Primo Libro

November 20th at 7:30PM, Ekmeles returns to live performance at Our Saviour’s Atonement, with a program of microtonal music. Vaccination and masks required. The concert will then be repeated at Bowling Green State University November 22nd.

James Weeks – Primo Libro

The program includes a world premiere by Shawn Jaeger, playing with the boundaries between words and their meanings. James Weeks’s Primo Libro explores the origins of the madrigal through engagement with Arcadelt’s first book of madrigals, setting them in a 31-tone division of the octave. Nirmali Fenn’s Pokój w pokoju takes a different approach to microtonality, setting each half of the ensemble in a different tuning system. Stuart Saunders Smith presents a jewel of a miniature with the duet Light. Finally, Anthony Braxton’s Composition no. 255 presents a rich and monumental environment for performance, blurring lines between interpretation and improvisation.

  • James Weeks – Primo Libro (2017)
  • Shawn Jaeger – love is (2021) World Premiere
  • Anthony Braxton – Composition no. 255 (2000)
  • Nirmali Fenn – Pokój w pokoju (2018)
  • Stuart Saunders Smith – Light (2007)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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