Photo by Jim Holt.
You like new music? Then you’re going to love NUMUS Northwest.
Now in its second year, NUMUS Northwest is a day-long event dedicated to the creation, performance, and experience of new music in Seattle and beyond. Join us Saturday, January 20 from 8:30am-9:30pm at Cornish College of the Arts’ Kerry Hall for a full day of new and experimental music. Click here to RSVP.
NUMUS is created and curated under the direction of six new music luminaries: Kevin Clark (New Music USA), James Falzone (Cornish College of the Arts), Jim Holt, Shaya Lyon (Live Music Project), Kerry O’Brien (Cornish), and Maggie Stapleton (Jensen Artists). This year’s event features everything from workshops on audience cultivation to live performances of music for electric kitchen appliances. Plus, Second Inversion’s own Maggie Molloy and Seth Tompkins will lead a panel on new music in the media.
Check out the full schedule below:
8:30-9:00am: Registration, coffee, & bagels
9:30-10:30am: New Music Speed Dating
It’s the fastest way to meet everyone in the room! All NUMUS attendees are paired up in groups of two, switching partners every 60 seconds until everyone is acquainted.
11:00-11:50am: The Other Side of the Inbox: Media Perspectives on New Music
Leah Baltus, City Arts Magazine Editor-in-Chief
Maggie Molloy, Second Inversion Editor
Sarah Zwinklis, Relevant Tones Producer (WFMT Radio)
Seth Tompkins, 98.1 Classical KING FM Program Director
Radio and print media professionals in Seattle and Chicago discuss the media’s perspective on new music and offer tips, tricks, and strategies for how to pitch new music to local and national media organizations.
12:00-12:50pm: Where the Wild Things Are: The New Age of Organizations and Audiences
Andrew Goldstein, Emerald City Music Executive Director
Emerald City Music Executive Director Andrew Goldstein explores methods for building an organization, attracting an audience, and elevating engagement in classical and new music, providing real-world examples from his experience co-founding Emerald City Music.
1:00-2:30: Lunch Break | Ask a Fundraiser | Piano in Perpetual Progress
A leisurely lunch break allows time to set up an appointment with professional fundraiser and musician Rose Bellini, or drop by Neal Kosaly-Meyer’s long-form piano improvisation which studies the very slow evolution from one note to two to three or more.
2:30-3:30pm: Afternoon Concert: Younge, Arias, Molk, Akiho
An afternoon of experimental percussion music featuring electric junk, spoken text, field recordings, digital playback, and more.
Bethany Younge – Electric Speak! Junk for Me! (10′)
Melanie Sehman, voice and percussion
Spencer Arias – Other Cities (20’)
Chris Sies, percussion
David Molk – hope (6.5′)
Melanie Voytovich, glockenspiel
Andy Akiho – Stop Speaking (6’)
Storm Benjamin, percussion
4:00-4:50pm: Why Are Women Composers Stuck Talking About Being Women Composers?
Lily Shababi, Cornish music student
In this homage to Pauline Oliveros, third-year Cornish student Lily Shababi takes a look back on the historical lack of women composers on concert programs and a look forward toward how we can dismantle the patriarchal systems at play in classical music.
5:00-5:50pm: Funders on Funding
Irene Gómez, Office of Arts & Culture Project Manager
Charlie Rathbun, 4Culture Arts Program Manager
Kevin Clark, Moderator
Additional panelist(s) TBA
Leadership from 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture discuss the arts funding process in a session moderated by philanthropy consultant and composer Kevin Clark.
6:00-7:30pm: Dinner Break
8:00-9:30pm: Evening Concert: Eaton, Soper, Furrer, Lang, Mazzoli, Triptet
NUMUS Northwest ends with an evening concert of solo and chamber music that combines acoustic instruments and live electronics.
Kaley Lane Eaton – karma repair kit (6′)
Kate Soper – Only the words themselves mean what they say (12′)
Stack Effect Duo
Beat Furrer – Voicelessness, The Snow Has No Voice (11′)
David Lang – Cage (6′)
Missy Mazzoli – Orizzonte (5′)
Missy Mazzoli – Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos
Jesse Myers, piano
Triptet – Slowly, Away (20′)
NUMUS Northwest is Saturday, Jan. 20 from 8:30am-9:30pm at Cornish College of the Arts’ Kerry Hall. Click here for tickets and more information.