Southland Ensemble

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8pm – Southland Ensemble: Rainforest
Neighborhood Church of Pasadena
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
General Admission - $20 online / $25 at the door
Students/Seniors - $12 online / $15 at the door

David Tudor's RAINFOREST is a blueprint to a sonic environment, an exploration of resonance that has had a significant impact on electroacoustic music. Now, over forty years since its inception, Southland Ensemble is proud to present an evening dedicated to the work and that which has been inspired by it.

The concert will feature an installation and live performance of RAINFOREST IV, as well as a world premiere of a new composition by composer Carolyn Chen inspired by Tudor's work. 

"The Southland Ensemble continues to add an important dimension to the cultural life of Los Angeles with outstanding performances of the late 20th century masters." (Sequenza 21, 4/7/2015)

Southland Ensemble, formed in 2013, is a recent addition to the experimental music community and has thus far committed itself to presenting a series of portrait concerts. Each concert is carefully programmed to reflect a specific creative period in a given composer's career so that the audience is offered the opportunity to delve deeper into the work. It is in this way that the Southland Ensembles seeks to bring experimental music to a more diverse audience. Since its formation, the ensemble has presented works by Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Ashley and James Tenney among others. 

Southland Ensemble consists of eight core members who possess a vast amount of experience within the experimental tradition, particularly in the interpretation of graphic notation and text scores.  The collective is flexible in size and often collaborates with guests as the music requires. It is the goal of the ensemble to collectively share their experiences through the mediums of interactive concerts, workshops and lectures.

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Carolyn Chen​​ has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears – using sound, text, light, image, and movement. Recent projects include a deconstructed scream, an ASL interpreter strung to chimes, an opera mashup of Euripides’ Hekabe and Red Riding Hood, and an assemblage on falling commissioned for the 2014 MATA Festival. Ongoing projects are for Wild Rumpus, Klangforum Wien, and the guqin.

The New York Times described Wilder Shores of Love, commissioned for a 2011 Zankel Hall premiere by the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, as "evening’s most consistently alluring piece ... a quiet but lush meditation." The work has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, MATA, impuls Festival, Stanford UniversitySudler Prize for Excellence in the Creative Arts, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Emory Planetarium, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Machine Project at the Hammer Museum. It has been presented by PODIUM (Germany, MUSLAB (Mexico), Tempora (Bulgaria), Ostrava (Czech Republic), Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Harvard Summer Composition Institute, Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude, Tel Aviv Marathon, Film Festival Rotterdam, Zhuantang Demolition District Project, Dogstar, Darmstadt, and Poto. Chen has been fortunate to work with ensembles such as Surplus, Pamplemousse, Talea, Chamber Cartel, Die Ordnung Der Dinge, Dal Niente, On Structure, Ensemble This Ensemble That, Asamisamasa, NorthArc, Now Hear, orkest de ereprijs, Ostravska Banda, S.E.M., Prague Modern, Gliss, thingNY, Red Light, red fish blue fish, New York Miniaturist Ensemble, Silent Book, and Zwo. She earned a Ph.D. in music from UC San Diego, and a M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature and B.A. in music from Stanford University, with an honors thesis on Free Improvisation and Radical Politics. She lives in Pasadena.