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August 28

FrequencyFrequency Presents — Fonema’s Greatest Hits w/ Parlour Tapes+
August 28, 2016 — 8:30pm
Constellation — 3111 N Western, Chicago
Tickets $10
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.
PROGRAM
7 Crimes de l’amour — Georges Aperghis
Sólo es real la niebla — Pablo Chin
Twizies — Clint McCallum
Grammar of Dreams — Kaija Saariaho

October 8

Ear Taxi Festival Presents — Fonema ConsortEar Taxi
October 8, 2016 — 1:00pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater — Chicago Cultural Center
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).
Program
Produktionsmittel I — Joan Arnau Pàmies
(in)armonia: retratos — Pablo Chin

February 2 – 5

113 logoResidency at the University of Minnesota
Workshops — Feburary 2-3
Concerts — February 4-5
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.
Program
Après une lecture — Anthony Cheung
Roundabouts — Anthony Cheung
Come Live with Me — James Dillon
Bodyscape — Bethany Younge
New Work — Joey Crane
New Work — Michael Duffy
New Work — Tiffany Skidmore

March 16

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.
Program
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

April 12

17155452_10158594839765227_1002280404630812885_nThe Resonance Series presents Fonema Consort w/ the Akosuen, the Noise Bias and Parlour Tapes+ DJs
April 12 — 9pm
The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago
$10
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.
Program
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

April 27

Xilitla Poster - Bambu (LQ)Xilitla : dawns, relics and unfinished dreams
A multi-media song cycle by Francisco Castillo Trigueros
April 27 — 7pm
Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio Street, Chicago
$10 students/$15 general
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.

May 17

NorthwesternResidency 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.
Program
New Work — Tristan Arostegui
New Work — Noah Jenkins
New Work — Matthew Arrelin
8 ejericios para oír lo inaudible — Mesias Maiguashca

May 27

FIFTH TABLEAU Album Release!
May 27 — 6pm
Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
Tickets $15 / $12 include a casette and digital download
Hear a preview, and pre-order here!
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.
Program
New Work — Parlour Tapes+
New Work — Chris Mercer
Beyond Semiotics — Bethany Younge
And featuring a group improvisation led by Emily Beisel

2015-2016

Earth, Sky
Presented by the Experimental Sound Studio
Friday September 25, 2015 | 7pm
5925 N Ravenswood, Chicago

Earth Sky

Embracing the operatic spirit of Sciarrino’s La perfezione di un spirito sottileExperimental Sound Studio (ESS) presents Fonema Consort in an outdoor musical experience within the private atmosphere of the studio’s garden. In this program, the ecstatic crescendo of James Tenney’s Having Never Written a Note for Percussion* for solo tam-tam functions as an overture to the spellbinding atmosphere of Sciarrino’s quasi opera. This program sound-paints the colors of the sky at sunset with an extensive but focused immersion in the sound properties of the instrumental medium. Featuring Nathalie Colas (soprano), Dalia Chin (flute) and Ryan Packard (percussion).
*Replacing Han’s Thomalla’s Percussion Counterpart, due to performer’s injury

Program
Salvatore Sciarrino | La perfezione di un spirito sottile
James Tenney | Having Never Written a Note for Percussion

entre Lakewood y Berwyn
Presented by the Chicago Composers Consortium
Friday October 9, 2015 | 7:30pm
North Shore Baptist Church
5244 N Lakewood, Andersonville, Chicago

chicago-composer-consortium-photo1Paraphrasing entre Michigan y Jefferson, a piece that Miami-based Orlando Garcia composed for Fonema Consort last year for the occasion of the 10th edition of the festival Visiones Sonoras in Morelia, Mexico, this time the consort partners with the Chicago Composers Consortium to welcome Garcia to Chicago and perform a selection of his early and late entrancing works at the historical North Shore Baptist Church of Andersonville, in between Lakewood and Berwyn, along other pieces by the CCC composers.

Program
Lawrence Axelrod | Heterophonies
Orlando Garcia | Core Interlude
Orlando Garcia | Después de la lluvia
Orlando Garcia | entre Michigan y Jefferson
Orlando Garcia | oscurecimiento gradual
Martha Horst | Exchanges
Laura Schwendinger | Kay Ryan Songs
Elizabeth Start | More Talking Object Songs

University of Minnesota presents Julio Estrada and Fonema Consort
Tuesday October 20, 2015 | 7:30pm
University of Minnesota – Lloyd Ulton Recital Hall

Estrada-UMN-PosterFonema Consort is honored to continue their collaboration with visionary Mexican composer Julio Estrada. The University of Minnesota presents Fonema Consort’s Dalia Chin (flute) and Emily Beisel (clarinet) as part of Estrada’s two-day residency. Dalia Chin reprises Estrada’s searing Yuunohui’Ehecatl both as a solo and a duet with Emily Beisel; programmed with complimentary works by Giacinto Scelsi and Ray Evanoff.

Program
Julio Estrada | Yuunohui’Ehecatl version i for solo bass flute, version ii for flute and clarinet
Giacinto Scelsi | Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet
Ray Evanoff  | Narratives for solo E-flat clarinet

After Interventions
Presented by the Frequency Series
Sunday November 1, 2015 | 8:30pm
Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago
Tickets $10

After Interventions Poster.001Our first concert of this season with the Frequency Series at Constellation takes off from our last concert there in May, re-contextualizing works by Marisol Jiménez and Katherine Young with a duo by former Chicago composer Monte Weber, a full ensemble piece by Harvard graduate Sivan Cohen-Elias and a world premiere by NU faculty Chris Mercer performed by Ann Yi (piano). This program explores the role of auxiliary performers in questioning mediums that have historically been taken for granted. From Mercer’s Octoid for piano in which three performers also intervene inside the piano thus expanding the sound pallette and polyphonic capabilities of the solo instrument, to Jiménez’s Caro Cibus which displays a series of self-made objects to expand the mechanism of instrumental sound production, each other piece in the program also propose imaginative ways of redefining otherwise seemingly conventional chamber settings.

Program
Sivan Cohen-Elias | How Long is Now
Marisol Jimenez | Caro cibus
Chris Mercer | Octoid
Monte Weber | Mimesis
Katherine Young | Master of Disguises

Nina Dante Presents Ever a New Cycle : Contemporary Song Cycles
Presented by the Frequency Series
Sunday November 29, 2015 | 8:30pm
Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago

Ever a New Cycle PosterSupported by a 2015 DCASE Grant, soprano Nina Dante presents a concert designed to carry on the beautiful tradition of song cycle into the 21st Century. Two new song cycles by Chicago-based composers Pablo Chin and Jonathon Kirk are accompanied by two works for soprano and cello by Shawn Jaeger, part of what was designed to become a larger cycle based on the poetry and folk music of the Appalachians. Accompanied by projected artwork by engineer/artist/poet Robert Grubbs, this evening of music will explore the universality of mankind’s suffering and ecstasy, as all good song cycles aim to do. Emily Beisel, clarinet; Erin Rafferty, viola; Molly Rife, cello; Ryan Packard, percussion.

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisThis 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, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program
Pablo Chin | (in)armonia: Mythologies (part i and ii)
Pablo Chin music; Nina Dante, poetry | Como la leyenda de Tlön
Shawn Jaeger | In Old Virginny
Shawn Jaeger | Pastor Hick’s Farewell
Jonathon Kirk | A Single Climb to a Line

South/North, featuring Mesias Maiguashca
Presented by the Frequency Series Festival and the Renaissance Society
Wednesday February 24, 2016 | 8pm
Bond Chapel
1025 E 58th St., Chicago

FREQUENCY-SERIES-LOGOFonema Consort is honored to be a part of the inaugural Frequency Series Festival, which celebrates Chicago’s ever-richer contemporary music scene with events each day from February 23-28. For the full line-up and tickets, please visit http://www.frequencyseries.com

Mesias MaiguashcaInevitably recalling the life and career trajectory of Argentinian/German Mauricio Kagel, Ecuadorian-native Mesias Maiguashca established in Germany as a mature composer and teacher of composition and electronic music for more than five decades. Descendant from indigenous parents from the Andes and former student of Stockhausen, his musical language attempts to reflect the profound impact that the folklore and Andean cosmology surrounding his youth and the rigour and mediums of the avant-garde scene in Europe had on his perception of sound. With the support of the Goethe-Institut, and in collaboration with the Frequency Series and the Renaissance Society, Fonema Consort is thrilled to introduce the work of Maiguashca to Chicago by premiering a piece of his along complementary works by Kagel, Lachenmann and Chicago-based Ecuadorian Juan Campoverde.

