Ensemble Pamplemousse open their decennary season with a program focussed on works by composers Alvin Lucier and Klaus Lang, who each use fabrics of heightened minimalism to create musical tapestries that invite the listener to rediscover the acoustic mechanics taken for granted in everyday experience.
One of the few new music ensembles that writes its own music, Ensemble Pamplemousse has been fishing through the new music community looking for composers who reflect the ideals Pamplemousse holds dearly- idiosyncratic ideas, the dedication to carry them out, and the audacity to playfully disregard any of that.
Uncanny Valley is a monodrama exploring the region where robotic human replicas begin to emulate humans too closely, causing revulsion in observers. Dominique Ahkong's text is inspired by the legend of Descartes' "daughter," Francine, and the story pursues the discovery and eventual destruction of the mechanical being.
Darmstadt Institute in collaboration with David Grubbs Presents: Luc Ferrari, Two Works for Ensemble with Memorized Sounds. Program includes "Tautologos III" (1969; Chicago version, 2001) and "Et tournent les sons dans la garrigue" (1977).