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Other Minds Festival:
OM 14: Panel Discussion & Concert 2

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 149 min
Event Type: Lecture and Panel Discussion Program Origin: Other Minds

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The second concert of OM 14 was held on March 6, 2009. The program began with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the evening’s featured composers Dobromiła Jaskot, Catherine Lamb, Linda Catlin Smith, and Chico Mello. Jaskot discusses the spatial qualities of her music and address the question if it is distinctly Polish in nature. Lamb then talks about her particular interest in different timbres and the pleasure of composing long works in which individual sounds can be fully explored. Smith then describes her aesthetic as something that is not arrived at so much as it is uncovered over time. And Chico Mello displays an engaging sense of humor when describing his piece “Das Árvores” in which many popular Brazilian songs are quoted.

Hannah

Hannah, or to be precise Ophiphagus Hannah, is a royal variety of the cobra. This composition presents several images of her: from sounds that replicate hissing and biting, and further analogies, to slithery rippling and connotations of submissiveness, to sounds of singing instruments. The cobra is the main character, creating her own images, as if surrounded by fun house mirrors, which deform and at times obscure the limits of reality. -Dobromiła Jaskot, trans. Anna Perzanowska

Dilations

For three tenors, three bass clarinetists, and three ‘cellists, the piece is a trio split in three. At moments, the three like instruments enmesh into one sounding body, and in other moments an instrument shares qualities of another. The clarinet timbre, for instance, changes by the syllabic vocalization, much like the voice: “na” is an open, round sound, whereas “ni” is more focused, and “nn” a contained sound. The cellos each have their own (ratios forming a crystal) scordatura which together form resonating timbres within which the other instruments/voices sit. “Dilations” is a series of openings in the sky, the clouds, etc. Sometimes in the process of timbral and harmonic openings/shifts the weight becomes released into a lightness, and similarly in this process a lightness might become heavy. The commissioning and production of this world premiere was made possible by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Emerging Composers 2007 initiative. -Catherine Lamb

Das Árvores

Is written for 6 instrumentalists and their gestures and explores my interest in rule temperance and its relationship to duality. In 20"25 second time intervals, the full group plays quiet chords that gradually grow or shrink in duration over the course of the entire piece. In between, a variety of material is played in different groupings of the 6 instruments, dependent or independently from one another: 1 to 6 soloing at a time (with fragments out of some of my earlier solo pieces), 3 duos, 2 trios or the full sextet. -Chico Mello, trans. Other Minds

Through the Low Hills

“Through the Low Hills” for cello and piano was written for my brother, cellist Andrew Smith. the title is from Cormac McCarthy’s novel, "The Crossing." -Linda Catlin Smith

String Quartet No. 4, "Gondola"

In “Gondola” I was drawn to the not-quite-unison melody, the slightly unraveled line, and to quietly rocking chords. The title loosely refers to its slight undulation or floating qualities, a subtle motion or disturbance of the surface, like trailing the hand in water. This piece was commissioned by the Del Sol String Quartet, through the Canada Council for the Arts. -Linda Catlin Smith

Linearia

“Linearia” is a series of entanglements, ethereal, fleeting, at times contracting into knots. Among these figured structures the cantilena, which is an intersection of linear sound formulas of each instrument with a vertical surface, is occasionally liberated. Being the result of these two planes, the cantilena reveals itself in the third dimension, space. These moments of time’s relative suspension nevertheless draw the listener to an additional dimension of sound, to depth, sound’s clear essence. -Dobromiła Jaskot, trans. Anna Perzanowska

Part 1 of 7:  
Genre:  New Music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; Jaskot, Dobromiła, 1981-; Jaskot, Dobramiła, 1981- ; Mello, Chico ; Smith, Linda Catlin, 1957- ; Lamb, Catherine, 1982-
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
Part 2 of 7:  
Musical Selections:  Hannah, for cello and electronics (2007) (16:51) / Dobromiła Jaskot [U. S. premiere]
Performers:  Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
Dobromiła Jaskot, electronics
Genres:  Avant-Garde; 21st Century Classical
Subject:  Avant-garde (Music) ; 21st century classical; cello with electronics
People:  Jaskot, Dobromiła, 1981-; Jaskot, Dobramiła, 1981- ; Addario-Berry, Hannah
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
Part 3 of 7:  
Musical Selections:  Dilations, for voices, clarinets, and cellos (2008) (37:16) / Catherine Lamb [world premiere]
Performers:  Carl Boe, tenor
Trey Costerisan, tenor
Noah Miller, tenor
Jeff Anderle, bass clarinet
Phil O’Connor, bass clarinet
Jonathan Russell, bass clarinet
Gianna Abondolo, cello
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cello
Thalia Moore, cello
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Drone music; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Lamb, Catherine, 1982-; Boe, Carl ; Costerisan, Trey; Miller, Noah (Singer); Anderle, Jeff; O’Connor, Phil; Russell, Jonathan, 1979-; Abondolo, Gianna ; Kirkpatrick, Erika Duke; Moore, Thalia
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
Part 4 of 7:  
Musical Selections:  Das Árvores, for piano, clarinets, tuba, percussion, and contrabass (1999) (15:18) / Chico Mello
Performers:  Jeff Anderle, clarinet
Jonathan Russell, clarinet
Peter Wahrhaftig, tuba
Richard Worn, contrabass
Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano
Rick Sacks, percussion
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Sextets (Piano, clarinets (2), tuba, percussion, bass)
People:  Mello, Chico ; Anderle, Jeff; Russell, Jonathan, 1979-; Wahrhaftig, Peter ; Worn, Richard; Zimmermann, Eva-Maria, ; Sacks, Richard
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
Part 5 of 7:  
Musical Selections:  Through the Low Hills, for piano and cello (1994) (10:50) / Linda Catlin Smith
Performers:  Gianna Abondolo, cello
Linda Catlin Smith, piano
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Cello and piano music
People:  Smith, Linda Catlin, 1957- ; Abondolo, Gianna
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
Part 6 of 7:  
Musical Selections:  String Quartet No. 4 “Gondola” (2008) (14:50) / Linda Catlin Smith [world premiere]
Performers:  Del Sol String Quartet:
Kate Stenberg, violin
Rick Shinozaki, violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
Genres:  New Music; 21st Century Classical
Subject:  New music; 21st century classical; String quartets
People:  Smith, Linda Catlin, 1957- ; Stenberg, Kate (Violinist); Shinozaki, Rick ; Lee, Charlton; Addario-Berry, Hannah
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
Part 7 of 7:  
Musical Selections:  Linearia, for string quartet (2007) (12:39) / Dobromiła Jaskot
Performers:  Del Sol String Quartet:
Kate Stenberg, violin
Rick Shinozaki, violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
Genres:  Avant-Garde; 21st Century Classical
Subject:  Avant-garde (Music) ; 21st century classical; String quartets
People:  Jaskot, Dobromiła, 1981- ; Jaskot, Dobramiła, 1981-; Stenberg, Kate (Violinist); Shinozaki, Rick ; Lee, Charlton; Addario-Berry, Hannah
Recording Date:  3/6/2009
 
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