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A Life in Music

Earle Brown, a major force in contemporary music and a leading composer of the American avant-garde since the 1950s, died on July 2, 2002 at his home in Rye, New York. He was associated with the experimental composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff who, with Brown, came to be known as the New York School.

Earle Brown was born in 1926 in Lunenburg, Massachusetts and, in spirit, remained a New Englander throughout his life. Like other artists from that region – Ives, Ruggles, Dickinson – he spoke with his own voice and found his own path. To America, these artists were iconoclasts, but to Europe they embodied America – and Brown was no exception: his music has been most frequently performed, studied, lauded, and revered by Europeans. Brown’s interest in a broad range of aesthetic expressions, ranging from the writings of James Joyce and the poetry of Gertrude Stein, Kenneth Patchen, and others to the work of the Abstract Expressionist painters – and particularly Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder – informed his own work. He said, as recently as in 2000, that “the earliest and still predominant influences on my conceptual attitude toward art were the works of Alexander Calder and Jackson Pollock...the integral but unpredictable ‘floating’ variations of a mobile, and the contextual ‘rightness’ of the results of Pollock’s directness and spontaneity in relation to the materials and his particular image of the work…as a total space (of time).”

Earle Brown’s influence on the avant-garde community has been philosophical as well as tangible and practical. His conducting techniques and experiments with “time notation,” improvisation, and open-form compositional structure have become part of contemporary compositional usage. Among Brown’s most frequently performed and reinterpreted works is DECEMBER 1952, the score of which is a stark, abstract series of floating rectangles – a musical equivalent to a Calder mobile. His early influential orchestral scores include Available Forms 1 and Available Forms 2, and his musical friendships were legendary, from Bruno Maderna who conducted first performances of many of Brown’s works to jazz musicians such as Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan.

Brown received many commissions, residencies, and awards, including a Guggenheim award; an honorary doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (1970) where he held the W. Alton Jones Chair of Music; and the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, among others. Among his many residencies were those at the California Institute of the Arts, Yale University, the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, the American Academy in Rome, and the Basel Conservatory of Music.

On November 20, 2002, The Museum of Modern Art hosted an homage to one of the great American composers of the twentieth century : In Memoriam: A Concert of Selected Works by Earle Brown. The program included works, selected by Brown in conversation with his wife Susan shortly before his death, that span his career: Music for Violin, Cello and Piano (1952); Corroboree (1964); New Piece (1971); Centering (1973); Tracking Pierrot (1992); and Special Events (1998).






CHRONOLOGY

1926 Born Earle Appleton Brown Jr., December 26 in Lunenberg, MA
1940s Private studies in trumpet and big band performances in Massachusetts
1944-45 Attends Northeastern University in Boston and studies engineering and mathematics
1945-46 Enters Air Force at the end of World War II.  Plays trumpet in Army Air Force Band in Randolph Field, Texas (now Randolph Air Force Base).  Begins to study arranging with Paul Hindemith's books on composition.
1946-50 Studies at Schillinger House School of Music in Boston (now Berklee College of Music).  Private study of Schillinger techniques during 1947-50 with Kenneth MacKillop; arranging and orchestration with Jesse Smith; counterpoint, form, and orchestration with Roslyn Brogue Henning.
Studies trumpet in Boston with Fred Berman
1949 Home Burial, for piano
1950 Receives certification as authorized instructor of Schillinger system
Moves to Denver with Carolyn Brown and teaches Schillinger techniques for two years
1951 Three Pieces for Piano
Enrolls at Colorado College Summer School to study with Arnold Schoenberg, who later cancels the session because of health problems.  Brown arranges to study with Schoenberg in Los Angeles that summer but Schoenberg dies before they meet.
Meets John Cage and Merce Cunningham in Denver
Meets David Tudor in Boulder
Visits New York City and meets Morton Feldman, Richard Lippold, Ray Johnson, Danny Stern, Herbert Matter and others through Cage and Tudor
1952 Music for Violin, Cello & Piano
Perspectives, for piano
David Tudor premieres Three Pieces for Piano (1951) on February 2 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, marking the New York premiere of Brown's music
Moves to New York City in August
Joins the Project for Music for Magnetic Tape (summer 1951 to spring 1953) organized by Cage and Tudor with sound engineers Louis and Bebe Barron
1952-54 Folio and 4 Systems, for variable instrumentation
1953 Twenty-Five Pages, for 1-25 pianos
Octet I, for eight loudspeakers
Octet I premieres at Festival of Contemporary Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, March 22 along with magnetic tape works by Cage and Wolff
Tudor performs Perspectives and Three Pieces for Piano at Black Mountain College, July 1953
1954 Indices, for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Springweather and People)
Forgotten Piece, for solo or multiple pianos
Indices [Piano Reduction]
Octet II, for eight loudspeakers
Cage and Tudor perform works by Brown during their European concert tour, including Octet, 4 Systems, and Perspectives, October-November
1955 Music for Cello and Piano
1955-60 Recording engineer at Capitol Records
Occasionally attends Henry Cowell's 'Music of the Worlds Peoples' class at the New School for Social Research
1956 Four More, for solo or multiple pianos
First trip to Europe, December 1956 to February 1957, with travels to Paris, Baden-Baden, Milan, Vienna, Munich, Darmstadt, Cologne, Hamburg, and London; meets with Pierre Boulez, Heinrich Strobel, Hans Rosbaud, Bruno Maderna, Wolfgang Steinecke, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Otto Tomek, and William Glock.
1957 The Kind of Bird I Am, for orchestra (homage to Max Ernst, duration 20 seconds)
Organizes Varese Jazz Sessions
1958 Pentathis, for chamber ensemble, commissioned by Pierre Boulez and Domaine Musical
Second trip to Europe, which includes the premiere of Pentathis at Darmstadt conducted by Maderna, September 11
1959 Hodograph I, for chamber ensemble
1961-73 Producer of Contemporary Sound Series for Time / Mainstream Records in New York
1961 Available Forms I, for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the City of Darmstadt
1962 Available Forms II, for two orchestras, commissioned by Radio Orchestra of Rome; premiered in April at the Venice Biennale, conducted by Earle Brown and Bruno Maderna.
Novara, for chamber ensemble
1963 Times Five, for chamber ensemble, commissioned by Service de la Recherche, L'Office de Radiodiffusion-Television Française (ORTF), Paris
From Here,
for chamber orchestra and optional chorus, commissioned by the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts
Sound of Void, sound sculpture collaboration with artist Vassilakis Takis in New York
Concert of works by Brown and Feldman at Town Hall, New York City, October 11, sponsored by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts established by Cage and Jasper Johns
1964 Corroboree, for three or two pianos, commissioned by Radio Bremen for Bremen Festival
Music for Galerie Stadler, installation for four tape loops, Paris
Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic give the U.S. premiere of Available Forms II, February 6 (Bernstein and Brown, conductors)
1964-65 Guest Composer/Lecturer, Darmstadt Summer Courses
1965-66 Guggenheim Fellowship
1965 Nine Rarebits, for one or two harpsichords, commissioned by Antoinette Vischer
String Quartet, commissioned by Südwestfunk Baden-Baden for Donaueschinger Musiktage
Lectures throughout the U.K. including York University, Royal College of Art, Goldsmith's, Chelsea School of Art, St. Martins, and the Cardiff School of Art.
1966 Lecturer, Musikhochschule Köln, (Conservatory of Music, Cologne) filling in for Stockhausen
Module I, for orchestra, commissioned by L' Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Paris
Module II, for orchestra
Calder Piece, for four percussionists and mobile, commissioned by the Percussion Quartet of Paris
Guest composer-conductor at Primeras Jornados Americanas de Musica Experimental in Cordoba, Argentina
1967 Event: Synergy II, for chamber ensemble, commissioned by French Radio for Festival de Royan
Conducted De Kooning by Morton Feldman, 1.65 AL by Anestis Logothetis along with Novara, December 1952, and From Here at the Second Hellenic Week of Contemporary Music in Athens, Greece.
Lectured at Darmstadt Festival of New Music
1968 Guest Composer/Lecturer in composition, Tanglewood
1968-73 Composer-in-Residence, Peabody Institute Conservatory of Music
1969 Module III, for orchestra, commissioned by Festival de Zagreb
Small Pieces for Large Chorus
1970 Syntagm, III for chamber ensemble, commissioned by Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Honorary Doctorate of Music, Peabody Conservatory
Featured Guest Composer/Conductor Contemporary Music Festival, St. Lawrence University
1970-71 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Künstlerprogramm)
Exterior Examiner, Doctorate Program, York University, England
1971 New Piece, for variable instrumentation
Featured Guest Composer/Conductor, Oberlin Conservatory Summer Festival and Institute
Composer-in-Residence/Conductor Aspen Music Festival
1972 Time Spans, for orchestra, commissioned by Hans Zender and the City of Kiel and premiered during the 1972 Munich Olympics
New Piece Loops, 
for orchestra and chorus, commissioned by Venice Biennale de Musica Internazionale Festival
Sign Sounds, for chamber orchestra, commissioned by SUNY Albany  
Featured Guest Composer/Lecturer/Conductor, Contemporary Music Festival, Capital University Conservatory of Music
Featured Guest Composer/Lecturer, State University of New York
Koussevitzky Music Foundation Award and Commission
American Academy & National Institute of Arts and Letters Award
1973 Centering, for solo violin and chamber ensemble, commissioned by London Sinfonietta for Paul Zukofsky
1974 Composer-in-Residence, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Conservatory
New York State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
1974-83 Composer-in-Residence, California Institute of the Arts
1975 Cross Sections and Color Fields, for orchestra, commissioned by the Denver Symphony and the Koussevitzky Foundation
Guest Professor, Basel Conservatory, Switzerland
Visiting Professor, SUNY Buffalo
Composer-in-Residence, Aspen Music Festival
Composer-in-Residence, Tanglewood
1976 Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley
1977 Visiting Professor, California Institute of the Arts
Brandeis University Creative Arts Award
1978 Visiting Professor, University of Southern California
1979 Wikiup, sound installation for six independent playing devices, commissioned by Independent Curators Incorporated.  Installed as a traveling exhibition " Supershow" in Berlin, Mesa, Cleveland, and St. Paul, 1979-80.
1980 Windsor Jambs, for chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation
1980-81 Visiting Professor, Yale University
1981 Composer-in-Residence/Conductor, Aspen Music Festival
Composer-in-Residence, American Dance Festival, North Carolina
Featured Guest Composer/Conductor, Saarländischer Rundfunk Saarbrücken
1982 Folio II, for variable instrumentation
Visiting Professor, University of Indiana
1983 Sounder Rounds, for orchestra, commissioned by Saarländischer Rundfunk
1984-89 Director, Fromm Music Foundation, curated Fromm Weeks of Music, Aspen Music Festival
1985 Tracer, for chamber ensemble
Visiting Professor, Hochschule fur Musik
Guest Composer, DAAD Kunstler Program
1986 Visiting Professor, University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music
1986-87 Visiting Professor, Yale School of Music, Yale University
1986-89 President, American Music Center
1992 Oh, K, for chamber ensemble
Tracking Pierrot, for chamber ensemble
1995 Summer Suite '95, for piano
1998 John Cage Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
1999 Special Events, for violoncello and piano
2002 Earle Brown died on July, 2 at his home in Rye, New York.

