Evening concert: Eaton, Soper, Furrer, Lang, Mazzoli, Triptet

8:00pm-9:30pm, PONCHO Hall

Kaley Lane Eaton – karma repair kit (6′)
Kate Soper – Only the words themselves mean what they say (12′)

Stack Effect Duo

Stack Effect is composer/vocalist Kaley Lane Eaton and flutist Leanna Keith. Eaton and Keith met in 2015 in a class about singer-songwriters of the 1970s and immediately bonded over their mutual love of political folk and drone music. The duo is passionate about the performance of new works, often utilizing extended techniques, electronics, and improvisation. Realizing their unique position as an ensemble with fairly limited repertoire, Stack Effect often focuses on shedding light on intersectional feminism in the classical music world. At NUMUS, Stack Effect is delighted to present their acclaimed interpretation of Pulitzer Prize finalist Kate Soper’s work Only the words themselves mean what they say alongside Eaton’s karma repair kit, an original work for the duo.

Beat Furrer – Voicelessness, The Snow Has No Voice (11′)

Jesse Myers, piano

Inspired by the poem of the American poet, Sylvia Plath, the title of the work comes from the final verse of The Munich Mannequins. Furrer’s work is a hauntingly beautiful piece focussing on delicate tone and nuance. An innovative notation is employed—there is no piano grand staff—instead each line repeated once and played in combination with the next line, and so forth.

David Lang – Cage (6′)

Jesse Myers, piano

From David Lang’s set of Memory Pieces: “One of the horrifying things about growing older is that your friends don’t all grow older with you… I was friends with all the dedicatees… and I have very personal memories of my dealings with them that I don’t want to fade. I hope this will help me hold on to these memories just a little while longer.” ~ David Lang

Missy Mazzoli – Orizzonte (5′)

Jesse Myers, piano

Orizzonte, for piano and electrionics, consists of gently overlapping sine waves that set the stage for a meditative and introspective piano melody. This piece was composed for Hills Not Skyscrapers, a band devoted to combining live electronics, composition, and improvisation, founded by Missy Mazzoli in Amsterdam in 2004. The sine waves were created using SuperCollider software. Orizzonte (“horizons” in Italian) was first performed on a piano that had been left out in the rain for a year, in a dilapidated squat hidden in the heart of Amsterdam.

Missy Mazzoli – Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos (9′)

Jesse Myers, piano

Isabelle Eberhardt was an explorer and writer who, at the beginning of the 20th century, abandoned a comfortable aristocratic life for a nomadic existence in North Africa. She was a liberated individual who rejected conventional European morality in favor of her own path. She died in a desert flash flood at the age of 27. Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos imagines her riding on horseback through the desert, lost in thought, remembering sounds and sensations of her old life. Fragments of Schubert’s A major sonata pierce her consciousness and are quickly suppressed. In her fatigue she dreams of a piano half-buried in sand, a flash flood of sheet music swirling around her.

Triptet – Slowly, Away (20′)

Triptet

Triptet is a meeting of minds and spontaneous electrical impulses between Michael Monhart (saxophones and electronics), Tom Baker (fretless guitar, theremin and electronics), and Greg Campbell (percussion, french horn and electronics). The group spends most of their time inventing modes of flight, and trying to get lift. They practice and practice, working on the length of the running start, size and texture of the wings, the speed and rate of acceleration of the flapping. They have enjoyed momentary freedom from gravity, and vow to keep trying for sustained orbit. Meanwhile, they also play music.

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