Carnegie Hall Presents

American Mavericks


Michael Clark

Neighborhood Concert: Alarm Will Sound

Neighborhood Concert: Jennifer Koh, Violin and Reiko Uchida, Piano

Anthology Film Archives

Lou Harrison: A World of Music

Whitney Museum of American Art

Anthology Film Archives

The Kitchen: Instrumentals I

Neighborhood Concert: Lisa Moore, Solo Piano

The Kitchen: Instrumentals II

Neighborhood Concert: JACK Quartet

So Percussion

Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony

American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Nicole Eisenman

WHY? with Danielson

John Cage Living Archive

Michael Clark

Whitney Museum of American Art
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 10 AM

Performers

Michael Clark, Choreographer and Dancer
Open Rehearsals: Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, April 8
Performances: Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 8 (Various Times)


Michael Clark is known for his integration of classical vocabulary with a more complex, contemporary sensibility. In late 2011, he inaugurated his first US-based venture, Modern Dance Club. Under Clark's artistic direction, Modern Dance Club's first commission will be a four-week residency with associated performances by the Michael Clark Company at this year's Whitney Biennial.

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

For more information:
212-570-3600
whitney.org

Neighborhood Concert: Alarm Will Sound

Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 3 PM

Performers

Alarm Will Sound
Alan Pierson, Artistic Director and Conductor

Program

CAGE 0'00"
CAGE Selections from Song Books
CAGE Selections from Indeterminacy
CAGE Variations IV
CAGE Winter Music
CAGE Aria
CAGE Selections from Concert for Piano and Orchestra
CAGE Selections from Atlas eclipticalis
CHARLIE WILMOTH TBD (World Premiere)
CONLON NANCARROW Player Piano Study No. 2A (arr. Gavin Chuck)
VARÈSE Poème électronique (arr. Evan Hause)
ELLIOTT SHARP Coriolis Effect
Sometimes new music is challenging; with Alarm Will Sound, it’s mind-blowing. Playing the most innovative performances of contemporary classical music with fierce talent and enjoyment, this 20-member ensemble is “as close to being a rock band as a chamber orchestra can be” (The New York Times).

This concert is part of American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneers of the American sound, presented by Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Symphony. Visit carnegiehall.org/mavericks for more information.

Listen

David Biedenbender's “Schism” 


Alarm Will Sound
Live at Mizzou

Neighborhood Concert: Jennifer Koh, Violin and Reiko Uchida, Piano

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 4 PM

Performers

Jennifer Koh, Violin
Reiko Uchida, Piano

Program

JENNIFER HIGDON String Poetic
··
Jagged Climb
·· Nocturne
·· Blue Hills of Mist
·· Maze Mechanical
·· Climb Jagged
JOHN ADAMS Road Movies
··
Relaxed Groove
·· Meditative
·· 40% Swing
-intermission-MISSY MAZZOLI Dissolve, O my Heart
HARRISON Grand Duo
··
Prelude
·· Stampede
·· A Round (Annabel and April's)
·· Air
·· Polka
Violinist Jennifer Koh can be summed up like this: daring, vivacious, and brilliant. Collaborating with the most ground-breaking contemporary composers on the scene, Koh traces the threads connecting new music to music of the past. As part of Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks festival, their program features works by American composers Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, Missy Mazzoli, and Lou Harrison, including a piece written expressly for Koh by Higdon. Koh describes her career as a musician: “I always knew I wanted music in my life, but I never thought of this as a career—I got an English degree at Oberlin. I almost feel as though the career is a side note to the act of studying to be a musician. The work process is what I love most, and performance is just a part of that process.”

Performing solo and chamber music concerts internationally, Reiko Uchida is recognized as one of the finest, most versatile pianists on the music scene. A member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, Uchida has collaborated with celebrated artists David Shifrin, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson, and is a member of the Laurel Trio and the Moebius Ensemble.

This concert is part of American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneers of the American sound, presented by Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Symphony. Visit carnegiehall.org/mavericks for more information.

