27
Apr 21

A Time for Everything (second time)

Last May, this was the first show we had to cancel. Now, masked up and remote, we’re excited to bring it to you! The show will go live at 5:30PM on May 8th, and stay up for a week following.

The first notes of the score of Julius Eastman's Our Father
Julius Eastman – Our Father (excerpt)

Watch the concert here!

First off, we’ll have an opening set by composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, from whose work our concert takes its title.

Then we move to Ekmeles’s portion of the show: Wolfgang Rihm’s Sieben Passionstexte is a wrenching set of seven Latin texts relating to the biblical Passion, or crucifixion story. Weaving between evocations of renaissance polyphony and stirring dissonance, the piece exists in a unique stylistic world. Courtney Bryan’s A Time For Everything, written for Ekmeles, is a set works on biblical texts drawing from the composer’s experience as a New Orleans-born jazz pianist and church musician. The works range in harmonic language from austere atonal shimmers to rich chorales. Shades of Aka pygmy music via Herbie Hancock, funeral wails, and groans mix with more traditional classical vocalism in an expression of the composer’s diverse musical interests. Finally, the late radical gay Black American composer Julius Eastman is represented with his 1989 work Our Father. Built on a sacred text of his own devising, the work echoes ancient plainchant traditions while reaching towards the future.

  • Courtney Bryan – A Time for Everything (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Wolfgang Rihm – Sieben Passions-Texte (2001-2006)
  • Julius Eastman – Our Father (1989)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 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 Andrew Cuomo 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.


07
Oct 20

Alphabet, Grammar, Litany, Macle

Ekmeles returns to live-streaming with another free event creatively mixing live and pre-recorded elements. The performance will go live on October 16th at 8PM, and will stay online for a week following.

Watch the concert here!

Charlotte Mundy and Elisa Sutherland will perform a work of Saariaho with both live and pre-recorded video elements; Steven Hrycelak and Jeffrey Gavett recorded a performance in Fort Tryon Park near their homes; Steven Bradshaw and Tim Keeler perform Cage live from Philadelphia and San Francisco respectively; and Gavett Hrycelak Mundy and Sutherland will meet online from Manhattan and Brooklyn for live online Eastman.

  • Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • John Cage – Litany for the Whale (1980)
  • Agata Zubel – Alphabet of the Ars Brevis (2016)
  • Julius Eastman – Macle (1970-71)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 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 Andrew Cuomo 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.


14
Oct 19

A Time for Everything

Ekmeles performs sacred music in the atmospheric crypt of Church of the Intercession. The program features two Ekmeles commissions and one world premiere, representing a wide range of styles and influences.

  • Courtney Bryan – A Time for Everything (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Shawn Jaeger – New Work (2019) World premiere
  • Wolfgang Rihm – Sieben Passions-Texte (2001-2006)
  • Julius Eastman – Our Father (1989)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 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 Andrew Cuomo 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.


01
Feb 18

Eastman: That Which is Fundamental

Ekmeles performs Julius Eastman’s early graphic work Macle on a festival dedicated to the composer’s work. The concert will also feature performances by Tilt Brass, Julian Terrell Otis, and ACME.

Ekmeles rep for concert

  • Julius Eastman – Macle (1968)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles in Manhattan, Spring 2018 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net


20
Apr 17

That Which is Fundamental

Ekmeles visits Bowerbird in Philadelphia to take part in That Which is Fundamental, a Julius Eastman retrospective. Other artists featured on this program include Moor Mother, the Eastman Community Choir, and Arcana New Music Ensemble. Ekmeles will perform Eastman’s half-hour vocal quartet Macle, in its first performance since the 1970s.

Ekmeles repertoire for concert

  • Julius Eastman – Macle (1968)

Ekmeles personnel for concert