Muse Fest is Finally Coming to Madison — May 5th, 2012

We are excited to announce the first-ever Madison Muse Fest. On May 5th 2012, four non-traditional venues on State Street will be transformed into inviting performance spaces. These mini concert-installations will take place at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. at Sunroom Cafe, Fair Trade Coffee House, and Nick’s Pub respectively, culminating in a concert at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) at 5:00 p.m. All the events are free and open to the public.

The festival will feature the NEW MUSE ensemble and special guests including dancer Janelle Bentley (Ephemeral Art), spoken word artist Gabriel De Los Reyes (UW-Madison First Wave Program), and piano/percussion duo Sole Nero (UW-Madison faculty Jessica Johnson and Anthony Di Sanza).The music – most of which was composed within the last decade – will include works selected from our national call-for-scores that resulted in more than 30 submissions from across the U.S. This includes pieces by Robert Honstein (co-founder of the “Sleeping Giant” collective) and John C. Griffin (Western Michigan University), the winners of our call for scores contest, as well as music by Wisconsin-based composers Jeff Herriott (UW-Whitewater) and Guggenheim Fellowship winner  Laura Schwendinger (UW-Madison).

This event is made possible by a grant from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, and generous support from the UW-Madison New Arts Venture Challenge, the UW-Madison School of Music, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Click here for the full Muse Fest schedule, or check out the event on Facebook — we hope to see you there!


NEW MUSE @ Madison Children’s Museum Steampunk “Adult Swim”

Tonight 6:00PM – 10:00PM, February 10, 2012 NEW MUSE is partnering with the Madison Children’s Museum for their “Adult Swim” night. In coordination with Teslacon, our program is a “steampunk”-inspired evening of participatory music events, featuring our ensemble and special returning guests DJ Illy Holiday and Davina DeVille.

Continuing our tradition of past events, keep reading for e-program notes.

Schedule of Events:

6:00PM – 7:30PM DJ Illy Holiday will be spinning music throughout the Museum

6:45PM – 7:30PM Elevator Improv (hosted by Tim Patterson) in the Museum Elevator –

7:45PM Davina DeVille LIVE in the Wildernest — don’t miss the diva in action!

8:00PM Costume Contest in the Wildernest

8:30PM – 9:30PM NEW MUSE LIVE in the Wildernest — featuring live improvised Valentine’s Day Mad Libs

Live Music Program:

Broken Drum, Matthew Burtner - Tim Patterson

Mad Libs Improv 1 – full NEW MUSE ensemble

Selected Crane Songs, Jerry Hui – Paola and Jerry

Mad Libs Improv 2 – Dawn and Rosemary

Cello Sonata, Hans Werner Henze - Andrea

Mad Libs Improv 3 and 4 – Andrea and Paola (3) Tim and Andrea (4)

Three Irish Songs, John Corigliano – Jerry and Dawn

Davina DeVille might make an encore appearance to sing a tune or two…don’t miss it!

Mad Libs 5 and 6 – Dawn and Jonathan (5) Jonathan, Tim and Rosemary (6)

We Choose to Go to the Moon, Robert Honstein – Jerry and Andrea

Mad Libs 7 and 8 – Paola and Dawn (7) Paola, Dawn, and Andrea (8)

Coming Together, Derek Bermel – Rosemary and Dawn

Mad Libs 9 – Andrea and Rosemary and 10 – full NEW MUSE ensemble

The New Music Everywhere (NEW MUSE) Ensemble:

Rosemary Brumbelow, clarinet
Jerry Hui, baritone and harmonica
Andrea Kleesattel, cello
Jonathan Kuuskoski, melodica
Dawn Lawler, flute
Tim Patterson, percussion
Paola Savvidou, piano

With thanks to Madison Children’s Museum and our special guests:

DJ Illy Holiday & Davina DeVille

Thanks for coming out tonight — and please let us know what you thought.  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Save the Dates! NEW MUSE Announces 2012 Season

New Music Everywhere (NEW MUSE) is excited to announce our second season! This year we will be launching an ambitious series of three events from January through May 2012. We invite you to “Save the Date” for these exciting events. Click on the links for more info!

20-21 January 2012: The World Premiere of Wired for Love

This groundbreaking “online opera” is inspired by the amazing true story of an online scam, and the victim who took justice into his own hands. Music by Jerry Hui & Libretto by Lisa Kundat.

10 February 2012: Adult Swim @ Madison Children’s Museum

Back by popular demand, we’re bringing our vaudeville-inspired show back for a one-night-only installation as part of Madison Children’s Museum “Adult Swim.”

5 May 2012: Madison Muse Fest

Sponsored in part by the 2011 UW-Madison Arts Enterprise New Arts Venture Challenge, we will work closely with local vendors to transform four State Street businesses into creative arts spaces, combining music, dance, and visual arts for a series of interdisciplinary and interactive performances. Featuring new works solicited from composers around the country the day will culminate with a gala concert at MMoCA. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind event!

Jerry Hui to Join Gilson Bootstrapping Seminar Kickoff Panel

We’re excited to announce that our very own Jerry Hui has been invited to join The Gilson Bootstrapping Seminar Kickoff Panel, entitled “Exercising Your Creative Side for Fun and Profit – a Guide to Big Idea Challenges on Campus and Beyond.” Hosted by the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, the panel will take place at 5pm on September 26th in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and is aimed at highlighting various student resources, including nine separate student challenges that encourage entrants to create value through entrepreneurial or innovative thinking. Examples include the Burrill Business Plan Competition, the Schoofs and Tong prizes, the Climate Leadership Challenge, and the New Arts Venture Challenge, among others.

