Matthew Gold, co-director of the I/O New Music Festival, front, meets with musicians including Orlanda Cela, left, and Brian Simalchik ‘10. Simalchik
Matthew Gold, co-director of the I/O New Music Festival, front, meets with musicians including Orlanda Cela, left, and Brian Simalchik ‘10. Simalchik has a composition in the festival. (Courtesy of Williams College)

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest ‘14, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes five concerts with several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and guest ensemble-in-residence counter)induction.

Beginning tonight at 7 on the CenterStage at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, I/O Ensemble presents "Coming Together." Williams students and faculty will perform Frederic Rzewski's classic work for voice and amplified ensemble "Coming Together" and David Lang's quiet and haunting Pulitzer Prize winner "the little match girl passion."

I/O Ensemble will celebrate the 75th birthday of contemporary composer Louis Andriessen with a performance of his music.

Later tonight, students and faculty will perform a new arrangement of Samuel Beckett's seminal 1961 radio play "Words and Music" with music by composer Morton Feldman -- and a premiere of collaborative work by poet and Williams professor Lawrence Raab and musicians Brian Simalchik ‘10 and Stephen Simalchik ‘13 -- at 9:30 in the Dance Studio at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

New York composer/performer collaborative counter)induction will present "rituals, dances and journeys" on Friday at 8 p.m. in the CenterStage.

This concert highlights adventurous works from cutting-edge composers including Ryan Streber, Mario Davidovsky, Douglas Boyce, Bruno Mantovani, Kyle Bartlett, Salvatore Sciarrino, and the late Robert Suderburg, professor emeritus at Williams. The concert also features the world premiere of a memorial piece for Suderburg by his student, Douglas Boyce ‘92, co-founder of counter)induction.

On Saturday at noon in the Williams College Museum of Art, the I/O Ensemble transforms the college's museum into a musical sounding space in this spatial exploration of time. Works by Jürg Frey, Brian Simalchik ‘10, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Tom Johnson, and John Zorn will simultaneously fill the galleries. The museum will open its doors at 11:30 a.m.

That evening at 8 in the CenterStage, the IOTA Ensemble will perform new works by young composers, ensemble members, counter)induction's resident composers and Williams faculty members, including works by David Kechley, Ileana Perez Velazquez, Sato Matsui ‘14, Casey McLellan ‘14 and Adam Strawbridge ‘14.

The festival runs from Thursday through Saturday on the Williams College campus. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required. For more information, visit the Williams College Department of Music at music.williams.edu