CCCC: HEAR in NOW Program Book October 2019

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HEAR in NOW Thu, Oct 24, 2019 / 7:30pm Logan Center Penthouse

PROGRAM — HEAR in NOW Thu, Oct 24, 2019 / 7:30pm Logan Center Penthouse

Selections to be announced from stage

HEAR in NOW HEAR in NOW is a collaborative trio performing primarily original jazz-tinged avantclassical compositions. First brought together in the winter of 2009 by an Italian concert promoter for the WomaJazz festival in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, the trio, feeling a great sense of musical chemistry, have since kept the momentum going. Residing in three separate locales, the women of Hear in Now bring together elements from their indivIdual regions for a unique sound experience by exploring free improvisation along with through-composed pieces. HEAR in NOW is comprised of Mazz Swift (NYC) on violin/vocals, Silvia Bolognesi (SI, ITALY) on doublebass and Tomeka Reid (CHI) on cello. As individuals all three are active performers in the international music scene, having performed and/or recorded with William Parker, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Butch Morris, Vernon Reid, Burnt Sugar and Members of the Black Rock Coalition, Enrico Rava, Keiko Bondjeson and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. HiN second studio recording is coming very soon. Recently described as a “new jazz power source” by The New York Times, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Now based in New York, her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years. Critically acclaimed as one of America’s most talented and versatile performers today, violin/vox/freestyle composition artist Mazz Swift has engaged audiences all over the world with the signature weaving of song, melody, and improvisation that she calls MazzMuse. Swift combines elements of classical, folk, rock, jazz, free improvisational music, and and electronica to create a rich, unique, and diverse musical experience. Silvia Bolognesi is a double bass player, composer, and arranger who graduated in double bass from the R. Franci Institute of Siena where she studied with Maestro Andrea Granai, and later furthered her training with Maestro Alberto Bocini. She has led several bands, including Open Combo, Almond Tree, Xilo Ensemble, Ju-Ju Sounds, Fonterossa Open Orchestra, Young Shouts, and Sly Family. Since 2016 she has been a part of the “European exchange-Erasmus +” program for the Conservatory of Maastricht (Holland), Tbilisi (Georgia), Riga (Latvia), Birmingham (UK).

CHICAGO CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago is a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment for the creation, performance and study of new music and for the advancement of the careers of emerging and established composers, performers, and scholars. Distinguished by its formation within an uncompromising, relentlessly searching, and ceaselessly innovative scholarly environment that celebrates excellence and presents new possibilities for intellectual dialogue, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is comprised of ten integrated entities: an annual concert series with the resident Grossman Ensemble, CHIME (Chicago Integrated Media Experimental Studio), visiting ensembles, distinguished guest composers, performances, recordings, research, graduate student-led projects, workshops, and postdoctoral research positions. FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR Augusta Read Thomas

ADVISORY BOARD Seth Brodsky Anthony Cheung Jennifer Iverson Amy Iwano

Travis Jackson Sam Pluta Barbara Schubert

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC SERIES In its third season, the Experimental Music Series showcases music on the edge by artists whose work falls between the cracks of historically defined categories of composition, improvisation, jazz, and electronic music. Programming for this series highlights two specific musical approaches: composer-led bands that create experimental new music by fusing elements of composition and improvisation, and music that focuses on electronics and technology to expand what is artistically possible. It is organized by the University’s Arts, Science + Culture Initiative and the Chicago Integrated Media Experimental (CHIME) Studio.

ARTS, SCIENCE + CULTURE INITIATIVE Creating Distinctive Collaborations, Fostering Emerging Possibilities The Arts, Science + Culture Initiative seeks to bring together voices from the arts and sciences to pursue original investigations and explore new modes of artistic production and scientific inquiry around common themes. The Initiative shares the University’s commitment to promote collaborative research and teaching environments that transcend boundaries, and recognizes that breaking new ground and probing complex questions requires travel across disciplines and ventures into unfamiliar territories beyond academic conventions. Established 2010 in partnership with the Office of the Provost, with the support of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, Divisions of the Biological and Physical Sciences, the Humanities, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories, the Initiative provides opportunities for scholars, students, and arts practitioners, in multiple domains, to nurture thought-provoking investigations while remaining committed to rigorous inquiry.

UPCOMING EVENTS Workshop with HEAR in NOW Fri, Oct 25 / 9am Fulton Recital Hall The women of HEAR in NOW lead a workshop where they will present their compositions and play through some selections with workshop participants. Free and open to the public.


Grossman Ensemble with Michael Lewanski, conductor Fri, Dec 6 / 7:30pm Logan Center Performance Hall

Grossman Ensemble

The CCCC’s resident ensemble takes the stage for its first concert of the season. The ensemble that “filled the evening with wonder and, at times, awe” (Third Coast Review) premieres four works by distinguished guest composer Tania León, Grossman Ensemble co-director Anthony Cheung, and UChicago composers Will Myers and Alison Yun-Fei Jiang. Guests are invited to an after-party in the Gidwitz Lobby following the performance. Tickets: $15, students free with ID or call 773.702.ARTS (2787)

Tonight’s concert is presented in partnership with the Experimental Music Series, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Arts, Science + Culture Initiative, and UChicago Arts fund.

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