Composer Peter V. Swendsen presents a full program of new and recent compositions for instruments, electronics, video, and dance, performed by some of the finest young performers in contemporary music, including former ASF Fellow Michael Straus, saxophone; Sigrun Eng and Sarah Biber, cello; Dana Jessen, bassoon; Terri Hron, recorders; and Jennifer Torrence, percussion.
Allusions to Seasons and Weather: Music from a Year in Norway is a set of four pieces based on Swendsen’s experience of seasonal transitions in Norway, where he lived from 2006-2007 as a Fulbright Fellow in residence at the NoTAM Computer Music Studios in Oslo. Each composition uses acoustic instruments, electronics processing, and field recordings to evoke a sense of time and place. The first full performance of this entire set of works premiered at the Sound of Mu in Oslo, Norway in May 2011.
The core of the concert is the first full U.S. performance of Allusions to Seasons and Weather, as well as featuring NYC premieres of new works for cello and dance, as well as a collaboration with saxophonist and former ASF Fellow Michael Straus.
Following the concert, Swendsen will discuss the locations and experiences that served as inspiration and material for these pieces, as well as his process of working closely with the performers during the composition process.