Violinist Karen Kim, composer Patrick Castillo, and poet Keno Evol present a program of contemporary solo violin music with the added dimensions of electronics and spoken word. The program revisits an experimental salon evening presented at The Third Place Gallery in Minneapolis on the occasion of the John Cage centenary—a meditation on Cage’s legacy, featuring a spoken word remix of Cage’s “The Future of Music: Credo” and the world premiere of Music for the Third Place: an aleatoric work for violin and electronics comprising pre-composed fragments, found sounds, field recordings, synthesizers, and live audio processing systems. Alongside these, the program incorporates music for solo violin by Jörg Widmann, John Harbison, and a newly commissioned work by Craig Woodward. The program more deeply explores the sympathetic expressive resonance between the violin and the human voice, taking The Future of Music: Remixed as its point of departure, and responding with Castillo’s Anthem [anathema] and Widmann’s Etude no. 2—both of which works involve sung vocalise as part of their compositional texture—and arriving again at Evol’s piercingly musical poetry. Music for the Third Place offers the program’s most expansive sonic breadth, serving to amplify the austerity of John Harbison’s Four Songs of Solitude.
John CAGE / Keno EVOL (b. 1993) The Future of Music: Remixed for spoken word (New York premiere)
Keno Evol, spoken word
Patrick CASTILLO (b. 1979) Anthem [anathema] (from The Quality of Mercy) for voice, violin, and
Karen Kim, violin; Patrick Castillo, voice and electronics
Jörg WIDMANN (b. 1973) Etude no. 2 for solo violin (2001) (10’)
Karen Kim, violin
Keno EVOL The Violins Who Were Blind When the Thunderstorms Hit for spoken word and violin
Keno Evol, spoken word; Karen Kim, violin
Craig WOODWARD (b. 1978) In Search of a Violin Sonata (world premiere) (2013) (10’)
Karen Kim, violin
Patrick CASTILLO Music for the Third Place for violin and electronics (New York
Karen Kim, violin; Patrick Castillo, electronics
John HARBISON (b. 1938) Four Songs of Solitude for solo violin (1985) (15’)
Karen Kim, violin
Violinist Karen Kim is a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is an active chamber musician and has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As a member of the Parker Quartet, she received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011, as well as the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
Karen Kim received her BM and MM in violin performance, as well as her MM in chamber music, from the New England Conservatory. She studied classical violin with Donald Weilerstein and jazz violin with vocalist Dominique Eade. She has also worked with György Kurtág, Rainer Schmidt, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Kim Kashkashian, and Miriam Fried. Karen Kim plays a Joseph Rocca violin made in 1852.
Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been featured at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally including Spoleto Festival USA, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Berklee College of Music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Bavarian Academy of Music (Munich), and Nuremberg Museum of Contemporary Art. Recent season highlights include the world premieres of Incident for cello and piano, The Quality of Mercy and The Conversation of Prayers for soprano and ensemble; the German premiere of Cirque for solo violin; and the second New York performance of This is the hour of lead, a chamber cantata for baritone/countertenor and ensemble.
Patrick Castillo is variously active as an explicator of music to a wide range of listeners. For Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in Silicon Valley for which he serves as Artistic Administrator, he has designed and led a broad variety of educational initiatives for students and audiences of all ages. He hosts the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Late Night Rose series, and has also appeared as guest lecturer at String Theory at the Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), ChamberFest Cleveland, Fordham University, and elsewhere. In 2010, he was appointed Director of Artistic Planning of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. For more information, please visit www.patrickcastillo.com
Nineteen-year-old artist, performer, poet, educator, spoken word artist, dancer, and director Keno Evol (Antoine Duke) has received grants, founded companies, and competed nationally as a spoken word artist. He is the founder of No Projection, a company that teaches literacy through spoken word and social justice theater, and is also a founder of Shaking Fences Hip Hop Dance class, Gages Photography and Dopeimgeclothing. He was recently awarded a VERVE grant to create a one-man show he has been developing entitled RAGS. He is currently working for Pillsbury House Theatre, where he founded 8 Stages, a program that uses theatre and spoken word to teach youth how to prevent a culture of violence.
Keno Evol chooses Social Justice Education through theater and art because he believes that in addition to teaching creative and powerful practices, art can educate us on how to become better human beings. He says, “Art allows you to listen to the world around you and take in other perspectives, which is not easily done, especially in today’s society.”
He got his start in the performing arts the first time he saw Michael Jackson on television. As he watched in his living room he was hooked to dance, creating and performing anywhere he could. Since then he has attended conferences and performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Washington, DC, Arkansas, and Minnesota. He has gone on to teach spoken word and theater in schools, including Washburn, Brooklyn Center, and MNIC high schools. He aspires to found his own organization, “Urban Speaks,” which will teach spoken word and social justice theater to youth around the Twin Cities.