Party 2018
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Party 2018

Breathe deeply, grab a drink, sit down. Or stand up. Whatever. You do you. Get comfortable—then get ready. You're at Party 2018, which overturns the so-very-1918 “clap, listen, clap, go home” concert paradigm by pairing food, beverages, and mingling with musical performances that run the gamut from the preposterous to the sober to the sublime. This year’s Party features a new staging of Arnold Schoenberg’s classic Pierrot Lunaire, sung by soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw. You might say, “wait! That’s 100 years old!” Well, good job, Professor Music Historian. For counterpoint, we turn to conductor/snake charmer/actual professor Michael Lewanski, who says: “Pierrot is so NOT new music. But Pierrot is SO new music.” He will happily expand on this topic at the Party, in both  public and private conversations; meanwhile, for those who prefer their new music as new as possible, we present a world premiere by Sky Macklay, whose work “explores bold contrasts, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound,” along with several smaller works, mostly younger than the performers themselves, throughout the evening. DJ Murat Çolak will be in residence throughout the night. The VIP events start at 6pm.

$40 Tickets ($20 for students) include:
complimentary food
interactive installations
silent auction including: original artworks by ensemble members, the opportunity to have your name drawn in cats (really!), an honest-to-goodness bird puppet, and more.

If you are buy a $65 VIP ticket you can:
drink a free drink!
come to the VIP hour where you will:
eat pierogies (“pierrot”-gies)!
perform in an interactive piece by composer Chris Fisher-Lochead!
listen to a talk by scholar John Pippen!
take home an original Party 2018 poster by Sonnenzimmer!
Enjoy special surprise performances!

PROGRAM:

Sky Macklay, Escalator (2018*) for oboe, horn, guitar, harp, violin, viola, cello, and bass

Iannis Xenakis, Theraps (1976) for solo double bass
Jonathan Hannau, Beyond The Looking Glass (2016) for harp and two players

Jessie Marino, 737-800 (2017) for 3 players
Chris Fisher-Lochead, Stutter-Step the Concept (2016/2018) for Bass Flute/Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet/Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello

Murat Çolak, At Ölür (2016) for fixed media
Arnold Schönberg, Pierrot Lunaire (1912) for Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin/viola, cello, and piano

 

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Tomorrow's Music Today @ The University of Chicago
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Tomorrow's Music Today @ The University of Chicago

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Composers Joungbum Lee, Alican Çamci, and Igor Santos examine the act of performance itself in strikingly different ways. Ensemble Dal Niente gives world premieres of Igor Santos’ ensemble work featuring solo pianist Winston Choi, accompanied by an assembly of strange microtonal meta-instruments; a piece by Joungbum Lee that explores the relationships between sound, thought, corporeal presence, and existence; and Alican Çamci’s fieldwork, which foregrounds the labor of musical performance itself.

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Tomorrow's Music Today @ The University of Chicago
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Tomorrow's Music Today @ The University of Chicago

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Dal Niente plays new works by Pierce Gradone and Tim Page, as well as Center for Contemporary Composition Inaugural Fellow Aaron Helgeson. Gradone’s concerto for trombone and chamber ensemble, The Dark Electric, is “inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s depictions of the American Southwest.” Tim Page's work for chamber orchestra rivets the layers of its polyaesthetic texture together with a visceral rhythmic drive. And for his piece, Aaron Helgeson “is hard at work gathering analog folk recordings, collaging them using digital technology, and re-transcribing them by hand for acoustic instruments.”

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Dal Niente @ RED NOTE New Music Festival
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Dal Niente @ RED NOTE New Music Festival

Dal Niente is delighted to be a guest artist at Illinois State University's annual RED NOTE New Music Festival. On Thursday, March 29,  the Festival concludes with a concert of premieres by the participants in the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop: James Chu, Joshua Hey, Howie Kenty, Joungmin Lee, Minzuo Lu, Mert Morali, Erik Ransom, and Mac Vinetz.

