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NATURE WALK, WORKSHOP & CONCERT – Resonant Mechanisms: The Experimental Music Tradition in Upstate New York – [Switch~ Ensemble]
Friday, November 18, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm$20 – $25
Nature Walk | 3:30 PM
Explore hidden corners and unmarked trails of PS21’s 100 acres of meadows, woodlands, and rolling hills with artist Alison McNulty, including a visit to McNulty’s installation Hudson Valley Ghost Column 7, the first public art project commissioned by PS21. Ghost Column 7, a cylindrical tower of vintage bricks and unprocessed wool, engages imaginatively with PS21’s landscape as it weathers the changing seasons. McNulty writes that her work “emerges from an interdisciplinary perspective informed by natural sciences, archaeology, diverse writers and thinkers, and place-based research.” Participation is FREE and open to all ages. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and dress with the weather in mind.
Participatory Music Workshop – [Switch~ Ensemble], Victoria Cheah, and Jen Kutler | 4:30 PM
In this participatory workshop the [Switch~ Ensemble] musicians and guest composers Victoria Cheah and Jen Kutler explore composition, experimental practices, and analog technology in their music, including Kutler’s musical sewing machines. Participation is FREE and open to all ages and musical backgrounds.
Performance of Resonant Mechanisms: The Experimental Music Tradition in Upstate New York – [Switch~ Ensemble] | 7–8 PM
Sarah Hennies, “Everything Else” (2016)
Victoria Cheah, “Hard columns you within” (2022) – world premiere
Julius Eastman, “Buddha” (1984)
Jen Kutler, “Chatter Marks” (2022) – world premiere
Duration: 1 hour with no intermission
Founded in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and now based in New York City, [Switch~ Ensemble] presents Resonant Mechanisms. a concert of significant works that engage with the rich tradition of experimental music in Upstate New York. Featuring two world premieres of newly commissioned works by composers Victoria Cheah and Jen Kutler, alongside works from Sarah Hennies and Julius Eastman, the program explores a range of modalities in music for quintet and electronics.
The concert will be followed by a conversation with the musicians, composers, and installation artist Alison McNulty.