This chronology was compiled by Rebecca Y. Kim and Jason Cady. Last update: December 04, 2014

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__________.  ”We Have Eyes as Well as Ears: Experimental Music and the Visual Arts” in The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music.  Ed. James Saunders.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009.  pp. 193-217.

__________.  Earle Brown: An Avant-Garde Odyssey.  Book forthcoming in 2015.

Sauer, Theresa.  Notations 21.  New York: Mark Batty, 2009.  40-41.

Schröder, Julia H.  ”Graphic Notation and Musical Graphics: Between Music Notation and Visual Art” in Audiovisuology Compendium: An Interdisciplinary Survey of Audiovisual Culture.  Eds. Dieter Daniels and Sandra Naumann.  Cologne: Walter König, 2010.

Silverman, Kenneth.  Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage.  New York: Knopf, 2010.

Smigel, Eric B.  Alchemist of the Avant-Garde: David Tudor and the New Music of the 1950s.  Ph.D. diss., University of Southern California, 2004.

Smith Brindle, Reginald.  The New Music: The Avant-Garde Since 1945.  New York: Oxford University, 1975.  83-90, 130-33, 179.

Smith, Sylvia and Stuart Smith.  “Musical Notation as a Visual Art.”  Percussive Notes 18, no. 2 (winter 1981).

Sollins-Brown, Susan.  “Happily Ever After.”  Contemporary Music Review 26, nos. 3-4 [special double issue, “Earle Brown: From Motets to Mathematics”] (2007): 287-88.

Spooner, Cally. “Top Ten.” Art Forum Vol. 53, No. 9 (May 2015): 167-168.

Stein, Leonard.  “New Music on Mondays.”  Perspectives of New Music 2, no. 1 (autumn-winter 1963): 142-50.

Stephan, Rudolf, et al., eds.  Von Kranichstein zur Gegenwart: 50 Jahre Darmstädter Ferienkurse.  Stuttgart: DACO, 1996.  382-87.  [article by Earle Brown]

Stone, Kurt.  “Problems and Methods of Notation.”  Perspectives of New Music 1, no. 2 (spring 1963): 9-31.

Straebel, Volker.  ”Conceptions of Space, Time, and Density in the Early Tape Pieces by Earle Brown and Morton Feldman (1953).”  Unpublished paper delivered at the Electronic Music Studies Network/Electronic Music Foundation conference, New York University, 2011.

Susman, William.  “Available Recollections.”  Contemporary Music Review 26, nos. 3-4 [special double issue, “Earle Brown: From Motets to Mathematics”] (2007): 371-75.

Sutherland, Roger.  New Perspectives in Music.  London: Sun Tavern Fields, 1974.  139-56.

__________.  Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook.  New York: W. W. Norton, 1980.

Thomson, Virgil.  American Music Since 1910.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.

Tomkins, Calvin.  The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Master of the Avant Garde.  New York: Penguin, 1965.

__________.  Off The Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time.  New York: Penguin Books, 1981.  vii, 100-101, 107 .

Toop, Richard.  “Chance and Choice: American and European New Music.”  Circuit 2, no. 6 (June 1968): 10-17.

__________.  The Aesthetics of a tabula rasa: Western Art Music’s Avant-Garde from 1949-53.”  Sydney Journal of Literature and Aesthetics 6 (October 1996): 61-76.

Troxler, Ule and Markus Kutter.  Antoinette Vischer: Dokumente zu einem Leben für das Cembalo.  Basel: Birkhäuser, 1976.  75-78.

Uitti, Frances-Marie.  “Earle Brown—Innovator.”  Contemporary Music Review 26, nos. 3-4 [special double issue, “Earle Brown: From Motets to Mathematics”] (2007): 333-34.

Vigeland, Nils.  “November 1952 (‘Synergy’) for Piano(s) and/or Other Instruments or Sound-Producing Media.”  Contemporary Music Review 26, nos. 3-4 [special double issue, “Earle Brown: From Motets to Mathematics”] (2007): 471-73

Vinton, John, ed.  Dictionary of Contemporary Music.  New York: E. P. Dutton, 1974.  106-7.

Von Maur, Karin.  The Sound of Painting: Music in Modern Art.  New York: Prestel, 1999.  115-18.

Wagner, A.  Ausstellung Graphischer Partituren.  Saarbrücken, 1996.  1-20.

Welsh, John P.  “Open Form and Earle Brown’s Modules I and II (1967).”  Perspectives of New Music 32, no. 1 (winter 1994): 254-90.

Wolff, Christian. Christian Wolff: Cues, Writings and Conversations.  Eds. Gisela Gronemeyer and Reinhard Oehlschlägel.  Cologne: MusikTexte, 1998.

__________.  “Experimental Music around 1950 and Some Consequences and Causes (Social-Political and Musical).” [2003] American Music 27, no. 4 (winter 2009): 424-40.

Wolpe, Stefan.  “On New (and Not-So-New) Music in America.”  Trans. Austin Clarkson.  Journal of Music Theory 28, no. 1 (spring 1984): 1-45.

Wörner, Karl H.  Stockhausen: Life And Work.  Berkeley: University of California, 1973.  228, 233-35.

Yaffé, John.  “An Interview with Composer Earle Brown.”  Contemporary Music Review 26, nos. 3-4 [special double issue, “Earle Brown: From Motets to Mathematics”] (2007):289-310.

Young, La Monte, ed.  An Anthology of Chance Operations.  New York: Young and MacLow, 1963.  7-9.

Zender, Hans Der Abschied von der geschlossenen Form Earle Brown und die «New York School». Zurich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, October 19, 2002

Zierolf, Robert.  Indeterminacy in Musical Form.  Ph.D. diss., University of Cincinnati, 1983.

