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Music as Situation

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The S.E.M. Ensemble presents a free Brooklyn preview of their concert "Music as Situation."

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Music as Situation

The S.E.M. Ensemble (SEM), led by Petr Kotik, returns to Paula Cooper Gallery for its annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December 18, at 8 p.m. The concert will be preceeded by a free Brooklyn preview on December 16th at SEM's Brooklyn space Willow Place Auditorium. The program highlights music spanning over 50 years and exemplifying the compositional shift from the narrative classical form to the exploration of a “situation” – a compositional concept, best described by Morton Feldman as “getting deeper and deeper into one thought.” Featured works include John Cage’s 1969 Cheap Imitation in its rarely heard flute version (1982); Kotik’s string quartet, Torso (2012); the world premiere of his new work for solo tuba, Tubamirum (2019); and three premieres by the youngest generation of composers who participated in the Ostrava Days 2019 Festival – Judith Berkson, Ian Davis, and Sean Kiley.

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Ian Davis: Three Movements for Ensemble (2019) (World Premiere)

Petr Kotik: Tubamirum (2019) (World Premiere)

Judith Berkson: Partial Memories Part III (2019) (U.S. Premiere)

John Cage: Cheap Imitation (1969)

Sean Kiley: ancient cascades (2019) (U.S. Premiere)

Petr Kotik: Torso (String Quartet No. 2) (2012)

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