Published April 26, 2016
New music “dream team” Ensemble Signal will be back at UB next week — and how — taking on an ambitious slate of 20 performances and educational activities in five days throughout Western New York during a residency with UB’s new Creative Arts Initiative.
Next week’s visit — the second week of a two-week residency at UB — begins with two community concerts on May 1 and concludes with an all-Steve Reich concert on May 5.
The Reich concert, the centerpiece event of the residency, features a program that highlights more than 40 years of Reich’s pioneering work, ranging from “Clapping Music” (1972) to “Radio Rewrite” (2012), based on songs of Radiohead.
Another highlight of the residency is a series of popup concerts during the noon hour on May 2 on the North Campus. These concerts, taking place from 12:30-1 p.m., will feature a mini-flash mob of one or two musicians from Signal performing for between three and 15 minutes, depending on the musical selections.
Events are free and open to the public.
The first week of Ensemble Signal’s CIA residency took place in February. During that week, the musicians interacted with UB students in a variety of ways, and performed a public concert, “Performance in the Dark.” That concert featured Signal musicians in a unique performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ “String Quartet no. 3” — performed entirely from memory in total darkness.
On-campus residencies by world-class performing artists like Ensemble Signal are a key element of the CAI, a pioneering initiative exploring creative expression in innovative ways that reach beyond studios and performance spaces and into all aspects of the university and Western New York community.
The aim of these residencies is to “increase opportunities for students to interact with working professionals in the field,” according to Cynthia Stewart, managing director of the CAI.
Ensemble Signal is the first artists-in-residence for the CAI. Often described as New York City’s new-music “supergroup,” Signal is a flexible group of gifted and innovative young musicians who combine the intimacy of chamber music with the power of a compact orchestra. Its size and instrumentation range from solo to large contemporary ensemble to meet the demands of its diverse repertoire. Signal performs under the musical direction of Brad Lubman, who founded the group along with co-artistic director Lauren Radnofsky.
The schedule for the second week of Ensemble Signal’s UB residency:
Steve Reich: “Clapping Music“ (1972).
Ken Thomson: “New work for Percussion“ (2015).
David Lang: “Stuttered Chant“ (2011).
Caroline Shaw: “Boris Kerner“ (2012).
Steve Reich: “Drumming: Part 1“ (1970-71).
J.S. Bach: “Allemande, Double from violin Partita in b minor.“
Caleb Burhans: “Remembrance“ (2015).
Caroline Mallonée: “Crossings“ (2006).
J.S. Bach: “Selections from violin Partita in E Major.
Louis Andriessen: Selections from “Xenia (2005).
Bela Bartok: Selections from “Duets for 2 Violins.