season 2013-2014

“The performances sounded fresh, vital and committed, the many moving parts synchronized with amazing precision.”
—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Several additional concerts will be added to the 2013-14 season. Please check back very soon for details.

NEXT EVENT

April 26-27, 2014

Northwestern University’s Conference for New Music

Evanston, IL

In 2014, Northwestern University launches its inaugural Conference for New Music, with guest composer Brian Ferneyhough and Ensemble Dal Niente as an ensemble-in-residence. Dal Niente will perform a concert of works by Ferneyhough and NU composition faculty, as well as works selected from a national call for scores.

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 7:30pm

Beethoven Festival 2013

Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music
38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL
More information & tickets: internationalbeethovenproject.com

The desert is a place of raw extremes – the brightness of the sun on one hand, and the open silence on the other – but it also represents a place of solitude, untouched nature, and a time that both precedes and follows civilization. In September 2010, Hans Thomalla recorded sounds and images of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, mining the desert locations sonically and visually to create a modular work based on those recordings: a 30-minute cycle of “songs” for large instrumental ensemble of 13 musicians, solo voice, and live electronics. Dal Niente presents this multimedia work alongside Karlheinz Stockahausen's Kontakte, a work that broke down the barriers of spatialized sound and continues to be an influence on the cutting edge music of today. Kontakte surrounds the audience with transformations of myriad sonic categories, providing audiences new forms of contact with previously unknown sound spaces.

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007): Kontakte (1958-1960) for piano, percussion, and electronics
Hans Thomalla (b.1975): The Brightest Form of Absence (2011) for soprano, large ensemble, and live electronics, with video projections created by William Lamson

This performance is made possible by Goethe-Institut Chicago and with the friendly support of

the Goethe-Institut Chicago the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Sunday, September 22, 2013 8:30pm

HOT - Ryan Muncy Album Release and Concert

Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
With Ben Melsky, harp
More information: www.constellation-chicago.com
FREE event

In October 2013, New Focus Recordings will release Ryan Muncy’s first album, HOT, which highlights the shifting, prominent, chameleon-like role of the instrument in contemporary music. The release concert at Constellation features works from the album by Chaya Czernowin, Anthony Cheung, and Aaron Cassidy, as well as harpist Ben Melsky.

Chaya Czernowin (b.1957): The Last Leaf (2012) for sopranino saxophone
Anthony Cheung (b.1982): Refrain from Riffing (2008) for alto saxophone and detuned harp
Andrea Agostini (b.1975): gli atomi che s'accendevano e radiavano (2009) for baritone saxophone and live electronics
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Tre Pezzi (1956) for soprano and tenor saxophone
Aaron Cassidy (b.1976): Asphyxia (2000) for soprano saxophone

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 7:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Chicago and Dal Niente present Johannes Kreidler

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL
FREE event

The music of Johannes Kreidler has stirred much debate and interest with its radical computer-assisted processes, electroacoustic elements, and provocative posture. In 2008 Kreidler received broad attention for an art performance action in which he delivered 70,200 forms by truck to the GEMA head office - the German performance rights authority - in order to officially register his recent 33-second electronic piece comprised of 70,200 samples. One year after Kreidler and Dal Niente won the Kranichstein Music Prizes for composition and interpretation, respectively, the Goethe-Institut Chicago brings Kreidler to Chicago for a presentation and examination of his challenging work. University of Chicago professor Seth Brodsky will moderate a discussion with Kreidler and Dal Niente will perform his work of "outsourced" chamber music (Fremdarbeit) alongside "Charts Music", in which melodies are derived from data of the 2008 stock market crash.

Johannes Kreidler: Fremdarbeit (2009) for flute, cello, keyboard, percussion, electronics, and moderator
Johannes Kreidler (b. 1980): Charts Music (2009), video piece
Johannes Kreidler: Split Screen Studies (2012), video piece
Video documentary exploring Product Placements (2008), which uses 70,200 samples in 33 seconds

the Goethe-Institut Chicago This event is a co-production of the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:30pm

Bowling Green State University
New Music Festival

Clazel Theather
127 N. Main St.
Bowling Green, OH
More information: www.bgsu.edu

Dal Niente’s first appearance at the BGSU New Music Festival is highlighted by two concerts - the first of which features radical music by Stefan Prins and Johannes Kreidler, who deconstruct the acts of performing and composing concert music, as well as Marcos Balter’s dark sonic imagining of malignant growth.

