subtropics xxiii press release




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SFCA [] is proud to present the 23rd edition of its Subtropics Experimental Biennial of Music and the Sound Arts under the artistic direction of Gustavo Matamoros.

The 2015 Biennial opens with the world premiere of Frozen Music’s bio-sonic installation SoundSpace, at the New World Center’s SoundScape Park; the exhibition Silent and Interactive Music by Alba Triana at Artcenter’s 924 Projects Space; the premiere of a new Listening Gallery installation called FLUTE in collaboration with flutist Robert Dick; and a concert by the stellar pianist Amy Williams with the Amernet String Quartet in collaboration with FIU’s New Music Miami at Miami Beach Urban Studios.

Other highlights of the biennial include performances by experimental music composer pioneers such as John Bischoff, LaDonna Smith, and Fast Forward, free jazz pioneer Abbey Rader and his quartet, plus performances by new music specialists Thomas Bucker (a tribute to Robert Ashley), the Bugallo-Williams Duo, cellist Charles Curtis. Another concert will feature the electroacoustic music of Miami based composer Jose Hernandez Sanchez.

Subtroics is also proud to present for the first time in Miami the “eclectic post-jazz” Claudia Quintet in conjunction with Emit Series and the 2015 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Civic Minded Five and Timucua Arts Foundation in Orlando with support from Chamber music America and the Doris Duke Foundation.  This will be Subtropics’ only paid concert and will take place at the Fillmore’s Black Box Theater in the Jackie Gleason Theater. Tickets will be available soon through TicketMaster.

Our 2015 Subtropics XXIII Marathon will feature works, performances and sound videos by Aislinn Quinn + Black Shift Red, Armando Rodriguez, Chen-Hui Jen, Dan Dickinson, Daniel Dugas + VALERIE LeBLANC, David Briske, Edward Bobb + The Inertials, Eric Gottlieb, Jacob Sudol, Jorge Gomez Abrante, Julio Roloff, Kerry Ware, LaDonna Smith, Lawrence Moore, Liza Seigido, Paula Matthusen, Rene Barge, Robert Blatt, and more …

Lastly, this year’s Subtropics poster image is courtesy of renown artist Ann Hamilton from her project “the common S E N S E”.

On behalf of our artistic director, the board of directors and our advisory board, we thank you, our audience, for your support of the past 22 festivals and invite you to join yet once again in celebrating 28 years of adventurous and innovative music programming in South Florida during our 3-week-long biennial.

Special thanks to Gary Farmer at the City of Miami Beach, Victoria Rogers and Roberto Toledo of the New World Symphony, Maria Del Valle and Susan Caraballo at ArtCenter, Gilda Mooney at Miami-Dade County, Curtis Young at Florida Department of State, John Stuart, Orlando Garcia, and Jacob Sudol at FIU, David Manson of Emit, Matt Gorney of the Civic Minded Five, Benoit Glazer of Timucua, Jeanette Vuocolo of Chamber Music America, and Ben Cameron and Cheryl Ikemiya of the Doris Duke Foundation for their invaluable support and guidance.

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SFCA [] is the leading proponent of experimental music and sound art in the southeast

our 2014-15 season of events is possible with funding from

City of Miami Beach—celebrating its centennial through projects supported by its Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners

State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

and the Blank Family Foundation

Sponsors include, the Vagabond Hotel, WDNA-88.9FM, and Irreversible Magazine

The performance of John Hollenbeck and the Claudia Jazz Quintet—presented by SFCA and its Subtropics Biennial in collaboration with EMIT Series and its St. Pete. Jazz Festival and the Timucua Arts Foundation—is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz,  a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Sennheiser, leaders in superior sound technology