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Rust Belt Tour 2017
Jul
14
Jul 22

Rust Belt Tour 2017

The Syndicate for the New Arts is excited to present a program of new music in our Summer 2017 Rust Belt Tour. Beginning July 3rd, we will gather in Cleveland for two weeks of rehearsals. Then, from July 15-22, we will make our first ever venture as an ensemble outside of our home town. We are looking forward to working with new composers, sharing our work with other “Rust Belt” communities, and building new connections in those communities. We will work closely with six amazing composers this summer to develop new works specifically for the tour. Please "attend" and share our tour Facebook event.

Schedule


7/14 FRI // Columbus @ It Looks Like It's Open: The Syndicate at It Looks Like It's Open with Shred van Winkle

7/15 SAT // Pittsburgh @  The Irma Freeman Center for ImaginationNAT 28 + The Syndicate for the New Arts

7/16 SUN // Cleveland @ St. John's Ohio CityThe Syndicate at St. John's Ohio City

7/18 TUE // Cincinatti @ Chase PublicThe Syndicate for the New Arts & Brianna Matzke + Annie Gordon

7/19 WED // Chicago @ Slate Arts and PerformanceSMP: The Syndicate for the New Arts + Noise Bias

7/20 THU // Kalamazoo @ First Congreagational Church: The Syndicate at First Congregational UCC Kalamazoo

7/22 FRI // Buffalo @ Daily Planet Coffee Co. Inc.Sotte Voce Collective x The Syndicate for the New Arts



The The Syndicate for The New Arts is excited to present a program of new music in their Summer 2017 Rust Belt Tour. Through their recent Call for Scores, the Syndicate has created connections with composers, collaborators, and friends. Of these new connections, they have worked closely with six amazing composers this summer to develop works specifically for the ensemble.

The Syndicate is a modular chamber ensemble that is reimagining contemporary music through creative concert presentation, educational engagement, and a focus on building relationships with composers and audience members. As the ensemble in residence at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City, the Syndicate’s team works closely with local artists and hosts visiting artists for performances, workshops, and other collaborations. Additionally, the Syndicate performs at art galleries and clubs, and runs a series of creative music workshops with the Cleveland Public Library.

Music From

Performers

  • Joshua Rosner - guitar
  • Caitlin Mehrtens - harp
  • Noelle Marty - double bass
  • Justin Gunter - percussion
  • Ben Rempel - percussion

Jamie Branch's Fly or Die // New Ghosts
May
7
8:00 pm20:00

Jamie Branch's Fly or Die // New Ghosts

 

Jamie Branch: Trumpet, Tomeka Reid: Cello. Chad Taylor: Drums, Jason Ajemian: Bass.

A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and an active recent addition to the New York scene, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter known for her “ghostly sounds," says The New York Times, and for "sucker punching" crowds straight from the jump off, says Time Out. Her classical training and “unique voice capable of transforming every ensemble of which she is a part” (Jazz Right Now) has contributed to a wide range of projects not only in jazz but also punk, noise, indie rock, electronic and hip-hop. Branch’s work as a composer and a producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio and Spoon, is all on display in her debut record Fly or Die – a dynamic 35-minute ride that dares listeners to open their minds to music that knows no genre, no gender, no limits. 

“It’s a true joy to listen to Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die. Jaimie’s masterful trumpet playing sits at the helm of this gorgeous record, richly supported by a stellar cast of musicians, and upheld by strong and provocative composition.” – Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) 

"Super out tunes that continually open new doors to strange, sweet, and psychedelic grooves. Band is constantly cracking some ancient alien code here. Seamless and effortless compositions from Branch. An absolute “must jam” for anyone interested in the future of mind expansion." – Ryley Walker

Presented in collaboration with New Ghosts-- a concert series in Cleveland, Ohio dedicated to bringing experimental jazz in the tradition of Albert Ayler back to his home town.

$10-$15 suggested donation for the artists, but no one will be turned away.

