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Sounds of Spontaneity

August 2nd, 7:30 pm

$10 at the door

 

Brandon Lopez Solo

Jozwiak/Swanson/Zenkoff Trio

Jack Wright / Evan Lipson / Weasel Walter Trio

An evening of improvisation celebrating the sound of spontaneity. Brandon Lopez is a composer and improviser gaining a reputation for visceral, moving solo contrabass performances throughout the world and he will play solo contrabass. The trio of bassist Zachary Swanson, multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Jozwiak and reed player Stan Zenkoff will present acoustic music unbound by genre and created in the moment that will only exist then and there. The trio of legendary saxophonist and writer Jack Wright, who doesn't play in New York City nearly enough, his frequent collaborator Evan Lipson on contrabass, and musical extremist Weasel Walter on drums and percussion will play a freely improvised set.

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Jack Wright - saxophone

image: Bob Wright

 Weasel Walter - drums & percussion  image: Justina Villanueva

Weasel Walter - drums & percussion

image: Justina Villanueva

 
 Zachary Swanson - contrabass

Zachary Swanson - contrabass

 Evan Lipson - contrabass

Evan Lipson - contrabass

 Brandon Lopez - contrabass  image: Peter Gannushkin

Brandon Lopez - contrabass

image: Peter Gannushkin

 Nicholas Jozwiak - cello & contrabass

Nicholas Jozwiak - cello & contrabass

 
 Stan Zenkoff - clarinet & saxophone  image: Peter Gannushkin

Stan Zenkoff - clarinet & saxophone

image: Peter Gannushkin


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Zeena will be playing in duo with Dawn Kasper on tapes and drums.

Dawn Kasper is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working across genres of performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and sound. Her often improvisational work derives from a "fascination with existentialism, subjects of vulnerability, desire, and the construction of meaning." Kasper uses props, costume, comedy, gesture, repetition, music, and monologue to create what she refers to as "living sculptures." The extreme physicality of this work stokes "fear, panic, hate, envy, lust, and anxiety" in viewers, calling attention to the emotional register manipulated most by advertisers and mass media.

Tuesday, July 31 at 8 PM - 10 PM

5049 at Areté showcases cutting-edge artists in performance (45 minutes) and discussion (45 minutes), taped for air on the 5049 Podcast. This is the third event of a new monthly concert series in Brooklyn, curated and hosted by Jeremiah Cymerman.

Multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Zeena Parkins, pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagines the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” Parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing.

Inspired and connected to visual arts, dance, film, and history, Zeena follows a unique path in creating her compositional works. Through blending and morphing of both real and imagined instruments, crafting, recombining, and layering mangled, sliced, massaged or possibly disengaged sounds, drawing from extra-musical sources for unusual scoring and formal constructions as well as utilizing multi-speaker environments, she remains in process with sound as material and music, engaged in translations of sonic states in the concert hall, the black box theater, the dance studio, the recording studio, the classroom, the cinema, the skyscraper, the ocean and the gallery. Zeena has a particularly strong commitment to making scores for dance and continues to re-evaluate the nature and issues of the body’s imprint on sound and sound/music’s imprint on movement.

Zeena’s compositions have been commissioned by Nextworks Ensemble, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Roulette Intermedium, the Eclipse Quartet, William Winant, Bang on a Can, the Whitney Museum, the Tate Modern, Montalvo Arts Center, the Donaueschinger Musiktage and Sudwestrundfunk/swr.

Zeena has released four solo records featuring her electric and acoustic harp playing and has released her compositions and band projects on six Tzadik recordings, with a new Tzadik cd with Ikue Mori and Phantom Orchard Orchestra, Trouble in Paradise, to be released in November 2012. As a sought-after collaborator Zeena has worked with: Fred Frith, Björk, Ikue Mori, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Maja Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Chris Cutler, Elliott Sharp, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, William Winant, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay, Matmos, Yasunao Tone, So Percussion, Bobby Previte, Carla Kilhstedt, Tin Hat, James Fei, Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo and Thurston Moore.



Not Another Opera

 
Saturday July 28 @ 3pm

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A beautiful musical offering featuring artists from around the world. Presenting newly composed and reimagined works by Ju-eh - Juecheng Chen, Braam van Eeden, Howie Kenty, Nilusha Dassenaike, Colin Snape and Lee Taylor.

An intimate world premiere of the Preludes song cycle by South African composer Braam van Eeden (here to perform it himself), inspired by T.S. Eliot's poetry. Dedicated to and performed with Ju-eh - Juecheng Chen (on his birthday). 

Also showcasing Howie Kenty (also known as Hwarg). Ju-eh + Hwarg will turn live sound samples into a unique interactive sound world. Live sound samples including sirens from Hamburg, street noise from Williamsburg New York, planet sounds from Nasa, and human sounds from the voice box of Ju-eh. They will be joined by the Australian vocalist/composer/improviser Nilusha Dassenaike and Colin Snape on piano, loops and electronic atmos. They will present Sri Lankan folk music mixed with contemporary, ethereal jazz. 

This event is co-produced with Artery. 

 

About the Artists

Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen) is a conceptual virtuosic countertenor from Canton, China. With 10 years of classical singing training in Europe, he specializes in presenting what classical music can be today. Ju-eh is known for his Improvised Opera Salon series in New York and his performance with Sylva Dean and Me at Venice Biennale; his future engagements include Meredith Monk's opera Atlas with LA Phil in 2019 among others.

South African composer Braam van Eeden completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in Piano Performance, at the University of Pretoria under the guidance of Professor Joseph Stanford. He studied Professional Studies Diploma in Composition with Lowell Liebermann, at Mannes The New School for Music in New York City, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, as well as an Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship. 

Howie Kenty is a Brooklyn-based composer and sound designer, occasionally known by his musical alter-ego, Hwarg. His music, called “remarkable” with “astonishing poetic power” by the International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica, is stylistically diverse, encompassing ideas from contemporary classical, electronic, rock, sound art, theatre, and everything in between, occasionally with visual and theatrical elements. Throughout all of his creations runs the idea that the experience of a piece is more than listening to the music; there is a wholeness of vision and an awareness of environment that attempts to fully draw the audience into his works. Besides regularly premiering pieces internationally, serving as an executive producer of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, teaching, and working with artists like DJ Spooky and Amanda Palmer, Howie plays guitar in the progressive rock band The Benzene Ring. He is currently a Graduate Council Fellow PhD student at Stony Brook University, studying with Matthew Barnson, Margaret Schedel, and Sheila Silver.

Nilusha Dassenaike is a New York City based, award-winning vocalist/composer who possesses a distinctive vocal style that incorporates a delicate balance between her eastern and western musical influences. These elements can be heard through her original recording projects – ‘The Lotus Verses,’ ‘Afterglow,’ ‘Tales To Tell’ and ‘Moments in Time.’ All released through Whispering Tree Music and The Planet/MGM. In 2015 Nilusha was awarded the ‘Premio Internacional’ at the XIX Cubadisco National Music Awards in Havana, Cuba. Her co-directed ensemble Alex & Nilusha were the first Australian group to be nominated and win the prestigious award.

Colin Snape - Pianist, producer and sound designer who’s studio credits include music production on multiple platinum selling albums such as ‘Dami Im’ and ‘Samantha Jade’ among many others. He is also a music producer and programmer for television shows such as – X-Factor, Australia’s Got Talent, Dance Boss, The Logies (the Australian National Television Awards). Colin’s compositional and producing work with Julie O’Hara was recognized by the Australian Songwriters Association (winner ‘Electronic Music’ category) and an ARIA nominations (‘Release Me’ Zoe Badwi, ‘The Others’ Dukes of Windor VS TV Rock).

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1k presents: guitarist Vernon Reid, Suphala, Tim Motzer, Gintas Janusonis

July 19th, 8:30 pm

Tickets $20 online/$25 at the door

 

Vernon Reid - guitar, electronics

Suphala - tabla, electronics

Gintas Janusonis - drums, electronics

Tim Motzer - guitar, guitar synth, electronics

1k presents is honored to welcome the first time constellation of Vernon Reid, Suphala, Gintas Janusonis, and Tim Motzer in a very special evening of mind bending improvisation and universal music in the intimate space of Arete. This quartet will be painting with sound and rhythm, exploring the intersections between guitars, tabla, drums, and electronics in this compelling concert. Mark your calendars and grab tickets, this a summer concert not to be missed! Limited seats. 

VERNON REID:

Vernon Reid certainly needs no introduction, he's one of the worlds greatest guitarists cited in the top 100 from Rolling Stone magazine. He's the founder and principle songwriter of Living Colour, Masque, and Yohimbe Brothers, he's also played and recorded with an eclectic array of stellar artists including Ronald Shannon Jackson, Public Enemy, Rollins Band, Mick Jagger, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Bill Frisell, Elliot Sharp, Jack Bruce, Cindy Blackman Santana, and Geri Allen among many others. Critic Steve Huey writes, "Reid's rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from heavy metal and punk to funk, R&B,and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well."

SUPHALA:

Suphala is a protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, whose constant inspiration compels her not only to dedicate herself to Indian classical music but also to extend the reach of the tabla into an ever-growing variety of musical genres and cultural contexts. Her fluency in a diversity of musical traditions informs her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. The three albums she has released to date – Instru Mental (2000), The Now (2005), Blueprint (2007) and Alien Ancestry(2013) – go beyond the limits of genre and style while referencing such diverse influences as Western classical, Indian classical, jazz, folk and soul. Collaboration is one of the touchstones of her prodigious musical output: the musicians she has recorded or performed with include Norah Jones, Perry Farrell, Edie Brickell, Vernon Reid, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, 4Hero, Harper Simon, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer, Joan Osbourne, and Michael Bland among others.

