Pianos without Organs is dedicated to the presentation of new works in the North Carolina region. The festival emerged from a desire to connect composers and audiences in the region with those working in national and international contexts via the unique facilities offered at Greywalls Hall.
The name of the festival - a play on the Antonin Artaud/Gilles Deleuze concept of a Body without Organs - conveys an interest in innovative and critical approaches to bodies and instruments, mechanism and prosthesis; through performances, talks, group discussions, and educational opportunities.
Built to the dimensions of Wagner's Wahnfried recital hall,
surrounded by a dozen original Frank Gehry sketches,
Dr. John Q. Walker's Greywalls Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina is home to a Yamaha Disklavier Pro Mark III, a Bösendorfer Imperial SE422, and a 1889 Rosewood Steinway D. The Yamaha and the Bösendorfer feature automatic performance technologies. The hall seats 65.
ALL CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT GREYWALLS HALL:
6605 Greywalls ln. RALEIGH, NC 27614
ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE TO ENTER, THOUGH WE WOULD ENCOURAGE A $15 DONATION for each concert attended THAT GOES TO THE PRESENTING ARTISTS. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE COMPLEMENTARY REFRESHMENTS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND, PLEASE SUBMIT AN RSVP WITH THE FOLLOWING FORM.
PwO Festival Program
Friday, October 7th 8:00 pm
Seth Parker Woods solo cello and LIVE electronics
ASINGLEWORDISNOTENOUGH (13') NC Premiere
PIERRE ALEXANDRE TREMBLAY
NOT ALONE (22') NC Premiere
GEORGE E. LEWIS
THE FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE PwO FESTIVAL IS FROM RENOWNED CELLIST SETH PARKER WOODS. DESCRIBED BY THE GUARDIAN AS A CELLIST OF "POWER AND GRACE", SETH IS A VIRTUOSO PERFORMER WITH AN APPETITE FOR ADVENTUROUS PROGRAMMING. PIERRE ALEXANDRE TREMBLAY'S ASINGLEWORDISNOTENOUGH IS INSPIRED BY THE OEUVRE OF MUSIQUE CONCRÉTE PIONEER PIERRE SCHAEFFER. GEORGE LEWIS' NOT ALONE USES DIGITAL DELAYS, SPATIALIZATION AND TIMBRE TRANSFORMATION TO CREATE A COUNTERPOINT BETWEEN LIVE AND PROCESSED MUSIC CREATED BY THE SOLOIST.
ANATOLY LARKIN HUMAN AND COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANOS
SECTORS FOR THREE PIANOS MOVEMENTS 1-6 (24')
JOHN STAROSTA'S SECTORS FEATURES THE BIONIC ANATOLY LARKIN AS LIVE PIANIST/PROGRAMMER AND PREMIERES A NEW 6TH MOVEMENT. SECTORS WHISPERS, THEN SHRIEKS - COMBINING A BROAD EMOTIONAL RANGE WITH DISTINCTIVE HARMONIC STRUCTURES THAT BRING UNITY AND SYNTAX. BEGGING THE QUESTION, WHAT IF MORTON FELDMAN HAD GONE THROUGH A METAL PHASE IN HIS EARLY TWENTIES?
Saturday, October 8th 6:00 PM
Sympathy for the Mechanism
Bryan Jacobs Computer-controlled flutes, COMPRESSOR, BALLOON, AND FIXED MEDIA
PERCUSSION+GUITAR FOR TWO COMPUTER-CONTROLLED FLUTES (8') NC PREMIERE
NONAAH WITH COMPRESSOR AND BALLOON (10') US PREMIERE
DEVELOPED AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S COMPUTER MUSIC CENTER, BRYAN JACOBS' COMPUTER-CONTROLLED FLUTES USE MAX/MSP (VIA ARDUINO) TO OPERATE SOLENOIDS ATTACHED TO THE KEYS ON A COMMON BOEHM FLUTE. THIS INSTRUMENT OFFERS NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN FLUTE PERFORMANCE INCLUDING PERFECT RHYTHMIC ACCURACY; PERFECT SYNCHRONIZATION WITH ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS; IMPOSSIBLE FINGERING COMBINATION; AND FINGERING CHANGES AT IMPOSSIBLY FAST SPEEDS.
COMPOSER FORUM #1 (PARTICIPANTS TBA)
A CONCERT OF NEW AUDIOVISUAL WORKS FOR VIDEO AND COMPUTER CONTROLLED PIANOS
The DANTE QUARTET FOR TWO COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANOS AND VIDEO (6') WORLD PREMIERE
LEE WEISERT (STAN BRACKHAGE, ORIGINAL FILM)
SO MANY NAILS PIERCING THE FLESH, SO MANY FORMS OF TORTURE FOR TWO COMPUTER CONTROLLED-PIANOS, FIXED MEDIA, AND VIDEO (6') WORLD PREMIERE
ALEX GRIMES, ANGELA GUYTON, DANIELA AMÓRTEGUI
I CAN DO BETTER FOR COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANO, HUMAN PIANIST, FIXED MEDIA, AND VIDEO (35') US PREMIERE//FEATURING KYLO BALAN PIANO
- ANA LEMNARU, DAVID POCKNEE, LEO SVIRSKY
AT 24 FRAMES PER SECOND, THE CINEMATOGRAPHIC MECHANISM HAS MUCH IN COMMON WITH HOW THE COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANO INTERPRETS TIME. AS SUCH, THREE COMPOSERS HAVE INTEGRATED VISUAL ELEMENTS INTO THEIR WORKS.
