FREE FEST: I/O Fest 2017 @ Williams College This Week
Presented by Williams College’s Department of Music, I/O Fest 2017 is a four-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe, featuring concerts, a lecture, several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA and special guests the TAK Ensemble. The fest runs from Thursday-Sunday (January 12-15) at various venues in Williamstown. All events are free and open to the public.
Here’s the schedule of events for I/O Fest 2017:
THURSDAY (JANUARY 12)
4:15pm: Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center, Room 30: Prof. Ed Gollin offers a talk, “Musical Process in Tom Johnson’s ‘Nine Bells.’”
8pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: I/O Ensemble performs Hans Abrahamsen’s masterpiece “Schnee” and music of Tristan Murail and Zachary Wadsworth.
10:30pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: Bad Planets performs late night music to wake you up. Soul stirring works by Frederic Rzewski, Anthony Braxton and Charles Mingus, as well as meditations by Pauline Oliveros.
FRIDAY (JANUARY 13)
4:15pm: Williams College’s CenterStage,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: A workshop hosted by TAK Ensemble concentrating on contemporary music creation and performance
8pm: Williams College’s CenterStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: A concert highlighting the New York-based TAK Ensemble’s maximalist virtuosity in works by Taylor Brook, Tyshawn Sorey, John Zorn, Kate Soper, David Bird, Jacob Walls and Erin Gee.
SATURDAY (JANUARY 14)
1pm: Williams College’s CenterStage,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: Tom Johnson’s “Nine Bells,” performed by Ed Gollin
8pm: Williams College’s CenterStage,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance: The student-led IOTA Ensemble performs Michael Gordon’s “Yo Shakespeare” and works by Angélica Negrón, Anna Clyne and Alex Mincek, as well as current and former Williams student composers.
SUNDAY (JANUARY 15)
1pm: The Clark Art Institute: A special one-hour family event in which kids explore sound and create new music for live instruments.
2:30pm: The Clark Art Institute: A concert featuring Steve Reich’s masterpieces “Drumming” (Parts I and II) and “Violin Phase.”
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS:
WINTER STUDIO FESTIVAL OF PLAYS @ Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, January 14 & 15
THE BRIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy & the Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, February 24 & 25
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8