Tag: Elecronics

New York New Music Ensemble

Come Round

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

Nordic Affect

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.

About the Artists

 Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed for its “affectionate explorations” (BBC Music Magazine) and “commitment to their repertoire” (Classical Music). Nordic Affect (Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violin and artistic director; Gudrún Hrund Hardardóttir viola; Hanna Loftsdóttir, cello; Gudrún Óskarsdóttir harpsichord) was formed by a group of period instrument musicians united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. In 2013, the ensemble was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and was named Performer of the Year at the 2014 Iceland Music Awards.

Unremembered: A Song Cycle in 13 parts

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.


Sarah Kirkland Snider

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.

Sarah Kirkland Snider

FREE: CUNY Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit

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

Kevin Patton and Jaimie Branch, Cast Down Thither (laptop and trumpet)

Jonghyun Kim, Performance for Leap Motion Controller and Granular Synthesis

Lauren Sarah Hayes, Riot Map Vision (hybrid analog/digital performance system)

Kerry Hagan and Miller Puckette, Hack Lumps (networked laptop improvisation system)

CONCERT 2: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Thomas Ciufo and Curtis Bahn, Sonic Constructions (hybird acoustic/electronic instruments)

Nick Demopoulos, Archeon Eon (“Smomid” and “Pyramidi” invented electronic instruments)

Adam James Wilson, Skronkbot (fretless electric guitar and automatic improvisation system)

Doug Van Nort, Solo Improvisation with GREIS (tablet controller and GREIS improvisation system)

Jeff Kaiser, ZEITNOT (Bb trumpet, quartertone trumpet, flugelhorn, interactive audio software)