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Lesley Mok's The Living Collection
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Lesley Mok's The Living Collection


The Living Collection is a newly formed sextet that brings together musicians with diverse backgrounds and distinct musical vocabularies. While the project began as a foray into compositional study, the focus of this group are in the collective personalities of the band, the written material a mere framework for improvisational dialogue. The Living Collection aims to build an ecosystem—one in which each member activates compositional material, learns to find a center within multiple relationships, and creates new forms and cycles as it unfolds.

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Friday Night Live: Songs & Stories My Mother Taught Me
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Live: Songs & Stories My Mother Taught Me

“Songs and Stories My Mother Taught Me” is a curated event by Patricia Wheeler (The Moth StorySLAM Ann Arbor and Detroit, Moth Radio Hour) and Sonya Belaya. The concert will pair live story-telling by Detroit-based storytellers (Patricia Wheeler, Satori Shakoor, Dameon Wilburn and Shannon Cason) with an indie-chamber song cycle entitled “Songs My Mother Taught Me”, composed by Sonya Belaya. The song cycle is written for voice, piano, cello, violin, percussion, drums, bass, trumpet and french horn. The music combines elements of through-composed and improvised music that tell the personal story of Sonya’s mother’s disappearance three years ago. Touching on themes of loss, tragedy, and grief, the song cycle is a vulnerable exploration for healing and self-understanding.

Sets at 7 & 8:30 PM

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Lesley Mok's The Living Collection

"The living collection" is a phrase that describes the zoos, botanical gardens, and museums of the city. These places, made of tiny creatures and organisms, have inspired a sense of wonder and deep mystery in the way they collectively function to create a balanced ecosystem. The Living Collection aims to build an ecosystem of its own—one in which each member activates compositional material, learns to find a center within multiple relationships, and creates new forms and cycles as it unfolds.


The band will feature:
David Leon, flute/alto saxophone
Yuma Uesaka, clarinet/tenor saxophone
Kalun Leung, trombone
Sonya Belaya, piano
Florian Herzog, bass
Lesley Mok, drums/compositions

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Lesley Mok's Living Collection
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Lesley Mok's Living Collection

"The living collection" is a phrase that describes the zoos, botanical gardens, and museums of the city. These places, made of tiny creatures and organisms, have inspired a sense of wonder and deep mystery in the way they collectively function to create a balanced ecosystem. The Living Collection aims to build an ecosystem of its own—one in which each member activates compositional material, learns to find a center within multiple relationships, and creates new forms and cycles as it unfolds.


The band will feature:
David Leon, flute/alto saxophone
Yuma Uesaka, clarinet/tenor saxophone
Kalun Leung, trombone
Sonya Belaya, piano
Florian Herzog, bass
Lesley Mok, drums/compositions

$10 Suggested Donation

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Wild Up: Of Ascension
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Wild Up: Of Ascension

Los Angeles music ensemble wild Up and conductor Christopher Rountree premiere a cutting-edge program of contemporary music by a collection of avant-garde composers, including 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne. This premiere is co-commissioned by The Soraya.

of Ascension:

For ages, humans have been inspired by the act of rising, by being lifted off the ground and into flight. With an ensemble of wind instruments and a rhythm section: we follow the lines of celestial pop music, ecstatic Sufi spinning, wild free jazz, gripped complexity, and antiphonal polyphony. For wild Upof Ascension is an architecture filled with vibrant noise — one that connects disparate stylistic artforms inside a self-similar sound.

 

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Wild Up: Of Ascension
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Wild Up: Of Ascension

Los Angeles music ensemble wild Up and conductor Christopher Rountree premiere a cutting-edge program of contemporary music by a collection of avant-garde composers, including 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne. This premiere is co-commissioned by The Soraya.

of Ascension:

For ages, humans have been inspired by the act of rising, by being lifted off the ground and into flight. With an ensemble of wind instruments and a rhythm section: we follow the lines of celestial pop music, ecstatic Sufi spinning, wild free jazz, gripped complexity, and antiphonal polyphony. For wild Upof Ascension is an architecture filled with vibrant noise — one that connects disparate stylistic artforms inside a self-similar sound.

 

For tickets, CLICK HERE

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Brooklyn Bound : Tanner Porter and Annika Socolofsky, Ashley Fure, and Sō Percussion
Sep
26
10:30 PM22:30

Brooklyn Bound : Tanner Porter and Annika Socolofsky, Ashley Fure, and Sō Percussion

Tanner Porter and Annika Socolofsky, composer-performers each with a particular fondness for text, ballad tradition, and the power of song, present a set with the talents of Sonya Belaya and Nicole Patrick.

Ashley Fure is an American composer and installation artist. Called “raw, elemental,” and “richly satisfying” by the New York Times, 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 joined the Dartmouth College Music Department as Assistant Professor in 2015. A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Fure also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rome Prize in Music Composition, a DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Prize, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant for Artists, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship from Columbia University.

Sō Percussion will perform works by Angélica Negrón, Eric Cha-Beach, and more!

Now in its fifth year, Brooklyn Bound is a popular series of concerts at Sō’s working studio in the Navy Yard section of Brooklyn. Casual and intimate, the concerts feature us and emerging ensembles from our local scene. The groups are encouraged to try out new material, premiere new commissions, completely experiment, or just get another performance under their belt.

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Strange Beautiful Music
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Strange Beautiful Music

New Music Detroit brings their 11th annual marathon music festival to The Cube, the DIA and The Wright Museum! The avant-garde production features experimental and far-reaching sounds ranging from contemporary chamber music and European folk to experimental electronics and noise improvisation.

