Boston University Center for New Music

For nearly three decades, the School of Music at Boston University College of Fine Arts has been a powerful force for new music. The School has trained generations of composers and performers across all departments, hosted visits by leading composers, and has presented thousands of works by known and unknown composers alike.

Through the Boston University Center for New Music (CNM), CFA upholds this tradition while moving forward onto new paths of discovery. Located within a thriving music school, the CNM seeks to augment the presence of cutting-edge music within the University’s curriculum while encouraging awareness of new music to the BU arts community and the broader New England arts community. The CNM hosts lectures, demonstrations, and performances that are open to the public, providing a forum for broader interdisciplinary involvement, expanding the dialogue about new music to a more diverse audience. With these campus activities and through the organizing of broader inter-institutional collaborations, the CNM aims to catalyze a new energy in the American music community that looks beyond national or factional divisions, promoting the highest levels of discourse and performance.

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Boston University Center for New Music
Schedule of Events

Artists in Residence

Sep 27–30 and Jan 23–25
Fred Lerdahl

Two-part residency with composer and music theorist Fred Lerdahl, best known for his work on musical grammar and cognition, rhythmic theory, pitch space, and cognitive constraints on compositional systems, includes a performance of Time After Time by new music sinfonietta Sound Icon; collaborations with the contemporary string quartet JACK Quartet; and presentations in Composer’s Forum, in addition to coachings with the ensembles and masterclasses with composition students.

Oct 18–19 and Mar 14
Giacomo Baldelli
One of the most complete performers of the new generation, electric guitarist Giacomo Baldelli will perform a concert of contemporary repertoire in the fall, a concert of pieces by BU student composers in the spring, present in Composer’s Forum, and host workshops with BU composers and instrumentalists.

Apr 4–13
Philippe Leroux

Ten-day residency with Philippe Leroux, one of today leading international composers one of the leaders of the Spectral Music movement, includes concerts focused on Spectral repertoire with New York’s Argento Ensemble, Boston-based ensemble Sound Icon, and the US premiere of Tristan Murail’s Liber fugralis for ensemble and video by the New York-based Talea Ensemble at the ICA/Boston.

Concerts

Sep 30, 8pm
Sound Icon
CFA Concert Hall

Boston-based new music sinfonietta performing Rick Burkhardt’s Great Hymn of Thanksgiving and Alban, Richard Carrick’s Dark Flow, and Fred Lerdahl’s Time After Time, as part of two-part residency.

Oct 18, 8pm
Giacomo Baldelli
CFA Concert Hall
Electric guitarist Giacomo Baldelli performs Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, Tristan Murail’s Vampyr!, Fausto Romitelli’s Trash TV Trance, and Davide Ianni’s [Ni] Svanito Costrutto..

Nov 30, 8pm
JACK Quartet
CFA Concert Hall
New music quartet performing Iannis Xenakis’ Tetora (14’), Erin Gee’s Mouthpiece XXII (10’), Julia Wolfe’s Early That Summer (12′), and Roger Reynold’s FLiGHT (30′).

Jan 24, 8pm
JACK Quartet
CFA Concert Hall

Performing Helmut Lachenmann’s Gran Torso (24’), Cenk Ergun’s Sonare (8′), and Fred Lerdahl’s String Quartet No. 3 (25’), as part of two-part residency.

Jan 26, 8pm
JACK Quartet
CFA Concert Hall

Performing a concert of new works written by BU student composers for the JACK Quartet.

Mar 14, 8pm
Giacomo Baldelli
CFA Concert Hall

Performing works by BU student composers.

Apr 6, 7pm
Argento Ensemble
CFA Concert Hall

Members of the New York-based chamber ensemble performing the solo and chamber works by Tristan Murail as part of a ten-day Spectral Music Festival.

Apr 12, 8pm
Sound Icon
Tsai Performance Center

Performing Gérard Grisey’s Stele, Phlippe Leroux’s …AMI…CHEMIN…OSER…VIE…, and the work of a BU student composer, as well as Tristan Murail’s Disintegration, as part of a ten-day Spectral Music Festival.

Apr 13, 8pm
Talea Ensemble
Institute of Contemporary Art

New York-based new music ensemble performing Gérard Grisey’s Taley, the Boston premiere of Center for New Music Director Joshua Fineberg’s L’abîme, and the U.S. premiere of Tristan Murail’s Liber fugaralis for ensemble and video as part of a ten-day Spectral Music Festival.

Composer’s Forum — Highlights

Sep 20, 12:30pm
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Eric Sawyer

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)

Sep 27, 12:30pm
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Fred Lerdahl

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)

Oct 11, 12:30pm
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Composer Chris Arrell and Performer Lisa Arrell

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)

Oct 18, 12:30pm
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Giacomo Baldelli (Electric Guitar)

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)

Nov 1, 12:30pm
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Dan Asia

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)

Jan 24, 9:30am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Fred Lerdahl with JACK Quartet
CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38) – room may change

Mar 14, 9:30am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Giacomo Baldelli (Electric Guitar)

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)

Apr 4, 9:30am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Philippe Leroux

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38) – room may change

Apr 11, 9:30am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Philippe Leroux

CFA Electronic Music Studio (Room B38)