2022 Winter Vibe Fest

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A one day festival featuring clinics, performances and more!

​Clinic: Extended-Range Vibraphone History and Repertoire with Brian Graiser

A lecture/performance which dives into the surprisingly early history of the extended-range vibraphone and the music written for it which asks the question, “Is the current standard ‘professional’ vibraphone range of three octaves enough?” Demonstrations will be given on the instruments from the Center for Mallet Percussion Research’s unique collection, and will include excerpts from works by Alban Berg, Havergal Brian, Darius Milhaud, and more.

​Clinic: Extended Technique and Advanced Bowing with Stephen Solook

Percussionist, Educator and Researcher Stephen Solook covers extended techniques and advanced bowing, for one to four bows; going over using one bow in each hand before delving into holding two bows in one hand. He will also cover the different types of bows, bowing technique, the technique of holding two bows in one hand, exercises, and some of the possibilities and limitations.

Panel Discussion: Call for Scores pieces, performers, and composers (moderated by Boyce Jeffries, Call for Scores Committee Chair)

The performers and composers involved with the Vibraphone Project’s 2021 Call for Scores will discuss their general approaches to composing and/or performing new works for the vibraphone, and will preview the specific works to be featured at the 2021 Call for Scores Showcase Concert.

Performance: 2021 Call for Scores Showcase

A concert featuring award-winning works from the Vibraphone Project 2021 Call for Scores composed by Gavin Goodrich, Brian Graiser, Bryan Jeffs, Stephen Solook, and Carlo Tosato, performed by Chandler Beaugrand, Lindsey Eastham, Brian Graiser, Boyce Jeffries, Matthew Lau, and Stephen Solook.

Discussion: Vibraphone Project Roundtable (a conversation with current VPI officers)

A candid discussion with officers members of The Vibraphone Project, detailing the organization’s birth, growing pains, and activities past, present, and future. An excellent learning opportunity for those interested in getting involved with the Vibraphone Project, or in starting their own nonprofit arts organizations.

Performance: Alonso Acosta Flores: “NOCTURNE and More Songs”

Alonso Acosta Flores (Vibraphone)
Ilan Eisenzweig (Guitar)
Tyler López (Drumset)
Skip Moyer (Bass)

“Nocturne” examines the experiences of an artist as they go out to work, return home,
and begin another day again.

This concert features selections from Alonso’s upcoming album and other songs.

Evening Concert: New Works for Vibraphone & 2022 V.P.I. Legacy Award Presentation

Performance by Matthew Lau

This project is made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.

Linde (1995)…………………………………………………………………………………………………..Daniel Almada

La Céleste (1994/2011/2022)………………………………………………….……José Manuel López López+
+American Premiere

Vermont Counterpoint (1982)…….……………………………….………………………………………Steve Reich

Ritratti Surreali “Surreal Portraits”……………………………….…………………………Massimo Lauricella*

Prisma Alato (Winged Prisim)
Alter ego
Vib! Ràto! Ràtooo!
Fryderyk 5.0
Fuori Controllo (Out of control)
*World Premiere

This program explores the identity of contemporary vibraphone with repertoire spanning 4
decades in various styles by American, Spanish, Italian, and Argentinian-Swiss composers.
Almada’s (AR/CH) Linde features manipulated vibraphone samples in the tape, together with
the live instrument they expand the soundscape of the vibraphone. Adding new elements to
preexisting works is a way for composers and performers reimagine their past works. In La
Céleste (2004) by José Manuel López López, the element of moving images was added to his
solo vibraphone work—Cálculo Secreto (1994). An epitome and master of the avant-garde
European composition style, Spanish composer José Manuel López López collaborated with
French videographer Pascal Auger for a series of works in this format. Auger’s image prolong
López’s musical gestures. The vibraphone writing in Cálculo Secreto has an aquatic aspect, the
multiplicity of notes, the incredible virtuosity that implies, and the resonances found their visual equivalence in the water reflections Auger has filmed. The addition and juxtaposition of a movie to preexisting work like Cálculo gives a new life to the performance, and in turns expands the artistic boundaries of the performers and the composer. Musical and visual times are met in hertz and lumens, while the poetry of images and the sonorous poetry are mixed and cohabited infinitely in La Céleste. Fromm Foundation winner Lauricella (IT) is one of the top composers of our time in the European avant-garde tradition. His 5-movement vibraphone solo Ritratti Surreali is a virtuosic whimsical display of vibraphone in the his musical language. This suite is originally written for Italian percussion virtuoso Ben Mauricio Omar, and later dedicated to Matthew Lau. This performance denotes the world premiere of Ritratti Surreali.

– intermission –

The Vibraphone Project 2022 Legacy Awards Presentation

Hosted by Dr. Brian S. Graiser, President, Vibraphone Project, Inc.

The Vibraphone Project Legacy Award is awarded to those individuals (present or past performers, teachers, composers, instrument designers, or other) whose lifelong contributions have left an indelible mark on the story of the vibraphone, join us in celebrating this year’s recipients.

A Legacy Award recipient may be someone who is already universally recognized for their work or someone whose critical contributions have not yet received the recognition they deserve. The inaugural 2021 class of Legacy Award recipients were David Friedman, the late Dave Samuels (accepted on his behalf by his daughter Sarah Samuels), and the late Gitta Steiner (accepted on her behalf by her cousin Susan Steiner Bolhouse and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music). The physical award is a custom engraved gold-anodized vibraphone bar, created and generously donated by Marimba One.

Contributions to the Vibraphone: Pamela Z and Robert Honstein

Contribution to the Vibraphone: Pamela Z and Robert Honstein was supported by New Music USA (and a consortium of 13 members), made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

Only if it’s Asked For……………………………….………………….….………………………………………..Pamela Z
Steph Davis, vibraphone and tape

Continuous Interior……………………………….……………………..………………………………Robert Honstein
I. Flickering, light
II. Languid, dreamy
III. Urgent, breathless

Abby Fisher, vibraphone
The Bergamot Quartet*
Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; Irène Han, cello

*This performance by the Bergamot Quartet made possible by the Amaranth Foundation.