Get up close to the artists at New Music New College’s NewFest

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Susan L. Rife

Last fall, the organizers of New Music New College, the avant-garde and experimental music series based on the New College of Florida campus, tried something new: a living room-style concert series featuring local artists, performing and then talking about their performance practices.

The concept was expanded this month for NewFest, a five-concert series, three featuring the kind of cutting-edge artists NMNC is known for, two more featuring works by New College student composers.

“We wanted to build excitement around the music,” said series producer Ron Silver, citing audience reaction to the fall shows: “Wow, that was exciting, I want to hear more.”

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“A New York-based sextet with somewhat unusual instruments for a chamber band,” Silver said. “They’re known for doing a lot of genre expansion; they perform with various pop stars and rock stars (including Paul Simon, Bill T. Jones and Sufjan Stevens) as well as new concert music. The concert will be held in the outdoor PepsiCo Arcade behind the Sainer Pavilion, “which is a really cool space to hold a concert.”

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, PepsiCoArcade, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets $15. Pre-concert talk, 7:30 p.m. (Artist talk, 5 p.m. Monday, April 4, PepsiCoArcade. Free.)

Student composers:
Student Chamber Players

“There are always students studying composition” at New College, Silver said. “This is a first in that we have received support from members of the Sarasota Orchestra who have taken lessons with New College composition students. There will be a number of composers who are also performers in an experimental group piece.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Free.

Tyshawn Sorey and Jennifer Curtis: Invisible Ritual

Percussionist and composer Sorey, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, and violinist Curtis recorded an album called “Invisible Ritual” which Silver describes as “structured improvisation”. You have two masters of instruments that you don’t expect to work together on the fly. The concert will aptly be presented in what Silver calls the “Improv” Sudakoff Club, in which a large room in the Henry Sudakoff Conference Center is transformed into an intimate “black box” style theater.

8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, Club Sudakoff, Harry Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. Tickets $15. Pre-concert talk, 7:30 p.m.

JIJI

JIJI: Never enough

“A Canadian guitarist, up-and-coming, really cool, classical and electric guitar artist,” Silver said. “She’s young, with a really cool performance voice.”

8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets $15. Pre-concert talk, 7:30 p.m. (Artist talk, 5 p.m., Thursday, April 21. Free.)

Sarasota Piano Quartet

Student composers:
Sarasota Piano Quartet

Members of the Sarasota Orchestra include the Sarasota Piano Quartet, which will perform a work by student composer Nissi Luvavali.

“It’s a collaboration we’ve had for many years now,” Silver said. “Composers ask professionals to read their work and say, ‘OK, this section, what do you mean here; what you noted, I can’t play. Composers learn the constraints of writing for several instruments that they may not play. It’s just a wonderful opportunity.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Free.

NMNC NewFest

April 6-24, various locations on the New College of Florida campus. newmusicnewcollege.org

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