Next week brings the 2nd annual Color Field festival, organized by a similarly named group of musicians from the contemporary music graduate program at Bowling Green State University. The Color Field Ensemble mounted a new music festival last summer in Omaha and this year are taking their show on the road to Madison, Wisconsin. As a proud Midwesterner I may be biased, but I'm especially psyched that the ensemble and the festival are targeting that region of the country. With "contemporary classical music" you've got to build your own audience, and with the exception of emerging new music powerhouse Chicago, the Midwest has plenty of room for ensembles/bands/etc. Even culture capitol Minneapolis lacks a strong, local new music presence (if anyone can beg to differ please clue me in!). So this year we're taking our talent to Madison to see what sort of audience and support we can drum for the likes of Andriessen, Crumb, Reich, Romitelli, and a bunch more.
The starting lineup for this year looks fierce. In addition to Color Field members Amanda DeBoer (soprano), James Fusik (saxophone), Karl Larson (piano, shred hands), and Jeff Weston (bass), we have a roster of guest artists including myself, Liz Ann (soprano), Molly McLaughlin (flute), Domenica Fossati (flute), Liz Lee (cello), Alejandro Acierto (clarinet), and Derek Johnson (guitar/composer/Meshuggah enthusiast). Also joining us in Madtown for the affair are two of my favorite NYC composers and dudes in general, Robert Honstein and Ravi Kittappa.
Here's the breakdown of events:
Capitol Square Event
Friday, 8/19. 6:30pm: Capitol Square
Decantations 3, by Ravi Kittappa (premiere)
Friday, 8/19. 8:30pm: The Overture Center for the Arts Rotunda Stage
Animans Andrew Smith (premiere)
Temazcal Javier Alvarez
Trash Tv Trance Fausto Romitelli
cotrol/option/delete Marcos Balter
Is It Auburn? Robert Honstein
Saturday, 8/20. 8:30pm: The Overture Center for the Arts Rotunda Stage
Duo for Flute and Voice David Grant
Electric Counterpoint Steve Reich
Madrigals, Book Two George Crumb
Presence, Consequence & Submissiveness Edward Hamel (premiere)
Sunday, 8/21. 2:30pm: The Overture Center for the Arts Rotunda Stage
Why are you not answering me? Robert Honstein
Slapback Michael Fiday
Two Seaming Jane Rigler
Decantations Ravi Kittappa
Workers’ Union Louis Andriessen
And YES, we are performing Workers Union in Madison, the epicenter of a recent, epic, and ongoing struggle for teachers' collective bargaining rights. Don't get much better than that.