Semiosis Quartet
Jan
14
4:00 PM16:00

Semiosis Quartet

Boston-based Semiosis Quartet is a dynamic string ensemble dedicated to presenting a contemporary repertoire of diverse international narratives. Founded in 2014 by Nicole Parks, the quartet’s name refers to semiotics, or the process of communicating and interpreting meaning through signs and symbols.  Semiosis Quartet performs traditionally underrepresented work from Central America, South America, and Mexico as well as pieces by Shih-Hui Chen, Anthony Green, Sofia Gubaidulina, Eric Nathan, Toru Takemitsu, Caroline Shaw, and local composers Steven Snowden and Jason Huffman.  For the Second Sunday Concert, Semiosis Quartet will perform “This is the Light of Autumn by Stefanie Lubkowski, “Abstracta” by Eva García Fernández, “Blemish” by Camila Agosto and “String Quartet No. 2” by Sofia Gubaidulina.

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

Semiosis Quartet:
Nicole Parks - violin
Kyra Davies - violin
Lauren Nelson - viola
Allison Drenkow - cello

Website:
http://www.semiosisquartet.com

Program:
Camila Agosto - Blemish
Eva García Fernández - Abstracta
Stefanie Lubkowski - "This is the light of autumn..."
Caroline Shaw - Valencia
Steven Snowden - Bird Catching from Above

Biography:
Boston-based Semiosis Quartet, formed in 2014, is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic ensemble dedicated to presenting the string quartet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries. The ensemble’s 2017-18 season is headlined by a concert featuring composers from Central America, South America, and Mexico, part of an ongoing effort to present work by voices traditionally underrepresented in the new music community. They will also perform repertoire by Shih-Hui Chen, Anthony Green, Sofia Gubaidulina, Eric Nathan, Toru Takemitsu, Caroline Shaw, and local composers Steven Snowden and Jason Huffman. Semiosis continually seeks to expand the quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered several works. In 2016 they presented the world premiere of Curtis Hughes’ String Quartet No. 2, and the 2017-18 season includes a commission by Aaron Jay Myers. Semiosis Quartet was appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Previously they worked with the JACK Quartet, the Muir Quartet, and composer Joan Tower as part of the Emerging Quartets and Composers program at the Deer Valley Music Festival. Other highlights of past seasons include appearances as part of the Equilibrium Concert Series, the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, and August Noise JP. Deeply committed to music education, Semiosis has worked closely with student composers, musicians, and faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Tufts University, and Bowling Green State University. The quartet’s name refers to a process where a subject uses a message or symbol to communicate. The audience interprets the message to derive meaning. Study of this process crosses the boundaries of linguistics, anthropology, and biological sciences. Likewise, Semiosis Quartet demonstrates how the contemporary string quartet repertoire is a vehicle for a diverse collection of narratives from around the world.

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Singing Strings
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

Singing Strings

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

Singing Strings:
Jim Dalton - plucked strings and voice
Maggi Smith-Dalton - plucked strings and voice

Website:
http://www.singingstring.org/JM/index.html

Biography:
Jim and Maggi Dalton perform music of popular/vernacular, folk and cultivated traditions - covering time periods from the Middle Ages to the present, focusing largely on American and Celtic repertoire. They specialize in music of the 19th and 20th centuries from parlor and stage. Concerts and programs contain commentary designed to place the music performed in historical context for the audience. Programs reflect the continual and ongoing research in which the two delight. They also perform original songs and compositions. Jim and Maggi have released two recordings to date, and have designed a full spectrum of programs which they present nationwide. They have been featured often on radio and television. (PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS affiliates, Cable Networks; NPR stations,NewsRadio, interview programs across the USA feature stories in newspapers and magazines, i.e., The Philadelphia Inquirer & Courier-Post). They have performed at nationally-known venues (i.e., Colonial Williamsburg, Seneca Falls, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House) and countless local and regional venues nationwide. They have served as artists-in-residence at various colleges, public history sites, community and educational centers, presenting series addressing American history and other topics in the humanities, using music as the core of each session. They are co-authors of the recently published book, first in a series: The Measure of the Year - Singing Through the Seasons. Jim and Maggi are founders and co-directors of The Institute for Music, History, and Cultural Traditions, Inc., a non-profit organization. (http://imhct.org) They are founders and co-artistic directors of The American History and Music Project ™ , the primary public program of the nonprofit IMHCT.ORG.

