Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC! 3)

April 20-22, 2018

For the third time the Bienen School of Music will host its conference for new music, NUNC!  Performers, composers, musicologists, theorists, and new music enthusiasts in general are all welcome to come to the Evanston campus for three days of performances, lectures, masterclasses, and panel discussions. There is no conference fee for participants.

Concerts & Events

Claire ChaseClaire Chase Masterclass

Friday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.
Regenstein Master Class Room
70 Arts Circle Drive

Anne Green, flute
Autumn Selover, harp
Evan Fojtik, flute
Devin Gossett, horn
Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon
Magdalena Cerezo Falces, piano and Johanna Vargas, soprano

Admission is free

symphony orchestra and choirBienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, University Chorale, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra

Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive

Dimitri German, baritone
Gabrielle Barkidjija, mezzo-soprano

Conducted by Donald Nally, the three Bienen ensembles perform choral-orchestral works by three of today’s compositional luminaries. George Benjamin adapts Caliban’s dream speech from “The Tempest” in “Sometime Voices.” Thomas Adès takes a dramatic look at an American cataclysm that could happen again in “America: A Prophecy.” David Lang’s expansive elegy “the passing measures” invites contemplation and reflection.

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claire chaseClaire Chase, flute

Friday, April 20, 10 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
70 Arts Circle Drive

Ryan Ingebritsen, sound designer

Flute soloist, collaborative artist, curator, and new music advocate Claire Chase is the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship and a 2017 Avery Fisher Prize. She performs NUNC! 3 composer submissions by Miyuki Ito and Jessie Cox for solo flute plus Richard Beaudoin’s “Another Woman of Another Kind” for solo flute and eight voices, featuring eight Bienen School alumni conducted by Donald Nally.

Admission is free.

ryan dohoneyRoundtable Discussion: “Commitment Today: On the Musically Political”

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.
Regenstein Master Class Room
60 Arts Circle Drive

This roundtable discussion, moderated by Bienen Assistant Professor of Musicology Ryan Dohoney features University of Chicago Associate Professor of Music and Humanities Seth Brodsky, Northwestern Black Arts Postdoctoral Fellow Fumi Okiji, and Harvard University James Edward Ditson Professor of Music Anne Shreffler.

Admission is free.

pianoCall for Performances

Saturday, April 21, noon
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive

Guest piano duo HereNowHear’s Ryan McCullough and Andrew Zhou perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Mantra” for two pianos.

Admission is free.

mcclintock roomCall for Performances

Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m.
McClintock Choral and Recital Room
70 Arts Circle Drive

Samara Rice: Election Syndrome
Constellation Men’s Ensemble
Christopher Windle, conductor

Simon Steen-Andersen: in-side out-side-in
Nico Couck, guitar

Eric Chasalow: Ariel’s Fantasy: a monodrama for solo flutist
Shanna Gutierrez, flute

Kyle Motl: Interlocutions II
Kyle Motl, bass

Simon Steen-Andersen: Study for String Insturment #2
Ludwig Carrasco, violin and whammy pedal

Chris Fisher-Lochhead: grandfather
Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon

Helmut Lachenmann: Interieur III
Gregory Oakes, clarinet

Nathan Hudson: Unlikely Event
Kate Dreyfuss, violin
Josh Graham, percussion
Andy Hudson, bass clarinet

Matthew Chamberlain: Mime
Michael Matsuno, flute

Ravi Kittappa: KUBA
Casey Grev, saxophone and implanted electronics

Phil Taylor: Foursquare: Three Antique Games
Brandon Quarles, soprano saxophone
Hunter Bockes, alto saxophone
Jordan Lulloff, tenor saxophone
János Csontos, baritone saxophone

F-PLUS, Constellation Men’s Ensemble, and saxophone quartet ~Nois—all including Bienen School alumni—perform music of Simon Steen-Andersen, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, and Helmut Lachenmann in this marathon concert.

Admission is free.

electronicsCall for Performances: Electronics Workshop Concert

Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m.
Ryan Opera Theater
70 Arts Circle Drive

Performances by invited NUNC! 3 participants, including music of Hans Tutschku, Joshua Banks Mailman, Ted Moore, Tomás I. Gueglio Saccone and Nathan Corder.

Admission is free.

music ensembleContemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
70 Arts Circle Drive

Conducted by Ben Bolter and graduate assistant conductor Ludwig Carrasco, the Contemporary Music Ensemble performs music by guest composers: Ashley Fure’s Albatross, Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas, and Simon Steen-Andersen’s Chambered Music, plus a new work by Liza Sobel entitled Ticking Time Bomb.

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Dohoney in McClintockCall for Presentations

Sunday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
McClintock Choral and Recital Room
70 Arts Circle Drive

Invited musicologists and musicians from NUNC!3’s Call for Presentations will lecture on proposed topics. Moderated by Bienen Assistant Professor of Musicology Ryan Dohoney.

Danika Paskvan: New Music’s Emerging Language and Praxis of Digital Self-Construction
Alexander Rothe: Community and Empathy in George Lewis’s Afterword
Liam Hockley: Theorizing Performer Agency in the “New Complexity”
Max Silva: Submission to Sensation: Kink Aesthetics in New Music
Alex Temple: Trans Politics and Aesthetics in New Music

Admission is free.

sax ensembleSaxophone Studio Concert

Sunday, April 22, noon
Regenstein Master Class Room
60 Arts Circle Drive

Eric Chasalow: Are You Radioactive, Pal?
Caleb Carpenter, saxophone

Chris Dietz: My Manifesto and Me
Joe Connor & Caleb Carpenter, saxophone

Carolyn O’Brien: Thing Contained
~Nois Quartet, saxophone
Brandon Quarles, soprano saxophone
Hunter Bockes, alto saxophone
Jordan Lulloff, tenor saxophone
Janos Csontos, baritone saxophone

Joanne Metcalf: The Vast Unknowable
Joe Connor, soprano saxophone

Baldwin Giang: breathe…blow…break
Zula Quartet
Joe Connor, soprano saxophone
Eric Zheng, alto saxophone
Leo Aguilar, tenor saxophone
Caleb Carpenter, baritone saxophone

Bienen School saxophone students, directed by Taimur Sullivan, perform works from the NUNC! 3 call for scores, including music of Carolyn O’Brien, Eric Chasalow, Chris Dietz, Joanne Metcalf, and Baldwin Giang.

Admission is free.

Hans ThomallaGuest Composer Talks

Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.
McClintock Choral and Recital Room, free

Individual discussions with this year's invited guest composers on performance praxis, their compositional style, and their music. Discussion led by Hans Thomalla, Institute Director

2:00 p.m. Simon Steen-Andersen
3:00 p.m. Ashley Fure
4:00 p.m. Derek Bermel

Admission is free.

Jack QuartetJACK Quartet

Sunday, April 22, 5 p.m.
Regenstein Master Class Room
60 Arts Circle Drive

Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violin; John Pickford Richards, viola; Jay Campbell, cello
Recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the JACK Quartet has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Wigmore Hall as well as the Lucerne Festival and the Venice Biennale. This program features works from the NUNC! 3 call for scores by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsie, Stefan Pohlit, and Sam Scranton.

Admission is free.

sheet musicClosing Night Concert

Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
70 Arts Circle Drive

Andreas Eduardo Frank: Restore Factory Defaults
Anne-May Krüger, vocalist
Jan Gubser, sound designer

György Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Johanna Vargas, soprano
Magdalena Cerezo Falces, piano

David Carter: A veces, hecho de nada
Benjamin Zucker: Aneroidal
Barry Sharp: A Clear Midnight
Carlo Frizzo: Through the Cumberland
Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble
Donald Nally, conductor

Christine Burke: here
Brian Ferneyhough: Dum transisset
Amy Williams: Richter Textures
JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet; Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Donald Nally, conductor; additional invited soloists and ensembles. NUNC! 3 closes with compositions submitted by participants as well as music of Brian Ferneyhough and Amy Williams.

Admission is free.

Faculty and Guests

Bienen School Faculty Participants

Guest Performers

Guest Composers

Guest Performer Biographies

Claire Chase

Claire Chase

Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. “Look out, world. Here comes a monster.” — American Record Guide

Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.

Chase has released three celebrated solo albums, Aliento (2010), Terrestre (2012) and Density (2013), and in 2014 launched Density 2036, a 22-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for solo flute between 2014 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. She was the 2009 Grand Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and made her critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2010. In 2015, Chase was honored with the American Composers Forum Champion of New Music Award.

Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001, described as the United States’ “foremost new-music ensemble” (The New Yorker), and is active as an ensemble member in ICE projects throughout the world. ICE has premiered more than 800 works since its inception and has spearheaded an artist-driven organizational model that earned the ensemble the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center in 2010 and the Ensemble of the Year Award in 2014 from Musical America Worldwide. In 2015, Chase was honored with the American Composers Forum Champion of New Music Award. The ensemble can be heard in dozens of recordings on the Tzadik, Mode, Naxos, Bridge, New Amsterdam, New Focus, Samadhi Sound and Nonesuch labels, as well as on its own online, streaming video library of live performances, DigitiCE.

A deeply committed educator, Claire has overseen the development and implementation of education programs such as The Listening Room (for K-6 school children with no musical background), EntICE (for middle-school and high-school youth orchestras in underserved areas of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles) and a wide variety of collegiate and pre-professional training programs. She is also the new co-artistic director, with her longtime collaborator Steven Schick, of the Summer Music Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. In 2014, Chase was named an inaugural Fellow at Project&: Cultural Production with Social Impact. With Project&, she will develop several large-scale new works from 2014-2018 exploring the relationship between language, ritual and music. In 2015, Chase was music director and soloist in Salvatore Sciarrino's Il Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni for 104 flutes, for which the Los Angeles Times praised her as a "staggering virtuoso with the assurance of a rock star." She will lead several performances in 2016-17 of this immersive 60-minute piece fusing contemporary performance and community engagement.