TIM MOTZER:

Philadelphia guitarist/improviser/composer Tim Motzer lives in a technicolor world of music. He is known for his textural guitar voice utilizing bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. After 20 years of world touring, stunning collaborations, and 80+ albums of credits, he continues to traverse manifold territories in music. From 2016-2018 Tim toured the world playing 43 concerts and festivals with Bandit65, an improvising trio he co-leads with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis.  He has recorded/performed with numerous musical luminaries: David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Markus Reuter, and Pat Mastelotto among others. Motzer also creates live solo scores for modern dance—most recently to sold out houses in Philadelphia; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Oujda, Morocco; and Toronto, Canada.  He composes for film and video, and is a composer/accompanist for University of the Arts Dance in Philadelphia. As a leader, his projects include Orion Tango, Instant Takemitsu, and Tim Motzer SOLO. He releases his solo work and collaborations on 1k Recordings.

GINTAS JANUSONIS:

Gintas Janusonis is a NYC based, Grammy nominated, internationally acclaimed drummer, composer, and producer who has worked with a diverse range of world class artists, groups, and producers during a 20-plus year career, including Angelique Kidjo, Branford Marsalis, Lee Scratch Perry, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan, Bill Laswell, David Murray, James Spaulding, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Blaney, Otis Clay, The Revelations, Ursula Rucker, Bilal and many more. His wide range of musical styles, groupings, and concepts are a reflection of the depth and breadth of his musical vocabulary and conception. His voice as a drummer and percussionist has been deeply informed by his work as a producer, composer, and recording engineer. Janusonis also explores the artistic possibilities of coalescing electronics with acoustic instruments, and sonic manipulations in his musical palate. 

1k presents is curated by Tim Motzer

http://1krecordings.com/


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Will Lang Presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

Randy Gibson's The Third Pillar - Live

July 17th, 7-10 pm

$15 at the door

 

Will Lang Presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts
In association with Areté Gallery and Avant Media

Randy Gibson: The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of The Four Pillars in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry A:A RGB Base 9:162

Commissioned by William Lang in 2011, the three hour work The Third Pillar in Primal Imperfect Palindrome with The Souvenir of The Second Pillar, The Floating Cirrus over the Pumping Slush, and The Highest Moving Chordal Motif from Apparitions of The Four Pillars, scored for trombone, sine waves, and long digital delay, is Minimalist composer Randy Gibson's first solo experiment with extended durations. The work first premiered at the Avant Music Festival in 2012 and will be presented in a newly updated version with a new collaborative video environment that bridges the early world of The Four Pillars with Gibson's current environmental work: Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry A:A RGB Base 9:162

Sitting alone with a microphone, Will Lang will intone selected pitches from The Third Pillar with a growing and evolving sonic environment of sine waves and extended duration harmonic delay lines. The updated score and delay structures will bring the concept of Harmonic Time into this early landmark work. A feast for the senses that invites stillness and focus, step out of the bustling heat of summer in New York and lose yourself in a world of pure vibrations in sound, light, and time.



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Jessica Meyer presents:

MoVE — In Equal Measure

July 16th, 8:00 PM


$20 admission includes wine

MODERN VIOLIN ENSEMBLE — MUSIC FOR CHANGE
Intrigued by the relationship between art and social context, MoVE is an innovative quartet made up of four critically-acclaimed violinists (Lina Bhan, Livia Sohn, Carolyn Stuart, and Janet Sung) who came together through friendship and a desire to inspire, create, and advocate with an awareness to social issues. This program will feature works by Jordan Nelson, Evan Chambers, Daniel Wohl, and Jessica Meyer. In her work “In Equal Measure”, Ms. Meyer comments on how Iceland has become the first country to mandate equal pay between men and women. This past October, thousands of Icelandic women left work at 2:38 p.m. and demonstrated outside parliament to protest the gender pay gap. Women’s rights groups calculate that after that time each day, women are working for free. This quartet viscerally explores the various situations women find themselves in every day in their plight to have their work considered in equal measure to the men around them. 

This concert is part of Ms Meyer's monthly series running through July, 2018.


ABOUT THE SERIES
Longtime New Yorker and contemporary music advocate Jessica Meyer curates a series of virtuosic concerts showcasing innovative string playing by sought-after classical musicians who also champion works by living composers.

Each show of this spring/summer series at this exciting new venue will feature a NYC or world premiere composed by Meyer herself. www.jessicameyermusic.com

ABOUT MOVE
MoVE is the first ensemble of its kind committed to augmenting the small canon of repertoire for violin quartet through commissioning established and emerging composers. MoVE has performed several seasons at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, including their 2016 premiere of Evan K. Chambers’ What the Trees Know. MoVE opened their 2017/18 season at Stanford University’s Daniel Pearl World Music Days, featuring Jonathan Berger’s Death by Drowning (for 4 violins, tenor, digital audio, and projected images). This project, expanded by Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, will be produced by the composer as a theater piece for singer/actor and MoVE for next season. This spring included premiere performances at the University of South Florida, DePaul University, and the Katzen Arts Center in Washington D.C. www.modernviolinensemble.com


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Michael Alan’s “Seven Deadly Sins” is a modern day fairytale multimedia performance / installation and print exhibition. The NYC art couple Jadda Cat and Michael Alan Alien will be acting out a dark comedy living art performance. “Lust, greed and a gluttonous life are the reasons why humans struggle. The ongoing struggle to feel ok, and to take too much. The sloth nature of anxiety. The struggle of being a human/animal has been captured in fine art for ages.” —Michael Alan Alien

Seven Deadly Sins is a unique live installation in which the odd NYC art couple Michael Alan and Jadda Cat will turn themselves into large human sculpture. Human bloopers. Accept the mistakes. The happening spins from theatrical to insane asylum. A metamorphosis of body awareness, constantly changing depicting human struggle through the seven deadly sins, and finally transforming into a peaceful state.

Michael Alan also teams up with Jadda to exhibit over 25 new prints, small works, and photos as well as video projection and live sound.

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Anthony Coleman and Brian Chase Duo

July 5th, 8pm

$15 at the door

 

The duo of Anthony Coleman (Piano) and Brian Chase (Drumset) pairs two distinguished figures of the New York City improvised music scene. Their first performances took place at esteemed venues for celebratory occasions: Issue Project Room (Gowanus location) for a New Year’s party and at The Stone for a benefit event hosted by John Zorn. Since then Brian and Anthony have appeared locally as a duo and in larger ensembles at The Stone, Symphony Space, and h0l0, among more.  

ABOUT

Pianist – Composer Anthony Coleman has been one of the key figures of New York music for nearly four decades. His work bridges the gap between Composition and Improvisation, Uptown and Downtown, and spans a wide range of genres and practices including Free Improvisation, Jazz, Jewish music (of various types), and Contemporary Chamber Music.

At the dawn of the 1980s, after earning a Masters Degree in Composition from the Yale School of Music, Coleman immersed himself in New York City’s forward-thinking circle of genre-confounding composers and improvisers that would come to be known as the Downtown Scene. The first two records Coleman played on, Glenn Branca’s Lesson No. 1 and John Zorn’s Archery, are classics of a then-emerging avant garde. 

Balancing a powerful sense of structural logic and expressionistic color, Coleman has had a prolific career as a composer. His works have been commissioned by the Concert Artist Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival Banlieues Blues, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among others. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, etc. 

He has presented his own work at the Sarajevo Jazz Festival (Bosnia), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Saalfelden Festival (Austria), and the Krakow and Vienna Jewish Culture Festivals. Ensembles led by Coleman have recorded extensively for Tzadik and include the trio Sephardic Tinge and Selfhaters Orchestra. He has also toured and recorded with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, Shelley Hirsch, Roy Nathanson, and many others.

Coleman has recorded 15 CDs under his own name, and has played on more than 150. His most recent recordings are You (New World) and The End of Summer (Tzadik). His Damaged by Sunlight (2010) was issued on DVD by the French label La Huit.

He has been a member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory since 2006 and has also taught at Bennington College, the Bard MFA program, and the Mannes College of Music.

Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn. His diverse range of work includes that with Grammy nominated rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York experimental music scene, and his solo project Drums & Drones which explores drums in Just Intonation. Performances have taken him across the world to the Sydney Opera House (with Karen O's Stop the Virgens and Nick Zinner's 41 Strings), UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals (with Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Toronto’s X Avant Festival (with Drums and Drones), and throughout NYC to such notable venues as The Stone, Pioneer Works, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recorded works include several with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the 2018 released Drums and Drones triple album and book, and albums each with improvisors Alan Licht, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Andrea Parkins, among more. Brian held a performance residency at John Zorn's venue The Stone in 2016, and an artist residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2015. For the fall of 2017 Brian was a visiting professor at Bennington College. 2018 saw the launch of Brian’s own record label, Chaikin Records. Away from the drums Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga.

www.chaikinrecords.com


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Garcia/Noseworthy/Thomas/Tran

July 3rd, 8pm

$10 at the door

 

Concert of New Music and Visuals
including Tap Dance, dank memes, and synthesizers

Also featuring: Corinne Klemenc, Tamika Gorski, 
Katianna Zaffrey, Andrea Lodge



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Friday June 29, 2018

8:00-9:35pm

Admission: $15.00 General, $10.00 Students

 

Composers:

Cat Phang, Fabian Beltran, Jihye Lee, Thomas Feng, Vasko Dukovski, and Su Jin Kang.