Johannes Kreidler (b.1980): Fremdarbeit (2009) for ensemble, sampler, and moderator
Johannes Kreidler: Charts Music (2009) for video
Stefan Prins (b.1979): Piano Hero #1 (2010) for midi-keyboard, webcam, live-video and live-electronics
Marcos Balter (b.1974): Growth (2010) for flute, clarinet, sax, piano, electric guitar, violin, viola, and cello

Friday, October 18, 2013 8pm

Bowling Green State University
New Music Festival

Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
More information: www.bgsu.edu

Dal Niente’s second performance at the BGSU New Music Festival features new works by Mikel Kueh and George Lewis, who is the featured composer of the 2103 New Music Festival.

George Lewis (b.1952): New Work (2013) for large ensemble (WORLD PREMIERE)
Mikel Kuehn (b.1967): New Work (2013) for large ensemble (WORLD PREMIERE)
Rebecca Saunders (b.1967): Stirrings Still 2 for flute, clarinet, oboe, piano, crotales, and double bass
Evan Johnson (b.1980): die bewegung der augen (2012) for oboe/EH, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello
Enno Poppe (b.1969): Salz (2005) for flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, keyboard, percussion, violin, viola, cello

Dal Niente’s appearance at the BGSU New Music Festival is made possible by generous support from the Goethe-Institut Chicago and Alice M. Diston Fund of Columbia University. Die bewegung der augen was commissioned through New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program, which was made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.

the Goethe-Institut Chicago the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 7:30pm

Liquid Music at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Music Room at SPCO Center
408 St Peter St, Third Floor
Saint Paul, MN
More information and tickets: www.thespco.org

Liquid Music aims to expand the world of classical music through innovative new projects, boundary-defying artists, and unique presentation formats. Ensemble Dal Niente will present a seamless program of works from a diverse set of composers that challenges the nature of music for the concert hall and engages with diverse media. The program features a world premiere by Minnesota composer Noah Keesecker scored for chamber ensemble with synced video and electronic sounds.

Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967): Molly's Song 3 - Shades of Crimson (1996) for alto flute, guitar, viola, radios & music box
Rebecca Saunders: Stirrings Still (2007) for flute, oboe, clarinet, crotales, and piano
Stefan Prins (b.1979): Piano Hero #1 (2010) for midi-keyboard, webcam, live-video and live-electronics
John Cage (1912-1992): Radio Music (1956) for one to eight performers playing radios
Noah Keesecker: New Work (2013) for flute, clarinet, viola, cello, keyboard, perc, electronics and video (WORLD PREMIERE)
Enno Poppe (1969): Salz (2005) for flute, oboe, clarinet, sax, keyboard, percussion, violin, viola, cello

This performance is made possible by Goethe-Institut Chicago and with the friendly support of

the Goethe-Institut Chicago the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:30pm

Latino Music Festival: Ancient and New

Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Public Library
400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL

Dal Niente’s first performance at Chicago’s Latino Music Festival features the ensemble’s acclaimed soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw in a diverse program of ancient and new music that celebrates composers of Latin American descent.

Con que la lavaré (Spanish Renaissance Song) arr. for chamber ensemble and voice by Chace Wall
Noche Haze Escura (Spanish villancico) arr. for voice and cello by Chace Wall
Mauricio Pauly (b.1976): Apartamento Polsen Apartamento Peterson (2013) for saxophone, cello, and piano (U.S. PREMIERE)
Marcos Balter (b. 1974): ignis fatuus (2008) for solo violin
Jocy de Oliviera (b.1936): Who Cares if She Cries I (2000/2003) for soprano and cello
Ileana Velazquez (b.1964): Del Falso Amor Impuro (2013) for soprano, saxophone, violin, percussion, and piano

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dal Niente Presents:
Chris Wild Album Release Concert

Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
With Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano; Austin Wulliman, violin; Grant Wallace Band

Bring in the new year with the release of cellist Chris Wild's first album, Abhanden, with a program that illustrates the high level of art and collaborations that arise from longstanding relationships between performers and composers. The cello's sonic and technical extremes are explored in solo pieces by Stefan Prins and Kaija Saariaho, as well as in chamber pieces also featured on the album by Eliza Brown and Andrew Greenwald. The evening will conclude with a miniature work of musical theater composed for folk band and members of Dal Niente by the Grant Wallace Band. An auction of oil paintings by Chris Wild depicting Dal Niente's history and members will accompany the event; all proceeds will benefit the ensemble.

