What do you hear?

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Right now.



You.



What do you hear?



What is the
subtlest
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What is the most
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What
hums
clicks
buzzes
voices
music
drones
echoes
do you hear?



When does noise become
sound become
music?

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Main Library
Saturday May 25
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Court & Walnut Garage
Saturday June 29
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Purple People Bridge
Sunday July 14
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Event Details

All events begin with a guided sound walk through the event space.

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Soundwebs 1

Boom. Bang. Scrrratch.

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Shhh. Some of us are trying to read.

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Guided Sound Walk
Soundings through the ribbon web - Rachel C. Walker
Try - Andrew Norman
Quietude - Shawn Milloway

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In Rachel C. Walker's Soundings through the ribbon web, members of concert:nova will be spread across the library, gently filling the space as sounds filter through. Shawn Milloway's new "mobile" work Quietude is, "a musical game of sorts," and will be performed at multiple SoundWebs events. We'll also perform Try for strings, winds, and a battery of percussion by Pulitzer-Prize nominee Andrew Norman, who writes:

"This is music that tries many different things... until it finally (fingers crossed) gets one small thing right."

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Main Library
800 Vine Street
Saturday May 25
3 pm

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This concert is part of the concert:nova Adventure Series.

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Event Details

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Soundwebs 2

Swwwish. Pluck.
Ding!

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What's a Pretty Song like You doing in a Place like this?

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Guided Sound Walk
Drones for Bob - Rob Funkhouser
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude Debussy
Quietude - Shawn Milloway

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The Court & Walnut Parking Garage transforms into a concert hall, with concert:nova performing Debussy's delicate Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Harp, strings, and woodwinds mix with the sounds of the city, along with Shawn Milloway's musical game Quietude. Rob Funkhouser's Drones for Bob places an unusual family heirloom - an inert Korean War Era Sherman Tank Shell - in the middle of an orchestra, allowing listeners to experience the sounds of the shell and the instruments in a new way.

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Court & Walnut Garage
100 East Court Street
Saturday, June 29
7 pm
Free admission*

*Regular parking rates ($4 flat rate - evenings/weekends) still apply.

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Soundwebs 3

Do re Hmmmm. la...la...

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There are worse ways to spend an evening.

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Guided Sound Walk
Hiraeth: dislocative studies - Aaron Micheal Butler
Selected Chorales - J.S. Bach
Sonic Meditations - Pauline Oliveros

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Part world-premiere, part meditation, and part community all-sing, the final SoundWebs event is performed. by. you.

Join the SoundWebs Chorus, led by members of the Cincinnati Camerata to sing Bach chorales without words and Aaron Micheal Butler's Hiraeth, named for a Welsh word which translates to, "homesickness for a home that cannot be returned to, no longer exists, or maybe never was."

Or just join us for a sunset performance on the Purple People Bridge, where everyone is invited to participate in one of Pauline Oliveros' expansive Sonic Meditations.

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Purple People Bridge
Sunday, July 14
8 pm

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Microcommissions

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SoundWebs commissioned four composers to write site-specific works for each event in just 6 weeks. These pieces include original music, as well as improvised and experimental techniques. Each SoundWebs event will include a world premiere of these "microcommissions."

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Soundwebs Composers

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Aaron Michael Butler

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Aaron Michael Butler is a percussionist/composer currently based in Athens, OH. He regularly presents concerts of contemporary solo and chamber music, and has been active in the creation of new works through commissioning composers of his generation. Recent performance highlights include the 2013 Athens International Film Festival, 2012/14 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the 2014 Ohio University World Music and Dance Festival with marimbist Pei-Ching Wu, a performance with Luciano Chessa's Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners in 2015, and the 2016 Nelsonville Music Festival. In 2010 Aaron founded the NOBROW.collective; in conjunction with the Athens International Film Festival NOBROW has commissioned Deep Earth - a large-scale, multimedia work - from composer Matthew Burtner which was premiered in April 2014.

As a composer, he frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines including choreographers Ani Javian and Travis Gatling, filmmaker Chris Lange, and Bristol-based potter Steve Carter. His recent work includes commissions from Andrew Trachsel and the Ohio University Wind Symphony, percussionist Kyle Lutes, and a choral work for the Cincinnati Soundwebs project.

Aaron holds degrees in percussion performance from Ohio University and Centenary College of Louisiana where he studied with Roger Braun, Guy Remonko and Chan Teague. He is currently adjunct professor of music at Ohio University.

