Livewire 7: The New York School and Beyond

Livewire 7: The New York School and Beyond
Featuring Special Guest Artist Malcolm Goldstein
Wednesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
and other venues
Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The New York School, which included composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and Earle Brown (as well as pianist David Tudor) flourished in the 1950s and 60s, revolutionizing contemporary Western music and creating connections with dance, theatre, visual arts and poetry that continue to influence artists today. Over a span of four days, Livewire 7 explores music by these composers and explores “the Beyond,” with performances of works by figures such as Bunita Marcus, Ben Johnston, Toshi Ichiyanagi, James Tenney, Thomas DeLio, Christopher Shultis, and others. Prominently representing “the Beyond” will be featured guest composer/violinist Malcolm Goldstein, whose “soundings” improvisations have received international acclaim for extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the violin.

Livewire 7 features performances by Malcolm Goldstein, Stacey Mastrian, Paul HoffmannCurtis Cacioppo, Ruckus (the new music ensemble in residence at UMBC), numerous UMBC faculty, and others. Additionally, artist Ray Kass will discuss John Cage’s visual artworks.

Malcolm Goldstein has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s in New York City. He co-founded the Tone Roads Ensemble and participated in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. His “soundings” improvisations have received international acclaim for extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the violin and revealing new dimensions of expressivity. His work has been presented internationally, and released on record labels such as Experimental Intermedia (XI), da capo, Wergo, Nonsequitur, What Next, 0.0. Discs, Eremite, Folkways, In situ, and others. He has written extensively on improvisation and is the author of the book Sounding the Full Circle.

UMBC will host the festival in the stunning Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall and other spaces in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building.


Wednesday, October 26

7:30 p.m. — The Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo with Lisa Cella
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Featuring Lisa Cella, flutes; Tom Goldstein, percussion; Paul Hoffmann, piano and celesta

Morton Feldman — Crippled Symmetry (1983)

Thursday, October 27

7:30 p.m. – Ruckus, the new music ensemble-in-residence at UMBC
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Featuring Audrey Andrist, piano; Matthew Belzer, alto saxophone; Karin Brown, viola; Lisa Cella, flute; Patrick Crossland, trombone; Tom Goldstein, percussion; Brian Kaufman, tuba; Gita Ladd, cello; Jason Love, conductor; Thomas Moore, piano; Jacqueline Pollauf, harp; Shelly Purdy, percussion; E. Michael Richards, clarinet; Airi Yoshioka, violin

Earle Brown — Times Five (1963)
John Cage — Five (1988)
John Cage — Variations II (1961)
Morton Feldman — The Viola in My Life (1970)
Malcolm Goldstein — Soweto Stomp (1985)
Bunita Marcus — Adam and Eve (1987)

Friday, October 28

10:00 a.m. — Ray Kass: John Cage’s Watercolor Painting Experience at the Mountain Lake Workshop
Music Box

Ray Kass is Professor Emeritus of Art at Virginia Tech, and founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop, a collaborative, community-based art project drawing on the customs, and environmental and technological resources of the New River Valley and the Appalachian region. He is an internationally recognized artist whose work is represented by Garvey/Simon: ART ACCESS in NYC and the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. During the 1980s, at Kass’s invitation, John Cage made repeated visits to the Mountain Lake Workshop, where he produced dozens of artworks.

12 p.m. — Student Concert, featuring the UMBC New Music Ensemble and the UMBC Percussion Ensemble
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Earle Brown — December 1952 (1952)
John Cage — Imaginary Landscape No. 4 (1951)
Toshi Ichiyanagi — Music for Electric Metronome (1960)
Ben Johnston — Knocking Piece 2 (1962)
James Tenney — Timbres #1 (1969)
Christian Wolff — Play from the Prose Collection (1969)

2 p.m. — Christopher Shultis concert and lecture, with pianist Curtis Cacioppo
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Christopher Shultis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico where he taught percussion, composition and musicology. He was awarded two Fulbrights to Germany: the first at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (1993–94) and the second at the Universität Heidelberg (1999–2000). Shultis now divides his time between composition and writing, and his scholarly work on John Cage is internationally recognized.

