Apr
13
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: John Hovig

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April Featured Artist: John Hovig

About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About the Artist: https://www.johnhovig.com/
About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Words + Music, a live radio play

Presented in collaboration with Rice University and sponsored by the Humanities Research Center, experience “Words and Music” by Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman with Loop38 in this one-night only event with Christina Keefe and Jack Young.

About the work

Samuel Beckett’s radio play “Words and Music” comprises two competing media as its characters, “Words” and “Music” (sometimes known as Joe and Bob), and underlines an inherent cross-media paradox of text colliding with sound. First commissioned by the BBC, the original 1962 production was set to music by Beckett’s cousin John Beckett—a score that dissatisfied Beckett, who once declared an operatic misalignment of music and text as “a hideous corruption” of artistic meaning. After another underwhelming production in 1973 (set to music by Humphrey Searle) Beckett’s play found its conceptual ideal in a 1987 production with music by Morton Feldman scored for six chamber musicians. The production marks a cross-disciplinary milestone for drama and music in the twentieth century. Both Feldman and Beckett found the idea of setting words to music absurd. Like Beckett, Feldman repeatedly disparaged the idea of music and text interacting on the same semiotic plane, stating, “I wouldn’t want to use a term like prosaic or clichéd, but it’s something to some degree related.” Their shared distrust of cross-media work makes their collaboration singular as both an ironic performance and sincere enactment of the very thing they scoffed. “Words and Music” binds language to sound while also strictly denying the collaboration. The words “Please” and “No” repeatedly respond to musical interludes; as if language were speaking—and disagreeing—with sound. Indeed, as many critics perceive it, the dialogue appears to be a one-sided conversation with half its lines missing. As such, “Words and Music” asks for a media slippage, a sort of arbitration where words and music meet in the middle at semantic harmony and tonal law, a settlement that remains rare today and provocative as ever.

About this production

This production will focus around an interdisciplinary network of darkness—the unlit space of the Chapel and the shadowy acoustics of Feldman’s score for six musicians (first flute, second flute, vibraphone, piano, violin, viola, and violoncello). An added component is that we will be live streaming of this production with KTRU, the Rice radio station.


Read More

“The Beckett/Feldman Radio Collaboration” by Marjorie Perloff. http://marjorieperloff.com/essays/beckett-feldman/

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Mar
9
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Leslie Gaworecki

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March Featured Artist: Leslie Gaworecki

About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About the Artist: http://www.lesliegaworecki.com/
About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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BACH/BERIO at the Silos
Feb
23
1:30 PM13:30

BACH/BERIO at the Silos

Due to the intimate nature of this event, there is limited space availability. Please register below:

Pay-what-you-can at the door (suggested $10)

This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.


Experience solo virtuosity up close while exploring the silos with Loop38. Houston's new young and exciting classical contemporary ensemble brings the technical mastery of J.S. Bach’s solo works and Luciano Berio’s Sequenzas to the Washington Arts District.

Featuring Loop38 soloists:
Thomas Frey, clarinet
Caitlin Mehrtens, harp
Sergein Yap, viola
Douglas DeVries, flute
Jacob Schafer, violin
Katie Hart, oboe
Alexandra Smither, voice

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Second Saturdays: Marlo Saucedo
Feb
9
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Marlo Saucedo

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February Featured Artist: Marlo Saucedo

February Artist: Marlo Saucedo. Photo credit: Bohemian Photography

February Artist: Marlo Saucedo. Photo credit: Bohemian Photography

“Houston Strong: Tales of Courage and Compassion from Hurricane Harvey” by Marlo Saucedo. Photo credit: Martin Holmes Photography

“Houston Strong: Tales of Courage and Compassion from Hurricane Harvey” by Marlo Saucedo. Photo credit: Martin Holmes Photography

About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About the Artist: https://www.marlosaucedo.com/
“Glassell Jr. School scholarship classes at Houston Museum of Fine Arts were my introduction to art. I left my hometown for college psychology and graduate school business degrees in other cities, returning to a vibrant arts community where I’m excited to be involved. My work is created in the light of a north-facing window in my home, and exhibited in my studio/gallery at Silos on Sawyer in the dynamic Sawyer Yards artist community in Houston.” - Marlo Saucedo


About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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bayou born
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

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FREE - $10 suggested

This program is conceived of as a single meditation to be performed without breaks to be enjoyed with the Turrell Skyspace at the Live Oak Meeting House. The central work is a graphic score by Annea Lockwood written in honor of Houston-born Pauline Oliveros. The live performance of bayou-borne will feature six musicians, with each person representing one of the local Houston bayous.