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Rob Funkhouser

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Rob Funkhouser is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who can never quite sit still. He recently received an M.M. from Butler University in Music Composition, and most recently completed confidently, but with an awkward gait for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. He has released projects through various labels in three different countries, and has had his music played on the radio in many places, including Australia. His current projects include music for Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park in partnership with Classical Music Indy and a new work for the Indianapolis ensemble Forward Motion.

Currently residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, Funkhouser divides his time between composing, performing, and curating shows at various venues around the city. His performances vary widely, but often take the form of solo percussion or ambient electronics. He also collaborates with a wide variety of performers and artists. Most recently he has worked with Forward Motion, Corey Denham, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and Classical Music Indy. His principal teachers include Dr. Michael Schelle, Dr. James Aikman, and Dr. Frank Felice. He also serves as the Operations and Education Manager at the Rhythm Discovery Center for the Percussive Arts Society.

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Shawn Milloway

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Shawn’s music has been described by the Classical Voice of North Carolina as: “ironic and maniacal…[combining] twisted marches, tortured rock/pop grooves, and moments of genuine sweetness….” He has had performances in over a dozen states across the continental U.S. by excellent performers such as Michael Hall, Loadbang, Drew Leslie, Beo String Quartet, and the Railyard String Quartet. Also, his music has been heard at the Nief-norf music festival, regional SCI festivals, and the Charlotte New Music Festival.

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Rachel C. Walker

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Rachel C. Walker writes poetic, timbre-sensitive works drawing from her ongoing immersion in and research on Chinese folk music, musical time, and language. Her pieces have been heard across the US, China, Sweden, Portugal, Canada, and Australia, with major performances and commissions from the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (天津交响乐团), Svensk Musikvår, NANOWorks Opera, Departure Duo, percussionists Allen Otte and Zhang Yongyun (张永韵), the Butter Quartet (NL), recorder player Sylvia Hinz, and pipa virtuoso Xia Yuyan (夏雨言).

As the recipient of multiple grants to China and Taiwan, she has studied and written about traditional and contemporary music, while simultaneously composing dynamic new works for Chinese and Western instruments. Her writings have been published by NewMusicBox and Southwest China Normal University Press, as well as presented in guest lectures at Harvard University (2016 Perspectives on Chinese Contemporary Music Conference), Australian National University (2017 Women in the Creative Arts Conference), Tsinghua University (2018), Shandong University (2018), and the China Conservatory (2015).

Her work has been supported by ArtsWave, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, the University of Cincinnati Research Council Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Marshall M. Williams Endowment at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. In 2015, she co-founded the concert series Cincinnati Soundbox; as its co-artistic director over the course of its four seasons, she curated concerts blending the new music scene in Cincinnati with those of other cities around the world.

Rachel studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Allen Otte and Joel Hoffman, and at the China Conservatory of Music (中国音乐学院), where she was a Visiting Scholar advised by Gao Weijie (高为杰). She was a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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SoundWebs explores wordless sound, wordless music, and the ways the intersect. In a series of musical events in unexpected Cincinnati spaces, SoundWebs participants are invited listen deeply and intentionally through guided sound walks and performances of experimental, contemporary, and classical music, including a series of newly commissioned works.

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Rebecca Smithorn

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Rebecca Smithorn is the conductor and project curator of SoundWebs and a People's Liberty Project Grantee. She is also the Artistic Director of Ensemble 4-33, Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and creator and artist-in-residence of The Listening Lab. She studied orchestral conducting at UC's College-Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. For more information, visit www.rebeccasmithorn.com

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People's Liberty

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SoundWebs is powered by People's Liberty, a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grantmakers in other cities. For more information visit
www.peoplesliberty.org

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concert:nova

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concert:nova is a boundary-pushing ensemble that challenges the audience to engage with world-class chamber music in surprising venues that create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences.
For more information visit www.concertnova.com

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Cincinnati Camerata

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Cincinnati Camerata is a mixed-voice choral ensemble of about 30 accomplished volunteer singers that focuses on chamber and contemporary classical music from medieval chant through living composers. For more information visit
www.cincinnaticamerata.com

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Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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3CDC

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Newport SouthBank Bridge Company

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Soundwebs Chorus

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Like to sing? Feeling adventurous?

The final SoundWebs event will be powered by a chorus of... you.

SoundWebs is seeking up to 50 volunteers to sing Bach, Oliveros, and a world premiere for our July event. Led by members of the Cincinnati Camerata, we'll rehearse in one afternoon and then perform together at a sunset performance at the Purple People Bridge.

Sounds a m a z i n g, right?



In order to join us, you will need...

