Season 4: 2017-2018
September 17, 2017: Versipel Collective: Surface Grammars
Versipel New Music kicks off its fourth season with an evening of stunning contemporary chamber music from around the world. These works touch on a number of complex musical grammars. From the delicate, almost brittle, textural introspections of Caterina Di Cecca’s quintet Il Dubbio Della Marionetta to the obsessively fragmented counterpoint of William Cole’s trio Bind Weave Spin, this collection of works reflects upon grammars of recent past as well as points towards new ways of instrumental gesture and interaction. Works featured on the program include the world premiere of Matt Wright’s septet entitled Abbey, Bernd Alois Zimmerman’s Sonata for solo viola, and pieces chosen from Versipel New Music’s Annual Call for Scores.
March 14, 2018: Versipel Collective + Electronics
Versipel New Music continues its fourth season with an evening of stunning contemporary chamber music augmented with electronics from the United States and beyond. Collectively, the pieces chosen for this program approach the use of electronics in far-ranging ways with far-reaching results – from works that immerse us in delicate ambient otherworlds, works that act as a salve, as an escape, or play upon our memories to music that throws open the gates modern peripetic life with all its chaos and violence and forces us to think and question the world we live in. Works include Paula Matthusen’s In Absentia for violin, piano, electronics and wine glasses, Mendel Lee’s fixed media work Habits of Man, Jacob TV’s I was Like Wow for trombone and video, and three works from our 2018 Call for Scores – Peter Gilbert’s The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges for ensemble and electronics, Daniel Harrison’s Everything is Broken, We Sing for cello and piano and Alican Çamcı’s Landscape with Inscription for flute, violin percussion and electronics.
April 26, 2018: Visiting Artist I: Hub New Music
We are excited to be hosting Boston’s Hub New Music in their New Orleans debut!
“Next time [Hub New Music] offers a concert, go, listen, and be changed” – the Boston Globe
“In short, Hub New Music is a group you should pay attention to.” – Classical Dark Arts
Hub New Music is a mixed quartet of “young intrepids” (WQXR, New York) exploring a richly diverse palette of 21st century sounds. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello, Hub has been praised for “handling tricky ensemble passages with ease” (New Music Box) in performances that are “elegant and exacting” (the Boston Globe) and inspire a “refreshing sense of pure joy.” (New Classic LA)
May 11, 2018, 7:30 PM: The Versipel Collective at the Southern Sonic Festival, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
The Versipel Collective is excited to be a part of the first Southern Sonic Festival at the Contemporary Arts Center. On this show, the Versipellians will showcase their creative side by premiering several brand new graphic score works commissioned by the Southern Sonic Festival by local composers Jeff Albert, Kari Besharse and Philip Schuessler. Some of these works will also involve multi-media, electronics and video.