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Jack Wright, saxophone, Ron Stabinsky, piano, Kevin Shea, drums

12/9/18, 8:30pm, $15 at the door

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Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 75 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He has had a book published, Jan. 2017, The Free Musics, which is becoming very popular among improvisers. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". But for a true assessment listen to the music he and his partners create: Spring Garden Music, for sounds and writings.

Ron Stabinsky received his first musical lessons at the age of five from Michael Hoysock, his grandfather. Since 2000, Ron has been studying the Taubman Approach to piano playing with Edna Golandsky in New York City. He has also benefited greatly from additional study of classical repertoire with concert pianist Ilya Itin. His mentors in the art of free improvisation have included Bill Dixon and Joel Futterman. His study of jazz has been through the correspondence course work of Charlie Banacos.

Each July, Ron presents a series of workshops demonstrating to jazz pianists the practical application of the Taubman Approach to piano playing at the Golandsky Institute, an annual symposium held at Princeton University. In addition to continuing to pursue an ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including freeimprovising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso Dave Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival (USA), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Quartet, Quintet, and Octet.

Kevin "Sir Gigs-A-Lot" Shea (drums) is a true original. Few other drummers of his generation are as recognizable and idiosyncratic. Sir Gigs-A-Lot has always imbued his playing with a humor and flexibility that few in the jazz world have been able to match. His highly considered approach to the drum set is rooted in virtuosic technique, deliberate rawness, and obsessive inquiry. The global experimental community first took notice of Sir Gigs-A-Lot back in 1997 with cult free-rock trio Storm & Stress, alongside Battles/Don Caballero’s Ian Williams. Since then, Sir Gigs-A-Lot has been featured on 160 albums and has performed in 45 countries. He maintains a relentlessly prolific and polarizing presence with Talibam! (with Matt Mottel), Mostly Other People Do The Killing (with Ron Stabinsky and Moppa Elliott), People (with Mary Halvorson), Rhys Chatham, David Taylor, and countless other projects in the Avant-Garde, Jazz, Contemporary Music, and less superlative genres.

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Sam Newsome, saxophone

12/9/18, 7:30pm, $15 at the door

Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome will perform an evening of improvised and experimental music for solo saxophone.

"He has an outsize command of the horn, especially in the realm of extended technique: split-tone multiphonics, slap-tongue articulation, seamless circular breathing."
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano into a one-man band."

- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz 

New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach for which he gained world-wide critical acclaim with the release of his 2009 recording Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone, which received a five-star review in Downbeat magazine. Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques: multi-phonics, flutter tonguing, percussive slap tonguing, soprano saxophone specific micro-tones, air sounds, key clicks, air hisses, acoustic sound manipulation, Tartini tones, and various forms of oral cavity manipulation. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “ says Newsome, “is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity.

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Shellscrape Theatre Company Presents:


December 6th and 7th @ 7:30 p.m.

Adapted and Directed by Elaine Rava

Assisted by Angela Wheeler

Scenic and Lighting Design by Brian C. Staton

Synopsis: A young woman follows the path that society deems fit for her, despite feeling resistance. She marries her boss (a man she doesn't love), has a child with him, and then has an affair with a younger man. Revitalized by this experience, her moral conflict grows until she retaliates.

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Machine // Body

Crystal Penalosa, Dafna Naphtali, Masami Tomihisa, Anais Maviel

12/5/18, 8pm doors, 8:30 concert, $15/$10 students

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Machine//Body is a series which has manifested in Berlin, Chicago, and NYC featuring interdisciplinary artists working with sound and movement,
space and architecture.

Crystal Penalosa, Dafna Naphtali, Masami Tomihisa, Anais Maviel

Curated by Muyassar Kurdi


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Ensemble Ipse - Recent Music for String Quartet

12/4/18 @ 8pm, $20, $10 students


Ensemble Ipse – Recent Music for String Quartet

Ensemble Ipse presents a concert of recent music for String Quartet, featuring core performer Esther Noh (violin), and guest performers Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin), Stephanie Griffin (viola), and Hamilton Berry (cello). Featuring our Call for Scores selections and other works.


