Having Fun with the Now Hear Ensemble

People Inside Electronics presents:
Having Fun with the Now Hear Ensemble
Friday, January 24th, 8:30pm 
Art Share-LA
801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, California 90013
 
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People Inside Electronics presents the Now Hear Ensemble, featuring the talents of Daniel Corral (accordion), Federico Llach (double bass) and Brian Walsh (clarinets). “Having Fun” pits live musicians against pre-recorded media to examine facets of 21st-century life. Through five diverse pieces, the Now Hear Ensemble surveys human physicality, immigration, pop iconography, retro-futurism, and the nature of time. In Simon Steen-Andersen’s “Asthma,” the accordion re-learns what breathing means to humans in all our idealism, fear, and corporeal frailty. Federico Llach’s “I diari” explore paradoxes in immigration laws in the US and EU respectively. Daniel Corral’s “Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage” reframes the cultural significance of the worst album in rock and roll history. “This Changes Everything” by Alex Temple starts with 80s New Wave and pulls from the history of synthesized music. “TIM song” by Peter Ablinger addresses the ultimate medium of music - time itself.
 
PROGRAM
 
TIM Song - Peter Ablinger
 
Asthma - Simon Steen-Andersen
accordion, video
 
This changes everything - Alex Temple
clarinet and tape
 
I diari - Federico Llach
clarinet, double bass, accordion, electronics
 
Concerto for Having Fun With Elvis On Stage - Daniel Corral
Clarinet, double bass, guitar/keyboard, tape



Now Hear Ensemble combines the intimacy of the classical concert experience with electronic music, video art, installation art, and contemporary theater, embracing both contemporary music and pop culture, as they believe a cross-genre approach leads to new territory for creativity.

Based in Los Angeles, the Now Hear Ensemble has performed at renowned venues such as the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley, the Conrad Prebys Music Center at UC San Diego, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Fisher Museum at the University of Southern California, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara and the Carlsbad Music Festival.

Since their founding in 2012, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 25 new works from composers such as Dan VanHassel, Anthony Paul Garcia, Nick Norton, Constantin Basica, Joshua Carro, Jon Myers, Luke Taylor, Federico Llach, Marc Evans, Anders Lind, Mateo Lugo, Daniel Miller, Fernando Rincón Estrada, Eoin Callery, Kevin Zhang, David Gordon, Iván Naranjo, Carolyn Chen, Brandon Rolle, Mason Hock, Heena Yoon, David Werfrelmann, and Todd Lerew. Past projects have included a collaboration with California-based composers that resulted in their 2013 debut album and tour, "Made in California," as well as commissions of installations and concert music made with bicycle wheels, paper shredders, ping-pong tables, megaphones, and custom-made instruments. In 2013, the ensemble’s recording of Dan VanHassel’s "Ghost in the Machine"—from "Made in California"—was featured on the BBC Radio 3 show “Late Junction.” In September of 2016, the ensemble was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where they collaborated with composers Florent Ghys and Dan VanHassel on various projects, including VanHassel’s "Invective" and Ghys’ “4 Bucolic Machines”.

Learn more at nowhearensemble.com


Musically raised in Buenos Aires as a jazz bassist, music for media producer and classical composer, Federico Llach creates music that combines the old and the new, as well intimacy of concert music with the energy of popular music. His sound palette has been forever changed as a result of his experience with modular synthesizers, samplers and electronics of all kinds, which usually appear uniquely blended with acoustic instruments in his music. His works have been presented at venues of such geographical and aesthetic diversity as Festival Internacional de Jazz Buenos Aires and Darmstadt Ferienkurse. Llach’s compositional interests are enriched from the perspective of the musicologist, the music technologist and artistic practice as research. A multidisciplinary artist himself, he has suggested in recent writings multidisciplinarity as way to overcome inward-focused approaches in music composition. Llach has founded and directs Now Hear Ensemble, a group of classically trained musicians collaborating with composers working with electronics and intermedia and serves as faculty at the University of California Merced in the Global Arts Program and at Cal Poly Pomona.

Daniel Corral is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. Now living in Los Angeles, his unique voice finds outlet in accordion orchestras, puppet operas, handmade music boxes, microtonal electronics, site-specific installations, chamber music, post-punk opera, and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Corral has been the leading musical voice in groups such as Timur and The Dime Museum, whose productions are produced by Beth Morrison Projects, and experimental accordion orchestra Free Reed Conspiracy. Corral has collaborated with artists such as Anne LeBaron, Vicki Ray, Ray/Kally Duo, Charles Gaines, Stephen Prina, Wild Up, Isaura String Quartet, Formalist String Quartet, Opera Povera, Yakima Chamber Symphony, Boston Microtonal Society, Slatür, The Industry LA, California EAR Unit, Kairos String Quartet, Bo Sul Kim, Daron Hagen, Pasadena All Saints Choir, Cudamani, and Sojourn Theatre. Corral is currently on the composition faculty at Calarts. His music has been released by Populist Records, Orenda Records, Innova Recordings, the wulf. records, and independently.

Brian Walsh is interested in sound and communication, regardless of genre, and specializes in performance on the clarinet and bass clarinet. He frequently performs with such diverse groups as Wild up Modern Music Collective, gnarwhallaby, The New Century Players, The California E.A.R. Unit and Wasteland Music. Brian has premiered pieces by Luigi Nono, Nicholas Deyoe, Girard Grisey, James Newton, Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Tom Johnson and many others. Past collaborators have included Peter Maxwell Davies, Meredith Monk, Gavin Bryars, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Bright Eyes, James Newton, and Muhal Richard Abram.