season 2014-2015

“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 2014-15 season. Please check back very soon for details.

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Tuesday & Wednesday, January 13-14, 2015

Deerhoof, Dal Niente, and Marcos Balter Recording Sessions

Chicago, IL

Dal Niente heads into the studio to record with rock band Deerhoof, once lauded by Pitchfork as “the best band in the world.” This project represents Dal Niente’s first crossover foray, aided by significant musical contributions from composer and friend of the ensemble Marcos Balter. Deerhoof and Dal Niente have plenty in common: both are musical acts that push the limits of technical and expressive possibility. Their coexistence is facilitated by Marcos Balter’s Meltdown Upshot, composed for Dal Niente and Deerhoof, and Greg Saunier’s Deerhoof Chamber Variations, both splendid compositions that recontextualize notions of influence and musical style. Rounding out the project is Marcos Balter’s Pois que nada que dure, ou que durando..., which completes the stylistic circle by infusing a contemporary perspective into poetry, philosophy, and music of European descent.

Greg Saunier: Deerhoof Chamber Variations (2013) for 2 sopranos, saxophone, horn, violin, cello, bass, harp, piano, and conductor
Marcos Balter (b. 1974): Meltdown Upshot (2013) for Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente (2 sopranos, saxophone, horn, violin, cello, bass, harp, piano, and conductor)
Marcos Balter (b. 1974): Pois que nada que dure, ou que durando… (2013) for soprano and guitar

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:30pm

2014 Season Opener: Coming Together

Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
$25/$15 (General Admission/Students)

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At the close of Chicago’s recent Polar Vortex, Ensemble Dal Niente welcomed hundreds of Chicagoans to the city’s Cultural Center to meditate on winter with a performance of Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee. We now offer a bookend to that introspective experience -- with extroverted works celebrating Chicago’s summer activity -- music related to Assemblage and Coming Together. All performances will be enhanced with video art created by Alejandro Acierto (b.1985).

George Lewis (b. 1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
Philip Glass (b. 1937): Music in Contrary Motion (1969) for unspecified instruments
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): The Dream of Innocent III (1987) for cello, piano and percussion
Patricia Alessandrini (b.1970) Nachtgewachse (2014, USA premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard, piano, percussion, melodica, and electronics
Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938): Coming Together (1973) for unspecified instruments and narrator

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

People's Music School

931 W. Eastwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Education Outreach: New Music Ensemble
Featured Teaching Artist: Chris Wild

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:30pm

Ensemble Dal Niente & Anywhen Ensemble

Constellation
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (students/seniors)
More information & tickets: constellation-chicago.com

Three members of Chicago's internationally acclaimed Ensemble Dal Niente step into the spotlight to present a program of works demonstrating the group's far-reaching and eclectic artistic aims: the local premiere of a horn solo, PoyoPoyo, by Dai Fujikura; modernist maverick Donald Martino's seldom-heard duo for oboe and string bass, Cinque Frammenti; and world premieres by Argentina-based American composer Matthew Golombisky and the AnyWhen Ensemble's own Douglas Detrick.

Dai Fujikura (b. 1977) PoyoPoyo (2012) for solo horn
Donald Martino (1931-2005) Cinque Frammenti (5) (1964) for oboe and bass
Matthew Golombisky: new work (2014, world premiere) for oboe, horn, and bass

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00pm

Chou Wen-Chung at University of Chicago

Performance Penthouse
Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL
All Ages venue
Free Admission

This concert celebrates the music of Chou Wen-chung (b. 1923), the distinguished composer, scholar, former Columbia University professor, and cultural ambassador. Chou was one of the earliest composers to apply and merge ideas from ancient Chinese traditions directly into Western contemporary music practices, through deep scholarly study and scrutiny, and in a very personal way. Ideas from Chinese painting and calligraphy, as well as the aesthetics and ethics of the literati tradition, have guided his output for the past six decades. The concert is the culmination of his visit to the University of Chicago, and Prof. Chou will be present to reflect on his music and life.

