The Frontier Café is happy to present the 16th installment of its continuing contemporary music series, Frontiers of Music, on September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Created by Frontier and Brunswick-based composer and bassist Joshua DeScherer, Frontiers of Music presents programs of contemporary chamber music and experimental improvisation in a relaxed setting. Admission to all Frontiers of Music events is “Name Your Price.”
Frontiers of Music #16 will feature duets, both composed and improvised. Vocalist Laurie Amat, of Providence, Rhode Island, will pair with the electronic drones of New Hampshire-based Dave Seidel. Seidel has performed extensively as on guitar, bass, and electronics. His recent release, ~60 Hz, creates a mesmerizing landscape out of the interference patterns of sine waves. Laurie Amat is well known as a vocalist across genres. She has performed a solo role in Mozart’s Requiem, collaborated with The Residents, and travels extensively to perform in venues ranging from large concert halls to pubs to underground bunkers.
Boston based cellist Junko Fujiwara, who has performed on Frontiers of Music with the Mimi Rabson Trio, returns to perform a duet with her frequent collaborator, pianist Steve Lantner. Lantner has appeared at notable jazz venues and festivals both in America and abroad, and has recorded award-winning and critically acclaimed CDs under his own name and with Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, and others. Junko Fujiwara holds cello faculty positions at Boston College, and Governor’s Academy, and performs as both a creative music/improviser and as an active classical player. She has recorded with Mimi Rabson’s String Theory Trio, BOLT, Joe Morris, and the Evocation Trio and is currently working on a new recording with the Eric Hofbauer Quintet.
Ben Noyes and Joshua DeScherer are well-known to Southern Maine’s contemporary music audience. They have both performed music by many of New England’s leading composers, and they have often collaborated to perform each other’s compositions. At Frontiers of Music, they will present a series of recently written duets for cello and double bass.
Rounding out the program will be the premiere of Cycles by Bill Matthews. Matthews trained at Oberlin, the University of Iowa, the Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands. He has taught at Bates College since 1978, and occasionally pinch hits at Bowdoin. He composes for voices, instruments, and digital media, often working with choreographers and local ensembles. Cycles uses live flute input to control a computer using MAX and Vienna Instrument samples.
Frontiers of Music will conclude its 2014 season on November 18, and planning is underway for the 2015 season, which will begin in January.