Performers:

Han Lee, Daniel Lamas, Yu Yu Liu, Thomas Feng, Sindy Yang, Vasko Dukovski, Shunyin Wang Dukovski, Keika Mori, and Ben Larsen

 

After a long and productive break, we are pleased to announce that Sforzando Composers’ Collective is back with its first show of 2018. This time we are thrilled to present our Summer New Music Salon that will take place at Arete Venue and Gallery in Brooklyn. The program for this concert will feature a large variety of emerging composers, performers, and artistic styles.

For location, admission, and other details check out the information below or visit www.sforzandocomposers.com



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5049 at Areté: 

Peter Evans Ensemble

June 20th, 8pm

$15 in advance/$20 at the door


Peter Evans (trumpets) Mazz Swift (violin, voice) Ron Stabinsky (piano, synth, trumpet) Shayna Dunkelman (percussion, electronics)

 

Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003.   Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions.  Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Ensemble and Being & Becoming (with Joel Ross and Max Jaffe).  In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade.  He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players.  As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively.  He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music:  John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steve Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011.  2016 saw the release of the highly acclaimed solo album "Lifeblood" and "Genesis", the third last record by the Peter Evans Quintet.


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Will Lang Presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

June 19th

$15 at the door

 

7 pm - Bit Flip Radio: Flute | Electronics Duo (Nicole Camacho/Drake Andersen) 

9 pm - Popebama (Erin Rogers/Dennis Sullivan) 

Popebama: Erin Rogers (saxophones) / Dennis Sullivan (percussion)

ABOUT

Bit Flip Radio is an ambient improvised flute and electronics duo featuring flutist Nicole Camacho and technologist Drake Andersen. Bit Flip Radio’s music is at the intersection of art pop, free improv, and contemporary classical music, creating real-time soundscapes that pass between the acoustic and electronic domains. The unexpected tones and algorithmic harmonies become a third voice in the group.


Popebama NYC-based composer-performers Erin Rogers (saxophones) / Dennis Sullivan (percussion) apply text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing to communicate to audiences through virtuosic execution of non- traditional soundsFollowing St. Peter’s veneration in 33, Popebama formed 2000 years later in a swarm of warm honey and wooden harmonicas, collecting sounds of years past and forging textures of tomorrow. Erin Rogers (saxophones), and Dennis Sullivan (percussion), NYC-based composer-performers, apply text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing, to communicate to worlds beyond measly Earth (though we love Earth and the rich soil), through virtuosic execution of non-traditional sounds.


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Mary Prescott's LITMUS RESIDENCY

| HE DISAPPEARED INTO COMPLETE SILENCE & ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN | 


Monday, June 18
8:00 PM  11:00 PM

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.


Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation.

8pm
He Disappeared into Complete Silence
A song cycle co-composed and performed by Darius Jones and Mary Prescott, inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ work, He Disappeared into Complete Silence.

9:15pm
Angélica Negrón
Pasajero (Passenger/Fleeting) is a collection of three ambient pop songs for voice, live electronics, vegetable synth (via the Ototo interface) and mechanical instruments built by Nick Yulman. Inspired by themes of collective and individual identity as well as the search for home, these songs combine elements of magical realism with fragile electroacoustic soundscapes crafted mostly through micro samples and found sounds. Exploring the convergence between the organic and the artificial by combining an unconventional domestic orchestra with automatic instruments that use robotic modules to play themselves, these songs seek also to highlight the sometimes- overlooked magic in the ostensibly insignificant, the mundane and the quotidian. 

Over the past decade, Darius Jones has created a recognizable voice as a critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer by embracing individuality and innovation in the tradition of African-American music. Nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, early on Jones established himself as a powerful voice in the jazz community. With New York City as his base since 2005, Jones has brought his unique sound to dozens of cities around the United States, Canada and Europe. His work as a composer for voice culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014. The New York Times named Jones among the Best Live Jazz Performances of 2017 for his Vision Festival performance with Farmers by Nature.

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”.  Her music has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ecstatic Music Festival and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and she has collaborated with artists like Sō Percussion, loadbang, American Composers Orchestra and Face the Music, among others.  Angélica is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León. She's a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects. Angélica was the 2014-2015 Van Lier Fellow at American Composers Orchestra and was recently selected as one of the recipients for NYFA’s 2016 Artists' Fellowship Program.

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1k presents: (blade of)

Featuring guitarist David Torn, drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, and electro-acoustic guitarist Tim Motzer.

June 15, 8:30 pm

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show

 

1k presents and Arete in Brooklyn kick off a  monthly new music series beginning on June 15. 1k presents a very special evening of improvisation with (blade of) featuring guitarist David Torn, drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, and electro-acoustic guitarist Tim Motzer. 

(blade of)?
"like a blade of what? a sword or knife, a blade of grass, or the "blade of marmora" (a moniker representing a certain fantastic group of resistance fighters). so, better not to say, since music speaks for itself…..which is already a substantial kind of something." torn

 

DAVID TORN:

David Torn is a composer, texturalist, guitarist, producer & whatnot of actual international stature, renowned for his unique musical voice which seems to span & un-define a range of idioms & styles. His characterful & compositionally textural work has had material impact & influence upon both film scoring—through his own scores, in addition to his creative contributions to scores by Carter Burwell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cliff Martinez, Mark Isham, and others—and, generally, upon contemporary electric, electro-acoustic & electronic music.

In addition to the medium of film scoring, David's creative contributions have continued to grace & assist works of other musical artists-of-note as diverse as David Bowie, Tim Berne, Jeff Beck, Mick Karn, David Sylvian, Meshell Ndegeocello, Don Cherry, Bill Bruford, and so many others.  In guitar circles, his solo albums—Cloud About Mercury, Only Sky, Prezens, Tripping Over God, Scattercell (many on ECM)–are things of legend.

TIM MOTZER:

Philadelphia guitarist/improviser/composer Tim Motzer lives in a technicolor world of music. He is known for his ethereal guitar voice utilizing bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. After 20 years of world touring, stunning collaborations, and 80+ albums of credits, he continues to traverse manifold territories in music. From 2016-2018 Tim toured the world playing 43 concerts and festivals with Bandit65, an improvising trio he co-leads with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis.  He has recorded/performed with numerous musical luminaries: David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Markus Reuter, and Pat Mastelotto among others. Motzer also creates live solo scores for modern dance—most recently to sold out houses in Philadelphia; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Oujda, Morocco; and Toronto, Canada.  He composes for film and video, and is a composer/accompanist for University of the Arts Dance in Philadelphia. As a leader, his projects include Orion Tango, Instant Takemitsu, and Tim Motzer SOLO. He releases his solo work and collaborations on 1k Recordings.

JEREMY CARLSTEDT:

When Jeremy Carlstedt plays the drums, there is a sensitivity and consideration for the music that is not typically experienced.  After spending close to a decade as a percussionist, drummer, composer, and vocalist for the legendary Chico Hamilton, Jeremy learned to play for the music, not the musicians.  As one of the most sought after drummers across vast musical genres, he consistently works with the 'best of the best' artists, both in and out of NYC.  Recent highlights include performances at the Vision Festival, WKCR, Brooklyn Bowl, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center; and festivals & venues in Europe, UK and South Africa.  Formerly relying on acoustic drums as a baseline for creative expression, Jeremy has now assimilated live sampling, electronic drums, as well as synthesis into his sound.

1k presents is curated by Tim Motzer

http://1krecordings.com/

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Amalgama at Areté

June 12, 8pm

$10 at the door

 

For Amalgama’s closing concert of the season, join us at Areté for a fun evening of chamber music. The program will feature a mix of fully notated music, free improvisation, and structured improvisation. 
We’ll play Donnacha Dennehy’s “bulb,” a mesmerizing piano trio coupling just intonation with propulsive energy, and Quinn Collins’s  “The Land We Stand On Is Ours,” an energetic duo for cello and percussion with electronics. We’ll also be performing a structured improvisation for five players prepared by Michal Massoud, as well as free improv. 
Wine and beer will also be available!



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Composer/Violist Jessica Meyer and pianist Trudy Chan and Steven Beck-

“Remember From Whence You Came”

Thursday, June 14th

8pm

tickets $20 

Jessica Meyer will perform favorite moments from seminal works by Clarke, Brahms, and Bach to honor her trajectory from being solely a violist to a sought-after performer and composer. The centerpiece of the program will include works she has written for viola and piano and viola alone without the loop pedal she usually performs with as a soloist – including a brand new work yet to be written. The program ends with Hindemith’s gorgeous and powerful Sonata Op. 11 # 4 in its entirety as a tribute to the many violist/composers who have established themselves as innovative and creative forces.

Ms. Meyer’s solo show has been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé and Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in Paris at Sunset Sunside. She is also committed to creating site-specific solo performances inspired by intriguing acoustical spaces, historic places, galleries of visual art, and unlikely concert venues that can provide a rich narrative context in relation to the surrounding community. Of her recent appearance at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, where she wrote a solo piece on site for this destination concert venue that boasts a 20-second reverb, Alex Ross of the New Yorker said, “Meyer’s fierce-edged playing activated the Tank’s awe-inspiring properties.” Equally at home with many different styles of music, Jessica can regularly be seen performing on Baroque viola, improvising with jazz musicians, or collaborating with other performer/composers.

