The Callithumpian Consort
The Callithumpian Consort at New England Conservatory, Stephen Drury, artistic director, is a professional ensemble specializing in challenging and avant-garde music of the last one hundred years, grounded in the musical discoveries of John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Zorn, Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. The Callithumpian Consort has worked with composers Cage, John Zorn, Frederic Rzewski, Michael Finnissy, Lee Hyla, Franco Donatoni, Lukas Foss, Christian Wolff and many others. Recent tours have taken the Consort to Chattanooga, Baltimore, Brevard, NC, Tonic and The Stone in New York City, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. The Consort offers yearly a four-concert season at New England Conservatory, and gallery concerts in Cambridge, Massachusetts which brings avant-garde works together with free improvisations in an intimate and informal setting. Recordings are available on Tzadik and Mode.
Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory was founded in 1867. New England Conservatory presents more than 600 free concerts each year in NEC’s Jordan Hall and throughout New England. The college program instructs more than 800 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world, and has a faculty of 225 artist-teachers and scholars. Educated as complete musicians, NEC alumni fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, and recording studios worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC faculty and alumni.
John Luther ADAMS: songbirdsongs (mode 240)