I/O New Music

I/O Festival of New Music

I.O Fest poster 1The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest ’14, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes five concerts with several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and special guest ensemble-in-residence counter)induction. This event runs from Thursday, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 11 on the Williams College campus. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required.

Beginning on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. in the CenterStage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, I/O Ensemble presents “Coming Together.”This event features Williams students and faculty performing Frederic Rzewski’s classic work for voice and amplified ensemble “Coming Together” and David Lang’s quiet and haunting Pulitzer Prize winner “the little match girl passion.” I/O Ensemble celebrates the 75th birthday of contemporary composer Louis Andriessen with a performance of his music.

Later that evening, at 9:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, a new arrangement of Samuel Beckett’s seminal 1961 radio play ”Words and Music” will be performed. It features music by composer Morton Feldman. The evening also features a premiere of collaborative work by poet and Williams professor Lawrence Raab and musicians Brian Simalchik ’10 and Stephen Simalchik ’13.

On Friday, January 10 at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, The New York composer/performer collaborative counter)induction presents “rituals, dances and journeys.” This concert highlights adventurous works from cutting edge composers, including Ryan Streber, Mario Davidovsky, Douglas Boyce, Bruno Mantovani, Kyle Bartlett, Salvatore Sciarrino, and the late Robert Suderburg, professor emeritus at Williams. The concert also features the world premiere of a memorial piece for Suderburg by his student, Douglas Boyce ’92, co-founder of counter)induction.

I/O Fest continues on Saturday, January 11 at 12 p.m. in the Williams College Museum of Art. Here, the I/O Ensemble transforms the college’s museum into a musical sounding space in this spatial exploration of time. Works by Jürg Frey, Brian Simalchik ’10, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Tom Johnson, and John Zorn are presented simultaneously throughout the galleries. The museum will open its doors at 11:30 a.m.

Later that evening, at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the IOTA Ensemble performs new works by young composers, ensemble members, counter)induction’s resident composers, and Williams faculty members.  Works by David Kechley, Ileana Perez Velazquez, Sato Matsui ’14, Casey McLellan ’14, and Adam Strawbridge ’14 are featured.

January 9, 7 pm – Coming Together
January 9, 9:30pm – After Hours
January 10, 8 pm – counter)induction
January 11, 12 noon – Out of the Box (in WCMA)
January 11, 8 pm – Iota Ensemble

Bonus Event on January 16, 5-8 PM
I/O participates in WCMA at Night
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