The Syndicate for the New Arts

Events


 

Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Faun and a Pan Flute//Duo Decibel Sound System

Syndicate for the New Arts presents Faun and a Pan Flute and Duo Decibel Sound System at St. John's Ohio City
$10 s/d

Faun and a Pan Flute (Atlanta)
Faun and a Pan Flute is a collectively-led experimental nonet from Atlanta, GA. Through collaborative compositions, the group summons and explores music that juxtaposes controlled rhythmic complexity and harsh texture with lush harmonic beauty and expressive melodies. Faun presents music deeply structured yet breathing with space and freedom, exhibiting their engaged and unique method of composition, undertaken with labor and devotion. Such an outlet succeeds in capturing and expressing the focused, sprawling, restless musical energy of its seven members. Faun and a Pan Flute has had the privilege of sharing stages with such myriad acts as: Kamasi Washington, Lonnie Holley, Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Greg Fox (Zs), Battle Trance, Kebbi Williams, Lightning Bolt, Guerilla Toss, Horse Lords, Snarky Puppy, Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Little Tybee, and Adron.
http://faun-andapanflute.squarespace.com/media/

Duo Decibel Sound System (Cleveland)
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Miss Melvis and John Scully form the core of Duo Decibel System. Equal parts analog noise & electronic ambiance layered over a jazz, punk and pop base conjures a post-rock elixir for broken hearts and ruffled minds
https://duodecibelsystem.bandcamp.com/

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Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Herzog Church: The Inherent Madness of Culture

Herzog Church: The Inherent Madness Of Culture

We continue our Werner Herzog retrospective with two bleak comedies (and one documentary short) about the de-humanizing effects of cultural institutions such as science, medicine, religion and politics, and how they can drive human beings to violence, madness and rebellion. 

$10 donation requested

Everyone welcome!

 

8PM: TEN THOUSAND YEARS OLDER (2002)

10 minutes

Herzog chooses as his subject the Amondauas people of Brazil, who until 1981 had never had contact with modern civilization. The film opens with footage from that first tense encounter, then shows what happened just a few weeks later -- many of the people, who lacked the immunities to common viruses which most of us take for granted, succumbed to disease. Twenty years later, Herzog visits the (now immunized) survivors -- the elders, in tee-shirts and ball caps, who reminisce nostalgically about their old ways, and the younger generation, who are embarrassed to have "savages" for parents. It's a strange and dark and somehow fatalistic little film; in other words, classic Herzog.

-Mental Floss

 

8:15: WOYZECK (1979)

80 minutes

Based on an unfinished play by Georg Buchner, who died at age 23 before he could complete it, Woyzeck tells the story of a 19th Century German soldier whose fragility is put to the test by the abuse of doctors, commanding officers, and his unfaithful wife. Adapted into script by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski in the title role, in their third collaboration. The film is a study of a man finding himself alone in a society that's completely against him. Woyzeck is a sprawling, theatrical study of a man trying to gain control in a world that's completely against him. Filmed in the Czech Republic.

 

 

9:45PM: EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (1970)

96 minutes

"I saw the whole film like a continuous nightmare in front of my eyes.”

-Werner Herzog

Made in 1970, Even Dwarfs Started Small is very likely the strangest film Herzog has made so far in his rather unique career. The film is cast entirely with little people and it’s about as off the wall as you could imagine.

The film is set in an institution of some sort, where the inhabitants have recently overthrown whatever establishment was once in charge, much to the dismay of the one caretaker who seems to be there. As the inhabitants rebel against their oppressors, their antics become more and more over the top to the point where everyone and everything, including the local animal population, become participants, willing or otherwise.

Equal parts absurdist surrealism and dark satire, here Herzog uses dark imagery and a seemingly very enthusiastic cast to create a film that is wholly unique. 

This is essentially a look at a rebellion against society that in turn becomes a series of manic set pieces rather than a traditional narrative film and it offers no shortage of stark imagery and thought provoking set pieces.

-Rock Shock Pop

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Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Sotto Voce Vocal Collective

Syndicate for the New Arts presents the Sotto Voce Vocal Collective! This show starts at 3pm and ends before the Re:Sound Festival show at night!
$10 s/d

Sotto Voce Vocal Collective (Buffalo)
Sotto Voce Vocal Collective aims to perform works primarily by under-represented living composers. Programs are structured in unique formats – such as interactive opera, or alongside guiding poetic monologues. They also offer educational workshops which seek to familiarize students with the instrument with which we are all born. Since their founding in Summer 2016, the group has premiered works by group members Jessie Downs, Ethan Hayden, and Brien Henderson and presented works by other up-and-coming composers such as Porter James (Boston) and Sylvia Lim (London). They have also collaborated with inspirational established composers such as James Weeks, Chaya Czernowin, Reiko Füting, Osnat Netzer, Antoine Beuger, Eve Beglarian, and Lauren Redhead.
https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/sotto-voce-vocal-collective/