Chou Wen-Chung (b. 1923): Twilight Colors (2007) for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello
Chou Wen-Chung (b. 1923): The Willows Are New (1957) for solo piano
Chou Wen-Chung (b. 1923): Ode to Eternal Pine (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965): Density 21.5 (1946) for solo flute

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00pm

Willams College Residency

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
Williamstown, MA
Free Admission

In June 2013, Ensemble Dal Niente traveled to Panama City to perform as the featured guest ensemble of the first MusicArte festival of contemporary music. Given Panama’s strategic location at the very center of the western hemisphere, this festival embraced the theme of a celebration of new music from throughout the Americas. This fall, we’ll continue this theme by bringing the music of Perez Velazquez, Carrizo, and more to Massachusetts with the US premiere of Perez Velazquez’s work “Del Falso Amor” and a handful of solos and duos inspired by last summer’s collaboration.

Alex Lunsqui (b. 1969): Diogenes’ Lantern (2010) for solo marimba
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): Passegiata (2007) for solo violin
Hans Thomalla (b. 1975): Desert Songs (2011) for soprano and piano
Andres Carrizo (1982): Incantation (2012) for voice, piano, percussion
Alejandro Viñao (b. 1951): Hildegard’s Dream (1994) for soprano and electronics
Santiago Diez-Fischer (b. 1977): new work (2015, world premiere) for solo piano
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Tre Pezzi (1956) for soprano and tenor saxophone
Ileana Velazquez (b. 1964): Del Falso Amor Impuro (2013) for soprano, saxophone, violin, percussion, and piano

 

Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00pm

Library of Congress: In Vain & George Lewis

Coolidge Auditorium
Jefferson Building of Library of Congress
Washington D.C.
Free but tickets required through Ticketmaster starting September 3!

Dal Niente presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of G. F. Haas’s In Vain, arguably the first musical masterpiece of the 21st century. Inspired in part by the composer’s disillusionment resulting from far-right political victories in Austria in 2000, Haas starkly juxtaposes opposing forces of light and darkness, activity and stasis. This culminating with dramatic waves of sound performed by the entire ensemble in complete darkness, a process which upends the expectations of musicians and listeners alike to create a truly unforgettable experience that the music is uniquely able to cause. Dal Niente is also pleased to continue its collaboration with iconic composer and trombonist George Lewis, who composed Assemblage for Ensemble Dal Niente in 2013.

George Lewis (b. 1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
George Lewis (b. 1952): new work for violin and piano (2014, World Premiere)
Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953): In Vain (2000) for 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trombones, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 1 accordion, 1 piano, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 bass

 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

People's Music School

931 W. Eastwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Education Outreach: New Music Ensemble
Featured Teaching Artist: Chris Wild

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:30pm

Dal Niente: Party 2014

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
All Ages welcome, Beverages & food available

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Dal Niente first unveiled The Party in 2012 as a communal experience that casts away some of the concert hall’s conventions in order to bring listeners together in a new way. During Dal Niente: Party 2014, people can sit where and how they want; they can stand, lie down, choose what to listen to at any particular moment, relax, move, talk, drink, eat. Most importantly, they can listen to music together -- the experience is the antithesis of listening to music through earbuds plugged into your head as you sit alone staring at a computer screen. Dal Niente: Party 2014 brings together stylistically diverse and uniquely brilliant composers’ music for you to encounter, examine and share in one unforgettable evening.

Ted Hearne (b. 1982): Crispy Gentlemen (2012) for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion
Johannes Kriedler (b. 1980): Stil 1f (2010) for piccolo flute, cello, piano, and tape
Beat Furrer (b. 1954): Aria (1998/1999) for soprano, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, and cello
David Lang (b. 1957): Pay Me Now (2000) for soprano, saxophone, oboe, and double bass
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): Triplum (1995) for flute, oboe, and clarinet
Chris Fisher-Lochhead (b. 1984): Bludgeon Me for soprano, oboe, saxophone, double bass, cello, melodica, and percussion
Ashley Fure (b. 1982): something to hunt (2014) for alto saxophone, oboe, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and double bass
George Lewis (b. 1952): The Mangle of Practice (2014) for violin and piano
Natacha Diels (b. 1981): Ether (2005) for amplified piccolo and tape
Alex Mincek (b. 1975): Nucleus (2007) for tenor saxophone and percussion
Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964): Capricci (2011) for flute and clarinet
Alex Lunsqui (b. 1969): Diogenes' Lantern (2009) for solo marimba
Thomas Ades (b. 1971): Traced Overhead (1995/96) for solo piano
John Adams (b. 1947 ): China Gates (1977) for solo piano

