New Music on the Cutting Edge

2007-2008 Season

Musical Offering from Southeast Asia

THURSDAY, SEP 6, 7:00 PM
Gallerie Icosahedron website
27 N. Moore Street (between Hudson and Varick)

Subway: 1 train to Franklin Avenue
Admission: $15; $10 for seniors and students

Paying homage to J.S. Bach, Argento violist Stephanie Griffin and saxophonist Chris Mannigan discuss and perform music by Malaysian composer Kee-Yong Chong and Inonesian composer Tony Prabowo in an intimate setting.

PROGRAM
Bach - selections from The Musical Offering and Art of Fugue
Chong - The Thousand Ripples of a Lonely Bell
Chong - Temple Bell Still Ringing in my Heart (American premiere)
Chong - Metamorphosis VI
Chong/Mannigan - The Lost Psalm of the Abyss (world premiere)
Prabowo - Music for Multiple Violas B-A-C-H 2004
Prabowo - Ke Erse
Prabowo - The Funeral Pyre

Ensemble Season Premiere

THURSDAY, SEPT 20, 8:00 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum website
11 East 52nd Street, New York

free admission

Argento opens the season with Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen and U.S. premieres of Austrian composers Beat Furrer and Oliver Schneller, as well as multimedia flute-tape-video piece by Philippe Hurel / Caspar.

PROGRAM
Hurel/Caspar - Loops III/Pools (American premiere)
Chong - Thousand Ripples of a Lonely Bell
Furrer - Invocation 6 (American premiere)
Schneller - String Space (American premiere)
Strauss - Metamorphosen

Irish Connection I

SUNDAY, OCT 14, 8:30 PM
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
881 7th Avenue at 57th Street, New York

Admission: $20
Box Office (212) 247-7800

Clarinetist Carol McGonnell and the Argento Ensemble perform the world premiere of Irish composer Ian Wilson's concerto Cassini Void. Concert will also include new music by Linda Buckley and Jennifer Walshe.

Irish Connection II

SATURDAY, DEC 22
Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland website
Merrion Square West, Dublin

Tickets are available at the museum shop.
Pre-booking is advised: oobrien@ngi.ie +353 1 663 3524

The National Gallery of Ireland presents the Argento Chamber Ensemble in the Music for Museums series, an exciting new collaboration between the National Gallery of Ireland and celebrated institutions in the United States.

PROGRAM
Gerard Grisey Vortex Temporum (Irish premiere)
Salvatore Sciarrino Caprices for solo violin
Valerio Sannicandro Septet (world premiere)
Fabien Levy Small Treatise on Love and Geometry

Argento performs Chong, Kamela, Lunsqui and Grisey

MONDAY, DEC 17, 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church website
2504 Broadway at 93rd Street, New York

free admission
Inquiries: (212) 866-2100

Argento performs the world premiere of Metamorphosis I, for harp and viola, by Malaysia’s rising star Kee Yong Chong. This is coupled with works by dazzling emerging Brazilian composers, Alexandre Lunsqui and Arthur Kampela. The program also includes Gerard Grisey's Vortex Temporum I and II, which Jean-Luc Herve called "the most influential composition of our generation."

Argento in Italy I

WEDNESDAY, MAR 12, 8:00 PM
Il Theatro at Casa Italiana website
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
1161 Amsterdam Avenue at 118th Street, New York

Ticket inquiries: (212) 854-2306

Argento performs music by Valerio Sannicandro, post-spectralist Giacinto Scelsi and musique concrète instrumentale master Helmut Lachenmann.

PROGRAM
Scelsi - Xynobis
Sannicandro - Constructa
Lachenmann - Dal Niente
Lachenmann - Mouvement (U.S. premiere)

Residency at Bard High School Early College

MAR 17-20
Bard High School Early College website
525 East Houston Street, New York

Inquiries: (212) 995-8479

Argento introduces the latest trends in music and demonstrates extended techniques in music classes, and discusses postmodernity with students in the social science seminars. The residency culminates in a public concert including music by Giacinto Scelsi, Tony Prabowo and Arthur Kampela, and a side-by-side performance of Terry Wiley's In C with the BHSEC Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Scarim.

Argento in Italy II

WEDNESDAY, APR 9, 8:00 PM
Il Theatro at Casa Italiana website
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
1161 Amsterdam Avenue at 118th Street, New York

Ticket inquiries: (212) 854-2306

Argento presents works by Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino. Then prepare to be transported over the unique soundscapes of Elliott Carter and Michael Klingbeil.

PROGRAM
Scelsi - Suite for flute and clarinet
Sciarrino - 3 Nottruni
Carter - Triple Duo
Fedele - XONEX
Klingbeil - Signals
Berio - O King

Argento in Itally III

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 8:00 PM
Il Theatro at Casa Italiana website
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
1161 Amsterdam Avenue at 118th Street, New York

Ticket inquiries: (212) 854-2306

Join Miranda Cuckson performing the violin concerto by Luca Francesconi. Concert will also feature exciting works by Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter and young American composers.

PROGRAM
Berio - Luftklavier
Carter - Esprit Rude / Esprit Dune
Francesconi - Riti Neurali for violin and chamber ensemble
Sciarrino - Introduzione all'Oscuro
Galante - New Work for ensemble
Kampela - Bridges for solo viola
Makan - New Work for solo piano

Season Finale

THURSDAY, MAY 29, 8:00 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum website
11 East 52nd Street, New York

free admission, ticket required

Argento closes its Spring 2008 Season with a slate of new repertoire from old-time favorites to still-wet on the page in preparation for the summer tour.

PROGRAM
Gerhard Praesent - Notturno
Lerdahl - Imbrications
Schoenberg - Ode to Napoleon
Feldman - The Viola in My Life II
Galante - New Work for ensemble
Lei Lang - New Work for solo piano