— a celebration of the radically diverse ways we express our lives through music —
In a snapshot of the endlessly varied forms of musical expression throughout our community, Contemporaneous hosts a non-genre musical gathering with sets by some of the most powerful artists working amongst us: daring avant-rock band Boio, “genre obliterating” Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project, Amanda Gookin’s multimedia set of solo cello works seeking to empower women and girls.
Contemporaneous will end the night with a set including pioneering new works developed by Contemporaneous IMAGINATION, an initiative that seeks to foster a culture of radical creative openness. Through open call for composers and artists to share their wildest dreams, the ensemble commissions, develops, produces, and presents the most meaningful of these works, without regard for conventional restraints that discourage large-scale, imaginative creations.
Contemporaneous interprets the finale from storied saxophonist/bandleader and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Henry Threadgill’s sweeping and beautiful homage to Butch Morris in a new version for large ensemble. The ensemble also presents the world premiere of a new work by Violet Barnum, a talented recent alumna of the Luna Composition Lab for young composers and the first-ever Contemporaneous Composer-in-Residence. Sarah Goldfeather sings with the ensemble in her highly-anticipated song-cycle Treading Water, which draws on her experiences from indie-folk-rock to contemporary classical music in an electrifying musical synthesis.
Henry Threadgill (b. 1944): Old Locks and Irregular Verbs, Part 4 (2016) — world premiere arrangement
Violet Barnum (b. 2003): New work (2019) — world premiere, Contemporaneous commission
Sarah Goldfeather (b. 1988): Treading Water (2019) — world premiere, Contemporaneous IMAGINATION commission