2013 Avant Music Festival
February 15-23, 2013, New York City

Five nights of music from the evolving Avant-Garde
Curated by Randy Gibson and Megan Schubert

February 15-23, 2013
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street, New York City

The fourth annual Avant Music Festival celebrates the 10th anniversary of Avant Media with an afternoon performance of John Cage's Apartment House 1776, the continuing evolution of Randy Gibson's Apparitions Of The Four Pillars and evenings of vocal works from downtown new music empresario Nick Hallett and punk-classical master Kitty Brazelton.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 8pm

Randy Gibson's Apparitions Of The Four Pillars In The Midwinter Starfield Under The Astral 789 Duet

Randy Gibson’s fully-immersive, constantly evolving work Apparitions of the Four Pillars, featuring string players Drew Blumberg and Mariel Roberts, trombonists Jen Baker and William Lang, and vocals by Gibson in a lush sine wave drone. By far Gibson’s most radical work,  Apparitions springs from the tradition pioneered by Gibson’s teacher and mentor, La Monte Young, and uses simple harmonic building blocks (four pure intervals in Just Intonation) to create an otherwordly, meditative experience that fully envelops the listener. Accompanied by video sculpture from Oscar Henriquez and lighting design by Kryssy Wright, and with performers improvising while following a set of guidelines, every performance of Apparitions is a fully-enveloping totality; a completely unique, unrepeatable experience.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 4pm

John Cage's Apartment House 1776

In celebration of Avant Media’s 10th year, this afternoon performance of Cage's wonderful musicircus, Apartment House 1776, features singers Imani Uzuri, Mary MacKenzie, and Matoaka Litte Eagle, with an instrumental ensemble of Avant Media alumni and friends, including: Matt Beckemeyer, Gelsey Bell, Drew Blumberg, Nicole Camacho, Randy Gibson, MIVOS Quartet, The Guidonian Hand, Mary Rowell, Eleonor Sandresky, Jessica Schmitz, Cleek Schrey, Jude Traxler, and more.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 5pm - FREE ADMISSION

Composer Roundtable Discussion

Composers Kitty Brazelton, Randy Gibson, and Nick Hallett sit down with host Olivia Giovetti for a live-streamed discussion about the nature of contemporary music.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 8pm

John Cage: Percussion, Voice, and String

The evening concert focuses on Cage’s more intimate works: a percussion ensemble, Mangobot, directed by MANTRA percussion’s Jude Traxler, with Joe Bergen, Al Cerulo, and Nick Woodbury, performing Third Construction, Double Music, and Three2 as well as works for voice and violin, featuring festival co-curator and vocalist Megan Schubert, violinist Mary Rowell, and vocalists Gelsey Bell and Kjersti Kveli. Included on the program will be Experiences II, Eight Whiskus, Cheap Imitation, Forever and Sunsmell, and Litany for The Whale.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 3pm

Kitty Brazelton's The Art of Memory

Kitty Brazelton, the genre-hopping punk-classical composer premieres a new song cycle for large ensemble that explores the “art of memory, the perception of time, and the nature and place of Myth and Faith in human life.” Using the writings of St. Augustine and plainchant (St. Ambrose’ Deus creator omnium) as organizing pillars of the work, Brazelton brings to life a work that reaches back to the fourth century while posing piquant questions on 21st-century life. With texts in Latin and English, Brazelton will be joined on stage by vocalists Megan Schubert and Dafna Naphtali (also designing the work’s electronic sounds); string players Megan Atchley, Nioka Workman and Lisa M Dowling; keyboardist Eleonor Sandresky; reed-player Jay Rattman and guitarist Hui Cox.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 8pm

Nick Hallett's Rainbow Passage

Nick Hallett presents the world premiere of Rainbow Passage for voices and electronics. Using a diagnostic text by speech scientist Grant Fairbanks as a starting point, Rainbow Passage contains every sound of the English language.  These sounds are first intoned literally by the singers (Daisy Press and Megan Schubert), and then processed through electronic means to create a musical language.  A capella passages incorporate elements of Western plainchant and extended vocal technique. Like much of Hallett's work, Rainbow Passage will be presented as media ritual, in collaboration with live cinema artist Brock Monroe.  Hallett will perform live electronics and sing with Press and Schubert.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 8pm

Randy Gibson's Apparitions Of The Four Pillars In The Midwinter Starfield Under The Astral 789 Duet

The closing performance of the festival features a second performance of Gibson's improvisatory Apparitions Of The Four Pillars.