2017-2018 Concert Season
May 24 - June 3, 2017: Recording studio album at Overneath Creative Collective in Kalamazoo, MI
What Is Noise records David T. Little's descanso (waiting); Lansing McLoskey's Requiem, v. 2.001; Steven Stucky's Ad Parnassum; and Joshua Burel's Roanoke. Anticipating winter album release.
November 15 - 22, 2017: Washington D.C. Labor Heritage Foundation & Virginia Area Schools
What Is Noise collaborates with the Washington D.C. Labor Heritage Foundation and Berklee composer Eleanor Aversa's to perform her work Victory at Arnot, which celebrates the courage to battle injustice, work as a team, and find creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems with the story of Mother Jones in 1899. What Is Noise also reaches out to local schools with programs focusing on collaborations with living composers, rehearsal and performance techniques, and challenges of playing with different instrument families.
February 4, 2018 at 3pm
What Is Noise featured as part of the innovative Constellation Concert Series at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The ensemble shares a stimulating program of contemporary classical music by living composers to better connect audiences with the chamber music of our time.
March 14-21, 2018: Berklee College of Music - Eleanor Aversa and the Mother Jones Memorial
March 18, 2018 at 7pm Oliver Colvin Hall
What Is Noise collaborates with Berklee composer Eleanor Aversa and the Mother Jones Memorial in Mt. Olive, IL to perform Aversa's Victory at Arnot.
The story of the piece celebrates the courage to battle injustice, the value of teamwork, and the joy of finding creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems. In 1899, Mary "Mother" Jones came to a small Pennsylvania mining town to help with a strike for safer working conditions and a living wage. She insisted that resistance remain peaceful despite the illegal tactics used by the coal corporation. Then she organized an army of women, telling them to arm themselves with their mops and dishpans. “I abhor violence,” she said. “I favor drama…” The story also features union president William Wilson, an immigrant who had worked in the mines since he was eight years old. He later became our country’s first Secretary of Labor.
Contact What Is Noise to become a part of this season's tour.