FW18 & Library Stories

Lampo announces its FW18 season, running from September through December. Artists include Oren Ambarchi, Jeff Witscher, Alan Licht, Madalyn Merkey and Carl Stone.

On September 15, Oren Ambarchi plays the U.S. premiere of Sbagliato, his new work for two guitars (Graham Foundation).

In October, Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell premieres a new performance for Lampo, constrained by the space of our 10 x 20 foot office. His new, live computer music is built around an epic narrative that unfolds over eight hours per day, across two days, including elements for piano, radio and rewired text-to-speech software. Each section of the work is offered as a 25-minute, one-on-one listening experience. (Lampo Annex, Oct 20 & 21).

November begins with Alan Licht’s long overdue return to the Lampo series. Licht plays two new solo electric guitar works, with reference points back to his 2001 Lampo concert, when he performed solo for the first time in Chicago (Nov 3, Bond Chapel), presented with the Renaissance Society.

On November 17, Oakland-based Madalyn Merkey premieres Digital Concert Creatures, a quadraphonic work for synthetic computer sounds and voice (Graham Foundation). In addition to her work as a composer, Merkey is also the English translator of Due scuole di musica elettronica in Italia (1968), an electronic music text written by Enore Zaffiri, which she discovered while spending some dedicated time in the Mills College library. On the Friday before her Lampo concert, Merkey presents an artist talk about Zaffiri’s early work, with unreleased historical recordings from the first Turin course of electronic music (Nov 16, Lampo Annex).

Carl Stone closes the season, performing unreleased recent works, in this very special concert. The computer music pioneer last performed in Chicago in 2006 (Dec 1, Graham Foundation). On November 30, Stone shares his own life-changing library story, when he was a CalArts undergrad in the 1970s. (Lampo Annex).