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HEAR NOW 2013 FESTIVAL LINEUP

Third Annual Festival took place April 13t & 14th - 2013

at The First Lutheran Church of Venice, Venice, CA

HEAR NOW… is applauded in our video by Esa-Pekka Salonen! Please check it out!!


First Lutheran's Masters in the Chapel presents HEAR NOW, the only annual festival of new music dedicated to presenting works by Los Angeles composers.

Conceived by Hugh Levick and curated by Levick, The Lyris Quartet, William Kraft, Gernot Wolfgang, and Gloria Cheng, the 2013 HEAR NOW festival program has been created with works by:

John Adams, Jason Barabba, Arturo Cardelús, Billy Childs, Laura Karpman, Karl Kohn, William Kraft, Ulrich Krieger, Hugh Levick, Liviu Marinescu, Benjamin Wallfisch, and Gernot Wolfgang, including two world premieres, a US premiere, and four west coast premieres.

Performing the music will be some of the finest soloists and chamber musicians in southern California: The Lyris Quartet, Mark Robson, Joanne Pearce Martin, Vicki Ray, Gloria Cheng, Eric Jacobs, Leslie Reed, Sara Andon, Judith Farmer, and many others.

As a center of contemporary music, Los Angeles is home to numerous composers of global talent. Now presenting its third festival, HEAR NOW shines a light on the gifted musical artists -- composers and performers -- in our midst.

Hear Now 2012
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2013 Program

Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.:

Arturo Cardelús: Demian Sonata (West Coast Premiere) for piano solo

Karl Kohn: Rhapsodic Music (World Premiere) for string quartet

Hugh Levick: Island & Exile (World Premiere) for piano quintet

William Kraft: Concerto à tré for piano, violin, percussion

Ulrich Krieger: Before Quake for cello, piano, percussion

Billy Childs: Awakening (West Coast Premiere) for string quartet


Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.:

John Adams: Road Movies for piano and violin

Jason Barabba: ...so anyway, I sez to Mabel, I sez... (West Coast Premiere) for wind quintet

Gernot Wolfgang: Theremin's Journey for piano, Theremin and pre-recorded electronica

Laura Karpman: Waxing Nostalgic (West Coast Premiere) for viola, guitar and pre-recorded electronics

Liviu Marinescu: Moto Perpetua for oboe, bass clarinet, percussion, viola

Ben Wallfisch: Spectra (US premiere) for piano quartet

What the composers say...

Jason Barabba: "...so anyway I sez to Mabel, I sez..." takes its title from an early episode of The Simpsons, it has a complex, gossipy nature and a palindromic ending...all packed into about 6 minutes

Liviu Marinescu: Moto Perpetua is a fast and exciting piece based on a few short melodic ideas, constantly repeated and combined in a rondo-like structure.

Billy Childs: (Awakening):Composing the piece turned out to be a cathartic experience for me because it deals with my wife's illness and recovery last year; it basically sets out to illustrate how the experience affected me - emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Arturo Cardelus: (Demian Sonata): It's a solo piano piece and it's inspired by Demian(Hermann Hesse). "The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever wishes to be born must destroy a world. The bird is flying to God. The god is named Abraxas." (from Demian)

Laura Karpman: (Waxing Nostalgic): Charles Lummis embodied the California spirit, and he founded the Southwest Museum, the first museum here in Los Angeles. He recorded and collected songs of the old Spanish Californians. I believe there is a treasure trove of history, music and joy in this collection, and I hope to delve into it again. For now, they allow me to look back to Lummis' California - no traffic, sunshine and the smell of ocean and orange blossoms. So I wax nostalgic...

Ulrich Krieger: (Before Quake): The piece is inspired by tectonic drifts, which are used as a model for the composition. The piece was originally commissioned by the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, a German artist residency in Pacific Palisades.

William Kraft: Concerto a Tre was composed for violin, piano and percussion. It was, indeed, a challenge to integrate these three instruments, which have such contrasting idiomatic characteristics. It was commissioned by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society.

Hugh Levick: Island & Exile is a programmatic piece based on 8 months in 1932-33 that the German-Jewish philosopher, Walter Benjamin, spent on the Spanish island of Ibiza. By the time he left the island it was clear to him that he would never again be able to return to Germany. Musically, Island & Exile is based on one succession of fixed intervals which vary according to whether a musical line is ascending or descending.

Ben Wallfisch (Spectra): I would describe the piece as a sonic collision of shifting light and colour.

Karl Kohn (Rhapsodic Music): This piece composed in 2011 with its soaring melodic lines in each of the four instruments - both individually and together - is both rhapsodic and, like much of my music of recent years, also meditative. I wonder if it has to do with my age!

