Jürg Frey with Ordinary Affects
Ordinary Affects is a Boston-based experimental music ensemble. Experimental composer/performers J.P.A. Falzone, Laura Cetilia, Luke Martin, and Morgan Evans-Weiler make-up the ensemble, performing on piano/organ/percussion, cello, violin, and guitar/electronics (respectively). The ensemble was formed as a group of musicians seeking to workshop, commission, and perform experimental music. Their work is often aligned with the tradition of John Cage and the Wandelweiser Collective. While the group frequently focuses on the performance of commissioned compositions of living composers, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. Whenever possible, Ordinary Affects involves the commissioned composer as a performer in the ensemble.
Ordinary Affects has commissioned and premiered pieces by Michael Pisaro, Antoine Beuger, Sarah Hughes, Eva-Maria Houben, Ryoko Akama, Doug Farrand, Patrick Farmer, and Jurg Frey, in addition to performing works by Joseph Kurdika, John Lely, and all ensemble members. In summer 2017, Ordinary Affects was accepted to the Avaloch Residency. In fall 2017, Ordinary Affects commissioned Swiss Wandelweiser composer Jurg Frey, who joined the group on a New England tour (Boston (Non-Event), Wesleyan, Dartmouth, and Cambridge (Standing-Waves)). Most recently, Ordinary Affects was commissioned to present new 4-hour works in the RISD Museum. In fall 2018, composer Eva-Maria Houben will travel to the US for a New England tour with the ensemble, premiering two new works for the group and recording a CD. In November, Christian Wolff will join the group to premiere his new work written for the group. Ordinary Affects has recordings forthcoming on elsewhere, Another Timbre, and Editions Wandelweiser.
Luke Martin – Electronics
Laura Cetilia – Cello
J.P.A. Falzone – Vibraphone, keyboards
Morgan Evans-Weiler – Violin
(photo © Susanna Bolle)