Spunk, Katherine Young – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – March 16th, 2016
Spunk, Katherine Young

Spunk

Katherine Young

Wed, March 16, 2016

8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Spunk
Spunk
Constellation is very pleased to present the U.S. premiere of Spunk.

Free collective improvising is one of the most demanding ways of making music: the pitfalls are many – self-absorption, incoherence, certain standardized “gestures” of free jazz, lack of dynamics, humourlessness – but Spunk are alert to the dangers. Bold, sometimes witty, always alert, they make engaging music, and keep the sound of surprise alive. They have no fear of bringing the music to the brink of anarchy - they are interested in extremes as well as subtleties - but their instincts as composers-in-action also serve them well. Most of all, perhaps, Spunk convince by the force of their own convictions. As Maja Ratkje says: “Music has to be strong. It deals with communication in an extremely direct fashion, within its own language. This is something that makes it vulnerable, but also, potentially, a bearer of great poetic power.”

SPUNK
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje –voice, various, electronics
Hild Sofie Tafjord – French horn, electronics
Lene Grenager – cello
Kristin Andersen – trumpet, recorder

Photo credit: Kim Hiorthøy
Katherine Young
Katherine Young
Composer, bassoonist and improviser Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that has been described by the New York Times as “raw, wailing, coloristic,” and New Music Box has noted “her visceral approach to sound…her attentiveness to the smallest details of timbre; her adventurousness in using instruments in unexpected ways.” Ensemble Dal Niente, Talea Ensemble, Flux Quartet, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Spektral Quartet, Fonema Consort, and others have performed her compositions. As an improviser, Katherine amplifies her bassoon and employs a flexible electronics set-up. She has documented her work on numerous recordings, and she performs regularly as a soloist, with her duo Architeuthis Walks on Land with violist Amy Cimini, and with projects such as Pretty Monsters and Till by Turning.
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618