PAST

Saturday 2 April 2016
Kenan Music Building, UNC, Chapel Hill
discussion group 7pm
EMSG hosted a pre-concert discussion on writings by Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, and Hildegard Westerkamp at the UNC Department of Music’s annual Festival on the Hill symposium. The concert followed with compositions by J.S. Bach, Clarence Barlow, John Cage, Lucier, Chris Mercer, Heinrich Schütz, Tenney, and Westerkamp.

Sunday 21 February 2016
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill
performance 2pm
EMSG returned to the Ackland for a Music in the Galleries concert centered around the exhibition “Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.” The concert featured the music of New York School composers Morton Feldman and Earle Brown, performed by members of the Duke New Music Ensemble and EMSG. With additional performances of new music by Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests and Kenneth D. Stewart.

Sunday 7 February 2016
Kenan Science Library, UNC, Chapel Hill
workshop 2pm
EMSG co-hosted a circuit-building workshop with BeAM. Participants a small electronic musical instrument and learned several ways to control it, then took it home!

Wednesday 3 February 2016
Arcana, Durham
performance 7:30pm
EMSG presented a performance of punk-cabaret trio Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests. Local free improv group Cyanotype opened.

Thursday 8 October 2015
Allcott Gallery, Chapel Hill
meeting 5:15pm / performance 6:00pm
EMSG performed the remainder of Dewar’s “Material Music” scores for the opening of an exhibition of his work at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Saturday 3 October 2015
Artspace, Raleigh
meeting 3:00pm / performance 7:00pm
In collaboration with composer Andrew Raffo Dewar and Elsewhere art museum, the EMSG performed scores from Dewar’s “Material Music” series, followed by a performance of new music by Dewar by Jeb Bishop and Dan Ruccia.

20 September 2015
“Music in Flux: The Conceptual Art and Music of Nam June Paik”
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill
performance 2:00pm
In conjunction with the Ackland’s “Testing Testing” exhibition, the EMSG presented a lecture-participation-performance event exploring the overlaps of Paik’s visual art, music, and performance. Featuring a set by Cyanotype (free improv, Durham).

13-14 April 2015 – Residency 2: Michael Pisaro and Greg Stuart
Nightlight, Chapel Hill
The Carrack, Durham
The Experimental Music Study Group presented a captivating two-night residency featuring California-based composer Michael Pisaro and South Carolina-based percussionist Greg Stuart. A member of the Wandelweiser collective, Michael Pisaro crafts intricate soundscapes that hover at the boundaries between sound and silence, drawing attention to the act of listening. Greg Stuart’s inventive percussion music explores alternative techniques including sustained friction, gravity-based sounds, and sympathetic vibration. For nearly a decade, Pisaro and Stuart have collaborated on heralded projects and released recordings on the Gravity Wave label, forging a close bond between composer and performer.

15–17 March 2015 – Residency 1: R. Andrew Lee and Erik Carlson perform Wandelweiser
Nelson Music Room, Duke University, Durham
Person Recital Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
719 Devereux Street, Raleigh (house concert)
The EMSG’s first spring artist residency featured acclaimed performers R. Andrew Lee (piano) and violinist Erik Carlson (violin) performing the music of Wandelweiser. An international composer-collective based in Germany, Wandelweiser explores the edges of sound and silence. Featured music by Antoine Beuger, Jürg Frey, Eva-Maria Houben, Michael Pisaro, Craig Shepard, and Manfred Werder. A Raleigh house concert also featured Tanya Kalmanovitch and Mat Manieri (viola duo).

[CANCELED] 26 February 2015 – Meeting/Performance
The Shed Jazz Club, Durham
meeting 7:30pm / performance 9:00pm
Topic: Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, and the AACM

12 January 2015 – Meeting/Performance
Nightlight, Chapel Hill
meeting 7:30pm / performance 9:00pm
Topic: Introduction to Experimental Music (reading by Nyman; music by Cage, Young, and Oliveros)

2 February 2015 – Meeting/Performance
Nightlight, Chapel Hill
meeting 7:00pm / performance 8:30pm
Topic: Fluxus (readings by Stiles and Paik; music by Knowles, Bozzi, Brecht, Kosugi, and Williams)