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Program
Juan Campoverde | basalto
Mauricio Kagel | Atem
Helmut Lachenmann | Salut für Cauldwell
Mesias Maiguashca | 8 ejercicios para oír lo inaudible WORLD PREMIERE

Residency at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW)
March 10th – 12th 2016

UWW Cover PhotoFonema Consort makes their debut in Wisconsin through a residency at UWW. Soprano Nina Dante and flutist Dalia Chin will present a concert with tour-de-force solo works with electronics by Milton Babbitt, Joan Arnau Pàmies, and Pablo Chin; as well as two classic duos of contemporary repertoire by Beat Furrer. Dante and Chin will also participate in a workshop with composition students from the studio of Professor Jeff Herriott and the residency will conclude with a performance of Pablo Chin’s flute concerto In the Form of a Shell with the UWW orchestra conducted by Chris Ramaekers featuring Dalia Chin.

Program
Milton Babbitt | Phonemena
Pablo Chin | 7 Studies on Chapter 34
Beat Furrer | Invocation III
Juan Campoverde | basalto
Joan Arnau Pàmies | Produktionsmittel I

Of Tongues…with special guest Miranda Cuckson
Presented by National Sawdust, curated by Miranda Cuckson
Sunday April 3, 2016 | 7pm
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets $25

Fonema CoverFollowing the driving motivations of Fonema Consort, Of Tongues examines various roles and approaches to the voice embraced by contemporary composers, and pays homage to Webern’s vocal music, which even now is a decisive force in shaping the course of new music. The program travels from the thoughtful dissection of a Borges poem in Irene Quero’s Línea, to unbridled dramaturgy in the works of Pablo Chin and Francisco Guerrero; from the purely sonic understanding of phonemes without semantic content in two works by Jason Eckardt; to the spiritual texts that enabled Webern to formalize his use of the twelve-tone method in Drei Lieder. “Of Tongues” ultimately reveals that phonology and semantics are powerful tools to develop expressive musical possibilities. Fonema Consort is honored to perform as part of National Sawdust‘s inaugural season with curator Miranda Cuckson.

 

Program
Pablo Chin | Scene from (in)armonia
Pablo Chin | (in)armonia: retratos
Jason Eckardt | Equilibrium: Part II, of Tongues
Jason Eckardt | To be held…
Francisco Guerrero | Erotica
Irene Quero | Línea
Webern | Drei Lieder, Op. 18

New Music Nights at Spectrum
Monday April 4, 2016 | 8:00pm
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10002
Tickets $20/$15

1936590_10153384993440841_6571594084424765287_nNew Music nights is a 3 night new music festival curated by Lester St. Louis, that presents active new music performers bringing their repertoire. Fonema Consort brings a program of works beloved to the ensemble for soprano, clarinet and guitar.

Program
Mort d’Antigone | Hector Parra
Yuunohui | Julio Estrada
gesammeltes Schweigen | Reiko Füting
Equilibrium | Jason Eckardt
Drei Lieder | Anton Webern

The Chicago Cultural Center’s Chamber Music Mondays Series Presents
Standing Still: Songs of the Observer
Monday April 18, 2016 | 12:15pm
Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington St., Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center Graphic.001Curated by soprano Nathalie Colas, Standing Still explores the strong connection between poetry and music within the intimate setting of the traditional art song form, through the musical voice of XXth century composers. The program strives to cast different lights on the triangular relationship between voice, piano and poetry, through the eyes of an observer.

The observer is the poet, standing still and sharing his/her impressions of the world around him/her. The observer is the musician, noting the composer’s care in setting the poet’s words and giving it a musical voice. The observer is also the audience member who, still as he/she listens, receives the symbiosis of music and words.

Nathalie Colas, soprano
Joann Cho, piano

Program
After the Sandals of Summer (words by Iain Crichton-Smith) | P. Demopoulos (*1977)
New work (words by John Muir) | D. Grant (*1976)
Trois mélodies (words by O. Messiaen and C. Sauvage) | O. Messiaen (1908-1992)
Azur (words by Stéphane Mallarmé) A. d. Paolo (*1978)

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Fonema Soloist Series 2016
Presented by Access Contemporary Music, HCL and the Hungry Brain

Soloist Series Graphic#1 HCL Presents Weston Olencki, trombone
Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7pm
High Concept Labs, 2233 S Throop, Chicago
Tickets $10

This program explore banalities, absurdities, commodities, comedies, realities. It will feature [in order] poorly sample opera overtures, sounds beyond the auditory threshold, a misused YouTube video, the use of headphones, sheets of glass and metal. Its purpose is an attempt to survey various inaccessible, private, withheld, hidden, uncontrollable objects – those that are interpersonal, inaudible, digital, internal, mechanical.

Program
Tim Parkinson | Opus 1 (from Time with People)
Charlie Sdraulig | few
Jessie Marino | AUTOPROCESS :: RESOLVE :: DISSOLVE
Louis D’Heudieres | Laughter Studies
Michelle Lou | New Work

#2 The Musical Offering Presents Dalia Chin, flute
Friday, May 20, 2016 | 7:30pm
The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave, Evanston 60202

Fragments of flute sounds processed electronically in Francisco Castillo’s Desde un sueño espeso, suspiro inmovil, mar infinito create texturally foggy and airy moments. Three Burials by Pablo Santiago Chin uses a transcription from indigenous Peruvian chants and transforms them into complex sounds that are part of the melodic content of the piece. Monte Weber’s Augury blends a video and light component with the experimentation of the sound using water and electronics. A new work by Amadeus Regucera explores in depth his ideas of incorporating vocal and theatrical elements into the performance. This program is the result of close collaborations with all composers.

Program
Francisco Castillo | Desde un sueño espeso, suspiro inmovil, mar infinito
Pablo Santiago Chin | Three Burials for solo flute
Monte Weber | Augury
Amadeus Regucera | New Work

#3 The Hungry Brain Presents Emily Beisel, clarinet
Monday, June 13, 2016 | 9pm
The Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

A foray into the intricacies and frustrations of human communication: micro-level intimacy binds together Mark Andre’s iv 3, fragmented lines of conversation fracture the surface of Ray Evanoff’s Narratives and Tim McCormack’s RAW MATTER forces the performer into extreme levels of external physicality and power. Finally a new work for performer and electronics by Stefan Maier in which he “is primarily concerned with the tactility of unruly sound and interested in how we listen for speaking subjects: What is left out in this listening configuration? In what ways do various environments (digital, organic, inorganic) speak to us?

Program
Ray Evanoff | Narratives (2014)
Mark Andre | iv 3 (2008)
Tim McCormack | RAW MATTER (2015)
Stefan Maier | New Work (2016)

Pictures at an Exhibition: music with visuals
Presented by Oberlin Conservatory
Friday April 29th, 2016

Pictures of an Exhibition PosterPictures of an Exhibition presents works based on visuals, whether a painting (Richard Barrett), drawing (Pablo Chin), photographs (Louis Nielson) or sculpture (Bethany Younge). In Barrett’s Coigitum (based on a painting with the same title by surrealist Chilean Roberto Matta), the subject of social oppression tied to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the painter’s home country inspired the troublesome figures in the visuals and the severe demands on the performers in Barrett’s piece. Similarly motivated, former Oberlin faculty Lewis Nielson’s new piece for Fonema will be informed by photographs from the build-up to the US civil war focusing on liberationists like John Brown, and twentieth century civil rights leaders like Patrice Lulumba and Malcom X. Chin’s piece is derived from musical transcriptions of various segments from a drawing by New York-based artist Theresa Chong. The concert will also feature the premiere of a piece by former Nielson’s and Barrett’s student and Chicago-based composer Bethany Younge, whose work features deep-rooted feminist undertones.

