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Standing Waves #16 : Eva-Maria Houben @The Yard

  • The Yard: Back Bay 120 Saint James Avenue Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

Standing Waves #16
Eva-Maria Houben
with Ordinary Affects
Doors 8pm Music 8:30pm (* time change)

The Yard | 6th floor of the John Hancock Tower
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Eva-Maria Houben (born 1955) studied Music Education at Folkwang-Musikhochschule Essen and the organ with Gisbert Schneider. Following her exams she taught both German and Music Education at Secondary School. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral lecturing qualification in musicology and was called for lectures at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Since 1993 Professor Houben has been lecturing at Dortmund University`s “Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft”, with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus. Up to now many books were published, concerning contemporary music, contemporary composers and traditional music, listened to with ‘new ears’.

Eva-Maria Houben has been performing works for the organ for more than 30 years. As she is related to the “wandelweiser-group” of composers, her compositions are published by “edition wandelweiser”, Haan. Her list of compositions up to now includes works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra and for voice and orchestra, works for choir ( She publishes on subjects of contemporary music (Steiner, Stuttgart; PFAU, Saarbrücken; Edition Howeg, Zürich; bis-label, Oldenburg; Edition Wandelweiser, Haan; transcript, Bielefeld).

Ordinary Affects is a Boston-based experimental music ensemble. Experimental composer/performers J.P.A. Falzone, Laura Cetilia, Luke Martin, and Morgan Evans-Weiler make-up the ensemble, performing on piano/organ/percussion, cello, violin, and guitar/electronics (respectively). The ensemble was formed as a group of musicians seeking to workshop, commission, and perform experimental music. Their work is often aligned with the tradition of John Cage and the Wandelweiser Collective. While the group frequently focuses on the performance of commissioned compositions of living composers, it also serves as a laboratory for improvisation and the compositions of its members. Whenever possible, Ordinary Affects involves the commissioned composer as a performer in the ensemble.

Ordinary Affects has commissioned and premiered pieces by Michael Pisaro, Antoine Beuger, Sarah Hughes, Eva-Maria Houben, Ryoko Akama, Doug Farrand, Patrick Farmer, and Jurg Frey, in addition to performing works by Joseph Kurdika, John Lely, and all ensemble members. In summer 2017, Ordinary Affects was accepted to the Avaloch Residency. In fall 2017, Ordinary Affects commissioned Swiss Wandelweiser composer Jurg Frey, who joined the group on a New England tour (Boston (Non-Event), Wesleyan, Dartmouth, and Cambridge (Standing-Waves)). Most recently, Ordinary Affects was commissioned to present new 4-hour works in the RISD Museum. In fall 2018, composer Eva-Maria Houben will travel to the US for a New England tour with the ensemble, premiering two new works for the group and recording a CD. In November, Christian Wolff will join the group to premiere his new work written for the group. Ordinary Affects has recordings forthcoming on elsewhere, Another Timbre, and Editions Wandelweiser.

Standing Waves is a music, sound, and artist talk series with a concentration on one artist in the performance of and presentation about their work. Standing Waves is given over to a single artist for each event that allows for the performance and auditioning of their work as well as a presentation to the audience about it that makes for an intimate as well as rigorous experience, with the integrity and intention of the artist and work aligned and revealed. A distinguishing element of the series will also be a document in the form of a book that includes critical writings and photographs from the events. This comprehensive approach will elucidate the music, sound art and practices that overlap and comprise the artists’ works.  The series was originally conceived by Morgan Evans-Weiler and Mobius Artist Jed Speare.

The Standing Waves Volume 2 book is now available and may be purchased at this event or by emailing Morgan directly at:

The Standing Waves lecture and concert series is offered with support from Cambridge Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.