Nordic Affect performs a selection of works that features the intimate and unique music that has emerged from the Icelandic scene in recent years. “Decades ago, the Sugarcubes proved to the rest of the world that Icelandic rock was its own original creation – now Nordic Affect promises to do the same for the country’s new-music community.” The performance of this program for varying combinations of violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, and electronics coincides with the release of their album, Raindamage. Raindamage offers music with connections to ecology, be it through references to nature, exploration of sound or interaction with the environment of the performance space, and was released in February 2017 on Sono Luminus. The performance will feature works from the album by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Úlfur Hansson, as well as music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and María Huld Markan Sigfúsdottir.
David Felder: partial[dist]res[s]toration (2011) for sextet and electronics *
Rand Steiger: Light on Water (2013) for flute, piano & electronics
Anthony Cheung: Roundabouts (2009-10) for solo piano
Jacob Druckman: Come Round (1991) for sextet *
* NYNME commission
Featuring the New York New Music Ensemble
Emi Ferguson, flute
Linda Quan, violin
Christopher Finckel, violoncello
Daniel Druckman, percussion
Stephen Gosling, piano
James Baker, conductor
with guest artist:
Adrian Sandi, clarinet
About the Show
Unremembered is an hour-long, thirteen-part song cycle for seven voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by poems and illustrations by writer and visual artist Nathaniel Bellows (W.W. Norton, HarperCollins).
A meditation on memory, innocence, and the haunted grandeur of the natural world, Unremembered recalls strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts: a houseguest takes sudden leave in the middle of the night; a boy makes a shocking discovery on a riverbank; a girl disappears in woods behind a ranging farm; ghosts appear with messages for the living. Through Bellows’s moving words and images and Snider’s vivid, fraught, astonishing score, the cycle explores the ways in which beguiling events in early life can resonate in—and prepare us for—the subtler horrors that lie beyond the realm of childhood.
In the live performance of Unremembered, each movement is accompanied by video projections featuring Bellows’s hand-drawn illustrations interleaved with photography and videography of the cycle’s rural New England locations, offering a unique and immersive visual world to complement its varied sonic and emotional landscapes.
Unremembered is an assemblage of vividly intense, imagistic vignettes – some are narrative, some are existential and ruminative. In words that are simple, direct, and lyrical, we see the world through a child’s eyes. These were Nathaniel’s stories and experiences, but they triggered memories from my own childhood – my own recollections of how it felt to develop consciousness, to encounter things I could not understand or explain, to reconcile the fact that some questions had no answers. In creating music for this piece, I strove to immerse myself in my memory of those feelings, in hopes of creating a musical world that reflected the sense of magic, mystery, wonder, fear, and revelation innate to childhood.
The New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit is a concert series featuring music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems.
NYC EIS is made possible by faculty, staff, and students in the Emerging Media and Entertainment Technology programs at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.
Concerts are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to the City Tech Foundation.
CONCERT 1: Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:00 PM
CONCERT 2: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 PM