The Syndicate presents Wolftone
May
4
May 26

The Syndicate presents Wolftone

  • St John's Ohio City

Wolftone is a duo project comprised of Will Overcash (violin) and Ben Roidl-Ward (bassoon) that is collaborating closely with composers to create a bold new repertoire of works. With the goal of exploring and expanding the possibilities of the violin/bassoon pairing, this duo is especially interested in exploring the natural resonances and dissonances of their instruments as a framework for complex soundworlds created between only two voices. Ben and Will met as students at the Oberlin Conservatory, where they were frequent collaborators, notably as members of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and as founding members of the student-run contemporary music collective Semble N. In this capacity, they laid the seeds for their work as a duo by performing concerts in non-traditional spaces and forging new audiences for new music. Wolftone's first commissioning project, supported by the Sviatoslov Richter Fund for Music Outreach, has led to the creation of three new works for by composers Peter Kramer, Zach Sheets, and Judy Jackson. The duo has presented workshops in partnership with the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and is also partnering with the Harmony School of Science in Sugarland, TX and Cleveland's Syndicate for New Arts in upcoming performances. Supported by the Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Traveling Fellowship in Music, Wolftone will be presenting concerts in Houston, Oberlin, Cleveland, Chicago, and New York this spring.

Douglas Farrand's  "six hours"
Mar
19
11:00 am11:00

Douglas Farrand's "six hours"

  • St. John's Ohio City

The Syndicate is pleased to present "six hours" by Douglas Farrand as part of our ongoing residency at St. John's in Ohio City. This event is free and open to all.

“six hours” is an extended duration work for cassette tapes, stones, objects, and whistling. The piece is an ongoing accretion of materials and detritus, born out of a daily practice of listening and composition. This is the third performance of the piece, following realizations in Buffalo (November 2016) and Pittsburgh (March 2017). 

Douglas Farrand is a composer, musician, teacher, and learner. Having lived in and around Nottinghamshire (UK), Cork (Ireland), Singapore, Ohio and Upstate New York (US), he currently resides in Newark NJ and works in Orange NJ. He works as director and teaching artist with Sonic Explorations, a K-4 daily, free music program at Oakwood Avenue Community School, and with the music department of the University of Orange, a free people's urbanism school that builds collective capacity for people to create more equitable cities.

Douglas' primary interests are in music and teaching that invite us to explore our myriad processes of listening and embody a collective investigation of place, community, and personhood. His work has been realised in the USA, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, and includes close collaborative work with fellow composers, performers, artists, educators, & students. Douglas studied composition privately with Craig Shepard and at Oberlin Conservatory with Josh Levine and Ashley Fure. Additional formative mentors in composition, musicianship, and education include Vic Rawlings, Tim Feeney, & Christopher Fox.

The Syndicate presents Ogni Suono
Feb
5
7:30 pm19:30

The Syndicate presents Ogni Suono

  • St. John's Ohio City

Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo

Noa Even & Phil Pierick, saxophones

PROGRAM:

My Manifesto and Me (2016) // Christopher Dietz (b. 1977)

dare-gale, speaks and spells (2016) // Zach Sheets (b. 1991)

Clamor (2016) // Erin Rogers (b. 1980)

Ototoi (2015) // Kate Soper (b. 1981)

Isto Ista (2016) // Ruby Fulton (b. 1981)

Ask (2015) // David Coll (b. 1980)

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

Formed by American saxophonists Noa Even and Phil Pierick in 2009, Ogni Suono is committed to expanding and promoting repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works. Their album, Invisible Seams, features some of the duo’s first collaborations with composers. Supported by a grant from New Music USA, Noa and Phil launched SaxoVoce in 2015, a long-term project exploring the wide-ranging ways of synthesizing saxophone and voice. Contributing composers include Kate Soper, Felipe Lara, Ruby Fulton, and Chris Fisher-Lochhead. 

Ogni Suono has appeared on concert series such as Permutations (New York City), Journeys in Sound (Boston), Outpost (University of California-Riverside), Switchboard Presents (San Francisco), SONICT (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Frequency (Chicago), Take 4 (University of Windsor), and ADJ-ective (Toledo). The duo’s international performances include the inaugural Singapore Saxophone Symposium, Romanian-American Musical Days Festival in Sibiu (Romania), Berlin University of the Arts, Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv, Night of the Museums Festival in Budapest, Songkhla Rajabhat University (Thailand), and World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland and France. 

Emphasizing the importance of education, Noa and Phil regularly supplement performances with clinics, master classes, community outreach programs, and presentations. They have been guest clinicians at many leading institutions, including Lawrence Conservatory, Stanford University, University of Houston, New England Conservatory, Western University (Canada), and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As recipients of a CMS Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship, Ogni Suono presented outreach programs in the Iowa City, IA community. They have offered additional educational events at Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago, Orlat Orphanage in Romania, and School of Arts and Enterprise in Pomona, CA.

