FREE FEST: I/O Fest in Williamstown

January 9th, 2018, 2:30 pm by Greg

The I/O Fest is Williams College’s annual immersion in the music of now. Over the course of four days and nights, performers and audiences will take a deep dive into new and adventurous music from around the world and down the street. Performances, talks and workshops are held in Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, as well as the Clark Art Institute.

Highlights include composer/performer Kate Soper’s landmark chamber opera “Here Be Sirens” performed by Fresh Squeezed Opera, in addition to performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA and an array of Williams faculty, students, alumni and guests.

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All events are free and open to the public.

Here’s the festival concert schedule:

THURSDAY (JANUARY 11), 7:30pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterStage at Williams College, Williamstown
I/O Ensemble: Anthem
Boundary defying works by a group of restless composers challenging the limits of conventional instruments and the human voice. This program promises a journey through new sounds, falling objects, jazz and Cuban inspired rhythms, and new approaches to instruments ranging from the piano to the Chinese guqin and electronics.

THURSDAY (JANUARY 11), 10pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s Dance Studio at Williams College, Williamstown
Night Jams 1: Inaudible Time
Following a reception in the lobby, the late-night program features the Kris Allen Ensemble and the Axxea String Quartet performing John Coltrane’s “Song of the Underground Railroad,” Jürg Frey’s “Unhörbare Zeit,” more.

FRIDAY (JANUARY 12), 7pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterStage at Williams College, Williamstown
A pre-concert talk/discussion about “Here Be Sirens” with Prof. Kate Soper and Prof. Alison Case.

FRIDAY (JANUARY 12), 8pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterStage at Williams College, Williamstown
“Here Be Sirens”
Fresh Squeezed Opera performs Kate Soper’s one act opera, blending beautiful music, terrifying noise, screwball comedy, and Aristotelian tragedy to present the mythological sirens as real beings, invested in their own origins and obsessed with the possibility of escape from the tedium of endless irresistible desire.

SATURDAY (JANUARY 13), 8pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s Centerstage at Williams College, Williamstown
Iota Ensemble: “in the dead of night”
A program featuring works by young composers, Williams alums and some of today’s foremost composers exploring the difficult act of drawing inspiration from settings which seem otherwise dark, disparate.

SATURDAY (JANUARY 13), 10pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterStage at Williams College, Williamstown
Night Jams 2: After Hours Jam Session
An informal session of new music and some old, too.

SUNDAY (JANUARY 14), 1pm
Clark Art Institute’s Conforti Pavillion, Williamstown
I/Out Loud: All Ears
A one-hour concert at which kids and their families can discover new sounds and create live music with students and faculty from Williams College. Kids can explore the hidden sounds in everyday objects.

SUNDAY (JANUARY 14), 3pm
Clark Art Institute’s Conforti Pavillion, Williamstown
The Form of Space
A one-hour program of works that explores space, form and the physical materials of sound through music for instruments ranging from woodwinds, brass and strings to drums and everyday objects. Featuring Michael Pisaro’s “Ricefall (1)” for 16 percussionists, as well as Zosha Di Castri’s “La Forma Dello Spazio,” Matthias Pintscher’s “Shining Forth” and Gérard Grisey’s funereal “Stèle.”

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS
TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 8-10
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE, Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24

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