Participants will learn about how and why you can compete in one or more of these challenges, meet others interested in exploring their creative side, and  learn about off-campus opportunities for cash prizes at contests (e.g., Clean Energy Challenge, the Governor’s Business Plan Competition, etc.).  This event is free, with a reception to follow!

The Terminal Orchestra Performs at the Project Lodge

As we’re finalizing our 2011-12 Season of events, just wanted to forward on a notice about an upcoming concert by a kindred spirit, The Terminal Orchestra. Check them out at the Project Lodge, this Friday, September 9th from 7:30pm-11:00pm.

The Orchestra was conceived in the often forgotten part of Michigan–The Upper Peninsula–with its lush forests, slower-paced lifestyle and non-competitive atmosphere, composer Jesse DeCaire began writing music in 2005.  What started as a studio outlet for making pastoral movie soundtrack music (for movies that haven’t been made yet) has since ballooned into a live performing ensemble.  Complete with strings and percussion, The Terminal Orchestra has as much in common with contemporary composers/performers such as Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and William Basinski as it does with Ennio Morricone and Igor Stravinsky. This will be their first time playing in Madison, though violinist Emily Durkin grew up in Madison and still has family there!
The  set list is composed of original music written by DeCaire, and, except for a few songs, all come from their first release  – “The Seasons”  – which is a Vivaldi-inspired musical interpretation of the seasons. Check out samples here, and don’t miss this cool event!

NEW MUSE performs at 2011 Art Fair on the Square

NEW MUSE is the only contemporary chamber ensemble selected to perform as part of the 2011 Art Fair on the Square — one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor art and music festivals! Our performance begins at 9:30am on Saturday, July 9th and will include two world premieres by UW-Madison Alumni — “Petrichor” by our very own Jerry Hui (flute, clarinet and percussion), and “More Cowbells, Less_____” by special guest composer Becky Lipsitz (flute, clarinet, bassoon and percussion). Also on the program: “Hopi” by Philippe Hersant (solo bassoon), “A Minute of News” by Eugene Novotney (solo snare drum), “Side by Side” by Michio Kitazume (drums), and “Zoom Tube” by Ian Clarke (solo flute). This event is FREE and open to the public so grab a coffee, take a break from your Farmers Market shopping spree, and please join us for some music at the Wisconsin Public Radio Stage (State Street at the Capitol Square)!


NEW MUSE Wins 2011 New Arts Venture Challenge

We are thrilled to announce that NEW MUSE was selected as winner of the 2011 New Arts Venture Challenge, sponsored by Arts Enterprise Madison. The $2,000 award will serve as seed capital for our next venture – an interdisciplinary contemporary arts festival that will span State Street in Spring 2012. Paola, Jerry, and the gang are humbled to be in the company of such talented finalists – we can’t wait to find ways to collaborate! Stay tuned for more info…

NEW MUSE to light up local nightclub Plan B with one-of-a-kind mash-up of music, dance and cabaret

Contemporary classical music meets club culture — our next show will be a modern-day vaudeville extravaganza at local gay nightclub Plan B next Saturday, April 30!

Hosted by local drag celebrity Davina DeVille, this interactive show includes live dance and chamber music performances, cabaret songs, as well as special guests The Weather Duo and DJ Illy Holiday.

A diverse mash-up of musical styles will be presented, including jazz, electronic improvisation, and contemporary classical works by William Bolcom, Travis Garrison, Scott Gendel, Matthew Orlovich and Andrew Cole. The evening will also feature the North American premiere of Guillermo Lago’s “Strong Ties” for piano and saxophone.

Guest performers include the Anhinga PianoSAX Duo, local dance ensemble Ephemeral Art, as well as Madtown Ballroom. The festivities will finish off with a dance mix session spun by DJ Illy Holiday.

This special evening is designed as a throwback to the cabaret days of old with a modern, participatory twist on the live music experience. We bring in a wide spectrum of live performance arts to create that special laissez-faire atmosphere of a vaudeville show; except, this time, the audience is invited to come down on the dance floor and become part of the performing troupe with us!

Doors will open at Plan B, 924 Williamson Street, Madison, WI, at 8:00 p.m. The cover charge is $5.

Update: Upcoming New Muse performances promote student composers, blend storytelling with music-making

It’s that crazy time of March and April where every day seems packed with events, or deadlines for future events! New Muse is no exception to that rule, and are excited to have two upcoming performances finally coming to fruition in the next week! On Friday, March 25th New Muse is participating in the  2011 Midwest Graduate Music Consortium; members of our troupe will be performing Interfacial Colloid (Brian Penkrot, University of Iowa), Insight (Grace Lee, University of Missouri – Kansas City), and the world premiere of Jerry’s new piece for flute and clarinet Kalamang. (This event starts at 8:00pm and takes place in Morphy Hall, and is free and unticketed!)

Tuesday, March 29th marks our second collaboration with a Madison museum, this time the Madison Children’s Museum. At 2:00pm, our fabulous pianist Paola Savvidou will be performing Francis Poulenc’s classic The Story of Babar, with the help of narrators Linda Meier and Ena Foshay. This time, our experiments in location-specific performance adds another layer of audience interaction; cellist extraordinaire Andrea Kleesattel will lead expressive movement activities for the children in the audience, who will be invited to act out the “story” of the music during the performance, or write down a story, picture, or use the space to move as the music compels them. In other words, we will offer a chance to re-connect music with the other creative processes that give wonder to the experiences of childhood. This event is FREE with regular museum admission.

Hope to see you there! Click on the Performances tab to keep up-to-date on all of our upcoming performances in March and April.