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PROJECT [BLANK] is a San Diego-based concert series and presenting organization that produces immersive, multi-disciplinary chamber music and operatic performances. Established in 2018 by pianist Brendan Nguyen and mezzo-soprano Leslie Ann Leytham, our programming style explores new musical territory while casting a contemporary eye on the established canon.
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in^set is a flexible chamber ensemble dedicated to creation, improvisation and experimentation. Founded in 2018 by David Aguila (trumpet), Teresa Díaz de Cossio (flute), and Ilana Waniuk (violin), in^set is committed to commissioning and performing existing compositions which extends our respective instrumental practices beyond the confines of contemporary classical music. Our collaborative creative work seeks to explore the sonic and visual possibilities of everyday objects, digital and analog visual components and hacked electronics. As advocates for music of the present, we aim to foster artistic partnerships and alternative modes of concert presentation.
Pieces performed: works performed will be improvised and composed for this event.
TANGIBLE MECHANICS is a program featuring works by Joseph Bourdeau, Pauline Oliveros, Jesper Pederson and members of in^set which explores the physicality of sound through the medium of cassette tape, and the resonance of found objects.
Saturday November 18th, 7:30PM
Sunday November 19th, 3:00PM
COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: Laure Hiendl
Project [BLANK]’s Composer Spotlight concert features recent chamber works by Laure Hiendl (b.1986, pronouns: they/he). Their work is concerned with music as a spatial art, and is situated between concert music, performance, music theater, installation and other interdisciplinary realms, exploring the performativity of the space-time-body relationship in music as a live act — as a shared space in time between bodies for an event that is inherently political. Hiendl’s eclectic influences pull from contemporary electronic dance music, taking digital sampling processes and recreating them with acoustic means.
Central to the program is In Abeyance (2021), which takes the subtly shifting patterns produced by an electronic phasing sampler and produces them live with a lushly orchestrated chamber ensemble. Additionally, two works for voices and electronics will explore themes of gender, violence, and racial prejudice: 10 Bullets Through One Hole (2018), a challenging work that highlights the quasi-pornographic language used in firearm advertisements; and White Radiance TM (2020), a work for solo voice and instrumental ensemble that pulls its text from Jamaican philosopher and writer Sylvia Wynter’s meditation on Western standards of beauty – contrasting her powerful words with text taken from cosmetic advertisements.
10 BULLETS THROUGH ONE HOLD, 2018
WHITE RADIANCE TM, 2020
IN ABEYANCE, 2021