An Experimental Music Ensemble Won’t Just Fade Away


“When Morty Satisfied John,” a a few-yr cycle of Carnegie Hall concerts devoted to Cage, Feldman and their colleagues of the New York School, such as Earle Brown and Christian Wolff.

Fittingly, those people concert events manufactured their possess serendipitous byproduct: Ne(x)tworks, an ensemble devoted to preserving and extending methods and philosophies fostered by Cage and Feldman, such as graphic notation and probability operations.

The team, an unorthodox cadre of improvising composer-performers, involved Ms. La Barbara and two of her “When Morty Achieved John” associates, the violinist Cornelius Dufallo and the violist Kenji Bunch, as very well as the trombonist Christopher McIntyre and the pianist Stephen Gosling. The core lineup coalesced in 2006 with the arrival of Shelley Burgon, a harpist and seem artist, and Miguel Frasconi, a protean musician whose arsenal incorporates glass objects and electronics.

The fledgling band produced a tight bond early on with Issue Challenge Home, an East Village performance area opened in 2003 by Suzanne Fiol, a visual artist and upstart presenter, and followed her to three successive Brooklyn locations. The association ongoing after Fiol’s dying in 2009.

a rapt account of Feldman’s 6-hour String Quartet No. 2.

For this farewell concert — introduced in conjunction with “Suzanne Fiol: 10 Several years Alive,” an exhibition of Fiol’s visual art marking the 10th anniversary of her death — Ne(x)tworks rounded up previous colleagues and longtime collaborators to engage in compositions by its associates, Cage and other kindred spirits.

On a modern early morning in a lounge at New York University, Mr. Dufallo, Mr. Frasconi, Ms. La Barbara and Mr. McIntyre gathered to reflect on the group’s lifetime-span, its association with Fiol and Difficulty, and why the time has arrive to say goodbye. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Earle Brown present, merely because it was Earle Brown.

DUFALLOWhen Miguel and Shelley joined, at that stage I felt like we experienced a Ne(x)tworks seem that was new and distinctive.

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