Kaija Saariaho (b.1952): Sept Papillons (2000) for solo cello
Andrew Greenwald (b.1980): Jeku (ii) (2011) for violin and cello
Stefan Prins (b.1979): Ensuite (2008, rev. 2013) for solo cello
Eliza Brown (b.1985): Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (2012, rev. 2013) for soprano, cello, and electronic sound
Grant Wallace Band: Fo\'c\'s\'le (WORLD PREMIERE) featuring the Grant Wallace Band

Friday, January 17, 2014

Stanford University Residency

Stanford, CA

New Works by Stanford University graduate students Kurt Isaacson, Eoin Callery, Iván Naranjo, Laura Steenberge, Alex Hay, Holly Herndon, Andrew Greenwald, and Turgut Ercetin with voice, flute, oboe, saxophone, violin, cello, and double bass

Constantin Basica (b.1985): Transhumant (2013, World Premiere) for flute, oboe, saxophone, violin, cello, and double bass
Eoin Callery (b.1978): Morning in the Manor (2013, World Premiere) for voice, flute, oboe, saxophone, violin, cello, double bass, and electronics
Ivàn Naranjo (b.1977): la fijeza de la fiebre (2013, World Premiere) for voice,oboe, alto saxophone, violin, cello, and double bass
Kurt Isaacson (b.1986): as if to hold the hemispheres of their own heads together (black; dahlia 1) (2013, World Premiere) for voice, flute, oboe, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, and double bass
Laura Steenberge: Etude for Three - Lament (2013, World Premiere) for voice, oboe, and alto saxophone
Andrew Greenwald (b.1980): 33 Words (2013, World Premiere) for soprano saxophone
Holly Herndon: Crossing the Interface (2013, World Premiere) for voice and electronics
Jessie Marino (b.1984): Wilford Brimley and His Robot Dog Seize Burger King in a Bloodless Coup (2013, World Premiere) for voice and electronics

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Ryan Muncy at The Center for New Music

The Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA

In their San Francisco debut, soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and saxophonist Ryan Muncy perform a program of music for voice, saxophone, and electronics based on the sonic personifications of various geographic locations – the sounds of rainy Scotland in the vocal music of James Dillon, Chicago’s Wicker Park in Marcos Balter’s energetic saxophone composition, and Philippe Leroux’s vision of a sublime, fictional green place in his duo for voice and saxophone.

Marcos Balter (b.1974): Wicker Park (2009) for soprano saxophone
Marissa Deitz (b.1990): Close Inside Mine (2013, World Premiere) for soprano voice and tenor sax
Chris Cerrone (b.1984): Requiem (2007/09) for voice and electronics
Chaya Czernowin (b.1957): The Last Leaf (2012) for sopranino saxophone
James Dillon (b.1950): Evening Rain (1981) for soprano voice
Philippe Leroux (b.1959): Un Lieu Verdoyant - Hommage à Gérard Grisey (1999) for soprano voice and soprano saxophone

Friday, January 24, 2014

Civic Orchestra of Chicago Residency

Symphony Center
Chicago, IL

Ensemble Dal Niente produces a one-day residency for members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which will include open rehearsals and workshops on arts entrepreneurship and careers in new music.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:30pm

Indiana University Residency

Recital Hall at the Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998): Talea (1986) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
Morgan Krauss (b.1985): Overcast in the purest of hues (2013) for bass flute, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone
Alex Mincek (b.1975): Nucleus (2007) for saxophone and drumset
Alexandre Lunsqui (b.1969): Topografia Index 3 (2008) for flute, clarinet, and percussion
Raphaël Cendo (b.1975): Rokh I (2012) for flute, violin, cello, and piano

Friday, February 14, 2014 5pm

Indiana University Residency

Grunwald Gallery of Art
1201 E. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN

A new collaboration between composer Aaron Travers and artist Arthur Liou brings forth a new work for live musicians and video inspired by deep-sea bioluminescence. The performance will take place in Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery of Art in near-total darkness with an atmosphere of “ocean floor meets art installation.”

