Submissions for scores and applications for guest artists are open on our website! Click here if you have a score you'd like us to play for our New Music Festival on October 15th-16th, 2022, and click here if you're interested in performing a 30-minute set on one of the concerts. The Festival will feature three concerts in downtown Eugene, from the Park Blocks to the First Christian Church and the New Zone Gallery. The Light and Art show in the Park Blocks will draw on the energy of ArtCity's BEAM, with amplified music and an interactive light exhibit for audience members. Our audience participation concert draws trained and untrained musicians alike into a collective sound-making space at the First Christian Church, and our concert at New Zone will set pieces for the ensemble in an inviting visual atmosphere. The Call for Scores closes June 1st, and the Guest Artist Application closes July 1st.
The Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble performs and commissions underrepresented experimental works in order to open ears and minds. We work to expand the definition of what music can be and what music is capable of achieving, as well as who is capable of achieving it.
EDME was started in 2019 as a trio (soon turned quartet) that performed bizarre music in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Pre-COVID, we co-curated new music nights at venues not normally associated with composed music. We bridged the worlds of trained and untrained musicians, demonstrating the ways music unites us. These shows diligently provided program notes about composers and scores to audience members, whether performing in yoga studios, dive bars, game shops, or concert halls. Our Graphic Score Evocations, involving collective music-making through non-traditional notation, began drawing a following before COVID struck.
Our group maintained a commitment to music as a medium for all throughout the pandemic. We started a YouTube channel, now hosting 29 videos, and performed at outdoor events like LAC’s Open Air Studios, three ArtCity BEAM events, and First Fridays. We provided the soundtrack to a video installation at the Gordon Hotel’s Dimensions Between exhibition in June 2021. Our 2021 and 2022 Porchfest concerts featured the works of non-white and LGBTQ+ composers. Our livestreamed performance for Seattle’s New Works Project in September 2020 invited audience participants to a Zoom-style Graphic Score Evocation.
In May 2021, our Eugene Garbage Project livestreamed to a global audience. This event turned local residents into artistic contributors. We collected trash from the community and recorded sounds and visuals with it. This media became a concert-length work for voice and electronics broadcast from Eugene Contemporary Art on YouTube, and rebroadcast as part of BrainRave in July 2021. In October 2021, we converted the work into an interactive installation for BEAM. Audience members controlled the sounds and visuals on their own through motion-capture technology. We participated in BEAM the following year with our prepared light-up piano, programmed and installed with lights by EDME.
Following this event, our first annual New Music Festival brought guest artists, audience participation pieces, and novel experimental music to Eugene residents at different downtown locations. Female-identifying, LGBTQ+, and non-white composers were featured strongly among the 23 selected composers and guest artists. Our performers, alongside five guest musicians and a projection artist, served over 150 audience members during the three-concert series.
JP LEMPKE Executive Director
LEE SPARKS PEMBLETON Treasurer
Lee Pembleton has been composing and performing music for over forty years. The bulk of that time has been spent investigating sound environments and performative installations. He has been a member of several contemporary music/performance ensembles, jazz bands and the occasional rock, psychedelic and folk group. He has performed at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, Roulette Intermedium, Issue Project Room, Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall, Milk of Burgundy, 55 Bar, Czar Bar, Flux Factory, Old Nick's, and many other obscure venues.
ADRIAN CERVANTES Secretary
THOMAS CALLETANO GONZALEZ Violin
Thomas is a violinist, performer, and composer studying music education at the University of Oregon. Born in Oregon, his Hispanic heritage guides him toward exploring new perspectives in both music and communities. Having studied classical music and playstyles most of his musical career, he has recently been able to explore more modern contemporary projects involving dance and original music within the school of music and dance. He believes in the expansive nature of music that explores diverse identities while providing opportunities for collaboration in the arts and beyond.
JP Lempke is a composer and creator of bizarre things, many of which have been performed by individuals and groups like unassisted fold, Kanae Mizobuchi, and WasteLAnd. A winner of the American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project and a nominee for the Destellos Foundation Electroacoustic and Video-Music Competition, his works have been featured throughout the United States, Europe, and South Korea. In February 2020, he became executive director of the Eugene Difficult Music Ensemble, and he started up the Eugene Garbage Project that same year. He is currently teaching piano, theory, and composition at the Pavilanis School of Music in Eugene.
Adrian is a craftsman and tinkerer who enjoys working with a plethora of mediums. In the past, he has worked with ceramics, paint, wood, cardboard, sound, electronics, and instruments. Born in Oregon but identifying strongly with his Hispanic heritage, he strongly believes in collaboration across different fields and is influenced by many different artists across various mediums including Fashion, architecture, classical literature, bootleg toys, design toys, land artists, noise, hip-hop, and video games. He is classically trained in playing the cello but is most interested in contemporary music around the world. He is currently studying to be an ethnomusicologist researching electronic music.
ISABEL PINNEY Violin
Isabel Pinney is a violinist currently studying violin performance at the university of Oregon. She is interested in professionally pursuing music, as well as teaching the violin. Additionally, she is exploring the fields of film composition and music technology as possible supplementary career paths. Isabel is a member of the University of Oregon’s Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Fulton Honors Quartet. Since she is a classically trained musician, she is enthusiastic to be a part of EDME and explore music outside of her typical realm.
GRACE CLARK Viola
Grace Clark is currently pursuing her bachelors in viola performance at the University of Oregon. EDME is her first experience with new music, but she is excited to branch out from the classical canon into new music by a more diverse group of composers.
WILL HARDING Viola
William Harding is a violist studying viola performance and pursuing a double major in music education at the University of Oregon. He is interested in pursuing music professionally and teaching music. he was born in oregon but has a strong connection with his latino heritage, which has given him exposure to different music styles and perspectives. As a classically trained musician, he is excited to have the opportunity to explore contemporary and experimental music through EDME.
Owen Atlansky Voice/Electronics
Owen is from Portland, OR and is currently studying music technology at the University of Oregon. He was a choir kid in high school and he became interested in making music and music production when he got FL Studio his senior year. Owen is inspired by hip hop, electronic music, jazz, video game soundtracks, and all music and sounds. He has performed in the Oregon Electronic Device Orchestra and has released some music under the name XDL. In his free time he enjoys chilling, hanging out, kicking it, and relaxing.