Zeitgeist & Friends:
The Music of George Lewis
Zeitgeist returns to the Walker to celebrate an eclectic range of works by experimental composer, trombonist, scholar, and computer music innovator George Lewis. Zeitgeist and Lewis will be joined by an all-star roster of local improvisers and musicians. The evening features a newly co-commissioned work by Lewis for Zeitgeist, and large improvisational works Shadowgraph V, Artificial Life 2007, and Calder, inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobile pieces.
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CALDER, an improvisational work that moves performers to set locations on the stage as if in a mobile, inspired by Alexander Calder
SHADOWGRAPH V, an open form improvisational work for large ensemble
ARTIFICIAL LIFE 2007, an open form improvisation work for large ensemble
INTERREGNUM, for Zeitgeist (world premiere)
George Cartwright, guitar
Ivan Cunningham, saxophone
Douglas R. Ewart, various instruments
Phil Fried, bass
Eric M. C. Gonzalez, guitar
DeVon Russell Gray, keyboard/electronics
Sarah M. Greer, voice & electronics
Laura Harada, violin
Craig Hill, electronics & percussion
Joe Horton, voice
Kyle Hutchins, saxophone
Michelle Kinney, cello
Mankwe Ndosi, voice
Queen Drea, electronics
JC Sanford, trombone
Davu Seru, percussion
Dameun Strange, electronics
Shannon Wettstein, piano
Aby Wolf, voice
George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Genius Award (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Most recently Prof. Lewis received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University and became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2018).
Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 150 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Mivos Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, London Sinfonietta, Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink, Ensemble Erik Satie, Eco Ensemble, and others, with commissions from American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Harvestworks, Ensemble Either/Or, Orkestra Futura, Turning Point Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, IRCAM, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others. Prof. Lewis has recently completed a composition for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) which was performed at the Banff Centre on 29 June 2018, and he is currently working on a piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic that will be premiered in 2019. He also has new works being premiered by loadbang and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in 2019.
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Abigail Wolf, Alyssa Anderson, Annette Fitterer, Benjamin Davis, Benjamin Houge, Bonnie Marshall, Brian Heller, Brian Poulton, Carl Schroeder, Carol Barnett, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Charles McCarron, Cheryl Brown, Claire Mills, Craig Harris, Craig Sinard, Dan La Vigne, Daniel Sorenson, David Amdur, David Hagedorn, Eeva Savolainen-Sundstrom, Eleanor Fregni, Elizabeth Hammel, Emily Green, Eric Carlson, Gibson Batch, Gina Leonard, Heather Barringer, Heather Dea Jennings, Hong Dice, Hugh Livingston, Jane Sevald, Jill Dawe, John Michel, Joshua Harris, Julie A Haight Curran, Julie Stroud, Karen Meyer, Karl Strobeck, Katherine Bergman, Kayleigh Butcher, Kellie Robin Cain, Kelly Fitz, Kimberly Mullon, Kristen Barringer, Laura Harada, Linda Bjorklund, Mary Clausen, Michael Pelz-Sherman, Michael Rivard, Michelle Kinney, Monica Allen, Nancy Fushan, Philip Blackburn, Padma Wudali, Pat O'Keefe, Paul Elwood, Philip Fried, Philip Hmoov Lee, Randall Davidson, Richard Tostenson, Lisa Arends, Robert Adney, Rolf Erdahl, Shruthi Rajasekar, Stephanie Shippy, Stephen Bubul, Steve Kenny, Sylvia Kaplan, Ted Moore, Terrence Thomas, Tiffany Meyer, Tiffany Skidmore, Tim Faricy, Timothy Campbell, Timothy DuRoche, Todd Harper, Wayne Swanson, William Messing, William Tilton.
Commissioned by Zeitgeist and the Walker Art Center with support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Program support provided by Producers’ Council members Therese Sexe and David Hage.
Zeitgeist’s Minnesota activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.