Listen

"Road Movies: I. Relaxed Groove"


Jennifer Koh
Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - Higdon, J. / Harrison, L. / Adams, J. / Ruggles, C. (String Poetic)

Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 7:30 PM
26’ 1.1499” for a String Player (1973, 42 minutes)
Jud Yalkut

To commemorate John Cage’s centennial, Anthology Film Archives screens Jud Yalkut’s video realization of Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik’s concert performance of John Cage’s 26’ 1.1499” for a String Player, plus a rarely seen work that features the composer and a special surprise partner.

For more information:
212-505-5181
anthologyfilmarchives.org

Lou Harrison: A World of Music

Anthology Film Archives
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 7:30 PM
Lou Harrison: A World of Music (2011, 90 minutes)
Eva Soltes

In this special sneak-preview film, Lou Harrison: A World of Music paints an intimate portrait of an extraordinary American composer who followed his own dreams with unbridled style. Harrison’s artistic curiosity and courage produced one of the great transcultural visions and musical legacies of the 20th century.

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

For more information:
212-505-5181
anthologyfilmarchives.org

Whitney Museum of American Art

THREE FILMS BY NATHANIEL DORSKY

Whitney Museum of American Art
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 21 - Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Whitney will screen three films by inimitable filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky - The Return (2011), Compline (2010), and Aubade (2010) - in a rotating film program throughout the week of March 21. One of the most gifted and influential filmmakers to emerge from the San Francisco experimental film scene, Nathaniel Dorsky’s short 16mm films are recognized for their distinctly meditative discoveries of rare beauty in everyday life. Dorsky, who was born in New York, captures the wordless dramas of light, shadow and color through rhythmic montage without the use of sound.

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

For more information:
212-570-3600
whitney.org
Free with museum admission

Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives
Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 7:30 PM
On Conlon Nancarrow (1983, 12 minutes)
Eva Soltes
Photography by Philip Makanna

Eva Soltes’ short-subject documentary On Conlon Nancarrow highlights the life and work of reclusive expatriate American composer Conlon Nancarrow, who hand-punched player-piano rolls, becoming a visionary of the computer music era. His percussive studies for the player piano feature pieces that were unplayable by human hands, often hitting more than 100 notes per second.

West Coast Story: Frontiers of New Music (1986, 75 minutes)
Michael MacIntyre and Eva Soltes

Filled with rare interview footage and live performances, West Coast Story includes composers Lou Harrison, John Cage, Harry Partch, Henry Cowell, Terry Riley, Frank Zappa, John Adams, Daniel Lentz, and Paul Dresher musing on their work and history as they answer the question: What is the difference between Californian and East Coast musical traditions?

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

For more information:
212-505-5181
anthologyfilmarchives.org

The Kitchen: Instrumentals I

The Kitchen
Friday, March 23, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Daniel Walden, Harpsichord
William Basinski, Electronics
Nick Hallett, Curator
William Basinski’s Vivian & Ondine and Tristan Perich’s Dual Synthesis
William Basinski’s ambient electronic opus identifies the haunting materiality of sound through the physical process of tape-loop manipulation. Tristan Perich—in his Kitchen debut—demonstrates his unique “1-bit universe,” mixing custom-built microchips and acoustic instruments.

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

For more information:
212-255-5793 ext. 11
thekitchen.org

Neighborhood Concert: Lisa Moore, Solo Piano

American Beserk

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
Friday, March 23, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Lisa Moore, Piano

Program

PHILIP GLASS Mad Rush
DON BYRON Piano Etude No. 4
DON BYRON Piano Etude No. 5
DON BYRON Piano Etude No. 6
MARTIN BRESNICK Willie's Way
COWELL Aeolian Harp
JOHN ADAMS American Berserk
MISSY MAZZOLI Orizzonte
JEROME KITZKE Bringing Roses with Her Words
FREDERIC RZEWSKI Piano Piece No. 4
To see Lisa Moore perform is to be ushered into a world of mesmerizing theatricality and compelling emotional power. “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” (The New Yorker), Moore is an Australian long based in and around New York, carving a niche for herself in the city’s vibrant new music scene. She was the founding pianist for the revolutionary and wildly entertaining ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, and has collaborated with the world’s most famous composers, including Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Meredith Monk.

