Chicago music ensemble a•pe•ri•od•ic presents a concert of works by Berlin-based composer Catherine Lamb, whose music turns almost imperceptible changes into intricate, sonorous textures. Like pupils becoming more sensitive to light, listeners’ ears focus and refocus under the dilated time, tracking gentle pitch interferences, contour changes, and shifts in harmony. Each piece acts as a refraction of the others, inviting a hyper-focused state throughout the program.
The evening’s performance features unrecorded pieces composed by Lamb in 2010 and 2011:
Catherine Lamb (b. 1982, Olympia, Wa, U.S.), is a composer exploring the interaction of elemental tonal material and the variations in presence between shades and beings in a room. She has been studying and composing music since a young age. Lamb’s first orchestral work, Portions Transparent/Opaque (2014), was premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 Tectonics Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and she has written for ensembles such as Ensemble Dedalus, Konzert Minimal, the London Contemporary Orchestra, NeoN, Plus/Minus, and Yarn/Wire. Lamb received her MFA from the Milton Avery School of Fine Arts at Bard College in 2012 and is currently residing in Berlin, Germany.
Listen to Lamb’s music on Soundcloud
Catherine Lamb profile at the Foundation for Contemporary Arts
a•pe•ri•od•ic is a Chicago-based ensemble led by Nomi Epstein. Since 2010, they have commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by composers such as Michael Pisaro, Eva-Maria Houben, Jürg Frey, James Saunders, and Pauline Oliveros. Drawn to works of sparseness, contemplation, and quietude, this “daring group” (Chicago Reader) has a history of interpreting distinctive pieces using a collaborative rehearsal process, deriving meaning and intention from oblique prose scores with great sensitivity.
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