Connected \\ December 11, 2019
In the Current: Hub New Music performing with Matthew Aucoin and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki in East India Marine Hall, 2017. Photos by Ken Sawyer/PEM
Playing at PEM is always a giant creative endeavor. In a way, the venue is a laboratory where we can cook up our most daring, most out-of-the-box programs. PEM has often been a place where we can make our program aspirations a reality, and they usually lead to programs that we end up touring all around the country. To date, we’ve brought our Matsuri program which developed from PEM’s In the Current concert presented with composer Matthew Aucoin, longtime friend of PEM, who incubated many projects there. In 2017, with the Asia/America New Music Institute our Soul House program premiered at PEM with choreography and dancers from Urbanity Dance. In the Spring we’re bringing to PEM our biggest project to date: Terra Nova, a giant collaboration project where we will have the privilege to play alongside rock/indie collective, Oracle Hysterical.
Soul House: Hub New Music performs with Urbanity Dance, 2018. Photos by Kim Indresano.
So many of our unique collaborations and ambitious programs start at PEM, and we are so thankful and excited to be bringing another one to the fantastic Atrium on December 14. This Saturday, when the doors have closed and the regular visitors are ushered out for the night, when it’s dark outside, we’ll shuffle into the Atrium. There’s something about that Atrium that makes you want to look up. Then it’ll be lights-camera-action for us until the wee hours of the night. There will be a lighting team changing our hues on stage, audio engineers fixing our mics and of course there will be the four of us. Sometimes it’s hard to believe what four instruments can do--the range of sounds and the variety of colors and moods. This program explores it all, and the PEM audience will be the first to get a taste.
TOP IMAGE: Hub New Music performing Soul House at PEM, December 2018. Photo by Kim Indresano.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Paintings by artist Hans Hofmann serve as the muse for this program of evocative, hyper-emotional and sometimes surreal musical works. Composer Michael Ippolito’s Capriccio, a new 25-minute multi-movement work, pulls inspiration from four Hofmann paintings, epitomizing the visceral, spontaneous and rebellious spirit of abstract expressionism. Additional music written for Hub by Kati Agócs, Takuma Itoh and Ryan Carter further immerse audiences in otherworldly listening experiences and sonic landscapes.
Location: Main Atrium
Members, Salem residents, students with ID $20, nonmembers $25
Includes special access to the Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction exhibition