Please visit ognisuono.com for more information

New Music Concert with Cleveland Composer's Guild
Dec
4
7:00 pm19:00

New Music Concert with Cleveland Composer's Guild

  • St. John's Ohio City

The Syndicate For The New Arts and Cleveland Composers Guild present chamber works by:

Margi Griebling Haigh - "Cipher for solo harp"
Jeffrey Quick - "The Great Hunger"
Bill Rayer - "Dreamland"
Robert Rollin - "Rainforest Echoes"
Matthew Saunders - "Lady Glides on the Moon"
Dolores White - "Fugue Odyssey"
Frank Wiley - "Awakenings of Earth and Time"

Performed by members of The Syndicate For The New Arts
Aram Mun (flute), Noa Even (saxophone), Justin Gunter (percussion), Hunter Brown (percussion), Louis Pino (percussion), Joshua Rosner (guitar), Caitlin Mehrtens (harp), Henry Jenkins (violin)

Free Admission

The Music of Jonathan Sokol
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

The Music of Jonathan Sokol

  • St. John's Ohio City

The Syndicate returns to St. John's Ohio City to present the music of Jonathan Sokol. Sokol is often sought after as an educator: he is currently adjunct faculty in Baldwin Wallace University's composition department, he will join the faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Summer Institute for summer 2015, he joined Cleveland State University in fall of 2014, will join the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Spring 2015. He has served as Artist Faculty at Brevard Music Center for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, has formerly taught composition and piano through the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory Outreach Department, and served as adjunct faculty in the Music Program at Defiance College. He is a composer-in-residence with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra.

Program:
**For the Harp - Caitlin Mehrtens, harpist
Gradient : Linear - Jonathan Sokol, pianist
**(...also) - Henry Jenkins, violinist
Resident Songs - Katy Early, metzo soprano and Faith Roberts, violinist

** denotes world premiere

Jonathan Sokol will also offer a question and answer session, speak about his compositional process, and each of the pieces on this program.

This event is free and open to the public. The Syndicate for the New Arts' residency at St. John's Ohio City is generously funded by the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio.

New Works for Bass and Harp
May
15
5:00 pm17:00

New Works for Bass and Harp

  • St. John's Episcopal Church, Ohio City

Inspired by the sonic possibilities of the bass and harp, Austin Lewellen and Caitlin Mehrtens have begun an extensive commission project, building a repertoire for this unique instrumentation.  Despite their large and difficult-to-transport instruments, Austin and Caitlin have a well-established performance history together, most recently as members of the Syndicate. In their first official concert as a duo, they are excited to present works by Jonah Haven, Judy Jackson, Sage Jenson, Greg Manuel, and the Syndicate's very own Joshua Rosner.

While they are all written for the same instrumentation, these compositions vary greatly in style and execution.  Sage Jenson and Judy Jackson have both employed nontraditional score techniques; Jackson's is a concept score that involves personal reflection and improvisation, while Jenson's is a graphic score that is tied to a variety of specific extended techniques.  Jonah Haven's piece is a short exploration of the harp and bass sounds conflated, and manipulated through guitar pedals.  Gregory Manuel has blended the sonorities of two instruments using carefully crafted harmonies, and in contrast, Joshua Rosner's transcendental etude highlights some idiosyncrasies that both instruments have when juxtaposed against each other.

An avid interpreter of new music, Lewellen regularly collaborates with composers in his area. In 2015, Austin worked with composer Beat Furrer as a stipendiat of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie program at Klangspuren Schwaz.  Caitlin Mehrtens, Outreach Director for the Syndicate for the New Arts, has not only enjoyed performing new music, but also creating partnerships with other artists and organizations in the greater Cleveland area that will grow the community surrounding new art.  Most recently, the Syndicate has hosted workshops with the Cleveland Public Library system that teach young kids about how to create their own music.

After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory in May 2016, both Austin and Caitlin will pursue their master's degrees at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. They are excited to expand their commission project and continue making music together.

