Ordinary Affects premieres two new works:
Alvin Lucier -- "Corner Church and High"
Jordan Dykstra -- "32 Middle Tones"
Morgan Evans-Weiler, violin
Jordan Dykstra, viola
Laura Cetilia, cello
J.P.A. Falzone, percussion
Luke Damrosch, percussion
ALVIN LUCIER was born in 1931 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was educated at Yale University and Brandeis University. Since 1970, he taught at Wesleyan University where he was the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music. Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma.
JORDAN DYKSTRA was born in 1985 in Sioux City, Iowa. He is a composer, arranger, violist, and improviser. His work is drawn from a familiarity with specific conceptual, avant-garde, environmental, and graphic languages. Four years ago Jordan founded Editions Verde, a small-run publishing label for musical art objects, and in 2018 released A Known Unknown -- a text and guided improv hybrid score for piano, percussion, and electronics. Recently, Mr. Dykstra has found a voice in film music and, amongst other projects, was a featured composer on HAIL SATAN?, a documentary film which premiered at the 2019 Sundance FIlm Festival in Park City, Utah.
ORDINARY AFFECTS is a Boston-based experimental music ensemble. The ensemble was formed as a group of musicians seeking to workshop, commission, and perform experimental music. Their work is often aligned with the tradition of John Cage and the Wandelweiser Collective. While the group frequently focuses on the performance of commissioned compositions of living composers, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. Whenever possible, Ordinary Affects involves the commissioned composer as a performer in the ensemble.