New Music Festival

New Music Festival
Dr. Pamela Madsen, Artistic Director

 Music Across Borders - February 21-25, 2018

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet,
Eclipse String Quartet, Vicki Ray pianist
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

Pamela Madsen: There Will Come Soft Rains (premiere) Oratorio for the Earth with video artist/poet Quintan Ana Wikswo 

There will come soft rains is a 90 minute, National Endowment for the Arts and New Music USA awarded multi-movement oratorio for the earth by composer Pamela Madsen for percussion, strings, voices, projected images and sounds, created in collaboration with performers and video artists. “There will come soft rains” reflects upon the need for Deep Listening in the wilderness, social justice and the global ecology of self-consciousness; resonance of the human body and our connection to the earth, and the need for water and the meaning of rain. Supporting artists who have committed include:

· Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
· Cory Hills, percussionist /spoken voice
· Maggie Parkins, cellist from Eclipse String Quartet
· Eclipse String Quartet, Los Angeles
· Quintan Ana Wikswo, Video Artist/poet, New Mexico

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New Music Ensemble

CSUF New Music Ensemble and guests artists

Director, Pamela Madsen, Eric Dries; Improvisation Group Director, Charles Sharp

Nicole Mitchell Opens in new window , flutist/composer/improviser, Jen Shyu Opens in new window , vocalist, multi instrumentalist, and Lukas Ligeti Opens in new window , percussionist, composer/improviser.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

Thea Musgrave: Madrigals
for CSUF New Music Ensemble SATB choir
Nina Cremer, Shirley, Anna Munakata, Joel Mesa, Pierre Smith, Jesse Rivera, Andrew Wilcox

Vera Ivanova: from "6 Fugitive Memories" Heather Moore, piano
1. Composition No.1
5. Cimbalom Játék
6. Debutie

Jen Shyu: Li Bai
for CSUF Improvisation Group
Saxophone, Charles Sharp, Edgar Anguianes, Electric Guitar, David Bergstedt, piano, Michael Barrerra, percussion

Nicole Mitchell and Jen Shyu: solo/improv

Nicole Mitchell: Bits of Wood
CSUF New Music Ensemble and Improvisation Group

Lukas Ligeti: 3457
for CSUF improvisation Group
Saxophone, Charles Sharp, Edgar Anguianes, Electric Guitar, David Bergstedt, piano

Pauline Oliveros:  Double X (1979) for 8 spatialized percussion, CSUF New Music Ensemble and Cory Hills, guest percussionist
Gregory Ozment, vibraphone, James Werritt, vibraphone, Jenna, clarinet, Isaac, violin, trombone, accordion, horn, trumpet

Louis Andriessen: Worker's Union (1975) intended for any loud-sounding group of instruments-for CSUF New Music Ensemble

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Jen Shyu - photo by Ryu ljun

Jen Shyu Workshop
(open to all artists and non-artists)

Friday, February 23, 2018
10am to 12pm,
CPAC 256
Ear and Rhythmic Intensive Training (for musicians especially) plus Intermedia Improvisation "You Are Everything" 


Nine Doors by Jen Shyu
Jen Shyu - Doris Duke Artist award-winning vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer from East Timor / Taiwan presents her critically acclaimed solo work Nine Doors

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Friday, February 23, 2018 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

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Composer-Performer Symposium
Saturday, February 24, 2018 • 10am-6pm
Recital Hall

Featuring Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Vera Ivanova, Lukas Ligeti, Jen Shyu,

American Composers Forum-LA with Composer Thea Musgrave,

CSUF Faculty Scholars John Koegel and Charles Sharp on Music Across Borders


10-12pm: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble-Workshop/Score Reading/MasterClass

10-11am: CSUF Student Composer Readings of works by MCME

12pm: CSUF Faculty Scholar John Koegel: Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot 

12:45pm: CSUF Faculty Scholar Charles Sharp on Music Across Borders

1:30-3pm: American Composers Forum-LA Steven Homestead-LA Border Crossings
Jack Van Zandt in Conversation with Composer Thea Musgrave

3-4pm: Lukas Ligeti, composer, percussionist, electronics performer, professor at UC Irvine. His intercultural work has led him to 15 African countries; he co-founded the groups Beta Foly and Burkina Electric and has worked with traditional musicians in Egypt, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

4-5pm: Jen Shyu on Fieldwork and Artistic Process: Tradition into the Future and the Creative Voice Within: Jen Shyu performs some excerpts from and speaks about her fieldwork research and process behind the creation of Nine Doors, ritual music drama directed by Romanian director Alexandru Mihail  

5pm: Panel Discussion with Festival Guest Artists:

Jen Shyu, Lukas Ligeti, Vera Ivanova, Members of Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, ACF-LA President Steven Homestead,

CSUF Faculty, Pamela Madsen, John Koegel, Charles Sharp, Bill Cunliffe

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Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble - Music Across Borders

Saturday, February 24, 2018 • 8pm
Meng Concert Hall

Kaija Saariaho: "Cendres" for flute, cello and piano (1998)
Vera Ivanova: "Children's Games" for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello (2018)
Salvatore Sciarrino: "Omagio a Burri" for alto flute, bass-clarinet and violin (1995)
Pamela Madsen: "There Will Be Stars/There Will Be Rest/River of Stars" for ensemble (2018)

Sofia Gubaidulina: "Dancer on the Tightrope" for violin and piano (1993)

Alvin Lucier: "Two Circles" for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello and pure wave oscillators (2012)

Arvo Pärt: "Collage sur B-A-C-H", arr. by Oleg Tantsov for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello (1964)

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble:

Ivan Bushuev, flute
Oleg Tantsov, clarinet
Mikhail Dubov, piano
Vladislav Pesin, violin
Yulia Migunova, cello

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University Symphony Orchestra 

University Symphony Orchestra
Kimo Furumoto, conductor
Sunday, February 25, 2018 • 4pm
Meng Concert Hall

Featuring composer Thea Musgrave in celebration of her 90th birthday

Peter Warlock: Capriol Suite
Jean Sibelius: Romanze
Thea Musgrave: Song of the Enchanter (In homage to Sibelius)
Amy Beach: Finale from the "Gaelic" Symphony
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue with 2017 Music Associates Concerto-Aria Competition Overall Grand Prize Winner: Man-Ling Bai

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