 

Sunday, November 30, 2014 8:30pm

Dal Niente Presents: Ben Melsky

Constellation
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (students/seniors)

“…And music, ever new, builds out of the most tremulous stones her divinely consecrated house in unexploitable space…”
Meaning “always new,” Immer Neu is the duet movement from Elliott Carter’s Trilogy for oboe and harp, a rite of exploration in which the instruments push each other towards new material. In keeping with this theme, the concert features the premieres of two new works to the harp repertoire: from Eliza Brown a new work for harp and voice and from Tomás Gueglio a new work for harp solo. Also on the program are the mesmerizing, intensely-colored worlds of Kaija Saariaho’s Fall and Salvatore Sciarinno’s L’Addio a Trachis.

Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) L'Addio a Trachis (1980) for solo harp
Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Immer Neu from Trilogy (1992) for oboe and harp
Kaija Saariaho (b.1952) Fall (1991)
for harp and amplified electronics
Eliza Brown (b. 1985) new work (2014, world premiere) for soprano and harp
Tomas Gueglio (b. 1980) new work (2014, world premiere) for harp solo

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:30pm

Dal Niente Presents:
Austin Wulliman & Katherine Young Album Release

Constellation
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15 (includes tape)

The result of years of close collaboration between violinist J. Austin Wulliman and composer Katherine Young, Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight comprises four pieces for solo violin, one piece for solo viola, and one piece for violin and chamber orchestra. These works are presented as part of a continuously organic eight-channel installation built of recorded sound derived from these six pieces. Wulliman utilizes five different instruments—two of which have been heavily altered with clips and buzz-inducing preparations. Employing amplification to bring out small sounds, Young controls the sound world’s mix, manipulates samples, and works with a detuned electric guitar. Each piece offers Wulliman a different performance context, as well: some ask him to read precisely notated scores; other times he works freely with carefully selected materials; and one piece involves a video projection that seems static, but slowly begins to move, becoming a score structuring his improvisation. The recording with Parlour Tapes+ (Chicago's cutting edge new music tape label) will result in multiple forms of documentation, including a do-it-yourself 8-channel installation.

Katherine Young (b. 1980): Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight (2013) for solo violin and ensemble

 

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 13-14, 2015

Deerhoof, Dal Niente, and Marcos Balter
Recording Sessions

Chicago, IL

Dal Niente heads into the studio to record with rock band Deerhoof, once lauded by Pitchfork as “the best band in the world.” This project represents Dal Niente’s first crossover foray, aided by significant musical contributions from composer and friend of the ensemble Marcos Balter. Deerhoof and Dal Niente have plenty in common: both are musical acts that push the limits of technical and expressive possibility. Their coexistence is facilitated by Marcos Balter’s Meltdown Upshot, composed for Dal Niente and Deerhoof, and Greg Saunier’s Deerhoof Chamber Variations, both splendid compositions that recontextualize notions of influence and musical style. Rounding out the project is Marcos Balter’s Pois que nada que dure, ou que durando..., which completes the stylistic circle by infusing a contemporary perspective into poetry, philosophy, and music of European descent.

Greg Saunier: Deerhoof Chamber Variations (2013) for 2 sopranos, saxophone, horn, violin, cello, bass, harp, piano, and conductor
Marcos Balter (b. 1974): Meltdown Upshot (2013) for Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente (2 sopranos, saxophone, horn, violin, cello, bass, harp, piano, and conductor)
Marcos Balter (b. 1974): Pois que nada que dure, ou que durando… (2013) for soprano and guitar

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:00pm

Mikel Kuehn at Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University Recital Hall
DeKalb, IL
Free

Dal Niente recently had the pleasure of collaborating with composer Mikel Kuehn on a new work (Undercurrents) written for our residency at the 2013 Bowling Green State University New Music Festival. That experience motivated the ensemble to learn and perform more of his works and will be doing so with a recital at Northern Illinois University on January 29. Following the recital, we’ll head into the studio to record Undercurrents, Between the Lynes, and Devouring Time for an upcoming Mikel Kuehn portrait album.

