T@MS is a monthly concert series featuring cutting-edge new music and adventurous interdisciplinary arts programming in an interactive and inspiring environment at Monk Space, Los Angeles. A onetime speakeasy, Monk Space is now home to one of the most dynamic and engaged music and arts communities in Los Angeles.
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A concert featuring the Eclipse Quartet, percussionist Jonathan Hepfer, and clarinetist Phil O’Connor performing music by composers on the Cold Blue Music record label.
John Luther Adams: untouched (LA premiere) — Eclipse Quartet
Stephen Whittington: Windmill (LA premiere) — Eclipse Quartet
Jim Fox: Between the Wheels — Phil O’Connor, bass clarinet, and Eclipse Quartet
Peter Garland: Moon Viewing Music (Inscrutable Stillness Studies #1) (LA premiere) —Jonathan Hepfer, gongs and tam-tam
Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning composer John Luther Adams’s chamber and orchestral music and sound installations are deeply rooted in the natural world. His music has appeared on seven Cold Blue Music releases.
"One of the most original musical thinkers of the new century." —Alex Ross, The New Yorker
untouched, like Adams’s The Wind in High Places, is an exploration of the Aeolian sound world. “Over the years my large ensemble works have sometimes included string quartet. However, I didn’t write my first piece for string quartet alone until I was fifty-nine. Now, in my second string quartet [untouched], the fingers of the players still have yet to touch the fingerboard. This music contains no normal stopped tones. All the sounds are produced either as natural harmonics or on open strings.” (JLA)
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Australian composer and pianist Stephen Whittington is noted for giving the first Australian performances (in the 1970s) of music by Christian Wolff, Terry Riley, Cornelius Cardew, Howard Skempton, James Tenney, Alvin Curran, Terry Jennings, Morton Feldman, and many others. Cold Blue has released two CDs of his music.
“If Australia has produced a classic piece of musical minimalism, [Windmill] is it.” —Graham Strahle, The Australian
The composer writes about Windmill: “The distinctive steel windmills that dot the Australian outback pump up life-giving water in the often desolate landscape. Many are now rusting away, replaced by solar technology. If you get close enough to one you can hear its distinctive creaking sound, stopping occasionally, resuming as the breeze picks up.”
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Los Angeles composer Jim Fox’s usually quiet, slow, lyrical, and unassuming music has been performed throughout the US and described by critics as “austere” and “ethereal” (The Wire), as well as “sensuous” and “suffused with a beautiful sadness” (Fanfare). He is the founder/director of Cold Blue Music.
“Jim Fox is a singular composer. His music is deep, sparkling, ecstatic, and breathaking.” —John Luther Adams
“Mixing measured and unmeasured time, the hushed Between the Wheels suspends cycling bass clarinet lines and whispering violin harmonics over a tapestry of fluttering string harmonies.” (JF)
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Peter Garland is a composer, musicologist, and writer whose music is informed by his well-traveled ear and intense personal vision. His works have been performed around the world by such performers as pianists Aki Takahashi and Herbert Henck, percussionist William Winant, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, and the Kronos Quartet. His music has appeared on seven Cold Blue releases.
“[Garland] is an avatar of an experimental American tradition…a composer of mesmerizing music…the musical conscience of my generation.”—Kyle Gann, Chamber Music magazine
Moon Viewing Music is a quiet, introspective work for gongs and tam-tam. The composer writes, “For me moon viewing is a year-round activity…. This cycle was composed in the winter. There is a unique light and intensity in a winter moon, as it rises in the darkest days (nights) of the year, and shines on a landscape of trees stripped of their leaves and of white snow that amplifies and reflects the moonlight…. There is also a special silence because of the extreme cold, and the absence of animal, bird, and insect sounds. If autumn is the moonlight of nostalgia, winter is the moonlight of loneliness, an inscrutable stillness.”
About the Artists
The Eclipse Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to the music of twentieth-century and present-day composers. Eclipse’s repertoire spans from works by John Cage and Morton Subotnick to collaborations with the singers Beck and Caetano Veloso and includes music by Roger Reynolds, Julia Wolfe, Ben Johnston, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Annie Gosfield, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Philip Glass, John King, Lois V. Vierk, Zeena Parkins, Peter Garland, Carla Kihlstedt, Justin Haynes, Gernot Wolfgang, Stephen Cohn, David Jaffe, and many others.
