About the Program
Featuring a faculty of performers drawn from the ranks of the International Contemporary Ensemble, along with an extraordinary group of composers, improvisers, and conversation partners, Ensemble Evolution explores the evolving range and depth of ensemble playing in the early 21st century.
Message from Artistic Director
Welcome to Ensemble Evolution!
The heart of EVO (as we like to call it) is the collaborative impulse. In that light, we pose the following question to ourselves, participants and faculty alike: How can we translate the experience of living fully in the early 21st century into music making? The answers to that (admittedly enormous) question vary from person to person and from concert to concert. And as we pose it to you, our intrepid audience, we imagine that you too will have varying answers. But within the healthy diversity of responses, there will be at least one important commonality. Music is the language of connection, the voice of people as they seek to relate to one another. So, in EVO we will bring the art of collaboration to center stage. Composers will work with performers; improvisers will encounter technologists; musicologists will share thoughts with interpreters. Every encounter will produce new language, new modes of working together, and new possibilities for our art. But music, as the mother tongue of humanity, also moves beyond the stage. In our three weeks together, we will speak to each other: about our hopes for a just world, about our threatened planet, about our need to see, hear and live respectfully with each other. This is music too. We welcome you to our music-making. And to our conversations. We welcome you to share in the extraordinary talents of nearly a hundred participants and faculty members. And, as we welcome you to Banff Centre and to this sacred place that has been the home of creative people for millennia, we also welcome you to share the vision of music as the living, breathing ecology of human connection. We welcome you to EVO!
Claire Chase and Steven Schick
Banff Centre Staff
Dates & Location
Program Dates Monday, June 24 - Saturday, July 13
Location Music and Sound Building
Ensemble Evolution Opening Recital Featuring Matana Roberts, Liza Lim, Tyshawn Sorey, Lisa Harris, Aiyun Huang, and ICE
Join us for an exhilarating kick-off of the Ensemble Evolution program featuring the inspiring musical talents of the program's faculty.
Autoschediasms with Tyshawn Sorey and Ensemble Evolution
Rolston Hall will quake in this dynamic portrait of Tyshawn Sorey—though dynamic doesn’t really begin to describe the molten talent of Tyshawn Sorey, as composer, percussionist, conductor, pianist...
Ensemble Evolution Faculty Recital Featuring Alvin Lucier, Peter Evans, Mazz Swift, Levy Lorenzo, and ICE
Another star-studded faculty concert featuring the eloquent violinist/composer/improviser Mazz Swift, trumpet legend Peter Evans, technology wizard Levy Lorenzo, composer Miya Masaoko and newly...
Ensemble Evolution World Premieres featuring a new work by Alvin Lucier
On this special evening, we celebrate one of the greatest artists of our time, the roshi of American experimentalists, Alvin Lucier, with a program of Lucier’s most profound compositions,...
Ensemble Evolution Faculty Recital featuring Miranda Cuckson, Wilfrido Terrazas, Reut Regev, Cris Derksen, Yvette Janine Jackson
Miranda Cuckson, Wilfrido Terrazas and Reut Regev make their instruments into vehicles for the exploration of distant musical spaces. And if you still think of these instruments as the genteel...