Aaron Travers (b.1975): Dark Zone (2014) for flute, clarinet, alto sax, piano, percussion, violin, and cello, with video by Arthur Liou (WORLD PREMIERE)

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:30pm

Recitations: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett

Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

The fearless soprano Amanda DeBoer Barlett presents a rare performance of the George Aperghis’ entire Recitations for solo voice: a dramatic, acrobatic collection of hyper-lingual movements from the late 1970s which would eventually lead to Aperghis’ groundbreaking works of experimental musical theater.

Georges Aperghis (b. 1945): Recitations (1977-78) for solo voice
Other chamber works TBD

 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fromm Concert Series:
The Natural | The Artificial Concert #1

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

For its first appearance at Harvard University’s Fromm Concert Series, Dal Niente presents two concerts of diverse works that explore the boundaries between the artificial and the natural.

Carola Bauckholt (b.1959): Vollmond, unter null (2004) for voice and piano
Evan Johnson (b.1980): die bewegung der augen (2012) for oboe/EH, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, guitar, percussion, piano, violin, viola, and cello
Erin Gee (b.1974): Mouthpiece: Segment of the 4th Letter (2007) for bass flute, bass clarinet, percussion, viola, and cello
Rick Burkhardt: Alban (2012) for voice, bass flute, tenor sax, violin, piano, and percussion
Wolf Edwards (b.1972): New Work for ensemble (2014, WORLD PREMIERE)

 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fromm Concert Series:
The Natural | The Artificial Concert #2

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri: Operator (2010) for nine instrumentalists with acoustic instruments and motor-driven sound devices
Aaron Einbond (b.1978): Without Words (2012) for soprano, 11 instruments, and live electronics
Hans Tutschku (b.1966): Still Air (2014, WORLD PREMIERE) for bass clarinet, oboe, and electronics
Ming Tsao (b.1966):The Book of Virtual Transcriptions (US PREMIERE) for oboe, trumpet, horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791): Adagio from the Oboe Quartet in F, K.370/368b
Enno Poppe (b.1969): Salz (2005) for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, keyboard, violin, viola, and cello

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014 3pm

Schnee

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL

Dal Niente presents the Chicago premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s stunning hour-long work, Schnee. The piece, a series of canons with intermezzi, is scored for nine players: two groups of four with the percussion seated between and acting as an occasional member of both groups. Although recently composed, Schnee is quickly gathering a cult following of listeners captivated by the work’s elegance and architecture, which varies widely from simple and transparent to highly complex.

Hans Abrahamsen (b. 1952): Schnee (2006) for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, two pianos, violin, viola, cello.

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Sounds Festival at Western Michigan University

Dalton Center Recital Hall
Kalamazoo, MI

In recent years, the New Sounds Festival at Western Michigan University has expanded to present some of the country’s most significant performers and composers of contemporary music. With an eclectic instrumentation in tow, Dal Niente presents a recital centered upon Gyögry Ligeti’s stunning Horn Trio of 1982.

György Ligeti (1923-2006): Horn Trio (1982) for horn, violin, and piano
Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997): Canons for Ursula (1989) for piano
Suzanne Farrin (b.1976): Polvere et Ombra (2008) for harp
Anthony Cheung (b.1982): Refrain from Riffing (2008) for saxophone and harp
Katherine Young: New Work (2014, WORLD PREMIERE) for amplified voice, amplified violin, saxophone, horn, harp, and piano

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Red Note New Music Festival: Concert #1

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

In spring 2014 the Red Note New Music Festival will feature legendary American composer Lee Hyla, whose background in new music, free improvisation, and rock has led to a unique compositional style teeming with ceaseless intensity and rhythmic energy. Musicians of Dal Niente present three works spanning Hyla’s compositional career alongside music of Grisey, Saariaho, and Cendo for a program of diverse musical styles bound by physical intensity.

