March 2011

Christ Church Neighborhood House20 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission (link below) / $30 Fieldwork 3-Concert Pass (link at end of post)
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Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm

An evening of chamber works by Steve Lehman and Vijay Iyer

Composer Portrait: Fieldwork

Vijay Iyer, composer / piano + electronics
Steve Lehman, composer

Join us for the finale of Composer Portrait: Fieldwork for which Steve Lehman and Vijay Iyer will present pieces written for string quartet.  For this very special evening of Philadelphia debuts, Lehman's "Nos Revi Nella" and Iyer's "Mutations I-X" will be performed by the world renowned JACK Quartet. Lehman's "Nos Revi Nella" debuted April, 2010 in NYC, and "Mutations I-X" has been performed twice in NYC and once in Antwerp.

Steve Lehman is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, The Jack String Quartet, and by the pianist Marilyn Nonken. An alto and sopranino saxophonist, Lehman has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake, Meshell Ndegeocello, David Wessel, and High Priest of Anti-Pop Consortium. His recent electro-acoustic music has focused on the development of computer-driven models for improvisation, based in the Max/MSP programming environment. Lehman has taught undergraduate courses at Wesleyan University, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, New School University, and Columbia University, and has presented lectures at Amherst College, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CalArts, The Berklee School of Music, Cornish College of the Arts, and The Royal Academy of Music in London. His most recent recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi; 2009), was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.

Described by the The Village Voice as “the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years,” Vijay Iyer consistently earns critical praise from top music critics and is the recipient of the coveted Musician of the Year Award presented at the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. His twelve acclaimed recordings include the trio record Historicity, which was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award, highlighted on countless best-of-year lists, and selected as the #1 Jazz Album of the Year by The New York Times, The Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and many others. Iyer has composed orchestral and chamber works, scored for film, theater, radio and television, collaborated with poets and choreographers, and joined forces with artists in hip-hop, rock, experimental, electronic, and Indian classical music. A polymath who holds advanced degrees from UC Berkley in Physics and a self-designed degree in Technology and the Arts, Iyer, whose writing has appeared in publications ranging from Music Perception and Journal of Consciousness Studies to Wire and The Guardian, is currently on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, New York University and The New School.

**Ticket Options: A $30 3-day pass for the entire Composer Portrait: Fieldwork series is purchasable here.

JACK Quartet
Christopher Otto, violin
Ari Streisfeld, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Kevin McFarland, cello

The JACK Quartet is breaking new ground with "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times) of "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe). Alex Ross (New Yorker) proclaimed their performance of Iannis Xenakis' complete string quartets as being "exceptional" and "beautifully harsh," and Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times) called their sold-out performances of Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 3 In iij. Noct. "mind-blowingly good." JACK's recording of Xenakis' complete string quartets appeared on "Best Of" lists from the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New Yorker, NPR, and Time Out New York as "one of 2009's most impressive recordings."

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, the quartet is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, Caleb Burhans, and Aaron Cassidy. The quartet has recently performed to critical acclaim at the Library of Congress, Miller Theatre, Morgan Library, and Kimmel Center with upcoming performances at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), Garth Newel Music Center, Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Netherlands), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Ultraschall Festival für neue Musik (Germany), Wigmore Hall (UK), and the Arcana Festival (Austria).

Pre-concert Public Discussion (6pm)
Nate Chinen, The New York Times
Fieldwork, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman & Tyshawn Sorey

 Join Ars Nova Workshop for an important pre-concert public discussion with the members of Fieldwork - Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Tyshawn Sorey - and New York Times critic Nate Chinen as he investigates their histories, influences, composing and improvising practices, and much more. Free admission.

 Nate Chinen is a regular contributor to the New York Times, a columnist for JazzTimes and the proprietor of a music blog, The Gig. For each of the past four years he has received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Feature or Review Writing from the Jazz Journalists Association; in 2004 the same organization recognized Myself Among Others, coauthored with the impresario George Wein, as Best Book About Jazz. A former Penn English major and assistant coordinator at the Kelly Writers House, Chinen started writing about music in the mid-1990s for the Philadelphia City Paper.