James Dillon: A Portrait

Tue, Apr 5, 2011
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Fulton Recital Hall

Composer James Dillon is often associated with the New Complexity movement, a movement that began in England in the 1960s, by Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy and Richard Barrett. The music is highly detailed, and includes multileveled forms of musical notation, microtonality, irrational meters and extended instrumental techniques. A self-taught composer, Dillon, in his early years, was a radical scavenger, involved with Scottish bagpipe music, a rhythm and blues band called Influx, and studying Indian music with Punita Gupta. Later influenced by Xenakis and Varese, he folded his knowledge into a European classical tradition, making him a “new complexity” all his own. His music calls for performers committed to contemporary music, who have a fearless, experimental and open attitude toward unconventional forms of notation and playing techniques; an ensemble devoted to conquering the utmost challenge in the face of adversity. In short, this is a job for Dal Niente.