PROGRAM
René Eespere: Sculpture’s Morning
Julia Wolfe: Stronghold (Part I)
Annea Lockwood: bayou-borne
Angélica Negron: Technicolor
Evan Chapman: Cassiopeia
Arvo Pärt: Estonian Lullaby

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Second Saturdays: Ellen Ray
Jan
12
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Ellen Ray

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January Featured Artist: Ellen Ray

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About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About the Artist: http://www.halt713.com/?p=2845 (please note the artist’s new addresses: 1502 Sawyer street, studio 118, Houston 77007 and 5100 Montrose, studio 8 Houston 77006)
Follow her on Instagram @ehrayart !

About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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Strange, Wild, Weird
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Strange, Wild, Weird

$10 suggested donation


Do you like cocktails? Sounds? Laughs? Happy Hour?

Obviously, you do. We definitely do too.

And you know what we love even more? HOUSTON.

So, on December 10th at 6pm you need to join us at one of Houston’s best bars, Night Heron, for a happy hour program of things STRANGE~WILD~WEIRD. It’s going to be a fun, hour long, program of works that will shock, inspire, and make you laugh. Afterwards, you can catch Night Heron’s weekly SpeedRack practice. Did we mention that it’s happy hour priced cocktails and drinks ~ALL NIGHT~?

Night Heron is Agricola Hospitality’s fabulous bar close to the Menil Collection. The manager is Danny Kirgan; he is not only a veteran of the service industry, but also a trumpet player who has played with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. The program we devised seeks to show our audience that their perceptions about classical music and, especially new music, may be very wrong! As a group, we are all young and excited - this music really reflects that. It encompasses sounds, stories, and energies that are upbeat, exhilarating, and looking forward. Our composers come from a myriad of backgrounds, ethnicities, and genders; the world is incredibly vibrant and multifaceted, so we also seek to be just that.

Come, hang out with us, and see that new music can be SO many things -- maybe what you least expect! What you can expect is a REALLY good time.


-AS

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Second Saturdays: Ellen Hart
Dec
8
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Ellen Hart

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December Featured Artist: Ellen Hart

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About Glimmer:

The concept for Glimmer came to mind as I walked along White Oak Bayou several days after a storm had surged through the area.  Due to a high level of debris in the water there were eddies and pools and backwater ripples on the surface with reflections and highlights gleaming into my eyes. 

 I was searching for a source image to broaden my painted meaning.  Although my work often takes off from site-specific phenomena (local bayou waterways) my objective in content is deeper and wider.  Moving water is an example of energy flow, electricity, and is also connected (for me) to brain chemistry and the flow of intellectual and emotional processes in the brain.

An underlying motivation for my work is an effort to be fully present in the moment that I take in source experiences, meaning that I strive to really see and feel and absorb the whole moment, including the scene, the color, the heat, the light, the air, as well as my personal conscious and semi-conscious “emotional weather.”  I may sketch or photo the source site as well  to cement the experience.  If I can fully open to the experience I may be lucky enough to translate it to an image on paper or canvas later in the studio.

Glimmer became an expression of the multi-layered forces of White Oak Bayou as it sought equilibrium on a specific day after a flood, as well as my flow of thought and feeling as I groped for a new visual realization of my meaning.  And as Glimmer began to manifest on the easel I glimpsed a new set of insights about my painted meaning coming into focus.

-Ellen Hart

About Sunrise Tomorrow:

A foggy day in late spring of 2016 found me wandering the banks of Little White Oak Bayou with my husband, Jack.  We were new to our home and the Community Park that borders Little White Oak.  At the time the trees and banks were full of debris.  Plastic bags and other remnants of urban life hung in the branches like reverse prayer flags.  The fog almost obscured the bloated ripped mattress that was lodged in a split tree spilling its stinking shredded foam into the water.  Humidity was high as the temperatures climbed.  

