Fast Forward Austin 2018: The Difference Engine
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Fast Forward Austin 2018: The Difference Engine

Saturday, September 22nd, 7-11pm
@4th Tap Brewing Co-op
10615 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

FREE Admission

At Fast Forward Austin 2018, Density512 will team up with Graham Reynolds, HUB New Music, and One Ounce Opera to tell the story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage whose mathematical work gave rise to mid-19th Century mechanical computing and provided the foundation for the inventions we rely on today. 

Kenneth Froehlich: Finite Differences
Version for soprano and string orchestra commissioned by Density512
Presented in collaboration with One Ounce Opera.

Graham Reynolds: The Difference Engine
Presented in collaboration with Graham Reynolds and HUB New Music.

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Finite Differences by Kenneth Froehlich, tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a woman born to a noble English family in 1815 who is recognized by some as the first computer programmer. Librettist John Grimmett writes that ("he" removed) "Kenneth saw a story in Ada that needed to be told, and soon, I began to see it for myself: a constant struggle for a young woman who could understand numbers beyond most of our abilities yet had so many words and feelings inside of her. 

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Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improviser Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls, with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. His triple-concerto for piano, violin, and cello The Difference Engine is "inspired by the ferocious pace of both Babbage’s thinking and the calculating speed of his invention." Graham will join HUB New Music and Density512 to bring down the house with this dynamic work. The performance will also serve as the celebration for the updated release of The Difference Engine on vinyl, via Sonic Surgery Records and pressed with brand new re-mixes from Orión Garcia (Peligrosa) and Demián Gálvez (Centavrvs).

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Nevertheless Persist, Volume 1
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Nevertheless Persist, Volume 1


Claude Vivier, a homosexual Canadian composer, was murdered at a young age by a prostitute. His work Zipangu addresses the human need for companionship, a value that forges a strong tie with Anna Clyne's "rest these hands" which deals with Clyne's relationship with her mother.

Reena Esmail is composer-in-residence with Street Symphony in Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that creates live, free, on-site musical experiences of the highest artistic quality for people experiencing homelessness. She has dedicated her career to taking care of those who have nothing and so we dedicate a portion of our program on human needs to her.

The program will close with Julia Wolfe’s thrilling work for string orchestra, Fuel. Fuel will be accompanied by the Bill Morrison film that she wrote the work for highlighting the economy and human needs for industry in the fast-paced modern world.

Claude Vivier: Zipangu
Anna Clyne: Rest These Hands
Reena Esmail: Teen Murti
Julia Wolfe: Fuel

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UT Composers Showcase
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

UT Composers Showcase

Imagine Art, 4pm
2830 Real St, Austin, TX 78722


Continuing Density512’s support of local composers and the Austin musical community, we present new works from student composers and alumni of The Butler School of Music. All proceeds from this performance will go to The Draylen Mason Fellows Program, a full-scholarship initiative of Austin Soundwaves designed to honor the legacy of Draylen Mason and help further the musical and personal development of high school musicians.

Hosted by James Parker.

Russell Podgorsek: Chamber Symphony
Seo Yoon Kim: Day of the Sea *world premiere*
Michael Mikulka: Sinfonietta
---intermission---
Jessy Eubanks: Everything and Nothing (Density512 commission)
Matthew Lyons: Loss
José Martínez: Danzas Torridas

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Stack Overflow
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Stack Overflow

The first concert of a new series curated by Composer-in-Residence José Martínez, Stack Overflow explores acoustic music combined with digital audio processing and video. With the help of cables, computers, screens, and audio equipment, our live performers expand the realm of musical possibility to perform on newly created "super instruments" that redefine the scope of classical music.

James Parker: Serrat
Alto Saxophone and electronic delay
Sarah Hetrick, saxophone

Kay HE: In the Rainfall of a Chinese Garden
Marimba and live electronics
Ivan Trac, marimba

José Martínez: Burst
Violin and live electronics (4 channels)
Sara Sasaki, violin

Chris Ozley: Ouroboros
Fixed media
Griffin Hanson, live-video art

Felipe Tovar-Henao: El Carnaval del Diablo
Clarinet and fixed media
Iván Valbuena Paez, clarinet

Louis Andriessen: Workers Union

 
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Dinner with Arcana
Apr
22
8:00 PM20:00

Dinner with Arcana

Arcana presents its final concert of the 2017-18 season. Works by Stravinsky, John Williams, Ruth Crawford, Gould, Mozart, Holst, Nicholas Perry Clark, and of course Varèse, will be artfully paired with different foods designed by the Density512 team. Stemming from the latest Austin contemporary music collective, Density512, Arcana features works from all eras providing music for all kinds of classical music lovers. Whether you’re into the modernist blaring sounds of Varèse or the harmonious melodies of Mozart, this concert has something for you.

Arcana Personnel
Flute ... Kenzie Slottow
Clarinet ... Tim Yung
Saxophone ... Oswaldo Garza
Bassoon ... Nicholas Perry Clark
Horn ... Ben Carroll
Trumpet ... Casey Martin
Trombone ... Tim Maines
Double Bass ... Rhys Gates

Repertoire selected from...
Edgard Varèse: Octandre
Morton Gould: American Salute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in C minor
Nicholas Perry Clark: Serenade No. 0
Igor Stravinsky: Octet
Gustav Holst: The Planets
Ruth Crawford: Preludes for Piano
and a special encore work!

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S.S. Hangover with The Contemporary Austin
Apr
7
to May 6

S.S. Hangover with The Contemporary Austin

Collaboration with The Contemporary Austin

Ragnar Kjartansson, S.S. Hangover, 2013
Boat, captain, brass instruments, and musicians
Music by Kjartan Sveinsson
Performance: 4 hours
Courtesy the artist; Luhring Augustine, New York; and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik


Performances on select weekend dates: April 7, 8, 14, 15, and 28, and May 5 and 6, from 11A–3P. A sunset performance on Sunday, April 22, from 4–8P, is presented in partnership with the Fusebox Festival.

The S.S. Hangover sculpture will be docked and visible from the shores of Laguna Gloria from May 7 through June 3.

Artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s kinetic sound sculpture S.S. Hangover, 2013, consists of a hand-painted boat sailing on the lagoon, occupied by a formal party of six brass musicians performing ethereal music by Kjartan Sveinsson. As if caught in a daydream, the S.S. Hangover sails in circles, transporting its occupants to nowhere. The black-tie-clad performers repeatedly play a lyrical score for hours that challenges their endurance while flirting with the potential for failure as time passes. Inspired by a set prop from the 1935 American film Remember Last Night?, a drunken comedy murder-mystery, Kjartansson (Icelandic, born 1976 in Reykjavik) restored a vintage Icelandic wooden fishing boat to its likeness. The artist previously enacted a version of this playfully romantic performance at the 55th Venice Biennale, where musicians seemed to have left a party in a beautiful hybrid Scandinavian-Venetian-Grecian boat, replete with a sail featuring a mythical and overly plump Pegasus.

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Arcana plays Blanton's Third Thursday
Mar
15
5:30 PM17:30

Arcana plays Blanton's Third Thursday

Inspired by Varese's Octandre, Density512's premiere ensemble, Arcana, presents its first performance in collaboration with the Blanton Museum of Art. Density512 assistant director, Nicholas Perry Clark, uses the extensive sound world offered by the ensemble of winds and double bass to reimagine classic octets and perform entirely new works. Join us for this exciting performance and be on the lookout for future Arcana performances. 

Repertoire selected from ...
Igor Stravinsky: Octet
Edgard Varèse: Octandre
Nicholas Perry Clark: Serenade No. 0
Gustav Holst: Mercury
W.A. Mozart: Serenade in C minor
Various/Evan Kuhlmann: Classic Video Game Medley

Arcana Personnel
Flute ... Kenzie Slottow
Clarinet ... Tim Yung
Saxophone ... Oswaldo Garza
Bassoon ... Nicholas Perry Clark
Horn ... Ben Carroll
Trumpet ... Casey Martin
Trombone ... Tim Maines
Double Bass ... Rhys Gates

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Liminal Sound Series: Conduction with J.A. Deane
Mar
5
to Mar 8

Liminal Sound Series: Conduction with J.A. Deane

  • Museum of Human Achievement (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Monday, March 5th, 8pm // Public Workshop at UT Butler School of Music
Wednesday, March 6th, 9pm // Improvised works at Carousel Lounge
Thursday, March 8th, 8pm // Concert at Museum of Human Achievement


Conduction, developed by the late cornetist/composer Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, is a vocabulary of signs and gestures transmitted by a conductor to an orchestra, providing instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form—a kind of middle path between notation and improvisation. 

