Contemporary Music for the Clarinet

August 9th at Cotuit Center for the Arts
Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble performs at Cotuit Center for the Arts this Thursday (Courtesy of the artists)

Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble presents an evening of contemporary music for the clarinet on August 9th at 7:30pm at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. This concert will feature guest artist Jonathan Aubrey. The program features works by composers from around the world and influences by different cultures and art. 

In a Deep Funk, Daniel Dorff
Four Impersonations, Evan Ziporyn
- Intermission - 
Temple of Peace, Chaipruck Mekara
Scenes from a Gallery, Billy Novick
South African Songs, Robert Elkjer

Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble is an innovative new music group based out of Boston. Focused on collaboration, the ensemble works to redefine the boundaries between different artistic disciplines while engaging all types of audiences. 

Over the past four years, the ensemble has worked with visual artists, dancers and choreographers to create new works. As a result of performing in unique spaces such as art galleries, Black Sheep has brought new music to an atypical audience. Working with choreographer Micheline Wu, the ensemble discovered new possibilities for performing music and movement simultaneously. To further cross disciplines, many pieces composed by members of the group have incorporated works of visual art, such as Caroline Bagenal’s “Book of Hours” and her “Summer Palace”.

By performing pieces by living composers, Black Sheep aims to give repeat performances to already written works, as well as commissioning new ones. The ensemble maintains a Scores Database, accepting new or previously premiered works by composers worldwide. There is no cost to submit works, making it accessible to as many composers as possible with compensation given for selected pieces. With an unusual instrumentation, the group helps to commission pieces for instruments that are normally underrepresented in the Western chamber music world.

Engaging and educating the community about new music is one of Black Sheep’s main aspirations. BSCE has held several Community Outreach events, aimed at teaching children about graphic scores and improvisation. The ensemble’s weekly Black Sheep Live events hosted on Facebook explore and discuss works by different living composers. With no admission charged and a global reach, these events have been viewed by audiences who often find traditional concerts and lectures cost prohibitive or do not live in a metropolitan area.

Thursday, August 9 at 7:30pm in the Gallery
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