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The Boston Conservatory at Berklee String Sextet
Mar
11
4:00 PM16:00

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee String Sextet

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee String Sextet:

Biography:
The string sextet (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos) repertoire, while not as extensive as that of the string quartet, includes some beloved masterpieces. Brahms wrote two, Dvorak – one, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence is a concert favorite. Other composers such as Korngold, Shulhoff and Boccherini (who wrote six!) were interested as well in the added lower voices.  Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) is considered his earliest important work; originally for sextet, he later arranged the piece for string orchestra. The BCB String Sextet was formed initially to perform Verklärte Nacht.  The members of the ensemble, violinists Jesus Saenz (Peru) and Veronica Rider (US), violists Louie Lau (Hong Kong) and Rebecca Miller (US), and cellists Johnny Mok (Hong Kong) and Alexander Ullman (US) decided to stay together and explore more of the rich sextet repertoire.

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Modern Brass
Apr
15
4:00 PM16:00

Modern Brass

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

Modern Brass:
Jason Huffman - trumpets
C. Neil Parsons - bass trombone
Joseph Walker - horn

Website:
http://bostonmodernbrass.com/

Biography:
Modern Brass is a Boston based, New England focused brass chamber ensemble devoted to the music of living composers. Our mission includes commissioning new works, performing recently written masterpieces and discovering neglected great works from the recent past. Jason Huffman is a Boston based composer and trumpet player whose works take inspiration from the interplay of mathematics and the perception of time and sound. He performs regularly with Sound Icon, Equilibrium Ensemble, New England Philharmonic, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble and is a founding member of the Equilibrium Concert Series and Modern Brass. He received a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Trumpet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Composition from Boston Conservatory where upon graduation he received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award. Bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons has been performing for as long as he can remember, appearing in his first professional theatre production at age three. Extensive touring has taken him to 40 states, with performances at major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center, residencies at numerous universities, and guest appearances with symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony. Beyond his versatility across music, theatre, and dance productions, Parsons is best-known for blending his talents in new hybrid artworks.  Parsons is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he declared an individual major in Interdisciplinary Performance & Education. He holds a Master of Music in Contemporary Classical Music Performancefrom Boston Conservatory at Berklee. His primary teachers include Ray Premru, Tony Baker, Steve Witser, and John Faieta. Joseph Walker has lived and worked in the Boston area since receiving his Masters degree in 2008 from New England Conservatory, where he studied under Richard Mackey.  He continues to play with ensembles throughout the area while working full time at the conservatory, and currently lives in Everett with his wife, son, and two cats.

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Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble
May
13
4:00 PM16:00

Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble:

Website:
https://www.blacksheepcontemporary.com/

Biography:
Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble
is an innovative new music group based out of Boston. Focused on collaboration, the ensemble works to redefine the boundaries between different artistic disciplines while engaging all types of audiences. Over the past two years, the ensemble has worked with visual artists, dancers and choreographers to create new works. As a result of performing in unique spaces such as art galleries, Black Sheep has brought new music to an atypical audience. Working with choreographer Micheline Wu, the ensemble discovered new possibilities for performing music and movement simultaneously. To further cross disciplines, many pieces composed by members of the group have incorporated works of visual art, such as Caroline Bagenal’s “Book of Hours” and her “Summer Palace”. By performing pieces by living composers, Black Sheep aims to give repeat performances to already written works, as well as commissioning new ones. The ensemble has hosted Calls for Submissions, accepting new or previously premiered works by composers worldwide. The cost to apply for these calls has always been kept at a minimum, making them accessible to as many composers as possible with compensation given for selected pieces. With an unusual instrumentation, the group helps to commission pieces for instruments that are normally underrepresented in the Western chamber music world. Engaging and educating the community about new music is one of Black Sheep’s main aspirations. The ensemble’s weekly Black Sheep Live events hosted on Facebook explore and discuss works by different living composers. With no admission charged and a global reach, these events have been viewed by audiences who often find traditional concerts and lectures cost prohibitive or do not live in a metropolitan area. 