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Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Herzog Church: A Hard Fall Into Light

Sunday 6/3

Herzog Church: A Hard Fall Into Light

The Innerspace presents in conjunction with The Syndicate For The New Arts: Herzog Church, a summer long Werner Herzog retrospective at St. John's Episcopal Church. Every other Sunday throughout the summer, Herzog Blu-Rays will be projected on the giant screen in St. John’s in Ohio City. The screenings will begin at 8pm. Each night will have a theme. A $10 donation is requested but not required. Everyone welcome.

8PM: LAND OF SILENCE & DARKNESS (1971)

82 minutes

A testament from another plane of existence.

“As a rule, Werner Herzog's documentaries are more unearthly than his fictions. This 1971 study of Germany's deaf-blind population presents its subjects as a privileged class with access to an alternate reality. Herzog shuns the expected tone of social-worker condescension in favor of mystic's awe. A remarkable, unaccountable film.”

-Chicago Reader

9:45PM: THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (1974)

109 minutes

“This stunning work takes Herzog’s most commonly used theme, which basically suggests society and its trappings corrupt man’s true nature, and uses it to tell the affecting true story of a man who has been raised in a basement for the first eighteen years of his life. The power of the performance by Bruno S., an ex-mental patient that Herzog cast as Kaspar, cannot be underestimated here. His flat affect and emotional simplicity are stunning because they represent what’s probably the purest individual on screen outside of Dreyer’s Joan of Arc. Because of his sheer lack of perspective, Kaspar is in a unique position to truly reject science, religion, philosophy, and logic. Because of that, the decency that emerges from him feels like proof of man’s propensity toward goodness. His eventual defeat becomes profoundly moving because of society’s failure to recognize him as the testament that he is.”

-Movie Martyr

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May
25
9:30 PM21:30

Transmitter 2: Diaphony//Dead Peasant Insurance//Stephan Haluska

Syndicate for the New Arts presents the second TRANSMITTER, a multi-media performance at the historic St. John's Ohio City.
$10 s/d

Visuals by Evening Son (Cleveland)
https://www.instagram.com/evening.son/
http://www.nathanmelaragno.com/eveningson

DJ Schiller

Diaphony (Pittsburgh)
The extemporaneous inception of pianist Susan Kuo and violinist Danielle Rager, summoning consonant dissonance from medieval chants, neoclassical harmonizations, and postmodern electronics.
https://soundcloud.com/diaphonyincarnate

Dead Peasant Insurance (Cleveland)
Slashing noise from the masters: Ryan Keuhn, Wyatt Howland, Amanda Howland, and David Russell
https://www.facebook.com/DeadPeasantInsurance/

Stephan Haluska (Cleveland)
Improvised and composed harp, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying, always fantastic
https://soundcloud.com/stephanhaluska

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Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Jaribu Shahid (Sun Ra, Sound and Space Ensemble, Art Ensemble of Chicago)//Bob Bucko Jr.

$20 suggested donation

The Syndicate for the New Arts and New Ghosts presents Jaribu Shahid with Dana Jessen and Josh Harlow. This newly formed trio represents 3 generations of experimental improvised music. Jaribu Shahid, based out of Detroit, MI, was mentored by Faruq Z. Bey and became an integral part of the mid-70's sci-fi band Griot Galaxy. He then moved to Philadelphia and joined the ranks of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Around 1979, Shahid began working with Roscoe Mitchell from the Art Ensemble of Chicago and began his career-long involvement with the Sound and Space Ensemble. In recent years, Shahid has been the bassist for multiple groups formed by David Murray and is the bassist for the current incarnation of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. 

Dana Jessen, based of Oberlin, OH, is a bassoonist, improvisor, and educator. She has played and recorded with Anthony Braxton, the Amsterdam Contemporary Ensemble, and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon, among others. 

Josh Harlow, based out of Ypsilanti, MI, is a pianist and improvisor. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, Harlow has cultivated a rich performance career in the Detroit area and has collaborated with Wadada Leo Smith, Michael Formanek, Luciano Chessa, and Nicole Mitchel. 

Also featured on the program is a newly formed violin, drum, and saxophone trio comprised of Bob Bucko Jr., Alex Cunningham, and Alexander Adams.

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Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Joo Won Park//OINC

$10 suggested donation

Please join us for a talk at 7:30 with Joo Won Park!

The Syndicate for the New Arts presents Joo Won Park at the historic St. John's Ohio City. Based in Detroit, MI, Joo Won Park wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. Local support from the Oberlin Improvised and Newmusic Collective (OINC). Please join us for a talk at 7:30 with Joo Won.

