Festival Fever: I/O Fest 2016 in Williamstown, 1/7-9/16

January 6th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg
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New music for a new year…

The I/O Fest 2016 presents three days of adventurous, envelope-pushing new music – including concerts, a lecture, several world premieres, the music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, as well as special guests, loadbang. This event runs from Thursday-Saturday (January 7-10) at various venues on the Williams College campus and the Clark Art Institute. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required.

Here’s the schedule for the festival:

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Thursday (January 7), 8pm: CenterStage @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and
Dance, Williamstown. Featuring Oscar Bettison’s blues-infused Requiem Mass “O Death” and works by Pierre Jodlowski, Ornette Coleman and Frederic Rzewski. Performers include Kris Allen, Jason Ennis, Matthew Gold, Doris Stevenson, Samantha Stone and John Wheeler.

Thursday (January 7), 10:30pm: Dance Studio @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre
and Dance, Williamstown. “After Hours,” a program of late night music, in the glass-walled dance studio featuring music by Terry Riley, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, John Cage and others.

Friday (January 8), 3:15pm: Room 30 @ Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. Prof. Ed Gollin offers a talk, “Idea and Machine: Process in Steve Reich’s ‘Music for Pieces of Wood,’” examining the 1973 work from several different perspectives.

Friday (January 8), 8pm: CenterStage @ Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown. The celebrated New York quartet loadbang presents “monodramas,” a program featuring dramatic works by Hannah Lash and Andy Akiho composed for their unique line-up of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet and baritone voice. The program also includes works by Alex Mincek and Adam Zahller.

Saturday (January 9), 2pm: The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The I/O Ensemble performs a one-hour program of works they call “Out of the Box” for percussion, voices, strings and winds on the lower level of the new Clark Center. The program features works by Steve Reich, Ryan Ross Smith, James Tenney, Jacob Walls and David Lang. Free with gallery admission ($20).

Saturday (January 9), 8pm: CenterStage @ Williams College’s’62 Center for Theatre and
Dance, Williamstown. The IOTA Ensemble presents the next generation of composers, as well as Steve Reich’s classic, “Eight Lines” and Sam Pluta’s supercharged “*Machine Language” featuring Jay Sager, solo percussion.