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Holidays from the Future

Holiday #1 at Spectrum, August 9, 2014
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In the future, there is no stage. In each installment of Holidays from the Future, guest artists design an ecosystem for featured creative musicians to inhabit. Listeners are free to enter and roam this terrain during the performance.

Holiday #1
Saturday, August 9, 2014 • Spectrum • New York NY
Denman Maroney: Piano • Dave Ruder: Clarinet • Edward Schneider: Alto Saxophone • Jackson Moore: Alto Saxophone
Jonathan Moritz: Tenor Saxophone • Josh Sinton: Bass Clarinet • James Ilgenfritz: Contrabass • Jay Rozen: Tuba

The first Holiday ecosystem was designed by Jackson Moore and Edward Schneider. In Jackson's OPLC, a group of creative musicians dispersed throughout the space form a 'complex adaptive system', a type of non-linear dynamic structure found in brains, ecosystems, markets, social networks, and wherever complex global behavior emerges from simple interactions between local agents. Phase oscillations between a poorly connected interaction network and a well connected interaction network disrupt homeostasis and trigger the evolution of modular anatomies. In the poorly connected network state, propagation of musical stimuli are constrained to local subsystems, which then have an opportunity to stabilize into robust modules that persist during subsequent highly connected states. The structure of this anatomy can take vary unpredictably given different initial conditions, meaning that every performance leads to different and unexpected consequences.

The night concluded with (again) against/because... a ceremony featuring two saxophones as centripetal counterweights, conceived by Edward Schneider and inspired by the Sama tradition of the Sufis.