April 19th

with Nicholas Isherwood and the BEEP Ensemble

Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut Street

Bowerbird is pleased to present the extraordinary bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood for a concert that explores the connections and tensions between technology and that most enduring of sounds -- the human voice.

In this program of world premieres, a group of composers created music for solo voice and electronics were selected by Nicholas Isherwood, who constantly seeks out interesting and exciting new music, introducing new voices to the global stage he occupies. This year, the program is presented in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Germany and Italy, featuring composers Dugal McKinnon (NZ), Eve De Castro (NZ), Pamela Madsen (USA), John Kennedy (USA), Helmuth Flammer (Germany), Gianluca Verlingieri (Italy) and Gene Coleman (USA).

Reaching back to the roots of electronic music, the program will also feature Nicholas Isherwood performing his version of John Cage's "Aria" (1958) with "Fontana Mix" (1958) (Realization Of Fontana Mix By Gianluca Verlingieri (2009) and a special performance with Isherwood and BEEP - the Temple University electronic music ensemble, directed by Adam Vidiksis.

This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the greatest singers of new music, who has collaborated with many of the most important composers of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, George Crumb and Karlheinz Stockhausen, to name only a few.

After making his debut in the role of "Lucifer" in Stockhausen's "Donnerstag aus Licht" at the Royal Opera House at the age of 25, Nicholas Isherwood went on to have a career that has taken him to the world's leading concert halls, festivals and opera houses. He has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Gyorgy Kurtag, Steve Lacy, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. He has sung a vast repertory including medieval and renaissance music with Joel Cohen, French baroque music with William Christie, Händel with Nicholas McGegan and romantic music with Zubin Mehta. He recently founded a vocal ensemble for new music called Voxnova Italia. Isherwood has taught master classes in five languages at schools such as the Paris Conservatoire (Messiaen), Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan (contemporary) and USC (French Art Song). He has taught the class in contemporary singing techniques at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin since 2012 and was recently appointed professor of singing at the Conservatory of Music in Lyon. Isherwood is also active as a composer, stage director and scholar. He has published peer-reviewed articles for The Journal of Singing (vocal vibrato) and LIM (Luigi Nono) and a book, The Techniques of Singing, for Barenreiter Verlag. He has recorded 58 CDs for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Erato and made several films and DVDs. More at

The Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project—BEEP—is a group for electroacoustic music creation in a collaborative environment. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Adam Vidiksis at Temple University, BEEP embraces a variety of aesthetics, from EDM to the avant-garde. We function in varied modalities: from a laptop orchestra, to fusion of computers and traditional instruments, to an electronic music band. BEEP uses the laptop orchestra model, "an ensemble of computer-based meta-instruments," as one of many possible modes of music making using computers and other electronics. More at

The performers in BEEP are students from Temple University: Josh Carey, Stefano Daddi. Matt Day, Skyler Hagner, Carlos Johns-Dávila, Truman Levine, Tony Manfredonia, Gabe Miller, Alyssa Milman, Arnab Nandi, Isabella Ness and Samuel Tarasenko, directed by Adam Vidiksis.


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