This bibliography was compiled by Rebecca Y. Kim and Jason Cady. Last update: July 18, 2016

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Composers Conducting Their Own Works (released 2015)
Performed by: MusikFabrik, conducted by Earle Brown
Produced by:
Compositions: Available Forms I
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Underwater Princess Waltz (released 2012)
Performed by: Zwerm
Produced by:
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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Tracking Pierrot (released 2012)
Performed by: Ensemble 29,46° S, 62,7° O , Manuel Nawri
Produced by:
Compositions: Tracking Pierrot
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Abstract Sound Objects (released 2012)
Performed by: Sabine Liebner
Produced by: WERGO
Compositions: Twenty-Five Pages, Summer Suite '95, Home Burial, Folio and 4 Systems
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A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 6 (released 2012)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: WERGO

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A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 4 (released 2010)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: Wergo
Compositions: String Quartet
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A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 3 (released 2010)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: Wergo
Compositions: Corroboree: for 3 or 2 Pianos
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A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 5 (released 2009)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: Wergo

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A life in music - CONTEMPORARY SOUND SERIES Box 2 (released 2009)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: Wergo
Compositions: Music for Violin, Cello & Piano, Music for Cello and Piano, Hodograph I
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Charlotte Moorman - Cello Anthology (released 2007)
Performed by: Charlotte Moorman
Produced by: Label: Alga Marghen
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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TRACER (CD / DVD) (released 2006)
Performed by: ne(x)tworks
Produced by: MODE records
Compositions: Tracer, Folio and 4 Systems, Music for Violin, Cello & Piano, New Piece, Octet I, Special Events, String Quartet
Buy this recording Mode Records,

Selected works 1952-1965 (released 2006)
Performed by:
Produced by: New World Records
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems, Music for Cello and Piano, Music for Violin, Cello & Piano, Nine Rarebits, Novara, Octet I, Times Five
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Piano (released 2005)
Performed by: Manon Liu Winter
Produced by: ein_klang_records 020
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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SCENE Piano Music of the Darmstadt School Vol 2 (released 2004)
Performed by: Steffen Schleiermacher
Produced by: MD&G
Compositions: Corroboree: for 3 or 2 Pianos
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Tear (released 2003)
Performed by: Del Sol String Quartet
Produced by:
Compositions: String Quartet
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Chamber Music (released 2002)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: Matchless Recordings (UK)
Compositions: Tracking Pierrot, Folio and 4 Systems, Corroboree: for 3 or 2 Pianos
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Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern: 1968-1998 (released 2002)
Performed by: Urs Peter Schneider, Erika Radermacher
Produced by: Musiques Suisses
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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20/21 - Intercomunicazione (released 2002)
Performed by: Siegfried Palm, Aloys Kontarsky
Produced by: Deutsche Grammophon
Compositions: Music for Cello and Piano
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The New York School (released 2001)
Performed by: Max Neuhaus
Produced by: Alga Marghen (Italy)
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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Electronics and Percussion -- Five Realizations (released 2001)
Performed by: Max Neuhaus
Produced by: Sony (Japan)
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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Subtropics Vol. 1: Breath (released 2000)
Performed by: Subtropics Festival and FIU New Music Ensembles, Earle Brown (Conductor)
Produced by: Elegua Records
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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American Masters Series: Earle Brown (released 1999)
Performed by: Various
Produced by: CRI (note: this has been reissued as "Selected Works 1952-1965" by New World Records)
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems, Music for Cello and Piano, Music for Violin, Cello & Piano, Nine Rarebits, Novara, Octet I, Times Five
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Centering: The Music of Earle Brown (released 1997)
Performed by: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Produced by: Newport Classic
Compositions: Centering, Event: Synergy II, Tracking Pierrot, Windsor Jambs
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Twenty-five Pages (released 1996)
Performed by: Steffen Schleiermacher
Produced by: Wergo
Compositions: Twenty-Five Pages
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Music for Piano(s) 1951 - 1995 (released 1995)
Performed by: David Arden
Produced by: New Albion
Compositions: Twenty-Five Pages, Three Pieces for Piano, Summer Suite '95, Perspectives, Forgotten Piece, Folio and 4 Systems, Corroboree: for 3 or 2 Pianos
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American String Quartets, 1950 - 1970 (released 1995)
Performed by: Concord String Quartet
Produced by: Vox
Compositions: String Quartet
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zeitgenoessische Werke fuer Violoncello und Klavier (released 1995)
Performed by: Dorothea von Albrecht, Christine Olbrich
Produced by:
Compositions: Music for Cello and Piano
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New Music for 1, 2, & 3 Pianos (released 1995)
Performed by: Piano Duo Degenhardt-Kent
Produced by: Mode
Compositions: Corroboree: for 3 or 2 Pianos
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Synergy (released 1994)
Performed by: Ensemble Avantgarde Leipzig
Produced by: Hat Hut Records
Compositions: Event: Synergy II, Tracking Pierrot, Windsor Jambs
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The New York School 3 (released 1994)
Performed by: Eberhard Blum, Art Lange, Jan Williams
Produced by: Hat Hut Records
Compositions: Folio II, Folio and 4 Systems
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Four Systems (released 1993)
Performed by: Eberhard Blum
Produced by: Hat Hut Records
Compositions: Folio II, Folio and 4 Systems
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The New York School 2 (released 1993)
Performed by: Eberhard Blum, Steffen Schleiermacher, Jan Williams
Produced by: Hat Hut Records
Compositions: Octet I, Hodograph I, Folio and 4 Systems
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The New York School (released 1991)
Performed by: Eberhard Blum, Frances-Marie Uitti, Nils Vigeland
Produced by: Hat Hut Records
Compositions: Music for Cello and Piano, Folio and 4 Systems
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Cifre / Four Systems / Cartridge Music (released 1988)
Performed by: Mario Bertoncini
Produced by: Edition RZ
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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America Sings: American Choral Music after 1950 The Non-Traditionalists (released 1979)
Performed by: Gregg Smith Singers
Produced by: Vox Turnabout
Compositions: Small Pieces for Large Chorus
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Gentle Fire (released 1973)
Performed by: Gentle Fire
Produced by: EMI
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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LaSalle String Quartet: avantgarde (released 1969)
Performed by: LaSalle String Quartet
Produced by: Deutsche Grammophon
Compositions: String Quartet
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The New Music (released 1966)
Performed by: Rome Symphonie Orchestra / Bruno Maderna
Produced by: RCA
Compositions: Available Forms I
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3a bienal americana de arte(released -0001)
Performed by: Horacio Vaggione, Pedro Echarte
Produced by:
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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Musique Expérimentale II (released -0001)
Performed by: Group de Recherches Musicales de L'O.R.T.F.
Produced by: disques BAM
Compositions: Times Five
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Prima Vista (released -0001)
Performed by: Pro Musica da Camera
Produced by: Thorofon
Compositions: Folio and 4 Systems
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Contemporary Sound Series


Earle Brown’s Contemporary Sound Series gave a panoramic view of avant-garde music from the 1960s and beyond with 49 composers from 16 countries. Composers who also performed on the recordings include John Cage, Luciano Berio, and Bruno Maderna. The series featured the first commercial recordings of Giacinto Scelsi, Christian Wolff, and Sylvano Bussotti.
 
Earle Brown produced the original 18 LPs from 1960 to 1973. Wergo reissued these rare collector items on six box sets with three CDs each. Udo Wüstendörfer digitized and remastered the historic recordings under the auspices of the Earle Brown Music Foundation.

Earle Brown shot these photographs for the Contemporary Sound Series, often during the recording sessions.

(See also: DISCOGRAPHY)

Contents (scroll down or go directly to Vol. I, Vol. II, Vol. III, Vol. IV, Vol. V, Vol. VI):

Earle Brown – A Life in Music – Vol. I:


CD 1: Concert Percussion for Orchestra
Amadeo Roldán: Ritmicas Nos. 5 & 6
Lou Harrison: Canticle No. 1
William Russell: Three Dance Movements
Henry Cowell: Ostinato Pianissimo
William Russell: Three Cuban Pieces
John Cage and Lou Harrison: Double Music
John Cage: Amores



CD 2: Stockhausen – Kagel
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zyklus / Refrain
Mauricio Kagel: Transición II



CD 3: Live Electronic Music Improvised
MEV: Spacecraft
AMM




The Manhattan Percussion Ensemble / conductors: John Cage and Paul Price / Christoph Caskel: percussion / David Tudor: piano / Aloys Kontarsky: piano, wood blocks / Bernhard Kontarsky: celeste, antique cymbals / MEV (from Rome: Ala Bryant / Alvin Curran / Frederic Rzewski / Richard Teitelbaum / Ivan Vandor): electronics / AMM (from London: Cornelius Cardew / Lou Gare / Christopher Hobbs / Eddie Prévost / Keith Rowe): electronics

Earle Brown – A Life in Music – Vol. 2:

This Volume won the prestigious German Record Critics' Award.

CD 1 – Works for Chamber Orchestra
Luigi Nono: Polifonica – Monodia – Ritmica
Bruno Maderna: Serenata N. 2
Luciano Berio: Différences



CD 2 – New Music from London
Peter Maxwell Davies: Antechrist
Harrison Birtwistle: Ring a Dumb Carillon
David Bedford: Come In Here Child
Richard Orton: Cycle for 2 or 4 Players



CD 3 – Feldman – Brown
Morton Feldman: Durations I–IV
Earle Brown: Music for Violin, Cello and Piano
Music for Cello and Piano
Hodograph





The English Chamber Orchestra / conductor: Bruno Maderna / Jacques Castagner: flute / Walter Lewis: clarinet / Francis Pierre: harp / Walter Trampler: viola / Seymour Barab: cello / conductor: Luciano Berio / The Pierrot Players / conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies / Mary Thomas: soprano / Jane Manning: soprano / John Tilbury: piano / Moray Welsh: cello / Richard Orton: piano / Don Hammond: (alto) flute / Don Butterfield: tuba / David Tudor: piano / Philip Kraus: vibraphone, orchestra bells, marimba / Matthew Raimondi: violin / David Soyer: cello

Earle Brown – A Life in Music – Vol. 3:

This Volume was nominated for the ICMA classical music awards 2011.