Program
Richard Barrett | Coïgitum
Lewis Nielson | nos qui captivos duxerunt*
Bethany Younge | bodyscape*
Pablo Chin | A Rayas y Cuadros

*world premiere

Pictures at an Exhibition : music with visuals
Presented by the Frequency Series
Sunday May 1, 2016 | 8:30pm
Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago
Tickets $10

Pictures of an Exhibition Poster

Pictures of an Exhibition presents works based on visuals, whether a painting (Richard Barrett), drawing (Pablo Chin), photographs (Louis Nielson) or sculpture (Bethany Younge). In Barrett’s Coigitum (based on a painting with the same title by surrealist Chilean Roberto Matta), the subject of social oppression tied to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the painter’s home country inspired the troublesome figures in the visuals and the severe demands on the performers in Barrett’s piece. Similarly motivated, former Oberlin faculty Lewis Nielson’s new piece for Fonema will be informed by photographs from the build-up to the US civil war focusing on liberationists like John Brown, and twentieth century civil rights leaders like Patrice Lulumba and Malcom X. Chin’s piece is derived from musical transcriptions of various segments from a drawing by New York-based artist Theresa Chong. The concert will also feature the premiere of a piece by former Nielson’s and Barrett’s student and Chicago-based composer Bethany Younge, whose work features deep-rooted feminist undertones.

Program

Richard Barrett | Coïgitum
Lewis Nielson | nos qui captivos duxerunt
Bethany Younge | bodyscape
Pablo Chin | A Rayas y Cuadros

tumblr_static_buk4k3sea5ss48ckcgsogks8wComfort Station Presents
July with Fonema Consort
Discussion-Concerts every Thursday in July at 7:30pm
2579 N Milwaukee, Chicago

July 7
Dalia Chin, flute + Pablo Chin, composer
present Three BurialsChin:Chin
July 14
Jeff Siegfried, sax + Nicholas Cline, composer
present Water Witching
Siegfried:Cline
July 21
Emily Beisel, clarinet + Eli Namay, double bass
present a co-created composition
Beisel:Namay
July 28
Samuel Rowe, guitar + Juan Campoverde, composer
presenting muna ii and TopographiesRowe:Campoverde

2014-2015

Festival Internacional de Chihuahua
August 19th, 2014 – 8:00pm – Teatro de Cámara – CONCERT
August 20th, 2014 – 600pm – WORKSHOP CONCERT

Festival Internacional ChihuahuaThis August, Fonema Consort travels for a second time to Mexico, as a featured ensemble in the International Festival of Chihuahua. The Consort will workshop and premiere new pieces by young composers, in addition to presenting a main stage solo concert.

Program

Umbrales, Juan Campoverde
Boschiana, Pablo Chin
Yuunohui’ehecatl, Julio Estrada
Quattro Voci mvt III, Stefano Gervasoni
New work, Aristides Llaneza
Mort d’Antigone, Hector Parra
Adjö, Kaija Saariaho

Music on Madison concert series presents: Microscopia
Friday October 10, 7:30pm
The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave, Evanston, IL
Tickets $10 Students/ $15 General

MicroscopiaMicroscopica puts aside aspects of sound and form under an “aural microscope” to reveal the substance and minute fabric of the works.

Program
A rayas y cuadros by Pablo Chin
Miniatures by Marc Codina
Tandem by Chris Fisher-Lochhead
100 Watt Tungsten Incandescent by Ryan Packard
Postludes by Joan Arnau Pamies
Drei Kleine Lieder by Anton Webern
Three Little Pieces by Anton Webern

Visiones Sonoras 2014 and Festival Interfaz present Fonema Consort
October 17 Monterrey
October 20 Mexico City
October 21-26 Morelia

Festival de ChihuahuaIn collaboration with the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS), Fonema Consort will premiere the works of five Latin American composers in the 10th Edition of the Internation Festival of Music and New Technologies “Visiones Sonoras” in Morelia, Mexico. In addition to works by Juan Campoverde, Pablo Chin, Julio Estrada, Orlando Garcia, Joan Arnau Pàmies, and Carlos Vazquez, the program features new works selected through a call for scores by Valeria Jonard and Julio Zuniga.
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The Latino Music Festival presents Fonema Consort
Thursday, November 13, 7:30pm
University of Chicago’s Fulton Hall (Goodspeed Hall)

Boschiana by ChinFonema’s third appearance on the multifaceted Latino Music Festival of Chicago will showcase the wide range of musical languages of Chicago’s community of hispanic composers. From South and Central America to Spain, composers of a common heritage may diverge in musical concepts as revealed by this program thus challenging the traditional concepts (or misconceptions) of identity.

Program
New Work, by Andres Carrizo
Halo incruste, by Francisco Castillo Trigueros
Como la leyenda de Tlon, by Pablo Chin
New Work, by Gustavo Leone
Palimpsestus, by Joan Arnau Pamies
Gestural Procedure, by Enric Riu

Love Songs
Friday November 21, 8:00 pm
Canvas Theater, 2313 W North Ave, Chicago
Tickets $10

Love SongsIn tangible, suggestive or evocative ways, this program calls for distinct aspects and nuances of the subject of love through the music itself, their extramusical sources or their titles. This concert welcomes new Fonema members Elisa Sutherland (mezzo) and Weston Olencki (trombone).

Program
Aaron Cassidy: Song only as Sad as their Listener
James Dillon: Time Lag Zero
Francisco Guerrero: Erotica
Joan Arnau Pàmies: Per ser plagat de ta dolca ferida
Zesses Seglias: Lonesingness

Frequency presents ANCIENT RITES featuring the music of James Dillon
Saturday December 13, 8:30pm
Constellation Theater, 3111 N Western, Chicago
Tickets $10

Ancient RitesThe interest in the origin of music shared by the composers featured in this concert converge in this program through the emergence of ritualistic elements as the core of musical expression.

Program
Time Lag Zero, by James Dillon
Come Live with Me, by James Dillon
Yuunohui’Ehecatl, by Julio Estrada
Okanagon, by Giacinto Scelsi
Three Echoes Before Full Moon, by Ondřej Štochl
,that..!, by Jan Trojan

 

New Music Miami Festival presents Fonema Consort
Friday January 16, 2014
7:30pm – Concert at CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios
12:00pm – Composition Forum at FIU’s Audiotheque

NMM GraphicThe New Music Miami Festival is one of Florida’s leading events showcasing contemporary music. Fonema will present a main stage concert as part of the festival, as well as leading a forum with composition students at Florida International University.

Program
Basalto, by Juan Campoverde
(in)armonia: motets, by Pablo Chin
entre michigan y jefferson, by Orlando Garcia
New Work, by Shawn Lucas
VIvox^3, by Joan Arnau Pamies

Sounds of the South Loop Presents: Communicate, Perceive
Sunday, January 25, 2:00pm
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
Tickets $9 Students & Seniors/$15 General – Purchase

Jan25Fonema Consort makes its debut on the Sounds of the South Loop concert series, featuring soprano Nina Dante, flutist Dalia Chin and clarinetist Emily Beisel who lead the audience through an exploration of the pieces and composers throughout the concert.

Program
Giacinto Scelsi: Ko-Loh
Michael Finnissy: Moon’s Goin’ Down
Beat Furrer: Invocation III

Fonema Soloist Series #1: Ryan Packard, Percussion
Friday February 27, 2015 | 8:00pm
High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary
2233 South Throop St, Chicago
Tickets $10

Packard Fonema SoloistPercussion music post-Vinko Globokar and Mauricio Kagel has often turned towards balancing the absurd, the culturally referential, and the downright problematic in a cluster chaos-filled soundworld that is tangled in its own semantically-charged web. This concert pairs one of the important works of modern percussion repertoire, Globokar’s ?Corporel, with newer works for percussion that have pushed percussion repertoire into a new frontier of musical theatrics.

