Treefalls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary chamber music written by living, active composers - particularly those from underrepresented groups. Through a series of free concerts, Treefalls endeavors to offer the public inventive and creative new works performed by professional musicians who support New Music. We will select fresh, original pieces from our open Calls for Scores, Commissioning Projects, and active research in the field.
Treefalls strives to transform current opinion of concert hall music – if only a little – and inspire a new generation of composers and performers in our community.
New Music of the 21st century is eclectic and diverse. Artists blend styles as they cross the traditional boundaries between so-called "popular" and "classical" traditions. Composers are incorporating harmony, melody, rhythm, and technique from all musical genres as well as integrating visual art and multimedia into performance. The result is engaging and interesting, complex but approachable, exciting and educational.
Music today is alive, and it speaks to our generation.
All concerts in the series are FREE and Open to the Public.
Arrive early! These concerts tend to fill to capacity.
There is no dress-code for these concerts. Wear what you'd wear any night out on the town.
Beer/wine will be available before and during the show. (Dependant upon venue restrictions)
Treefalls concerts offer a chance to hear New Music without all the constraints of conventional venues. By removing New Music from traditional concert and academic halls, we hope to create an inviting atmosphere for a fresh audience, so they may experience music from the "classical" genre in a new way.
Conductor Baldur Brönnimann summed it up beautifully and clearly in his 2014 article, 10 Things That We Should Change in Classical Music Concerts. On his list: you should feel free to applaud between movements; you should be able to use mobile phones (in silent mode), taking pictures, tweeting, sharing, recording audio, etc.; you should be able to take your drinks inside the hall (or buy them there).
And when enjoying a musical experience, we also ask the audience to respect the musicians and other listeners around them, to try not to disrupt the show with excessive talking/whispering, to avoid flash photography, noisy movements, etc., and to set cell phones to silent . . . not just vibrate.
The upstate of South Carolina is culturally and artistically diverse. The community holds music in high esteem, devouring everything from Beethoven to Britten and bluegrass to jazz. There are symphony orchestras, blues clubs, chamber groups, and weekly outdoor rock-fests. There are more than a dozen colleges and universities with strong music programs. Until recently, however, the concert hall has lagged behind, seemingly stuck in a "classical music" loop. While music for the concert hall has grown and changed dramatically over the last 40 years, little of America's New Music has been performed locally. But now, there is a renewed interest in contemporary chamber music in the area. Our goals are to bring New Music to Spartanburg, to introduce and educate the public, and to cultivate the arts here at home.
"If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Though it has become a cliché, it still raises interesting points:
If a piece is written but never performed, is it Music?
If no one hears it, how can it resonate?
We want to collaborate with composers and performers to give life to their creations, to deliver their music to an audience, and to make Music from the notes on the page.
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