Friday, February 7, 2020 at Zenbarn, Waterbury, VT
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at FlynnSpace, Burlington, VT
In February, TURNmusic’s line up of composers are inspired by funk, collaboration, compassion, and revolution. Violinist-Composer-Activist Daniel Bernard Roumain performs with TURNmusic on his Voodoo Violin Concerto. DBR is the first Community Artist-in- Residence for the Flynn Center, Vermont Symphony, and University of Vermont’s Lane Series. We are thrilled that he makes a stop on our TURNmusic shows in Waterbury at ZenBarn and in Burlington at FlynnSpace. (Yes, thanks to our friends at ZenBarn for hosting us for our February 7 show!)
Don’t miss music by story-teller/composer Valerie Coleman. We play a selection from her American Blueprint series titled Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes.
Native American and African cultures join to honor the legacy of the Freedmen, former African slaves adopted into tribal membership through emancipation or marriage. They were later cast out of the government’s National Registry of those tribes that would have entitled them to land and other benefits. Still, they fight for their rights even today. The history of what the early US colonial Government labeled as the “Five Civilized Tribes” (the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, Seminole and Choctaw nations) and their relationship with the Freedmen resonates within me as it is a true merging of cultures, sometimes clashing with aggression, but more than often melding into a soulful exchange.— Valerie Coleman, story-teller/composer
Also, funky chamber music? Yes. TURNmusic plays Trevor Weston’s Dig It
Growing up in Plainfield, New Jersey, I immediately thought of the most important dance music of my youth: funk music. The famous group, Parliament Funkadelic is from Plainfield, and I remember dancing to their music and Kool and the Gang, also from New Jersey and the Jimmy Castor Bunch. My piece, Dig It, is a contemporary concert piece created with the sensibilities of funk music.— Trevor Weston, composer
Breaking News: TURNMusic introduces The Late Set, an aprés concert happening that reaches into Vermont’s rich creative community. Jaguar Stereo! (Toussaint St. Negritude and Gahlord Dewald) will be our first The Late Set event directly following the TURNmusic shows. We hope you’ll stay to hear the poetry and improvisations of Jaguar Stereo!.
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 3:00pm
- Abundant Silence: uncaged
- Mary Rowell plays Forces of Flight by Isaac Villaroya
Grange Cultural Center Montpelier
Sunday, September 22, 2019, Doors 6:30, Music 7:00
- Reena Esmail Jhula Jhule
- Megan DiGeorgio partial pressures
- Justin Rito reaching | failing
- Sean Tilburg Two Abstracts: So Flute, A Rabbit in Your Headlights
- Sufjan Stevens
- Enjoy your Rabbit (arr. Michael Atkinson)
- Year of the Boar (arr. Atkinson)
- Year of the Horse (arr. Rob Moose)
- Year of the Rooster (arr. Gabriel Kahane)
153 Main St
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Waterbury-based TURNmusic presents chamber music of our time with innovative programming, excellent musicianship, and the evening’s featured composers often in the audience.
“Founder and director Anne Decker mixes her diverse musical taste and experience to create some of the most intriguing, thought provoking, and enjoyable music being played in the state.”—Steve MacQueen, Artistic Director, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
The group is dedicated to creating inclusive concert experiences that bring our community together to celebrate the incredible work of local musicians and music creators. TURNmusic is also moved to support the work of GunSenseVT on this program.
The TURNquartet plays songs featuring the Chinese Zodiac (Rabbit, Boar, Horse, Rooster) from Sufjan Stevens’ experimental electronic LP Enjoy Your Rabbit. It has been recast into modern classic works by many of NYC’s hippest young composers.
We will also be performing Jhula Jhule by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail, who works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces.
When MuSE first commissioned a violin and piano piece from me, to be based upon Indian folksong, I cast a wide net for source material – I scoured the internet and my large collection of Indian music, listening to everything from Bengali Bauls, Rajasthani folk singing. I even tried to find songs from Goa and Gujarat, the places my parents are from in India, typing every conceivable search term into Google. However, the material I felt most connected to in the end didn’t come to me from a distant corner of India, but in the most common way folk music can be transmitted: through the generations of my own family.—Reena Esmail, composer
In Hong Kong, composer Sean Tilburg played principal percussion with the Philharmonic Orchestra and met his wife. His Two Abstracts: So Flute and A Rabbit in Your Headlights is a duo for percussion and flute.
TURNmusic is pleased to share the music of Vermont composer Justin Rito. reaching|failing was inspired by the horrific loss of life in our country every year from gun violence. Rito’s family was affected by this struggle when his grandmother was killed in a mass shooting near Detroit in early 2000, which forever changed his view on the preciousness and fragility of life. TURNmusic supports Justin’s work and story through an in-kind sponsorship for GunSenseVT.
This concert also highlights the music of Megan DiGeorgio, winner of the 2019 TURNmusic Collegiate Music Prize! The TURNquartet players her partial pressures on this program. Megan is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.