First season conclusion

Our first season concluded with concerts in DC and Baltimore March 19 and 20. The audiences were wonderful and it was a huge pleasure to work with so many incredible performers and composers.

The Washington Post came to our Saturday concert and said that we “put on a recital that showcased established composers, provocative newcomers and an improvisation by the entire ensemble that was absolutely riveting.”

Now it’s time to start thinking about next year!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

League of the Unsound Sound

¡UPCOMING CONCERTS!
MARCH 19 (WASHINGTON, DC) and MARCH 20 (BALTIMORE, MD)
LotUS and the Cherry Blossoms (The Washington, DC Debut of Lotus)

March 19, 2011, Catholic University of America, 8pm
Suggested Donation $10 (free for students)

An evening of new music and improvisation.

Tim Feeney, percussion; Michael Formanek, bass; Michael Harley, bassoon; Courtney Orlando, violin; Wendy Richman, viola; David Smooke, toy piano; and Shirley Yoo, piano.

PRE-CONCERT INSTALLATION
Michael Boyd: this inversion is expected to persist [Ensemble]*
CONCERT
Rob Deemer: March of the Unsound Sound (LotUS commission—world premiere) [Ensemble]**
David Smooke: 21 Miles to Coolville [Harley/playback]**
Augusta Read Thomas: Toft Serenade [Orlando/Yoo]**
Improvisation [Ensemble]
Ruby Fulton: Half the Way Down (LotUS Premiere Commission) [Ensemble]**
INTERMISSION
Sofia Gubaidulina: Quasi Hoquetus [Harley/Richman/Yoo]
Stephen Gorbos: Selfish Houses on Blood Strange Roads [Ensemble]*
*=World Premiere
**=Local Premiere


The Baltimore Debut of LotUS

March 20, 2011, The Windup Space, 3pm (pre-written music) and 5pm (improvisations)
Suggested Donation $10 (free for students)

Tim Feeney, percussion; Michael Formanek, bass; Michael Harley, bassoon; Courtney Orlando, violin; Wendy Richman, viola; David Smooke, toy piano; and Shirley Yoo, piano.

3pm set:
PRE-CONCERT INSTALLATION
Michael Boyd: this inversion is expected to persist [Ensemble]*
CONCERT
Ruby Fulton: Half the Way Down (LotUS Premiere Commission) [Ensemble]**
David Smooke: 21 Miles to Coolville [Harley/playback]**
Augusta Read Thomas: Toft Serenade [Orlando/Yoo]**
Sofia Gubaidulina: Quasi Hoquetus [Harley/Richman/Yoo]
Stephen Gorbos: Selfish Houses on Blood Strange Roads [Ensemble]*
*=World Premiere
**=Local Premiere

5pm Set:
Improvisations with special guests: Susan Alcorn, Dave Ballou, and John Dierker

The Unsound Sound is fragile.
The US is frightening.
The US is ecstatic.
The US is experimental.

The League of the Unsound Sound (LotUS) is a group of musicians dedicated to exploring experimental music in all its variations. We are performers and composers and improvisers.

Our core members choose the repertoire and the modes of improvisation, and invite others to join us in these events. The repertoire of the League is comprised of contemporary music by international composers. Some pieces have jagged edges. Some pieces are improvisations. Some pieces incorporate movement. Some pieces are microtonal. Some pieces are repetitive. Some pieces are repetitive.

The League of the Unsound Sound (LotUS) believes that the Unsound Sound should be heard.

Posted in Uncategorized