|S.E.M. Ensemble & Ostravská banda
Petr Kotik, Conductor
Kamala Sankaram, Soprano
Jeffrey Gavett, Baritone
String Noise (Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim Harris, Violin)
OB-Trio (Conrad Harris, Daniel Costello, Daan Vandewalle)
|Petr Kotik||There is Singularly Nothing|
|Christian Wolff||For six or seven players (Music for Merce Cunningham)|
|Martin Smolka||Autumn Thoughts*|
|Idin Samimi Mofakham||Mirage|
|Iannis Xenakis||Mikka and Mikka “S”|
|Christian Wolff||Violin Duo for Petr|
|Petr Cígler||Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne*|
|György Ligeti||Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano|
The S.E.M. Ensemble, under the direction of Petr Kotik, presents three concerts celebrating composer Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday and the Ostrava Days Institute and Festival. Mostly self-taught and working along such figures as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Morton Feldman and Frederic Rzewski, Christian Wolff made an important mark on the music of our time. He has participated in all but one of the festivals since Ostrava Days’ inception in 2011, and some of his most ambitious orchestral works were composed for or performed there. Selected by ArtForum as one of the Best of 2013 in Music, Ostrava Days is one of the largest international summer new-music events, combining a three-week institute with a ten-day festival, focusing on music for large ensembles. It includes 35 resident-students from around the world, two resident orchestras, and resident composers and musicians who participate in public performances. Besides Christian Wolff, Ostrava Days 2013 included, among others, Philip Glass, Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Petr Kotik, Carola Bauckholt, Jon Gibson, Charlemagne Palestine, and Petr Cígler.
SEM x 3 will kick off at Roulette with Ostrava Days in New York, Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., bringing together SEM with Ostrava Days’ resident chamber orchestra Ostravská banda to perform highlights from Ostrava Days. Next to compositions by Christian Wolff and Petr Kotik, the concert will feature two works by Czech composers – the American premieres of Martin Smolka’s Autumn Thoughts and Petr Cígler’s Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne – as well as Mirage for water-based percussion and strings by Ostrava Days 2013 student-resident from Tehran, Idin Samimi Mofakham. The evening will culminate in the performance of one of the most challenging pieces of chamber music ever written, Gyorgy Ligeti’s Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, performed by OB-Trio (Conrad Harris, violin; Daniel Costello, horn; and Daan Vandewalle, piano).
Performances by the S.E.M. Ensemble are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Meet the Composer Cary New Music Performance Fund, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and contributions from Noni Pratt, Rackstraw Downes, Milos and Martina Forman, Andrew Reynolds, Renée Levine Packer, Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum, John and Linda Wadsworth, and an anonymous donor.