We are proud to announce the full schedule for the second annual Avant Music Festival, five nights of music from the evolving avant-garde, February 11th-19th at Wild Project in New York City. Curated by minimal composer and Avant Media artistic director, Randy Gibson and experimental vocalist Megan Schubert, the festival presents the works of Georges Aperghis, John Cage, Randy Gibson, Reiko Füting, and Nils Vigeland as interpreted by some of the most talented young musicians in New York. All performances will start at 8PM at Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street.
The full list of performances is as follows:
- Friday 2/11/2011 – The World Premiere of a new version of Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars
- Saturday 2/12/2011 – An evening of works by John Cage featuring Vicky Chow, Ekmeles, and William Lang
- Thursday 2/17/2011 – Duets by Reiko Füting and Nils Vigeland
- Friday 2/18/2011 – The New York Premiere of Georges Aperghis’ opera Sextuor: L’origine des Espèces
- Saturday 2/19/2011 – Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars
Advance tickets to individual concerts for $12, $8 for students, and multi-night festival passes are available starting today. There are no fees to buy online, and tickets at the door will be $15/$10, purchase advance tickets and save.
The second annual Avant Music Festival focuses on evolution as its guiding theme, from the evolution of a single work (the world premiere of a new version of Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars), evolution through an artist’s career on the John Cage night, to the literal exploration found in the New York premiere of Georges Aperghis’ opera Sextuor: L’origine des Espèces, based on Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” A roundpanel discussion moderated by Schubert between Gibson, Reiko Füting, and Nils Vigeland will take place at 5:30 PM on the evening of the 12th, in advance of the Cage performances. The discussion, free to the public, will discuss the concepts of artistic and personal evolution through composition. On the theme of this year’s festival, Randy Gibson says, “Standing on line for a packed concert downtown, Megan and I were talking about the festival, and where we wanted it to go. The idea of Evolution came to mind as it relates to all of the work we’re programming. It’s something I’m extremely interested in within my own work, and the theme of personal evolution is really strong throughout all the works and programs we’re presenting.” Click here for full details on this year’s lineup