CD 1 – The Voice of Cathy Berberian
Luciano Berio: Circles (e.e. cummings)
Sylvano Bussotti: Frammento
John Cage: Aria with Fontana Mix



CD 2 – Toshiro Mayuzumi: Nirvana Symphony
Buddhist Cantata for 12-part male chorus and orchestra



CD 3 – New Music for Piano(s)
Iannis Xenakis: Herma
Roger Reynolds: Fantasy for Pianist
Yuji Takahashi: Metathesis
Earle Brown: Corroboree



Cathy Berberian: voice / Francis Pierre: harp / Jean-Pierre Drouet: percussion / Boris de Vinogradov: percussion / Luciano Berio: piano / NHK Symphony Orchestra / Tokyo Choraliers / Nippon University Chorus / conductor: Wilhelm Schüchter / Yuji Takahashi: piano

Earle Brown - A Life in Music - Vol. 4:


CD 1 – New Music for String Quartet
Pierre Boulez: Livre pour Quatuor I, II, V
Giacinto Scelsi: Quartetto d’archi n. 4
Earle Brown: String Quartet



CD 2 – New Music for Chamber Orchestra
Iannis Xenakis: Achorripsis
Aldo Clementi: Triplum
Bo Nilsson: Szene III, Frequenzen
Arnold Schönberg: Drei Stücke
Wlodzimierz Kotonski: Canto
Yuji Takahashi: Six Stoicheia



CD 3 – The Hamburger Kammersolisten
Milko Kelemen: Études contrapuntiques
Niccolò Castiglioni: Tropi
Vittorio Fellegara: Serenata
Isang Yun: Musik für sieben Instrumente



Quatuor Parrenin / Hamann Quartett / Quartetto di Nuova Musica / New York String Quartet / Internationales Kranichsteiner Kammerensemble, conductor: Bruno Maderna / Hamburger Kammersolisten, conductor: Francis Travis / Paul Zukofsky: violin

Earle Brown – A Life in Music – Vol. 5:


CD 1 – Sonic Arts Union: Electric Sound
Alvin Lucier: Vespers
Robert Ashley: Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon
David Behrman: Runthrough
Gordon Mumma: Hornpipe



CD 2 – "Concord“ Sonata
Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840–1860”



CD 3 – Music for Flute and Piano
Franco Evangelisti: Proporzioni
Niccolò Castiglioni: Gymel
Luciano Berio: Sequenza I
Olivier Messiaen: Le Merle noir
Yoritsune Matsudaira: Somaksah
Bruno Maderna: Honeyrêves



Alvin Lucier: electronics / Robert Ashley: electronics / Mary Ashley, Barbara Lloyd, Mary Lucier: singers / Cynthia Liddell: speaker / David Behrman: electronics / Gordon Mumma: French horn, electronics / Aloys Kontarsky: piano / Theo Plümacher: viola / Willy Schwegler: flute / Severino Gazzelloni: flute

 

Earle Brown - A Life in Music - Vol. 6:


CD 1 – John Cage – Christian Wolff
John Cage: Cartridge Music
Christian Wolff: Duo for Violinist and Pianist / Duet II for Horn and Piano / Summer for Strings Quartet



CD 2 – New Music for Violin and Piano
George Crumb: Four Nocturnes for Violin and Piano (Night Music II)
Isang Yun: Gasa
Charles Wuorinen: The Long and the Short
John Cage: Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard



CD 3 – New Music from South America for Chamber Orchestra
Gerardo Gandini: Soria Moria
César Bolaños: Divertimento III
Marlos Nobre: Tropicale
Oscar Bazán: Sonogramas
Manuel Enríquez: Diptico I
Alcides Lanza: Penetrations II

John Cage / David Tudor: piano / Kenji Kobayashi: violin / Howard Hillyer: horn / Matthew Raimondi: violin / Walter Trampler: viola / David Soyer: cello / Paul Zukofsky: violin / Gilbert Kalish: piano / The New Sound Composers-Performers Group / Alcides Lanza: conductor



A gallery of photos taken by Earle Brown for the Contemporary Sound Series:



Writings

Brown, Earle. “Some Notes on Composing” [1963] in The American Composer Speaks: A Historical Anthology, 1770-1965. Ed. Gilbert Chase. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University, 1966. 298-305.

__________. “Music Essays” in An Anthology of Chance Operations. Ed. La Monte Young and Jackson Mac Low. New York, 1963. unpaginated.

__________. “The Notation and Performance of New Music.” [1964] The Musical Quarterly 72, no. 2 (spring 1986): 180-201.

__________. “Form in New Music.” Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik 10 (1965): 57-69. Rpt. in Source: Music of the Avant-garde 1, no. 1 (January 1967): 49-51.

__________. “Serial Music Today.” Preuve (March 1966). Rpt. in Breaking the Sound Barrier: A Critical Anthology of the New Music. Ed. Gregory Battcock. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981. 97-101.

__________. “Panel Discussion: Notational Problems.” American Society of University Composers Proceedings, 1970. 8-14.

__________. “On December 1952.” [1970; transcription of audio] American Music 26, no. 1 (spring 2008): 1-12.

__________. “Notes on Some Works: 1952-1971.” Contemporary Music Newsletter 6, no. 1 (1972): 1-3.

__________. “Merce” in Merce Cunningham. Ed. James Klosty. New York: Saturday Review Press, 1975. 74-77.

__________. “Earle Brown” in The Music Makers. Ed. Deena Rosenberg and Bernard Rosenberg. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979. 79-91.

__________. “Aufregende Synthese in Darmstadt” in Von Kranichstein zur Gegenwart: 50 Jahre Darmstadter Ferienkurse. Ed. Rudolf Stephan, et al. Stuttgart: DACO Verlag, 1996. 382-387.

__________. “Transformations and Developments of a Radical Aesthetic.” Current Musicology 67-68 (2002): 39-57.

This list was compiled by Jason Cady and Rebecca Kim. Last update: June 27, 2016

News


The 2017 festival ended on August 5.
Read a New York Times review by Seth Colter Walls

Download the full program brochure here.

Earle Brown / Morton Feldman Grant Program 2016/17 closed

The Brown/Feldman program served 50 diverse concert programs and audio and video projects, both in the US and internationally. The program is closed to new applications as of April 20th, 2017.



The trailer for Suzanne Farrin's Dolce La Morte with Anthony Roth Costanzo and ICE:

(Recorded during concert 3 of the TIME SPANS festival 2016 at Mount Crested Butte, Colorado.)


The full video of MetaTrio, concert 1 of the TIME SPANS festival 2016 at Mount Crested Butte, Colorado:





Author David Magnus has published a new book, Aurale Latenz,

"Wahrnehmbarkeit und Operativitaet in der bildlichen Notationsaesthetik Earle Browns."

The publication is in German. Magnus is working on a translation to English.











concerts


 


Past concerts

 

 

Carlton, Australia, June 10, 2017

 

'Do You See What I Hear?' - in honour of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman 


'Do You See What I Hear?' features
two graphic scores –
Brown's 'FOLIO and 4 Systems' and Feldman's 'King of
Denmark'.
In conjunction with international celebrations for
these
composers' 90th birthdays, Warren Burt
and Carmen Chan will create a new work
in their honour. Musicians are joined by dancers
Tony Yap & Collaborators for two pages of Brown's
work with new choreography – ech
oing
the connections between composers
and dancers prevalent in
the New York School.


This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


New York City, June 8, 2017

Kathleen Supove: Solo piano show featuring the graphic gift scores of Earle Brown, along with premieres of pieces by Alex Weiser, Armando Bayolo, Isaac Shankler, Arlene Sierra, and Orlando Jacinto Garcia.


Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2017

Ensemble Lunatic performs Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Jennifer Butler, Maeva Clermont-Giguere, Patrick Giguere, Julia Wolfe. 
 


Brighton, UK, June 3, 2017

Joel Sachs (Juilliard School, New York) directs an ensemble of young, highly talented UK-based musicians in a programme drawn from the celebrated American avant-gardists including John Cage, Morton Feldman and Earle Brown (Syntagm III); plus 'Wild Nights', an Emily Dickinson setting, by American-born Stephen Montague, a Sussex resident. Part of the 'Listen America!' series


This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program. 
 