Trudy Chan has been an active keyboard player since moving to New York City from Hong Kong in 2002. With the Cheah Chan Duo which she formed with vocalist Phillip Cheah in 2009, she has performed at various venues in New York City such as the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, National Opera Center, The DiMenna Center for Performing Arts, Tenri Cultural Institute, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore. Before emigrating to the United States, Trudy was staff accompanist for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and performed with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta as well as for Radio/TV HK. She additionally spent five summers performing at Italy’s Orvieto Musica Festival. When she is not performing, Trudy runs her boutique company, Black Tea Music, working with composers and new music performing artists.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson), Sequitur, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and the Wellesley Composers' Conference. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic (where he recently performed all of the Beethoven piano sonatas), performs frequently as a musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has performed with the New York City Ballet. He has worked with Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, and Charles Wuorinen, and has appeared with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, The Metropolis Ensemble, New York Philomusica, the New York New Music Ensemble, Mosaic, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, the Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Counterinduction, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the East Coast Composers' Ensemble, the Fountain Ensemble, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Lost Dog, and Antisocial Music. He is a member of the new music ensemble Future In Reverse (FIRE) as well as the notorious Knights of the Many-Sided Table. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.

*This concert is part of Ms Meyer's monthly series which is running through July, 2018.*

ABOUT THE SERIES

Longtime New Yorker and contemporary music advocate Jessica Meyer curates a series of virtuosic concerts showcasing innovative string playing by sought-after classical musicians who also champion works by living composers.

 All concerts are at 8pm, and tickets are $20 (which include free wine).

Each show of this spring/summer series at this exciting new venue will feature a NYC or world premiere composed by Meyer herself.



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Leave NYC just before the Blue Hour
Beyond the plane awaits a new dawn
Burn the moments dancing
At The Sun Gate is where we’ll await you

An Installation by HighPass Radio.

 

June 9 @ 7pm


$15 at the door

Follow the Moon back in time to the Inti Raymi sunrise festival held in Cusco, Perú. Venerating the Incan sun deity, Inti, The Sun Gate celebrates the dawn of creative technology and its upcoming advancements.


Carlos Johns-Dávila, composer
Elisa Hernandez, dancer / choreographer
Morgaine De Leonardis, dancer / choreographer
Vishaal Ravikumar, visual design
Sarah Celona, set design

 


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Berrow Duo: Imprint

Thursday, June 7th

7:30 pm

$15 at the door

imprint is a long form multimedia work written for Berrow Duo by Baltimore-based composer Camila Agosto. The piece is a reflection on human fragility, vulnerability, and raw emotional experiences. The first half will feature three contrasting pieces exploring how the performers relate to each other as a duo.

ABOUT

Berrow Duo is the dynamic combination of flute and cello committed to the creation of new works. New York City-based performers Leia Slosberg, flute, and Thea Mesirow, cello, bonded over their desire to push traditional playing boundaries with the incorporation of text and extended techniques in instrumental music. Together, they focus on the promotion of women and femme-identified composers and artists to create new works through close collaboration. Berrow Duo is passionate about experimentation, exploration, and the expansion of expression in instrumental music.  In the 2017-2018 season, Berrow Duo will premiere four new works by Diana Rodriguez, Camila Agosto, and Zongyun We; their performances will take them to Boston and Baltimore in addition to their home in New York City.



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Loadbang album release event

Wed 5/30 @ 7:30pm

$15

Taylor BROOK                                    Ouaricon Songs: Volume 2
William LANG                                    Sciarrino Songs I-IV
Reiko FÜTING                                    mo(nu)ment for C
Jeffrey GAVETT                                  Musicorum et Cantorum
Angélica NEGRÓN                           dóabin
Scott WOLLSCHLEGER                  WHAT IS THE WORD I-III
Paula MATTHUSEN                         old fires catch old buildings


Recorded by loadbang (Carlos Cordeiro, bass clarinet; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone voice; Andy Kozar, trumpet; Will Lang, trombone)


Album Description: old fires catch old buildings is the third full-length album from ‘formidable new-music force’ loadbang, a quartet comprised of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. It features works by Taylor Brook, Reiko Füting, Paula Matthusen, Angélica Negrón, Scott Wollschleger and loadbang’s own Jeffrey Gavett and William Lang. Much of the music on the record deals with language and communication, and the ways in which those natural human capabilities can break down or flourish in unexpected ways.

The instinct to atomize and manipulate phonetic fragments runs through these recordings. Taylor Brook, Jeffrey Gavett, and Scott Wollschleger’s works use the International Phonetic Alphabet to separate words into their component parts, obfuscate, reverse, and otherwise compose with language itself. Brook’s Ouaricon Songs vol. 2 takes as its musical and textual basis a collection of recordings by Alan Lomax. These quintessentially American recordings of songs, jokes, and vocal miscellany are transformed and meticulously transcribed to yield a fictional folk music. Jeffrey Gavett’s Musicorum et Cantorum breaks a small poem by musical pioneer and inventor of the staff Guido d’Arezzo into its smallest possible parts, statistically arranging the phonemes as pure sonic information. A series of short microtonal musical episodes exploits all the possible combinations of loadbang’s instruments and voice. Samuel Beckett’s late poem What is the Word was a meditation on a friend of his who was suffering from aphasia, or an inability to produce or understand language. Scott Wollschleger’s setting takes Beckett’s already obsessive repetition and develops it musically over three distinct movements. The instrumentalists share the text with the singer, occasionally shouting or speaking through their instruments, all in an intense attempt to communicate. The text appears both as Beckett wrote it, in a more traditional relationship to text, as well as in a looping, manipulated state. The looped fragmentary nature of this CD appears musically in William Lang’s miniature Sciarrino Songs. Lang gently layers small distinct musical gestures reminiscent of the eminent Italian composer’s work, emphasizing the texture of loadbang’s unique instrumentation. The remaining works on the record are tied together by the use of an electronic accompaniment; Angélica Negrón’s work has a synthesized track, while Paula Matthusen assembled a collage of numerous recordings made for her by the members of loadbang. Negrón’s dóabin is built on recordings of Poto and Cabengo, a pair of identical twins who developed an idiolect, or private language. The childlike sense of play and mystery is brought through into the instrumental and vocal writing, which includes spoken and sung portions of the idiolect. The title work on the record, Paula Matthusen’s Old Fires Catch Old Buildings, takes its title from author William S. Burroughs, and borrows some of the iconic writer’s cut-up techniques, assembling the work from hours of recordings of loadbang. Fragments of a Norwegian table prayer appear in a Lynchian tape-reverse effect, pairing the singer with his recorded ghost in a haunting exchange.

Elsewhere On the Web: 
www.newfocusrecordings.com

https://www.loadbang.com/old-fires-catch-old-buildings.html


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5049 at Areté : Toby Driver with String Noise

Monday, May 28th

8pm, $20 at the door

 

Toby Driver – Electric Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Voice

String Noise:

Conrad Harris – Violin

Pauline Kim Harris – Violin

 

Beginning May 2018, clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman will partner with Brooklyn’s Areté to present a monthly concert and conversation series as an extension of his popular and increasingly vital program, the 5049 Podcast. The series will feature a broad range of leading contemporary composers and instrumentalists whose work defy easy categorization. Each concert will be followed by a conversation in front of the audience between the performer and Cymerman, to be recorded for an episode of the podcast.
 

Toby Driver is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He is best-known as the bandleader of his avant-goth group, Kayo Dot, and has worked with modern forward-thinking luminaries such as Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle), John Zorn, Randall Dunn, G. Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch), Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts), Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Evangelista), Jeremiah Cymerman, Mario Diaz de Leon, Peter Hopkins Miller, and many more.


www.kayodot.net

www.5049records.com

 


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New work by Dobkin, St. Louis, Vítková, Olencki, DaCosta, Younge, Lopez, Hansen, and Yulsman

Saturday, May 26th

7pm

$15

World premieres of pieces by Vicente Hansen, Brandon Lopez, Lester St. Louis, Weston Olencki, Bethany Younge, and Sam Yulsman, featuring Nina Dante (voice) Maria Hadge (cello), Carrie Frey (viola) and Nick Pauly (violin)

Installations by Gabrielle DaCosta, Dani Dobkin and Lucie Vítková.

 

Vicente Hansen Atria

Gabrielle DaCosta

Dani Dobkin

Brandon Lopez

Weston Olencki

Lester St. Louis

Lucie Vítková

Bethany Younge

Sam Yulsman
 

 

 



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Bearthoven
Friday, May 25th
7pm
$15


Bearthoven presents the New York premiere of 5 new works by Princeton Graduate composers.

Jenny Beck: SleepChains
Matt McBane: Submerged
Molly Herron: Ebb Tide
Anna Meadors: Mini Ipulses
Florent Ghys: Des Mots Superficiels
Shelley Washington presents original compositions accompanied by Ken Thomson and other pals

Bearthoven [ \'bâr-toh-vən\ ] is a piano trio creating a new repertoire for a familiar instrumentation by commissioning works from leading young composers. Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), and Matt Evans (percussion) have combined their individual voices and diverse musical backgrounds, coming together to create a versatile trio focused on frequent and innovative commissioning of up-and-coming composers. Bearthoven is rapidly building a diverse repertoire by challenging composers to apply their own voice to an instrumentation that, while common amongst jazz and pop idioms, is currently foreign in the contemporary classical world.