Performing with Detroit Composers' Project and New Music Detroit.  Works by Harriet Steinke, Molly Jones, and Jherrard Hardeman (Detroit Composers' Project); Works by Pascal LeBoeuf and Annie Gosfield (New Music Detroit). 


 

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Detroit Composers' Project
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Detroit Composers' Project

The Detroit Composers Project is a project that connects early-career, Detroit area composers with musicians in their community. The concert will feature six world premieres of new chamber works commissioned with support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs New Leaders Program. Project Artists include Michael Malis, Harriet Steinke, Sonya Belaya, Yuri Popowycz and Kellen Degnan. 

 

This event is brought to you in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Sonya Belaya/ Tanner Porter
Jun
14
9:00 PM21:00

Sonya Belaya/ Tanner Porter

Come join us for double bill evening of songs by Sonya Belaya and Tanner Porter! Tanner will be trying out some pieces from a new cycle, tentatively titled “Circles." Sonya is delighting us all with a preview of her upcoming album, “Songs My Mother Taught Me.” 

We are thrilled to be closing out Spectrum’s Female Composers' Festival and ushering in the start of their Modern Piano (+) Festival with this show! Suggested $15 donation at the door.

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Friday Night Live! New Music Detroit
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Friday Night Live! New Music Detroit

From their first concert in 2006, New Music Detroit has made it their mission to perform the music of living composers. For this performance, NMD has commissioned Annie Gosfield to write a piece inspired by Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals. Annie Gosfield has long been inspired by the murals and the industrial elements in her compositional style are uniquely suited to the project. 

 

Performances at 7 pm and 8:30 pm

 

 

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Mar
9
to Mar 10

Friday Night Live Series: Sonya Belaya

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A curated program of selected works, highlighting and celebrating women pianist-composers, as well as alternative uses of the piano.
Featuring Dan Piccolo, Brian Snow, Henrik Karapyetan, Rachael Ahn Haerbert, and Lisa LaMarre.  

Monica Pierce- Damask

Phyllis Chen- Columba

Chris Cerrone- Double Happiness

Pascal LeBouef- Obliquely Wrecked

People in The Home- Michael Malis

Bloodroot- Kelly Moran

 

Concert at 7 & 8:30 pm.




 

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Blueprints Piano Series: Ghosts
Feb
18
5:00 PM17:00

Blueprints Piano Series: Ghosts


Performing "Columba" by Phyllis Chen, for piano and shadow box.

Performers: David KaplanSonya BelayaBlair McMillenMikael DarmanieDaniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi


Description: This concert evokes supernatural beings, mythical creatures, and other-worldly environments. It will also feature works that reflect older traditions and composers, and reawaken old spirits. Music by Maurice Ravel, Frederic Rzewski, Caroline Shaw, Henry Cowell, Carl SchimmelPhyllis Chen, and an improvisatory work. This concert includes a commission (world premiere) by Carl Schimmel.

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M-Prize Winner! Russian Renaissance
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

M-Prize Winner! Russian Renaissance

 

Performing with Russian Renaissance on their UMS Debut.

The grand prize winner of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s 2017 M-Prize competition, Russian Renaissance presents “high caliber traditional folk music through a modern lens.”

With their professional debut in October 2015, the quartet — which includes balalaika (a Russian stringed instrument with a unique triangular body), domra (a long-necked Russian instrument from the lute family), button accordion, and contrabass balalaika — brings together tradition and modernity in unique crossover and fusion styles. Their M-Prize appearance featured works ranging from tango to Russian folksongs to Duke Ellington, creating a fun, yet soulful approach.

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Chamber Music Forum with Russian Renaissance

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Translating for Russian Renaissance's Chamber Music Forum at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

In addition to their work with jazz and improvisation students, and cross-campus with the Weiser Center at the International Institute, 2017 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition winner Russian Renaissance will host a chamber music forum for students, featuring a combination of student performances and a discussion/demonstration by Russian Renaissance regarding their performance practice.

Free - no tickets required

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Jan
24
4:00 PM16:00

Center for World Performance Studies Performance Talks: Russian Renaissance

 

Translating for Russian Renaissance's Performance Talk.


Hailing from Moscow, the grand prize winners of the 2017 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, Russian Renaissance, return to campus for their UMS debut and SMTD residency from January 24-27, 2018. 

Directed by Professor Michael Gould, the Center for World Performance Studies Performance Talks is a series of events in collaboration with local arts presenters, which aims to bring performers to campus to foster intellectual exchange between students, faculty, and practitioners, as a means of illuminating global perspectives on performance practice.

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Piano Composer-Collaborative at Banff Centre
Aug
5
2:30 PM14:30

Piano Composer-Collaborative at Banff Centre

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Piano fellow at the Piano Composer-Collaborative, a two week residency investigating the repertory of and close relationship between piano and composer, a rapport spanning centuries, and the fluid roles of creation, improvisation, curation, and collaboration.

Recipient of the Vladimir & Yachiyo Wolodarsky Endowment Fund for Literary Arts & Music

Residency Information

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Cortona Sessions- 2017 Resident Fellow in Piano
Jul
2
to Jul 16

Cortona Sessions- 2017 Resident Fellow in Piano

ne of the world's premiere educational programs dedicated to the creation and performance of contemporary music, the Cortona Sessions is a destination for emerging composers and performers seeking to collaborate, learn, grow, and create. The Sessions provide participants with an inspiring and supportive environment in which new music is explored in all its shapes, sizes, and colors. Overflowing with la dolce vita, the Cortona Sessions offers participants a life-changing two weeks under the Tuscan sun.

The Resident Fellow in Piano will serve as pianist in multiple premiere works, and
may be asked to play with other Fellows or faculty in performance settings. The

Resident Fellow in Piano should have experience with a variety of contemporary
music languages and traditional chamber music.

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