Leicester, UK, June 2, 5, 2017


MTI presents: The New York School - Brown, Feldman, Wolff

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:
The New York School - Brown, Feldman, Wolff
Monday June 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE

Audrey Riley, cello
James Woodrow, guitar
Andrew Zolinsky, piano
Gregory Warren Wilson, violin



New York City, May 7, 2017

"Eco Music Big Band plays Earle Brown and more"


Brighton, UK, May 5, 2017

LIGETI QUARTET / BLACK ANGELS IN BRIGHTON
Friday 5 May 2017 - 7:30 pm
Venue St Nicholas Church, Brighton
Programme
John Zorn
Cat O'Nine Tails (1999)
Laura Jurd
Jump Cut Shuffle (2016)
Commissioned by the Ligeti Quartet
Wadada Leo Smith
String Quartet No. 4, 'In The Diaspora'
Aaron Copland
Allegro Moderato, from Two Pieces for String Quartet (1928)
Earle Brown
String Quartet (1965)
George Crumb
Black Angels (1971)
Part of the Brighton Fringe Festival: Listen America! 20th-Century Innovative Music series
Promoter Music of Our Time - MOOT

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



New York, April 26, 2017



The Rhythm Method String Quartet in collaboration with the AC Institute of New York presents "Escape-Landscape."
This concert features Tonia Ko's Escape-Landscape (2014), Bernd Klug's string quartet and skyscrapter 2.0 (2016), Andrew Norman's Peculiar Strokes (2015), and Earle Brown's String Quartet (1965) - all pieces that deal with perception and subtle shifts within.
(see the event here on Facebook.)
This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Houston, Texas, April 20, 2017

Adam Tendler performs Brown and Feldman at Rothko Chapel.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Miami, Florida, April 13, 2017


FIU Music Series: New Music Miami ISCM 2017: The Music of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman
The NODUS Ensemble, FIU's Contemporary Ensemble, perform the music of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Tempe, Arizona, April 9, 2017


Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble / Simone Mancuso, Director
Stacey Mastrian, soprano
Music by Earle Brown and Morton Feldman

The concert will be live streamed at 7:30 PDT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpop6CuRf10







This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Bellingham. February 3, 2017

INTERSECTING LINES: THE MUSIC OF EARLE BROWN AND MORTON FELDMAN
Earle Brown, Novara, Folio and Four Systems
Morton Feldman, Why patterns?

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Munich, Germany, February 3, 2017

Lecture
Getting rid of the glue
Amerikanische Klaviermusik der Avantgarde
von Earle Brown und Morton Feldman
Wolfgang Rathert

piano solos
Morton Feldman
Intermissions (1951/52)
Piano (1977)
Earle Brown
Folio (1952/53)
twentyfive pages (1953)
Sabine Liebner, piano

New York City, January 28, 2017

Three Pieces for Piano
Indices (excerpt)
Twenty-Five Pages
Forgotten Piece
Matteo Ramon Arevalos, Sandra Sprecher and Adam Tendler, piano




Milano, December 14, 2016

Brown and Feldman, Piano Four Hands
A project by Alfonso Alberti and Anna D'Errico
in collaboration with Amici della Galleria d'Arte Moderna Villa Reale di Milano
Milano, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Concert series I concerti di Villa Reale di Milano
December 14, 2016 16:30 (workshop) - 18:30 (concert)



This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


 

Berlin, December 14, 2016

EARLE BROWN November '52 (1952), December '52 (1952)
MORTON FELDMAN The viola in my life 3 (1970), Two Intermissions (1950), Intermission 6 (1953)
CHRIS NEWMAN Relief (2016, UA)
WALTER ZIMMERMANN Zwiegesaenge I und II (2015, UA)

Andrew Digby, Posaune, Klavier; Nikolaus Schlierf, Viola

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Helsinki, Finland, December 13, 2016


UMUU Orchestra
Juho Laitinen, conductor
Eriikka Maalismaa, violin

PROGRAM
Elliott Carter: Figment 6 (2011)
Iannis Xenakis: Morsima-Amorsima (1962)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Introduzione all'oscuro (1981)
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Elliott Carter: Figment 3 (2007)
Alvin Lucier: Fideliotrio (1987)
Earle Brown: Centering (1973)

The concert will be broadcast on a later date by YLE Radio 1.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


New York City, December 10, 2016

Three Voices

Cary Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:00pm
$20
Soprano Charlotte Mundy and pianist Adam Tendler join The Tenth Intervention Ensemble to celebrate the 90th birthdays of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman in a performance of Three Voices by Morton Feldman, Nine Rarebits for harpsichord by Earle Brown, and a new work by John King, commissioned for this occasion by Tenth Intervention for violin and harpsichord.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


New York, December 9, 2016

Ensemble Mise-en
PORTRAIT: Earle Brown
Friday December 9th, 2016
8:00pm
the cell / 338 W 23rd St / New York, NY
Free Admission
String Quartet (1965)
Times Five (1963)
Tracer (1985)
Folio and 4 Systems (1954)

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


 

London, November 6, 2016

6th London Festival of American Music.
New London Chamber Choir, Lontano, Stephen Upshaw (viola), Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)
Earle Brown: New Piece (1st version)
Earle Brown: Tracking Pierrot
Earle Brown: New Piece (2nd version)
Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel


These concerts are supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Baltimore. October 26-29, 2016

Livewire 7
Ruckus

These concerts are supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Berlin, Germany, October 20, 2016

Ensemble work-in-progress, Gerhard Mueller-Goldboom, conductor

Morton Feldman
Durations I, Intersection 2, Intersection 3, Vertical Thoughts

Earle Brown
Folio 2 (excerpts), Summer Suite 1995, Special Events, Folio


This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Orlando, Florida, October 8, 2016

Accidental Music Festival
Ensemble AMF

Earle Brown, New Piece
Morton Feldman, Routine Investigation
Terry Riley,
Dia de los Muertos
George Crumb, Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death


This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Boston, September 26, 2016

New England Conservatory

The Callithumpian Consort performs
Morton Feldman, False Relationships and the Extended Ending
Earle Brown, Corroboree
Earle Brown, Folio (October 1952, November 1952 Synergy, December 1952, MM-87/MM-135 March 1953, Music forduo;Trio for Five Dancers June 1953, 1953, Four Systems January 1954)
Earle Brown, Times Five
Morton Feldman, For Frank O'Hara
Earle Brown, Tracking Pierrot

Conductor: Steve Drury

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


 

Frankfurt, Germany, September 23, 2016
StudioNAXOS

MAM.manufaktur fuer aktuelle musik

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Helena, MT 59602, August 27, 2016

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, 2915 Country Club Ave
Diagenesis Duo.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Maui, Hawaii, USA, July 30, 2016

Ebb and Flow Arts (Earle Brown, Corroboree )

Please click here for the recording of Earle Brown's Corroboree, performed by Adam Tendler, Joan Forsyth, Robert Pollock,
and Morton Feldman's Five Pianos.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Athens, Greece, July 21, 2016

The Ritsos Project (Earle Brown:New Piece)

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Rieti, Italy, July 10, 2016

Composit New Music Festival
Anna D'Errico performs:
14:30 16:30CONCERT: Earle Brown, Summer Suite '95
21:30 23:00 CONCERT: Morton Feldman, Triadic Memories

These concerts are supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



San Francisco, July 8,9,10
, 2016

Sf Sound Festival.

Listen to concert recordings here.

These concerts are supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Chicago, June 26, 2016

Aperiodic Ensemble plays

a.pe.ri.od.ic (17): Four (x4) Systems: Feldman within Brown

"a.pe.ri.od.ic presents a program investigating a unique relationship between works by Morton Feldman and Earle Brown, both composers that continue to inspire the aesthetic and notational approaches we find so stimulating. Varying interpretations of Brown's Four Systems will be heard in between works by Feldman, including The O'Hara Songs, Last Pieces for Piano, and Bass Clarinet and Percussion."

preconcert lecture by Ryan Dohoney

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


San Francisco, June 25, 2016

Under the banner of Morton Feldman Chamber Players, pianist Andy Costello brings works of Feldman, Cage and Earle Brown to the west coast, alongside recently commissioned works of Marielle Groven and Kurt Isaacson.

See performance video here and here.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Paris, June 22, 2016

Ensemble Infuse:
Ensemble Infuse joue Brown, John Cage, Christian Wolff, et oeuvres de jeunes compositeurs influence par la New York School.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


New York, June 21, 2016

Make Music New York
Music for Four Pianos
Pianists Hitomi Honda and Karl Larson, along with other guest pianists, explore the sonic possibilities of one, two, and even four grand pianos playing together outside the Cornelia Street Cafe. Works by composers Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, John Cage, Julius Eastman, David Lang, Philip Glass, and a others.

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


 

New York, April 14, 2016

Curiosity Cabinet

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Dallas, March 18, 2016

Dallas Museum of Art
Elizabeth Mc Nutt, Sounds Modern
Brown:Novara/ Feldman

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Tenerife, Las Palmas, March 13-20, 2016

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QorEy_kheyo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBqm0XYJoGw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbuMH5ElO6I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEdio910_1w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-w859zaF1c

Gianni Lenoci, piano

Conservatorio Superior

Workshop & concert
BROWN/FELDMAN

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Scottsdale, February 24, 2016

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FRED FOX SCHOOL

 

Tucson, February 23, Earle Brown conducting seminar with Dan Asia
University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music

Tucson, February 22, 2016


Arizona Contemporary Ensemble / Dan Asia, conductor
Earle Brown, New Piece
Morton Feldman, Madame Press Died at 90
Earle Brown, Windsor Jambs
Morton Feldman, I met Heine on the Rue Furstenberg
Earle Brown, Sign Sounds
These concerts are supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown/Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.