This concert is part of American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneers of the American sound, presented by Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Symphony. Visit carnegiehall.org/mavericks for more information.

Listen

Rzewski's "Piano Piece No. 4"


Lisa Moore
CheaTING, LyING, sTEaling

The Kitchen: Instrumentals II

The Kitchen
Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Mary Halvorson Septet
·· Kirk Knuffke, Cornet
·· Greg Ward, Alto Saxophone
·· Ingrid Laubrock, Tenor Saxophone
·· Jacob Garchik, Trombone
·· Mary Halvorson, Guitar
·· John Hebert, Bass
·· Tom Rainey, Drums
Instrumentals Ensemble
·· Ernie Brooks, Bass Guitar
·· Peter Gordon, Saxophones and Organ
·· Katie Porter, Bass Clarinet
·· Bill Ruyle, Mallets and Percussion
·· Elio Villafranca, Piano
·· Alex Waterman, Cello
·· Peter Zummo, Trombone
Peter Gordon, Musical Director
Nick Hallett, Curator
Arthur Russell's Instrumentals and Mary Halvorson’s Septet Nos. 30–33
This double-bill begins with a new septet by Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson, who effortlessly connects jazz, pop, and experimental strategies. Concluding the concert is a performance of Instrumentals by the late Arthur Russell, former music director of The Kitchen and protean composer who moved freely between avant-garde composition, traditional songwriting, and commercial disco. Originally performed at The Kitchen in 1975, Instrumentals is given a new reading, directed by composer Peter Gordon, who was a friend and collaborator of Russell’s.

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

For more information:
212-255-5793 ext. 11
thekitchen.org

Neighborhood Concert: JACK Quartet

Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 3 PM

Performers

JACK Quartet
with Special Guest Steven Mackey, Electric Guitar

Program

IVES String Quartet No. 2
CRAWFORD SEEGER String Quartet
STEVEN MACKEY Physical Property
Four wicked players creating an explosion of sound: The JACK Quartet is the new definition of the modern-day string quartet. Presented as part Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks series, these electrifying young musicians are dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by the most ground-breaking composers, while delivering vibrant performances with overflowing energy. They tackle music by modernist composers Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger, and then team up onstage with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey on his own composition Physical Property.

Steven Mackey’s compositions bridge the divide between his first love—playing electric guitar in California rock bands—and his later passion for experimental concert music. Mackey has received commissions from the most renowned orchestras, ensembles, and venues; he often performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. Currently a Professor of Music at Princeton University, Mackey is also an active improviser and performer with his band Big Farm.

This concert is part of American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneers of the American sound, presented by Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Symphony. Visit carnegiehall.org/mavericks for more information.

So Percussion

"We Are All Going In Different Directions"—A John Cage Celebration

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 26, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

So Percussion
·· Eric Beach
·· Josh Quillen
·· Adam Sliwinski
·· Jason Treuting
Matmos
·· Drew Daniel, Electronics
·· M.C. Schmidt, Electronics
Dan Deacon, Electronics
Cenk Ergün, Electronics
Beth Meyers, Viola

Program

CAGE Credo in US
SO PERCUSSION / MATMOS Needles
CAGE Imaginary Landscape #1
CAGE Quartet for Percussion from She is Asleep
CENK ERGÜN Use
DAN DEACON "Bottles" from Ghostbuster Cook: The Origin of the Riddler
DAN DEACON Take a Deep Breath
CAGE 18' 12", A Simultaneous Performance of Cage Works
·· Inlets (Improvisation II)
·· 0' 00" (4' 32" No. 2)
·· Duet for Cymbal
·· 45' for a Speaker
JASON TREUTING 24 x 24 (NY Premiere)
CAGE Third Construction
Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with members of So Percussion in conversation with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.

