Current Season

2017 – 2018 Season

September 19

harvard logoThe GLAM Concert Series at Harvard University Presents – Fonema Consort
Master Class with Estrada || September 19 at 4pm
Concert || September 19 at 8pm
Paine Hall – Harvard Music Department
Sharing in common their commitment to the music of innovative creators from Latin America, the consort and GLAM (Group for Latin American Musics) present works by Juan Campoverde (Ecuador), Pablo Santiago Chin (Costa Rica), Julio Estrada (Mexico) and Valeria Jonard (Mexico). GLAM is a newly created collaboration between the Harvard University Music Department and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies DRCLAS. Fonema’s visit will run parallel to a Barwick and HGNM Colloquiums with guest composers Julio Estrada and Juan Campoverde.
PROGRAM
Canto Tejido – Julio Estrada
Los lugares del deseo* – Juan Campoverde
Three Burials – Pablo Santiago Chin
Yuunohui’Tlapoa’Ehecatl – Julio Estrada
lamentos y reflejos** – Valeria Jonard
Voice Studies on Chapter 34 – Pablo Santiago Chin
Yuunohui’Ehecatl – Julio Estrada

September 28

Latinx ArtsLATINxARTS Presents: Fonema Consort’s Emily Beisel
with Luis Fernando Amaya and Craig Davis Pinson
September 28 at 8pm
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Mexican composers Amaya and Davis Pinson join Beisel in their trio Fat Pigeon to present an eclectic mixture of music genres and styles departing from their unorthodox instrumentation: clarinet(s), electric guitar and cajón peruano. In Beisel’s words: “To this framework we wish to bring the open spaces of our ploy-stylistic backgrounds in jazz, rock, classical and contemporary performance. We want to infringe on each others sonic territory and climb into each other’s sounds and ideas. Groove, breath, math, voices, mind games, and imaginary rooms.” Interspersed with their sets, Fonema Consort will present art videos with music by Mexican composer Marisol Jimenez, and Costa Rican composer Mauricio Pauly from Fonema’s album Pasos en otra calle.
LATINxARTS and the Hairpins Arts Center will host between September 15 and October 15 Latino/a/x identified artists from across Chicago from all different disciplines and backgrounds.

November 14 – 19

Maiguashca CampoverdeNorth/South Ecuadorian Tour: New Music and Migrations between the Americas and Germany
November 15
FIMAC Festival presents Fonema Consort
Centro Abraham Lincoln, Cuenca
November 18
Casa Humboldt + Goethe Institut present Fonema Consort
Teatro Variedades, Quito
North/South, a three-way cultural exchange between Ecuador, Germany, and the US, will allow the consort to further explore and promote the connections between North and Latin American music and the European avant-garde. The project, which is supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, is inspired primarily by the Freiburg-based Ecuadorian composer Mesias Maiguashca. Maiguashca grew up in an indigenous family from the Andes and went on, by way of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s studio, to have a distinctive composing and teaching career in Germany. His musical language attempts to bring the folklore and cosmology of indigenous Andean peoples into contact with the rigor and mediums of the avant-garde scene in Germany. His life, and more importantly his work, thus represent precisely the kind of cultural hybridity that has energized Fonema Consort since its foundation.
PROGRAM
Chamber – Mark Barden
Basalto – Juan Campoverde
8 ejercicios para oír lo audible – Mesias Maiguashca
Salut für Caudwell – Helmut Lachenmann
Atem – Mauricio Kagel
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February 14

SXUSaint Xavier University Residency and Concert
February 16 at 1pm
McGuire Hall, Saint Xavier University, Chicago
In its fifth year in residency at SXU, Fonema Consort extends the scope of its annual residency by leading a workshop with students based on movement 7 of Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning, a work meant to be inclusive of performers regardless of musical training. The residency will conclude with a concert of representative works from the modernist and experimental traditions, including interconnected duos for voice and flute from Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître, and Ferneyhough’s Études Transcendantales.

February 18

FrequencyFonema + Frequency Present: Three Burials – an album by the Chin siblings
February 18 at 8:30pm
Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago
Composer Pablo Santiago Chin compiles in an album his works for flute written in the past ten years, ranging from solo works to chamber music and a flute concerto. Under the New Focus Recordings label, Three Burials features flutist Dalia Chin displaying a wide range of themes and techniques developed throughout the years in close collaboration with her brother, both founding members of Fonema. Departing from the homonymous work after which the concert is titled, Chin is joint by Fonema vocalist Nina Dante and guitarist Samuel Rowe to present works  by other composers also accompanied by video, but assuming different roles in relation to the music: video as score, as environment or as a narrative component.
PROGRAM
Canciones desde Xilitla (arranged excerpts) – Francisco Castillo Trigueros
Three Burials – Pablo Santiago Chin
Rupture | Rapture – Celeste Oram
Strette – Hèctor Parra
Augury – Monte Weber
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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March 22 – 26

Ensemble-in-Residence at Scripps College (Claremont College, CA)scr-logo
March 22 – 26, concert date/time tba
Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center
Along with Fonema’s Ecuadorian tour, our residency at Scripps College is another ramification of our North/South project, with the addition of a world premiere by Scripps alumnus and former student of Beat Furrer, Anna-Louise Walton. Expanding Scripps’ recent efforts to open spaces for the experience and discussion of new music on campus, Fonema Consort will complement their concert with master classes and a forum on “Contemporary Extended Instrumental Techniques and Radical Contemporary Music Aesthetics” as well as “Sound and Improvisation.”
PROGRAM
New Work – Matthew Arrellin
Basalto – Juan Campoverde
Lamentos y reflejos – Valeria Jonard
8 ejercicios para oír lo inaudible – Mesias Maiguashca
Nu le monde – Clara Olivares
New Work – Anna-Louise Walton

May 5

Three Burials

Photography by Marc Perlish

Fonema + Spectrum Present: Three Burials – an album by the Chin siblings
May 5 at 8pm
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn
Composer Pablo Santiago Chin compiles in an album his works for flute since the past ten years, ranging from solo works to chamber music and a flute concerto. Under the New Focus Recordings label, Three Burials features flutist Dalia Chin displaying a wide range of themes and techniques developed throughout the years in close collaboration with her brother, both founding members of Fonema. Departing from the homonymous work after which the concert is titled, Chin is joint by Fonema vocalist Nina Dante and guitarist Samuel Rowe to present works  by other composers also accompanied by video, but assuming different roles in relation to the music: video as score, as environment or as a narrative component.
PROGRAM
Canciones desde Xilitla (arranged excerpts) – Francisco Castillo Trigueros
Three Burials – Pablo Santiago Chin
Rupture | Rapture – Celeste Oram
Strette – Hèctor Parra
Augury – Monte Weber
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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