Fonema Consort

Fonema-6330Music Composition: Soloists from Fonema Series

As a part of their residency at HCL, soloists from Fonema Consort will curate 3 programs devoted to some of the principal exponents of new music for their corresponding instruments:

Soloists from Fonema Series I: Ryan Packard, percussion
Date: February 27th, 8pm

Percussion music post-Vinko Globokar and Mauricio Kagel has often turned towards balancing the absurd, the culturally referential, and the downright problematic in a cluster chaos filled sound world that is tangled in it’s own semantically charged web. This concert pairs one of the important works of the percussion repertoire, Globokar’s ?Corporel, with newer works for percussion that have pushed percussion repertoire into a new frontier of musical theatrics.

?Corporel, by Vinko Globokar |10|
STAAHAADLER AFF, by Oxana Omelchuk |10|
Au dela d’une étude pour percussion, by Vinko Globokar |30|

Soloists from Fonema Series II: Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass
Date: April 3rd, 8pm

Kathryn Schulmeister performs two works for solo double bass that culminate three years of collaboration with the Catalan composer Joan Arnau Pàmies. [d(k_s)b] (2011) is a virtuosic tour de force which serves as a precursor to [k(d_b)s] (2012-13), a work concerned with parametrical deconstruction as a means to structural complexity. The program also features the world premiere performance of Sound Portrait (2014) by Enric Riu, an early mentor of Pàmies.

Ein Hauch von Unzeit VII: (Plainte sur la perte de la réflexion musicale), by Klaus Huber [15′]
[d(k_s)b], by Joan Arnau Pàmies [7′]
Sound Portrait, by Enric Riu [6′]
[k(d_b)s], by Joan Arnau Pàmies [7′]

Soloists from Fonema Series III: Samuel Rowe with Shawn Lucas, guitars
Date: May 22nd, 8pm

Moving through the soundworlds created by Pisaro’s and Lachenmann’s music–variously austere and dense, delicate and violent–the guitar emerges as something other than the lyrical, heroic instrument we are familiar with. This music operates at the outer limits of the guitar’s capabilities, ranging from prickly percussive attacks to bell-like overtones verging on inaudibility.  It thus unfolds the latent expressive possibilities of the instrument, its capacities for evoking aggression, tact, and loss.

here (1), by Michael Pisaro: guitar
Salut für Caudwell, by Helmut Lachenmann: 2 guitars

About Fonema:

consort : a group of instrumentalists and singers performing together

fonema : (Spanish, phoneme) the smallest unit of speech, which distinguishes words according to their sonic quality.

These concepts define the essence of Fonema Consort, as we endeavor to strengthen and expand the repertoire of 20th and 21st century repertoire for voice(s) and instruments, and live out our fascination with the exploration of vocal possibilities in music. The complex nature of this repertoire encompasses a vast intersection of disciplines (music, drama, literature, for example), and requires the ensemble to explore a wide range of performance practices.

Founded in October 2011 by singer Nina Dante and composers Pablo Chin and Edward Hamel, this Chicago-based ensemble was named “Best New Vocal-Oriented Contemporary Classical Ensemble of 2014″ by The Chicago Reader, and has performed at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall and at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, as well as at college and university campuses throughout the Chicago area and beyond. The ensemble is building a national and international audience, with past performances in New York, Costa Rica, and Mexico City, and upcoming performances in Miami, France, and Mexico.

Fonema Consort is dedicated to the commissioning of new works for voice(s) with instruments, and collaborating closely with composers on the realization of these scores. Since its debut concert in February 2012, Fonema Consort has premiered more than 20 works by living composers.

Described by the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak as “dazzling“, Fonema Consort’s debut CD, Pasos en Otra Calle, was released this Spring on New Focus Recordings. Believing that new music offers a journey of discovery for the performer and listener alike, Fonema Consort hopes that our audience will join us on this journey at the edge of musical and linguistic discovery.