Northern Illinois University New Music Festival
Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Illinois University New Music Festival

  • Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building (map)
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Erin Gee’s award-winning Mouthpiece series uses non-traditional vocal sounds to construct intricate sonic landscapes. In Mouthpiece 32, written for Dal Niente in 2018, Gee approaches the sound-worlds of specific insects, animals, and plants, mapping insect and human sound-production techniques on to each other to create music that is at once strange, familiar, and new. This program features Mouthpiece 32 along with works by NIU student composers.


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Dal Niente Presents: Andrew Nogal, Oboe
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Dal Niente Presents: Andrew Nogal, Oboe

  • Allen Recital Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center (map)
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Oboist Andy Nogal takes a star turn with a program of duo music for oboe and piano that showcases the expressive and technical potential of the oboe as a tool for experimenting with sound and harmony. With pianist Daniel Pesca, who has been Nogal’s duo partner since 2010.

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Dal Niente & The Music of George Lewis
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

Dal Niente & The Music of George Lewis

  • The Joseph & Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
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The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presents Ensemble Dal Niente in a program anchored by two parallel works: Hexis and Mnemosis, which invite the audience to improvise their listening experience amidst a wild array of loops, squeals, moans, and delicate, crystalline textures. Apply your improvising ears to the strange murmurs of Erin Gee’s Segment of the Fourth Letter. Listen to one of Christian Wolff’s famous exercises, which have been characterized by  Frederick Rzewski as “weird little tunes, sounding as if they had been beamed at some remote point in the universe and then bounced back again as a kind of intergalactic mutant music.” Individual instruments are highlighted in smaller duets, including the fragile multiphonics of Wang Lu’s harp and clarinet duet; Sandra Lemus-Hernández’s urgent duo for flute and clarinet, and Her Disappearance by Bethany Younge and Kayleigh Butcher, in which two voices are extended and transformed by PVC pipe.

Program:

George Lewis: Hexis (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello, conductor)
Sandra Lemus-Hernández: II (flute, clarinet)
Erin Gee: Segment of the Fourth Letter (bass flute, clarinet, percussion, viola, cello)
Wang Lu: After Some Remarks by CW (clarinet, harp)
Christian Wolff: Exercise 18 (open instrumentation)
Bethany Younge/Kayleigh Butcher: Her Disappearance (two voices extended/transformed by PVC Pipe)
George Lewis: Mnemosis (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, conductor)


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The Music of Roscoe Mitchell: Dal Niente w Ken Vandermark @ The Pillsbury Theatre
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Music of Roscoe Mitchell: Dal Niente w Ken Vandermark @ The Pillsbury Theatre

Dal Niente, in large ensemble form, teams up with legendary saxophonist Ken Vandermark to perform brand-new music by Roscoe Mitchell, a fearless musical pioneer whose music has, over the last half-century, changed the very definition of what is possible. Dal Niente co-commissioned this work with the Birdhouse, an organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of Fred Andersen, whose Velvet Lounge was an anchor for new forms of music in Chicago for decades.

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Ensemble Dal Niente: Humming Between Branches
Apr
15
8:00 PM20:00

Ensemble Dal Niente: Humming Between Branches

  • Holtschneider Performance Center, Gannon Concert Hall (map)
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Dal Niente performs music by leading Mexican and Argentinian composers, including Nur Slim’s Humming Between Branches for soprano with chamber orchestra, in which the singer’s voice dances between and among wildly varied instrumental textures, which shimmer, dive, and groan with kaliedascopic virtuosity. 

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Ensemble Distractfold, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble 20+
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ensemble Distractfold, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble 20+

  • Holtschneider Performance Center, Gannon Concert Hall (map)
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In 2019, Ensemble Dal Niente met up in Berlin with the Distractfold Ensemble, a brilliant UK-based new music group, to collaborate on some truly wild music. Now, Distractfold comes to Chicago, where they, along with Dal Niente and Ensemble 20+, will perform music for their blended ensembles, including George Lewis’s Connectome (2019), which was written for Dal Niente, Distractfold, and Ensemble Adapter and premiered in Berlin in 2019.