Los Angeles, January 30, 2016

Automata


The Southland Ensemble performs Earle Brown's Folio and Four Systems.
This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.
Click here to see excellent photos of this performance.



Chicago, Sunday, January 24, 2016

Morton Feldman Chamber Players
Programme:
EARLE BROWN: 4 Systems (1954)
MORTON FELDMAN: Trio (1980)

Myra Hinrichs, violin
Mira Luxion, cello
Andy Costello, piano

Run Time: App. 1.5 hours, no intermission

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


 

Seattle, January 19, 2016
Inverted Space Ensemble
: EARLE BROWN RETROSPECTIVE


Inverted Space will celebrate the life and works of American composer Earle Brown in a concert featuring works from each decade of his career and a series of graphic score commissions to be shown and performed at a Seattle Art Walk in January 2016.

Program:

Earle Brown:
Home Burial (1949)
Music for Violin, Cello and Piano (1952)
Novara (1962)
Centering (1973)
String Quartet (1965)
Tracer (1985)
Special Events (1999)

Solo violin: Luke Fitzpatrick
Conductor: Marcin Paczkowski
Good Shepherd Center /4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle WA 98103


This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.


Salamanca (Spain), January 18-20, 2016
Gianni Lenoci performs

EARLE BROWN's
Home Burial
25 pages
Gianni Lenoci, piano
December '52
Gianni Lenoci, conductor&electronics

This concert is supported by The Earle Brown Music Foundation's Earle Brown / Morton Feldman 2016/17 Grant Program.





Foundation

The Earle Brown Music Foundation,
founded in 1997 by Susan Sollins-Brown and Earle Brown


           Susan Sollins-Brown and Earle Brown, Paris 1970




Trustees:
Marybeth Sollins
Andrew Farnsworth


Thomas Fichter, Executive Director, email: thomas.fichter at earle-brown.org
Jason Cady, Senior Researcher, email: jason.cady at earle-brown.org
Kayleigh Butcher, Program Coordinator, email: kayleigh.butcher at earle-brown.org


Special Thanks to:
Gina Genova, Musicologist - Archivist
Russell Hassell, Designer (print)
Robert Williams, Retoucher and Designer (pre press preparation)
Marybeth Sollins, Editor (text)
Phil Thomas, Music Engraver
Udo Wüstendörfer, Tonmeister (digitization: Contemporary Sound Series)
Rebecca Y. Kim, (bibliography, chronology)


The Earle Brown Music Foundation
52 Brevoort Lane
Rye, NY 10580

The archive is currently closed to visitors.

The Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust is a 501(c)3 Private Foundation






grants

Earle Brown / Morton Feldman Grant Program 2016/17 closed

The Brown/Feldman program served 50 diverse concert programs and audio and video projects, both in the US and internationally. The program is closed to new applications as of April 20th, 2017.

For a list of future and past performances, please click here.

Events

Coming Up, August 1-5, 2017


Past events:

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1-4 p.m.

Density 2036: The Making of a New Body of Repertory for Solo Flute Lecture-Performance

Image gallery (please click on images to see name captions):

Claire Chase, Flute
Levy Lorenzo, Sound Engineer
New: Composers Suzanne Farrin and Richard Beaudoin
will participate in the performance! Suzanne Farrin will
play Ondes Martenot.

Claire Chase, flutist and 2012 MacArthur Fellow, offers an interactive performance-lecture and discussion of her 22-year project Density 2036, an ambitious initiative to create, archive and advance a new body of repertory for solo flute leading up to the 100th anniversary of Density 21.5, Edgard Varèse's seminal and groundbreaking 1936 work.
 
Together with her sound engineer and creative partner Levy Lorenzo, Chase will perform and discuss excerpts from the first three years of the project, and will offer the first-ever preview of new works to be unveiled on her December 1-2 concert at The Kitchen.
 
Central to the Density 2036 project are questions of historicity, new production and funding models, collaborative frameworks and archival/dissemination methods. These issues will be explored in a discussion with audience members following the performance.
 
1-2pm
Density 2036 Overview
Density parts i, ii, iii (2013-2015) new repertoire
 
2-3pm
Density 2016 Preview
 
3-4pm
Density 2036 Roundtable Discussion

The Earle Brown Music Foundation, 52 Brevoort Lane, Rye, NY 10580

 
 


Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
New Music, Old Allies?

Historical Reflections on the Legacy of German-American Collaboration
Lecture by Amy C. Beal, Professor of Music, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Location: The Earle Brown Music Foundation, 52 Brevoort Lane, Rye, NY 10580
This event is free but you must RSVP to info@earle-brown.org to reserve a spot.


Drawing on extensive research for her book New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification (2006), musicologist Amy C. Beal reflects on the history of transatlantic relationships between the two countries, and speculates about where that legacy has brought the networks of contemporary music performance in the early twenty-first century. Highlights of this history include the seminal role of German public radio stations as tools of dissemination for non-commercial and non-academic American music.


What potential power does knowledge of our past relationships hold for us today?












 


 


 



BEYOND NOTATION, an Earle Brown Symposium
At Northeastern University, Boston, MA


On January 18 and 19, 2013, the Department of Music at Northeastern University with support from the Earle Brown Music Foundation hosted a symposium on the music of Earle Brown (1926-2002) across two days of scholarship, exhibits, open rehearsals, and performances. Please click here to go to the conference website at NEU. You will find details about the conference, an Earle Brown bibliography and much more.

With: Kyle Gann, Richard Toope, Susan Sollins-Brown, Christina Wolff, Carolyn Brown, Stephen Drury, Steffen Schleiermacher, Louis Pine, Thomas Fichter, Jason Cady, Cornelius Dufallo, Fredrick Gifford, Zbigniew Granat, Shanna Gutierrez, Natilee Harren, Elizabeth Hoover, Rebecca Y. Kim, David Magnus, Kerry O’Brien, David Ryan, Micah Silver, Volker Straebel, William Susman.

New: See the full symposium on video here.


(Photos: Thomas Fichter)




Earle Brown Conducting Workshop, Frankfurt 2011, August 2-4, 2011


Hans Zender, Ensemble Modern
Frankfurt, Germany, August 2-3, 2011


The renowned Ensemble Modern, in collaboration with the Earle Brown Music Foundation, held a workshop on conducting Earle Brown’s “open form” works.

The participating conductors were: Pablo Rus Broseta, Spain, Michel Galante, USA, Steven Jarvi, USA, Manuel Nawri, Germany, Alan Pierson, USA.

The American composer Earle Brown (1926 - 2002) irrevocably changed the thinking of generations of composers since about 1950. His “open form” works, inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobile sculptures and Jackson Pollock’s paintings, broke up the existing ideas of overall linear time, development and fixed form in composition, replacing it with the spontaneous creation of musical form by shaping, mixing and superimposing predetermined mobile elements. Conductor-composer Hans Zender shared his extensive knowledge of Earle Brown’s music.


(Photos: Thomas Fichter)




Time Spans Festival

The TIME SPANS festival will have its season # 4 in the summer of 2018 in New York City.

The festival is dedicated to presenting contemporary music.

TIME SPANS Artistic Director: Thomas Fichter, email: thomas.fichter at earle-brown.org
TIME SPANS Program Coordinator: Kayleigh Butcher: email: kayleigh.butcher at earle-brown.org






Time Spans 2017


NEW YORK CITY, 5 concerts from August 1 - 5 (scroll down to see all)

Download the full 2017 program brochure here.


2017 TIME SPANS CONCERT I

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8:00 pm

The Earle Brown Music Foundation (EBMF) presents
Concerts of the 2017 International Summer Academy for Young Composers
The academy is produced in conjunction with The Avaloch Farm Music Institute

TALEA Ensemble
Jeffrey Means, conductor
Caley Monahon-Ward, audio engineer



Program:
Mayu Hirano, Bloom, for ensemble (2017)

Hunjoo Jung, GESTALT I: Discursive Unities (2017)

Chaya Czernowin, AYRE:TOWED (2015)
Ayre: Towed through plumes, thicket, asphalt, sawdust and hazardous air I shall not forget the sound of
A commission of Ensemble Norrbotten NEO Sweden.

