thingNY, Alex Temple, (17): Four (x4) Systems: Feldman within Brown, NbN, Alejandro T. Acierto – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – June 9th, 2013
thingNY, Alex Temple, (17): Four (x4) Systems: Feldman within Brown, NbN, Alejandro T. Acierto

Frequency Series Presents: Experimental Minifest NY:Chicago


Alex Temple (17): Four (x4) Systems: Feldman within Brown


Alejandro T. Acierto

Sun, June 9, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

thingNY is a 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media and genres.

Composer and performer Paul Pinto creates and produces experimental music and theatrical works, is a member of Varispeed, and is the artistic director of thingNY. His music has been performed in the International Istanbul Film Festival, Glasgow's Shakespeare in the City Festival, and by performers such as Pauline Oliveros, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, loadbang, and IKTUS Percussion. His recent work has focused on new experimental opera, and has been praised in the New York Times, NewMusicBox and on Time Out New York's “Best of 2011” List. Paul has chosen to work equally with traditional instruments, unconventional sound-makers and amateur musicians, he has recorded four albums, and his scores are published by Deep Listening Institute.

Jeffrey Young is a violinist and composer from Brooklyn, NY who specializes in experimental classical music and rock music. He performs alone on violin and laptop and with groups including thingNY, Food Will Win the War, Streams of Whiskey, and This Ambitious Orchestra. He has worked with Pierre Boulez during four summers at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, played at the Bang on a Can, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Festivals, and twice toured China as an orchestral violinist. Jeffrey has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Rachael Ray Show. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2007
Alex Temple
My music lies somewhere between Surrealism and Pop Art. As someone who loves both the classical tradition and the world of pop culture, I’ve always felt uncomfortable with stylistic hierarchies and the idea of a pure musical language. I prefer to find the points of connection between things that aren’t supposed to belong together — often to humorous or disquieting effect. In the past few years, I’ve come to see my work as a kind of cultural archaeology and myth-making. A lot of my recent music uses appropriated musical and textual materials to evoke clusters of associations — places, time periods, ideologies, worldviews — while distorting and recombining them in order to create new meanings. I’m particularly interested in stories of lost memories and secret histories. (17): Four (x4) Systems: Feldman within Brown (17): Four (x4) Systems: Feldman within Brown presents a program investigating a unique relationship between works by Morton Feldman and Earle Brown, both composers that continue to inspire the aesthetic and notational approaches we find so stimulating. Varying interpretations of Brown’s Four Systems will be heard in between works by Feldman, including The O’Hara Songs, Last Pieces for Piano, and Bass Clarinet and Percussion.

Preconcert lecture by Dr. Ryan Dohoney, Morton Feldman scholar

This concert is produced with support from the
Earle Brown Music Foundation. is a Chicago-based performance collective featuring post-Cagean notated, acoustic, experimental music. Founded in 2010,’s repertoire explores the indeterminacy of various musical elements including instrumentation, structure, pitch, and/or duration. Drawn to works of sparseness, contemplation, and quietude, this “daring group” (Chicago Reader) focuses on scores primarily notated with prose. Led by Nomi Epstein, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben, Jurg Frey, James Saunders, and Pauline Oliveros. released its debut album, more or less, featuring the music of Jurg Frey in 2014 under New Focus Recordings. players
Billie Howard
Jeff Kimmel
Robert Reinhart
Eliza Bangert
Nora Barton
Matthew Oliphant
Kenn Kumpf
Nomi Epstein
Isaac Stevenson, guest player
Chris Sies, guest player
NbN, an experimental improvisation trio of Nora Barton, Billie Howard, and Nomi Epstein, explores sonic textures through manipulation of acoustic instruments. While the three instruments of the ensemble - cello, violin, and inside of the piano - monopolize the sound space, there is extensive involvement of found sound, and/or percussive instruments by all three members of the trio. NbN was artist in residence at High Concept Laboratories in fall 2012, and has recently performed on the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival (CIMM), Experimental Sound Studio's Outer Ear Series, and Heaven Gallery's Protest Series.
Alejandro T. Acierto
Alejandro T. Acierto
For this concert, Alejandro T. Acierto will be presenting works for contrabass clarinet and voice from his upcoming album, amid these traces on Prom Night Records. A continuation of his 2013 EP those prone to dysphasiatic utterances, these works continue to explore the vestiges of language, contours of breath, and the intersections of physicality upon the body. As exhaustion and the breath emerge as central aspects throughout these pieces, amid these traces navigates the perilous moments of a body in constant states of negotiation, always attempting to instantiate a presence that is ultimately and inevitably flawed. Pushing the limits of language, the body, and presence, these pieces illuminate the physical body as an inherently flawed system prone to error in a sea of instant communication.

Acierto is an artist and musician working in music, performance, sound, and installation. Dubbed a “maverick” in Time Out New York, he has exhibited installations and performances in Chicago, LA, San Francisco, New York, and Detroit. A founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente, he also performs with the trio Customs and can be heard on various classical and creative music labels such as Carrier, Albany, & Parlour Tapes+.

Alejandro T. Acierto - contrabass clarinet

“new-music raconteur” – Time Out Chicago
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618