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Dal Niente Season Opener/ Ben Melsky Album Release Concert
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Dal Niente Season Opener/ Ben Melsky Album Release Concert

  • Allen Recital Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center (map)
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Celebrate the opening of the Dal Niente season with a concert celebrating the album release of Ben Melsky/ Ensemble Dal Niente on New Focus Recordings! The show will feature live performances of several tracks off of the album, along with larger works by Tim Page, Carola Bauckholt, and Alican Çamci.

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Dal Niente in Berlin w/ Ensemble Adapter & Distractfold
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Dal Niente in Berlin w/ Ensemble Adapter & Distractfold

One network, two concerts, and five ensembles from three continents: On two summer evenings at Radialsystem, the two-part project “Global Adapter” brings together five internationally pioneering ensembles for contemporary music. In July the Berlin-based Ensemble Adapter welcomes Ensemble Dal Niente from Chicago and Distractfold from Manchester. The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Ensemble Offspring are bringing reinforcements from New York and Sydney for the opening of the Month of Contemporary Music in September.

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Dal Niente @ Walden School: Faculty works
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Dal Niente @ Walden School: Faculty works

Ensemble Dal Niente performs a concert of world premieres by Walden School faculty members, including Dennis Sullivan, Doug Hertz, Kittie Cooper, Nate May, Rebekah Griffin, Sarah Riskind, Terry Greene, Cody Wright, and Danny Felsenfeld.

Location: Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall, on the campus of the Dublin School

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PARTY 2019
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

PARTY 2019

SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2019 @ 3PM (VIP)/ 4PM (General)

It's time for Dal Niente's 2019 Party! This year's Party features the Chicago premiere of Anthony Cheung's new work, co-commissioned with the L.A. Philharmonic, as well as works by Erin Gee and Igor Santos.

Tickets are $80 VIP, $50 general, and $25 student online, or $90/$60/$30 at the door. VIP tickets include admission to a special pre-concert VIP hour from 3-4 PM, full open bar (beer, wine, and cocktails), and food, with a special group ticket price of $300 for a table of four. The general ticket price includes an open bar and food, while the student ticket price includes food and a cash bar.

PROGRAM:

Erin Gee- Segment of the 4th letter (2007) for bass flute, Bb clarinet, percussion, viola, cello 
Anthony Cheung - new work for large ensemble (2019) (Chicago Premiere)*
Igor Santos - two, two (2015) for octet
Anthony Braxton - Composition nos. 193 (1996) & 228 (1997) for large ensemble
Emma Hospelhorn - Crust, Mantle, Core (2019) for flute
Kyong Mee Choi - Vanished (2019) for harp and electronics

Live DJ set by Murat Çolak

*This work is supported in part by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

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Dal Niente Presents: Undersea
May
5
3:30 PM15:30

Dal Niente Presents: Undersea

The Dal Niente Wind Trio (Emma Hospelhorn, Andy Nogal, and Katie Schoepflin) is thrilled to premiere Undersea, a new work for piccolo, English horn, and bass clarinet by composer Victoria Cheah, as part of a varied concert that features the full array of sounds available to contemporary woodwind players, from kaleidoscopic quarter tones, to ethereal trills, to jazzy pizzicatos. The flute, clarinet, and oboe blend together in wildly different sonic palettes that alternately sing, squeak, and pizzicato, with sounds that range from the delicate to the bombastic.

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Dal Niente Presents Tarn Travers and Chris Wild: Old and New
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Dal Niente Presents Tarn Travers and Chris Wild: Old and New

Cellist Chris Wild and violinist Tarn Travers join forces to present a recital of string duos and solos at Andersonville’s Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Titled Old and New, the evening’s program features contemporary chamber music inspired by Renaissance era practices of musical ornamentation, presented alongside examples of such inspiration.

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The Body of the State @ KANEKO
Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Body of the State @ KANEKO

As part of KANEKO's Construct exhibition, Omaha Under the Radar will present a Generator Series event on the theme 'Resilience' featuring Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente performing The Body of the State by Eliza Brown, a monodrama on the life and incarceration of Juana of Castille, written in collaboration with scholars from the Indiana Women's Prison. The event will also feature Omaha songwriter, poet, and at-risk youth advocate Dominique Morgan, and Chicago-based composer/movement artist Jenna Lyle performing Louise, a piece for magnetic-tape garment, movement, theremins, and voice that explores the struggles of feminine identity.

