Sep
23
Mon
Coastal Futures Conservatory Concert @ University of Virginia
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The McIntire Department of Music presents The Coastal Futures Conservatory concert featuring Eighth Blackbird and the Rivanna String Quartet on September 23 in Old Cabell Hall. The Coastal Futures Conservatory integrates arts and humanities into the investigation of coastal change. Working with scientists at the Virginia Coastal Reserve, an NSF-supported Long-Term Ecological Research site, the Conservatory aims to deepen understanding and stimulate imagination by opening ways to listen to the dynamics reshaping coasts.

Program:
Matthew Butner: Festival of Whispers
Evans: Eroding
Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air

Oct
5
Sat
UNCSA Presents @ Watson Hall
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
10
Thu
Love Letters @ Art Institute of Chicago
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
11
Fri
Ways of Looking with Pamela Z @ Art Institute of Chicago
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Program:
Nina Shekhar: ice ‘n’ SPICE
Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma
Fjola Evans: Eroding
Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
Intermission:
Andy Akiho: Karukeranai
Jonathan Bailey Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air
Pamela Z: Ways of Looking (Chicago Premiere)

Performance will take place in Fullerton Hall. Pamela Z’s appearance is supported in part by a partnership with the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Oct
17
Thu
Sutton Concert Series @ The University of Oklahoma
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Program:
Nina Shekhar: ice ‘n’ SPICE
Andy Akiho: Karakurenai
Fjola Evans: Eroding
Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
-intermission-
Jessie Marino: Rot Blau
Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma
Jonathan Bailey Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air
Julius Eastman: Stay On It

Oct
26
Sat
Fanm d’Ayiti at Kaufman Music Center @ Merkin Concert Hall
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NYC Premiere and Album Release

FANM D’AYITI
A celebration of iconic yet under-recognized Hatian female artists, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim and featuring Chicago’s own Spektral Quartet.

Equal parts an encounter with her own Haitian heritage and an effort giving voice to marginalized artists, Fanm d’Ayiti is iridescent in its exhibition of powerful women – in revolution, on stage, or in the home. From the deeply personal – including recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls choir from her family’s farming village of Dantan – to the inspiringly prominent – featuring arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history and recorded interviews with them about their fight for social justice – Fanm d’Ayiti is an uplifting and thought-provoking sonic experience.

Go behind the scenes of Fanm d’Ayiti with Nathalie Joachim’s recent appearance on NPR’s On Being

NATHALIE JOACHIM
Nathalie Joachim is a Brooklyn born Haitian-American flutist, composer, and vocalist known for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) She is co-artistic director and flutist of the four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix. 

SPEKTRAL QUARTET
Two-time Grammy award nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the past and the extraordinary works of today. With the New York Times writing that, “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably…an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is regarded as one of the boldest ensembles working today.

Nov
19
Tue
Sweden Tour
Nov 19 – Nov 23 all-day

Program:
Nina Shekhar: ice ‘n’ SPICE
Andy Akiho: Karakurenai
Fjola Evans: Eroding
Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup
-intermission-
Jessie Marino: Rot Blau
Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma
Jonathan Bailey Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air
Julius Eastman: Stay On It

Venues:

November 19: Sound of Stockholm, Nathan Milstein Hall, Royal Academy of Music
November 20: Jämtland
November 21: Arlanda-Västerås
November 22: Sörmland, Musikens,  Katrineholm
November 23: Skinnskatteberg

Dec
14
Sat
Cal Performances @ University of California, Berkeley
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Program:
Nina Shekhar: ice ‘n’ SPICE (2018)
Andy Akiho: Karakurenai (2007)
Fjola Evans: Eroding (2017)
Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup (2016)
-intermission-
Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma (2017, arr. 2018)
Jonathan Bailey Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air (2013)
Pamela Z: Ways of Looking (2019 – Bay Area Premiere)

Jan
10
Fri
Fanm d’Ayiti at Carolina Performing Arts @ Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

FANM D’AYITI
A celebration of iconic yet under-recognized Hatian female artists, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim and featuring Chicago’s own Spektral Quartet.

Equal parts an encounter with her own Haitian heritage and an effort giving voice to marginalized artists, Fanm d’Ayiti is iridescent in its exhibition of powerful women – in revolution, on stage, or in the home. From the deeply personal – including recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls choir from her family’s farming village of Dantan – to the inspiringly prominent – featuring arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history and recorded interviews with them about their fight for social justice – Fanm d’Ayiti is an uplifting and thought-provoking sonic experience.

Go behind the scenes of Fanm d’Ayiti with Nathalie Joachim’s recent appearance on NPR’s On Being

NATHALIE JOACHIM
Nathalie Joachim is a Brooklyn born Haitian-American flutist, composer, and vocalist known for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) She is co-artistic director and flutist of the four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix. 

SPEKTRAL QUARTET
Two-time Grammy award nominees, the Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the past and the extraordinary works of today. With the New York Times writing that, “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably…an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is regarded as one of the boldest ensembles working today.

Feb
14
Fri
ice ‘n’ SPICE @ Gettysburg College
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Program:
Nina Shekhar: ice ‘n’ SPICE
Fjola Evans: Eroding
Andy Akiho: Karakurenai
Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup

-intermission-

Jessie Marino: Rot Blau
Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma
Jonathan Bailey Holland: The Clarity of Cold Air
Julius Eastman: Stay On It

Performance will take place in Schmucker Hall 222 Recital Hall.