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Box Not Found
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Box Not Found

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

Box Not Found:

Website:
https://boxnotfound.com/

Biography:
Created by violinist Natalie Calma and clarinetist Kevin Price, Box Not Found seeks to build and cultivate the foundations for alternative streams of new music.  By refusing to adhere to the typical parameters of the contemporary classical music world, Box Not Found fosters relationships with other creative artists, serving as a platform to voice and share their thoughts and ideas, while also generating a positive impact on both the local and global communities.

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NorthStar Duo
Jul
8
4:00 PM16:00

NorthStar Duo

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

NorthStar Duo:
Adrienne Baker - flutes
Seychelle Corbin - saxophones

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/northstarduo/about/?ref=page_internal

Biography:
Flutist Adrienne Baker & saxophonist Seychelle Dunn are passionate about new music and celebrating works by less accessible composers with their community.

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This World of Yes
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

This World of Yes

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

This World of Yes:
Megan Ihnen - mezzo soprano
Alan Theisen - alto saxophone

Website:
http://alantheisen.com/thisworldofyes

Biography:
Alan Theisen (b. 4 Oct. 1981) is a composer, saxophonist, music theorist, and educator. Theisen's compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His music, frequently commissioned by chamber and large ensembles, has been described by composer Dimitri Terzakis as being "the product of a unique talent." Commissioning organizations include the Argot Trio, A/B Duo, Force Majeure Quintet, Tromboteam!, Samford University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Kontra Duo, Trio Bel Canto, the Mana Quartet, members of the U.S. Army bands, and the Asheville Community Band. Theisen's works combine an expressive melodic sensibility, a diverse harmonic language, and elaborate formal designs. Recent world premieres of Theisen's music have occurred at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, the 2016 New Music Gathering at Peabody Conservatory, NMG 2017 at Bowling Green State University, and the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in France. He remains active as a saxophonist (classical recitals, wind ensembles, jazz bands, musical theater productions) and performed in the 2000 and 2003 World Saxophone Congresses. Recent national appearances as a classical saxophonist include performances at the 39th Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA); UMKC Conservatory; with Chamber Cartel (Atlanta); at the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Navy International Saxophone Symposia; the University of Oklahoma (Norman); as guest recitalist at the Wichita State University New Voices Festival; with the Pan Harmonia concert series (Asheville); and with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. With mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, Theisen crafted a program of contemporary music for voice and saxophone entitled This World of Yes that they have performed across the United States. He is a member of Fujin - a multi-instrumental new music chamber ensemble extant since 2010.  Theisen performs with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Nouveau Passe Orchestra, the Gamble-Wilson Swing Orchestra, Rational Discourse (an Asheville-based progressive jazz-rock group), and has played reed books for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Asheville Community Theatre, and Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. He is associate professor of music at Mars Hill University where he coordinates the music theory/composition curriculum. Theisen is the founder and director of the Mars Hill New Music Festival (established 2012). American mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen is recognized for her colorfully rich tone, powerful performance skills, and insightful musicianship in a diverse repertoire ranging from Brahms, Schubert, and Handel to the modern sounds of Crumb, Schwantner, Cage, and the most up-and-coming composers of her generation. Megan is a new music force of nature. A prolific new music artist, Ms. Ihnen has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Latitude49, Great Noise Ensemble, Stone Mason Projects, Rhymes With Opera, SONAR new music, and more. She has sung with many outstanding performers including Nadia Shpachenko, Nicholas Photinos, Michael Hall, Gregory Oakes, Holly Roadfelt, Nick Zoulek, Hillary LaBonte as well as premiered the work of Mara Gibson, Griffin Candey, Garrett Schumann, Christian Carey, Alan Theisen, Anna Brake, D. Edward Davis, Anthony Donofrio, and more.