Formed in 2013, Bearthoven has quickly established themselves as a forerunner in the New York City contemporary music scene. Commissioning over 20 new works in their first four seasons, the trio has created its own diverse repertoire ranging from the driving, post-minimal voices of Ken Thomson, Brooks Frederickson, and Shelley Washington to the atmospheric and abstracted offerings of Fjola Evans, Scott Wollschleger, and Anthony Vine. Bearthoven’s commitment to collaboration and innovation has garnered both critical and peer acclaim and has led to featured performances on notable stages including the MATA Festival, the Bang On a Can Marathon, and the Music/Sound Series at EMPAC.  The group's debut album Trios was released on Cantaloupe Music in May of 2017. Bearthoven was recently selected as 1 of 24 ensembles to be a part of the inaugural New Music USA Impact Fund cohort (along with So Percussion, JACK Quartet, and Talea Ensemble).


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 Juecheng Chen, conceptual countertenor

Juecheng Chen, conceptual countertenor

Improvised Opera Salon: Match mismatch

Tuesday, May 22 @ 8pm

$15/20 Tickets here or at the door


"Let us welcome this ‘award-winning’ ‘super successful’ ‘famous’ ‘New York Times reviewed’ performance... ... No"

Above does not guarantee it is an engaging and thoughtful performance, so why don’t I try to match the mismatch and make something meaningful for you? Believing in me, as a human being, is more delicious than believing in random words.

1. Matching expected: a new trio - you, you, you (20 min)
2. Matching no words: an improv by vocal, movements from a singer and a dancer and sounds from guitar

(15 min) Intermission

3. Matching inside: Improvised Opera - Sudden aggression by a conceptual countertenor and an electric violinist (20 min)


Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen), conceptual countertenor
Dustin Carlson, guitar & electronics
Qianci Liu, cello
Isabel Umali, dance, sleep no more dancer, 
Qingyi Wu, piano
Jeff Young, violin & electronics



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Mary Prescott's LITMUS Series

Mary Prescott and Kaoru Watanabe

Monday, May 21

$15 in advance/$20 at the door

 

8pm: Mother Me

Mary Prescott’s performance piece investigating the complex relationships, sociology and psychology surrounding the idea of motherhood. Music, word, movement, and installation.

9:15pm: ONE

Kaoru Watanabe solo performance. Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums.

Show info

Mary Prescott’s Litmus Residency @ Areté Gallery presents Mother Me & Kaoru Watanabe’s ONE


Jessica Meyer presents:

The PUBLIQuartet - “PUBLIQ Access 2018”

Sunday, May 20th

8pm, $20 online or at the door

 

PUBLIQ Access (PQA) creates new works by emerging composers living within the U.S. and promotes underrepresented music in

the string quartet repertoire including non-notated, improvised, and electronic music. Composers selected through an application

process receive a commission fee and participate in a year-long collaboration to develop a new work with PUBLIQuartet. This

collaboration includes residencies, work-in-progress performances, and a high-profile debut performance. These works become

central to the quartet’s repertoire and every PQ performance includes at least one PQA composition. PQ has performed these PQA

works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in our Carnegie Hall debut, on their debut album on CAG Records, and other world

premieres in New York City, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

This concert will feature NYC premieres of works by PQA 2018 composers Jessica Meyer and Steven Snowden and a World Premiere by Xian Wang.

 

ABOUT PUBLIQuartet

Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” PUBLIQuartet’s(PQ) creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Competition and garnered Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PQ was the 2016-17 Quartet-In-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where they curated several concerts in various spaces at the Met, including the Cloisters, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and the Met Breuer. They have been presented by such institutions as Washington Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, The American Composers Orchestra, Virginia Arts Festival, and Detroit Jazz Festival and have collaborated with violist Nadia Sirota, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, jazz saxophonist James Carter, and jazz pianist Billy Childs. Recent events include a special performance of John Corigliano’s epic String Quartet at Wolf Trap, celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday. www.publiquartet.com

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Sunday, May 20  

3 PM - 4:30 PM

Lucy Yao + people you will know at ARETÉ

Lucy Yao - piano
Madeline Hocking - strings
Paul Mizzi - flute

works by Boulez, Chopin, and these very living composers 

Phenomena (2007)
~Primus Inter Pares ~ Ripples w/ fixed media
Nightglow (2018) ** Kirsten Milenko
Threshold (2018) Trey Anthony Makler for piano + dance + film
Catalexis (2018) Samn Johnson

Lucy is a NYC based pianist who believes that music should have no limits, joined by michigander Paul Mizzi + canadian violinist Madeline Hocking in a program that ranges from 18th century chromatic fugues to pieces inspired by the butterfly effect, to orpheus and eurydice from eurydice's perspective. come for the hang. stay because you're confused and want to figure out what's going on. 

**World Premiere



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Will Lang presents:

Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

Tuesday, May 15th

7pm, 9pm

$15


7 pm - tba jazz trio for trombone/piano/percussion

9 pm - Occasional Noise

Cesare Papetti - Percussion
Derin Oge - Piano
William Lang - Trombone

Occasional Noise will present a program exploring the possibilities of contemporary classical writing for trombone/piano/percussion. We will
be premiering a new work of Greg Watson among other pieces.

 Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Bryne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and the Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) The New York Times has called his playing "fiercely, virtuosic" and the Boston Globe has hailed him for his "superb performance" in past solo works.



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Iktus Percussion performs APNM Call for Scores Winners


Friday, May 11

8 PM - 11 PM

APNM and Iktus Percussion present an electrifyingly unique program of percussion-centric chamber music! Joined by special guests Andrea Lodge; Piano, Roberta Michel; Flute and Piccolo, and Hannah Levinson; Viola, expect a colorfully diverse and bracing evening of music performed by New York City’s finest musicians. 

APNM-Association for the Promotion of New Music Composers and *Call for Scores Winners:

 

*Louis Aguirre

Alice Shields

*Morgan Greenwood

*Jeremy Rapaport-Stein

*Kevin Michael Kay

*Faye-Ellen Silverman

*Nicholas V. Hall


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Emilio Guarino presents: The Kiln

 

The Kiln is weekly meeting of creators that emphasizes the presentation of new, in process work. 

Come join us for our first public presentation of new art and music by Kiln regulars. 

 


Confluss // Contrafunktus

Confluss is Amber Evans, soprano and Sam Zagnit, double bass

Contrafunktus is JD Davis, bass trombone,  and Rose Xiu Yi Kow, violin

Tuesday, May 8th

7pm Confluss and 8pm Contrafunktus

$15/20 https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3430347

  Amber Evans, soprano and Sam Zagnit, double bass are confluss – two musicians with a like-minded ethos to commission, perform, and record new and established works for their instruments. Initially bonding during their first performance project in George Crumb’s Madrigals Book I as part of Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, both soon realised the potential for the evocative melding of the seemingly antithetical, yet easily divergent timbres of the soprano voice and the double bass.    Currently based in New York City, the duo will present their first live presentation in May 2018 of established and new works for soprano and double bass, working with upcoming composer Nhat Nguyen and Manhattan School of Music composition faculty member, Paolo Marchettini to devise two new works for the group. Commissioned works are in process for future performances by New York- based composer Reiko Fueting, and Australian composers Chris Healey and Jakob Bragg. Works by Beat Furrer, Sofia Gubaidulina and Jon Deak also form part of the duo’s core repertoire, with many other names to be added to this ever-growing list.    Contrafunktus is JD Davis and Rose Xiu Yi Kow, a bass trombone/violin duo that just happens to play the lowest and highest notes in the orchestra. With roots in the classical tradition, they keep the spirit of “present” art music alive by collaborating with composers, dancers, and visual artists, most recently from Concrete Timbre and the Asian Women Composers Association (AWCANYC) to explore and produce multimedia works. In addition to playing classical contemporary music, they often spontaneously break out into groove-based jams inspired by the blues, funk, and neo-soul, which then get turned into original arrangements. They also work to craft tools for free improvisation, including a backing track stitched together from segments of field recorded dinnertime preparations in the kitchen.

Amber Evans, soprano and Sam Zagnit, double bass are confluss – two musicians with a like-minded ethos to commission, perform, and record new and established works for their instruments. Initially bonding during their first performance project in George Crumb’s Madrigals Book I as part of Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program, both soon realised the potential for the evocative melding of the seemingly antithetical, yet easily divergent timbres of the soprano voice and the double bass.

Currently based in New York City, the duo will present their first live presentation in May 2018 of established and new works for soprano and double bass, working with upcoming composer Nhat Nguyen and Manhattan School of Music composition faculty member, Paolo Marchettini to devise two new works for the group. Commissioned works are in process for future performances by New York- based composer Reiko Fueting, and Australian composers Chris Healey and Jakob Bragg. Works by Beat Furrer, Sofia Gubaidulina and Jon Deak also form part of the duo’s core repertoire, with many other names to be added to this ever-growing list.

Contrafunktus is JD Davis and Rose Xiu Yi Kow, a bass trombone/violin duo that just happens to play the lowest and highest notes in the orchestra. With roots in the classical tradition, they keep the spirit of “present” art music alive by collaborating with composers, dancers, and visual artists, most recently from Concrete Timbre and the Asian Women Composers Association (AWCANYC) to explore and produce multimedia works. In addition to playing classical contemporary music, they often spontaneously break out into groove-based jams inspired by the blues, funk, and neo-soul, which then get turned into original arrangements. They also work to craft tools for free improvisation, including a backing track stitched together from segments of field recorded dinnertime preparations in the kitchen.


