TONIGHT New Music at The Haven, 7pm, Free

June 29th, 2014 · 4 Comments · By



Some very dear friends of mine are putting on a wonderful new music show tonight (for an understanding of the term ‘new music’ please see embedded video at bottom of post). Cleek Schrey is about to begin a composition MFA at Wesleyan, and in-between has being doing a residency at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, BK. I personally witnessed Ted Coffey describe Cleek as one of the best living American fiddlers in the world (Cleek is also probably 28). Stu JacksonĀ studies new music percussion performance in NY–Stu lived in Charlottesville about a year and I remember trying to help him find an apartment. He was studying a piece at the time, I think it was Xenakis, and I remember him explaining how he needed a space where it would be okay for him to bang on these industrial pieces of iron at an incredible volume. Where most people would snatch up any cheap room available, I watched incredulously as he politely turned down rooms that wouldn’t allow him to bang away loudly on metal objects. I later saw him perform the piece at Random Row (a gorgeous, sophisticated percussion show), giving the utmost attention and respect to this work as he performed it in the blazing summer with no AC to an audience of maybe twenty people. This, I thought, was the Platonic ideal of a new music performer.

Below is the description of the show tonight, sent from Stu Jackson. The show starts at 7pm at the Haven and is free.

I am just writing to let you know about a concert that will take place at the Haven at First and Market in Charlottesville, VA this Sunday, June 29th at 7 pm. It will feature Jeremy Bass on guitar and lute, Cleek Schrey on ten-string hardanger fiddle, and Stuart Jackson on percussion.

Jeremy Bass will be playing some early music on lute and classical guitar, as well as a US premiere of a piece by Simone Fontanelli, and a world premiere of a piece by Daniele Venturi.

Cleek is playing Christian Wolff’s Duo for Violins (with a pre-recorded tape part), Morton Feldman’s For Aaron Copland, and a new realization of Earle Brown’s December 1952 for solo hardanger fiddle and electronics.

I’ll be presenting a new version of John Cage’s 27′ 10.554″ for a percussionist (multi-percussion and quadraphonic sound), and a marimba version of Pierre Boulez’s Messagesquisse for solo cello and six cellos. This will also be a solo piece with playback of the six supporting parts.

Like last year’s concert, we will be using chance operations to create a new “musicircus” piece for the haven, which will include numerous members of the charlottesville community such as the Klezmer Violist Olivia Johnston, analog electronic musicians Lauren Milkis and Jonathan Favero, various singers, brass musicians, fixed media submissions, piano, traditional irish music, and many other participants.

The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation.

Hope to see you there!


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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Owen // Jul 2, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I see that’s Stu on the right. Who’s on the left?

  • 2 davis // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Damnit, sorry I missed this, looks like a great night. All of that sounds cool, so hopefully these folks will all come back to town in the future.

    Just an interesting side-note: I wonder if in the overall balance of shows I have played in my life which would be the greater number, the amount of times I have played to less than 20 people or more than 20 people. I have my guess of course ….

  • 3 coogan // Jul 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    hey o! the image is from cleek’s instagram account, on the left is german new music composer helmut lachenmann.

    davis–it was a wild show and i’m sure you would have enjoyed it. and let’s get the specs on your <20:>20 ratio

  • 4 davis // Jul 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Glad the show was wild! Maybe there were even more than 20 people there.

    The specs are certainly that I have played to less than 20 people most of the time, certainly as a solo guitar dude and with Grand Banks. I mean, I go to a lot of shows attended by less than 20 people so this is not unique to me, just a fact of playing a certain kind of music. I think there were way less than 20 people when Chris Corsano played here, and that was a truly great set of weirdo virtuosity.