October 17 2012, 06:00pm
Public Engagement
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Wild up: Chamber Music


Wild up: Chamber Music

Throughout the residency, wild Up musicians will have the opportunity to explore their individual interests through a chamber music series. This week we host Matt Barbier and his Trio Kobayashi. Trio Kobayashi will perform works by Iannis Xenakis and Jürg Frey. Iannis Xenakis's Linaia-Agon is the last of his three game pieces. In this piece Xenakis uses musical motives to work out a mathematical realization of the legend of Apollo and Linos. This is done through a series of mathematical matrices with corresponding sections of music organized into specific combats in which the performers respond to their opponents choices. The god Apollo is portrayed by the french horn and tuba, who battle the mortal Linos (the trombone).

Linaia-Agon is paired with Jürg Frey's Circular Music - a piece written expressly for Kobayashi. Circular Music is a series of short chorals which repeat in different ways in open ended lengths exploring the slow change of repeating processes.

Trio Kobayashi is a Los Angeles based ensemble originally formed to perform the music of Wolfgang von Schweinitz. While Kobayashi's original formation was to perform just intonation music for brass instruments, the ensemble has gone on to perform a wide repertoire stretching from vocal music of the Renaissance to collaborations with living composers. This includes collaborations with Larry Polansky, Jürg Frey, Marc Sabat, Ulrich Krieger and Nicholas Deyoe. Trio Kobayashi has also been in residence at Ucsd, as well as performing at RedCat's Beyond Grisey Festival, CEAIT Xenakis: Now and Tomorrow, Beyond Baroque and for the DogStar Orchestra. Trio Kobayashi is Zara Teicher (french horn), Matt Barbier (trombone) and Luke Storm (tuba).



wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. By mixing traditional classical works, challenging new compositions and indie music, their insightful programming looks to change the experience of the classical concert and reconceptualize the role of an orchestra in its community. Throughout a performance wild Up creates an active experience for the audience by sharing the contextual and inspirational impetus for their program. The ensemble practices a philosophy of radical-inclusionism: audience members are invited to experience concerts the way that they see fit, and absolutely no music is off limits.

When visiting the museum from July through December visitors will encounter vibrant performances, projects, and interactive installations. Stop by to find out what’s possible when an orchestra takes on a museum.



Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies.

wild Up at the Hammer received generous support from Karen Kohl. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement Program is supported through a major grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Shifting Foundation.

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