The Fonema Soloists Series is a sponsored project of High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary, 2014-15.

Program
Vinko Globokar: ?Corporel
Vinko Globokar: Au dela d’une etude pour percussion
Oxana Omelchuk: STAAHAADLER AFF

Merging Voices: Fonema Consort and Voix de Stras’ in France
March 16-29, 2015
Strasbourg, France

Merging VoicesThe last stage of a collaboration between Chicago-based Fonema Consort and French vocal ensemble Voix de Stras’ features works by living composers based in both cities, including Pablo Chin, Morgan Krauss, Clara Olivares, and Ivan Solano. This project is funded in part by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music (FACE).
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Fonema Soloist Series #2: Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass
Friday April 3, 2015 | 8:00pm
High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary
2233 South Throop Street, Chicago
Tickets $10

Schulmeister Fonema SoloistKathryn Schulmeister performs two works for solo double bass that culminate three years of collaboration with Catalan composer Joan Arnau Pamies. [d(k_s)b] (2011) is a virtuosic tour de force which serves as precursor to [k(d_b)s] (2012-13), a work concerned with parametrical deconstruction as a means to structural complexity. The program also features the world premiere of Sound Portrait (2014) by Enric Riu, an early mentor of Pamies.

Soloists from Fonema Series is a sponsored project of High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary, 2014-15.

Program
Ein Hauch von Unzeit VII: (Plainte sur la perte de la reflexion musicale), by Klaus Huber
[d(k_s)b], by Joan Arnau Pamies
[k(d_b)s], by Joan Arnau Pamies
Sound Portrait, by Enric Riu WORLD PREMIERE

Fonema_SXU I_2015Saint Xavier Residency, Part I
Monday, April 13, 7:30pm
McDonough Chapel, 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL 60655
Free Admission

Featuring solo works with electronics by Milton Babbitt and Peter Ablinger, selections from György Ligeti’s Piano Etudes, and Sciarrino’s haunting Due Melodie for soprano and piano performed by Nina Dante and David Kalhous. The concert will be preceded by a lecture/conversation between the performers and audience.

Program
Phenomena, by Milton Babbitt
Piano Etudes, Book I (selections), by György Ligeti
Voices and Instruments (selections), by Peter Ablinger
Due Melodie, by Salvatore Sciarrino

Ancient Rites II with James Dillon
Wednesday, April 15
6:30pm | James Dillon Speaks on his Music
7:00pm | Concert
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago
Ticket $12 / $10

Dillon Show

Fonema Consort is thrilled to welcome composer James Dillon to Chicago for a concert and public discussion of his chamber works. ANCIENT RITES II contrasts a selection of haunting vocal works by the Scottish composer with works by Mexican composer Julio Estrada his former student, Iván Sparrow. These pieces ultimately converge through the emergence of ritualistic elements as the core of musical expression.

The concert features James Dillon’s solo piccolo work Diffraction and two of his sensuous vocal chamber works: Come Live with Me and selections from L’évolution du vol. Both feature rich instrumentation, texts that breathe natural magic, and mind-bending complexity that results in the lushest of musical environments.

In Julio Estrada’s Miqi’Nahual for double bass, the instrument(s) (a second bass lying on a table is played with two bows) represents the corpse of Juan Preciado in his opera Murmullos del Páramo, based on Juan Rulfo’s classic novel “Pedro Páramo.” The search for a jarringly expressive soundworld in this piece deviates from the delicate textures of Sparrow’s “Entre las grietas” (written for Fonema Consort for our debut at the International Festival of Chihuahua 2014); in this piece, the timbral explorations of Dillon’s music appear in an intermediate state, constantly flowing from the sensual to the vernacular.

Program
James Dillon: Come Live with Me
James Dillon: Diffraction
James Dillon : A Roaring Flame
James Dillon: L’évolution de vol, selection
Julio Estrada: Miqi’Nahual
Iván Sparrow: Entre las grietas

Saint Xavier Residency, Part II

Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm
McDonough Chapel, 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL 60655
Free Admission

Fonema_SXU II_2015Featuring trombonist Weston Olencki, and flutist Dalia Chin, who will perform unique works with live electronics composed for them by Chicago composers Francisco Castillo Trigueros and Katherine Young. The concert will be preceded by a lecture/conversation between the performers and audience.

Program
Puddles and Crumbs, by Katherine Young
desde un sueño espeso, suspiro inmovil, mar infinito, by Francisco Castillo Trigueros

Frequency presents INTERVENTIONS
April 26th | 8:30pm
Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago
Tickets $10

InterventionsFeaturing trombonist Weston Olencki, this program explores the role of auxiliary performers in questioning mediums that have historically been taken for granted. In Clint MacCullum‘s Twinzies, both the flutist and the vocalist crossover as they intervene into each other’s instrument, while in Pablo Chin‘s new work From Afar, a short vocal duo is inserted into a piece for solo trombone. Katherine Young‘s puddles and crumbs amplifies and processes electronically trombone sounds beyond recognition so that such sonic outcome intercedes in the traditional physical means of technical production. The program also features Marisol Jiménez’ Caro Cibus, which displays a series of self-made objects to expand the mechanism of instrumental sound production.

Program
Caro Cibus, by Marisol Jiminez
Twinzies, by Clint McCallum
puddles and crumbs, by Katherine Young
From Afar (World Premiere), by Pablo Santiago Chin

Fonema Soloists Series #3: Samuel Rowe with Shawn Lucas, guitars
Friday May 22, 2015 | 8:00pm
High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary2233 South Throop Street, Chicago
Tickets $10

Slide1Moving through soundworlds created by Pisaro and Lachenmann’s music– variously austere and dense, delicate and violent– the guitar emerges as something other than the lyrical, heroic instrument with which we are familiar. The music operates at the outer limits of the guitar’s capabilities, ranging from prickly percussive attacks to bell-like overtones verging on inaudibility. It thus unfolds the latent expressive possibilities of the instrument, its capacities for evoking aggression, tact and loss.

Soloists from Fonema Series is a sponsored project of High Concept Laboratories at Mana Contemporary, 2014-15.

Program
Salut fur Caldwell, by Helmut Lachenmann
here (1), by Michael Pisaro

2013 – 2014

Friday, September 20, 6:30pm
The Chicago Music Summit Showcase
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 – Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South

Fonema Consort | Summit ImageAfter a first musical engagement with the City of Chicago this summer at the Loops and Variations Series, Fonema Consort shares stage with a wide variety of music groups from all over the city during the Chicago Music Summit Showcase, presenting two fierce and never-resting duos by James Dillon and Beat Furrer.

Beat Furrer, Invocation VI for soprano and bass flute James Dillon, A Roaring Flame for soprano and double bass

Thursday, September 26, 7:30pm
Amphitheater : presented by The Comfort Music Series
Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

AmpitheaterA program that takes the performer out of her comfort zone is brought to the Comfort Music Series at Logan Square to kick off Fonema Consort’s 2013-14 season. The Comfort Station will become an intimate, modern amphitheater to witness some of the finest dramaturgia in music today. In solo works by James Bean and Stratis Minakakis, the performer’s need to express battles the limitations of the lungs; like Minakakis’ AGGELOI III, Hector Parra’s Mort d’Antigone revives the timelessness of Greek drama; the primitive rites of ancient times may resound in the raw soundworld of James Dillon’s A Roaring Flame and Giacinto Scelsi’s Ko-Loh.

Fonema Consort’s breathlessly frantic set will be followed by the mellow and atmospheric music of Chicago’s Weatherman band (http://weathermancan.com/band).