No one did more to change how we think about music—how we listen to it, make it, perform it—than John Cage. As part of American Mavericks at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn-based ensemble So Percussion fetes this challenging composer, who was born 100 years ago in Los Angeles, and whose influence is felt today almost everywhere in American music.

Listen

Cage Third Construction


So Percussion
Audio Clips and Excerpts - Carnegie Hall's 2011-2012 Season

Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas

Greene Space
Monday, March 26, 2012 | 7 PM
In a live video webcast from WQXR’s performance venue, The Greene Space, WQXR’s David Garland and Q2 Music's Nadia Sirota will host an evening with Michael Tilson Thomas, with featured guests John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The event will be webcast live on Q2 Music, broadcast live on 105.9 FM in New York and with live video streaming on wqxr.org/q2music/.



Related Activities:
Q2 Music’s month-long programming will also include pieces by American Maverick composers, with introductions to their works by composers David Del Tredici, Michael Gordon, Phil Kline, David Lang, Angelica Negron, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich; interviews from the WQXR and WNYC archives with iconic Maverick composers such as John Cage, Lukas Foss, Meredith Monk, and Terry Riley; insights about the music from MTT; and curated playlists from prominent composers and musicians outside the standard Western Classical tradition. Programming will be hosted by guest hosts including Mary Rowell, former ETHEL String Quartet violinist, and Joel Sachs, conductor of The New Juilliard Ensemble; Professor of Music History, Chamber Music, and New Music Performance at The Juilliard School; and biographer of Henry Cowell. Specialty shows with American Mavericks guests, American Mavericks videos, and videos from MTT will be hosted on the WQXR/Q2 Music site as well.

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
St. Lawrence String Quartet
·· Geoff Nuttall, Violin
·· Scott St. John, Violin
·· Lesley Robertson, Viola
·· Christopher Costanza, Cello
Joan La Barbara, Vocalist
Meredith Monk, Vocalist
Jessye Norman, Soprano
Jesse Stiles, Electronics
Yuval Sharon, Stage Director

Program

CAGE Song Books
COWELL Synchrony
JOHN ADAMS Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra (NY Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the San Francisco Symphony, with support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Works of Music.)
VARÈSE Amériques
The San Francisco Symphony begins its American Mavericks residency at Carnegie Hall with a spectacular, ground-shaking ode to our country from the 1920s by a Frenchman who found creative sustenance right here in the Big Apple and the New York premiere of John Adams’s Absolute Jest.

Also on the program is music from John Cage’s enigmatic Song Books with Jessye Norman, Meredith Monk, and Joan La Barbara. Imagine video screens pulsing with images that reinforce action. Envision three houses with cut-away walls, revealing the three divas. They explore three Cage worlds: one of theater, one populated by avant-garde French composer Erik Satie and Dada icon Marcel Duchamp, and another of Cage's idol Henry David Thoreau. The action is directed by Yuval Sharon, who has staged productions with New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, and many other companies. But no two performances are the same, for the singers act on the moment’s inspiration, guided by Cage’s prompts. “Leave the stage by going up (flying) or by going down through a trap door,” Cage directs in one number. “Return in the same way wearing an animal’s head.” “Breathe as though you had lost your voice.” Prepare for fractured settings from Thoreau: “Wasps are building summer squashes, saw a fish hawk, when I hear this both bushes and trees are thinly leaved.”

Listen

Varèse's Amériques


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

Program

RUGGLES Sun-treader
FELDMAN Piano and Orchestra
IVES A Concord Symphony (orch. Brant)
On its second concert at Carnegie Hall as part of American Mavericks, the San Francisco Symphony presents Carl Ruggles’s Sun-Treader, whose title comes from a Robert Browning poem, and an orchestration of Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata, inspired by New England’s transcendentalists. Ruggedly nonconformist, these works are matched with the no-less-individualistic music of iconoclast Morton Feldman.

