The experimental music concert series 'ex mus' is back with another concert at CentralTrak, presenting Steve Parker. The concert begins at 8:00pm on Saturday, September 14th, and is free to the public.
The Language and Sound Project
Steve Parker, trombone + electronics
Austin based trombonist, Steve Parker, will perform his 'Sound and Language' program along with several newer, related works.
"...my goal with this project was to compile the widest variety of explorations of language and sound..."
The program is to include, "mimicry of speech patterns...found recording of interviews from the Jonestown mass suicide...the intersection between the patterns of cattle auctioneering and music..."
Steve Parker is active as a performer, educator, and arts collaborator. He is presently on faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio and is Artist-In-Residence at the Blanton Museum of Art and the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. He previously worked as a J. William Fulbright Scholar in Germany and a Donald D. Harrington Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.
As a soloist, Steve has performed in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, with performances at the Spoleto Festival, futureplaces (Portugal), Santa Fe New Music, Bowerbird (Philadelphia), Roulette (NYC), BACKFABRIK (Berlin), HPR's From the Front Row (Houston), and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). An advocate of new music, Steve has commissioned or premiered over 100 new works, working with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Corey Dargel, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang. He is an artist of Ensemble Signal, described as "a new music dream team" (TONY), with appearances at Tanglewood, the Guggenhem Museum, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. His performances can be heard on NPR’s Performance Today, PBS Newshour, and on Bridge, Cantaloupe and Mode Records.
In the orchestral realm, he has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Sarasota Opera, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and New World Symphony, with fellowships at the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain, Music Academy of the West, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Winner of the 2012 Austin Critics' Table Award, Steve is the founder and director of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art. SoundSpace is a concert series that features simultaneous, cross-disciplinary performances throughout the museum's galleries.
Steve holds degrees from UT Austin, Rice, and Oberlin in Mathematics and Music.
Naftali Schindler was born in Boston in 1982, but grew up in Israel. He began his musical studies at age 15, studying piano and composition with Shlomo Schnall. Upon returning to the US in 2001, he studied composition and theory at Boston University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree. His teachers at BU included Martin Amlin and Theodore Antoniou. He presented his work in master-classes given by Lukas Foss, Samuel Adler, and David Liptak, among others. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Yale University, studying with Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, and David Lang. His music has been performed across the US, including performances by The Travers Siblings, Alea III, Yale Philharmonia, Pykka Quintet, and a performance of his Petrarch sonnets by the BU Symphony Orchestra, as part of the 2006 BU honors concert. He has been commissioned by Alea III, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Steve Parker, among others. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Eliezer Society, and is a recipient of the John Day Jackson Prize. Naftali is also an aspiring throat-singer in the Tuvan manner.
The music of Timothy McCormack (b. 1984) is largely informed by his conviction that the aural experience is a profoundly subjective one. In his music, certain techniques are presented as autonomous of the instrument itself, thereby creating a complex, destabilized and ever-changing aural terrain. His music has been commissioned and performed by the ELISION Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, the Formalist Quartet, Christopher Redgate, Richard Craig, Mark Menzies, Steven Parker and Amie Weiss, among others. McCormack currently resides in England, where he studies with Aaron Cassidy and Liza Lim at the University of Huddersfield.
Corey Dargel is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based composer, writer, and singer. Dargel's newest album, Other People's Love Songs (2008, New Amsterdam Records), was recently profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition. Removable Parts, Dargel's music-theater piece about love and voluntary amputation (yes, voluntary amputation), won the 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance-Art Production and was hailed by the New York Times as "almost perversely pleasurable... with an intelligent grace that is as moving as it is impressive." Dargel has received awards and residencies from Creative Capital (MAP Fund), the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, the Jerome Foundation, the Frederick Loewe Foundation, HERE Arts Center, the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Kamala Sankaram has written music for concert, theater, and film. Her work has been featured as part of the Font Festival of New Trumpet Music, the Music with a View Festival at the Flea Theater, the Serial Underground Series at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Non Sequitur Series, and in the article "More Song, Less Art(ifice): The New Breed of Art Song" in New Music Box magazine. Current projects include music for Sounding (directed by Kristin Marting and written by Jennifer Gibbs, premiering at HERE in Winter 2010) and a commission from the Flexible Orchestra. She is also an artist-in-residence at HERE, developing "Let's Watch," a multi-media chamber operetta, for production in late 2010. As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, Kamala has performed with artists as diverse as the Philip Glass Ensemble (Einstein on the Beach), the Wooster Group (La Didone), and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. As a voice over artist, she has created characters for Comedy Central and the Cartoon Network.
