Remembering Lee Hyla

Remembering Lee Hyla

 Lee Hyla (1952-2014) — tribute written by Stephen Drury All of us who knew Lee as a composer, teacher, and friend were saddened and shocked beyond words by his passing. Tha...

SICPP 2014: Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence

SICPP 2014: Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence

SICPP 2014: Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence John Tilbury and Nino Jvania, Gues...

Alvin Lucier @ Roulette, NYC

Alvin Lucier @ Roulette, NYC

Fri-Sat, March 28-29, 2014 8pm ROULETTE, New York The Callithumpian Consort, cellist Charles Curtis and pianist Stephen Drury celebrate the unique musical vision of the pioneering ...

Chaya Czernowin, OPEN FOR'm & Gardner

Chaya Czernowin, OPEN FOR’m & Gardner

“What I try to do is to create a strong experience which is almost kinesthetic… through your ears, you can actually smell, you can see, you can really come into touch with some...

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Lee Hyla Tribute Concert on NewMusicBox
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From “SICPP’s Love and Geometry” on NewMusicBox, by Matthew Guerrieri:   “Hyla’s Migración, one of his last pieces (it was premiered in February by ...

Boston Globe on Nino Jvania at SICPP 2014
Jun 19, 2014 | by | No Comments | Read →

Photo by Rebecca Kim.   Jvania invokes Stockhausen’s audible spectrum — Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe:   “…for one movement, Jvania played fast...

SICPP 2014: Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence
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SICPP 2014: Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music Roger Reynolds, Composer-in-Residence John Tilbury and Nino Jvania, Gues...

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Remembering Lee Hyla
Jun 12, 2014 | by | No Comments | Read →

 Lee Hyla (1952-2014) — tribute written by Stephen Drury All of us who knew Lee as a composer, teacher, and friend were saddened and shocked beyond words by his passing. Tha...

Announcing 2013-2014!
Sep 1, 2013 | by | No Comments | Read →

We’re excited to announce our current season — lots of incredible music by Onur Yildirim, Alvin Lucier, Lei Liang, Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann,Morton Feldman, and ...

A Remarkable 2012 for Callithumpian Consort
Jan 17, 2013 | by | No Comments | Read →

Dear Friends,Fresh off our raucous final concert of 2012 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, we Callithumpians are now already looking forward to a January packed with a ...


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  • Lei Liang: Bamboo LightsLei Liang: Bamboo Lights

    Seven works by Lei Liang, released July 2014, on Bridge Records.

    Lei Liang’s new album, Bamboo Lights, features delicately nuanced miniature works, whose quiet intensity and beauty call to mind fine Chinese landscape paintings and Japanese haiku. Just as Matsuo Basho’s haiku lead us to search for a symbolic meaning arising from the juxtaposed images that strike the heart and mind, Liang transports the listener to experience inner solitude–what he calls “the silence of the mind”–through interweaving moments of silence within a fascinating array of sound.

  • Adam Roberts: Leaf MetalAdam Roberts: Leaf Metal

    Five works by emerging composer Adam Roberts, released in 2014 on Tzadik.

    The debut release of composer Adam Roberts, featuring his music for chamber orchestra and electronics, a string quartet performed by the world-renowned Arditti Quartet, as well as a piece for large wind ensemble and solo works for violin and for cello. A brilliant peek into the imaginative mind of this exciting young compositional voice.

  • Nicholas Vines: Torrid Nature ScenesNicholas Vines: Torrid Nature Scenes

    Lauded for his "crackling style" (NewMusicBox) and called "compellingly original" (Boston Phoenix) and "both humorous and unsettling" (WGBH), Vines presents "Torrid Nature Scenes"-a series of musical landscapes that instill anxiety and ebullience in the listener. Includes extended liner notes, author readings of the original poems, study scores and more.

    TORRID NATURE SCENES, is an album of chamber works from Australian composer Nicholas Vines which presents a series of musical landscapes that instill both anxiety and ebullience in the listener. Through his innovative use of woodwinds, voice, and chamber ensemble, Vines - lauded for his “crackling style” (NewMusicBox) and called “compellingly original” (Boston Phoenix) and “both humorous and unsettling” (WGBH) – asks us to consider representations of nature fueled not by a passing glance of a wondrous vista, but by a series of creative engines wracked with self-burning energy, profound fury, and breath-filled life.

  • Lei Liang: Tremors of a Memory ChordLei Liang: Tremors of a Memory Chord

    Four chamber and orchestral works by composer Lei Liang.

    One of the most exciting voices in New Music (The Wire). The music of Chinese-born American Lei Liang integrates Chinese and Western instruments to create exciting and striking sonorities, from an evocative single pipa to the unique richness of a grand Chinese orchestra.

  • Tamar Diesendruck: The Grief That Does Not SpeakTamar Diesendruck: The Grief That Does Not Speak

    Four compelling, highly personal, and deeply exquisite works by composer Tamar Diesendruck.

    For most interesting composers, each work is a new adventure; for Diesendruck, each work seems more than that, an occasion to go back to the basics, to re-think what a piece of music might be. Often this seems to entail stripping away anything unnecessary in order to achieve the most powerful effect. This stripping down to potent essentials is only possible when the composer is both focused and courageous. It is part of the great cultural project of re-inventing music, including not only giants such as Schoenberg and STravinsky, but important exploratory thinkers such as Varese, Scelsi, Donatoni, Berio and Cecil Taylor. Tamar Diesendruck’s name belongs on this list — Scott Wheeler.


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