Fonema’s season opening concert is free of charge- donations suggested by Comfort Station. James Bean, This Will Rub Against My Grid II A for solo alto flute James Dillon, A Roaring Flame, for soprano and double bass Stratis Minakakis, AGGELOI III for solo female voice Hector Parra, Mort d’Antigone, for mezzo-soprano and clarinet Giacinto Scelsi, Ko-Lho, for flute and clarinet Shawn Lucas, new work for two sopranos, flute, and double bass *WORLD PREMIERE

Thursday, October 17, 8:00pm

The Latino Music Festival presents Otras músicas : Chicago’s Hispanic Composers

Fulton Hall, University of Chicago, 5845 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

(re)New Amsterdam TrioFonema Consort showcases a diverse range of musical aesthetics in the music of six Hispanic composers based in Chicago. Almost a century after the legendary Silvestre Revueltas lived on Michigan Avenue, the city continues to attract composers from Spain and Latin America who exhibit different sensibilities and backgrounds. From English, French, and Spanish texts to instrumental speech imitation inspired by Swedish, as well as totally abstract sound, these works offer a taste of current musical trends. Beyond nationalist stereotypes and expectations, this concert presents “other musics”.

Andrés Carrizo, …awake, aware, awaiting… for soprano, flute, guitar, piano, violin, vibraphone Pablo Chin, Persona for double bass Guillermo Gregorio, Otra Musica 12b: Apuntes para la posthistoria, 2a Parte for soprano, flute, clarinet, tuba, piano and double bass Tomas Gueglio, … Pellicanz, for soprano, violin and piano Joan Arnau Pàmies, [k(d_b)s] for double bass Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Abismo azul, floreciente for soprano, bass flute, saxophone and percussion

Sunday, November 10, 8:30pm

Clay and Water – presented by the Frequency series

Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Clay and WaterCentering upon Yuunohui, the cornerstone work of charismatic composer Julio Estrada, this concert initiates a long-sought collaboration with one of the most imaginative and influential composers of the last decades. “Clay and water”, the meaning of the Nahuatl word yuunohui, defines the sculptural, kinetic approach to music characterizing this program. Fonema Consort is proud to present the world premiere of a version of Yuunohui for trombone, bass and piano, and to welcome rising star trombonist Felix Del Tredicci, and Chicago’s own pianist/composer Christopher Jones. This program also features the US premiere of Mauricio Pauly’s Dust Unsettled, which will be part of Fonema’s first recording project, scheduled for release in the Spring of 2014.

Pablo Chin, Boschiana, for soprano, tenor saxophone and piano *WORLD PREMIERE Julio Estrada, Yunnohui’Ehecatl’Nahui’Tlapoa, version for trombone, piano and double bass *WORLD PREMIERE Julio Estrada, Yuunohui’Ehecatl for solo trombone Heinz Holliger, Lied , version for bass flute and ad lib. amplification Stratis Minakakis, new work for two sopranos playing percussion *WORLD PREMIERE Mauricio Pauly, Dust Unsettled, for soprano, trombone, cello, piano and percussion

Sunday, February 16, 8:30pm

AMPLIFIED – presented by the Frequency series

Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

AmplifiedAMPLIFIED features works uniting acoustic instruments with the electronic medium, a continued interest of Fonema Consort which resulted in the ensemble’s participation in the Loops and Variations series at Pritzker Pavillion last summer. This program brings together adventurous works of subtle complexity, including a commission from Alexander Sigman based on his collaboration with filmmaker and visual artist Damir Ocko, and that serves as the foundation for a future chamber opera. This concert also features works by Chicago’s own Juan Campoverde and Nomi Epstein, Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen’s Difficulties Putting it into Practice, in which minute, simple noises reveal a new sonic body when magnified. Simon Steen-Andersen, Difficulties Putting it into Practice, for two amplified sopranos Alexander Sigman, epiglottis, for two sopranos, flutes, cello, contrabass, electronics, and video projection *WORLD PREMIERE Juan Campoverde, Muna I, for solo guitar with tape Erin Gee, Mouthpiece VI, for soprano, flute, viola, double bass and percussion Nomi Epstein, Pillars and Glisses, for two sopranos, flute, clarinet, electric guitar, piano, violin and cello

Saturday, February 22, 8:00pm

North Central College’s Sounds of New Music Festival

Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave, Naperville IL

Nina and Nathalie | Millennium ParkFonema Consort is thrilled to be ensemble in residence at North Central College, leading a week of workshops for student composers, and culminating in its concert debut at the NCC Sounds of New Music Festival, bringing to the Naperville community a varied program involving technology and virtuosic writing, and highlighting the forceful voices of a new generation of composers.

Christopher Wendell Jones, Devil Madrigals for two sopranos, bass flute and piano James Dillon, A Roaring Flame for soprano and double bass Beat Furrer, Invocation VI for soprano and bass flute Joan Arnau Pamies, New work for soprano, double bass and percussion Simon Steen-Andersen, Difficulties Putting it into Practice for two amplified sopranos Chris Swithinbank, Small Atlas for soprano, saxophone and piano

Chicago Park DistrictWednesday March 19, 7:30pm

New Music in the Park – Singing Instruments

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60660

Singing InstrumentsHow often someone says after a concert, “that instrument sounded like a human voice!”. In our deep conviction that the role of the human voice has been reborn in recent decades as a leading and powerful source of musical material, Fonema Consort presents Singing Instruments as part of a partnership with the Chicago Park District. This program showcases the use of vocal resources to transform instrumental writing, through the influential music of Kaija Saariaho, Georges Aperghis, and the seductive, fully imaginative sounds of Chicago’s Katherine Young. Phonemes (which inspired the name of our consort) merge with traditional flute performance in Saariaho’s “Laconisme d’aile”; BeMitzraim demands the utmost of the percussionist as he both sings and plays; and the organic use of non-traditional instruments by our vocalists defines the identity of Young’s new work. this program culminates with the ultimate crossroads between instrumentalist and vocalist, converging in the music theater of Aperghis’ Les sept crimes de l’amour.

Georges Aperghis, Les sept crimes de l’amour, for soprano, clarinet and percussion Dániel Péter Biró, BeMitzraim for singing percussionist Kaija Saariaho, Lachonisme de l’aile for solo flute Stratis Minakakis, new work for two voices playing percussion Katherine Young, New work for two sopranos, bass clarinet and baritone saxophone

Wednesday April 23, 7:30pm

Merging Voices I: French Flavor – Fonema Consort and Voix de Stras’

Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago

Merging VoicesDuring the last week of April, Strasbourg-based contemporary vocal ensemble Voix de Stras’ will visit Chicago as part of an American tour, where they will be joined by Fonema Consort to deliver two collaborative concerts in Evanston’s Musical Offering and Chicago’s Constellation Theater. Both events will be centered around the premieres of four pieces written for the occasion by composers Ivan Solano and Clara Olivares from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, and Chicago’s own Pablo Santiago Chin and Morgan Krauss, in addition to representative works from both ensemble’s repertoire. These concerts will bring together the interest of both groups in exploring the human voice through the works of emerging composers, and their particular approaches to such mission, as well as merging the tastes and voices of two rich new music scenes. We are also pleased to welcome mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher as special guest soloist.

Strasbourg Instantanés for voices by Georges Aperghis
(in)armonia: motetes (WORLD PREMIERE) for 8 voices by Pablo Chin
Two Walking (excerpts) for two voices by Pascal Dusapin
apprehending distinction (WORLD PREMIERE) for 6 voices and double bass by Morgan Krauss
Cantar del Alma by Caroline Marçot
Nebula (WOLRD PREMIERE) for 6 voices and flute by Clara Olivares
Adjö for soprano flute and guitar by Kaija Saariaho
Kyogen (WORLD PREMIERE) for 6 voices by Ivan Solano
This project is made possible by the support of the Institut Français in Paris 
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 Thursday April 24, 7:30pm

Merging Voices II: Feminité – Fonema Consort and Voix de Stras’

A Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave, Evanston

Merging VoicesDuring the last week of April, Strasbourg-based contemporary vocal ensemble Voix de Stras’ will visit Chicago as part of an American tour, where they will be joined by Fonema Consort to deliver two collaborative concerts in Evanston’s Musical Offering and Chicago’s Constellation Theater. Both events will be centered around the premieres of four pieces written for the occasion by composers Ivan Solano and Clara Olivares from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, and Chicago’s own Pablo Santiago Chin and Morgan Krauss, in addition to representative works from both ensemble’s repertoire. These concerts will bring together the interest of both groups in exploring the human voice through the works of emerging composers, and their particular approaches to such mission, as well as merging the tastes and voices of two rich new music scenes. We are also pleased to welcome mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher as special guest soloist. Tickets $15/$10 students

