Friday, June 8, 2018

The music of James Tenney
with Arcana New Music Ensemble

Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catherine Street
8pm; $12 - $20

One of the most influential American composers of the 20th century, James Tenney (1934-2006) combined the experimental spirit of Cage and company with a rigorous grounding in acoustics, perception, and information theory. This program explores Tenney's music for string instruments, from his diagrammatic Postal Pieces (1965-71) to his last major work, the string quartet Arbor vitae (2006). The centerpiece is Tenney's 1982 composition Glissade, a five-movement work for viola, cello, contrabass, and delay system that serves as a compendium of his major compositional interests and techniques.

Cellogram (1971)
Carolina Diazgranados, cello

Harmonium #5 (1978)
Myanna Harvey, violin
Emma Hughey, viola
Carolina Diazgranados, cello

Koan (1971)
Anna Lim, violin

Glissade (1982)
I. Shimmer
II. Array (a'rising)
III. Bessel functions of the first kind
IV. Trias Harmonica
V. Stochastic-canonic Variations

Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola
Tom Kraines, cello
Evan Runyon, bass
with tape-delay system

Beast (1971)
Evan Runyon, bass

Arbor vitae (2006)
Anna Lim, violin I
Myanna Harvey, violin II
Emma Hughey, viola
Tom Kraines, cello

The Arcana New Music Ensemble is Bowerbird's resident ensemble for performing interesting, beautiful, and unconventional music in interesting, beautiful, and unconventional spaces. Founded in 2016, the ensemble comprises a flexible roster of more than 30 musicians and performs regularly in Philadelphia. Past concerts have featured the music of Julius Eastman, Galina Ustvolskaya, Morton Feldman, Moondog, among others.


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