May 21: Stellar Sounds at the Modern

Music celebrating the art of Frank Stella
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 pm
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
admission free and open to the public (museum admission is separate)

Ave (1987)
Franco Donatoni

Canzoniere da Scarlatti – elaborazione per quartetto di saxofoni, #3-4 (1998)
Salvatore Sciarrino

Due Canoni (1994)
Aldo Clementi

Sapporo (1962)
Toshi Ichiyanagi

Fili (1981)
Franco Donatoni

Christopher Deane, percussion
Andrew May (Assistant Director, Sounds Modern), violin
Elizabeth McNutt (Director, Sounds Modern), flute
Shannon Wettstein, piano
Mélange Saxophone Quartet:
Kyle Stec, soprano saxophone
Nick Allington, alto saxophone
Alexander Richards, tenor saxophone
Tony Barrette, baritone saxophone

Friday, March 18: at the DMA with Pollock, Feldman, and Brown

Sounds Modern presents:
“More direct, more immediate, more physical:” music shaped by the art of Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock had a major influence on the music of the late 20th century.  Composer Earle Brown described Pollock’s work as one of  “the earliest, and still the predominant influences on my conceptual attitude;” Morton Feldman said it turned him toward “a sound world more direct, more immediate, more physical than anything that had existed heretofore.” Sounds Modern will celebrate Pollock’s work with a performance of music by Brown and Feldman from the early 1960’s that reflects the spirit and practice of Jackson Pollock.
Friday, March 18, 7 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
Admission: included with $15 admission to DMA “Late NIght” event, free to DMA members

Saturday, October 17, 2 pm: Modern Subjects, Classic Forms – program

Modern Subjects, Classic Forms
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2:00 pm
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

First Concerto for flute and percussion (1939)
Lou Harrison (1917-2003)

La Folia for solo cello (2007)
Giovanni Sollima (b. 1962)

Presto for flute and piano(1997)
Beat Furrer (b. 1954)

unsettled questions (shadow and shape) for flute and computer (2015)
Andrew May (b. 1968)

Fratres for violin and piano (1980)
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

L’aube enchantée sur le Raga Todi for flute and harp (1976)
Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)

Christopher Deane, percussion
Jaymee Haefner, harp
Andrew May (Assistant Director, Sounds Modern), violin
Elizabeth McNutt (Director, Sounds Modern), flute
Kourtney Newton, cello
Shannon Wettstein, piano

Saturday, October 17, 2 pm: Modern Subjects, Classic Forms

Kehinde Wiley’s works put modern American figures into compositions, contexts, and frames that invoke the European tradition; the cognitive dissonance of these juxtapositions is central to his artistic statements. Composers confront this dissonance daily: expressing the experience of our own time and place through the medium of concert music means framing one’s ideas in the written language, instrumental practice, and stylistic expectations of classical musicians steeped in the European past. Modern Subjects, Classic Forms – how can they be reconciled? On October 17, Sounds Modern will share works by Ravi Shankar, Arvo Pärt, Lou Harrison, and others who answered this dilemma – like Wiley – with works of shocking beauty and timeless nobility.  Admission free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 1, 8 pm: Andrew May, Unset in Donald Judd’s 15 works in concrete at Chinati

Most of us have felt the delight of hearing pitches arise from the resonances within a stone or concrete space, be it a cave, a stairwell, or a passageway between buildings. Donald Judd’s 15 works in concrete, a kilometer-long series of geometric constellations of monolithic concrete rectangular prisms at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, provide an unique opportunity to turn this everyday phenomenon into art. They frame one another and the surrounding landscape, as well as the light and space within them, transforming this stretch of far west Texas high desert into a dramatic journey through shifting perspectives. They don’t just transform light and space, though; they manipulate sound through the highly resonant spaces they create. When Sounds Modern founders Elizabeth McNutt and Andrew May first visited the site on a windy day in December 2006, they were struck by the way the sounds of the landscape and of their own footsteps and voices changed as they walked along the site, and by the beauty of the harmonies that arose. Sounds Modern has since collaborated with the Chinati Foundation to present new music at the Crowley Theater in Marfa. This summer, Chinati and Sounds Modern will invite musicians and visitors to explore together the sonic spaces of Judd’s monumental works through the experience of May’s new piece Unset. May has designed custom portable computer music systems he calls “ESCAPE units” which will activate and illuminate the resonant world of the 15 works in concrete, creating a musical experience that draws equally on the concrete structures, the landscape, the moment of performance, and the sonic past (including field recordings from Chinati as well as hints of music by John Dowland, a favorite composer of both Judd and May). Along with musicians from Sounds Modern and the Marfa area community, visitors to the event will also be invited to participate in creating the sonic experience. The hour-long work will be premiered as part of a special sunset viewing of the 15 works in concrete. The event is free and open to the public. More information on the Chinati web site.

Framing Desire in Music, May 16: program

Toru Takemitsu, and then I knew ’twas wind
Sofia Gubaidulina, Garden of Joy and Sorrow
Andrew May, Tender Intervals
Astor Piazzolla, Primavera Porteña and Verano Porteño

Elizabeth McNutt, flute; Jaymee Haefner, harp; Daphne Gerling, viola; Steven Harlos, piano; Andrew May, violin; Kourtney Newton, cello

Framing Desire in Music, May 16, 2 pm

On May 16, Sounds Modern will present Framing Desire in Music: a concert of recent works in which composers express their longing, sentimental and magical, for an unattainable and distant reality. The program will include works that celebrate particular people and places – and especially, beloved pieces of music that composers refer to (even incorporate), reframing them much as photographs and video reframe and reinforce elements of the visual world. These musical acts of sympathetic magic will provide a sonic dimension to the Modern’s exhibit Framing Desire.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2:00 pm
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Admission free and open to the public.