New Music on the Cutting Edge

2011-12 Concert Season

Moving Sounds Festival 2011

Thursday-Sunday, September 15-18, 2011

For the third year, Argento curates a festival of music, visual media, and aesthetic dialogue in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum. The festival will host Austrian early music specialist Eva Reiter in two expectation-defying performances. Meanwhile, Argento will team up with fourbythree to perform new takes on Austrian and Czech classical music in the Czechsplorations concerts. At the Symposium, electronic and throat music specialist Helge Hinteregger discusses Soundart, spatialization, and internet compositions with a panel of scholars in the fields of music, literature, and philosophy, including George Lewis of Columbia University.

Click here for festival details.

Fontainebleau Contemporain: A 90th Anniversary Event

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 4:00 PM
La Maison Française website
16 Washington Mews, New York map and directions
Tickets: $20; $10 students/Fontainebleau alumni. Information: (212) 998-8750

Concert features composers from 25 years of Le Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau.

Program

Joshua Fineberg - Objets Trouvés for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion - U.S. premiere

Fabien Lévy - Rouge Burri for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Fabien Lévy - Rajeunir, Par Penone for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Richard Carrick - la scène miniature for piano quartet

Amit Gilutz - Improvisation for clarinet and piano

Michel Galante - third etude in speeds for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard, and marimba - world premiere

Tristan Murail - Feuilles a Travers les Cloches

SONiC Festival - Joyce SoHo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 10:00 PM; Thursday-Friday October 20-21, 2011, 7:30 PM
Joyce SoHo website
155 Mercer Street (between Houston and Prince)
Subway: A/C/E to 14th Street; L to 8th Avenue; 1 to 18th Street
Tickets: (212) 431-9233

As a result of our evening of composer/choreographer collaboration, Argento Chamber Ensemble teams up with Joyce SoHo and SONiC in three performances of brand new music and brand new choreography.

Program

Michael Klingbeil / Darcy Naganuma - New York - world premiere

Michel Galante / Miro Magloire - New York - world premiere

David Fulmer / Deborah Lohse - New York - world premiere

Konrad Kaczmarek / Rebecca Stenn - New York - world premiere

Argento Performers Series

Sundays, November 13 through December 18, 4:00 PM
Saturdays December 3 and December 17, 7:00 PM

Austrian Cultural Forum website
11 East 52nd Street, New York
Subway: B/D/F trains to Rockefeller Center; 6 train to 51st Street; E/M trains to 5 Avenue
Admission free, donation appreciated
Information: (212) 319-5300

Following the success of last year's Lunar Movements series, Argento once again hosts a concert series this fall, now renamed the Argento Performers Series. Each week, Argento highlights one of its world-class musicians in an intimate recital of chamber works. After the concert, audience members are invited to engage the performers and composers in post-concert discussions.

Check back for further details of each week's program.

Residency at Yale University

Thursday, November 10, 2011; Wednesday, February 28, 2012
Concert time and location TBD
Admission free

Argento workshops and performs new works by Yale University composers.

Program - all world premieres

Ryan Carter - Impaired contact with reality

Friedrich Heinrich Kern - Von Taufendern und Sternen

Clara Latham - Devil in Blue-Blue Sea

Adam Mirza - Partial Knowledge (Situational Ethics)

Kurt Nelson - Ingenium

Yoni Niv - Formaldehyde

Residency at CUNY Queens College

Monday, November 21, 2011, 7:30 PM
Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street map
Admission free

Argento teams up with the Second Instrumental Unit in workshops and performances of new works by QC composers.

Program - all world premieres

Manuel Ciordia - Dreamed Memories

Sean Havrilla - Guts and Glory

Howie Kenty - Clattering in the Wind

Gregory Menillo - Epitaph

Roy Vanegas - Jeisyn

William Wheeler - City Variations

Residency at New York University

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:00 PM
220 Silver Center, 24 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003 map
Admission free

Argento workshops and performances of new works by New York University composers.

