New Music Incubator

Emergence performed on Festivalis Druskomanija finale concert in Vilnius, Lithuania, June 2

My multimedia piece, Emergence, for Flute Quartet, Electronics and Video Projection will receive its Lithuanian premiere on June 2 at 8PM, at the Arts Printing House, Black Hall (Šiltadaržio st. 6), in Vilnius, the capitol city of Lithuiania. This concert, called Spheres, will be the closing concert of the Festivalis Druskomanija.

The performers for the concert are: Jens Hedman and Lars Brøndum (electronics, Sweden); Flute Quartet 112 (Latvia): Daina Treimane, Vita Rozēna, Anna Petraškeviča and Andis Klučenieks

The program will also consist of: Jens Hedman (Sweden), The Beast with Two Heads (1999–2010); Lars Brøndum (Sweden), Convolving Sphere (2011); Impetus (2009); and Albertas Navickas (Lithuania), Blanche t’a vu (2006). A nice feature of this closing concert is that all the composers and some of the performers were all involved in New Music Incubator, an international project I co-administrated in the summer of 2010.

New Music Incubator: June 8-13

With funding from Nordic Culture Point and the Swedish Music Information Centre, the first Baltic/Scandinavian incarnation of the New Music Incubator kicks off on June 8 at Jurnieka Ligdza (The Sailor’s Nest), a small, charming, family-run hotel just south of Liepaja, Latvia and a stone’s throw from the Baltic Sea.

17 musicians and composers and new media artists, coming from Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark will come together for a week of creative experimentation where the lines between composition, improvisation and performance become blurred as new pieces are collaboratively created and premiered daily.

The idea for this particular incarnation of NMI arose from my meeting the Swedish composer Martin Q Larsson at a conference in Helsinki in 2008. He and Swedish guitarist/lutenist Patrik Karlsson have run several of these NMIs in Sweden and also in the UK. I went to last year’s NMI as a participant, and will join Martin and Patrik in managing the project this week.

This is just to say… premiere in Sweden on January 17

The follow-up public concert from this past summer’s activities in the Nätverksläger (New Music Incubator, see my previous post) will take place in Västerås Concert Hall, Sweden on January 17 at 5 PM. 18 composers and musicians from 5 countries will come together for this performance.

My contribution will be This is just to say, a comic, structured improvisation for narrator, vocalist, flute, cello and bass, with texts taken from William Carlos Williams’ poem of the same name and a handful of parodies of it by other authors. The idea for this piece came from an episode of the radio program This American Life, which described the poem as a non-apology apology, and the parodies attempt to take this form to new heights.

This is just to say / I have eaten / the plums / that were in / the icebox
and which / you were probably / saving / for breakfast
Forgive me / they were delicious / so sweet / and so cold

– William Carlos Williams
This is just to say / I carved your name, not mine / into the arm of dad’s chair
sorry you were punished / but the wood was so gummy / and my knife was so sharp

– Sarah Vowell
This is just to say / At our wedding I disappeared briefly 
 / to have sex with your sister / up against the back of the port-o-sans.

What can I say / the chardonnay was so fresh and cold 
and I, / so full of love and a sense of family.

– David Rakoff
This is just to say
 / I have pulled the pin from the grenade on the desk / forgive me, I thought it was my key ring and…

– Jason Nicolas