New Music in New Places
The School of Music at Memorial University, in partnership with Neighborhood Dance Works, has received funding through the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places to mount a large scale presentation of composer James Tenney’s work In a Large Open Space.
The work will be produced during the Newfound Music Festival in January 26-28 2012, where it will occupy a portion of the “munnels” the Memorial University underground tunnel system. The sound tunnel will feature performers and a multi-speaker electroacoustic realization of the work by faculty member Andrew Staniland.
Dancers from Neighbourhood Dance works will perform a choreography created especially for this event. The journey will culminate in the large open atrium featuring a massed ensemble of MUN music students and community performing a 60-minute acoustic version of the work.
James Tenney (1934-2006) was an internationally renowned American-Canadian composer who spent many decades teaching at York University. He is known for his atmospheric minimalist sound textures – not surprising for a composer who developed his craft in the circle of artists surrounding John Cage in 1960s New York.