Ms. Ihnen has upcoming engagements on the SPLICE Festival 2018 and Winifred M. Kelley Music Series at Salisbury House. She has appeared with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Detroit New Music “Strange Beautiful Music Marathon”, Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Works and Process at the Guggenheim Series, Notes on Fiction Series at the Center for Fiction, New Music Gathering, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, American Opera Theatre, Vivre Musicale, UCCS Music/Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective, Harford Community College Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, and Silver Finch Arts Collective. As a chamber musician, Ihnen has been featured at impuls International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), Fresh Inc Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, and MusicX. Ms. Ihnen is also a founding member of the Seen/Heard Trio along with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis and flutist Erika Boysen. The Seen/Heard Trio’s model is dedicated to excellence and creativity in teaching and learning, immersive performance, audience experience, and developing the repertoire for the instrumentation of flute, harp, and voice. As musicians and recording artists, Seen/Heard Trio is devoted to featuring rarely-recorded or never-recorded composers. Ihnen’s interpretations of modern and contemporary repertoire have garnered growing acclaim. She is particularly recognized as an excellent recitalist. Her This World of Yes program of contemporary music for voice and saxophone with Alan Theisen explores the themes of pathways, choices, and duality through the work of contemporary composers such as Jessica Rudman, Michael Young, and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. This World of Yes has been performed in Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and will go on a Southeastern states tour in 2017. With performances in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Colorado Springs, and Kansas City, Ms. Ihnen has worked with violinist Martha Morrison Muehleisen and Rome Prize winner video artist Karen Yasinsky to take audiences on a profound journey through György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments through video and sound. Finally, Ihnen’s Single Words She Once Loved is a performance that centers around the ideas and effects of memory, dementia, and time. It is a deeply personal exploration of the dueling forces of ‘eternal sunshine of the spotless mind’ and ‘God gave us memories so that we may have roses in winter.” Single Words She Once Loved features compositions by David Smooke, Ryan Keebaugh, Daniel Felsenfeld, Jeffrey Mumford, and more. In the spring of 2017, Ms. Ihnen undertook a fundraising project for her first album, “Sleep Songs: Wordless Lullabies for the Sleepless.” She commissioned over 25 diverse composers from the United States and abroad to write brief, wordless lullabies for mezzo-soprano. Megan has also had recordings on the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Fall 2015 Mixtape and the CarpeDM Seize Des Moines “Music Mix: Volume III” which was featured at the 2016 SXSW Festival. Ihnen was honored to receive a Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award for Commitment to and Performance of 20th/21st Century Music in 2009 and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Classical Music: Solo Performance in 2014. She was an accomplished violist and drama student before pursuing degrees in music and vocal performance from Augustana University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Ihnen has been a board member for Baltimore Concert Opera and HOWL performing arts ensemble. Ms. Ihnen is a devoted teacher who shepherds studios at Drake University Community School of Music, Southwestern Community College School for Music Vocations, and Graceland University. She has also been a resident faculty artist for the UMKC Summer Composition Workshop. In addition to UMKC, Megan has presented her popular masterclasses, workshops, and lectures at the New Music Gathering, Iowa Thespian Festival, UNCG Greensboro, and Florida Atlantic University.

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Byrne:Kozar:Duo
Sep
9
4:00 PM16:00

Byrne:Kozar:Duo

The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.

Byrne:Kozar:Duo
Corrine Byrne - soprano
Andy Kozar - trumpet

Website:
http://www.andykozar.com/byrnekozarduo.html

Biography:
Created by New York City based soprano Corrine Byrne and trumpeter Andy Kozar, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo presents historically informed performances of baroque music for natural trumpet and soprano in addition to commissioning new works for modern trumpet and soprano.  As individuals, Corrine has been called a ‘celebrated singer’ (Broadway World) and 'a rising star' (Arts Westchester) while Andy has been called ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ (Baltimore Sun).  Combining their strengths as performers and interpreters of both early and modern music, the Byrne:Kozar:Duo has also commissioned new works by composers including Reiko Futing, Paula Matthusen, and Scott Wollschleger.  As recording artists, they can be heard on an upcoming release on New Focus Recordings of the music of Scott Wollshleger.  Recent appearances include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, Divergent Studio at the Longy School of Music, and New Music Miami.

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