Jason Thorpe Buchanan, PSYCHASTHENIA B: PANIC ARCHITECTURE (2017)

Martin Bauck, nightmares. Bonaria (2017)

Steven Takasugi, Diary of a Lung (2017)
Premiere of the version for 16 musicians, electronic playback and amplification (2006-07 / 2016-17)


Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music. For directions, click here.
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
Tickets:
Click here for Festival Pass (five concerts) - $50
Click here for General Admission (single concert tickets) - $20/$10


2017 TIME SPANS CONCERT II

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:00 pm

The Earle Brown Music Foundation (EBMF) presents
Concerts of the 2017 International Summer Academy for Young Composers
The academy is produced in conjunction with The Avaloch Farm Music Institute

TALEA Ensemble
Jeffrey Means, conductor
Caley Monahon-Ward, audio engineer

Program:

Sam Salem, The Lovers (2017)

Christine Burke, half murmur (2017)

Weston Olencki, browser - for sixteen players; cache
- for multi-channel diffused sound (2017)

Jeffery Shivers, minimum enclosure (2017)

Hans Tutschku, periods of existence (2016)

Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music. For directions, click here.
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
Tickets:
Click here for Festival Pass (five concerts) - $50
Click here for General Admission (single concert tickets) - $20/$10


 

2017 TIME SPANS CONCERT III

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 8:00 pm

JACK Quartet

Program:
John Luther Adams, Everything That Rises (2017), NYC premiere

Duration: about 75 minutes

Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music. For directions, click here.
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
Tickets:
Click here for Festival Pass (five concerts) - $50
Click here for General Admission (single concert tickets) - $20/$10

JACK


 

2017 TIME SPANS CONCERT IV

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:00 pm

Quatuor Bozzini


Program:
Juerg Frey, Unhoerbare Zeit (2004-06) (string quartet and percussion)

Juerg Frey, Streichquartett 3 (2010-2014)

Quatuor Bozzini: Isabelle Bozzini, Stephanie Bozzini, Alissa Cheung, Clemens Merkel
Percussion: Isaiah Ceccarelli, Noam Bierstone

Duration: about 75 minutes

Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music. For directions, click here.
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
Tickets:
Click here for Festival Pass (five concerts) - $50
Click here for General Admission (single concert tickets) - $20/$10



2017 TIME SPANS CONCERT V

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8:00 pm

TALEA Ensemble
Jeffrey Means, conductor

Ms. Mollena Lee Williams-Haas, storyteller

Program:
Georg Friedrich Haas, Hyena (2016), text by Ms. Mollena Williams-Haas

  
Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music. For directions, click here.
450 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
Tickets:
Click here for Festival Pass (five concerts) - $50
Click here for General Admission (single concert tickets) - $20/$10

Caley Monahon-Ward, audio engineer





Thomas Fichter, Artistic Director TIME SPANS


EBMF Int. Summer Academy

The Earle Brown Music Foundation (EBMF)

in conjunction with The Avaloch Farm Music Institute presents

The 2017 EBMF International Summer Academy For Young Composers


Faculty:

Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, and Steven Kazuo Takasugi.

 

Resident composers:

Martin Rane Bauck (Norway)
Jason Thorpe Buchanan (USA)
Christine Burke (USA)
Mayu Hirano (Japan)

Hunjoo Jung (South Korea)

Weston Olencki (USA)

Sam Salem (UK)

Jeffery Shivers (USA)



The Earle Brown Music Foundation in conjunction with the Avaloch Farm Music Institute proudly hosts the 2017 EBMF International Summer Academy for Young Composers. A gathering of eight young and three faculty composers will take place in the summer of 2017 from July 21 to August 3 at Avaloch Farm in New Hampshire and New York City. The International Summer Academy residency is tuition-free.

During the first segment of the residency at Avaloch Farm, composers will meet with the composition faculty for individual lessons and meet each other in organized one-on-one sessions to discuss their works. Furthermore, each composer will offer a presentation before the entire group, introducing his or her music for feedback and discussion. 

During the second segment of the residency in New York City, these activities continue, supplemented by the full practical application of compositional knowledge and realization through intense and focused rehearsals as the New York-based Talea Ensemble joins the residency program. Two full-evening concerts on August 1 and 2 are an integral part of EBMF’s TIME SPANS 2017 FESTIVAL. The concerts take place in the Mary Flagler Cary Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York’s Midtown West and will be prepared by the 18 musicians of the full Talea Ensemble’s sinfonietta.

The 2017 EBMF International Summer Academy for Young Composers is made possible by the generous support of The Earle Brown Music Foundation and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

Dr. Steven Kazuo Takasugi   & Thomas Fichter
EBMF International Summer Academy for Young Composers                                                                              

contact: EBMFInternationalSummerAcademy@gmail.com

                                                              

 

COMPOSITION FACULTY 

Chaya Czernowin, Faculty Composer

Chaya Czernowin was born and brought up in Israel. After her studies in Israel, at the age of 25, she continued studying in Germany (DAAD grant), the US, and then was invited to live in Japan (Asahi Shimbun Fellowship and American NEA grant) Tokyo, in Germany (at the Akademie Schloss Solitude) and in Vienna. Her music has been performed throughout the world, by some of the best performers of new music, and she has held a professorship at UCSD, and was the first woman to be appointed as a composition professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), and at Harvard University in (2009 and on) where she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music. Together with Jean- Baptiste Jolly, the director of Akademie Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart and with composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi, she has founded the summer Academy at Schloss Solitude, a biannual course for composers. Takasugi and Czernowin also teach at Tzlil Meudcan, an International course based in Israel founded by Yaron Deutsch of Ensemble Nikel.

Czernowin’s output includes chamber and orchestral music, with and without electronics. Her works were played in most of the significant new music festivals in Europe and also in Japan Korea, Australia, US and Canada. She composed 2 large scale works for the stage: Pnima...ins Innere (2000, Munich Biennale) chosen to be the best premiere of the year by Opernwelt yearly critic survey, and Adama (2004/5) with Mozart's Zaide (Salzburg Festival 2006). She was appointed Artist in residence at the Salzburg Festival in 2005/6 and at the Lucern Festival, Switzerland in 2013. Characteristic of her work are working with metaphor as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar; the use of noise and physical parameters as weight, textural surface (as in smoothness or roughness etc), problematization of time and unfolding and shifting of scale in order to create a vital, visceral and direct sonic experience. All this with the aim of reaching a music of the subconscious which goes beyond style conventions or rationality.

In addition to numerous other prizes, Czernowin represented Israel at Uncesco composer's Rostrum 1980; was awarded the DAAD scholarship ('83–85); Stipendiumpreis ('88) and Kranichsteiner Musikpreis ('92), at Darmstadt Ferienkurse; IRCAM (Paris) reading panel commission ('98); scholarships of SWR experimental Studio Freiburg ('98, '00, '01); The composer’s prize of Siemens Foundation ('03); the Rockefeller Foundation, ('04); a nomination as a fellow to the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin ('08); Fromm Foundation Award ('09); and Guggenheim Foundation fellowship ('11). She is published by Schott. Her music is recorded on Mode records NY, Wergo, Col Legno, Deutsche Grammophon, Neos, Ethos, Telos and Einstein Records. She lives near Boston with, composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi and their son.

 

Hans Tutschku, Faculty Composer 

Hans Tutschku was born in Weimar in 1966. Some of his first experiences with electronic music came with the “Ensemble for Intuitive Music Weimar” of which he has been a member since 1982. He studied electronic music composition at the Dresden College of Music and, starting in 1989, participated in several of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s concert cycles to learn the art of sound direction. He continued his studies in sonology and electroacoustic composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (1991/92), followed by a year’s study at IRCAM in Paris (1994). In 1996 he participated in composition workshops with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough.

Hans Tutschku has taught electroacoustic composition as a guest professor in Weimar (1995/96); electroacoustic composition at IRCAM in Paris (1997–2001); and at the conservatory of Montbéliard (2001–2004). In May 2003 he completed a doctorate (PhD) with Professor Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, and during the spring term of 2003 was the “Edgard Varèse Guest Professor” at the Technical University of Berlin. Since 2004, he is the Fanny P. Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, where he teaches composition and works as director of the electroacoustic studios.

Hans Tutschku is the winner of many international composition competitions, including: Bourges, CIMESP Sao Paulo, Hanns Eisler Prize, Prix Ars Electronica, Prix Noroit, and Prix Musica Nova. In 2005 he received the culture prize of the city of Weimar. He held a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for 2013, and a stipend from the Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission for 2014. In 2015 he received a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation.

 

Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Faculty Composer

Steven Kazuo Takasugi, born 1960 in Los Angeles, is a composer of electro-acoustic music. This involves the collecting and archiving of recorded, acoustic sound samples into large databases, each classifying thousands of individual, performed instances collected over decades of experimentation and research, mostly conducted in his private sound laboratory. These are then subjecting to computer-assisted, algorithmic composition, revised and adjusted until the resulting emergent sound phenomena, energies, and relationships reveal hidden meanings and contexts to the composer. Against this general project of fixed-media is the addition of live performers, described as an accompanying project: "When people return . . ." This relationship often creates a "strange doubling" playing off the "who is doing what?" inherent with simultaneous live and recorded media: a ventriloquism effect of sorts. 

Takasugi received his doctoral in music composition at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently an Associate of the Harvard Music Department. He was the 2016 Riemen and Bakatel Fellow for Music at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and is the recipient of awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, two Ernst von Siemens Foundation Commissions, and a Japan Foundation Artist Residency. His work has been performed extensively worldwide. Takasugi is also a renowned teacher of composition associated with masterclasses in Singapore, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Darmstadt, Bludenz, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught at the University of California, San Diego, Harvard University, California Institute for the Arts, and the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. Takasugi is also an extensive essayist on music and was one of the founding editors of Search Journal for New Music and Culture. He has organized numerous discussion panels and fora on New Music including colloquia and conferences at Harvard Music and the Darmstadt Forum.