Friday May 4th

6, 7, 8 pm   

$15

2Squared pianists Nicole Brancato and Andrew Ranaudo together craft imaginative, intellectual, and memorable concert experiences fit for the 21st century. This forward-looking piano duo project integrates multimedia elements and unique outside-the-box perspective into performance, including works from the canon, original arrangements, and newly commissioned works. By collaborating with visual artists, dancers, and other contributors from across the arts, 2Squared is revolutionizing the four hands piano concert by creating new worlds of unexpected audiovisual pairings rooted in a marriage of historical research and contemporary context.

The duo was recently featured on New York Public Radio and performs regularly in New York City. Brancato and Ranaudo started collaborating during their studies in the graduate program for piano performance at CUNY’s Hunter College and immediately recognized their musical synchronicity. They each are active instrumentalists, having performed as recitalists and soloists across the US and Europe. Both maintain private teaching studios and are active with numerous other artistic collaborations.

MORE INFO



Thursday, May 3

DOORS AT 7:00pm , MUSIC AT 8:00pm
$10

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Spencer Friedman and Ryan Shreves present an evening of improvised/experimental music alongside their own synthesizer/electronics and guitar free improvising duo.

LEA BERTUCCI
https://leabertucci.bandcamp.com/album/metal-aether

JAD ATOUI & AMI YAMASAKI
https://jad-atoui.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73M6T6kQagI

RYAN SHREVES & SPENCER FRIEDMAN
https://soundcloud.com/ryanshreves/untitled1

SAM WEINBERG

https://samweinberg.bandcamp.com/album/liars-loosh

 


Friday, April 27th- Sunday April 29th

The How presents: Vandals

 

Directed by Will Hand and Polina Ionina

Concept by Will Hand. Devised by the Ensemble.

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Tickets:

$20 General / $15 Student // Buy Tickets Here (www.thehow.nyc)

Showtimes:

8pm Friday, April 27th

8pm Saturday, April 28th

5pm Sunday, April 29th

 

International performance collective The How has been furiously devising Vandals since last November, and a recent trip to Berlin to meet with street and graffiti artists has infused the piece with an even deeper ethos. Premiering April 27th at the Areté Gallery

A physical theater piece for the resistance, Vandals connects the furor surrounding Confederate Statues across America to the poetic ideals of the architect of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

A dance for how to respond to an open casket funeral. A eulogy for subjects of controversy in 2017. And an exhumed founding myth for Democracy, vandalized, to express the persisting political violence of Robert E. Lee Statues.

Featuring composer and violinist Aimée Niemann, and performers Weronika H. Wozniak, Tanya Chattman, Linus Ignatius, Ilker Oztop, Eri Miller, and David Glover. Directed by William Hand and Polina Ionina. Concept by William Hand, devised by the ensemble.


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It is a true honor to welcome Israel’s interdisciplinary master performer/vocalist VICTORIA HANNA for an interactive evening at the first Women Between Arts Special Events Series. 

After a decade Victoria Hanna is finally coming back to New York to share some of her work with us. This will be a one-of-a-kind interactive evening. Victoria will be accompanied by the great Gershon Waiserfirer (electric oud and trombone).

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Victoria Hanna
Named by Forbes Israel as one of the 50 most influential women for 2015, Victoria Hanna has also been called:
"The freshest, edgiest, weirdest artist on the Israeli airwaves today." —PRI's The World.
   
Jerusalem based artist Victoria Hanna is a world-renowned composer, creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language. The daughter of an ultra-orthodox rabbi, she has been greatly influenced by her childhood environment. In her work, she deploys a variety of vocal techniques in the performance of ancient and modern Hebrew texts, among them Sefer Yetzirah ("Book of Creation"), an early Kabbalistic treatise. Victoria draws inspiration from the ancient Hebrew tradition, which relates to the voice, mouth, and Hebrew letters as tools of creation. According to the Kabbalah, the world was created through the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each one symbolizing and relating to a specific element in the universe and in the human body, each letter an exact signal, sound, and frequency in space. Stylistically, her creations span from traditional Jewish music to new music and hip-hop.

Gershon Waiserfirer
Our player and trombonist Gershon Waiserfirer was a part of the electronic world music duo “No I.D” with the brilliant percussion player Noam Chen, with whom he released an album by that name. He was also a part of the uber interesting contemporary Jewish music and Yiddish songs “Trio Carpion“ with whom he recorded the album “At the black sea”.Waiserfirer shared the stage with legends such as Bobby McFerrin, The Trumpet Master Avishai Cohen and The pianist Vyacheslav Ganelin.


Due to his extraordinary musicality, Waiserfirer became a regular member in a variety of successful groups and cooperated with Israeli rock legends such as Shem Tov Levy, Berry Sakharoff and many others. Waiserfirer shared his musicality in numerous albums.
It was only when he was introduced by Alex Kremer - the wonderful Israeli painter - to the Russian free jazz legend Vyacheslav Ganelin, he realized where his true passion lies. It was this constitutive crossing with Ganelin that led Waiserfirer to understand and aproach music as a stream of consciousness which is always fresh and alive.
Music has no bounds, music is not just jazz or blues or rock or a manifestation of a tradition, or a certain style. Music can be a single note, a sound, or even no sound at all.
Waiserfirer received “musician of the year 2014” prize in Israeli Theatre and composed music for several award winning shows and films.

Thursday, April 26th

7pm  $20-25

Women Between Arts Special Events Series: Victoria Hanna

Israel’s interdisciplinary master performer/vocalist VICTORIA HANNA presents an interactive evening alongside Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone.

 

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Wednesday, April 25th

7:30 pm, $10 at the door

Fonema Consort // Charmaine Lee

Vocal-centered ensemble Fonema Consort and vocal improvisor Charmaine Lee present a double bill of explorative vocal music.

Chicago-based ensemble Fonema Consort will perform four new works for electronics, two voices, clarinet and trombone. Works by Chris Mercer, Pablo Chin, Celeste Oram and Valeria Jonard. 

NYC-based vocal improvisor Charmaine Lee will sing solo.

 

ABOUT

consort : a group of instrumentalists and singers performing together

fonema : (Spanish, phoneme) the smallest unit of speech, which distinguishes words according to their sonic quality.

Our Mission

These concepts define the essence of Fonema Consort as we commission, perform, and promote new music that explores the possibilities of the human voice. We are driven by a fascination with pieces that foster rich interplay of voices and instruments and attempt to close the gap between music-making and drama. The ensemble is highly committed to presenting works by Latin American composers to US audiences and encouraging the cultural exchange between these regions.


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Sunday, April 22nd

7:30-9 pm, $15

Dancing Bodi{es} & Choreographing Code{s}

Dancing Bodi{es} & Choreographing Code{s} is an evening of performances followed by a conversation between the performers and the audience.

“Moving Patterns” is a duet for dancer and coder. It allows a visual score for the dancer to be created in real time through the live coding language TidalCycles and special image language DanceDirt. The audience sees the performers react and change to the score as it develops through coding and movement on stage.

Performers: Teddy Tedholm and Kate Sicchio
DanceDirt Language: Tom Murphy

“A WebPage in Three Acts” is an assemblage of visual experiments into a new hybrid form of composition, combining principles of choreography within the formal structures of coding. The screen becomes an open stage for the new code which links choreography and web programming; body and language.

Performer: Joana Chicau


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Saturday, April 21st  7:30 pm

andPlay and Kylwyria

$15 general/$10 students and are available at the door and online 

andPlay (Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola) will join Kylwyria (Erica Dicker, violin, Julia Den Boer, piano and John Gattis, horn) where they will perform a set of some of their newest repertoire, including three world premieres by Leah Asher, Bethany Younge, and Viola Yip.

Described by I Care If You Listen as “enthusiastic champions for new music and collaboration” and performing “with a welcoming and dynamic spirit,” andPlay is committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. Their program includes Letters to my future self (2018, world premiere) by Leah Asher, from perfect nowhere (2015) by Nicholas DeMaison, and ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing ing into (2018, world premiere) by Bethany Young.

Comprised of three forward-thinking musicians, Kylwyria actively pursues collaborations with living composers and illuminates work written since Gyorgy Ligeti's seminal Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano (1982). Taking their namesake from a make-believe country Ligeti invented and "maintained" throughout his childhood, Kylwyria seeks to expand the repertoire for Horn Trio by representing the dynamic voices of today's composers and musical innovators. Kylwyria's program includes August Moon (1993) by Alvin Lucier, New Piece (2018, world premiere) by Viola Yip, and Microexercise n.14 (2006) by Christian Wolff.


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Friday, April 20th

6-10 pm

FREE

Greenpoint Gallery Night Performance:

Rudy Shepherd and Friends

 

6-7pm Joe McMahon

MEATSWEATS is a punk performance lead by the mystical José Queervo

7-8pm Zebediah Keneally: Lunch is Very Important

Do you have questions about the Future? Are you searching
for answers to questions like: How will technology change
our consciousness? What is our responsibility to the Earth in the Anthropocene? Will America survive Donald Trump’s presidency?
Is internet culture making us dumber? Look no further! In his interactive performance, artist Zebadiah Keneally will publicly divine THE answers to YOUR questions using his patented “Tarot” deck: Lunch Is Very Important: All the Secrets to Life You Didn’t Know You Already Knew. Keneally will use his unique system of archetypes and icons to channel the Future and reveal all you need to know about what’s to come. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

8-9pm Healing Music for a Troubled World: 

Rudy Shepherd as the Healer, Ethan Meyer on drums, Brian Alfred on guitar and Christof Knoche on Saxophone or Bass Clarinet. "Healing Music for a Troubled World" involves "the Healer" performing both experimental noise/jazz music and performance art.