La féminité for 3 voices by Nikolett Burzinska
(in)armonia: motetes (WORLD PREMIERE) for 8 voices by Pablo Chin
apprehending distinction (WORLD PREMIERE) for 6 voices and double bass by Morgan Krauss
Nebula (WOLRD PREMIERE) for 6 voices and flute by Clara Olivares
Mort d’Antigone for soprano and clarinet by Hector Parra
Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet by Giacinto Scelsi
Kyogen (WORLD PREMIERE) for 6 voices by Ivan Solano
This project is made possible by the support of the Institut Français in Paris 
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Sunday, May 4, 2:00-5:00pm

Fonema and Feldman – Curated by Christopher Wendell Jones

Green Mill, 4802 N Broadway St, Chicago

Fonema Consort at the Green MillCurated in collaboration with DePaul faculty composer Christopher Wendell Jones, this concert showcases soloists from Fonema Consort exploring rare early works by Varése and Feldman, recent music composed for Fonema by Chicago composers Pablo Chin, Christopher Wendell Jones and Joan Pàmies, and culminating with a rendition by Jones of Feldman’s entrancing and monumental Triadic Memories.

$5 cover

Pub 1 and 2 for solo soprano by Georges Aperghis BeMitzraim for solo percussion by Dániel Péter Biró Persona for solo double bass by Pablo Chin Only for solo female voice by Morton Feldman Triadic Memories for solo piano by Morton Feldman Devil Madrigals for two sopranos, bass flute and piano by Christopher Wendell Jones Palimpsestus for soprano, double bass and percussion by Joan Arnau Pàmies Density 21.5 for solo flute by Edgar Varèse Un grand someil noir for soprano and piano by Edgar Varèse

Wednesday May 7, 7:00pm

Pasos en otra calle CD Release in Costa Rica

Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica, Sala Maria Clara Cullel

 release_poster_sp_wlogosFonema Consort retorna a Costa Rica para presentar su primer álbum “Pasos en otra calle”, que compila obras vocales-instrumentales de los compositores costarricenses Pablo Santiago Chin (chicago) y Mauricio Pauly (manchester), y que fue parcialmente financiado por la “Dotación Musical” de ACAM. Como nos dice la musicóloga Etha Williams en las notas del disco:

“La música de Mauricio Pauly y Pablo Chin reunida en el primer álbum de Fonema Consort explora límites formales—donde las estructuras son amenazadas por las mismas tensiones que las sustentan—y de significado—donde las palabras rozan el sonido puro, y donde el sonido musical es así mismo liberado de sus amarras convencionales.”

Selecciones del CD y otras obras de cámara del repertorio de Fonema Consort acompañarán esta noche especial en la Sala Maria Clara Cullel de la Escuela de Música de la Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Chicago Park DistrictWednesday May 14, 7:30pm

New Music in the Park – Drawing Music

Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60660

Drawing MusicComposers such as Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) were talented painters, avant-garde artists like Paul Klee were highly musical, writer/artist Marcel Duchamp flirted with composition, and composer Iannis Xenakis’ scores resemble wild architectural blueprints. In recent decades, visuals have deeply permeated the making-music process, defying the possibilities of the imagination. Part of Fonema Consort’s partnership with the Chicago Park District, Drawing Music reflects this trend, featuring works by composers whose pieces are based upon drawings, including a work by one of the most unique and influential composers of our times, Julio Estrada, whose works can be thought of as a sonic gallery. Fonema Consort is pleased to welcome flutist Shanna Gutierrez as a special guest for this concert. Mark André, Kontraetude for soprano, bassoon and double bass Pablo ChinA Rayas y Cuadros for solo guitar Julio Estrada, Yuunohui’nahui’ehecatl for flute and double bass Shawn LucasBlind for two sopranos, flute and double bass Joan Arnau Pàmies, New work for soprano, double bass and percussion Chiyoko SzlavnicsPartial Response I for voice and two mouthpieces

Thursday, May 22

MEXICAN DEBUT CONCERT – Foro de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez

Auditorio Divino Narciso de la Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Mexico

Foro de Nueva MúsicaTen years since its only performance at Julio Estrada’s home country, Fonema Consort performs his 30 minute piece Mictlan, derived from his opera “Murmullos del Páramo,” at the Foro Manuel Enríquez in Mexico City, thus marking Fonema’s Mexican debut, and third international appearance. In addition to collaborating with Estrada, Fonema presents pieces by its resident composers Pablo Santiago Chin and Joan Arnau Pàmies featuring Kathryn Schulmeister as bassist and vocalist/actress, and Daniel Peter Biro’s “Be Mitzraim” for percussion and the percussionist’s voice, featuring Ryan Packard.

BeMitzraim for solo percussion by Dániel Péter Biró Como la leyenda de Tlön for vocalist/actress and percussion by Pablo Chin Mictlan for soprano, double bass and percussion by Julio Estrada [k(d_b)s] for solo double bass by Joan Arnau Pàmies

Saturday May 24, 8:00pm
CD Release of “Pasos en otra calle” – Presented by ESS’s Outer Ear Series
Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

CD ReleaseFonema Consort is thrilled to present its first album, “Pasos en otra calle,” which compiles vocal and instrumental works by Costa Rican composers Pablo Santiago Chin and Mauricio Pauly, and that is partially funded by the “Dotación Musical” Grant from the Costa Rican Association of Musical Authors (ACAM).

As Fonema’s musicologist in residence, Etha Willimas writes in the liner notes: “the music by Mauricio Pauly and Pablo Chin collected on Fonema Consort’s debut recording explores the boundaries of form—where structures are endangered by the very tensions that sustain them—and of meaning—where words verge on pure sound and where musical sound is itself loosed from its conventional moorings.”

Selections from the CD and other chamber works will accompany this special evening.

Tickets $10/$8

Boschiana for soprano, saxophone and piano by Pablo Chin
Persona for solo double bass by Pablo Chin
Libros de Marc for solo flute by Pablo Chin
vs. el monopolio de la memoria for violin, saxophone and piano by Mauricio Pauly
Apertura del Becerro for soprano and cello by Mauricio Pauly
Ochre 2 for electric guitar and tape by Alejandro Cardona

Chicago Park DistrictSaturday June 7, 7:30pm
New Music in the Park – Sand and Stone
Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60660

Sand and StoneAs part of a partnership with the Chicago Park District, Fonema Consort presents Sand and Stone, a concert whose sounds and impetus evoke both natural and spiritual matters. Sand and Stone combines the intimate atmospheres and echoing plasticity of Giacinto Scelsi’s “Sauh II”, “Ko-Loh” and Ryan Krause’s “sense títol”, with the subtle virtuosity of Chicago’s own Juan Campoverde’s “Umbrales”: sand gardens and stone temples.

Juan Campoverde, Umbrales for two sopranos, flute and guitar
Aaron Cassidy, The Crutch of Memory, version for solo double bass
Ryan Krause, sense títol for flute and double bass
Kaija Saariaho, Adjo for soprano, flute and guitar
Giacinto Scelsi, Sauh II for two female voices

Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:00pm-7:00pm

WFMT’s Thirsty Ear Festival

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 6060

Thirsty Ear

WFMT and the program Relevant Tones presents its Third Annual Thirsty Ear Festival at the City Winery, featuring performances by Fonema Consort, Gaudete Brass, and Graham Reynolds. This two-hour program will be broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT, but join us live for an evening of music and drinks in the beautiful City Winery!

Fonema will perform a set of theatrical works by Aperghis, Pablo Chin, and Hector Parra.

Tickets

$20 at the door or $10 if purchased online with this promo code: THIRSTYFEST10

 

2012 – 2013

Mirrors I : featuring Miranda Cuckson, violin
March 3, 7:30pm
Vail Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

Mirrors Poster WebsiteFonema Consort’s two-part concert series in March, “Mirrors”, revolves around the vocal duo From the Grammar of Dreams by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. This evocative piece serves as a focal point from which both programs draw aesthetic symmetries and contrasts.