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Apr
10
9:00 PM21:00

Transmitter 1: Drekka//Dilloway-Frerck Duo//Rachel Gibson

$10 suggested donation

The beginning of a new multi-media arts series called Transmitter put on by the Syndicate for the New Arts at historic St. John's Ohio City featuring Drekka, the prolific project of Michael Anderson, based in Bloomington, IN, that emerged from the early industrial tape culture and blossomed into a sonic assemblage of memories- at one moment dissonant and intimidating, and the next, harmonious and soothing. Local support by the local favorite Aaron Dilloway and Matthew Frerck, and a new theremin project by Rachel Gibson. Visual projections by Pope Visor with DJ Yan.

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Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

GRID//Kristen Ban Drake

$10-$15 suggested donation

GRID:

GRID is the debut recording from the new trio of Matt Nelson (Battle Trance) on saxophone, Tim Dahl (Child Abuse) on bass, and Nick Podgurski (New Firmament; Feast of the Epiphany) on drums. Despite the trio formation and the individual players’ backgrounds with jazz, the GRID sound takes the plunge toward the darker, heavier, and more psychedelic realms of improvised music. While undoubtedly harnessing the clamorous spirit of free jazz, the trio ventures beyond its acoustic borders, cleverly implementing electronic processing as well as dirge-like tempos that draw upon the slow-burning qualities of Doom and Sludge for inspiration.

Kristen Ban Drake:

Bio by Decade

20’s--Mad Dog 20/20 Induced Poetry Readings.
30’s-Sound & Language Group Improv Work: MommieHood.
40’s-Slam Poetry & Audio Art Work. 
50’s Gone.
60’s Back, sorta. GranmaHood.

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Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon with special guest Liberty//Frank Meadows//Judy Jackson

$10-$15 suggested donation

Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon:

Tashi Dorji (electric guitar) & Tyler Damon(drums/percussion) reside in separate locales but have come together from a place of mutual admiration. The pair has scarcely spoken of intention regarding their music yet channel a sound which seems to reference the familiar and the non-idiomatic at once. Flashes of ecstatic intensity, blurred timbral lines, fractal repetition, noir-ish, cinematic mystery and inclinations toward free play suggest that the two are pleased to follow a winding path to destinations yet unknown.

Liberty:

Is a Danish saxophone player who´s music is defining a unique balance of uproar and beauty. Her ability to move between the often strict confines of genres and explore the elements makes her presence highly powerfull. She has encapsulated her own personal vision of acoustic music, by amplyfication expanding her range in dynamics and rocketing a more prosaic stem. 

Franks Meadows:

Frank Meadows is a bassist, sound artist and improvisor currently based in New York City. His solo sets for double bass touch on drone, modern classical, and free improvisation in and around prepared sound collage. He has released recordings on Blue Tapes, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Bada Bing and Friends Records has contributed to several works by multi-media think-tanks Asystems and Cairn Desk, and has been directly involved with cutting edge curatroial spaces including Apothecary, Black Mountain College Museum, Hopscotch Music Festival, and The Stone

Judy Jackson:

Judy Jackson currently attends Oberlin College and Conservatory where she is a Double Degree student in the Technology in Music and Related Arts and Computer Science departments. She enjoys applying her coding skills towards creating new sound palettes and devices for the performance of electronic music. Judy also loves audio synthesis and spends much of her time working on the ARP 2600 and in MaxMSP. She hopes to someday develop a methodology of performing electronic music that uses the same precision and detail as fixed media that requires the same amount of skill as that of a traditional classical musician. Judy’s work has been recognized by the Schubert Club of Minnesota, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Minnesota Public Radio. She has studied with Wynn-Anne Rossi, James Dillon, Lyn Goeringer, and Lewis Nielsen and is currently studying with Peter Swendsen and Aaron Helgeson.
 

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Rust Belt Tour 2017
Jul
14
to 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
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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.

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The Syndicate presents Wolftone
May
4
to May 26

The Syndicate presents Wolftone

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.

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Douglas Farrand's  "six hours"
Mar
19
11:00 AM11:00

Douglas Farrand's "six hours"

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.

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The Syndicate presents Ogni Suono
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Syndicate presents Ogni Suono

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

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New Music Concert with Cleveland Composer's Guild
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

New Music Concert with Cleveland Composer's Guild

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

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The Music of Jonathan Sokol
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Music of Jonathan Sokol

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.

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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 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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The Syndicate with Peter Evans and Patchwork
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Syndicate with Peter Evans and Patchwork

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

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Second Species
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Second Species

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.

 

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WE are sitting in a room
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

WE are sitting in a room

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.

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