9-10pm DJ set by BluFsh

Rudy Shepherd, Brian Alfred, Ethan Meyer and Christoph Knoche will perform healing music as The Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. This performance combines elements of jazz improvisation, experimental/noise music and performance art to create a type of seance in which the performers and viewers are lifted out of the current political moment and brought to a place of cathartic release. Zebediah Keneally will host a public tarot reading for the future. The reading is based on his own tarot system called Lunch Is Very Important: All The Secrets To Life You Didn't Know You Already Know, published by Endless Editions in 2014 and acquired by The Moma Library in 2015. Do you have questions about the future? Are you searching for answers to questions like: How will technology change our consciousness? Will America survive Donald Trump's presidency? In this interactive performance, Zebediah Keneally will publically divine THE answers to YOUR questions!!! www.hamburgervampire.com Joe McMahon will get the evening started and we will close out the event with a set by DJ Blu Fish

This free event is part of Greenpoint Gallery night. Art galleries in Greenpoint will be open 4/20 6 to 9 pm.

Visit www.greenpointgalleries.org for more information and a google map to navigate the event


This project is part of the exhibition The Art Of Protest curated by Elizabeth Cooper which is on view at Arete through April 29th


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Thursday, April 19th  7:00 pm  $15

The Thing to Miss Most

Written, performed and directed by Christina Poblador (Goldie) and Ankita Mishra, "The Thing to Miss Most" is an exploration of both artists' connections to their respective homelands in the Philippines and Northern India. Weaving together poetry, scent and movement, Mishra and Poblador create a multi-sensory experience through which lessons from the feminine immigrant experience can be shared.

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Wednesday, April 18th

7:30 pm FREE

The Big Big

a new play by Lei-Lei Bavoil

THE BIG BIG follows a young HAPA woman on the adventure of a lifetime -- a solo bike trip down the Californian coast. Her mission: to prove something to the world, but it's unclear what, why, or how. On the road, she meets a man, a giant condor, and her mother. A bittersweet non-romantic love story about fear, lies, Asian American identity, and the great outdoors.


Doors at 7:15PM
Reading at 7:30PM
FREE

Areté Venue & Gallery
67 West St, Greenpoint

Featuring:
Erica Murphy!
Hermon Whaley!
Kristen Hung!
Charles Pang!

 


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Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

April 17th, 7pm, 9pm

$15

 

7pm Will Lang, trombone

9pm Josh Sinton, saxophone

 

Music by Eve Beglarian, Jacob TV, Abbie Conant, Heather Stebbins, Jeremy Howard Beck, and Jason Ekardt 

 

            Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop. He has given his signature unaccompanied recitals throughout the United States, played concertos in both America and Europe, and has also recorded with such artists as Philip Glass, David Bryne, St. Vincent, and Jonsi (of Sigur Ros.) Intensely passionate for chamber music, he regularly performs alongside his groundbreaking ensembles loadbang (an original and unique group of musicians interested in cutting edge music) and the Guidonian Hand (a trombone quartet dedicated to breaking boundaries within the brass community.) The New York Times has called his playing "fiercely, virtuosic" and the Boston Globe has hailed him for his "superb performance" in past solo works.

 


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Monday, April 16th

8-11 pm

Mary Prescott Presents: LITMUS

Mary Prescott’s Litmus Residency

Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation. This spring, on the 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018. At the brand new multi-use performance space and experimental art gallery, Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, BK.

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.

8pm

XXX Neon Sign

Australian composer/pianist Dan Thorpe’s work-in-progress for speaking pianist adaptation of James Andres’ XXX Neon Sign.

Dan Thorpe is a Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. As a composer, his work always has a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression. As a performer, his focus is on contemporary Australian repertoire, work by queer and women composers, and multi-instrumental improvisation.

9:15pm

Atlasomnia

Mary Prescott’s work in dream, struggle, sleep. Film, sound, movement.

Mary Prescott is an interdisciplinary artist and composer who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. 

A 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House (NY), Prescott’s solo works and collaborations include her online sound journal, Where We Go When (2011/12); Hook & Eye (2013/14), performance with visual artist Angela Costanzo Paris; Nocecrepa (2015), and music for visual artist Thereska Gregor and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She is a creative collaborator for Sugar Vendil’s Islander (current).

Prescott performs at venues internationally, including Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Steinway Hall, Abrons Art Center, National Sawdust, and MacPhail Center for Music, as well as eclectic, independent, and experimental stages. She has performed in the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Josip Kasman Festival in Croatia, Frequency Series in Chicago, and others. She appears in the documentary film, Prelude to Debussy. 

Named a 2016 Emerging Leader by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and head of the piano and chamber music departments for several years.


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Sunday, April 15th

7:30 pm, $15

Crying Colors - a workshop of Tabula Rasa: a jazz opera

 

Composer-pianist Felix Jarrar presents an exclusive workshop of his jazz opera Tabula Rasa. This work, which features a libretto by Brittany Goodwin, is about the life and loves of Kiki de Montparnasse during the 1920s in Paris and her love affair with Man Ray. The workshop will feature exclusive footage from the world premiere production, which NYC arts organization Cantanti Project is presenting on May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at a location TBA

 

Sara Lin Yoder (soprano)

Frank Fainer (baritone)

Eugenia Forteza (soprano)

Petra Jarrar (soprano)

Rebecca Richardson (soprano)

Allison Gish (soprano)

Elizabeth Book (mezzo-soprano)

Marques Hollie (tenor)

Felix Jarrar (piano, musical director) 


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Saturday, April 14

1-4 pm

FREE

"Give Voice" Postcard Project: postcard writing event

The “Give Voice” Postcard Project is a grassroots, multi-state, advocacy initiative organized by Eileen Jeng Lynch. Having occurred in New York, New Mexico, Illinois, Minnesota, and North Carolina, among other states, this nationwide artist postcard writing project has the potential to change the current political landscape.

Make your voice heard by writing to Congress at their district addresses. Using 38 artist-designed postcards, help advocate for the issues that matter to you: protection of civil liberties; rights of immigrants, women, and LGBTQ community; the arts; healthcare; environment; natural disaster relief; and gun control regulation, to name a few. Stamps and federal officials’ district addresses are included with the cards.

The combination of these extraordinary images and participants' personal stories across the nation will be incredibly impactful. After all, there is strength in numbers.

Artists
Michael Alan, Trudy Benson, Jason Bereswill, Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank, Amanda Church, Zoe Crosher, Kevin Curran, David Dixon, Amy Feldman, Ben Godward, Justin Brice Guariglia, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Young Sun Han, Rachel Hayes, Jason Lazarus, Shaun Leonardo, Greg Lindquist, Natasha Mayers, Riad Miah, Joe Nanashe, Katherine Newbegin, Clayton Porter, Nathlie Provosty, Armita Raafat, Luisa Rabbia, Erika Ranee, David Reed, Daniel Rich, Alexis Rockman, Rachel Selekman, Rudy Shepherd, Edra Soto, Meg Stein, Dannielle Tegeder, Karen Tompkins, Sebastian Vallejo, Julia von Eichel, Saya Woolfalk

Proceeds
Proceeds from sales of postcards support the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), or Planned Parenthood—a cause of the artist's choice.

Current Event:
The "Give Voice" Postcard Project is featured in The Art of Protest exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Cooper, at Areté Venue and Gallery at 67 West Street, #103 (courtyard) in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY.
Dates: March 16 - April 29, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, March 16, 6-10 pm.
Postcard writing event: Saturday, April 14,  1-4 pm.
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11-5 pm

Available Postcards
Artist postcards are also available online in the STORE. Postcards are sold in packs of 10, along with a blank card, stamps, and district addresses of your state's Federal Senators and Representatives. For assorted packs and signed postcards, please email  eileen@neumeraki.com.

A list of the Federal Officials by state and a link to locate their district addresses are below.

The Impetus
This project has been ongoing since the Drumpf Administration released its FY18 budget proposal. The Administration's FY19 budget proposal (October 2018 – September 2019) once again seeks to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, among other programs. The egregious proposed cuts and current policies would imperil key programs, including those that protect our civil liberties, women's rights, culture, and the environment; provide humanitarian assistance; and support scientific research and development, among many others. The Affordable Care Act enrollment is being discouraged by the Administration. The Administration is forbidding the FCC from using the following terms: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. Given recent events, we also need Congress to pass gun control legislation!

I hope you let your voice be heard throughout the duration of this administration and its policies.

Nationwide Committee (in formation)
Jackie Maman (Chicago, IL - May 21), Clayton Porter (Santa Fe, NM @ THE Magazine - May 21), Meg Stein (Durham, NC - June 24), Herman Milligan (Minneapolis, MN - December 2)

If you would like to host a local event or be in touch with a Nationwide Committee member in Chicago, Santa Fe,  Durham, or Minneapolis, please email eileen@neumeraki.com.

Join the conversation:
Instagram: @eileenj8  #GiveVoice  #GiveVoicePostcardProject
Facebook: Give Voice Postcard Project page


Friday, April 13th  

7:00-10:30 pm, $10 at the door

Brandon Lopez's Mess / Jessica Pavone and Emily Manzo / Lucie Vítková

A night of new and not so new works by Brandon Lopez, Lucie Víková,
Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Matt Welch. Chris Corsano, Sam Yulsman and Emily Manzo perform them.


