photo © Katrin Talbot
Led by Stephen Drury of the NEC faculty, Callithumpian Consort is a loose aggregation of NEC students, alumni, and new music enthusiasts that performs locally, on the East Coast, and in Europe. Throughout the year, the group visits NEC with performances of contemporary avant-garde music.
In Callithumpian Consort's first appearance of the season at NEC, the focus is on music that spotlights soloists within the group, with cellist Benjamin Schwartz offering the premiere of a new work by John Harbison. The evening closes with a work for percussion trio.
Tristan Murail C'est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close…
Karina Fox, viola
Trevor Bača Sekka
Jessi Rosinski, flute
Jonathan Harvey Be(com)ing
Rane Moore, clarinet
Elaine Rombola, piano
John Harbison Invention on a Theme by Wm. Shakespeare world premiere
Benjamin Schwartz, cello
Roger Reynolds Kokoro
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Georges Aperghis Les guetteurs de sons
Mike Williams, Jeff Means, Nick Tolle, percussion
Georges Aperghis's Les guetteurs de sons literally means The Lookouts for Sounds. Accordingly, be on the lookout for sound to kick in at about 0:25 in this video extract. "Who will have the last word: the musicians, or silence?" asks the composer in his notes on this piece.