LEE WEISERT'S THE DANTE QUARTET COMBINES TWO COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANOS WITH STAN BRACKHAGE'S CLASSIC PAINTED FILM OF THE SAME TITLE. SO MANY NAILS PIERCING THE FLESH, SO MANY FORMS OF TORTURE FEATURES DANIELA AMÓRTEGUI SPEAKING (AND BEING SPOKEN) THROUGH THE PIANO. ANA LEMNARU, DAVID POCKNEE, AND LEO SVIRSKY'S COLLABORATION I CAN DO BETTER IS A SPRAWLING WORK OF NINE SECTIONS THAT MAKES USE OF SUCH DISPARATE THEMES AS COMPLETISM, MESOSTIC POEMS, AND DISCREPANCIES IN THE PERCEPTION OF TIME BETWEEN MACHINES AND HUMANS. WE ARE EXCITED TO PRESENT THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF I CAN DO BETTER AND FEATURE NC BASED PIANIST KYLO BALAN.
Hans Tammen COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANO
SELECTIONS FROM MUSIC FOR CHOKING DISKLAVIER (35') nc Premiere
IMAGINE THE DISKLAVIER IN THE CENTER OF THE STAGE, THE COMPOSER/PERFORMER SOMEWHAT DISTANT TO THE SIDE. SEVERAL MICROPHONES ARE PUT INTO POSITION NOT OVER THE STRINGS, BUT AT THE HAMMERS AND KEYS. REMOTELY CONTROLLED BY THE COMPOSER/PERFORMER, THE PIANO PRODUCES CONSTANTLY RUMBLED AND CRACKLED NOISES, OFTEN RHYTHMICALLY, OCCASIONALLY RINGING STRINGS ARE ADDED ON TOP, OR STOPPING FOR A FEW SECONDS ON A CHORD.
THE PIECE EXPLORES THE SONIC CAPABILITIES OF THE DISKLAVIER MACHINE. AUTOMATONS LIKE THE DISKLAVIER ARE OFTEN USED TO PRESENT THE “SUPERHUMAN” CAPABILITIES OF THESE MACHINES. HOWEVER, I MYSELF AM MORE INTERESTED IN THE HIDDEN SONIC QUALITIES OF THOSE AUTOMATONS, AND THERE IS A LOT TO DISCOVER FOR THE LISTENER.
Sunday, October 9th
Reimagining People and Instruments
SOLO COMPUTER CONTROLLED PIANO CONCERT
Qualia M for computer-controlled piano (7') world premiere
Pile Driver for computer controlled piano (12') world premiere
Composer Forum #2 (Participants TBA)
WE RETURN SUNDAY WITH WITH A DAY OF COMPLETELY NEW WORKS - FIVE WORLD PREMIERES, ONE NC PREMIERE, AND A SET FROM THE CHICAGO BASED NAMAY & SUDDERBERG DUET. WE ARE EXCITED TO PRESENT A CONCERT OF NEW MUSIC GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY - SUNDAY FEATURES ARTISTS ESTABLISHED IN THEIR CAREERS ALONGSIDE THOSE IN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING THEMSELVES.
OUR 2:00 CONCERT FEATURES TWO NEW WORKS FOR SOLO COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PIANO FROM NC BASED PhD GRADUATES OF SUNY BUFFALO: ALEJANDRO RUTTY, WHOSE MUSIC IMBUES TEXTURES INFORMED BY MODERN RECORDING PROCESSING TECHNIQUES WITH TANGO AND OTHER SOUTH AMERICAN GENRES; AND CRAIG BOVE, FORMER STUDENT OF NEW MUSIC LUMINARY MORTON FELDMAN. BOVE'S PILE DRIVER, ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR A HUMAN PERFORMER WILL BE INSTEAD BE PREMIERED ON THE DISKLAVIER, WORKING WITH ITS EXTREMELY PRECISE TOUCH SENSITIVITY.