Gernot Wolfgang: Theremin's Journey uses electronica soundscapes as connective tissue between the two featured solo instruments, Theremin and piano, both of which are performed by the same musician.

What the press has said...

Richard Ginell: "A diverse display of new music it was, spanning nearly four generations of living Los Angeles composers and a cross-section of idioms.... The performances were technically top-notch, often reaching deep into the music for that something extra..."

Russell Steinberg: "The level of composition and performance was equal to any fine contemporary music concert in the world today."

Rodney Punt: "...a host of L.A.'s finest composers and musicians ... a very successful Hear Now Music Festival ...

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The 2012 HEAR NOW Festival reviews are in !
FROM OUT WEST - Review by Richard S. Ginell


Hear Now 2012


HEAR NOW… 2012

A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers

WHAT:

Los Angeles is known as a center of film music, but Los Angeles is also a place where composers are hearing and writing very personal, idiosyncratic, impossible to categorize forms of concert music. HEAR NOW… is a festival that will feature these composers and their music--a music without rules, a music trying to achieve …(you'll have to speak to each composer to find out how that sentence ends).

WHERE:

The First Lutheran Church, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA At the edge of the American continent: Venice Beach. The place where the physical frontier ends, and the need for more space and discovery pressures vast expanses to open in the mind and heart. Exploration. Startling forms begin to grow.

WHEN:

Saturday, August 25th - 8 pm & Sunday, August 26th - 5 pm

WHO:

Some of those participating (and if the festival, as we hope, becomes an annual event, more and more of LA's wildly imaginative music landscapes will be revealed and explored): Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stephen Hartke, William Kraft, Donald Crockett, Donald Davis, Isaac Shankler, Jeffrey Holmes, Hugh Levick, Gernot Wolfgang, Russell Steinberg, Anne Lebaron, Sean Heim, Shaun Naidoo, Isaac Schankler…amongst others

HOW:

Artistic director: Hugh Levick
Program panel, performance and musician contracting: The Lyris Quartet
Program panel and composition: William Kraf

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR:

Barbara Schwan and the First Lutheran Church of Venice


 

 

Hear Now 2012 Concert Programs

 

Concert 1: 

 

Saturday, August 25, 8 pm
The First Lutheran Church of Venice
815 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

 

  • Wandering ............................................................. Don Davis
  • Wind Trio .................................................... Damian Montano
  • Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face ...... Thomas Ades

- intermission -
  • Orange Windows .............................................. Phillip Golub
  • Autumn Dances ............................................... Eric Guinivan
  • Quiet Light ........................................................ Vera Ivanova
  • Still Waters .................................................. Gernot Wolfgang
  • String Quartet 2 ..........................................  Burton Goldstein
Concert 2

Sunday, August 26, 5 pm
The First Lutheran Church of Venice
815 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

 

  • Night Scenes ................................................ Donald Crockett
  • Il Sole e l’Altre Stelle ................................. Veronika Krausas
  • Rain Ceremony.................................................... Jason Heath
  • Sea Change ...................................................... Stephen Cohn

- intermission -
  • Code V ................................................................ Hugh Levick
  • Basque Suites .................................................. Brett Banducci
  • Settings from Pierrot Lunaire ........................... William Kraft    



 

about the first annual

HEAR NOW Festival

2011

 

On May 14th 2011 at the First Lutheran Church in Venice, CA, the HEAR NOW Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers saw the light of day.

It came off extremely well. At 2PM it 2/ 3rds full and at 8PM it was SRO. Over 25 people who had been at the 2PM bought tix to return for the 8PM.

It was not a uniquely new music audience. Perhaps one of the event's most valuable accomplishments was introducing new music to people who didn't know it existed (or for whom it had negative connotations) and having them experience it as thrilling. The music was great, and the ultissimo level of the playing was enthralling.

There was some feedback:

"Thank you for assembling such a remarkable and varied group of compositions and fine musicians to performthe works....It was an extraordinary experience to be gathered in that beautiful church for a second time and go on another musical adventure. May HEAR NOW continue to be an annual event."

"the Hear Now concert was wonderful! I hope it's at least two days next year…."

"IT was so great.... CONGRATULATIONS a great success!"

"a wonderful night of sharing your deep commitment to the art of new music"

"Exhilarating, excruciating, inspiring, irritating, soothing, boring, enraging, catapulting me... out of my comfort zone.

"Thanks, and look forward to the next experience…"

"Hear Now was a wonderful event. I enjoyed it all very much. A lot of sitting, but well worth it for the rest of the senses. I think it was a great success on many levels. Congratulations."

"Extraordinary Concert - Congratulations! Really brilliant!!!"

"This is the start of something big. Congrats on all counts!"




L.A. Times Culture Monster arts column May 11th 2011: "Influences: Los Angeles composer: Hugh Levick"



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