Billed as “one of Canada’s most audacious new composers” (The Western Front), Michael Vincent has collaborated in a number of contexts spanning from concert music to large-scale theatre productions. His most noted projects include collaborations with the Juno award nominated Orchid Ensemble, plunderphonics composer John Oswald, and famed author Douglas Coupland. In 2003, he was honoured with the Allan Award in Electroacoustic composition, and in 2004, the Simon Fraser University Arts Service Award. Michael holds advanced degrees from Concordia University and Simon Fraser University and is currently working towards his doctorate in music composition at the University of Toronto under Christos Hatzis.
Gene Pritsker (born 1971) is a Russian-born composer, guitarist, rapper and record producer living in New York City. He moved to the United States with his family in 1979 and lived in Sheapshead Bay Brooklyn. He attended the Manhattan School of Music form 1990 to 1994 where he studied composition with Giampaolo Bracali. While attending Manhattan School of Music he co-founded the Absolute Ensemble with Kristjan Järvi and formed Sound Liberation, which has released cd's on Col-legno, Composers Concordance Records and Innova Recordings. Gene's music has been performed by the Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camarata, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. He worked closely with the Austrian-American jazz keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated Hollywood movies.
Steven Snowden creates music for a diverse array of settings including theater, dance, film, multimedia installations, and the concert stage. He has focused much of his recent work on interdisciplinary collaboration and remains active as a performer in both acoustic and electronic mediums. Raised in rural Southwest Missouri, Snowden began composition studies in 2002, received his Masters degree in composition at the University of Colorado and DMA at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin new music organization and his works have been performed by many outstanding ensembles at numerous festivals and concert series across five continents. He has recently received awards and fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Austin Critics’ Table, the George Lynn Memorial Foundation, ISCM World Music Days, Future Places Portugal, MACRO, IC 2013, The Mizzou New Music International Composers Festival and the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards among others. He was also the recipient of a 2012-2013 Fulbright Grant to Portugal in music composition/technology where he researched the augmentation of interactive motion tracking systems for use in large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations. He’s currently a visiting professor of humanities and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Dutch avant pop composer JacobTV (aka Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatoire, where he was awarded the Dutch Composition Prize in 1980. During the eighties he made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ëI pepper my music with sugar,' he says.
Jacob TV is preoccupied with American media and world events and draws raw material from those sources. His work possesses an explosive strength and raw energy combined with extraordinarily intricate architectural design. TV makes superb use of electronics, incorporating sound bytes from political speeches, commercials, interviews, talk shows, TVangelists, and what have you - a colorful mix of high and low culture.
Firmly established as one of the leading Mexican composers of her generation, Hilda Paredes made her home in London since 1979 and her music is now performed widely around the world. As an active participant in master classes at Dartington Summer School, studied with Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Rodney Bennett. After graduating at the Guildhall School of Music, she obtained her Master of Arts at City University in London and completed her PhD at Manchester University. Her collaboration with choreographers led her to receive the Music for Dance Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1988. After taking part at the Garden Venture Opera Project in Dartington, she completed her first chamber opera The seventh seed, released by Mode Records. She continues to be involved in the musical life of her native country, teaching at the University in Mexico City and several other music institutions and was also a radio producer of new music. She has been recipient of important awards, such as the Arts Council of Great Britain fellowship for composers; the Rockefeller, Fund for Culture Mexico/USA and the J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship in the USA and is currently beneficiary of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores, (FONCA) in Mexico.
PROGRAM TO BE SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING
Two-Eyed Elk (2009)
Here is a sequence of signs, each having a sound and a meaning (2008)
Bach Speaks (2008)
What Jesus Looks Like (2009)
Everyone But Jones (2013)
Ground Round (2011)
ex mus is a quarterly concert series seeking to cultivate and establish the field of experimental music in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Please visit exmus.org for more details.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming concerts, visit the CentralTrak website, www.centraltrak.com.