Emceed by Parlour Tapes, Fonema Consort’s season opening concert launches their fifth anniversary celebrations that will conclude with an album release in the Spring. SOUVENIRS will guide you through the ensemble’s performance history, from their prehistory (remember Ensemble Vulpine Lupin?), to a review of each season through some favorite works – Greatest Hits! – from 2011-2015; interspersed with madcap music videos created by the Parlour Tapes team. SOUVENIRS offers a glimpse of the manifold moods of Fonema’s repertoire: from the poetically evocative, dark, introspective, to the eccentric, sensuous and thoughtfully witty.
7 Crimes de l’amour — Georges Aperghis
Sólo es real la niebla — Pablo Chin
Twizies — Clint McCallum
Grammar of Dreams — Kaija Saariaho
Fonema Consort presents two works of ambitious and theatrical proportion. Joan Arnau Pàmies’ Produktionsmittel I is performed by a solo flutist in near darkness as she explores the extremes of her physical and musical worlds. Pablo Chin’s (in)armonia: retratos for low wind quartet and two solo voices is the first four scenes of his first chamber opera, depicting the driving forces that motivate the artist to create. This piece follows the journey of Odysseus past of the fatal sirens (represented by the singers) against the backdrop of endless sea (represented by the winds).
Fonema Consort travels for a second time as invited guest of the University of Minnesota’s 113 Composers Collective. The ensemble’s 4-day residency will feature numerous workshops and two performances, featuring works by Anthony Cheung, James Dillon, Bethany Younge and 113 composers.
Residency at Saint Xavier University
March 16 — 12:30pm
McGuire Hall, 3700 W 103 Street, Chicago
In their fourth residency at Saint Xavier University, Fonema presents a program of works for soprano, clarinet and percussion.
Phonemena — Milton Babbitt
I, purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips — Aaron Cassidy
Como la leyenda de Tlön — Pablo Chin
Yunnohui’Ehecatl — Julio Estrada
Mort d’Antigone — Hector Parra
Dust Unsettled — Mauricio Pauly with Zach Moore
Double Speak –Bethany Younge
The Resonance Series is an exploration of different soundscapes and spaces at the Hideout, focusing on ambient, drone, and creative music. Fonema Consort set features works for clarinet, double bass, percussion and voice, with guest vocalist Bethany Younge.
Thicket ii — Stefan Maier, world premiere
the only improvisation is being born — Alex Grimes
Voice and Piano, excerpts transcribed for vibraphone — Peter Ablinger
Doublespeak — Bethany Younge
Francisco Castillo Trigueros’ new work for Fonema Consort interlaces sounds of Xilitla’s exuberant nature, voices of its inhabitants, and echoes of nearby urban soundscapes with a multimedia arrangement of classical musicians, electronics and visuals. This multimedia experience presents a set of songs in which the composer reflects on the contradictions between the towns social reality and the iconic utopia of the Las Pozas: a surrealist sculpture garden by British poet Edward James. This song cycle is supported by an award from the Claire & Samuel Edes Foundation.
Residency at Northwestern University
Concert — 7:30pm
Galvin Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
In a day-long intensive residency at Northwestern University, Fonema Consort will workshop and perform new works by NU composers, in addition to performing Ecuadorian composer Mesias Maiguashca’s spirit-raising 8 exercises to hear the inaudible.
New Work — Tristan Arostegui
New Work — Noah Jenkins
New Work — Riona Ryan
8 ejericios para oír lo inaudible — Mesias Maiguashca
FIFTH TABLEAU Album Release!
May 27 — 6pm
Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
Fonema Consort and Parlour Tapes+ celebrate the release of FIFTH TABLEAU, which was funded by a Copland Fund Grant and YOU via Indiegogo! Performances in the garden and main studio include world premieres by PT+, Bethany Younge and Chris Mercer.
New Work — Parlour Tapes+
New Work — Chris Mercer
Beyond Semiotics — Bethany Younge
And featuring a group improvisation led by Emily Beisel