Brown Hall, NEC
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Non-Event, NEC’s Department of Music Theory, and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

A concert of the music of EVA-MARIA HOUBEN
performed by Eva-Maria Houben and NEC students>
with pre-concert talk by Eva-Maria Houben at 7:30pm

Brown Hall
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston
8pm / FREE and open to the public


à l’unisson VIII (dankgesang I), for chamber ensemble (2014)
à l’unisson IX (dankgesang II), for ensemble (2015)
sweet and silent harmonies, for ensemble (2014)


solo(ist) for ensemble (2015)
clouds for two pianos (2015)
piano improvisation, Eva-Maria Houben (2018)

“… a poet of tense simplicity.” – Alex Ross

“Houben is an archaeologist of silence. She is a musicologist and a composer; her study of the past fuels her experiments in the present. In her publications, Houben has excavated the historical silences, drawing attention to a past canon of unheard moments, stretching from John Cage to the Second Viennese School to even as far back as Berlioz and Bruckner.” – Irritable Hedgehog

EVA-MARIA HOUBEN (born 1955) studied Music Education at Folkwang-Musikhochschule Essen and the organ with Gisbert Schneider. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral lecturing qualification in musicology and was called for lectures at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Professor Houben has been lecturing at Dortmund University`s “Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft” since 1993, with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus. She has written numerous books on contemporary music and composers, as well as traditional music, listened to with ‘new ears’.

Eva-Maria Houben has performed works for the organ for more than 30 years, and is a longtime member of the Wandelweiser group of composers. She has composed works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, as well as works for voice and piano, wind and chamber ensembles, orchestra and for voice and orchestra, and choir. Recordings of her work have been released on Edition Wandelweiser, Another Timbre, and Irritable Hedgehog.

This program is presented with the support of the Goethe-Institut Boston. Non-Event’s programming is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.