Mikel Kuehn (b. 1967): Between the Lynes (1995) for flute, cello, and piano
Mikel Kuehn (b. 1967): Returning the Complement (2013) for solo piano
Mikel Kuehn (b. 1967): Devouring Time (2010) for solo percussion
Mikel Kuehn (b. 1967): Unfoldings (2004) for solo guitar

 

Sunday, February 15, 2015 8:30pm

DN Presents:
Mark Buchner with Special Guest Chris Wild

Constellation Chicago
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL
Venue Age Restrictions: 18+
$15/10 (General Admission/Students)

DN artist Mark Buchner moves to the front of the stage to present a program of rarely-heard groundbreaking pieces for solo double bass. He will be joined by DN artist Chris Wild in the second half for a series of three contrasting duos for cello and double bass.

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Theraps (1976) for solo double bass
Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947): Esplorazione del Bianco part 1 (1986) for solo double bass
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Sequenza XIVb (2004) for solo double bass
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Et maintenant c'est à vous de jouer (1974) for cello and double bass
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): Ala, part 1 (1983) for cello and double bass
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998): Hymn II (1974) for cello and double bass

 

Sunday, March 1, 2015 7-10pm

locura de marzo

Revolution Brewing
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
Venue Age Restrictions: 21+
$60 general admission/$40 students

Raise a glass with Ensemble Dal Niente at Revolution Brewing in support of our June Latin American Tour to Mexico, Colombia, and Panama. We look forward to bringing our experiences back to Chicago in the form of our 2015 Season Opener, including performances and discussions with our tour collaborators.

7-9pm Unlimited craft beer and delicious food, silent auctions, and performances by Dal Niente artists
9-10pm Afterparty with cash bar

 

 

Tuesday – Friday, March 3-6, 2015

Dal Niente | BlackHouse Collective Residency

Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project Studios
1111 Main St. 6th Floor
Kansas City, MO
Featured Teaching Artists: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Chris Wild

Visiting Artists Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Chris Wild will be leading the Black House Workshop Ensemble in the premier of seven world premiere chamber works. Composers, selected through a call for scores, will create new works for the Black House Ensemble with Chris Wild and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett.
More information at blackhouse.typepad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:00pm

The Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago Presents: DNProximity: Mathias Spahlinger

Performance Hall
Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL
Free

The Chicago new music community is proud to be joining forces to bring formidable composer Mathias Spahlinger from Germany to Chicago for a week of performances and discussions on the occasion of his 70th birthday year. Dal Niente’s performances of Spahlinger’s music will be complemented by a discussion with the composer moderated by University of Chicago professor Seth Brodsky and performances of influential chansons by Guillaume DuFay. Mathias Spahlinger is an artistic force of no equal: as an arts activist, he has publicly challenged those whose work is funded by or acquiescent to the excesses of an increasingly capitalist global economy. His convictions manifest themselves in his music as evidenced by his materials’ unflinching commitment to process and evolution: in Spahlinger’s music, singular musical cells evolve without concern for traditional conventions of composition. To illustrate this, Dal Niente will perform his verlorener weg, versions 1 and 2: two pieces with identical musical material but separate points of entry and exit.

Mathias Spahlinger (b. 1944): verlorener weg, version 1 (2000) for flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, conductor
Mathias Spahlinger (b. 1944): adieu m'amour, Hommage à Guillaume Dufay (1983) for violin and cello
Mathias Spahlinger (b. 1944): musica impura (1983) for soprano, guitar, and percussion
Guillaume DuFay (1397-1474): Selected chansons (arr. Michael Lewanski, 2015) for soprano, guitar, violin, viola, cello
Mathias Spahlinger (b. 1944): verlorener weg, version 2 (2000) for flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, conductor

the Goethe-Institut Chicago the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Residency at Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University
Free

Dal Niente returns to Western Michigan University to collaborate with their stellar School of Music. Dal Niente’s program is tailored for WMU’s state of the art facilities and generous composition department, both of which will be featured in the production of electroacoustic pieces by Tristan Murail and Eric Fernandez. The foundation of the program is two masterpieces of French spectral composition, Talea and Treize coleurs du soleil couchant. The remainder of the program features Chicago resident August Read Thomas’ sublime Capricci, a world premiere by former Chicago resident Eric Fernandez, and a piece by Kalamazoo native Mischa Zupko, performed by its dedicatees.

