First Avant Music Festival

February 19-27, 2010

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

2010 Avant Music Festival
2010 Avant Music Festival

Inaugural Avant Music Festival - 2010

Five nights of performances curated by Randy Gibson and Megan Schubert, featuring some of the most talented young interpreters in New York in works that highlight the influence of the performer on experimental music from the 20th century and today.

Avant Media presented a week of new and avant-garde music that shows the role of the performer as a collaborator. A critical and vibrant part of the collaborative process is the interaction between the composer and performer. This festival celebrates that moment through direct collaboration and the role of the performer in realizing more abstract scores.

In residency at Wild Project, the festival was anchored by the world premiere of Randy Gibson’s meditative evening-length work, Apparitions of The Four Pillars with special guests Tom Chiu (of FLUX quartet) and William Lang (of loadbang). The festival featured a night featuring works by John Cage performed by loadbang, the MIVOS quartet and others; an evening length performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Am Himmel wandre Ich by Megan Schubert and Jeff Gavett, and a night of solo performances from Nicole Camacho, Annie Lyle, Mariel Roberts, Megan Schubert, Jude Traxler and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe.

The Full Schedule:

February 19th, 2010

The World Premiere of Randy Gibson’s meditative evening-length immersive performance: Apparitions of The Four Pillars

Special guest soloist: Tom Chiu.

Randy Gibson: just intonation toy organs;
The Apparition String Ensemble: Drew Blumberg, Catherine McCurry: violins.

Video projection by Oscar Henriquez.

February 20th, 2010

Works by John Cage

Featuring performances by: members of loadbang, MIVOS Quartet, Megan Schubert, Jude Traxler and Randy Gibson.

One4 for Solo Drummer performed by percussionist and experimental composer Jude Traxler to open the concert.

The beautiful String Quartet in Four Parts, performed by MIVOS quartet, shows Cage’s stunning sense of melody and structure that were so vital to his early work.

In a slight break with tradition, Randy Gibson developed a version of One9 for specially tuned Toy Organ that mimics the sound of the original Shō – he was joined by Jude Traxler on conch shells to perform Two3

Closing the concert was a monumental performance of Song Books with solos from the Concert for Piano and Orchestra performed by members of loadbang with Megan Schubert and presented with videos of Solo for Voice 19 by Randy Gibson and Ana Baer-Carrillo originally created for Avant Media’s celebrations of Cage’s 95th Birthday: John Cage at 95 as well as i-Ching based video lighting created by Oscar Henriquez.

February 24th, 2010

Musik für Solisten

Solo performances by: Nicole Camacho, Annie Lyle, Mariel Roberts, Megan Schubert, Jude Traxler and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe.

February 26th, 2010

Works by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Die 7 Lieder der Tag performed by Christie Finn
Am Himmel wandre ich performed by Jeff Gavett and Megan Schubert

February 27th, 2010

The avant-premiere of Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars

Special guest soloist, avant-garde trombonist William Lang.

Randy Gibson: just intonation toy organs;
The Apparition String Ensemble: Drew Blumberg, Catherine McCurry: violins.

Video projection by Oscar Henriquez.