Fonema Consort is thrilled to collaborate with guest violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson in Mirrors I. She will perform Oscar Bianchi’s ironically complex Semplice, among other chamber and solo works.

Semplice, Oscar Bianchi
Voice, Violin and Piano, Morton Feldman
Rhinoceros, Shawn Lucas WORLD PREMIERE
From the Grammar of Dreams, Kaija Saariaho
Nocturne, Kaija Saariaho
Visible, Charles Wuorinen

Mirrors II : Luminous Garden at THE PROJECT ROOM
March 21, 7:30pm
THE PROJECT ROOM Gallery, Lower Level 217 W Huron St, Chicago

Mirrors Poster WebsiteFonema Consort’s two-part concert series in March, “Mirrors”, revolves around the vocal duo From the Grammar of Dreams by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. This evocative piece serves as a focal point from which both programs draw aesthetic symmetries and contrasts.Mirrors II is produced in collaboration with THE PROJECT ROOM Gallery. The lush music of Saariaho and Dusapin will be performed surrounded by the photographic series “Luminous Garden” by Paul Den Hollander, “whose work has consistently focused on the relationship between man and the natural world, and on his garden”.
Shin’gyô, Pascal Dusapin
Two Walking selections, Pascal Dusapin
Two Voices and Cello, Morton Feldman
From the Grammar of Dreams, Kaija Saariaho
Mirrors, Kaija Saariaho
Drifting the upper layers, Scott Scharf

SXU Residency and Concert
March 22, 1:00pm
Saint Xavier University, 3700 W 103rd St, Chicago

SXU 2013 PosterFonema Consort is pleased to be invited back to Saint Xavier University for a second residency. The program will include:

-an interactive lecture on Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice
-workshop and performance of student works
-concert at 1:00pm in McGuire Hall

Sequenza III, Luciano Berio
Superscriptio, Bian Ferneyhough
Pleasures in Momentum selections, Edward Hamel
Mirrors, Kaija Saariaho
Sept Papillons selections, Kaija Saariaho
Drei Stücke, Anton Webern
Pairs, Christian Wolff

Duo X : Calligraphy Project, with special guests Fonema Consort and the University of Chicago Computer Music Studio
April 6, 8:00pm
Performance Penthouse, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th Street, 9th Floor

Calligraphy Project PosterThe intercultural ensemble Duo X (Naomi Sato, Japanese sho, and Laura Carmichael, clarinet) visits from the Netherlands. The first half of the concert is the culmination of a workshop with composers at the University of Chicago where the possibilities of intercultural music are explored. The second half features pieces written for Duo X by Ken Ueno and Oguz Büyükberber. Guest musicians include Chicago’s own Fonema Consort and the University of Chicago Computer Music Studio. View FB invite.

Music by: Andres Carrizo, Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Yuan-Chen Li, Phil Taylor, Ken Ueno, and Oguz Büyükberber

Performed by: Duo X (Naomi Sato, Japanese Sho + Laura Carmichael, Clarinets) with Guest Artists: Fonema Consort, and the University of Chicago Computer Music Studio

Free Admission

Fonema in Boston : Miiryn presents MOSTRA
April 27, 8:00pm
The Space, 128 Brookside Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

MostraFonema Consort’s Boston premiere concert will feature the works of Fonema composers Pablo Chin and Joan Arnau Pàmies, following a day of lectures and demonstrations of their music at New England Conservatory. Joined by members of the collective Miiryn, a joint interpretation of Christian Wolff’s Pairs, followed by an improvisatory set by Miiryn musicians.

7 Studies on Chapter 34, Pablo Chin
De mi canto fluyen soledades ajenas…, Pablo Chin
[5(bt)_6(db)], Joan Arnau Pàmies
Pairs, Christian Wolff
Improvisatory set led by Felix Del Tredici (trombone)Kathryn Schulmeister (bass), and Fausto Sierakowski

MIKROS at 109
April 30, 7:30pm
109 Gallery, 109 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

MIKROS_POSTERFonema Consort, featuring saxophonist Will Fergason, will make a guest appearance at the Mikros Festival concert at 109, NYC. Their performance of Pablo Chin’s trio Solo es real la niebla will be among several works by emerging composers, including Timothy McCormack, and Chicago’s Chris Fisher-Lochhead and Joan Arnau Pàmies.

Solo es real la niebla, Pablo Chin
New Work, Chris Fisher-Lochhead
HEAVY MATTER Timothy McCormack
[14(a/c)_∞p], Joan Arnau Pàmies

Fonema Consort at Spectrum, NYC
May 1, 7:00pm
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, Second Floor, NYC

MIKROS_POSTERThis program, in collaboration with the Mikros Festival and featuring guest violinist Miranda Cuckson marks Fonema’s debut at Spectrum, where the ensemble will take advantage of the progressive technology available through a program involving amplification, diffused audio and video, and featuring new works by some of Chicago’s brightest emerging composers. This program will be followed an improvisational set led by bassist Kathryn Schulmeister and Anthony Coleman. Entrance is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted.

7 Studies on Chapter 34, Pablo Chin
Tristesse,Daniel Dehaan
Spirits and Elements, Jonathon Kirk U.S. PREMIERE
[IVsax(op_VIvln/c)], Joan Arnau Pàmies
to what depths of dark pigment, Mauricio Pauly
Visible, Charles Wuorinen

Chopin Amplified
May 7, 7:30pm
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St., Chicago

Chopin AmplifiedFonema Consort is thrilled to perform once again at the historic Chopin Theatre in Chicago, where a program of works uniting acoustic instruments and electronics will be presented. New works by Chicago’s Chris Jones, Jonathon Kirk, and Shawn Lucas will be complemented by a performance of Luigi Nono’s rarely played masterwork …sofferte onde serene… for solo piano and tape.

Free admission – Donations will be accepted

Quattro Voci by Stefano Gervasoni
Devil Madrigals by Christopher Jones WORLD PREMIERE
Spirits and Elements by Jonathon Kirk
Rhinoceros by Shawn Lucas
… sofferte onde serene… by Luigi Nono

The Frequency Concert Series presents Fonema Consort
May 26, 8:30pm
Constellation, 3111 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60618

Constellation VenueJoin us and special guest pianist Mabel Kwan at 8:30 next Sunday for an evening of music for voice and instruments in the groundbreaking new music series Frequency, hosted by Chicago’s newest venue, Constellation.

This intense, three-set program mixes works of contained virtuosity with pieces of transporting textures, including works of four local composers. Program highlights include the U.S. premiere of Pablo Chin‘s Persona for double bass, two mesmerizing works for piano and voice by Hans Thomalla and Monte Weber, and a rendition of Sequenza III by singer Nina Dante.

Tickets are $10/$5 for students – click here to purchase

Sequenza III, Luciano Berio
Persona, Pablo Chin
Superscriptio, Brian Ferneyhough
Lotofagos, Beat Furrer
gravity of shadows, Morgan Krauss
Three Desert Songs, Hans Thomalla
Mimesis, Monte Weber

Fonema Consort at Permutations NYC, with special guest Megan Schubert, voice
June 14, 8:00pm
upTOWN, underGROUND , 201 W. 113th at 7th Ave (Adam Clayton Powell), NYC/ basement entrance

Permutations061413Fonema Consort returns to NYC in June for their second appearance with the new music concert series Permutations in Harlem, NYC, featuring NYC vocalist Megan Schubert. Join us for an evening of some of our favorite and most intense music while enjoying frosty beverages in the atmospheric upTOWN, underGROUND.

Tickets available for pre-order only, and all proceeds will be dedicated to funding Fonema Consort’s upcoming 2013-2014 season- click here to purchase!

General admission $15, students $10.

