With the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble specializes in experimental repertoire that is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as “a new force of vocal excellence and innovation” by The Brooklyn Rail, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of traditional vocal ensemble literature. On the heels of the group’s second album Hushers (New Focus), Elizabeth Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano) present a dynamic program featuring music by Luis Amaya, Kate Soper, Daniel Dehaan, Fjòla Evans, Travis Weller, Gilda Lyons, Richardo Zohn-Muldoon, and a new collaborative work with Olivia Block. Mocrep cellist Alex Ellsworth will join the ensemble for two pieces.
Olivia Block is a media artist and composer. Her body of work includes sound recordings, audio-visual installations, performances, sound design for cinema, and scores for orchestra and chamber music concerts. Over the last twenty years, Block has pioneered the utilization of audio field recordings and found materials in the realms of music and sound art. She combines field recordings, chamber instruments and electronic textures to create mysterious and vivid electroacoustic sound pieces including Pure Gaze,Mobius Fuse, Karren, and others. Block creates multimedia installations and performances utilizing found sounds from microcassette tapes, field recordings, video, and curated 35mm slides. Tonight’s performance includes two new works: Repeaters, a piece featuring shortwave radio and the voices of three members of Quince, and Olivia x/y, a collaborative work featuring Chicago vocalist Carol Genetti.