Peak FreQuency 2013 - 2014 Concert Series
Resistance and Rebellion: Remember the Past to Carve the Future
Thursday, 30 January 2014, 7:00pm
In connection with the 100-year anniversary of the Ludlow Rebellion and coinciding with additional UCCS events, Ensemble Peak Frequency, the Ormao Dance Company, Psychoangelo, and vocalist Tim Eriksen will perform works particularly associated with acts of social and political resistance, rebellion and oppression: American protest songs, Louis Andriessen, Frederic Rzewski, the Free Jazz expressions of the 1960's and others.
Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten/I feel the air from another planet:
The Second Viennese School and German Expressionism
Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 7:30pm
Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Curated and conducted by UCCS Music faculty Colin McAllister, this concert is conceived as a musical counterpart to (and will be staged on the set of) the UCCS/THEATREWORKS student production of the Georg Büchner play Woyzeck, directed by UCCS Theatre and Dance director Kevin Landis.
Ensemble Peak FreQuency and guests will perform a classic of the early 20th century, Arnold Schoenberg's melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, op.21 for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, which sets a cycle of short poems by the Belgian writer Albert Giraud. Also on the program will be scenes from Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck, arranged by UCCS Music faculty and film composer Sean Schafer Hennessy, and other works of the period by Anton Webern and Hugo Ball.
Schoenberg's atonal music remains as elusive as it has ever been, still among the most complex phenomena in the entire world of art. Although written for a small audience and making no concession to the popular taste, Schoenberg's atonal works continue to grasp and hold the musical imagination, speaking plainly to a state of human consciousness that is not addressed by other forms of artistic utterance.
- Bryan Simms, The Atonal Music of Arnold Schoenberg
Shackle - Anne La Berge and Robert van Heumen
Friday, 4 April 2014, 7:30pm
Centennial Hall Auditorium
Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material. This extraordinarily inventive duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, cutting-edge digital cueing system which operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive, the Shackle system suggests musical directions and textures to these two highly gifted performers, opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices for La Berge and van Heumen to play with and against.
Improvisation and structure coincide effortlessly in Shackle's music. Working with a computerized communication system that proposes various compositional elements to each player, they can then choose whether or not to cooperate with the proposed material. Proposals involve aspects of restriction, either in sound material, timing, dynamics or other musical parameters. Shackle's performances explode the line between improvisation without borders and tightly controlled forms that are both playful and daring. With uncanny transitions that turn on a dime and long, spun-out tapestries of sound, Shackle's music works on two levels at once: full of delightful discoveries that can happen in the blink of an eye, La Berge and van Heumen savor the possibilities that those discoveries offer up.
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Peak FreQuency is supported by the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Visual and Performing Arts Department.
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