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Dal Niente @ Western Michigan University
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

Dal Niente @ Western Michigan University

Dal Niente is delighted to perform as a featured artist for the Entrepreneurship Extravagaza at Western Michigan University, with a program of works for soprano, horn, piano, and violin featuring Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Matt Oliphant, Mabel Kwan, and Tara Lynn Ramsey. The program will include works by Kaija Saariaho, Jonathan Sokol, Hans Abrahamsen, Dai Fujikura, Leiei Tian, Carola Baukholt, and Pauline Olivieros.

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DN Presents: Winston Choi, Katie Schoepflin, Chris Wild
Mar
18
8:30 PM20:30

DN Presents: Winston Choi, Katie Schoepflin, Chris Wild

This dynamic concert of works for clarinet, cello, and piano features  Georges Aperghis’ Trio, comprised of nine contrasting miniatures; Franck Bedrossian’s meditation on language L’Usage de la Parole, and the North American Premiere of Marta Gentilluci’s frenetic, resurgent Über (“Over”). The program also includes Kaija Saariaho’s tranquil duo Oi Kuu, Winston Choi’s new composition Fata Morgana for solo piano, and gut-busting solo pieces by Jason Eckardt and Enno Poppe.

Program:

Georges Aperghis - Trio (1996) for clarinet, cello, piano

Franck Bedrossian - L'Usage de la Parole (2003) for clarinet, cello, piano

Marta Gentilluci - Über (2015) for clarinet, cello, piano

Kaija Saariaho - Oi Kuu (1990) for clarinet & cello

Enno Poppe - Holz (2004) for solo clarinet

Jason Eckardt - Practical Alchemy (2015) for solo cello

Winston Choi - Fata Morgana (2017) for solo piano

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Dal Niente plays George Lewis @ The Metropolitan Museum
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Dal Niente plays George Lewis @ The Metropolitan Museum

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The George Lewis fanfare continues with a performance of Assemblage in its entirety at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. This performance will include NYC premieres of Assemblage and The Mangle of Practice. A talk with George Lewis and multimedia artist Camille Norment follows the performance.

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Qubit Presents: Dal Niente @ Spectrum
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Qubit Presents: Dal Niente @ Spectrum

Doors and drinks at 7:30 | Concert starts promptly at 8:15

Qubit presents Dal Niente at Spectrum in Brooklyn, with a program centered around Boston-based Turkish composer Murat Çolak’s epic SWAN for septet, conductor, and electronics, which Çolak describes as "an ecstatic multimedia experience...SWAN is about going out: going out to the street, to the club, to a ritual, to a party or a funeral. It’s about getting out of home, the studio, the institution, going to places where people connect and do things, sing, dance, laugh, cry, perform, and celebrate.” 

Dal Niente will also perform Shadow for piano solo by Rebecca Saunders, whose subtle, zen-like works turn sound into sculpture; Alican Çamci's Perde for bass flute and harp, where snippets of poetry by 15th century poet Ahmed-i Daî are transformed and reflected through a kaleidoscope of instrumental effects; and Chicago composer Jonathan Hannau's Beyond the looking glass for harp + two players.

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For more on the making of Swan, read our interview with the composer.

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Dal Niente @ Brandeis University
Feb
18
1:30 PM13:30

Dal Niente @ Brandeis University

Over the course of the 2017-2018 season, Dal Niente members engage musical leaders of tomorrow through performances, composer workshops, recordings, and instrumental and vocal masterclasses at universities across the country.

Dal Niente's workshop at Brandeis University culminates in a Sunday matinee performance of works by undergraduate and graduate student composers in Slosberg concert hall. 

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Contempo-Jazz Double Bill with Dal Niente, Imani Winds, and guests
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Contempo-Jazz Double Bill with Dal Niente, Imani Winds, and guests

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Dal Niente joins Imani Winds for a performance of Augusta Read Thomas’ Bassoon Concertino. According to the composer, “This Concertino requires exceptional virtuosity of the soloist featuring playing of all kinds—rhythmic, athletic, punchy, lyrical, delicate, jazzy, whimsical, capricious, elegant—and celebrates the amazing artist and beautiful instrument in all its colors.” The program also includes works by Marta Ptaszyńska and Reena Esmail.

