We’re all set to welcome Ensemble Signal to June in Buffalo 2012! Described by the New York Times as, “one of the most vital groups of its kind,” and TimeOutNY as a “new music dream team,” Ensemble Signal plays a crucial role in today’s world of music by performing, commissioning, and promoting works by a diverse range of visionary composers in the U.S. and all around the world. We’re beyond excited to have them at June in Buffalo this year. On Tuesday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m., in B1 Slee, they will interpret works by June in Buffalo participants Capp, Diaz Infante, Meurant, Naeff, Popeney, and White, and on Saturday, June 9, in Slee Hall, at 7:30 p.m., they will perform La Passione by Louis Andriessen and Impatience by Julia Wolfe.
|Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal with Helmut Lachenmann|
Signal made its debut in Spring 2008 at the Bang On A Can Marathon in NYC and the Ojai Music Festival in California, earning praise for “deeply committed performances” (Musical America) of “gripping vehemence” (LA Times). They’ve been busy touring and performing ever since, and are having an especially active season this year: they played the music of Brian Ferneyhough at Tanglewood, collaborated with Philip Glass Ensemble Music Director Michael Riesman at (le) Poisson Rouge, gave the NY premiere of a new cantata by Charles Wuorinen at The Guggenheim Museum, and premiered a new work by Hilda Paredes written for Signal and Irvine Arditti at the Miller Theatre composer portrait series. Upcoming projects include the commission of a 30 minute work for 20 players by Steve Reich.
Signal’s recordings include Philip Glass’ Glassworks and Music in Similar Motion (Glass’ Orange Mountain label); and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope (New Amsterdam Records). Upcoming releases include a CD/surround-sound DVD of music by Lachenmann, with the composer as soloist in Zwei Gefühle (Mode); Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe’s Shelter (Cantaloupe); and Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and pulitzer-prize winning Double Sextet (Cantaloupe).
Check out the gripping performance below of Ensemble Signal interpretting Michael Gordon’s Trance: