30th Anniversary of Interpretations series by Thomas Buckner

The third concert of Interpretations series’ 30th Season also features works by composers Voro Garcia, Raphael Cendo, Edwin Hillier, & Yann Robin

Tana Quartet and Baritone Thomas Buckner, interpreting works by Bun Ching Lam, will headline the third concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth Interpretations series on *Friday, November 16th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers. *Note that this concert is being held on a Friday, exceptionally from the other series concerts, held on Thursdays.

Chinese-American composer Bun Ching Lam presents music for string quartet: L’air du Temps (1991), and Conversations with My Soul (2015-16), for baritone voice with quartet featuring baritone Thomas Buckner, to a text by Lebanese-American poet and painter Etel Adnan (New York Premiere). As part of their first US tour, the Paris-based Tana Quartet will also present works from their recent repertoire, including Slapsticks by Spanish composer Voro Garcia, Substance by Berlin-based French composer Raphael Cendo, Solliloques by British composer Edwin Hillier, and Shadows by French composer Yann Robin.


Born in Macao, Bun Ching Lam began her piano study in her native city, then further pursued her music education in Hong Kong and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. She has been recognized by numerous awards including a Rome Prize, the highest Award at the Shanghai International Composers’ Competition, two NEA grants, fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.
For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries. For the past thirty years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City. His long term collaborations include 35 years as a member of Robert Ashley’s opera company, and performing with Roscoe Mitchell regularly since 1979.

Director’s Message:

TeRra TV, TeRra Han, TeRra Magazine, TeRraCast, TeRraLiveTeRra TV, Ando Masateru, Tokyo University Of The Arts, Japanese Music, Thomas Buckner, Improvisational music, Koto, Shamisen, TeRra Han,Welcome to the 30th anniversary season of the Interpretations Series.

Rather than look back on our 30 years in retrospect, I decided the best way to celebrate the series would be to continue doing what we have been doing: presenting a stylistically varied season comprising composers, interpreters, and improvisers, both emerging and established, local and international, each of whom has a unique approach to music making.

I have always presented artists whose work I have heard live and found to be especially moving. This has been both a strength and a limitation of the series, which makes no claim to being comprehensive. This is music what I believe needs to be heard, and I hope you will join me in supporting these artists with your attention. I trust you will not be disappointed. –Thomas Buckner

Tana Quartet is the quartet of the twenty-first century. They are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet. Recognized by The Guardian as “impeccable players”, the quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honored at the HSBC EMA Awards and received an invitation to premiere Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont and premiered as part of the Aix-en-Provence festival.

ABOUT INTERPRETATIONS: 2018-2019 SEASON

The Interpretations series is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Joseph Kubera, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick.

REMAINING SEASON CONCERTS

Thursday, October 18: Thurman Baker / Andrew Lamb
Thursday, December 13: Anthony Davis / Earl Howard
Thursday, March 14, 2019: Randi Pontoppidan / Joan La Barbara
Thursday, April 4, 2019: Thomas Buckner joined by Joseph Kubera, William Winant, & Melanie Genin
Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield / Edmund Campion with  Claudia Hart, Marilyn Nonken, & Manuel Laufer
Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris) & Sam Ashley

ROULETTE:

509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn

2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR.

Tickets, available online at www.interpretations.info, range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission.

Ticket link is: http://roulette.org/event/interpretations-bun-ching-lam-tana-quartet/

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