Can Bilir – "String Quartet no. 2 – ‘A wordless tale dedicated to the Flying Willendorfs in the windowless skies’" NYC PREMIERE

Alec Hall – "28 Hours

Stephanie Griffin – "Happy Car Ride from the Lost Quartet" NYC PREMIERE

And our 2018 Call for Scores selections:

George Lam – "String Quartet" U.S. PREMIERE

Ari Sussman – "needless to say" NYC PREMIERE

Ursula Kwong-Brown – "Emerald Meditations" NYC PREMIERE -->Matt Frey – "Procession"

Tania Chen, piano // Ali/Costa/Wallace

12/3/18, 8pm & 9pm, $15

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Tania Chen performs, composes and improvises noise, sound art and experimental music. She plays piano, keyboards, digital and vintage electronics, and found objects.


Tania Chen will perform her recent work for piano, video and electronics, Theme for a Story. She will end her set with Morton Feldman’s transcendent final solo piano composition Palais de Mari, completed in 1986.

Tania has recorded with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop, Jon Raskin, Jon Leidecker and with her bands Bad Jazz and Tender Buttons. It’s mostly on iTunes and Amazon. There will be some albums available to buy at tonight’s show too. Her most recent album release is Electronic Music for Piano by John Cage. She has some secret releases happening soon but it’s  all a bit hush hush right now.

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photog: Peter Gannushkin

Ali/Costa/Wallace- Using a traditional instrumental piano trio format, these three musicians are dedicated to creating an improvisational language that explores boundaries of sound, rhythm, and interaction. Utilizing their respective instruments in variegated ways they are able to create a spontaneous narrative, a sound landscape that morphs, starts, and stops according to the whims and musical connectivity of the performers.

Eli Wallace, piano
Sean Ali, bass
Carlo Costa, percussion

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Quince: Feldman's Three Voices

12/1/18, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, $20

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Three Voices by Morton Feldman is a sublime piece that both mesmerizes and stupefies.

The length, the tunings, the melismas, textures, the range, the relentlessness—it’s challenging in a way that is unlike any other piece in the unaccompanied solo voice repertoire.

This piece was written initially for one singer to perform with two looming, black loudspeakers performing the other vocal lines rather than three live singers.

Feldman wrote the piece in memoriam to Frank O’Hara, a NYC poet who was very good friends with Feldman. O’Hara was a prominent figure in “The New York School” of poets and was very inspired by music, dance, and painting (specifically the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s and 60s) and it came through in his poetry. 

Feldman and O’Hara were life-long collaborators, dedicating multiple pieces to each other, including the poem referenced in Three Voices. O’Hara died very early in life (at age 40), and this piece serves as an ode to him. The loudspeakers that are typically used in a performance by one singer represent looming, black tombstones peering over the singer’s shoulders to the audience to remind us that death is ever-present.

The work is mostly sung without text, however the few fragments of text that you do hear come from O’Hara’s 1957 poem Wind.

The Nouveau Classical Project: FRaGMeNTS

11/30/18, 8:00pm

$20/$15 students + seniors


Fragments explores the coexistence of strength and fragility by examining our relationship with the Earth. NCP will premiere William C. Mason's Larsen C, a work inspired by the ice shelf that lost a huge fragment in July 2017, a newly commissioned work by Emily Praetorius, and works by Missy Mazzoli and Leaha Villareal. Fragments will also feature wearable sculptures by artist Chanel Matsunami Govreau.

About the Music:

Larsen C by William Mason is inspired by the iceberg that broke off in Antarctica (when he began writing the piece, the iceberg was still attached). Emily Praetorius’ “Time Allotted for that Emanation (at that time),” which is a meditation on lace, a fabric that can be both delicate and sturdy, depending on how it is cared for or used. Other pieces on the program are Missy Mazzoli's "Still Life with avalanche" and Leaha Villareal’s Oceania.


Laura Cocks, flute

Mara Mayer, clarinet

Pauline Kim Harris, violin

Thea Mesirow, cello

Sugar Vendil, piano

Joseph Tucker, percussion

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Weston Olencki / James Moore-Elliot Simpson / Nina Dante-Matteo Liberatore

11/28/18, 8pm, $12

James Moore and Elliot Simpson will present two new works by Larry Polansky and Teodora Stepančić. Weston Olencki and Nina Dante and Matteo Liberatore will present improvisations for solo and duo.

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1k presents: Tobias Ralph and Tim Motzer

11/21/18, 8:30pm, $15

1k presents at Arete Brooklyn: the debut of Movement Sound Experiment, featuring world-renowned drummer Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew Power Trio, Crimson ProjeKCt) and acclaimed improvisational guitarist Tim Motzer in collaboration with University of the Arts dancers AJ + sav. Movement Sound Experiment invites a four-way dialogue between musicians and dancers, promising spontaneous expression and breathtaking narratives. Join us for this exciting creative experiment as it unfolds in real time.