Jonathan Hepfer is a percussionist, conductor, and concert curator specializing in avant-garde and experimental music. He is artistic director of LA’s Monday Evening Concerts, on which he performs regularly. He is a member of the percussion ensemble red fish blue fish and has collaborated with the groups Talea, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble SurPlus, asamisimasa, hand werk, the Formalist Quartet, ICE, and Ensemble Signal. As a soloist, he has focused on works by Xenakis, Ferneyhough, Lachenmann, Scelsi, Globokar, and Walter Zimmermann. Hepfer teaches at Cal Arts.
Phil O’Connor is an eclectic clarinetist and saxophonist who has performed more than 500 premieres of classical and jazz works. He has performed often with such Southern California ensembles as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, LA Opera, Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony, and the John Daversa Progressive Big Band. He teaches at CalArts.
Luciano Berio wrote his monumental series of solo pieces, the Sequenzas, beginning in the 1950s and continuing to his death in 2003. Numbering fourteen in all, each Sequenza is a love-letter to the possibilities and repertoire of each instrument. From Sequenza I for flute to Sequenza XIVb for double bass, the series includes almost every orchestral instrument. Tuesdays @ Monk Space will present the complete series of pieces in two concerts that will run simultaneously on September 19th. One concert will take place in the warehouse at Monk Space, while the second will be at the new Annex stage across the hall. Audience members are free to move between halls, or to relax in the courtyard. Both concerts will run without intermission from 8PM-@9:45PM
Soprano Elissa Johnston joins the Lyris Quartet for an evening of shimmering strings and luminous sonorities. Featuring the music of Arvo Pärt, Pin Hsin Lin, John Tavener, David Hertzberg, and Evan Beigel.
Join cellist Nick Photinos, best known as the founding cellist of the four-time Grammy winning new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, as he performs music from his first solo album, Petits Artéfacts, out 8/25 on the New Amsterdam label. The show features never-before-recorded music from the album from some of the most acclaimed names in new music — David Lang, Andrew Norman, Bryce Dessner, David T. Little — but also a newer generation of groundbreaking composers like Angélica Negrón, Florent Ghys, Molly Joyce, and Pascal Le Boeuf, who are quickly gaining notoriety as well. Nick is joined by LA's own “phenomenal and fearless,” Grammy-nominated pianist Vicki Ray, also featured on the album.
Violist Diana Wade presents a night of vocal fry, dust bunnies, stomping, and horse videos. Featuring works by: Beglarian, Benjamin, Hearne, Knox, Mazzoli, Sciarrino, Wade, and a world premiere of a work for viola, electronics and projection by Adam Borecki.
Sakura Cello Quintet and Mojave Piano Trio team up for an exhilarating evening of lush sonorities and extreme virtuosity, including the music of Daniel Silliman, Daniel Allas, Thomas Kotcheff, Kajia Saariaho, and Nico Muhly.
The virtuosic & enigmatic Aperture Duo present works by several exceptional Southern California composers, including a new work by HOCKET's Sarah Gibson. Also included on the program are works for mixed ensemble by an up-an-comming Los Angeles composer-TBD.
Two superb ensembles come together to present a concert featuring new art songs by Souther California composers and works for piano, toy piano, and synthesizer, and video projection.
What can we do now to water the inner roots that make our work fruitful? This show is about the work that makes WORK and the culturing that creates a culture: about invisible processes, forgotten traditions, the mysterious force of time, wild experimentation, the relationship between composing and decomposing, and the complexity of crafting in an era of homogenization. Explored sonically through the music of Marin Marais, Nicholas Deyoe, Helen Grime, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, and Toshio Hosokawa; gustatorily through Claire’s hand-crafted cheeses and other home ferments; and visually through ceramic art by Saul Alpert-Abrams.
The ever-adventurous and virtuosic ensemble gnarwhallaby performs at Tuesdays at Monk Space with a program of new works, each written specifically for them and their unique sonic profile. World premieres include "Three Poems" by Olga Rayeva (2016 Villa Aurora composer-in-residence) and a set of variations by UCSD-alum Daniel Tacke, inspired by the Morton Feldman miniature "Half a minute, it's all I've time for." Filling out the program are two very recent quartet commissions: one by local favorite Élise Roy, and the other by the world-renowned Richard Barrett, an epic homage to four great American composer-performers: Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, and Miles Davis.