WHEN: Sunday, April 24, 7 PM
TICKETS: $12 general/$8 students
Despite being one of the most radical and revolutionary 20th century European avant-garde composers, Mauricio Kagel's music has remained relatively obscure, especially here in the US. In an attempt to change this, two musicians from New York City have spent the past three years researching Kagel's massive body of work, seeking out rare scores, recordings, and videos of his bizarre, often hysterically theatrical compositions. The result is the performance-event known as Kagel Nacht.
With the assistance of local musicians in each city, Kagel Nacht features the musical and theatrical artistry of:
Rick Burkhardt - orator, accordion; Stephe Cooper - producer, glockenspiel; Roberta Michel - flute, piccolo; Jordan Mclean - trumpet, conductor, arranger; Geoff Nosach - lighting, set design; Sam Kulik – trombone; Dennis Sullivan – percussion; Beth Griffith – vocalist; Sam Sowyrda - producer, conductor, percussion
ALEXANDER MILOVANOV, CLASSICAL GUITAR
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 8 PM
TICKETS: 12/$5 students; post-concert wine reception
Originally from the Republic of Belarus, Alexander attended the Peabody Institute, where he received his Master of Music, studying with Ray Chester. As a scholarship recipient at Peabody, he completed the Graduate Performance Diploma program in 2010, studying with Julian Gray, and has been appointed as faculty of the International School of Music in Washington D.C
Last summer, Alexander has won the 4th prize at the preeminent International Concert Artist Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America. This coming fall, as a full scholarship and fellowship recipient, Mr. Milovanov will enter the Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music to the class of Professor Benjamin Verdery.
JENNY LIN PERFORMS CHINOISERIE
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 8 PM
TICKETS: $15/$10 students
Rather than an attempt to depict a reality-based musical view of China, pianist Jenny Lin's program seems designed to show how fantasy tends to mix with reality in many Western composers' attempts to evoke the flavor of a far-off, exotic land that held strong fascination. Those looking for a quirky but unfailingly delightful visit to China will enjoy it too.
LOS ANGELES ELECTRIC 8
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 5 & 8 PM
TICKETS: $15 general/$10 students
A chamber octet in which eight guitarists reclaim classical music for the electric guitar. The effect is an exploration of a greater potential for the electric guitar with both intentional and accidental nods to the rock characteristics of the instrument.
The octet’s repertoire spans the late Renaissance to the present day, ranging from the polychoral music of Giovanni Gabrieli to Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments. Their latest program, Interlocking Textures, juxtaposes Indonesian gamelan with American minimalism, highlighting the work of ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood and pianist Charles T. Griffes.
In 2008, the group was the subject of the documentary Electric Requiem, a featured short film project funded by the James Irvine Foundation.