March 7, 2015 7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
Gallery MC
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Closest subway A/C/E at 50th Street, 8th Avenue
$15 admission
$7 students


Circuit Bridges presents cellist Craig Hultgren on Monday, March 7at Gallery MC. Hultgren, an accomplished performer of new music, will perform works for cello and electronics, many written specifically for him. Composers featured on this concert include Rusty Banks, James Bohn, Monroe Golden, Melissa Grey, Dorothy Hindman, Douglas Ovens, and Robert Voisey. Hultgren will also perform his Improvisation for amplified cello. He will be joined by the composer James Bohn on his piece Chamonefor cello, toy piano, and sound file.

For several decades, cellist Craig Hultgren has been a fixture on the scenes for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides outside of Decorah, Iowa as the farmer-cellist. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes.

Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College where he directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Hultgren recently performed a Fifteen Minutes of Fame concert titled Occupy Cello in New York for the Composer's Voice Concert Series. That program featured 15 one-minute solo compositions that challenge the traditional boundaries of the instrument. Last fall, he was the featured performer for the La Crosse New Music Festival in Wisconsin.

I understand you perfectly by Melissa Grey
for ecello and fixed media
Dedicated to Craig Hultgren


I understand you perfectly, dedicated to the cellist Craig Hultgren, is based on the transliteration of an ancient phrase, sator arepo tenet opera rotas, a palindrome and magic square that can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, right-to-left and in a continuous back and forth “turning like oxen in ploughing.” The phrase can be translated loosely as the sower Arepo keeps the work moving, or the farmer uses his plow as his form of work.

Some scholars have considered the phrase a device invoked for magic incantation. It is found in many parts of the ancient world: Pompeii, Syria, Sienna, and more.

The matrix is 5x5, which is the structure of the SATOR magic square and also a term that refers to military voice procedures over two-way radios defined as a signal with excellent strength and perfect clarity—the most understandable signal possible. Five by five means I understand you perfectly.

The stereo track includes the Benjolin, generously on loan from composer David Morneau.