STEPHEN VITIELLO + NEIL LEONARD duo A collaboration by Vitiello and Leonard that uses random processing to sequence field and instrumental recordings. Everyday objects — tuning forks, sticks, string and rocks — intertwine with saxophone and modular synthesizer in a quad mix.
KATARINA MILJKOVIC with Christopher Watford Drop, for bassoon and electronics
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. (doors: 7:30pm)
Tickets: $15 / $10 members and students
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
STEPHEN VITIELLO is an electronic musician and media artist. Numerous CD releases have been published on such labels as New Albion, Sub Rosa, 12k, Dragon’s Eye Recordings and Room 40 as well as through galleries including The Texas Gallery and Kaldor Public Art Projects. His sound works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon. Exhibitions include a site-specific work for NYC’s High Line and the 2006 Biennial of Sydney. Vitiello has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for “Fine Arts,” Creative Capital funding for “Emerging Fields” and an Alpert/Ucross Award for Music. In 2012, Australian Television produced the documentary, Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Originally from New York, Vitiello is now based in Richmond, VA where he is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.
NEIL LEONARD is a composer, saxophonist and transdisciplinary artist. Leonard has collaborated with Joanne Brackeen, Richard Devine, Vijay Iyer, Phill Niblock, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Robin Rimbaud, Stephen Vitiello. His compositions/performances were featured by Carnegie Hall, Musicacustica (Beijing), Sharjah Art Foundation, Moscow Autumn, Museo Reina Sofia, Jazz Plaza International Festival (Havana). Leonard’s performances and installations with artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons were presented by the 11 Havana Bienal, 49th and 55th Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum. Leonard score for Tony Oursler’s Relatives was featured by the Whitney Biennial. Leonard is the Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute. In 2014-15 he was a Research Affiliate at M.I.T. Program in Art, Culture and Technology.
“Mr. Leonard creates a haunting, rhythmic, chantlike score, secular spiritual music for a New World. After leaving the gallery I kept hearing it, with delight, in my head, on the street, all afternoon.” Holland Cotter, New York Times, October 2013
Composer KATARINA MILJKOVIC investigates theinteraction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. This interest led her to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s essay “The Fractal Geometry of Nature” and self-similar complex structures resulting in the cycle, Forest, a dreamy piece, along the lines of Feldman or Brown. Entirely captivating.” (Signal to Noise). Her generative music has been described as “a refined, hypnotic dream” (Danas), “a work of musical and visual slow-motion with only a few delicately elaborated musical metaphors” (Radio Belgrade), “an ambient tone poem… that moved hypnotically through the sonic frame” (Lucid Culture). Miljkovic has been on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music since 1996 and is the recipient of the Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser award for excellence in teaching.
CHRISTOPHER WATFORD is a Boston/New York based bassoonist concerned with the expansion of the instrument’s capabilities. Praised for giving “smooth varnish” (Boston Globe) to his performances with a “clear consistent tone,” Watford works to prove the instrument’s relevance within varying contexts. As a specialist in contemporary music, his performances transcend traditional practice to include microtonality, extended techniques, improvisation and electroacoustics. His work with composers often investigates unfamiliar sounds and extreme sonic identities, with a specific dedication to transformative and endurance based works.
Watford has worked closely with such leading composers as Salvatore Sciarrino, Pierluigi Billone, Tristan Murail, Franck Bedrossian, Christian Wolff, John Harbison, and Elliott Carter. He is a member of Boston’s acclaimed new-music sinfonietta Sound Icon and has appeared with the NotaRiotous ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, A Far Cry, Nonce Ensemble, New England Conservatory’s First Monday series, and the Concord Chamber Music Society, among others, as well as solo performances in London at the UK Microtonal Festival and residencies at the Virginia Arts Festival and Boston University’s Center for New Music.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture.