New Music Co-op presents "Vocable: New Works for Text and Sound"
NMC Presents: Vocable
vo·ca·ble (noun) / vōkəbəl / - a word, especially with reference to form rather than meaning.
Austin New Music Co-op presents works of sound poetry, conceptual text pieces, and musique concrete. The program will feature compositions by Thomas Bey William Bailey, Josh Ronsen, Vanessa Gelvin, Andrew Stoltz, and Brent Fariss. The works combine live and pre-recorded voices, electronics and instruments to create a 21st century version of sound/concrete poetry.
On the program:
“I Aspire Only To Silence” is a new piece by Thomas Bey William Bailey, for voices (both live and recorded / manipulated) and electronics. Josh Ronsen's “Sort and Sift” is a virtuosic rapid speaking performance that uses text from a novel written by Thomas Bernhard and is inspired by the theater pieces of Kenneth Gaburo. “The Dissolution of Meaning” is a new work by Vanessa Gelvin featuring interviews that are edited and cut up to an abstract extreme. Brent Fariss' "an untitled play about Robert Lax" focuses on the minimalist poetry of Robert Lax blended in an environment of sine tones, field recordings and a treated chamber trio. Andrew Stoltz' pieces combines voices taken from multiple literary sources and live harmonium to create a modern form of concrete poetry.
About Austin New Music Co-op
New Music Co-op is a community of composers and performers from the Austin area dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of new music. Since 2001 NMC has presented almost 50 concerts featuring close to 200 new works, many of them premieres. Notable New Music Co-op concerts have included two collaborations with Ellen Fullman and her Long String Instrument, the first complete US performance of Cornelius Cardew's seven-hour epic, The Great Learning, a commission of a program-length work by Berlin-based composer Arnold Dreyblatt, a realization of John Cage's Song Books, music for the extinct instruments of Luigi Russolo, Pauline Oliveros' Four Meditations for Orchestra (with the composer in attendance), and a three-day series of the works of the New York School. The Co-op was named "Outstanding Classical Ensemble" for 2011-2012 by the Austin Critics' Table. The New Music Co-op is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations to the group are tax-deductible.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.