The Program

John Adams's groundbreaking work Grand Pianola Music is the centerpiece of this spirited celebration of the piano and technology from the ever-inventive International Contemporary Ensemble. Dating from 1982, Adams's work for two pianos, voices, and chamber ensemble uses live performers to recreate tape-delayed loops to astonishing effect. In the first half of the program, Courtney Bryan’s Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying creates conversation between the piano and recordings plucked from YouTube. And in a newly revised version of George Lewis’s epic chamber piece Voyager, AI technology allows the piano to take up the conversation on its own, a sentient automaton among human wind players.


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Composers' Forum

Thursday, August 2, 6:00–6:45 pm

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International Contemporary Ensemble

Grand Pianola Music

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

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International Contemporary Ensemble

Christian Reif, conductor (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Courtney Bryan, Cory Smythe, Jacob Greenberg, piano

Peter Evans, trumpet

Joshua Rubin, clarinet

Ryan Muncy, saxophone

Quince Ensemble, voices

Performance Details

Yamaha Disklavier concert grand pianos provided by Yamaha Artist Services, New York