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998): Talea (1986) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Tristan Murail (b. 1947): Treize coleurs du soleil couchant (1978) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, amplification
Mischa Zupko: Shades of Gray, IV. Trigger (2005) for violin, piano, and body percussion
Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964): Capricci (2011) for flute and clarinet
Eric Fernandez (b. 1984): New Work (2015) for cello and electronics

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:30pm

Dal Niente Presents: Alejandro Acierto

Constellation
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (General Admission/Students)

“But if you take away my voice,” said the little mermaid, “what is left for me?” - Hans Christian Andersen

DN artist Alejandro T. Acierto presents a program of new and newly commissioned works for contrabass clarinet that reimagine the instrument as a catalyst for the voice, breath, and body. Working with composers who are committed to navigating new sonic terrains, these pieces engage in broader conversations beyond purely musical or technical conversations.

Malin Bång (1974): Split Rudder (2011/15) for contrabass clarinet and electronics
Richard Barrett (1959): Interference (1996-2000) for contrabass clarinet, voice & pedal bass drum
Aaron Einbond (1978): Resistance (2012/15) for contrabass clarinet and electronics
Evan Johnson (1980): ground (2010) for contrabass clarinet
Morgan Krauss (1985): new work (2015) for contrabass clarinet

 

Monday-Saturday, May 11-16, 2015

Residency with the Harvard Group for New Music

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
FREE

Dal Niente has worked extensively in the past with Harvard University composition professor Chaya Czernowin and current students Stefan Prins, Sabrina Schroeder, Timothy McCormack, and Chris Swithinbank. After performing two Fromm Foundation concerts at Harvard in early 2014, we are delighted to return to the university in 2015 to work with graduate student composers in the creation and performance of new works.

 

 

 

 

Latin American Tour

Dal Niente’s 2015 tour to Mexico, Colombia, and Panama is supported-in-part by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund. Throughout the tour, Dal Niente will perform music by American and Latin American composers and will also work in workshops and master classes with student instrumentalists and composers at multiple institutions. Dal Niente will share music and experiences from throughout the tour with our Chicago audience through our 2015 Season Opener.

Friday, June 5, 2015: The International Forum of New Music
Palace of Fine Arts - Manuel M. Ponce Hall
México City, México

Tuesday, June 9, 2015: Martes Musical Concert
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá, Colombia

Wednesday, June 10, 2015: Sala de Conciertos
Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango
Bogotá, Colombia

Thursday, June 18, 2015: MusicArte Festival de Música Contemporánea
Concert, Student Outreach
Teatro Amador
Panama City, Panama

 

Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez (b. 1964): Winik Te' (2006) for solo marimba
Andrés Carrizo (b. 1982): Premiere (2015) for soprano, guitar, percussion, violin, cello
Curtis Rumrill (b. 1980): New Work (World Premiere 2015) for soprano, guitar, percussion, violin, cello
Francisco Castillo Trigueros (b. 1983): New Work (World Premiere 2015) for soprano, guitar, percussion, violin, cello
Federico Garcia-De Castro (b. 1978): New Work (World Premiere 2015) for soprano, guitar, percussion, violin, cello
Giulio Caccini (1551-1618): Alme luci beate (arranged by Jesse Langen and Carrie Henneman Shaw) for soprano and guitar
Marcos Balter (b. 1974): Ear, Skin, and Bone Riddles (2010) for soprano, violin, cello
Dave Reminick (b. 1979): Juegos de Perros (2009) for violin and cello
Eliza Brown (b. 1985): Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (2012, rev. 2013) for soprano, cello, tape
Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960): Mariel (1999) for cello and marimba