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A.pe.ri.od.ic All Ages Agenda Soundboard

When: Sun., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Lately a rash of local ensembles largely devoted to contemporary classical music have emerged, but none has shown an interest in the experimental side of that world like Aperiodic. This daring group, led by composer Nomi Epstein, holds its fifth concert tonight, and all but two of the seven pieces on the program date from the past few years; none employs any sort of conventional notation. Most of these compositions have some of the theoretical bent and playful absurdity that characterizes the Fluxus movement, though only Allison Knowles's 1962 "Piece for Any Number of Vocalists" has a direct connection to it. (Its instructions to the performers read, in their entirety, "Each thinks beforehand of a song, and, on a signal from the conductor, sings it through.") The program also includes recent pieces by James Saunders, Dean Rosenthal, and Doug Barrett, as well as works by Wandelweiser Group composers Jürg Frey and Eva-Maria Houben—her "Ödlan 4b" asks the performers "to mentally walk from note to note" while walking, but nothing from the score is actually played, so that the only sound is likely to be shuffling feet. There will also be a concert presentation of Pauline Oliveros's 1971 meditation exercise Sonic Rorschach. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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