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The Age of Aquarius

March 13 – May 01, 2011

Sun, Mar 13, 20114:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Reception and Discussion

The Age of Aquarius

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
Featuring a talk with filmmaker Amy Grappell and Hamza Walker from 5pm to 6pm, in room 120, Kent Hall, on the campus of The University of Chicago (1030 E. 58th St.).
Tue, Apr 5, 20118:00 pm


James Dillon: A Portrait
Ensemble Dal Niente

Location: Fulton Recital Hall, 4th floor of Goodspeed Hall, 1010 E. 59th St.
Admission: FREE
Composer James Dillon is often associated with the New Complexity movement, a movement that began in England in the 1960s, by Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy and Richard Barrett. The music is highly detailed, and includes multileveled forms of musical notation, microtonality, irrational meters and extended instrumental techniques. A self-taught composer, Dillon, in his early years, was a radical scavenger, involved with Scottish bagpipe music, a rhythm and blues band called Influx, and studying Indian music with Punita Gupta. Later influenced by Xenakis and Varese, he folded his knowledge into a European classical tradition, making him a "new complexity" all his own. His music calls for performers committed to contemporary music, who have a fearless, experimental and open attitude toward unconventional forms of notation and playing techniques; an ensemble devoted to conquering the utmost challenge in the face of adversity. In short, this is a job for Dal Niente.

This concert will take place in Fulton Recital Hall in Goodspeed (5845 S. Ellis). Entry is in the Southwest corner of the main quadrangle.
Sun, Apr 10, 20112:00 pm


Stoned Soul Picnic: The 1960s, the Cold War, and the Age of Personal Apocalypse
Carl Raschke

Location: Swift Hall, Room 106, University of Chicago
Admission: FREE
Raschke is Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Denver University. His book The Interruption of Eternity (Nelson-Hall, 1980), is regarded as a standard reference work on the origins of the New Age movement. Since then he has gone on to write several books, most recently GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn (The Church and Postmodern Culture), 2008.

This event will take place in Swift Hall, Room 106. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Wed, Apr 20, 20118:00 pm


Vincent Barras and Jacques Demierre (spoken word)

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: FREE
Based on the formal and conceptual rigor of their spoken word compositions, Barras and Demierre are unabashed moderns, picking up where the likes of Kurt Schwitters and Henri Chopin left off. Voicing Through Saussure (2004) is proof that the avant-garde, although historical, is plenty viable. What comes across as dry humor in the duo?s elegant and smart recordings, could only gain traction live.

This concert will take place in Bond Chapel located one building east of Cobb Hall on the main quadrangle. (1025 E. 58th St.)

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