Time Spans

the Earle Brown Music Foundation and the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Time Spans promises exciting discoveries and brings some of the most gifted composers and musicians of our time to Crested Butte for a condensed weekend of ear opening adventure.  Two of the most prestigious contemporary music ensembles in the United States, the Talea Ensemble and the Jack Quartet, will perform five concerts of extraordinary music of our time during the first season of the NEW TIME SPANS festival. 

TIME SPANS is created in the spirit of the late American composer Earle Brown (1926-2002).
Earle Brown was a major force in contemporary music and a leading composer of the American avant-garde since the 1950’s.  His influence on the avant-garde community was philosophical as well as tangible and practical. His conducting techniques and experiments with “time notation,” improvisation, and open-form compositional structure have become part of contemporary compositional usage. Earle Brown generously fostered new works by his fellow composers both as Director of the Fromm Weeks of New Music in Aspen (1985 to1990) as well as the producer of his legendary recording project, the Contemporary Sound Series (1960-1973). Open minded and always interested in a broad range of aesthetic expressions, Brown looked for important trends in contemporary music.