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June 14-16, 2012 | The sixth annual soundON FESTIVAL OF MODERN MUSIC

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San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library join to present the sixth annual soundON Festival of Modern Music, San Diego’s premiere independent exploration of the best in modern masterworks and contemporary music by living composers. Composers from around the world join with nation’s finest experts in contemporary music performance in an inviting and informal setting, allowing the audience ample opportunity to get the know the music and an artists. And the public has the unique opportunity to join with the artists for the Community Workshop to gain first hand experience in the performance of experimental music.

This year we feature the extremes of ethereal soundscapes and danceable grooves—the polar opposites of modern music in the U.S. today. Featured composers Evan Johnson, from Massachusetts, and Judd Greenstein from New York.

“It takes fearsome intelligence and a worldview that recalls the Renaissance cabinet of curiosities and combines them with a deep sensitivity to musical traditions, techniques and philosophies that are often seen as opposite, even aggressively antagonistic to one another.” —Tim Rutherford-Johnson on Evan Johnson.

Featured composer Judd Greenstein champions the emerging post-classical music scene, combining the energy and accessibility of popular music with the virtuosity of chamber music artistry through his label New Amsterdam Records, called “emblematic of an emerging generation” by the New York Times.

Our featured guest artist is internationally acclaimed bassist, improviser and composer Mark Dresser, whose innovations in amplified double bass performance are featured on over 20 CDs on all the major contemporary music labels. He will perform solo improvisations and will join San Diego New Music’s ensemble-in-residence NOISE for groovy works by Judd Greenstein and Frederick Rzweski.

“Mark Dresser is a giant in the free jazz / new music continuum and has been so for years.” —All About Jazz

And the finale of the concert will be Salvatore Sciarrino's haunting portrayal of a 16th-Century Italian mystic, Infinito Nero, starring soprano Stephanie Aston.

Performers on soundON 2012:
The Formalist Quartet
Mark Dresser (contrabass)
Stephanie Aston (soprano)
Robert Zelickman (clarinet)
Susan Barrett (oboe)
Justin DeHart (percussion)

Composers on soundON 2012:
Evan Johnson
Sidney Corbett 
Judd Greenstein
Frederic Rzewski
Salvatore Sciarrino
Christian Wolff
Sofia Gubaidulina
Nicolas Tzortzis
Christopher Adler
Franklin Cox
Andrew McIntosh
Erik Griswold
Andrew Meade
Sonia Bo 

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St.
La Jolla, CA

All-festival pass: $40 (Athenaeum members), $50 general
One-night: $15 / $20 

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Thursday, June 14, 10:00 a.m.
open rehearsals: works by Frederic Rzewski, Evan Johnson, and Erik Griswold

Thursday, June 14, 2:00 p.m.
open rehearsal of Change, by Judd Greenstein

Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.
featuring guest artist Mark Dresser, contrabass

pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.

Evan Johnson, Quintet, camera lucida
Erik Griswold, Yellow Fog
Judd Greenstein, Change
Evan Johnson, Ausschnitte
Evan Johnson, Clutch
Frederic Rzewski, Song and Dances
and solo compositions by Mark Dresser

Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
"Solos and Duos" and "Christian Wolff Quartets"

pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.

Andrew McIntosh, A Secular Calvinist Creed
Nicolas Tzortzis, incompatibile(s) III-b
Franklin Cox, Etude
Sofia Gubaidulina, Dancer on a Tightrope
Andrew Meade, 3 Short Pieces
Sonia Bo, Pax
The String Quartets of Christian Wolff, performed by the Formalist Quartet

Saturday, June 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Community workshop

Workshop in extended techniques and the preparation of contemporary music scores.
Workshop participants have the opportunity to develop an ensemble composition and
perform it as part of the final concert.

Saturday, June 16, 2:00 p.m.
open rehearsal, works by Judd Greenstein and Christopher Adler

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. FInal concert

pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.

Judd Greenstein, At the End of a Really Great Day
Sidney Corbett, Della Pieta
Sidney Corbett, The Cindars
Christopher Adler, Once, in a Grove of Tamarisk
Salvatore Sciarrino, Infinito Nero

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