October 4 8:00pm Thayer Hall
MARI KAWAMURA: Ma 間
Ma is an ancient Japanese concept concerning space and time, which literally means “interval” or “gap” in Japanese. It is a beautiful and philosophically nuanced word, which carries the implication of movements within silence or “empty” spaces, and has served as an essential element in Japanese traditional arts. The program aims to uncover the inherent ma-like structures contained within music from outside of Japan’s sphere of influence. Although the formalization of ‘charged stillness’ as “ma” is uniquely Japanese, the purpose of this project is to demonstrate that this is a global phenomenon and is in fact quite widespread. Works by Katharina Rosenberger, Toru Takamitsu, Sasha Burdin, William Duckworth, Michael Finnissy, Iannis Xenakis, and the premiere of a Piano Spheres-commissioned work by Karen Tanaka.
October 18 8:00pm Thayer Hall
DANIEL NEWMAN-LESSLER: TRANSPARENT ANIMALS
Transparent Animals presents a collection of pieces for acoustic and digital pianos, voice, fixed media, and live processing, that share an exoskeletal quality, where the compositional processes and raw materials are worn on the outside, readily apparent.
13 pieces by composers from Peter Ablinger to Pamela Z with Julius Eastman, Beat Furrer, Catherine Lamb, Frederic Rzewski, Matthew Shlomowitz, Karen Tanaka, and Mac Waters in between – plus the premiere of Dan Trueman’s Wending Embers, a Piano Spheres commission.