August 6 thru August 12

THE BOX IS EMPTY’S TOP PICKS:

Color Field Ensemble – Amanda DeBoer Bartlet/Nat Evans/The Concert Black/Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble – The 3rd Annual Color Field Festival for Contemporary Music.  The Bartell Theater and other locations, Madison, WI.  August 10-11, 2012.

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The Color Field Festival is an immersive music weekend for adventurous listeners, featuring two days of concerts and events, virtuosic performances by cutting edge ensembles, and new works by composers from around the world.

Showcasing Concert Black, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and composer/clarinetist/artist Alejandro T. Acierto, this is sure to be an inspiring and energized weekend filled with one-of-a-kind performances.  Of particular note are “Music and Cocktails” featuring installation by of Alejandro T. Acierto (Friday at 7:00), as well as the  premiere of Nat Evans’s Hungry Ghosts (Saturday at noon).  The festival culminates in a six-hour, BOAC-style marathon concert.  Don’t miss the chance to hear the fabuluous Concert Black and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.

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Neal Meyer – Writing for the Second Time through Finnegan’s Wake by John Cage.  The Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA.  August 11, 2012, 8:00 p.m..

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This weekend Neal Meyer takes on Cage’s monumental work of texts taken from Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.  The work uses textual and spoken sound to create music that Cage described as free of melody, counterpoint, and musical theory.  The result is a beautiful exploration of Joyce’s “music.”  Indeed it is likely the best way to encounter Joyce’s text and to come to understand the genius behind the Wake.  It is simply a text that begs to be hear and not read.  Meyer notes, “I was always taken by Cage’s remarks about how he would gradually start singing as he read the “Second Writing,” as if the text itself evoked music from its reader. I made a point of memorizing “Second Writing” exactly in hopes of intensifying this process. So what you’ll hear at the Chapel in couple weeks is a few steps more toward song even than Cage’s 79 performance.”

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK – 8/6/12-8/12/12 – Seattle:

  • Neal Meyer – Writing for the Second Time through Finnegan’s Wake by John Cage.  The Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA.  August 11, 2012, 8:00 p.m..
  • John Teske – House show, Seattle, WA.  August 11, 2012.  Email john@johnteskemusic.com for directions and details
  • Table and Chairs – Operation ID.  On tour in Oregon and Washington.  August 10-15, 2012.
  • Parnassus Project – Music at Kirkland Summerfest.  Downtown Kirkland, WA.  August 10, 2012, 6:00-7:00 p.m..

 HAPPENING THIS WEEK – 8/6/12-8/12/12 – Elsewhere:

 HAPPENING SOON

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