Wisconsin Union Theater, Terrace | Madison, WI

August 12, 2018 | 5pm

+ Karakurenai | Andy Akiho

A post-minimalist meditation exploring rotating rhythmic cells.

Akiho sets up an ostinato in a 31/16 meter, the ostinato's odd meter is then paired with quarter-note patterns in the performer's right hands. These quarter-note cycles are gradually augmented from a 1-beat cycle, to a 20-beat cycle, creating an ever revolving metrical dissonance.

Both groovy and meditative, this work is extremely demanding of the performers, requiring them to hear and play in distinct meters simultaneously.

+ Go, Dog. Go! | Mark Applebaum

Stevie Wonder - "Too High"
James Brown - "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
ZZ Top - "La Grange"
The Kinks - "All Day and All Night"
Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze"
Joan Jett - "I Love Rock and Roll"
Tony Basil - "Hey Mickey"
The Doors - " Hello I love You"
Rick James - "Super Freak"
James Brown - "Get on The Good Foot"
The Beatles - "Come Together"
Kool and The Gang - "Celebration"
Heart - "Barracuda"
Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir"
Parliament Funkadelic - "Give Up The Funk"
Led Zeppelin - "Heartbreaker"
Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"
Kansas - "Carry on My Wayward Son"
Pink Floyd - "Money"
Bachman, Turner Overdrive - "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"
Prince - "Alphabet"
The Dazz Band - "Let It Whip"
Aerosmith - "Sweet Emotion"
Prince - "Billy Jack Bitch"
Led Zeppelin - "Fool in the Rain"

Improvisation on Bruckner's 6th Symphony

Parliament Funkadelic - "Do That Stuff"
The Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
Wild Cherry - "Play That Funky Music, White Boy"
Kiss - "Detroit Rock City"
Prince - "Soft and Wet"
Black Sabbath - "Paranoid".

Improvisation on The Rite of Spring

Janet Jackson - "What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
Rush - "YYZ"
AC/DC - "Back in Black"
The Beatles - "Day Tripper"
Led Zeppelin - "The Immigrant Song"
Queen - "Under Pressure"
Jimi Hendrix - "Crosstown Traffic"
Janet Jackson - "Nasty"
Michael Jackson - "You Wanna Be Startin' Something"
Chic - "Le Freak"

Improvisation on Holst's The Planets (Mars)

Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Steve Miller - "The Joker"
Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"
Stevie Wonder - "Sir Duke"
Madonna - "Material Girl"
Van Halen - "Mean Street"
The Doobie Brothers "China Grove"
Kool and The Gang - "Jungle Boogie"
The Who - "Can't Explain"
Led Zeppelin - "The Crunge"
Phil Collins - "In the Air Tonight"
Van Halen - "Jump"
Led Zeppelin - "The Ocean"
Cameo - "Word Up"
Parliament Funkadelic - "Flashlight"
The Beatles - "Hey Jude"
Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
The James Gang - "Funk 49"
Black Sabbath - "Ironman"
Bob Marley - "I Shot The Sheriff"
The Gap Band - "Burn Rubber"
Edgar Winter - "Frankenstein"
Prince - "You Need Another Lover"

Improvisation on Varèse's Ionization

CODA: A literal setting of P.D. Eastman's 1967 children's book, "Go, Dog. Go!"

+ 43.076919 -89.399974 | Filament

This is a site-specific original composition by Filament. We used the geographical coordinates of the Memorial Union Terrace to generate pitch material and rhythmic motives.

+43 -89 has no narrative, no beginning, no end. In this sense, it is not a story. Rather, it is a space, like a room that you pass through, existing only in that moment and in your memory. It is a soundtrack to this moment.

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+ Table Talk | Alyssa Weinberg

Table Talk is a turbulent work for prepared vibraphone. Weinberg gives the performer's detailed instructions on how to modify the vibraphone, using items such as small gongs, pieces of wood, and tin cans, and as a result, the vibraphone is transformed into an entirely new instrument. This is reminiscent of John Cage and his works for prepared piano such as his Bacchanal and Sonatas and Interludes, both in terms of the modified instruments and the wide-ranging musical contrasts.

Like many of the works on this program, Weinberg explores different lengths of repeating cycles, at times favoring a noisey mass of polyrhythmic texture.

+ Wah | Juri Seo

A light-hearted work for 2-5 percussionists, Wah explores the hypnotic instrument known as a vibratone or wah-wah tube. The players work their way through a series of musical ideas, sometimes independent of one another.

Seo is a professor of composition an Princeton--read about her here.

+ Ore | Wally Gunn

Ore was ommissioned as part of the New Works for Percussion Project. The piece which features the spoken voice and a gradually developing canonic texture is a collaboration between Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski.

Zajkowski's poem, also titled Ore, is seemingly a collection of almost-words. Made up of familiar morphemes, Zajkowski renders a fictional vocabulary all her own, with words like "colderer", "fortifree", and "chartic". Gunn's setting of the text is rhythmically simple, but still demanding of the performers, asking the players speak text naturally while playing ever-changing rhythmic patterns.

We are honored that this will be the World Premiere (or "permier" to quote one of Zajkowski's made-up words) of Wally Gunn's Ore.

+ The Drum Sings and the World Roars | Filament Duo

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ― Nikola Tesla