JUNE 30: Musik in Nebel (Fog Music)
Scottish Rite Theater, 5pm
exploring improvisation and ambiguity
with Liminal Sound Series
Christine Burke: half murmur
Alan Retamozo: (newly commissioned work)
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: (newly commissioned work)
Jeff Snyder: (newly commissioned arrangement of Pedal Steel Concerto)
Camila Agosto: Chain Reaction
Vinko Globokar: Kaleidoskop in nebel
Musik in Nebel (Fog Music) explores music that is largely improvised, ambiguous, and inspired by stream-of-consciousness composition. We present two brand new commissions by local composers, Alan Retamozo and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, as well as a commissioned arrangement of a concerto for pedal steel guitar by Jeff Snyder featuring Liminal Sounds director, Bob Hoffnar.
The music that Density512 plays is generally notated with great complexity. Musicians struggle to try and replicate the sounds that are exactly what the composer intended. But some composers take a different approach, by giving the performers more control. Camila Agosto's Chain Reaction is a series of musical images that the players interpret simultaneously. In Christine Burke's half murmur, the composer supplies a page with specific directions for all the instruments and gives them seconds of time to elaborate on what she's written. We end the show with Vinko Globokar, a trombonist, composer, and wild improviser. His work, Kaleidoskop in Nebel (Kaleidoscope in fog) fits with the other works as it is a stream-of-consciousness collage of sounds. The music is comprised of intricate instrumental techniques, peculiar percussion resonances, and even coughing and laughing from orchestra members as if we have stumbled into the middle of Globokar's improvisatory creative space.