Upcoming projects include solo tours in Asia, Australia and the Middle East, a residency with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, performances of Dai Fujikura's new flute concerto, and the release of a new double-album in collaboration with Meyer Sound Studios. At home in New York, she will perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center, as well as with ICE in community venues, public spaces, and elementary schools as part of the OpenICE initiative.

Chase grew up in Leucadia, CA with the childhood dream of becoming a professional baseball player before she discovered the flute. She received her B.M. from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in the studio of Michel Debost. Her other principal teachers were John Fonville and Damian Bursill-Hall.

JACK Quartet

JACK Quartet

Deemed "superheroes of the new music world" (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is "the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment." (Washington Post) "They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us." (Toronto Star)

The recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Dedicated to education, the quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has a long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.

Guest Composer Biographies

Derek Bermel

Derek BermelGrammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity.  Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Bermel is also Director of Copland House's emerging composers institute Cultivate, served as Composer-in-Residence at the Mannes College of Music, and enjoyed a four-year tenure as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton. Bermel has become recognized as a dynamic and unconventional curator of concert series that spotlight the composer as performer. Alongside his international studies of ethnomusicology and orchestration, an ongoing engagement with other musical cultures has become part of the fabric and force of his compositional language, in which the human voice and its myriad inflections play a primary role.

He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, and Pacific Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, La Jolla Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, eighth blackbird, Guarneri String Quartet, Music from Copland House and Music from China, De Ereprijs (Netherlands), violinist Midori, and electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans among others.  The Boston Globe wrote, "There doesn't seem to be anything that Bermel can't do with the clarinet." His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center's Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri. 

His discography features three critically-acclaimed discs: an all-Bermel orchestral recording that includes the Grammy-nominated performance of his clarinet concerto Voices, (BMOP/sound); Soul Garden, his small ensemble/solo music (New World/CRI); and his most recent disc, Canzonas Americanas, with Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe). Bermel recently made his Cabrillo Festival debut, conducting his Dust Dances, and served as composer-in-residence at the Bowdoin Festival. Recent and upcoming are appearances or premieres include the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong-Kong; the Seattle Chamber Music Festival; Hyllos, his evening-length collaboration with The Veenfabriek and Asko | Schönberg Ensemble, which premiered the Netherlands; performances and recordings with the JACK quartet and Music from Copland House ensemble; and as soloist with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Simon Steen-Andersen

Simon Steen-AndersenSimon Steen-Andersen (b.1976) is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works from the last 6-7 years concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.

Simon Steen-Andersen received numerous prizes and grants - latest the Nordic Council Music Prize and the SWR Orchestra Prize 2014, the Carl Nielsen Prize (DK) and the Kunstpreis Musik from Akademie der Kunste in Berlin 2013, the International Rostrum of Composers, the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm Residency 2010 and the Kranichsteiner Music Award 2008. Member of the German Academy of the Arts 2016. Works commissioned by ensembles, orchestras and festivals such as ensemble recherche, Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, the SWR Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Ensemble Ascolta, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta, 2e2m, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ultraschall, Wittener Days of New Chamber Music and ECLAT. Furthermore worked with ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Collegium Novum Zurich, ICTUS, Arditti, London Sinfonietta, Intercontemporain, asamisimasa and NADAR.

Simon Steen-Andersen studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Mathias Spahlinger, Gabriel Valverde and Bent Sorensen in Aarhus, Freiburg, Buenos Aires and Copenhagen 1998-2006. Since 2008 Simon Steen-Andersen is a lecturer of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013-2014 he was visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in 2014-16 he was lecturer at the Darmstadt Sommer Courses.

Ashley Fure

Ashley FureAshley Fure is an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music as well as multimedia installation art. Her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Fure was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University in 2014 and joined the Dartmouth College Department of Music as an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts in September 2015.  

Current projects include The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects, an immersive intermedia opera created with architect Adam Fure that will be premiered by ICE in Darmstadt 2016.  2016 will also welcome world premieres of Risen, a new work for orchestra and electronics commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Biennial, and Etudes from the Anthropocene, a septet that will premiere on February 4th, 2016 at a Miller Theater Composer’s Portrait devoted to Fure’s work.

Notable recent projects include Ply, a 55-minute electroacoustic ballet commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival; Feed Forward, a sinfonietta commissioned by Klangforum Wien for the 2015 Impuls Festival; Albatross, for large ensemble and electronics, commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players for the 2014 Sweet Thunder Festival; and Something to Hunt, a septet commissioned for the 2014 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik. Her kinetic installationTripwire, created with visual artist Jean-Michel Albert, premiered at the 2012 Agora Festival in Paris and has since toured to BOZAR (Belgium), the International Digital Arts Biennale/Elektra (Montreal), Seconde Nature (Aix-en-Provence), Stereolux (Nantes), Nemo (Paris), l’Ososphère (Strasbourg), and Panorama (Tourcoing).

Winner of the 2014 Kranichsteiner Music Prize at Darmstadt, Fure also received the 2014 Busoni Prize from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship to France, a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, and a 2011 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Goethe-InstitutThis conference is made possible in part by the generous support of the Davee Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

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