As solo recitalist, Curtis Cacioppo is not limited to performing his own work, but has championed the music of at least thirty fellow contemporary composers. A dozen composers have written for or dedicated pieces to him, among them George Rochberg and the Venetian avantgardist Marino Baratello. In early 2012 he recorded an entire CD of music by his colleague Mark Hagerty, now released on Meyermedia.

John Cage — Child of Tree (1975)
Christopher Shultis — World’s End Preludes (2012–2015) (world premiere)

Malcolm Goldstein7:30 p.m. – Malcolm Goldstein
Music Box

John Cage — Eight Whiskus (1985) (dedicated to Malcolm Goldstein)
Malcolm Goldstein — various works
Improvisation by Patrick Crossland, Malcolm Goldstein, and Tom Goldstein

Saturday, October 29

11 a.m. — Exhibition: Rocks and Feathers: Elements from John Cage’s Mountain Lake Workshops, with artist Ray Kass
Albin O. Kuhn Library Rotunda

2 p.m. — Chamber Music Plus
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Featuring Malcolm Goldstein, violin; Patrick Crossland, trombone; Tom Goldstein, percussion; Jacqueline Pollauf, harp; E. Michael Richards, clarinet; Kazuko Tanosaki, piano

John Cage — ¢Composed Improvisation (for snare drum alone) (1987–1990)
John Cage — In a Landscape (1948)
John Cage — Solo for Sliding Trombone (1958)
Malcolm Goldstein — Two Silences (2003)
Toshi Ichiyanagi — In Memory of John Cage (1993)
Andrew Rindfleisch — For Clarinet Alone (2009)
Christian Wolff — For 1, 2, or 3 People (1964)
Christian Wolff — Suite I (1954)

Stacey Mastrian7:30 p.m. — Stacey Mastrian, voice: “Sounds Are Just Sounds”
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Stacey Mastrian, a “sweet, shimmering soprano” (The Washington Post) who is “versatile and passionate” (Der Tagesspiegel), performs repertoire that spans from the late Renaissance to the present and from traditional to experimental, with international television, radio, and internet broadcasts. Her recent appearance at the Frederick Loewe Theater in NYC for the Electronic Music Foundation was praised in The New York Times for “intensity, focus and a warm, passionate sound,” and she is in demand for her interpretations of works by John Cage and Morton Feldman. Recordings on which Ms. Mastrian appears include two new releases on the Neuma label: a DVD entitled Thomas DeLio space / image / word / sound and the CD Thomas DeLio Selected Compositions (1991-2013). A second CD with Opera Lafayette on the NAXOS label and a DVD with The Bay Players Experimental Music Collective are in post-production, and she also has several solo recording projects in progress.

The program will feature Ms. Mastrian alongside guest performers Stephen Lilly, voice, bass, percussion, and electronics; Tom Goldstein, Tom Bryant, and Josh Miller, percussion; Hui-Chuan Chen, violin; Nicholas Currie, piano; Doug Hamby, choreographer; Giavanni Powell and Melissa Hudson, dancers.

The program’s repertoire will feature:

John Cage — A Chant with Claps (194?)
John Cage — The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942)
John Cage — Experiences No. 2 (1948)
John Cage — Forever and Sunsmell (1944)
John Cage — Selections from Song Books: Solos for Voice Nos. 9, 51, 53, 55, 56, and 78 (1970)
John Cage — Readings from Indeterminacy (1958–59)
Steve Wanna — Edge of Sound (2016)
Morton Feldman — Voice, Violin and Piano (1976)
Morton Feldman — Lost Love (1949)
Morton Feldman — Followe Thy Faire Sunne (1962)
Morton Feldman — Only (1976)
Thomas DeLio — …that light (1989, rev. 2009)
Earle Brown — “For Ann, 1 May ’94,” excerpt from FOLIO II
Earle Brown — “pp. 12-13,” excerpt from FOLIO II
Stephen F. Lilly — Sie sind allein (2012, rev. 2016)

Admission to 7:30 pm evening concerts:
 $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students, available through MissionTix. Tickets will also be available at the door, cash sales only. All other events are free.

Free parking for all events is available in Lot 8, located directly adjacent to the performance venues. Click here for additional information.

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