Madison Greenstone

The Graham Foundation

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Madison Greenstone performs Silent Paradox of Expression, a new concert-length extension of their exstatic resonances practice of playing the clarinet.

Madison Greenstone (b.1992, Los Angeles, Calif.) is a clarinetist, composer, and writer based in Brooklyn. Greenstone’s solo performance practice, exstatic resonances, explores intense instrumental expressivities that arise when the clarinet is treated as a site of indeterminacy and generative instability. Exstatic resonances draw on ongoing studies in phenomenology, self-generative music, acoustics, and the Jewish-mystical emanations of ruach.

Greenstone performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, they have presented their work at KM28, Berlin; the Vigeland Mausoleum, Oslo; Night of Surprise, Cologne; Issue Project Room, New York; Non Event, Boston, and the Merce Cunningham Centennial Night of 100 Solos, Los Angeles. As a chamber and orchestral musician, they have performed at the New York Philharmonic; PS21, Chatham; KKL Luzern; Hamburg Elbphilharmonie; Darmstadt Ferienkurse; Indexical, Santa Cruz; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; and Miller Theater, New York. They have held residencies at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Their debut solo album, Resonance Studies in Ecstatic Consciousness (Relative Pitch Records), was released in 2022. Greenstone can also be heard on labels such as Wandelweiser Editions, Another Timbre, TAK Editions, Pleasure of the Text Records, New Focus Recordings, Impakt Collective, and upcoming on Dinzu Artefacts.

Greenstone is the clarinetist of TAK Ensemble, and a founding member of the [Switch~ Ensemble]. Trained in contemporary classical performance, they have learned greatly from the mentorship of Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis at UC San Diego.

Presented in partnership with the Graham Foundation

Artist Talk: Madison Greenstone reads CALCULUS, a new lyrical essay that explores the textual, philosophical, and poetic influences on their solo practice, accompanied by audio selections. Throughout, they discuss the various artists and thinks who have informed their work, including Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Éliane Radigue, David Tudor, Massimo Cacciari, Henry Flynt, Z’ev, and others. Lampo Annex, Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #1656. Friday, May 3, 6 p.m.