John McCowen: Solo Contra
Saturday, February 8th, John McCowen presents an evening of compositions for solo contrabass clarinet for his inaugural performance as a 2020 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence. These works present the concept of the contrabass clarinet as an acoustic synthesizer. By sustaining multiple sounds simultaneously, the clarinet becomes a harmonic tube where sounds interact and create beating harmonics. Through the use of internal microphones, small sounds become more audible, and bass more physical; allowing for a more visceral listening experience. The evening includes premieres of new compositions.