When was the last time you heard something interesting coming from someone's
October 13, 8:00pm, $10
At Flashpoint, 916 G Street, NW
(Metro: Gallery Place)
is problematic. Vocal music is ubiquitous. We've all got the requisite
instrument, what should we do with it? The DC Chapter of the American
Composers Forum (ACF-DC) knows some folks with some very good ideas. Jazz
vocalist Grace Chung, soprano Stacey Mastrian, and flutist (flutist!?!)
Carrie Rose will be featured in an evening of diverse and engaging music
Jazz guitarist and composer John Kamman has been working with Grace Chung
for several years, and they will be presenting new works and improvisations
joined by Anubodh, a classically trained Indian musician who plays the
Bansuri, a bamboo flute. Composer Stephen Lilly, who recently received
his DMA in composition from the University of Maryland, presents a piece
for soprano and electronics, "Like staring at a word..." to
be performed by Ms. Mastrian. Composer, flutist, educator, and tireless
arts advocate, Carrie Rose, will perform two pieces by Robert Erickson,
"Quog," and "High Flyer," both of which require that
the performer sing through the flute, in addition to a variety of extended
techniques. If you're not familiar with that term, "extended techniques"
usually means asking performers to play their instruments wrong - in pursuit
of unusual sounds and textures.
The lineup is a perfect match for ACF-DC's New Music Salon, which is a
series of informal events designed to introduce cutting-edge new music.
The evening will include refreshments and a casual post-show discussion,
allowing artists to receive valuable feedback and providing audiences
with a glimpse into the composers' processes, held at ACF-DC's in-house
venue, the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.
Flashpoint is a creative laboratory for DC arts organizations and features
a contemporary art gallery, theater lab, and dance studio. Also, it offers
shared office space and strategic business services for arts-related entities
and the resident organizations. ACF-DC has the privilege of being one
of the resident organizations.
ACF-DC has been sponsoring composer residencies with community groups
and presenting new music in DC since 1997, and is always looking for new
ways to break down barriers between artists, new music, and audiences.