Posts Tagged: Liza Lim


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Apr 18

Wayward II

This program features a new work by Shiuan Chang, and music by Erin Gee and Liza Lim.

These site-specific performances will involve a new large-scale sculptural installation by Bolek Ryzinski called Infernal Cube.

The space opens at 7PM, with a performance at 7:30PM, and cocktails at 8PM

  • Shiuan Chang – Ding Guawn-Wedge (2018) WP
  • Erin Gee – Three Scenes from SLEEP (2008)
  • Liza Lim – Three Angels (2011)

Ekmeles personnel for concert


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Sep 17

Control

As part of our 2017-2018 season we’re continuing to give each of our core singers a turn at the helm of the blog. The below post below comes from our baritone and director, Jeffrey Gavett.


The composers for our concert of October 7th have all notated their scores in a somewhat traditional sense. We have sheets of paper with words, notes, lines, and symbols on them, that communicate to us what we are supposed to do to realize the music. One thing that differs between the pieces is the level of control that the composer decides to exert over the performance – below are a few examples selected from the concert’s repertoire.

James Weeks’s Primo Libro exerts a level of specific control of the performance in many ways. The octave is divided into 31 equal parts, demanding a specificity of intonation from the singers, who are also following a rhythmic flow that moves on a prescribed grid, but without traditional meter. Cassandra Miller’s Guide also asks the singers to perform a difficult and specific task in memorizing, slowing down, and transposing the details of an audio recorded performance. However, the ensemble is split up into three groups, each of which must coordinate internally, but which move independently from one another. Thus the performances are rigidly controlled at the level of the individual, and small group, but the larger work is more open.

Liza Lim’s Three Angels contains a range of notational styles and levels of control. The soprano’s music is extraordinarily specific, with difficult rhythms and quarter tone inflections of melody throughout. The baritone’s solo is traditionally notated, but also includes instructions for improvisatory looping and shifting of materials. The mezzo soprano performs with a small ‘wacky whistle’ on her palate, and her music is written totally graphically. The coordination of the solos is also left slightly open, similar to how Miller’s work is more open in a larger formal sense.

Ben Johnston’s Rose, like James Weeks’s Primo Libro, is extremely specific in its pitch demands. Written in a 7-limit just intonation system, the work avoids the traditional triads of a 5-limit system and creates a new harmonic grammar for its tuning. Its rhythm and formal language however are musically very traditional, and depend on phrasing and shaping by the singers for expressive purposes.

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Aug 17

Music of Longing

Ekmeles performs the World Premiere of James Weeks’s Primo Libro, the U.S. Premiere of Cassandra Miller’s Guide and other works on the theme of personal and spiritual longing.

  • James Weeks – Primo Libro (2016) World Premiere
  • Cassandra Miller – Guide (2013) U.S. Premiere
  • Liza Lim – Three Angels (2011)
  • Ben Johnston – Rose (1971)
  • Courtney Bryan – Come Away, My Beloved (2013)
  • Kayleigh Butcher and Bethany Younge – Her Disappearance (2015)

Ekmeles personnel for concert


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Sep 16

Ekmeles at Gettysburg College

3 Angels

Ekmeles travels to Gettysburg College for a residency, culminating in a concert performance featuring contemporary favorites for one to four voices.

  • John Cage – Four Solos for Voice (1988)
  • Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • Milton Babbitt – Three Cultivated Choruses (1987)
  • Giacinto Scelsi – Le Grand Sanctuaire (1970)
  • Ben Johnston – Rose (1971)
  • Liza Lim – 3 Angels (2011)
  • James Tenney – Hey When I Sing These 4 Songs Hey Look What Happens (1971)
  • Vykintas Baltakas – Instruktionen zur Durchführung… (2007) U.S. Premiere

Ekmeles personnel for concert


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Jan 13

Music Mondays

Ekmeles performs on the Music Mondays series, in a program of modern and medieval works around the theme of visually intriguing scores and Augenmusik. Scores will be projected, and in one case, unfurled into the space, for your simultaneous visual and auditory enjoyment.

  • Liza Lim – 3 Angels (US Premiere)
  • Baude Cordier – Belle bonne sage
  • Mark Barden – Chamber (US Premiere)
  • Jacob de Senleches – La harpe de melodie
  • Evan Johnson – A general interrupter to ongoing activity (US Premiere)
  • Baude Cordier – Tout par compas suy composés
  • Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf – void – un delitto italiano (US Premiere)

Personnel for concert

Augenmusik is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Augenmusik is made possible in part by the Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation.Augenmusik Acknowledgments


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Jun 11

ELISION Ensemble

I’ve just stumbled across the Vimeo page of Daryl Buckley, guitarist and artistic director of ELISION Ensemble, and among the many treasures to be found there, recommend this recent Liza Lim piece. I had the pleasure of singing the US Premiere of her piece Chang-O and love the timbral detail in her music.

Songs Found in Dream Liza Lim (2005) performed by ELISION ensemble from Daryl Buckley on Vimeo.