Featuring Density512 musicians:
Kenzie Slottow, François Minaux, Nicholas Perry Clark, Nick McNamara, Elyse Vest, Ben Carroll, Jacob Schnitzer, and Pablo Kennedy
and
Bob Hoffnar, Janie Cowen, and Mike St. Clair
Conductor:
J.A.Deane

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Something Borrowed
Feb
27
to Mar 1

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed explores our drive to make new work from old. World premieres of "re-composed" (Alma) Mahler, Schoenberg, and more!
 We challenged some of Austin's finest emerging composers to "re-compose" and re-imagine songs for voice and piano by  Alma Mahler to become new works for chamber orchestra. Featuring composers Akshaya Avril Tucker, Adeliia Faizullina, and Seo Yoon Kim, the "re-composed" lieder are paired with Songs of a Wayfarer by Alma's first husband, Gustav Mahler, and orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg. Concert open with Ben Stevenson's version of Bach's "Contrapuntus VII" and closes with Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie No. 1, once described by a famous guy  "hyperactive, acrobatic and not a little aggressive".

J.S. Bach/Ben Stevenson: Contrapunctus VII
Alma Mahler/Akshaya Avril Tucker/Seo Yoon Kim/Adeliia Faizullina: Alma Mahler Commissioning Project,
     
Akshaya Avril Tucker: Ich wander unter Blumen / Geliebte Sakhi
     Adeliia Faizullina: Rainbow
     Seo Yoon Kim: Faint Clocks Strike as From Olden Days
Gustav Mahler/Arnold Schoenberg: Songs of a Wayfarer
Arnold Schoenberg: Kammersymphonie No. 1

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Wind Dectet for Ellsworth Kelly's Austin
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Wind Dectet for Ellsworth Kelly's Austin

Donors for the new Ellsworth Kelly building outside the Blanton Museum of Art are serenaded by a wind dectet from Density512 in this outdoor event.

W.A. Mozart: Serenade in C minor (mvts 1-3)
Troy Armstrong: Ozark Folk Song Suite (mvts 2-4)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 1
Darius Milhaud: Chamber Symphony No. 5
Jordan Nobles: æther

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Harmoniemusik
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Harmoniemusik

In Harmoniemusik, Density512 reimagines chamber wind music for the "harmonie", a small wind ensemble that served as a "party band" for 17th and 18th C. patrons. In the spirit of food, drink, and merriment, join come join us as we present music by Jonathan Dove and Eugene Bozza, both inspired by the strong tradition of the harmonie ensemble. And we couldn't forget some Beethoven!

Jonathan Dove: Figures in the Garden
Beethoven: Wind Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 103
Eugene Bozza: Octanphonie

***Homemade hors d'oeuvres will be served. You are welcome to BYOB!

TICKETS: Pay what you can, $5-25. All proceeds will go towards the development of future Density512 shows.

 

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Beethoven Resurrected
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Beethoven Resurrected

Beethoven Resurrected brings to life the works of Beethoven mixed with accessible, modern repertoire. Michael Torke's Ash is a sharp, rhythmic work that answers the question "What would Beethoven sound like if he was alive today?" Following the Torke is the rarely heard Piano Concerto by masterful modernist, Joan Tower. "Homage to Beethoven" is inspired by several themes from his sonatas including the Tempest and Waldstein sonatas. Robert McDonald joins the orchestra to perform this work rarely heard work in the Austin area! The concert will conclude Beethoven's third symphony, Eroica, a revolutionary work with ideas that proved to be the impetus for the romantic era of music. One of Austin's favorite bands/quartets, invoke, will open up 30 minutes before showtime! Come early, grab a brat and a beer, and enjoy this exciting new initiative with us!

Michael Torke: Ash
Joan Tower: Piano Concerto "Homage to Beethoven"
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat "Eroica"

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SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane
Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane

Alice’s Coltrane's singular musical style is a synthesis of influences that include Detroit gospel, Stravinsky, bebop, traditional Hindi hymns, and classical Indian music. The September SoundSpace will explore these diverse influences and present new work directly inspired by her legacy. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, museumgoers will be able to experience a variety of performances throughout the museum, including:

Density512 will present two new works in response to Alice Coltrane’s music: Akshaya Tucker’s recently premiered Shaam for sitar and sinfonietta in raga bihag, and a reimagined Stravinsky work by composer-conductor Jacob Schnitzer.

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