Program - all world premieres

Anderson Alden - New Work

Emily Cooley - New Work

Baldwin Giang - New Work

Nathan Prillaman - New Work

Alex Vourtsanis - New Work

Gabriel Zucker - New Work

Kathryn Alexander - New Work

Prof. Michael Klingbeil - New Work

Argento at the Czech Center

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 8:00 PM
Bohemian National Hall site
321 E 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021 map
Admission free; donation suggested

Argento previews its 2012 Irish tour highlights.

Program

Enno Poppe - Holz (2000) for solo clarinet with flute, violin, viola, cello, percussion and keyboard

Philippe Hurel - Figures libres (2000)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion

Heinz Holliger - Trema for solo viola

Gustav Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (The Wayfarer's Songs)
arranged for chamber ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg
Tharanga Goonetilleke, soprano

David Fulmer - Verlöschend for soprano saxophone
World premiere - Eliot Gattegno, saxophone

Argento Tours Ireland and Norway

Tuesday, February 15, 2012, 8:00 PM
The National Concert Hall, Dublin directions
Informtaion: +353 (0)1 417 0000

Program

Heinz Holliger - Trema for solo viola

Michel Galante - Kreutzerspiel for violin and piano

Enno Poppe - Holz (2000) for clarinet and ensemble

Siobhan Cleary - Psychopomp - world premiere
for flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion

Philippe Hurel - Figures libres (2000)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion

Anton Webern - Quartet, op. 22 for clarinet, saxophone, violin and piano

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Galway - Private Performance

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 1:15 PM
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick Lunchtime Concert Series
Tower Theatre map and directions
Admission Free. Information: +353 61 202590

Tuesday, February 16, 2012, 1:00 PM
Harty Room, School of Music and Sonic Arts, Queen's Univeristy Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland website
Information: +44 (0) 754 299 1371

Tuesday, February 17, 2012
Music in Kilkenny
Kilkenny, Ireland website

Programs include pieces from the following selection

George Aperghis - 280 measures
for solo clarinet

Alban Berg - Adagio from the Chamber Concerto
arranged for piano trio by Michel Galante

Elliott Carter - Rhapsodic Musigs for solo violin

Elliott Carter - Figment I for solo cello

Elliott Carter - Con Leggerezza Pensosa
for clarinet, violin, and cello

Michel Galante - Kreutzerspiel for violin and piano

Michel Galante - Flickr for clarinet and piano

Matthais Pintscher - Figura V for solo cello

Residency at the College of New Jersey - "Music from Four Continents"

Friday, March 16, 2012, 8:00 PM
Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey Map
Admission free

Educational workshops, readings, and Argento classics, conducted by Michel Galante and David Fulmer.

Program

Leoš Janáček - Preludeto From House of the Dead arranged by Kimmy Szeto
for solo violin and ensemble - NJ premiere - David Fulmer, violin

Michel Galante - Kreutzerspiel for violin and piano - NJ premiere

Michel Galante - Flicker for clarinet and piano

Alban Berg - Adagio from Kammerkonzert arranged by Michel Galante
for violin, clarinet, cello and piano by Michel Galante - NJ premiere

Mahir Cetiz - Enfilade - world premiere

Paul Clift - Infinite Regress - world premiere

Christopher Trapani - Past All Deceiving - world premiere
with Margot Rood, soprano

Residency at Columbia University

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 8:00 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 346 W 20th Street Map
Admission free

Argento workshops and performs new works by Columbia University graduate composers, featuring soprano Margot Rood and conductors Michel Galante and David Fulmer.

Program

Geoff Holbrook - IDM (Intelligent Design Music) - world premiere

Sam Pluta - Portraits/Self Portraits - world premiere

Lu Wang - Cross Round - world premiere

Mahir Cetiz - Enfilade - NY premiere

Paul Clift - Infinite Regress - NY premiere

Christopher Trapani - Past All Deceiving - NY premiere
with Margot Rood, soprano

Residency at Cornell University

Friday, May 11, 2012
Barnes Hall, Cornell University
website

Argento workshops and performs new works by Cornell University composers at Music: Cognition, Technology, Society, an Interdisciplinary Conference.