Sequenza III, Luciano Berio
Two Walking, Pascal Dusapin
Superscriptio, Brian Ferneyhough
Invocation VI, Beat Furrer
New Work, David Grant
[VIvox]^3, Joan Arnau Pàmies WORLD PREMIERE
From the Grammar of Dreams, Kaija Saariaho

Loops and Variations presents Fonema Consort and Matmos
June 27, 6:30pm
Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park, Chicago

Pritzker Pavilion

Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago

Fonema Consort makes its Millennium Park debut on the city of Chicago’s concert series Loops and Variations, where they will open for the experimental electronic music duo Matmos with an electrified program.

This program showcases some of the most talented emerging compositional voices of the city, along with their unique conception of the human voice’s role in music today. The use of technology serves to expand the ensemble’s musical palette through the amplification of minute details in vocal sound and noise production, the confrontation of live and pre-recorded voices, and the live manipulation of voices and instruments.

Works by Pablo Chin, Daniel Dehaan, Edward Hamel, Jonathon Kirk and Joan Arnau Pàmies.

2012

December 15, 2012 – Arie : Italian Song Redefined – Fulton Hall, University of Chicago

Arie : Italian Song RedefinedArie pays tribute to the tradition of Italian song through a selection of intimate works for soprano and instruments by some of the most important Italian composers of the past 60 years, including Salvatore Sciarrino, Franco Donatoni, Giacinto Scelsi and Stefano Gervasoni. This concert highlights the first collaboration of EVL with virtuoso pianist David Kalhous, who opens the concert with Sciarrino’s fiercely demanding Sonata No. 4, and is further marked by the US premier of Gervasoni’s Quattro Voci.

Piano Sonata No. IV, Salvatore Sciarrino
Sauh I, Giacinto Scelsi
Algo mvt 1, Franco Donatoni
Due melodie, Salvatore Sciarrino
Quattro Voci, Stefano Gervasoni

November 30, 2012 – The Peak, The Valley : Music with Contrabass – Vail Chapel, Chicago

The Peak, The Valley : Music with ContrabassThe Peak, The Valley makes allusion to both the contrast between the registers and temperaments of the soprano voice and the double bass, and the imagery of the southern Appalachian Mountains from where traditional chants served as inspiration for Shawn Jaeger‘s piece In Old Virginny. Further commentary on this allegory is provided by a “classic” solo work of the last 60 years for piccolo (Ferneyhough’s Superscriptio). This concert also features a new chamber work commissioned from Chicago composer Morgan Krauss.

Superscriptio for solo piccolo, Brian Ferneyhough
Invocation VI for soprano and bass flute, Beat Furrer
Lotófagos for soprano and string bass, Beat Furrer
In Old Virginny for soprano and string bass, Shawn Jaeger
Gravity of Shadows for 2 voices+piccolo+string bass, Morgan Krauss

October 13, 2012 – Notes from the Americas – Instituto Cervantes, Chicago

Notes from the Americas : Music by Latin American ComposersThis concert features works by young and established Latin American composers, whose musical search has taken them into journeys throughout the Americas; from Argentina to Canada; from East to West coast. This program is designed to offer Chicago audiences a glimpse at the new generation of Latin America’s compositional voices.

Desde un sueño espeso, suspiro inmóvil, mar infinito, by Francisco Castillo Trigueros
7 Studies on Chapter 34 (world premiere), by Pablo Chin
Ears, Skin, and Bone Riddles, by Marcos Balter
Synchronisms No 9, by Mario Davidovsky
Otra música, (world premiere) by Guillermo Gregorio
Promenade sur une Lumière Bruyante, by Marisol Jiménez
to what depths of dark pigment, by Mauricio Pauly and Sam Salem
No había sino detalles, casi inmediatos, by Julio Zúñiga

Sunday August 19 – Pilgrim Congregational Church, Oak Park

EVL brings highlights from its summer tour concerts in NYC and Costa Rica to the residents of Oak Park and Chicago, in an intimate concert at Pilgrim Congregational Church. This event features special guest, wonderful pianist Mabel Kwan, who will join singer Nina Dante in the Chicago premiere of Hans Thomalla’s “Three Desert Songs”. Works by Berio, Birtwistle, Dehaan, Kurtag, Saariaho, Thomalla and Zúñiga.

August 10, 2012 – Nuevas Voces – Centro Cultural de España, San José, Costa Rica

delete/control/option, Marcos Balter Solo es real la niebla, Pablo Chin Tristesse, de Daniel Dehaan Spirits and Elements, Jonthon Kirk From what depths of dark pigment, Mauricio Pauly y Sam Salem No habia sino detalles, casi inmendiatos, Julio Zúñiga

June 8, 2012 Permutations060812 underGROUND, 201 W. 113th at 7th Ave

The second installment of the Permutations series features Ensemble Vulpine Lupin with special guest NY virtuoso violin/violist Miranda Cuckson, performing in a fundraiser to benefit EVL’s upcoming performances and outreach programs in Costa Rica. The program includes works by Birtwistle, Dusapin, Fujikura, Kurtag, Sciarrino, Sigman, Wolff, and Chicago-based composers Balter, Chin, Dehaan and Jay Alan Yim.

June 5, 2012 – Fragments – Chopin Theater, Chicago

FragmentsEnsemble Vulpine Lupin invites you to its first season finale, Fragments, at the historic Chopin Theatre. This program is inspired by the concepts of segments, aphorisms, dissections and disjunctions in musical construction. These characteristics are reflected in the musical material of each selected work, as well as in the relationship between works. Each work is itself conceived as a fragment culminating into an exciting evening of music. EVL’s last concert of the season highlights two commissioned works by gifted Chicago composers David Grant and Edward Hamel.

“L’artisanant furieux”, from Le marteau sans maître, by Pierre Boulez
Albumblatt, by Aldo Clementi
et vous… by David Grant (World Premier)
Pleasures in Momentum, by Edward Hamel (World Premier) Birds
Fragments, Toshio Hosokawa
Selections from The Kafka Fragments, by György Kurtág
“Der kranke Mond”, from Pierrot Lunaire, by Arnold Schoenberg
Il motivo degli oggetti di vetro, by Salvatore Sciarrino
Per Mattia, by Salvatore Sciarrino
Drei kleine Stüke, by Anton Webern

May 27, 2012 – EVL at the Charleston – Charleston Bar, Chicago

EVL at the Charleston BarEnsemble Vulpine Lupin invites you to join us for a beautiful evening of good music, good drinks, and good company at The Charleston Bar, on Sunday May 27th. EVL’s three intermittent sets include works by Donatoni, Saariaho, Scelsi, Chicago’s own Christopher Jones and David Grant. The evening will also feature a rarely heard exploration of saxophone multiphonics by Thierry Alla and a one-movement teaser of Edward Hamel’s newest work I. We are joined by Daniel Arkfeld (saxophone) and Samuel Rowe (guitar) with a DJ set from Brian Klein.

April 12, 2012 – En japonais – Jennifer Norback Gallery, Chicago

En japonaisEnsemble Vulpine Lupin (EVL) returns to the stage with a new program honoring contemporary Japanese composers, and the influence of traditional Japanese culture in New Music.

Dai Fujikura – ‘Lake Side’ for two voices (U.S. Premiere)
Toru Takemitsu – ‘Masque’ for two flutes
Toshio Hosokawa – ‘Birds Fragments’ for flute and accordion
– ‘Love Songs’ for voice, saxophone and percussion Pascal Dusapin – ‘Shin-gyô’ for voice and piccolo

March 23, 2012 – Saint Xavier University Residency and Concert

SXU 2012

February 13, 2012 – Recitations – No Exit Café, Chicago

RecitationsIt is with great pleasure that we invite you to the first of our new music concert series featuring works for voice and other intimate chamber works.
Georges Aperghis: -Selections from “Récitations” for solo voice.
-“Alter Ego,” for solo saxophone.
Drew Baker: – “i remember watching” for voice, cello, and electronics.
Pablo Chin: – “Solo es real la niebla” for voice, flute, and saxophone.
Daniel Dehaan: – Premier of “Confiteor” for voice, two flutes, and live electronics.
Kaija Saariaho: – “From the Grammar of Dreams” for two female voices.
– “Sept Papillons,” for solo cello.
Toru Takemitsu: – “Voice” for solo flute.