Contemporary Arts Summer Institute. He has served as music curator for the Kitchen in New York, and has collaborated in the "Interarts Inquiry" and "Integrative Studies Roundtable" at the Center for Black Music Research (Chicago).
Lewis has worked closely with film/video artists Stan Douglas and Don Ritter, as well as with contemporary musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Anthony Davis, Bertram Turetzky, Count Basie, David Behrman, David Murray, Derek Bailey, Douglas Ewart, Evan Parker, Fred Anderson, Frederic Rzewski, Gil Evans, Han Bennink, Irene Schweizer, J.D. Parran, James Newton, Joel Ryan, Joelle Leandre, John Zorn, Leroy Jenkins, Michel Portal, Misha Mengelberg, Miya Masaoka, Muhal Richard Abrams, Richard Teitelbaum, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Steve Lacy and Wadada Leo Smith.
Ensemble Dal Niente Ensemble Dal Niente is an artist-driven ensemble dedicated to interpreting and promoting contemporary music through public performances, collaborative projects, recordings, and outreach. Its programming challenges convention to re-define the listening experience and advance the art form. By bringing new music to new audiences in new venues through fearless, engaging, and imaginative concerts, Dal Niente pushes the limits of its performers and broadens the perspective of its listeners. With a roster of 21 young virtuosos, its flexible instrumentation makes possible limitless sonic combinations; the ensemble presents music for solo instrument, for small ensemble, for chamber orchestra, for electronic media, and everything in between. The ensemble seeks to foster a sustainable, productive environment that puts musicians and composers in an optimal position to further the progress of music today.
* Dal Niente’s appearance is supported in part by grants from the Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.


Wednesday, October 16
Exhibition Opening and Performance:
New Art & Sound, an exhibition of multimedia works by Terry Adkins, George Lewis and Pamela Z, opens with a performance by Pamela Z in the Dorothy Uber Bryan gallery. The exhibit continues through November 17.
7pm, Bryan Gallery, School of Art

Thursday, October 17
Composer Talk: George Lewis
Featured composer George Lewis discusses his music.
1pm, Bryan Recital Hall

Concert 1 – Chamber works by Allen Shearer, Richard Carrick, Mario Lavista and Martin Rokeach
3pm, Bryan Recital Hall

Concert 2 – Ensemble works by George Lewis, Christopher Dietz, Mathew Fuerst (world premiere) and Nils Vigeland
7:30pm, Kobacker Hall

Concert 3 – Ensemble Dal Niente and Friends – works by Stefan Prins, Johannes Kreidler, Marcos Balter, Girard Kratz, Shai Cohen and Alvin Lucier, performed by guest ensemble Dal Niente and BGSU graduate students
9:30pm, Clazel Theatre

Friday, October 18
Concert 4 – Chamber works by Stephen Hartke, Nicole Mitchell, Helmut Lachenmann, Alex Mincek, and Kurt Isaacson
10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall

Concert 5 – Ensemble works by George Lewis, Theodor Burkali, Marilyn Shrude and Stuart Saunders Smith
2:30pm, Kobacker Hall

Concert 6 – Ensemble Dal Niente – new works by George Lewis (world premiere), Mikel Kuehn (world premiere), Enno Poppe, Evan Johnson and Rebecca Saunders
8pm, Kobacker Hall

Saturday, October 19
Young Composers Concert
10:30am, Bryan Recital Hall
Composer Talk
George Lewis and Rob Wallace (editor of the essay collection People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz Is Now!) discuss improvisation in multiple disciplines, followed by an improvisation by BGSU students and faculty.
Noon, Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery Lobby, School of Art

Concert 7 – Electroacoustic Works by Carter Rice, Marcos Balter (world premiere), Peter Ablinger, George Lewis, Joseph Klein, John Drumheller and Tim Roy

2:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Concert 8 – Wind Symphony and Philharmonia – works by Braxton Blake (world premiere), Cindy McTee, Yiwen Shen, Michael Gandolfi and Joel Puckett, featuring clarinetist Kevin Schempf and flutist Conor Nelson
8pm, Kobacker Hall ($)

The festival schedule is subject to change.
The Moore Musical Arts Center houses Bryan Recital Hall and Kobacker Hall.
The Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery is located in the School of Art building, south of the Wolfe Center and east of the Library.
The Clazel Theatre is located at 127 N. Main Street in downtown Bowling Green.
Most events are free and open to the public.
Tickets for the final Saturday concert can be purchased at www.bgsu.edu/arts. Online tickets will be available up to midnight the night before the concert. To purchase tickets in person or by phone, please call 419-372-8171 or visit the Arts Box Office, located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts, Monday-Friday, noon-5pm. The College of Musical Arts Box Office will be open two hours prior to the performance.