Two nights of contemporary Italian music featuring Brazilian pianist Paulo Alvarez and Ensemble Noamnesia. Donatoni, Scelsi, Nono, Sciarrino are just a few of the composers to be featured on a bill spanning these two nights. For the past several years, Alvarez has lived in Europe where he has worked with some of the world’s most renowned composers including Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, and Luciano Berio. Alvarez will be joined by the outstanding talents of Chicago’s Ensemble Noamnesia.
Ensemble Noamnesia is a group of musicians playing new and experimental music. Founded by composer Gene Coleman in Chicago in 1987, the group now consists of about 20 musicians who work on a project-by-project basis. All the players come from a classical music background but are equally versed in new types of interpretation and sound production as well as improvisation.
Together Alvarez and Noamnesia will perform works for solo instrumentalists and small group ensembles.
Program: Luciano Berio, Sequenza IV for Piano, 1965, Paulo Alvarez, piano Franco Donatoni, Omar, Steve Butters, vibraphone Gene Coleman, Backlight, 1997, for 4 winds, piano, and percussion, Ensemble Noamnesia Intermission Luciano Berio, Sequenza III for Voice, 1963, Julia Bentley, soprano Salvatore Sciarrino, Hermes, 1984, Lisa Goethe, flute Gene Coleman, Extinguished in 3 Stages, 1996, Paulo Alvarez, piano, Gene Coleman, bass clarinet