The Syndicate with Peter Evans and Patchwork
Apr
9
8:00 pm20:00

The Syndicate with Peter Evans and Patchwork

  • BOP STOP at The Music Settlement

The Syndicate for the New Arts is ecstatic to return to the Bop Stop at The Music Settlement for an exciting evening of new and improvised music. The Syndicate is performing alongside saxophone and drum duo Patchwork and trumpeter Peter Evans for a triple feature concert. Including individual performances and group collaborations, this concert offers a varied program of incredible musicians all coming together in Cleveland's most forward thinking venue.

Peter Evans is an American trumpet player based in New York, who specializes in improvisation and avant-garde music. Evans has been a member of the New York City musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Wet Ink. He has been commissioned by the ICE, Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program and was a 2014 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of several fully cooperative groups, such as Pulverize the Sound, Rocket Science, Premature Burial. Evans has collaborated with a broad range of figures in modern music: Weasel Walter, Evan Parker, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson, Peter Brotzmann, Aaron Burnett, Okkyung Lee, Nate Wooley, and has premiered compositions by Brian Ferneyhough, George Lewis, Eric Wubbels, Anthony Braxton and Barry Guy. He has presented and/or performed his music at many major international festivals and has toured his own groups extensively in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Mutually interested in exploring a wide range of contemporary genres, Noa Even and Stephen Klunk formed Patchwork, a saxophone and drum set duo that collaborates with composers to build an eclectic body of new music. Patchwork has performed on many college campuses, including Washington University, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Peabody Conservatory, Kent State University, Ball State University, and Miami University. Noa and Stephen often combine performances with educational events such as composer readings, master classes, and presentations.

Patchwork’s current concert season features a new piece by composer Eric Wubbels that was commissioned by the duo alongside a consortium of performers. Noa and Stephen will focus primarily on collaborating with Ohio-based composers for the 2016-2017 season.

The Syndicate is a performance ensemble specializing in music created in the Rust Belt, actively working to grow a contemporary music community in North East Ohio. Our team works closely with local artists while also bringing new artists to Cleveland for performances, workshops, and other collaborations.

Tickets: $15

http://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2016/04/09/the-syndicate-for-the-new-arts-with-peter-evans-and-patchwork-bop-stop

Second Species
Mar
3
8:00 pm20:00

Second Species

  • St. John's Institute

The Syndicate for the New Arts is pleased to welcome back friends and frequent collaborators Hannah Hammel and Ben Roidl-Ward - now known as Second Species.

Second Species is an ensemble committed to exploring the sonic and expressive capabilities of the flute and bassoon duo by working closely with living composers in the development of new works and sharing this music with a broad range of audiences across the country. As students at the Oberlin Conservatory, Hannah Hammel and Ben Roidl-Ward founded Second Species in 2015, making their debut with the world premiere of Kurt Isaacson's eerie carnal species. This season, the duo expands its repertoire with commissions from Theo Chandler, Rob Hutchinson, Peter Kramer, and Jesse Limbacher. Second Species will perform these new works in six cities on tour in spring of 2016 in addition to Chris Fisher-Lochhead's groundbreaking grandFather for solo bassoon and Daria Tennikova-Satral's Mysterious Maze for solo flute. For more information, visit secondspecies.weebly.com

Please join us at 8:00 pm on Thursday March, 3rd for a fantastic concert. This event is free and open to the public.

 

WE are sitting in a room
Feb
19
7:00 pm19:00

WE are sitting in a room

  • St. John's Institute

To kick off the beginning of its residency, The Syndicate for the New Arts is proud to present a collaborative performance of Alvin Lucier’s I am sitting in a room aptly re-titled We are sitting in a room. On behalf of The Syndicate, St. John’s Ohio City, and The Episcopal Diocese, you are cordially invited to experience the inaugural event of The Syndicate’s fantastic residency. The performance will take place on February 19 at 7:00 pm at St. Johns Ohio City located at 2600 Church Ave.

For this concert, The Syndicate is proud to showcase the fantastic space of St. John’s Ohio City. We are sitting in a room will bring the audience and ensemble together to activate the reverberant frequencies of the room through speech. By reciting a text together, and repeatedly playing the recording of that text back into the room, we will experience the music inherent in this historical landmark.

Electronics and playback by John Burnett

This event is free and open to the public.

78th St. Studios
Nov
20
9:00 pm21:00

78th St. Studios

  • 78th Street Studios

Come see The Syndicate at 78th Street Studios as part of their Third Fridays program. Dozens of art galleries and shopping opportunities from 5 to 9 pm, and then The Syndicate performs at Survival Kit at 9!