ISCM Mid-Atlantic Presents SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
ISCM Mid-Atlantic & Marsyas Productions Present Small is Beautiful, featuring Microtones & Micro-ensembles:
Bodies Electric - e-guitar quartet
Vox n Plux - soprano Elizabeth Farnum & her two guitarists
Bowers-Fader Duo - mezzo Jessica Bowers & guitarist Oren Fader
Sheer Pluck - guitar orchestra
And with pianist Joan Forsyth & guitarist Angelos Quetzalcóatl
The show is December 3, at 3PM at the Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 East 11th Street. Admission is free.
The presentation features premieres by Agustin Castilla-Avila, lately of Salzburg, John McLachlan, of Ireland, and Emil Awad, of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and encore performances by Judith Saint Croix, Frank Brickle, Charles Wuorinen & Alba Potes.
ISCM Mid-Atlantic is an arm of the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music (RSF) which has sent delegates to ISCM's world music days in Sweden, Poland, Vienna, Slovakia, and Vancouver. RSF finds itself in a unique position at the ISCM gatherings, as virtually the only organization in the world of its kind whose musical activities are not limited by national or geographic borders. RSF has commissioned composers from Canada, Poland, Ireland, Italy, Colombia, and, for this program, a composer from Austria-Agustin Castilla-Avila, originally from Spain.
This program brings together two strains of microtonal musical culture from the US-- Johhny Reinhard and Angelos Quetzalcóatl's 128-tone system, and Salzburg, Austria's "Ekmelic" 72-tone system. William Anderson's setting of Djuna Barnes "Paradise/When the Kissing Flesh is Gone" introduces a little taste of just intonation in the form of Elizabeth Farnum's amazing overtone singing. All the tunings on the program will be discussed and compared in discussions with the composers.
Each of the small ensembles on this programming are attracting an interesting body of musical work, each with its own distinct character.