JAM – Program Notes

The Spectral Cat is a children’s story written and illustrated by Sarah Perske and accompanied by improvisation on fragments of music by Tristan Murail, Sofia Gubaidulina, Elliott Carter, and Kaija Saariaho. The story follows Mister, a hungry, contemporary-music-loving cat who uses his piano skills to frighten music students into abandoning their lunches!



From dawn ’til dusk our days are filled with tiny moments, some saturated with activity and others consisting only of silence. Every day provides the repetition of the ordinary, yet offers that which we have never encountered. Time continues unceasingly, but we can only live in the present. It is with this dynamic in mind that I present this piece to you. May it offer a reflective moment at this present time.

Katerina Therianos-Lynch

J A N U S Improvisation Duo will speak about their work from the stage.

Variazioni su Space Invader
The pitch material and overall rhythmic structure of this piece is derived from a slow movement of a string quartet I wrote a few years ago for the Lydian String Quartet in Boston, titled “Space Invader”. The electronic sounds are made from re-synthesis of cello sounds transposed and timbrally morphed. The visual component is a 3d representation of the electronics: they provide the electronics sounds, usually existing only in the aural realm, a physicality, a visual raison d’être. With this idea in mind, I decided to avoid any representation of the acoustic cello sounds since the performers’ movement and gestures provide their own raison d’être.

Michele Zaccagnini

The Binding Problem (live composition no. 66) – This piece will be composed in realtime using a combination of signs and gestures from several sign languages and systems, including Walter Thompson’s Soundpainting and Butch Morris’ Conduction. Evan Mazunik will indicate the type of material desired of the ensemble in an exchange between composer/conductor and performers. Through the parameters of each set of signs or gestures, this approach provides the immediate possibility of initiating or altering harmony, melody, rhythm, tempo, progression, articulation, phrasing or form through the manipulation of pitch, dynamics, timbre, duration, or silence in realtime. – Evan Mazunik