Lee Hyla (b.1952): Amnesia Redux (2002) for violin, cello, and piano
Lee Hyla: We Speak Etruscan (1992) for bass clarinet and baritone saxophone
Lee Hyla: Pre-Amnesia (1979) for alto saxophone
Raphaël Cendo (b.1975): Rokh I (2012) for flute, violin, cello, and piano
Kaija Saariaho (b.1952): Cendres (1992) for alto flute, cello, and piano
Gérard Grisey (1946-1998): Talea (1986) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Red Note New Music Festival: Concert #2

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Ensemble Dal Niente performs an entire concert of new works by student composers of the Red Note Festival scored for flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, and piano.

 

April 26-27, 2014

Northwestern University’s Conference for New Music

Evanston, IL

In 2014, Northwestern University launches its inaugural Conference for New Music, with guest composer Brian Ferneyhough and Ensemble Dal Niente as an ensemble-in-residence. Dal Niente will perform a concert of works by Ferneyhough and NU composition faculty, as well as works selected from a national call for scores.

 

Sunday, May 11

MAIFEST

Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL

Raise a glass with Ensemble Dal Niente at Revolution Brewing in support of our return to the legendary International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany

7-9 pm unlimited craft beer and delicious food, silent auction, and performance by Dal Niente artists
9-10 pm afterparty with cash bar

Purchase Tickets

$50 in advance
$60 at the door

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014 8:30pm

Proximity: Raphaël Cendo

Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

French composer Raphaël Cendo has emerged as a leading yet controversial composer of his generation in Europe. His style, dubbed as Saturation, deals with ideas of excess, acoustic and physical saturation, monstrosity, chaos, and mutilation. This music borders at times upon “noise” and pushes instruments and performers to new limits to uncover an extreme expressivity. While the aesthetic style of this music is unapologetic, the artistic movement inherently questions the nature of sound and perception. Cendo aurally explores the amount of sonic information he can give about any particular sound, and if giving too much information about a particular sound (“saturization” of sound) changes its perception. This extreme style of composition, which has already left a massive impact on the face of contemporary music world-wide, also calls into questions social issues regarding extreme behavior: the thresholds of pain, piercings, and scarrings. The composer attempts to connect these issues in a way that comments on modern thought and fringe behavior.

Raphaël Cendo (b. 1975):
New Work for flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, harp, piano, percussion, violin, cello, and bass (2014, WORLD PREMIERE)
Rokh I (2012) for flute, violin, cello, and piano
Scratch Data (2002) for percussion and electronics
Other work TBA

 

July 20, 2014 8:30pm

Dal Niente Presents:
Doyle Armbrust in Beschäftigung

Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

Occupation or preoccupation? Both, in the case of violist Doyle Armbrust who has rallied some of Chicago's most dynamic young composers to conjure evocative works for this solo instrument. World premieres and new works by Chris Fisher-Lochhead, Alex Temple, Morgan Krauss and Andrew McManus catapult the viola repertoire forward as modern masterpieces by Luciano Berio and Iannis Xenakis showcase the turning point of the viola from tame wing-man to virtuosic force.

 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

47th International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt

Darmstadt, Germany

For its third appearance in Darmstadt, Dal Niente revives its collaboration with conductor-pianist Marino Formenti for the grand finale concert of the International Summer Courses for New Music: an all-evening social listening experience including faculty and prizewinners from the Summer Courses. Dal Niente’s program will include:

Ashley Fure (b.1982): New Work (2014, WORLD PREMIERE) for ensemble
Patricia Alessandrini (b.1970): New Work (2014, WORLD PREMIERE) for ensemble
Raphaël Cendo (b.1975): New Work (2014, EUROPEAN PREMIERE) for flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, piano, percussion, harp, violin, cello, and bass
Enno Poppe (b.1969): Salz (2005) for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, percussion, violin, viola, cello
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): Hot (1989) for saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, and bass
Bernhard Lang (b.1957): Schrift-Bild-Schrift for amplified ensemble of flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello

 

August 17, 2014

German-American Institute of Saarbrücken

Festsaal of the Rathaus St. Johann
Saarbrücken, Germany

The German-American Institute of Saarbrücken will launch a major concert series of American music in spring 2014, featuring the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie amongst other German ensembles and choruses. Ensemble Dal Niente will present a program of contemporary American music with works by established and emerging American composers.