ELI NAMAY (Double Bass) & PHIL SUDDERBERG (Drum set)
Works from their Entropy EP/An Object not Oriented nc premiere
Half-human, half-animal, confined in a low-ceilinged, windowless, and oddly proportioned space FOR SOLO AMPLIFIED DOUBLE BASS (11') WORLD PREMIERE
ELI NAMAY AND PHIL SUDDERBERG BRING AN INTENSE PHYSICALITY AND VISCERAL STYLE HONED ON THE CHICAGO EXPERIMENTAL IMPROV SCENE. THEIR PERFORMANCES COMBINE NON-IDIOMATIC IMPROVISATION, MODULAR COMPOSED STRUCTURES THAT YIELD A MULTITUDE OF EVENTS, AND BROAD TIMBRAL PALATES. DURING THEIR SETS ONE IS PRESENTED WITH THE IMAGE OF BODIES ENGAGING INSTRUMENTS, INSTRUMENTS FORMING BARRIERS OF MORE OR LESS RESISTANCE, AND THE MUSIC AS A KEEN ORCHESTRATION OF THESE COLLISIONS.
IN ADDITION, ELI NAMAY WILL PREMIERE A NEW WORK FROM ALEX GRIMES TITLED HALF-HUMAN, HALF-ANIMAL, CONFINED IN A LOW-CEILINGED, WINDOWLESS, AND ODDLY PROPORTIONED SPACE. FOR THIS PIECE ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF SOUND PRODUCTION (WITHIN THE LEFT AND RIGHT HANDS) ARE ENGAGED IN THE SPACE BETWEEN THE FINGERBOARD AND BRIDGE, WITH THE LEFT HAND TRAPPED BENEATH THE STRINGS FOR MUCH OF THE PIECE. THE RESULT IS PROLONGED UNUSUAL POSTURING AND UNPREDICTABLE, LIMINAL SOUND WORLDS.
We are actors, not pianos for computer-controlled piano (6') world premiere
Helical Pastimes for two computer-controlled pianos (25') world premiere
THE PwO FESTIVAL ENDS WITH EXCLAMATION POINT, FEATURING TWO WORLD PREMIERES FROM UK BASED COMPOSERS ELEANOR CULLY AND JORGE BOEHRINGER. WE ARE ACTORS, NOT PIANOS IS A RECONSTRUCTION OF ELEANOR'S PIANO PLAYING ACCELERATED, RESULTING INTO WONDERING SOUND MASSES OF REPEATED NOTES AT BLISTERING SPEEDS. BOEHRINGER'S HELICAL PASTIMES IS AN ODYSSEY THROUGH INTRICATELY WOVEN CONTRASTING TEXTURES AND COMPLEX SPECTRAL HARMONIES. PwO IS THRILLED TO END THE FESTIVAL WITH WORKS OF SUCH DETAIL AND INTENSITY.
Anatoly Larkin (Pianist/Technician) (NC, usa) anatolylarkin.com
Following the musical upbringing in Russia and later in Great Britain, Anatoly Larkin settled into a musical life in the United States. In Minnesota, he was a member of new music ensemble Zeitgeist, premiering and commissioning works from contemporary American composers. In 2005, he joined the music technology company Zenph, where he created Re-Performances® of great pianists from their historical acoustical recordings. Gould, Tatum, Rachmaninoff and Peterson albums, released on the Sony Masterworks label, were met with critical acclaim. After the dissolution of Zenph in 2012, Anatoly re-focused on more performing and music teaching. He currently resides in North Carolina.
Marc Wienert (Piano technician/owner) (NY, USA) pianomarc.com
Marc Wienert is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and also lived in England and France as a child. After studying languages, film scoring, and performing on guitar, Marc discovered his true vocation at Boston’s North Bennett Street School, where he studied piano technology. After graduation, he left for Paris, where he served as a piano technician for Radio France, the Maurice Ravel Center, the American Cathedral, the Anglican Church, and the Canadian Cultural Center, as well as various conservatories of the local arrondissements.
In 1987, Marc returned to the States to take a position with world-famous Steinway & Sons at their flagship location on 57th Street in New York City. In 2000, Marc was appointed Head Piano Technician at the Manhattan School of Music, later being promoted to Director of Piano Technical Services.
Since 2006, Marc has worked with Zenph Sound Innovations. Beginning with the recording of the debut re-performance of Glenn Gould’s 1955 performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the re-performance was in the CBC’s famed Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and was later released by Sony BMG Masterworks. Marc served as the piano voicer for this project, bringing his specialized skills in precisely adjusting piano acoustics.
It is our goal to present the Pianos without Organs festival free of charge to audiences. We are instead relying on donations. Please consider donating to help bring this music to North Carolina.
PwO BELIEVES THAT A STRONG ARTS MOVEMENT IS OFTEN CHARACTERIZED BY A CONFLUENCE OF WORKS AND IDEAS. IT IS OUR GOAL TO FURTHER CONNECT NORTH CAROLINA'S ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES TO MUSICAL MOVEMENTS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE STATE AND THE COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THESE CONNECTIONS WE VEIW IT AS ESSENTIAL TO BRING THESE ARTISTS TO NORTH CAROLINA.
We have received a grant from the wonderful people at New Music USA! Special thanks to them for ensuring that the PwO festival becomes a reality!
those who donate $25.00 or more will be ELIGIBLE to receive a CD recording of selected works from the festival
THose who donate $45.00 or more will be eligible to receive a CD/DVD package of the festival
The Pianos without Organs Festival was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/the-pianoswithout-organs-festival/