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Dal Niente @ East Carolina University
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Dal Niente @ East Carolina University

Over the course of the 2017-2018 season, Dal Niente members engage musical leaders of tomorrow through performances, composer workshops, recordings, and instrumental and vocal masterclasses at universities across the country.

Dal Niente's workshop at East Carolina University culminates in a performance on January 26, including works for flute, cello, piano, and voice by Mikel Kuehn, Helmut Lachenmann, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

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DN Presents: Holes and Tunnels
Jan
7
8:30 PM20:30

DN Presents: Holes and Tunnels

Humans and objects merge to form a hybrid space of perforated sounds, shifting locations, and disorienting structures in this evening of experimental pieces, featuring pianist Mabel Kwan with Jesse Langen (electric guitar) and special guests Eric Derr (percussion), Tom Snydacker (saxophone), and Fredrick Gifford (electronics).

Be there for premieres by Sivan Cohen-Elias, whose strange inventions tie together movement, sound, space, and visual objects; Fredrick Gifford, whose compositions, dependent on real-time listening cues and performer interactions, are never the same twice; and Michelle Lou’s “wobbly, obsessive” Untitled Three Part Construction for electric guitar and two performers who click, crank, and clack.

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PROA: Delfos Danza Contemporánea + Ensemble Dal Niente
Dec
2
to Dec 3

PROA: Delfos Danza Contemporánea + Ensemble Dal Niente

Join us for the world premiere of Chicago-based composer Tomás Gueglio’s Proa (“Prow”) for four dancers and harp, in which harpist and dancers use sound, clothing, and bodies to explore themes of migration, immigration, alienation, and identity. Featuring the Mazatlán-based Delfos Danza Contemporánea.

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DN Presents: Alejandro Acierto
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

DN Presents: Alejandro Acierto

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Dal Niente’s founding clarinetist presents a new body of works forged from an experimental program that explores the material of the breath. With collaborative pieces that incorporate video, installation, and responsive lights and sound, Alejandro will perform together with with artist/filmmaker Soheila Azadi, composer/artist Jason Charney, and composer/performer Jenna Lyle.

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University of Chicago Ligeti Series: Ensemble Dal Niente/ Imani Winds
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

University of Chicago Ligeti Series: Ensemble Dal Niente/ Imani Winds

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Pianist Winston Choi and violinist MingHuan Xu join guest hornist Anna Spina for György Ligeti’s spiky, splendidly virtuosic horn trio, a work that both laughs and cries as it looks back at Brahms and forward to a style that is neither modernist nor classical.  This program also features the Imani Wind Quintet performing Ligeti’s much earlier Six Bagatelles. Buy Tickets

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Piece Her Together @ the EDGE Theater
Oct
20
to Oct 22

Piece Her Together @ the EDGE Theater

What makes a person who she is? Who does she seek to become? What objects in her world help her get there? What forces conspire to stop her? How do those around her influence how she is perceived? Piece Her Together features soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett in a fully-staged theatrical production of two mono-dramatic works: Eliza Brown’s The Body of the State, a portrayal of Juana of Castile's imprisonment at the hands of her family, and Katherine Young’s When stranger things happen, a noir meditation on loss, myths of femininity, and the potential of the imagination. Buy Tickets

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Assemblage: Dal Niente Presents the Music of George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago
Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

Assemblage: Dal Niente Presents the Music of George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago

Dal Niente celebrates the release of Assemblage, a portrait album of the works of George Lewis, by performing the album in its entirety at Fullerton Hall, with a pre-concert talk by George Lewis, philosopher Arnold Davidson, and writer John Corbett of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Buy Tickets

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Dal Niente + George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago: Improvisations
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Dal Niente + George Lewis @ The Art Institute of Chicago: Improvisations

Members of Dal Niente respond to works from the Art Institute collection with a series of in-gallery performances. The event concludes with a large-scale performance in Griffin Court of Artificial Life (2007), a work by composer and musician George Lewis that strives for a structured improvisation experience through an open form score. Free Admission.

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