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Dal Niente Presents: Ammie Brod, Viola
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Dal Niente Presents: Ammie Brod, Viola

Memento Mori: life is fleeting and transformation to another state is inevitable. A frequent theme of European religious art from the medieval to the Victorian eras, memento mori is the underlying concept behind a series of new works for solo viola. This concert features Dal Niente violist Ammie Brod, performing newly composed pieces by Alejandro Acierto, Lisa Atkinson, Jacob Sudol, and LJ White as well as Katherine Pukinskis' Quiet Threnody (2015).

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Dal Niente Presents: Ammie Brod, Viola
Dec
9
8:30 PM20:30

Dal Niente Presents: Ammie Brod, Viola

Memento Mori: life is fleeting and transformation to another state is inevitable. A frequent theme of European religious art from the medieval to the Victorian eras, memento mori is the underlying concept behind a series of new works for solo viola. This concert features Dal Niente violist Ammie Brod, performing newly composed pieces by Alejandro Acierto, Lisa Atkinson, Jacob Sudol, and LJ White as well as Katherine Pukinskis' Quiet Threnody (2015).

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Unveiled III: A Celebration of Music at DePaul Side-by-side with DePaul’s Ensemble 20+
Nov
8
9:00 PM21:00

Unveiled III: A Celebration of Music at DePaul Side-by-side with DePaul’s Ensemble 20+

DePaul University’s stellar School of Music opens its new state-of-the-art Holtschneider Performance Center with a festival entitled Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul. The 9pm concert features indeterminate and improvised music based on works of John Cage, James Tenney, Alejandro Acierto, Amanda DeBoer Barlett, and Anthony Braxton.


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Unveiled II: A Celebration of Music at DePaul Side-by-side with DePaul’s Ensemble 20+
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Unveiled II: A Celebration of Music at DePaul Side-by-side with DePaul’s Ensemble 20+

  • Mary Patricia Gannon Recital Hall (map)
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DePaul University’s stellar School of Music opens its new state-of-the-art Holtschneider Performance Center with a festival entitled Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul. The 7pm program features works by Silvestre Revueltas, Julian Carrillo, Julio Estrada, and Rebecca Saunders; and world premieres by Christopher Jones, Kurt Westerberg, and Seung-Won Oh.

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Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul Side-by-side with DePaul’s Ensemble 20+
Nov
8
5:00 PM17:00

Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul Side-by-side with DePaul’s Ensemble 20+

  • West Recital Hall, DePaul University (map)
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DePaul University’s stellar School of Music opens its new state-of-the-art Holtschneider Performance Center with a festival entitled Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul. The 5pm concert includes solo and duo works by Julio Estrada, Julián Orbón, and George Flynn.

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UC Davis Presents Ensemble Dal Niente
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

UC Davis Presents Ensemble Dal Niente

  • Recital Hall, Anne E. Pitzer Center (map)
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Strange vocal sounds, delicate textures, and complex resonances dominate this intricate program of works for winds, strings, and voices, featuring several works written for Ensemble Dal Niente by Alican Camci, Lu Wang, and Erin Gee, as well as ensemble favorites by Enno Poppe and Giacinto Scelsi.

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Dal Niente in Mexico City III: Delfos Danza
Oct
9
8:00 PM20:00

Dal Niente in Mexico City III: Delfos Danza

  • Teatro de la Danza, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez (map)
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Dal Niente performs three concerts in Mexico City on the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez, the ambitious annual festival of the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Belles Artes (National Institute of the Fine Arts).  At the Theater of Dance, we renew our relationship with Deflos Danza Contemporánea (Mazatlan, Mexico) in a program featuring Argentinian-American composer Tomás Gueglio’s Proa (“prow”).

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Dal Niente in Mexico City II: Sounds of Chicago
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Dal Niente in Mexico City II: Sounds of Chicago

Dal Niente performs three concerts in Mexico City on the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez, the ambitious annual festival of the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Belles Artes (National Institute of the Fine Arts).  At the Palace of the Fine Arts, we perform a program of many of our Chicago-based or Chicago-native collaborators, including a new arrangement by Mexico-born, Chicago-residing Luis Fernando Amaya; also included is a new version of a legendary Mexican composer Julio Estrada’s yuunohui’wah for the solo percussion.

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