The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble

The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble bridges the gap between the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the New York avant-garde tradition with a premiere-heavy three-and-a-half-hour concert. New works include George Lewis’s Seismologic for bassoon and electronics; Roscoe Mitchell's Distant Radio Transmission, with the composer on saxophone; and Christian Wolff’s 5 Songs, including poems by Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore, performed by baritone Thomas Buckner and the Orchestra. But that's not all! Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams's trio will play dThings, and the Orchestra, augmented by four reciters, will deliver a rare performance of Jackson Mac Low's 1980 cult favorite, Is That Wool Hat My Hat? Works by S.E.M.'s indomitable founder-director Petr Kotik and Petr Bakla fill out this extended evening of outside sounds at an insider's price.

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