Past Performances


DRAMA: music and its double

Fri Sep 24 2010
Tenri Cultural Institute

Conceived as an event in which all the roles are played by works of music, DRAMA: music and its double combines c)i’s signature virtuosity with theatre and improvisation to examine the notion of “characters”- beings portrayed, serenaded, desired, and lost. Music by Kaija Saariaho, Vinko Globokar, Georges Aperghis, Alfred Schnittke, and c)i member Kyle Bartlett will challenge the audience to tread the subtle boundaries between music and drama while discovering unexpected resonances, hidden meanings, and revelatory correspondences. [more info]

DISCOURSEs: c)i @ Transit Circle

Sun Jan 23 2011
Mannes Concert Hall

c)i performs at Mannes’ Transit Circle series on a program exploring the parallels of music and speech, including works by Rochberg, Lara, Globokar, Boyce and Pauset. [more info]

c)i @ Redhouse

Sun Feb 6 2011

c)i performs at Redhouse in Syracuse, NY [more info]

c)i @ the Warhol Museum

Sun Mar 13 2011

c)i performs in Pittsburgh for the first time. [more info]


Fri May 20 2011
Tenri Cultural Institute

Musical transformations of space and time.

The concert draws attention the assumptions of embodiment associated with the performance of music, especially classical music. In the concert, sonic material departs from its source – the world out side the concert hall, or the imagination of the composer – and is re-embodied in the form of the performers, only to be displaced again as their sounds are projected through speakers around the hall and the time of the performance. counter)induction will again devote its signature imagination and virtuosity to discover new paths of musical expression, this time through the cutting-edge technology of VRSonic, a technology company developing audio spatialization software and audio arrays (first used for virtual-reality training systems). Jorge García del Valle Méndez’s road river and rail spatializes the sound of a Korean temple bell, deriving musical material from the digital audio trace. Douglas Boyce’s displacements 1b explores the mediating function of the body of the performer, using spatialization to disembody and re-embody the performer as the perceived source of sound. Katharina Rosenberger’s scatter is a presentation of movement – a chase, a pursuit, a run in all directions; moments of agitation are depicted in three different segments that overlap and share similar material in ever-changing configurations. Jukka Tiensuu’s Oddjob temporally displaces the live performance to create a duet of a solo performance. Kyle Bartlett’s Tombeau. Tattoo. Tether. will take as its source audio recordings of her grandmother recounting family mythology, producing a highly virtuosic exploration of the nature of relationships, memory, connection, and absence. This will be the world premiere performance of the piece, written especially for c)i violinist Miranda Cuckson.

$15 suggested donation

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The Excellent Is New Forever

Fri Jun 3 2011
Barge Music

counter)induction makes its first visit to one of New York City’s celebrated chamber music venues with a program that traces an arc from the purity of the high Renaissance to the heights of dizzying modernist complexity, then dissolves and reconstitutes itself in a spirit of pure play. Travel with us from the early 16th century to the present (and most of the way back) via Josquin, Kyle Bartlett, Babbitt, Davidovsky, Louis Karchin, Douglas Boyce, and Thomas Morley. These diverse works are unified by their enduring compositional mastery, their willingness to defy expectations, and their fresh vitality – their inherent newness that persists across more than half a millennium. [more info]

“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives