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Nov 012012

Tonight is the last Zeitgeist Indeterminacies event of 2012! Composer Stan Link is performing and percussionist Robert Bond is moderating. Both teach at Blair School of Music. The series title Indeterminacies is taken from a John Cage idea of processes whose outcome is not predetermined.

On the Facebook event page, Zeitgeist provocatively hinted at something special by writing that the event, “will only ever occur here [tonight.]” I’m guessing they’re referring to this: Stan wrote three special pieces just for tonight’s show. Once they are performed, the master copy (and only copy) of the score will be destroyed. I’ll accept wagers on methods of destruction with odds to office shredder and engulfed in flames.

Here’s the press release from Zeitgeist Gallery with the full details:

Thursday, November 1, 6-8pm, public invited

In the gallery: New work from: Richard Feaster

Zeitgeist is pleased to announce the last installment of the Fall 2012 Indeterminacies program featuring Nashville-based composer and musician Stan LinkRobert Bond, musician, educator, and critical thinker will moderate a conversation.

Stan will present three pieces he has composed especially for this performance:

  • “Flametree”– soprano, guitar and live computer processing
  • “Passing Through” marimba and computer
  • “Event” for viola and guitar.

These pieces will be performed once from an original score and then the score will be destroyed.

The program will feature:

  • Stan Link, composer and computer processing
  • Michael Slayton, composer
  • Zach Bowers, marimba
  • Shelby Flowers, marimba
  • Kevin Rilling, marimba
  • Ali Cole, soprano
  • Emma Dansak, viola
  • Josh McGuire, guitar
  • Jonathan Rattner, video artist

Stan Link is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and an internationally recognized composer and performer. He attended the Oberlin Conservatory and studied composition with Ed Miller and Richard Hoffmann. He later became a student of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik and went on to study composition at Princeton with Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Peter Westergaard and Claudio Spies. He taught composition at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia and at the University of Illinois. As a creator of a wide range of acoustic and computer music ranging from solo chamber pieces to a ballet for orchestra, electric guitar and African drums, his pieces have been heard on concerts, broadcasts, webcasts and new music festivals across the United States, in Europe, and Australia.

Robert Bond is a drummer, performer, producer, remixer, educator and consultant. He is currently adjunct teaching at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute also at Vanderbilt. He has recorded for the Rough Trade and d-Pulse labels, and served as creative for the London Symphony Orchestra. He is also currently a facilitator for the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy.

This event is free and open to the public.

Stan Link Indeterminacies
6:00pm until 8:00pm, free show
Zeitgeist Gallery
1819 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN

Feb 162012

Andrew Raffo Dewar. Photo by Kim Sherman

Here’s podcast 80: ANDREW RAFFO DEWAR Indeterminacies, starring Andrew, BRADY SHARP, PULSE NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, and moderator RODGER COLEMAN.

Indeterminacies is a series of performances organized by Zeitgeist Gallery‘s Lesley Beeman and Lain York. It’s based on John Cage’s idea about creating processes with no predetermined outcome, welcoming the unexpected and learning from the accidental.

Tonight’s Indeterminacies was recorded on October 12th, 2011 and features Andrew Raffo Dewar, composer, improviser, woodwind instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama.

If you like the show, tell a friend or write us a review in iTunes. Indeterminacies is coming back on Thursday, March 1st with Nashville Symphony Chairman Alan Valentine. More details on the Facebook event page. I hope to see you there!

“Piece for Four Instruments” Photo by Kim Sherman

PULSE New Music Ensemble. Photo by Kim Sherman

Brady Sharp. Photo by Kim Sherman

Jul 282011

Composer and Belmont School of Music professor MARK VOLKER performed live at Zeitgeist Gallery on May 10th, 2011 as a part of the Indeterminacies series. ERIN BRADFIELD, PHD candidate in Philosophy at Vanderbilt moderated the discussion. Mark was joined by the PULSE NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, soprano ALYSSA VOLKER, and flutist BETH DAVIS.

Mark in his words presented, “a new work for two percussionists, flute, violin, and cello; a set of songs for voice and guitar; my flute piece ‘Deep Winter’ and a very recent work for electric guitar, interactive electronics, and dance.” I really enjoyed the dynamic and stylistically-varied performances, including a flutist dueting live with responsive electronics!

Special thanks to Zeitgeist, Mark, Erin, Lesley Beeman, Lain York, the performers, and the audience. You can check out more pictures from the performance on the Facebook Indeterminacies page.

In partnership with Zeitgeist Gallery, Theatre Intangible is releasing all of the Indeterminacies shows as special podcasts. This is Volume 3. Check out Volume 1 STAN LINK and Volume 2 MARK SNYDER.  Your next change to see Indeterminacies live is the Portara Vocal Ensemble at Zeitgeist September 13th, 2011. Hope to see you there!

Earlier this year, Theatre Intangible interviewed Zeitgeist Gallery about the Indeterminacies series, experimental art, how they book shows, and more. Read the interview here.

If you like the show, tell a friend or write us a review in iTunes.

Mark Volker is the Coordinator of Composition and Assistant Professor of Music at the Belmont University School of Music, where he teaches applied composition and music theory. Known for his colorful harmonic language and orchestration, as well as his facility with both electronic and traditional instrumentations, Mark’s music has been performed and recorded by numerous prominent performers, including the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players, eighth blackbird, The New York New Music Ensemble, the Society for New Music, and more. Mark’s music can be heard on his recently-released Centaur Records CD, Elemental Forces, as well as on volume 3 of ERMmedia’s Masterworks of the New Era series.

PULSE [new music ensemble] is Nashville’s newest classical chamber ensemble and its only ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of music by composers with a PULSE. For Mark Volker Indeterminacies, Pulse featured Alan Fey and Dan Kozlowski on percussion, Beth Davis on flute, Garret Overcash on violin, and Nick Gold on cello.