Program - all world premieres

Sean Friar - Scale 9

Bryan Christian - Walk

Christopher Chandler - the resonance after...

Eric Lindsay - Town's Gonna Talk

Amit Gilutz - Miscellaneous. Romance

Juraj Kojs - Re-route

Austrian Cultural Forum New York Anniversary Series

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 18, 2012, 5:30 PM

Austrian Cultural Forum website
11 East 52nd Street, New York
Subway: B/D/F trains to Rockefeller Center; 6 train to 51st Street; E/M trains to 5 Avenue
Admission free, donation appreciated
Information: (212) 319-5300

Argento will present the world premiere of Austrian composer Bernhard Lang’s new piece Monadologie XVIII: Moving Architecture. The piece, which was commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum to commemorate its 10-year anniversary, traces the building’s architecture in 22 layers with the architecture’s original proportions referenced in time-structures. In a choreographic layer, Austrian performance artist Silke Grabinger transposed the underlying rhythmic structures to movement patterns, for which she developed a new form of "dance-writing", which Lang integrated directly into the score.

Program

Bernhard Lang - Monadologie XVIII: Moving Architecture
featuring Daisy Press, soprano

Art After 5 in Philadelphia

Friday, July 6, 2012
Great Stair Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Program

Tristan Murail - L'Attente

Gustav Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
arr. by Michel Galante - world premiere

Spectral Impressions: Music of Tristan Murail

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 5:30 PM
Rodin Museum website
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tickets, Museum Tours, and VIP packages available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, (215) 235-7469

Tristan Murail Tristan Murail is the leading exponent of French spectral music, a compositional approach that focuses on musical color, electronic sound, and impressionist aesthetics. After a 12-year tenure as head of Music Composition at Columbia, Murail was recently appointed composer-in-residence at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Argento has championed Murail since he arrived in the United States, and has won the Recordo Geijutsu 2010 Record Academy Award for Winter Fragments, a recording that showcases Murail’s compositions.

This concert includes the world premiere of a Philadelphia Museum of Art commission, The Bronze Age, and will also be Murail’s first portrait presentation in Philadelphia. For this event, the museum has created a unique outdoor concert setting, complete with a state-of-the-art surround sound system. The program also includes virtuoso solo performances by violist Stephanie Griffin and pianists Joanna Chao and Stephen Gosling. Works for ensemble with electronics will be conducted by Michel Galante.

The museum’s Spectral Impressions series continues on July 28 with another performance in the elegant Rodin Museum Garden showcasing the works of Philippe Hurel.

Program

Compositions by Tristan Murail

The Bronze Age (2012) for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello and piano
Commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art
World premiere

Bois flotté (1997) for trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano, and electronics

C'est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close… (1976) for solo viola

Feuilles à travers les cloches (1998) for flute, violin, cello and piano

Winter Fragments (2000) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion and electronics

Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire...in memoriam Olivier Messiaen for solo piano

La Mandragore (1993) for solo piano

Spectral Impressions: Music of Philippe Hurel

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 5:30 PM
Rodin Museum website
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tickets, Museum Tours, and VIP packages available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, (215) 235-7469

Philippe Hurel Philippe Hurel is one of the most compelling contemporary French composers, achieving lyricism and intensity by calibrating algorithms to transform musical materials. Argento has been actively promoting Hurel's music to North American audiences since hosting his first French-American Cultural Exchange tour in 2005. In this second of two composer portraits at Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum, the Argento Chamber Ensemble will perform three works by Hurel, as well as the world premiere of a Philadelphia Museum of Art commission, Phasis, featuring clarinet soloist Carol McGonnell. This program, including commissioning and presentation, has been generously supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

Program

Compositions by Philippe Hurel

Phasis (2007/2012) for solo clarinet and large ensemble - World Premiere
Commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Carol McGonnell, clarinet

Figures libres (2001) for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, vibraphone and piano

…à mesure (1996) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and vibraphone

Loops II (2002) for solo vibraphone