Open your ears and your mind at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP). It's a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in hearing where new music has been going, and to understand where it might be going next.
Legendary artists are in residence for this week of intensive musical study and performance, alongside seminar participants who are here for the sheer thrill of the avant garde. NEC's Stephen Drury is artistic director for this institute, and guest artists this year include composer Rand Steiger and pianist Winston Choi.
Percussionists Scott Deal and Stuart Gerber and members of Callithumpian Consort join the party tonight, performing works by Bela Bartók, Franco Donatoni, Johannes Kreidler, and John Zorn.
Led by Stephen Drury, 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 returns to its birthplace—the NEC campus—with performances of contemporary avant-garde music.
Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Yukiko Takagi, Stephen Drury, piano
Scott Deal, Stuart Gerber, percussion
Donatoni Hot for saxophone and ensemble
Philipp Stäudlin, saxophones, with Callithumpian Consort
Read an LA Philharmonic program note on this piece.
Kreidler Studie für Klavier, Audio- und Videozuspielung
Klavierstück 5 für Klavier und 4-kanalige Zuspielung
Yukiko Takagi, piano, electronics, and video
Zorn Camarón for piano and four percussion, from Aporias
Stephen Drury, piano
Jeffrey Means, Nick Tolle, John Andress, Gary Wallen, percussion
In addition to SICPP's evening concerts, SICPP participants perform solo repertoire at 11:30am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway. Museum admission fee is waived if you tell them at the door that you are attending the SICPP concert in Calderwood Hall.