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The inaugural concert of The Real of Time, a new series showcasing durational music of the 21st century, will feature a newly commissioned concert-length work by Swedish composer and improvisor Magnus Granberg. The piece, “Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth,” was written specifically for Boston-based Ordinary Affects (featuring Red Room regular and High Zero alum Morgan Evans-Weiler) who will be joined by Granberg.
Magnus’ appearance is thanks in part to a grant from Konstnärsnämnden, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
Look forward to the next installment with music from Sarah Hennies on May 12th!

Doors open at 8:30, music (an uninterrupted performance of approximately 80 minutes) begins at 9

Magnus Granberg is a composer and performer working at an intersection between contemporary chamber music and improvisation. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Born in Umeå in 1974, he studied saxophone and improvisation at the University of Gothenburg and in New York in his late teens and early twenties. Self-taught as a composer, he formed his own ensemble Skogen in 2005 trying to integrate experiences, methods and materials from various traditions of improvised and composed musics into a new modus operandi. Now mainly working with the ensemble Skogen and the newly formed Skuggorna och Ljuset, while increasingly also writing music on commission for different ensembles and projects. He is also active as an improvisor in different contexts, mainly playing the clarinet.
Recent work includes a commission from Another Timbre and Ensemble Grizzana and collaborations with musicians such as David Sylvian, Christoph Schiller and the Swiss duo Diatribes. He has in the last decade also, more or less regularly, collaborated with musicians such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Tetuzi Akiyama, Anna Lindal, Kristine Scholz, Rhodri Davies and Ko Ishikawa.

Ordinary Affects is an experimental music ensemble based in New England. Experimental composers and performers J.P. Falzone, Laura Cetilia, Luke Martin, and Morgan Evans-Weiler make-up the ensemble, performing on electric piano, cello, violin, and guitar (respectively). The ensemble was formed as a group of musicians seeking to workshop, explore, commission, and perform experimental music. While the group often focuses on the performance of written compositions, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. The collaborative nature of the mission ensures a group that is always in flux; instrumentation is open, always changing, and dependent on the project, concert, and membership. Ordinary Affects has commissioned and premiered pieces by Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Antoine Beuger, Sarah Hughes, Eva-Maria Houben, and Ryoko Akama, in addition to performing a number of other composers’ works including those by Joseph Kurdika, John Lely, and all members of the ensemble.

Event location:

The Red Room at Normals Books and Records 425 E. 31st Street Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.