On December 1, 2013, Parlour Tapes+ will release *AND, a collection of collaborations between Chicago and non-Chicago Artist. Alex Temple and Jenny Olivia Johnson contributed It’s hard even to say it, an electronic piece about uncertain memories and the way they change over time. The album can be streamed, downloaded, and pre-ordered at the Parlour Tapes+ Bandcamp page. *AND will have a release party on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:00pm at The Whistler in Chicago. You can view the trailer for *AND here.
Additionally, on December 20, 2013, Cadillac Moon Ensemble premieres Alex’s Switch: A Science-Fiction Micro-Opera! The piece takes place in a dystopian parallel universe in which people are assigned strict social roles based on whether they’re right- or left-handed. The piece features the voice of CME cellist Meaghan Burke, one and a half songs, convoluted rhymes, gallows humor, and the lurking, smirking spirit of Kurt Weill. You can read more about the work and the premiere in this interview. The concert, titled Den of Death, takes place on 12/20/13 at 8:00pm at The Cell Theatre in New York City.
And on July 20, 2014, Ensemble Dal Niente presents Beschäftigung — a concert of new and newish viola music performed by Doyle Armbrust of Spektral Quartet. Alex’s piece, Viola Joke, has Doyle and fellow violist Chris Fisher-Lochhead performing a sort of nightmare comedy routine. The concert takes place at 8:30pm at Constellation Chicago.