Listen

Ruggles Sun-Treader


Boston Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor 
Deutsche Grammophon

American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Zankel Hall
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 8:30 PM

Performers

Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor and Host
Donato Cabrera, Conductor
Kiera Duffy, Soprano
Paul Jacobs, Organ
Mason Bates, Electronica
Newband
Dean Drummond and Stefani Starin, Directors
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Program

PARTCH Daphne of the Dunes
MASON BATES Mass Transmission (NY Premiere)
DEL TREDICI Syzygy
HARRISON Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra
Music by two West Coast composers with a penchant for melding seemingly disparate sounds frames this American Mavericks event, starting with a piece for electronica and chorus by Oakland-based Mason Bates. Organist Paul Jacobs joins an unorthodox ensemble that includes plumbers’ pipes and oxygen-tank bells in Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra.

Listen

David Del Tredici Syzygy


ASKO Ensemble; Oliver Knussen, Conductor; Jan Harshagen, French Horn; Peppie Wiersma, Tubular Bells; Wim Vos, Tubular Bells; Lucy Shelton, Soprano  
Deutsche Grammophon
American Mavericks
As Artistic Director of "American Mavericks," Michael Tilson Thomas offers a thrilling chance to experience the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, John Cage, John Adams, and other maverick composers in a series of concerts in March 2012, celebrating what he calls the "iconoclasts, moldbreakers, voyagers, pioneers of the American sound."

American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 30, 2012 | 8:30 PM

Performers

Michael Tilson Thomas, Host
Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Vocalists
Joan La Barbara, Vocalist
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Jesse Stiles, Electronics
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor

Program

STEVE REICH Music for Pieces of Wood
MEREDITH MONK Realm Variations (NY Premiere)
FOSS Echoi
MORTON SUBOTNICK Jacob’s Room: Monodrama (NY Premiere)
American Mavericks concludes with a concert that reflects the range of music that defines the maverick spirit: The human voice stretched to its limit by Meredith Monk; electronic theater music by Morton Subotnik; pulsing music by Steve Reich; and Lukas Foss’s experimentalism grounded in the European tradition.

Listen

Morton Subotnick And The Butterflies Begin to Sing, Part IV "Images Will Descend to the Ground: Truth will remain simple, and gigantic wheels will ride the bitter waves"


Amernet String Quartet; Kyoko Kashiwagi, Violin; Marcia Littley De Arias, Violin; Bleda Elibal, Double Bass; Javier Arias-Flores, Cello; Malcolm Johnston, Viola
New World Records

Nicole Eisenman

FIGURE DRAWING ATELIER

Whitney Museum of American Art
Friday, March 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Nicole Eisenman, Painter
Painter Nicole Eisenman shares her practice of drawing from live models in a figure drawing class in the galleries of the Whitney Museum. Eisenman investigates contemporary issues through the historically charged mediums of drawing and painting. In her work, she utilizes technical skill and art historical influences to address innovative views on social concerns. While Eisenman’s figurative style references a range of academic traditions--from WPA murals to surrealism--her razor sharp wit and intimate subjects reveal a language that is completely her own.

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

For more information:
212-570-3600
whitney.org
Free with museum admission

WHY? with Danielson

Le Poisson Rouge
Friday, March 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM
Courting the surreal, the sublime, and the existential, American indie rock bands WHY? and Danielson are as maverick as they come. Danielson, the creative outlet of Daniel Christopher Smith, is known for an idiosyncratic sound filled with undulating, chromatic chord progressions. WHY? comprises three Midwestern friends who, motivated by the unanswerable question, experiment with common instruments to create uncommonly insightful music.

Presented by (Le) Poisson Rouge.

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

For more information:
212-505-3474
lprnyc.com

John Cage Living Archive

New York Public Library
Friday, March 16, 2012 | 10 AM
Ongoing Project:
The New York Public Library’s online multimedia initiative entitled John Cage Unbound—A Living Archive debuts in 2012, and features performance videos narrated by professional musicians, students, and others interested in contributing to the understanding of Cage’s philosophy and the process of interpreting his music.

www.nypl.org