I remember how hard it was to stay present in that moment.  We really wanted to slip into a fantasy future where we could figure out a solution to the polluted waterway.  I strained to see the small spots of light on the water surface that flickered in and out of focus as the fog drifted.  I struggled both emotionally and visually to process the scene before me as my brain ping-ponged into overload.  We took some photos and climbed the hill back to our home.

Later in the studio SUNRISE TOMORROW developed.  Based on my memory of the fog, the rising heat and elusive reflections on the water surface, the painting came to investigate that part of the creative process where the brain is trying to piece together a whole image out of disparate, jarring and visually fleeting parts.  A big part of the creative struggle was my “emotional weather” from the experience.  The image developed a sense of intense suppression of the visually disturbing scene and a tamped down anger at the way we pollute our waterways.  The fog drifting over the image cannot completely hide the disturbance beneath.

- Ellen Hart

About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About the Artist: http://www.ellenhartstudios.com
About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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Behind the Scenes – Behind the Sounds
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Behind the Scenes – Behind the Sounds

"Classical instrumental technique deemphasizes the body behind the sound: one is meant to hear the melody, not the fingernails on the keys."

Ashley Fure, on Albatross

Loop38 opens their 2018-19 season by bringing a focus to the physical nature of music-making with three dynamic compositions of the last decade, all written for ensemble and electronics. The first, Maja S. K. Ratkje's And sing while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep, takes its lead from raw, unarticulated vocalizations, which are sampled, analyzed, and imitated throughout the ensemble. She blurs the divisions between acoustic and electric, creating a space where "the voice takes over one part after another in a repeated sequence, until everyone, except the clarinet, is left playing reminiscences of a previous texture."

The second work, Lewis Nielson's USW, takes the energy of the voice and crystalizes it through the words of Marxist theorist and revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. Presented as we approach the centenary of her execution, Nielson pairs the writings of Luxemburg and others with industrial noise to immerse the listener in the story of the final years of her life.

Lastly, Ashley Fure pivots from words into action with Albatross. She draws audio samples of live dancers to create an environment of "skin smearing across skin and dense polyrhythms of breath against feet." Little by little, Fure invites the ensemble to join in the stomping and scuffing in order to "exaggerate the ensemble's kinetic presence and emphasize the live, local act of creation."

On the program:

Maja S. K. RatkjeAnd sing while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep (2013)
Lewis NielsonUSW (2009)
Ashley FureAlbatross (2014)

Doors open at 7:30

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Second Saturdays: Nonviolenze
Nov
10
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Nonviolenze

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November Featured Artist: Nonviolenze

About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About the Artist: http://www.nonviolenze.com/
Nonviolenze is a one of a kind studio integrating Music, Art & Poetry.

As global citizens we increasingly exist in diminishing territorial and psychological borders. The message of unity in diversity is key to the promotion of peace and stability. Unity must be rooted in the trinity of Nonviolence – in thought, Word and Deed.

The end of all knowledge is the understanding that “We are One”. The bigger picture reveals that planet earth is but a spec of the universe. Further zooming out shows us that the universe is a miniscule part of the grand cosmos. Where then does that leave the argument of differences? Does it really matter?

These concepts are expressed by skillfully integrating poetry, music and painting. This integrated art form empowers the artist to express complex issues and capture the minds and souls of the audience.

Ahimsa Creations LLC. is an integrated music and arts production company formed in 2012. Ahimsa Creations owns the copyrights to over 100 songs, paintings and books. Nonviolenze is a trademark of Ahimsa Creations LLC.

SHRI - Founder of Nonviolenze. Multitalented singer, songwriter, composer & artist working under the brand "Nonviolenze". His musical repertoire includes soft rock, jazz, progressive, alternative rock, jazz fusion and pop.

RANJINI-  Her journey in painting began in watercolors when she was a child.  Ranjini started painting with acrylics in 2004. Her style ranges from conceptual to abstract and she loves exploring different mediums and compositions.  Ranjini's inspirations are sometimes born of visual ideas which she then captures on a canvas. Most of her paintings are a visual expression of the lyrics in Nonviolenze music.

