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Happy Birthday John

September 5th, 2013 by Avant Media

All 147 addresses for John Cage’s 49 Waltzes For The Five Boroughs are now up on Foursquare. Explore the city with new ears!

The Third Pillar – Full World Premiere

February 21st, 2012 by Randy

Third Pillar Image

Dear friends and listeners,

Following the truncated, partial premiere last Saturday as part of the 2012 Avant Music Festival, William Lang and I are very excited to present the Full World Premiere of The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of The Four Pillars on Monday, February 27th, 2012, at 8PM at The Wild Project.

Anyone that was at the performance on the 18th, is invited back as our guests to this premiere, and I’m hoping that this last minute change in schedule will allow even more people to experience Will’s transcendent playing as it was intended.

Tickets to this special premiere are available now.

In harmony,

Randy

2012 Avant Music Festival – Night 5 – Gibson’s The Third Pillar

February 18th, 2012 by Avant Media

This post is the final in a series examining each night of the 2012 Avant Music Festival through program notes, thoughts, video, sound, &c.

Saturday, February 18, 8:00 PM –Randy Gibson’s The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of The Four Pillars
- The Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street
Tickets at the door will be $15($10)

Tonight marks the World Premiere of the latest installment of Randy Gibson’s drone-epic, Apparitions of The Four Pillars. The World Premiere of a Three Hour Trombone solo written for and performed by William Lang. With video created by Oscar Henriquez and lighting design by Kryssy Wright.

Click Through to read full thoughts from Lang and Gibson »

2012 Avant Music Festival – Days Three and Four – Schoenberg, Johnson, and Beglarian

February 16th, 2012 by Avant Media

This post is the third in a series examining each night of the 2012 Avant Music Festival through program notes, thoughts, video, sound, &c.

Friday, February 17, 8:00 PM – Eve Beglarian’s Songs From The River and Elsewhere
- The Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street
Tickets On Sale Now – $12($8 students) discounted online presale
there are no fees for buying tickets online, tickets at the door will be $15($10)

Wednesday night saw a beautiful staging of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire paired with Jenny Olivia Johnson’s remarkable An After School Vespers: 4 Songs on Youth/Sex/Death – There will be more images and documentation coming of that evening soon, but in the mean time, here’s a great review by Brian Rosen.

On Friday night, February 17th, The Avant Music Festival presents Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Vicky Chow, violinist Ana Milosavljevic, and singer/composer Eve Beglarian in a full evening of Beglarian’s electroacoustic music, featuring songs from the epic River Project alongside other significant songs from the composer.

These two nights share a common thread featuring vocal works, mixed with electronics and video to create a full audio-visual experience.

Click Through to read full Program Notes from both composers »

2012 Avant Music Festival – Day Two – Celebrating John Cage at 100

February 10th, 2012 by Avant Media

This post is the second in a series examining each night of the 2012 Avant Music Festival through program notes, thoughts, video, sound, &c.

Saturday, February 11, 4:00/5:30/8:00 PM – Cage, Unlocked: Celebrating John Cage at 100
- The Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street
Tickets On Sale Now – $12($8 students) discounted online presale
there are no fees for buying tickets online, tickets at the door will be $15($10)

The Avant Music Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth with “Cage, Unlocked,” a marathon day of the composer’s music. Pianist Vicky Chow kicks off the marathon with Cage’s prepared piano masterpiece, Sonatas and Interludes (4PM) and the evening’s all-Cage program features Living Room Music, Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Ryoanji, Nocturne, and Four3 (8PM). With Loadbang, Vicky Chow, Drew Blumberg, Megan Schubert, and Randy Gibson.

The evening closes with a very special performance of Cage’s Four3 for 12 rainsticks, piano, silence, and sine wave as live musical accompaniment to the Merce Cunningham Dance film directed by Elliot Caplan, Beach Birds for Camera.

Click Through to read Program Notes from Randy Gibson »

Cage Match

February 10th, 2012 by Avant Media

Today at 1PM Avant Music Festival curator Randy Gibson will join Olivia Giovetti on The New Canon on Q2 to discuss Cage and his lasting influence in an episode entitled, appropriately, Cage Match.

Listen and chat live here

2012 Avant Music Festival – Night One – Gibson’s Circular Trance

February 1st, 2012 by Avant Media

This post is a first in a series examining each night of the 2012 Avant Music Festival through program notes, thoughts, video, sound, &c.

Festival Opening – Friday February 10th, 2012 – 8PM
- The Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street
Tickets On Sale Now – $12($8 students) discounted online presale

there are no fees for buying tickets online, tickets at the door will be $15($10)

The third annual Avant Music Festival opens with Festival curator Randy Gibson’s immersive Circular Trance Surrounding The Second Pillar with The Highest Seventh Primal Cirrus, The Utmost Fundamental, and The Ekmeles Ending from Apparitions Of The Four Pillars. Commissioned and performed by Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, the work features sine waves, lighting design by Kryssy Wright, and video by Oscar Henriquez, and reflects Gibson’s studies with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.

Gibson will be the guest on Friday February 10th before the Avant-Premiere of this work for Olivia Giovetti’s The New Canon on WQXR at 1PM

Click Through for video of the World Premiere and the Composer’s Program Notes »

Tickets now on sale for the 2012 Avant Music Festival

January 16th, 2012 by Avant Media

Tickets to all of the events during the 2012 Avant Music Festival – February 10-18, 2012 at The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street) – are now on sale.

http://avantmedia.org/tickets/

Presale tickets are $12 general, $8 for students, with no fees for buying online. Tickets at the door will be $15/$10 so buy early and save!

The Third Annual Avant Music Festival celebrates John Cage’s 100th birthday, and the 100th anniversary of Pierrot Lunaire in addition to new evenings of work by Eve Beglarian, Randy Gibson, and Jenny Olivia Johnson. Click through to read the full lineup of events »

Preview the 2012 Avant Music Festival

December 4th, 2011 by Avant Media

We’ve just uploaded a little Preview video of the 2012 Avant Music Festival featuring Eve Beglarian, John Cage, Randy Gibson, and Jenny Olivia Johnson.

This video is part of the Kickstarter campaign that culminates in a live preview performance on December 19th.

Help Kickstart the 2012 Avant Music Festival

November 5th, 2011 by Avant Media

We’re very happy to announce a special Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help fund the Third Annual Avant Music Festival.

This campaign will culminate in a special donor-only party on Monday December 19th at The Wild Project, host venue of the Avant Music Festival. There will also be a raffle that night with a number of interesting items, as well as performances by Eve Beglarian and Mary Rowell, The Pierrot Project, and Randy Gibson.

Please consider pledging any amount today to help the Avant Music Festival continue to present high quality art in a beautiful intimate setting.