Contemporary Arts Museum Loft Concerts

MUSIQA Loft Concert Series 2015-2016 

Our CAMH Loft Concerts are held within the museum gallery. Join us and hear new classical music selected to compliment the artwork on display.

 All concerts are free and take place at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) 


Mark Flood: Gratest Hits

Thursday, May 5 • 6:30pm

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston

Admission is free.

Mark Flood, Another Painting

Musiqa, two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, presents a free LOFT concert, Mark Flood: Gratest Hits. The evening’s program, which was created to complement the deliberately misspelled exhibit of the same name, features four works for saxophones and showcases members of the saxophone studio at the University of Houston, led by Musiqa regular and audience favorite Dan Gelok.

The program will also feature two works for saxophone quartet: Pitch Black, a work for quartet and ghetto-blaster, is by noted Dutch "avant pop" composer Jacob TV (the stage name of Jacob ter Veldhuis) and includes a soundtrack with "spoken word by jazz icons Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, death row inmates, and religious fanatics in Times Square." The evening will conclude with the world premiere of a new Musiqa commission: Joel Love's Saxophone Quartet. Love, Musiqa's current composer-intern, has of late made a name for himself writing music for saxophones; another quartet, In memoriam, was performed at Chamber Music America's National Conference in New York, and his saxophone octet was performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference.

Gelok's talents will be put on display in Tunisian composer Christian Lauba's Jungle, a work for solo saxophone; the work combines rapid passages with a variety of virtuosic extended techniques to create a veritable tour de force. Also on the program is Walk the Walk, a work for baritone sax and percussion by composer Michael Daugherty, whose music is heavily influenced by American popular music. Daugherty notes that the work "[uses] a deconstructed fragment from the Temptations' My Girl" and draws on "virtuosic Detroit blues, rock, jazz and Latin Motown musical grooves."

The final program of the season of Musiqa’s LOFT series of informal, intimate concerts, Mark Flood: Gratest Hits is presented in collaboration with the CAMH exhibition of the same name; the exhibition features a survey of collages, paintings and sculptures by Houston-based artist Mark Flood, whose works "serve to critique exuberantly the perverse ethics of the art world." Flood, whose artistic voice was developed during his time in the punk rock band Culturcide, has produced work which is considered "irreverent, iconic, and self-deprecating," much like the works on Musiqa's program.

On the Program:

Michael Daugherty: Walk the Walk for baritone saxophone and percussion
Jacob TV: Pitch Black for saxophone quartet and ghetto-blaster
Christian Lauba: Jungle for solo saxophone
Joel Love: Saxophone Quartet (world premiere) 


Dan Gelok: Soprano saxophone
Matt Singletary: Alto Saxophone
Seth McAdow: Tenor Saxophone
Evan Withner: Bari Saxophone
Blake Wilkins, percussion


Mark Flood, "ANOTHER PAINTING (CAMH SUITE)," 2016. Florescent and spray paint on canvas (7 parts), 40 x 40 inches. Courtesy the artist, Peres Projects, Berlin, and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London.

Jacob TV (Jacob ter Veldhuis)



Thursday, March 10 Jennie C. Jones - Compilation

Valerie Coleman Danza de la Mariposa for solo flute
Jennie C. Jones From the Low
Alexandra Gardner Electric Blue Pantsuit for violin and electronics
Jennie C. Jones Piccolo Largo
Eve Beglarian I Will Not Be Sad in This World for flute and electronics
Jennie C. Jones What a Little Moonlight
Kaija Saariaho Lonh for soprano and electronics
Performing Artists 

Karol Bennett, soprano

Boson Mo, violin

Sergio Pallottelli, flute

Chapman Welch, sound design

A note of thanks to the Shepherd School of Music REMLABS for generously donating the equipment for the performance. 


Thursday, February 11 

6:30 p.m.

CAMH - 5216 Montrose Blvd.  


Island Time

David Dzubay Threnody 

Nicola Le Fanu Soliloquy 

Hilary Tann Duo 

Joan Tower Island Prelude 

Nina C. Young Meditation 

The performing artists for the evening include; Alecia Lawyer, oboe; Natalie Lin, violin; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Suzanne LeFevre, viola and Francesca McNeeley, cello.






Past Season Programs include:


Thursday, May 7, 2015  7:30 p.m.

Two Solitudes for ute, viola, and harp        Sean Friar

Sudden, Unbidden for violin and cello        Anna Weesner

Bamyan for solo harp                                 Philippe Hersant

Rumor for flute and cello                            Laura Schwendinger

Three Shades Without Angles for flute, viola and harp       Hannah Lash


Hope Cowan, harp

Ling Ling Huang, violin

Leah Kovach, viola

Francesca McNeeley, cello

Aaron Perdue, flute


Double Life

February 26, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Saed Haddad: Le Contredesir for clarinet, french horn and cello

Charles Halka: Liasions for clarinet, french horn, cello, vibraphone

Lei Liang: Trans for percussion and audience

Jorg Widmann: Fantasie for solo clarinet

Featuring: Katherine Caliendo, french horn; Craig Hauschildt, percussion; Patrick Moore, cello; and Maiko Sasaki, clarinet


Right Here, Right Now: Houston

October 16, 2014 

George Heathco: Turbine for violin and viola
Benjamin Krause: Footnotes for violin and cello
Chad Robinson: Darkbloom for solo cello
Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner for cello and flower pots
Chapman Welch: Ritual House for saxophone and electronics
Featuring Dan Gelok, saxophone; Ingrid Gerling, violin; Craig Hauschildt, percussion; Patrick Moore, cello; and Ab Sengupta, viola

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