Thursday, March 20, 2014

New York City Ensemble Contemporaneous to Visit UNO for Master Classes, Free Concerts


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Contemporaneous will play two free concerts at UNO's Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The first performance, entitled "All-Inclusive in C," is Monday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the public who can read music, regardless of what instrument they play, are invited to join Contemporaneous in an informal performance of a Terry Riley masterpiece. It will be followed by a discussion about the founding and operation of a new music ensemble.

The culminating performance of the public residency will be Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Contemporaneous will premiere four new works by UNO student composers Jonathan Gibson, Meijah Lieteau, William Memmott and J.P. Smith. The ensemble will also performs works by Haber, Shawn Jaeger and Bryce Dessner, who is most well-known as the guitarist for the indie-rock band The National.

For more information on the public concerts, please call 280-6381.

The New York City-based ensemble Contemporaneous has accepted an invitation from music professor Yotam Haber to do a new music residency at the University of New Orleans that includes master classes and two free concerts on March 24-25 at the University's Performing Arts Center.

Contemporaneous is comprised of 19 musicians who focus exclusively on new music. Founded in 2010 at Bard College in New York, the group has performed more than 30 world premieres by a number of composers including Haber, who currently serves as the Virginia Kock Professor in UNO's Department of Music.

"Contemporaneous is one of the most exciting young new music ensembles today," Haber said. "It's composed of some of the best players around and, more importantly, musicians who are truly excited to experiment and be adventurous. Their programming runs the gamut from the avant-garde to the indie-rock world, and they give the same level of dedication and energy to every work they encounter."

Contemporaneous will play two free concerts at UNO's Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The first performance, entitled "All-Inclusive in C," is Monday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public who can read music, regardless of what instrument they play, are invited to join Contemporaneous in an informal performance of a Terry Riley masterpiece. It will be followed by a discussion about the founding and operation of a new music ensemble.

The culminating performance of the public residency will be Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Contemporaneous will premiere four new works by UNO student composers Jonathan Gibson, Meijah Lieteau, William Memmott and J.P. Smith. The ensemble will also performs works by Haber, Shawn Jaeger and Bryce Dessner, who is most well-known as the guitarist for the indie-rock band The National.

"All of us at Contemporaneous are incredibly excited to make our southern United States debut in the great city of New Orleans, and especially to work with students at the University of New Orleans," said David Bloom, conductor and co-artistic director. "The fact that the new works by the student composers at UNO are all exciting and so different from one another demonstrates a vibrant and diverse musical community that we can't wait to work with."

"Bringing Contemporaneous to campus means that UNO composition students get a chance to have their music performed by one of our country's top groups," Haber said. "It will be a fantastic, inspiring learning experience. I hope it galvanizes the students and the New Orleans community."

For more information on the public concerts, please call 280-6381.