About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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Second Saturdays: Nergis Mustafa
Oct
13
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Nergis Mustafa

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October Featured Artist: Nergis Mustafa

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About the Artist:

Nergis Mustafa’s work explores the notion of visual dreamlike images interspersed with a profound reality- a reflection of the multi cultural world she inhabits. She orchestrates a combination of painting, collage and drawing to create imagined and surreal landscapes. The form, composition and colors are meticulously used to construct a poetic canvas. Colors sooth or jar, float or sink—revealing the artist's current state of mind. 

There is a constant tension between the precision of her line drawing set against a loosely painted background — figures and floating objects, (abstract and realistic) existing in the same plane.

Always exploring new methods and techniques in her work, Nergis uses mixed media, charcoal, watercolours, egg tempra, oils and acrylic paints, to seamlessly create a landscape at once both familiar and unique. As life is ever changing and evolving - so is her work— yet there remains a consistency in its ethos that has itself become her signature “style”. She often explores symbols and ornamental motif's drawn from her rich Pakistani heritage.

Nergis Mustafa is a Houston-based artist, trained at the Glassel School of Art, affiliated with the Museum of Fine arts in Houston.

Find her at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Studio 214 and at her website www.nergismustafa.com


About the Project:
As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

About Second Saturdays at Sawyer Yards: https://www.sawyeryards.com/secondsaturday

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Second Saturdays: Intro to Graphic Scores
Sep
8
2:30 PM14:30

Second Saturdays: Intro to Graphic Scores

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As musical ensemble-in-residence for Sawyer Yards, Houston’s own Loop38 is partnering with seven visual artists from the Sawyer Yards community to present workshops, demonstrations, and performances that explore the world of graphic scores. Every Second Saturday, a resident artist will select one of their works of art to serve as that day’s musical score. Curious listeners and contemporary arts lovers will witness the classically-trained musicians of Loop38 turn each visual masterwork into an aural delight.

To kick-off this project, Loop38 musicians will use the first Second Saturday (September 8) to introduce and perform graphic scores from such artists as Cathy Berberian, Morton Feldman, and Cornelius Cardew. By favoring graphic notation over the traditional practice, these composers create a structural framework which grants performers a greater degree of interpretational control.

Join Loop38 and the artists-turned-composers of Sawyer Yards to celebrate creativity in these free monthly events!

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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Phoenix Ascending

On the Program:

Vũ Nhât Tân: May [Cloud] for string quartet and đàn bầu (World Premiere)
Alexandra du Bois: Within Earth, Wood Grows (2010) for chamber orchestra and đàn bầu
Kimo Williams: Into the Liquid
Kimo Williams: Quartet for the Sons of Nam

Presented by Apollo Chamber Players, in collaboration with Vanessa Vo (đàn bầu), Kinetic, and WindSync.

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The Moving Image
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Moving Image

On the Program:

Michel van der Aa: Transit for piano and film
Anna Clyne: Steelworks for ensemble, tape and film
Reena Esmail: Perhaps for cello and film
Michael Gandolfi: The History of the World in Seven Acts for chamber ensemble and film

Presented by Musiqa

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Music in Darkness: Loop38 performs Haas
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Music in Darkness: Loop38 performs Haas

On the Program:

Georg Friedrich Haas: in vain

In describing the essence of in vain, Sir Simon Rattle compares it to that of Rothko’s paintings: “...the piece, like those paintings, seems to throb and glow. And one of the things about the paintings is that the longer you look, the more dynamic they seem to be”. Indeed, just as “the natural light that illuminates the murals…accurately show the nuances and subtleties of his color palette” in Rothko Chapel, Haas’ in vain uses the absence of light to create an experience of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”. As Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times described it, “it was often hard to believe that these otherworldly sounds were coming from acoustic, not electronic, instruments”. Music critic for New Yorker magazine, Alex Ross, describes it as a “modern masterwork [which] transforms the concert hall into a place of shuddering mystery, suggesting that the way of truth goes through the dark”.

Visit Rothko Chapel's Website

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