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.

Today's concert is the legendary Sick Puppy Iditarod: a marathon concert that will extend past sundown—midnight?—dawn?!?—and feature works by composers in the SICPP New Works program, composer-in-residence Rand Steiger, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Luciano Berio, Frederic Rzewski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Crumb, Scott Deal, Charles Ives, Roger Miller, Matthias Spahlinger, Steve Reich, plus other new and challenging composers and sounds.

Electronic Workshop installations

Today you will also have the opportunity to visit audio installations created by participants in the Electronic Workshop component of SICPP, led by John Mallia and Scott Deal.

Work by Benjamin Bacon, Neal Markowski, and Amber Vistein will be located in the Jordan Hall building in rooms 118, 124, and 102. From 4pm on, a quadraphonic listening room in Williams Hall will feature acousmatic and multimedia works by all SICPP Electronic Workshop participants—both the installations and the quadraphonic listening room will be running alongside the Iditarod.

Midday concerts

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.

Date: June 22, 2013 - 4:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Brown Hall

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IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON