Earle Brown: Centering Joanna Bailie: Artificial Environments Nos. 1-5 Earle Brown: Four Systems John Cage: 4'33" Bill Drummond: STOP Pauline Oliveros: Light Piece for David Tudor
Ledah Finck, violin Rebecca Smithorn, conductor
Join Ensemble 4-33 on December 16, 2017 for "Memory & Imagination," as we remember sounds of the past and imagine sounds of the future.
Earle Brown's Centering is a violin concerto reinvented in Brown's hallmark "open form" style, with the content of the music determined by choices made in real-time by the performers. The work takes its name from "the mental and physical 'centering' in the sense of balancing and the gathering and focusing of one's resources as necessary to 'perform well' in any life situation."
Joanna Bailie's Artificial Environments Nos. 1-5 integrates acoustic instruments, recorded soundscapes from throughout Europe, and an "unreliable auditory programme note" to weave an explanation of the compositional process into the music itself. "But," Bailie says, "Scratch the surface of this explanation a little, and it becomes clear that the text is simply a metaphor..."
Pauline Oliveros' Light Piece for David Tudor is an intense sonic and visual experience, written for piano, two-channel tape, and elements of refracted light. Artistic Director Rebecca Smithorn worked with the composer and original artist Anthony Martin to reconstruct this work shortly before Oliveros' passing last year. This will be the first public performance of the work since its premiere in 1969.
Ledah Finck, violin Ledah Finck is a musician whose aesthetic knows no boundaries. Since her childhood in North Carolina when she began to extensively study and perform classical and fiddle music, she has performed a wide range of music including her own compositions, is active in jazz and chamber music groups, and is an accomplished improviser.
An active supporter of contemporary music, her performance experience includes chamber music concerts of new works alongside university and conservatory faculty members, most recently the second-ever performance of a string quartet by Donnacha Dennehy with Courtney Orlando of Alarm Will Sound and Michael Kannen of the Brentano Quartet, a performance which will be repeated in the fall at Princeton University. She has played in the Appalachian Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, University of North Carolina symphonies, the Durham Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the ASTA National Honors Orchestra, and the Peabody Concert and Symphony Orchestras. In 2011 she took grand prize in the collegiate division of the University of Delaware International Strings Competition, and was a soloist in 2013 with the Durham Symphony. She was selected as a finalist for the Peabody Institute's Yale Gordon concerto competition and William Marbury recital competition.
Currently, Ledah is a member of The Witches, a flute/violin duo that commissions new works as the heart of a modular ensemble and also works extensively with free improvisation exploring larger social contexts, mentored by Courtney Orlando and Michael Formanek. She performs regularly around Baltimore as an improviser, and in addition to that and her classical performance endeavors,
She has been a core member of a variety of bands. In that role she has appeared on North Carolina Public Radio and on Garrison Keillor's solo show, and has made appearances at major folk festivals such as Merlefest, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, and Shakori Hills. She is also a member of free jazz quartet The Gardening Club and gypsy jazz band Oopsy Boopsy.
This summer, she will participate as a performer in the Bang on a Can festival. She has spent her recent summers as a performer at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program (for violin in 2012 and composition in 2014), the Green Mountain Chamber Music Institute, and the Eastern Music Festival.
Ledah's classical compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Jennifer Curtis of ICE, and the Baltimore Chamber Choir, who recently premiered her vocal work June, commissioned for the women of the ensemble. Drawing from her versatile musical interests and training, she has written prolifically for primarily small ensembles, including duos, trios, and quartets; most recently, a trio for viola, alto flute and double bass, which will receive several performances this season.
Ledah was a recipient in 2012 of the University of North Carolina's Kenan Music Scholarship, a full scholarship offered to four students a year for musical and academic merit. She attended UNC Chapel Hill under the teaching of Richard Luby and Jennifer Curtis. Currently she attends the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, from which she will receive her Bachelor of Music in May 2016, studying with Herbert Greenberg and Judah Adashi. She and will continue her studies at Peabody in the fall of 2016 pursuing masters degrees in both violin and composition in the studios of Mr. Greenberg and Oscar Bettison, and, as a graduating senior, was awarded the Sidney Friedberg Prize in Chamber Music and the J.C. Van Hulsteyn Award in Strings.
She is from Boone, North Carolina and plays a violin completed in 2013 by her father, David Finck.