CalArts’ Experimental Music Yearbook Festival This Weekend

This weekend (Oct. 24-25), The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts launches a new experimental music concert series to showcase recent musical works from both American and international composers. The Experimental Music Yearbook is a series of curated concerts–three over the course of two days–that highlight recent trends and ideas in global experimental music.

The Yearbook program includes renowned American composers Christian Wolff and Tom Johnson, as well as American premieres from such luminaries as Taku Sugimoto (Japan), Manfred Werder (Switzerland), Peter Ablinger (Germany) and Olivia Block (Chicago).

CalArts faculty member and composer Michael Pisaro, along with local experimentalists (and CalArts alumni) John P. Hastings and Casey Anderson, curated the concerts. The trio has organized a team of Los Angeles’ finest experimental music performers–all of whom are former or current CalArts students–in creating the first iteration of what will be an annual event.

Concert Schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 pm

  • RR48G (2009) by Lewis Keller
  • Small Preludes (2008) by Christian Wolff
  • Amtssee Bei Regen (2008) by Peter Ablinger
  • Red Vine (2009) by Sara Roberts
  • Shear (2009) by Olivia Block

Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 pm

  • Oasis (2009) by Liam Mooney
  • 10, 11, 12 (2009) by Taku Sugimoto
  • 20091 (2009) by Manfred Werder

Sunday, Oct. 25 at 8 pm

  • Timework for Oboe (2003) by Tom Johnson
  • Josef, Lieber Josef Mein (2008) by Quentin Tolimieri
  • Adventures with Julie (2009) by Anna Oxygen
  • The Rocketship in Langley Park (2009) by John P. Hastings

The Experimental Music Yearbook
Roy O. Disney Concert Hall at CalArts
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, Calif.
Oct. 24-25
Admission is free.

The video snippet above is from a performance of Olivia Block’s composition Stupid Afternoon.

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