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 2017-18

Artists in Residence

Feb 12-28, 2018
Liza Lim
This residency of renowned Australian composer Liza Lim, whose work has made her a leading international artist, includes performances with the Ludovico Ensemble, Sound Icon, the JACK Quartet, and Ashot Sarkissjan of the Arditti Quartet; Lim will also offer a series of lectures on her work, along with coachings, open rehearsals, and masterclasses. Learn more about Liza Lim at www.lizalimcomposer.wordpress.com.

Concerts

Oct 21, 2017, 8pm
Cairn Ensemble
CFA Concert Hall (855 Commonwealth Ave.)
Free Concert
The Cairn Ensemble from France’s Loire Valley will come to the BU Center for New Music on its first ever American tour. They will play in the concert hall and host pedagogical events around their remarkable ¼-tone accordion earlier in the day. Featuring: Franck Bedrossian’s Innersonic (for accordion and electric guitar), Tristan Murail’s Tellur for classical guitar, Joshua Fineberg’s Just as much entangled with other matter for accordion and iPhones, Fausto Romitelli’s Professor bad trip for electric guitar, Jérôme Combier’s KikaPou for ¼ tone accordion, and Daniel Alvarado Bonilla’s Tañer el viento.

Oct 22, 2017, 3pm
Arditti Quartet
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
The highly-acclaimed Arditti Quartet returns to the ICA in collaboration with the Boston University Center for New Music. Founded in 1974 by Irvine Arditti, the quartet’s concerts and albums of 20th and 21st century music have been praised for their technical expertise and spirited interpretations. The Guardian has called the Arditti Quartet “The world’s pre-eminent contemporary music quartet.” At the ICA, the Arditti Quartet will perform a concert of prominent 21st female composers. Co-presented with the Boston University Center for New Music. Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 ICA members + students. Program: Liza Lim – Hell, Clara Iannota – Dead wasps in the jam jar, Rebecca Saunders – Fletch interval, Hilda Paredes – Bitacora Capilar, Olga Neuwirth – In the realms of the unreal

Feb 16, 2018
Ludovico Ensemble
St. Paul’s Church, Brookline
Featuring Liza Lim’s Spirit Weapons and Inguz, and the world premiere of Marti Epstein’s Dirl. View more information.

Feb 18, 2018, 8pm
Sound Icon
CFA Concert Hall
Free Concert
Featuring Liza Lim’s The Turning Dance of the Bee, The Heart’s Ear and An Elemental Thing and a work by a BU student composer. View more information.

Feb 20, 2018, 8pm
JACK Quartet
CFA Concert Hall
Free Concert
New music string quartet performing Liza Lim’s The Weaver’s Knot, Dum Transisset (Brian Ferneyhough), Chambers (Marcos Balter), and String Quartet No. 2 (Elliott Carter). View more information.

Feb 22, 2018, 8pm
JACK Quartet
CFA Concert Hall
Free Concert
Performing a concert of new works written by BU student composers for the JACK Quartet.

Feb 26, 2018, 8pm
Ashot Sarkissjan solo recital
CFA Concert Hall
Free Concert
Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), most often seen as a member of the Arditti Quartet, returns to the BU CNM as a soloist, performing the world premiere of Liza Lim’s The Su Song Star Map for solo violin with, James Dillon Del Cuatro Elemento (1988), Steven Daverson Giacometti’s Razor (2014), Georg-Friedrich Haas De Terrae Fine (2001), and a work by a BU student composer.

Public Events (free)

Oct 21, 2017, 1:30pm
Ensemble Cairn
855 Commonwealth Ave., Room B38
“The Microtonal Accordion”

Composer’s Forum — Highlights

Feb 13, 2018, 9:30-11:50am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Liza Lim
855 Commonwealth Ave., Room B38

Feb 20, 2018, 9:30-11:50am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Liza Lim
855 Commonwealth Ave., Room B38

Feb 27, 2018, 9:30-11:50am
Composer’s Forum Lecture: Liza Lim
855 Commonwealth Ave., Room B38