An evening of new solo and chamber works
Performed by James Ilgenfritz, contrabass
What’s your Bas(sic) Problem?, by Brian Griffeath-Loeb and James Ilgenfritz
Petal, by Gordon Beeferman
Synchroma I (or 18 Ways), by Stephen Rush
Mexican Apple Soda Paraphrase, by Jeffrey TreviÃ±o
Performed by Weave
Sarah Weaver, Artistic Director
Resonessence, by Sarah Weaver
Katie Down, flute, Julie Ferrara, oboe, Gretchen Langheld, clarinet/saxophone, Jody Espina, saxophone, Joe Giardullo, saxophone, Jessica Pavone, viola, Eyal Maoz, guitar, Rich Rosenthal, guitar, Diana Wayburn, piano, James Ilgenfritz, bass, Betsey Biggs, laptop
James Ilgenfritz will perform a set of newly commissioned works for solo contrabass, written specifically to be performed on James’ Fall 2007 cross-country tour from San Diego to New York. Composers from California, New York, and Michigan have written semi-improvisational notated works for James, including Dr, Stephen Rush, Gordon Beeferman, Miller Puckette, Jeffrey TreviÃ±o, and Brian Griffeath-Loeb.
Weave will perform Resonessence, a full ensemble piece that brings concepts of field recording and live sound processing into an acoustic performance process. Resonessence utilizes Soundpainting – a gestural language which indicates parameters for improvisation – and strategies for attention as primary compositional tools. Content is derived through listening for relationship of frequency, resonant frequencies as they occur in the environment, between performers, internally, world-wide, and across dimensions. The content is then processed by the conductor to facilitate resultant frequency relationships and resonant communication.
Contrabassist James Ilgenfritz approaches the art of making music as an archeologist would unearth a fossilized relic. Carefully examining rarified aspects of his instrument’s sonic palette, James strives to give new meaning to the classically overlooked gems of the physical and hypothetical properties of sound. Most recently, James has been in close dialogue with contemporary composers to develop new works that explore the metaphorical relationship to the practical complexity of daily life.
Weave is a contemporary arts performance group based in New York. Recently relocated from Chicago, Weave celebrates its 9th annual season by making its re-entry into the New York scene with this performance at Roulette. Artistic Director Sarah Weaver is a Composer and Improviser, an Apprentice of Deep Listening – the sound practice of legendary composer Pauline Oliveros, and is the Executive Director of the International Society for Improvised Music. www.weavesoundpainting.org
This event is supported in part through Subito, the quick advancement grant program of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers Forum, in partnership with the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles.