CSUF New Music Festival presents “Ancestral Threads”

The 18th Annual New Music Festival at Cal State Fullerton is entitled “Ancestral Threads: Music for winds, strings, pianos, voices and rivers” and will take place February 19-23, 2019 at CSUF Meng Concert Hall.

The festival celebrates the diversity of heritage and ancestral threads of Music in America focusing on artistic expression of guest performers and composers in residence: Nicholas Isherwood presenting “The Electric Voice” (bass-baritone with electronics), TwoSense cello and piano duo Ashley Bathgate and Lisa Moore, Amy Williams, pianist/composer with  Kate Stenberg, violin and Sarah Cahill pianist and CSUF Wind Ensemble and CSUF New Music Ensemble with guest composer David Biedenbender. Dr. Pamela Madsen is the artistic director of the New Music Festival. Here’s a lineup of the performances:

Nicholas Isherwood, The Electric Voice 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall Tickets:  $10 / $8 

Nicholas Isherwood is US-born bass-baritone singer, who specializes in contemporary music and is noted for his expertise in extended techniques through his performances and text The Techniques of Singing. Notable roles include “Lucifer” in the world premieres of Stockhausen’s Montag, Dienstag, and Freitag from Licht at La Scala and the Leipzig Opera, and in Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden. The Electric Voice is a project of new commissions for voice and electronics that are commissioned and performed by Nicholas Isherwood throughout the world.

University Wind Symphony
Dustin Barr, conductor
With Festival Guest Artist / Commissioned Composer David Biedenbender, and the CSUF New Music Ensemble

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall Tickets: $10 / $8

TwoSense:  Ashley Bathgate, cello, & Lisa Moore, piano/voice

Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall Tickets: $10 / $8

TwoSense was established by cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore following their first rehearsals for a recording session in 2009. It is intended for the purpose of commissioning works and presenting concerts that blend a shared passion for both mainstream chamber music classics and new, genre-embracing works.

Described as the “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine) these “eloquent new-music interpreters” (New York Times) have taken the chamber music scene by storm. After a successful NYC debut at (le) Poisson Rouge, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote: “however TwoSense proceeds – whether purely as a duo or an open-ended chamber project- it’s adventures should be worth following.” They have appeared at Firehouse12 and Yale University in New Haven, The Detroit Institute of Art, Southern Exposure New Music Series, Bargemusic, the Rubin Museum, (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette and the Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Marathon at the World Financial Center in NYC. Together they have commissioned 12 new works for cello and piano from some of today’s finest composers.

CSUF New Music Ensemble with Guest Artists Amy Williams, Kate Stenberg, and Sarah Cahill
Friday, February 22, 2019 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall Tickets: $10 / $8

Composer-Performer Symposium
Guest Artists, Lecture/Demos
Saturday, February 23, 2019 • 10am-6pm
Recital Hall Free admission

12pm  Mari Kimura, violinist/electronics
Tradition of Revolution – Extended Technique and Interactive Computer Technology for the violin by Mari Kimura Professor of Music, Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology program at UCI

1:30pm  Amy Williams, Pianist/Composer
Amy Williams will discuss the role of the piano in her compositions, even those without piano, and her dual career as a pianist with the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo and a composer of instrumental works.

3pm  Kate Stenberg, violin, Sarah Cahill, piano
Kate Stenberg and Sarah Cahill will explore Gabriela Lena Frank’s work  Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album.

4:30-6pm Panel Discussion-festival guest artists

Amy Williams, pianist/composer, with Stenberg | Cahill Duo-violin and piano duo
Saturday, February 23, 2019 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall Tickets: $10 / $8

Some Sonatas and New Interludes by: John Cage, Joann Cho, Nomi Epstein, Jonathon Kirk, Jay Alan Yim, Robert Reinhart, Jeffrey Weeter

Pamela Madsen:  There Will Be Stars/There Will Be Rest/Earth Horizon

Kate Stenberg, violin and Sarah Cahill, piano

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