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Anthony Cheung's "The Real Book of Fake Tunes" in Chicago and New York

Players, students, and enthusiasts of jazz will be familiar with the many iterations of the "fake book"—a collection of lead sheets that has seen many versions throughout the 20th century, even an "official" edition as The Real Book in the 1970s. Anthony Cheung, no stranger to the long stylistic and compositional traditions of jazz, takes the "real book" as a starting point for his The Real Book of Fake Tunes, written for fellow Chicagoans Claire Chase and the Spektral Quartet. Cheung takes the architecture of a "Real Book" and designs his own plans for the classical instrumentation of string quartet and flute, recalling the dance or compositional suites of the 18th century while catapulting the listener into the 21st. 

On Thursday, April 13th, Claire Chase and the Spektral Quartet will perform The Real Book of Fake Tunes at Northwestern University, as a part of Chase's "Density" project, alongside a new commission by fellow PSNY compoer Marcos Balter. Later in the month, the ensemble will travel to New York to present The Real Book of Fake Tunes at National Sawdust, in a program that features a new quartet by George Lewis and Katherine Young's arrangement of Arthur Russell's Hiding Your Present From You

Mario Diaz de Leon Premieres "Sacrament" with Talea Ensemble

New York's Talea Ensemble, co-directed by PSNY composer Anthony Cheung, will premiere a new work by fellow PSNY composer Mario Diaz de Leon, entitled Sacrament, at National Sawdust on February 17th. Commissioned by Talea, Sacrament is scored for ensemble and electronics, bringing Diaz de Leon's signature fire and intensity to a concert program that also includes premieres by Jason Eckhardt and Joshua Fineberg. Diaz de Leon and Talea have worked together before: they commissioned his 2013 work The Chapel Abyss, and performed Trembling Time II with the Cairn String Trio. Check out that performance below. 

Anthony Cheung in Residency at 113 Composers Collective

On February 4th and 5th, Minneapolis' 113 Composers Collective hosts two performances by the Chicago-based Fonema Consort, featuring works by Anthony Cheung, James Dillon, Bethany Younge, and more. Before the concerts, which take place at the University of Minnesota's Ted Mann Concert Hall and St. Paul's Studio Z, Anthony Cheung will give a colloquium at UMN's Feguson Hall. (Note well that Cheung's contribution to the program is a work entitled après une lecture, in addition to his classic Roundabouts.) Cheung and the Fonema Consort represent two dynamic examples of Chicago's vibrant new music community, which has recently been growing with the arrivals of Alex Mincek and Sam Pluta. Check out movement 2 of Cheung's Roundabouts below: 

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