Livewire 3: Ensemble Π

Sunday, October 28
Livewire 3: Ensemble Π
12:30 pm, Composer Panel Discussion
1:30 pm, Concert
Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Livewire3 Music Festival presents New York based Ensemble Π. The group, consisting of performers Karl Kramer (horn), Kristin Norderval (voice), Barry J. Crawford (flute), Katie Schlaikjer (cello), Idith Meshulam (piano), UMBC Assistant Professor Airi Yoshioka (violin), Moran Katz (clarinet) and William Trigg (percussion), is an “evocative and compelling” group known for its innovative and exciting programs that premiere commissioned works of contemporary composers.

In the past 4 years, Ensemble Π has presented a Peace Project—an annual multi-media event at the Cooper Union. The project’s goal is to make a space for a dialogue between ideas and music on the great issues of the day, through commissioning new works and collaborating with visual artists, writers, actors, and journalists. Collaborators have included the South African artist William Kentridge, American journalist/writer Naomi Wolf, Iraqi actress Namaa Alward, and Israeli philosopher/activist Anat Biletzki. In the last three years, Ensemble Π has created artistic and educational programs in response to major exhibitions at the Chelsea Art Museum, the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Ensemble Pi, praised as “A socially conscious new music group” by Time Out New York, will be performing the Annual Concert of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). The program will feature:

  • Inner Space for cello and electronics by Kyong Mee Choi
  • Oh, Death, Rock Me Asleep for violin and voice by Jerry Casey
  • Illuminated Shadows of Louise Nelson for clarinet, violin and piano by Molly Joyce
  • Generation for piano and electronics by Maureen Reyes Lavastida
  • Tracing for trombone and electronics by Frances White
  • Inori-Prayer for piano and cello by Kanako Okamoto
  • Butterfly Mirrors for voice, piano and cello by Mara Melmuth
  • Three Stones for clarinet and electronics by Heather Stebbins

$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free students, free with a UMBC ID. To order tickets in advance, order online through MissionTix.

Pre-concert Composer Panel Discussion
12:30 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall

A free pre-concert panel discussion with composers Jerry Casey (Ohio, US); Molly Joyce (NYC, US); Maureen Reyes Lavastida (Cuba); Kanako Okamoto (Japan); Mara Helmuth (Cincinnati, US); Heather Stebbins (Boston, US); Hsaio-Lan Wang (Texas and Taiwan), President of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), Moderator.

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