1. the ability to attend both the rehearsal and the performance.

Rehearsal: Saturday, July 13, 3:00-4:30 pm @ People's Liberty
Performance: Sunday, July 14, 8pm-sunset (approx. 9:05 pm),
@ The Purple People Bridge (7:45 call time)

2. some singing/choral/musical experience.

There will be no pop quizzes or auditions. We just think you'll have a better time if you have some past experience. Check out music, practice tracks, and more here.

Don't sweat this one - if you think you're up for it, you definitely are.

3. general flexibility, positivity, and social courage

Some of what we'll be doing is a bit outside the box. You won't be asked to sing while bungee jumping, we promise. But movement, improvising, and non-traditional techniques may be part of the deal, so we just ask that you show up game for anything. If you want more details, feel free to get in touch.

4. registration at least 1 day prior.

You must register to be part of the chorus! The sooner the better, but no later than Friday, July 12.

To register, visit the EventBrite page.

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Soundwebs Chorus Rehearsal Details

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Rehearsal: Saturday, July 13, 3:00-4:30 pm @ People's Liberty
Click here for directions

Enter through the front door of People's Liberty on Elm Street.
(The side door on Elder will be locked.)

Digital Playscape will be up and running in the first floor space - pass through it and up the stairs to the second floor.
(Or come early/stay late to check them out!)

Performance: Sunday, July 14, 8-9 pm (7:45 call time)
@ The Purple People Bridge
Click here for directions

We will all meet at the Newport end of the bridge for a quick 'de-brief' before starting the event.

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Repertoire

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We will be singing three things:

1.Hiraeth by Aaron Michael Butler

This piece requires no advance preparation, but you'll need a smartphone or mp3 player, plus a set of headphones or earbuds to participate.

If you don't have access to these, email us at soundwebscinci@gmail.com as soon as possible and we'll try to find you some to borrow. More details about the work in the printable PDF below.


2.The selection of Bach Chorales below, without text

These are short, easy, and possibly familiar to you. Each link sends you to a a score and audio realization that's really convenient to practice with. Just click through the link and press 'play.' There are printable parts in the PDF linked below.

It looks like we'll have far more women than men, so sopranos and altos, please consider singing tenor or bass lines in a comfortable register if you're able.

#262, BWV 307

#231, BWV 57.8

#98, BWV 70.7

#81, BWV 43.11

#102, BWV 32.6

#276, BWV 20.7

#278, BWV 45.7

#132, BWV 327

3. Sonic Meditation XVI by Pauline Oliveros

The only preparation this piece requires is familiarizing yourself with the instructions included in the PDF.

Click here for a printable PDF of the chorales, the Oliveros, and notes on all pieces.

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Other Notes

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Chairs: On the bridge, we won't have chairs set up either for performers or audience. The portion of the event involving performance will be 40-50 minutes. You're welcome to bringing a small blanket, yoga mat, etc. if you think you'll need to sit. There are also benches at various places on the bridge.

Concert Dress: wear casual, dark, solid-colored clothing - black, navy, dark jeans, etc. If you have specific questions, we'll go over them at rehearsal.

Parking: For rehearsal, the most convenient lot is on W. Elder, but you could park at any Findlay lot for $2-3 and easily get to the space. Free parking is often available on Central Parkway.

For the PPB event, there are a variety of parking options on either side of the river, most of them garage or metered. Feel free to find a carpool buddy at rehearsal - we'll try to have some inexpensive parking ideas to share with you.

Don't forget to register, and send a friend or two our way!

To register, visit the EventBrite page.

And invite folks to the event! Facebook event here.

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The Short Version

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-----> Make sure you're registered. Tell a friend. Have them register too.

-----> Learn the Bach Chorales as well as you can.
Gals, feel free to learn the guys' parts. No text.

-----> (!!Super important!!) Bring a smart phone/mp3 player and earbuds/headphones to rehearsal and performance for Hiraeth (earbuds preferred). If you can't do that, email us asap at soundwebscinci@gmail.com

-----> Read over the Oliveros instructions.

-----> Invite your peeps to join us on the bridge! FB event here.

-----> Come to the 3 pm rehearsal at People's Liberty on Saturday 7/13. Enter through the front door on Elm Street, up the stairs to floor 2.

-----> Wear casual dark clothing for the performance.
Bring your Bach folder (provided at rehearsal), your charged smartphone, a pair of earbuds.

-----> Arrive at the Purple People Bridge at 7:45 pm on Sunday, 7/14. Meet on the Newport end.

-----> Be part of something amazing!

See you soon.

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