 

ENSEMBLE-IN-RESIDENCE

Talea Ensemble, Ensemble-in-residence

The Talea Ensemble has been labeled “...a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere” by the New York Times.  Recipient of the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the ensemble has given many important world and US premieres of new works by composers including Pierre Boulez, Georges Aperghis, Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, Unsuk Chin, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, and Pierluigi Billone.  Talea has performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Contempuls, Newport Jazz Festival, Royaumont (France), and Art Summit Indonesia (Jakarta). Radio broadcasts of performances have been heard on ORF (Austria), HRF (Germany), and WQXR’s Q2.  As an active collaborator of new music Talea has joined forces with the Austrian Cultural Forum, Consulate General of Denmark, Korean Cultural Service NY, Italian Cultural Institute, and the Ukrainian Institute.  Assuming an ongoing role in supporting and collaborating with student composers, Talea is currently ensemble in residence at Columbia University and has been a guest ensemble at Harvard University, Stanford University, Ithaca College, Cornell University and New York University. Talea has recorded works on the Living Artists Label, Gravina Musica, Tzadik, Innova, Wergo, and New World Records.  For more information, please visit www.taleaensemble.org (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

 

Jeffrey Means, Conductor

One of a younger generation of conductors dedicated to new and recent repertoire, Jeffrey Means has emerged as a prominent figure in contemporary music. 

Based in Boston, Means has conducted many of the city's new music ensembles, including the Firebird Ensemble, Ludovico Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and others. He has also frequently led ensembles in New York, including the Talea Ensemble and Mimesis Ensemble. Means is the conductor and artistic director of Sound Icon, whose performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ In Vain was named the best contemporary music performance of 2012 by the Boston Globe. Means has been honored to work closely with some of the most significant composers of our time, including Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Pierre Boulez, Pierluigi Billone, Steve Reich, Jonathan Harvey, Chaya Czernowin, and others.

Jeffrey has conducted in numerous music festivals here and abroad. In 2008, he led the opening concert of the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music, and in 2010 he led the first concert of the Celebrating Boulez festival, which included the composer’s seminal Le marteau sans maître. Jeffrey has twice served as conductor of the Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music in Auvillar, France, has conducted the Composit Festival in Rieti, Italy, and the Musica Antiqua Nova Foundation International Festival in Argentina. In 2013, Means led the Fromm Concerts at Harvard University, a two-concert series that centered on Elliott Carter’s seminal Double Concerto. Later this year, he will be featured as a conductor and percussionist at the Piano Espoo festival in Finland. 

In 2009, Means was one of two conductors invited to study with Pierre Boulez in Lucerne, Switzerland. There, he learned Boulez’s electro-acoustic masterwork, Répons. Means was invited back to study with Boulez again in 2011. He has since had a close relationship with Boulez's music, and has led many of the major works in his catalog. Means will return to the Lucerne Festival from 2015 to 2017 to serve as conductor of the Roches Young Commissions project.

Means is on the conducting faculty at the Berklee College of Music. He holds a BM in percussion and an MM in conducting from New England Conservatory. At NEC, he received the John Cage Award, the Tourjee Alumni Award, and was given the Gunther Schuller Medal at his graduation. He has recordings available on Albany, Mode, New World, Navona, Naxos, and Tzadik records. (Photo by Jesse Weiner)

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

EBMF International Summer Academy for Young Composers

Dr. Steven Kazuo Takasugi

EBMFInternationalSummerAcademy@gmail.com





past seasons

TIME SPANS - PAST SEASONS PROGRAMS:

TIME SPANS II, August 4, 5 and 6, 2016

TIME SPANS I (2015) & TIME SPANS II (2016) were collaborations between the Earle Brown Music Foundation and the
Crested Butte Music Festival.

Artistic Director: Thomas Fichter

August 4, 2016, (new time:) 9:00 pm Spiegeltent, Mount Crested Butte

Program 1: MetaTrio

Music for three wind instruments and electronics

Marcos Balter, Pessoa (2013)
For six bass flutes. Claire Chase, flute
Felipe Lara, Metafagote (2015)
For seven bassoons. Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Suzanne Farrin, Ma Dentro Dove (2010)
For clarinet and resonating body
Felipe Lara, Parábolas na Caverna (2013)
for amplified solo flute
Mario Diaz De León, Labrys (2016)
for ICE trio


Click here to read the program notes.


Claire Chase, flute / Joshua Rubin, clarinet / Rebekah Heller, bassoon

Doug Fitch, director/ designer
Nicholas Houfek, lights
Caley Monahon-Ward, sound

Total duration approximately 1 hour
Click here to go to the ICE website

August 5, 2016, 5:00 pm: JACK quartet

Program 2: The Wind in High Places


John Luther Adams, The Wind in High Places
Carolina Heredia, Ausencias
Hannah Lash, Pulse-Space
Hannah Lash, Suite: Remembered and Imagined (world premiere)

Caley Monahon-Ward, sound

Click here to read the program notes.



August 6, 2016, 9:00 pm Spiegeltent, Mount Crested Butte
ICE Ensemble

Program 3: Suzanne Farrin, La Dolce Morte  (2016)
A Monodrama for Chamber Ensemble and Countertenor

Video trailer:


Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, Doug Fitch, Director




La Dolce Morte, production still.

International Contemporary Ensemble:

David Fulmer                           Conductor

Christa Robinson                     Oboe

Rebekah Heller                        Bassoon

Bridget Kibbey                         Harp

Wendy Richman                      Viola

Miranda Cuckson                    Violin

Michael Nicolas                       Cello

Randall Zigler                           Double bass



Doug Fitch, director/ designer
Nicholas Houfek, lights
Caley Monahon-Ward, sound

Click here to read the program note.

All programs curated by TIME SPANS Artistic Director Thomas Fichter


TIME SPANS I, 2015

TimeSpansThe Earle Brown Music Foundation and the Crested Butte Music Festival collaborated to create a new contemporary music festival

TIME SPANS
was successfully launched June 25-28, 2015. Click here to see the full program 2015 as pdf document.




TIME SPANS 2015 was presented as part of the Crested Butte Music Festival.

TIME SPANS is created in the spirit of the late American composer Earle Brown (1926-2002), who generously fostered new works by his fellow composers both as the producer of the legendary recording project, the Contemporary Sound Series (1960-73), and director of the Fromm Weeks of New Music in Aspen (1985-90).  Open-minded and always interested in a broad range of aesthetic expressions, Brown sought out important trends in contemporary music.

The name TIME SPANS is borrowed from an orchestral piece of the same name, which Brown composed for the 1972 Olympics.
 

Program TIME SPANS 2015

Union Congregational Church 403 Maroon Avenue Crested Butte, CO 81224
June 25, 7:00 PM JACK Quartet*
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Keats Dieffenbach, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Kevin McFarland, cello
with Amy Williams, piano
Program:
Claudio Monteverdi
Selections from L'Orfeo, arranged by Kevin McFarland
Matthias Pintscher
Study II for Treatise on the Veil, 2006 (Streisfeld, Richards, McFarland)
Taylor Brook
Vocalise (2008)
Amy Williams
Falling (2012)
for piano solo
Amy Williams
Stop/Yield (2015)
for cello and piano
Amy Williams
Cineshape 2 (2007)
for string quartet and piano
*JACK's original violinist, Christopher Otto, had to cancel his participation due to an injury.
His position in the string quartet was replaced during TIME SPANS by violinist Keats Dieffenbach.

June 26, 7:00 PM Talea, John Kennedy cond.
Union Congregational Church Crested Butte
Anthony Cheung
Time’s Vestiges (2013) 12’
Zosha di Castri
Cortège (2010) 7’30”
David Adamcyk
Musique Absolue (2014) 15’30’
Sean Shepherd
Lumens (2005) 14'

June 27, 11:00 AM JACK
Union Congregational Church Crested Butte
JACK Quartet
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Keats Dieffenbach, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Kevin McFarland, cello
Program:
David Liptak,
String Quartet No. 3 (2012) 19’

Caroline Shaw,
Ritornello 2.sq.2.j (2014) 15’
Amy Williams,
Richter Textures (2011)

June 27, 7:00 PM Talea, John Kennedy cond.
Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
Anthony Cheung
SynchroniCities (2012) 14’
Oscar Bettison
An Automated Sunrise (2014) 17’
Sean Shepherd
These Particular Circumstances (2009) 18'
for sinfonietta orchestra

June 28, 4:00 PM Talea, John Kennedy cond.
Union Congregational Church Crested Butte
Hans Abrahamsen
Schnee (2008)
Barry J. Crawford, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Rane Moore, clarinet
Steven Beck, piano
Anthony Cheung, piano
Alex Lipowski, percussion
Ben Russell, violin
Elizabeth Weisser, viola
Chris Gross, cello
John Kennedy, conductor