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Digital Series: Modern Music Ensemble: ONE7 by John Cage

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Students and faculty of the School of Music performance studios present music from across the ages in this digital-only concert series, special for Spring 2020. 

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ONE7 (1990)
Jonn Cage (1912-1992)
Modern Music Ensemble
Cristina Valdés, director

2 - Caitlin Beare, 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon wine bottle
3 - Yongyun Zhang, radio
4 - Eliza Rodriguez, scissors
5 - Tristan Greeno, piano
6 - Jonathan Rodriguez, Epipremnum of the Araceae family
7 - Emily Acri, violin
8 - Aaron Butler, electric guitar
9 - Alessandra Barrett, viola
11 - Mason Lynass, kettle and water bottle
12 - Kevin Leiferman, cello

Program Note: 
The University of Washington Modern Music Ensemble normally performs live concerts with repertoire spanning from the early 20th century to works by living composers. Due to the constraints of the current pandemic, the ensemble is finding new ways to continue making music together. Their presentation of John Cage's ONE 7, is the first of several projects they are embarking on this quarter.

ONE 7, composed in 1990 and dedicated to Pauline Oliveros, is scored for an unspecified solo instrument. The performer chooses 12 different sounds and performs those sounds within flexible time brackets indicated in the score. In our version, each numbered sound is performed by a different student, highlighting how we can create music alone, yet together. —Cristina Valdés

This performance was recorded live using the ZOOM communication platform during the Spring 2020 quarter. 

Director Bio

Cristina Valdés, piano

Pianist Cristina Valdés presents innovative concerts of standard and experimental repertoire, and is known to “play a mean piano.” A fierce advocate for new music, she has premiered countless works, including many written for her. She has performed across four continents and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ms. Valdés has appeared both as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals worldwide including New Music in Miami, the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City, Brisbane Arts Festival, the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, and the Singapore Arts Festival. 

An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Valdés has toured extensively with the Bang On a Can “All Stars”, and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, and Antares. Her performances on both the Seattle Symphony’s Chamber Series and [UNTITLED] concerts have garnered critical acclaim, including her “knockout” (Seattle Times) performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and her “arrestingly eloquent performance” of Dutilleux’s Trois Preludes (Bernard Jacobson/MusicWeb International).

Ms. Valdés has appeared as concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, NOCCO, Philharmonia Northwest, the Eastman BroadBand, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. In 2015 she performed the piano solo part of the Ives 4th Symphony with the Seattle Symphony under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, which was later released on CD to critical acclaim and made Gramophone’s list of Top 10 Ives Recordings. Other recent recordings include Orlando Garcia’s “From Darkness to Luminosity” with the Málaga Philharmonic on the Toccata Classics label, and the world premiere recording of Kotoka Suzuki’s “Shimmer, Tree | In Memoriam Jonathan Harvey”. She can also be heard on the Albany, Newport Classics, Urtext, and Ideologic Organ labels.

In recent seasons she gave performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the world-premiere performance of Carlos Sanchez-Guttierez’s “Short Stories” for piano and string orchestra with the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and the U.S. Premiere of “Under Construction” for solo piano and tape playback by Heiner Goebbels at Benaroya Hall. Last season she was the featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony on two of their “[untitled]” new music series concerts.

Ms. Valdés received a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. She currently lives in Seattle where she founded the SLAM Festival, a new music festival dedicated to the music of Latin-American composers, and performs regularly as a member of the Seattle Modern Orchestra. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington, and is the Director of the UW Modern Music Ensemble. 

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