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Friday, March 30th @8pm, $15

Lauren Lee, piano and voice

Damien Olsen, synth and projections

Innovators and friends Lauren Lee (voice/piano) and Damien Olsen (synth and visuals) join forces in a program centered around difficult truths surrounding the current political climate in the US. The program combines the ethereal sensibilities of both improvisers with the hard truths facing us today for a moving and thought provoking experience.

 
 
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Texture and Motion: Abstract Works on Canvas

March 2 - March 4, 2018

Areté Venue and Gallery is proud to present Texture and Motion, a pop-up exhibition of guitarist Tim Motzer's abstract works on canvas on view starting Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 4th in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This pop-up event will also incorporate a series of concerts featuring performances by Motzer on guitar and electronics and guest artists violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood, pianist Melinda Faylor, and percussionist Jeremy Carlstedt. Hand-painted and signed CDs of his recent recordings will be available for purchase as well as small works on paper.

 

PERFORMANCES ($10 at the door)

Friday, March 2nd

Tim Motzer (guitar & electronics),  7pm

Melinda Faylor (prepared piano) & Tim Motzer Duo Improvisations, 9pm

 

Saturday, March 3rd

Tim Motzer (guitar & electronics), 3pm

Charlotte Munn-Wood (violin) & Tim Motzer duo improvisations, 7pm

Jeremy Carlstedt (percussion & electronics) & Tim Motzer, 9pm

 

Sunday, March 4th

Tim Motzer (guitar & electronics), 2pm


 
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Dyspepsia: A Techno-Existential Intrusion Into The Human Body

a duo show by Mattia Casalegno and Yefeng Wang

curated by Tansy Xiao

February 15 - February 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 6-10 p.m.

 

PERFORMANCES   FEB 17 + 25, 6-10 pm

February 17, 6-10 p.m.

Performance Lab: Kalan Sherrard + Jacob Cohen and friends

Throughout the evening...
GameOfLovex3: Audience participatory performance art by Illya Szilak performed with Tansy Xiao. 
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"If I could have anyone in the world, it would still be you."
A crowd-sourced performance art project which explores expanded forms of intimacy. Conflating and confounding notions of public and private, “mine” and “yours," material and virtual realities, it would still be you undermines the ease and superficiality of social media interaction, even as it relies on these platforms for its production and distribution. The project offers participants the opportunity to discover what is lost in human interaction and what new possibilities emerge as we extend ourselves through computer technology.

Sunday, February 25, 6-10 p.m.
Solo Strings and Electronics: Music inspired by Dyspepsia
Tickets: https://dyspepsia.brownpapertickets.com/
Website: https://www.aretevenue.com/calendar-2/?view=calendar&month=February-2018


Du.0 = Charlotte Munn-Wood + Aimée Niemann, violins Trevor New = viola + electronics
Caleigh Drane = cello + electronics
Jason Anastasoff = bass +
Patti Kilroy = violin + electronics

 

ABOUT

In an era that is riddled with the magnificent potentials of cutting-edge technology and the dystopian anxieties that come along with them, we witness the collapse of sciential and sensual systems as well as the blurring of tangible and intangible boundaries. The intruders in our fantasies spill out from our own bodies and minds, inducing gradual corrosion to the very basis of human cognition: the notion of “self”.

Dyspepsia is a duo exhibition by Mattia Casalegno and Frank Yefeng Wang, both of whose art practices embody the juxtaposition of high technology and human bodies. For the 3D-printed sculptures, Casalegno uses Soylent as the material to mold classical statues: the prototype of human physicality; while Wang adopts Oculus Touch as a tool to redefine the relationship between everyday objects and disjointed body parts. The video works of both artists experiment with transmutation of existing forms, questioning the ambiguous line between human and machine, organics and inorganics, body and foreign objects, and ultimately, self and others.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Mattia Casalegno is a New York-based Italian interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the effects new media have on our societies, investigating the relationships between technology, the objects we create, our subjectivities, and the modes in which these relations unfold into each other. Casalegno has received various grants and fellowships, including the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NYFA, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, among others. He has exhibited internationally in festivals and museums, such as Mutek Festival, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), MACRO (Italy), Nuit Blanche (Belgium), Optronica (UK), Le Cube – Contemporary Art Museum (France), OFFF (Spain), AVIT (Germany), and LACMA (US).

Yefeng (Frank) Wang is a Chinese new media artist who pursues his artistic career in both East and West, working critically across media including Experimental 3D rendering and animation, video installation, virtual reality, and 3D printing. His exhibitions include Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, USA), Hyde Park Art Center (IL, USA), El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (NM, USA), HEREarts Center (New York, NY), Governors Island Art Fair (New York, NY), Xuzhou Museum of Art (Xuzhou, China), The Museum of Luxun Academy of Art (Shenyang, China), Between Art Lab (Shanghai/Beijing, China), Chi K11 Art Museum (Shanghai, China), etc. He was also a residency artist and juried panel member in NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.

 


Emilio Guarino Presents: The Kiln

The Kiln is weekly meeting of creators that emphasizes the presentation of new, in process work. 

Come join us for our first public presentation of new art and music by Kiln regulars. 

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James Autery's REVERBERATIONS

Gallery Hours: Tu-Sun 11am-5pm

Opening Party: Friday, Jan 19th, 7-11PM

 

Photographer and video artist James Autery's latest solo exhibition, REVERBERATIONS, is a study in new media within a rapidly evolving technological age. Seamless infinity loops of video portraits are presented on vintage televisions from the 50's and 80's as well as on rear projection film on acrylic glass. 

 

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Acrylic on linen

12x9 inches

2017

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Acrylic and bailey twines on burlap, dimensions variable

 Dec 2017

Kate Bae

Dec 2nd-Jan 12th

"Symposium_eros 0.1" installation and selected works

About

Born in Busan, Korea, lives and works in New York, NY ish. Immigrated to US in 1994, naturalized U.S. Citizen in 2002.

Kate's sign: Leo (August 16) Year of Lamb (1979), Blood Type B, Yin Wood Type, MBTI: ENTP-A and ENFP-A (interchanges), Human Design: 5/1 profile Projector with triple split definition, Enneagram: Type 3, 7, 8, 4 in that order.

As a painter, Korean-born woman, and naturalized American citizen, defining and deconstructing identity has been a central theme of Kate Bae’s work. She has been employing the process of stripping paint away as a gesture that corresponds to her ideas about awareness and in essence shaving layers off of herself.                                         

For CV click here

Kate Bae holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, both in painting, and has explored and exhibited around the world. Her residencies and fellowships include Marpha Foundation (Marpha, Nepal), Serlachius-residenssi (Mänttä, Finland, both forthcoming) and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts (New Berlin, NY), Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), the Studios at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA), Tentacles + Surface Arts Residency (Bangkok, Thailand), Seljavegur Residency (Reykjavik, Iceland), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Villa R Residency (Messina, Italy) and the Post Contemporary Residency (Troy, NY). She is a current fellow at the NYFA 2017 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Visual Artists.

 
 
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Areté Opening Day Party

Saturday, Dec 2nd, 2pm-12am

All day meet and greet opening party! Come through and say hello, check out the space and the lovely neighborhood and hear performances by Leighanne Saltsman, Cory Bracken, Howie Kenty, Adam Tendler, Sugar Vendil and Trevor Gureckis, Mary Prescott, Kento Iwasaki, Samantha Enriquez and Charles Waters. There will also be work on display by fine artists Kate Bae, Diego Anaya, and James Autery. Tasty treats by Diana Mino of Mama D's Tasty Treats! Free and open to the public, but if you are staying for a performer's set, please donate to the artist.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arete-opening-day-party-tickets-39996474532

 

LINEUP

2:00 Leighanne Saltsman with Annemarie Errico: original folk/pop songs for voice and ukulele

5:00 Samantha Enriquez and Dale Jezwinski: collaborative performance

5:20 Jason Anastasoff: bass and objects

6:00 Kento Iwasaki: koto and electronics

7:00 Howie Kenty: chamber ensemble and electronics

7:45 Mary Prescott: NY premiere performance of This Is How You Remember Me (aka. 6 Degrees from Giving a Shit) for piano and multimedia theater

8:30 Sugar Vendil and Trevor Gureckis: piano and electronics

9:00 Nuzion Peace Orchestra: premier of new sections of Charles Waters' "NACHTPUNKTE", part 4 of the Boswijck Concertos, for piano, winds, and electronics. With Charles Waters, alto sax, Mary Cherney, flute, Lee Odem, clarinet, Jeremy Danniman, bass clarinet, Jake Henry, trumpet, Chris Forbes, piano, Andrew Barker and Carl Franke, electronics.

10:00 Cory Bracken: percussion and noise

11:00 Adam Tendler: solo piano

 

In addition to musicians, the following visual artists will have their work featured:

Kate Bae will be creating the first installation at the space, titled "Symposium" This is a site specific work consisting, at least partially, of acrylic paint treated as sculpture and hung. Kate's installation will remain at the gallery through January 12th.

Diego Anaya will be creating a piece of performance art

James Autery will have an exhibit involving vintage TV sets, projections, and photography up at the gallery for the party, as well as a full installation from January 18th-31st, with an opening party on January 20th. He is also our photographer for the day!

 

Catering Diva:

http://www.mamadstastytreats.com/