World-renowned drummer Tobias Ralph, born and raised in New York City, has been touring internationally since 1995 and has performed & recorded with Tricky, Screaming Headless Torsos, Lauryn Hill, Defunkt, and Duncan Sheik. Tobias is especially known for his work with the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Crimson ProjeKCt. In 2014, he released a thrilling album of duo drumming with Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) entitled ToPaRaMa. In the world of dance, Tobias has worked for over a decade with the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and he also created a score with choreographer Ann Reinking and vocalist Philip Hamilton. He is on the faculty at The Collective in NYC, and in 2010 released the educational drum video Hi-Hat Substitutions, Broken Doubles, & More that covers "the art of soloing while keeping the groove." He previously collaborated with Tim Motzer in the trio RMS along with bassist Julie Slick.

After 20 years of world touring, five solo albums, and stunning collaborations including over 80 albums of credits, Tim Motzer continues to "traverse manifold territories in music (Guitar Player magazine)." Tim is widely known for his distinct textural acoustic-electro guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. From 2016-18, Tim toured the world playing prestigious venues and jazz festivals with Bandit65, an improvising trio he co-leads with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis. He has also collaborated with numerous musical luminaries including David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, poet Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Vernon Reid, David Torn, Markus Reuter, and Pat Mastelotto, among others. Tim's work has appeared in the hit HBO series True Blood as well a major motion picture directed by Michael Mann. As an in-demand, solo live composer/improviser in the world of modern dance, Tim most recently played to sold-out houses in Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Oujda, Morocco; Philadelphia, PA; and Toronto, Canada. For nearly a decade, he has served as a live accompanist for choreographers at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Tim brings his dynamic, eclectic array of musical projects together under his own 1k Recordings imprint, which has over 40 releases and counting. For full credits, visit

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Will Lang presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

11/20/18, 7 & 9 pm, each $15 at the door

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7 pm - loadbang presents: Andy Kozar

9 pm - Rosie Moore (solo harp)

Andy Kozar: Contemporary works for trumpet and electronics.

A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator that has been called a 'star soloist' by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace...he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the contemporary music quartet loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. With loadbang, his playing has been said to be ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he 'coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument...and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color' by the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is also a member of TILT Brass, the Byrne:KozarDuo, and has performed with new music ensembles including Bang on a Can, Ensemble Signal, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Echappe, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, James Thompson, Mark Gould and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, Christian Wolff and Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. Kozar has performed has performed at venues both domestically and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, MoMA, Rothko Chapel, The Barclays Center, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.


“Roll up, roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, come closer, come closer. Welcome to the greatest show on earth!” Join harpist, actress and storyteller Rosanna Moore as she presents a variety of theatrical works for harp (plus a cameo from a stray trombonist). This show presents the harp in a new and quirky light and will make you both laugh and cry as you watch mosquitos being swatted, a solo London soap opera, a Greek tragedy, a terrifying retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher, and many more musical and theatrical skits.

Harpist and actor, Rosanna Moore, has made it her aim to combine theatre and music wherever possible. As a harpist, she plays with Ensemble Signal, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She was the first harpist to be a finalist at the Gold Medal Competition at RNCM, won the Stan Baker award, was a semifinalist in the Dutch Harp Competition and placed third at Tierra47’s improvisation competition. As an actress, she has worked as a narrator for Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and done voice over work. Finally, as a combination of both, she has worked with trombonist/ actor John Kenny, and was awarded honorable mention in the Eastman Lecture Recital Prize for her research and performance into the choreography used in R. Murray Schafer’s Crown of Ariadne.

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Strolling on a World Map - the Four Corners Ensemble

Saturday, 11/17/18 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Tickets online $15


Four Corners Ensemble presents four dynamic mini-concertos from its "World Map Concerti Series." Composed by award-winning composer Shuying Li, "World Map Concerti" is a multi-cultural and multi-national collection with virtuosic soloists and a soloist-level "orchestra”. These concertos focus on each soloist's unique geographical, cultural and personal identities.

Come meet our amazing soloists, Siyuan Li, Joshua Anderson, Merryl Neille, and Jinn Shin; and enjoy premieres of flute concerto "Quongqothwane," based on South Africa's "Click Song;" clarinet concerto "American Variations," on an original theme in various American music styles; piano concerto "Canton Snowstorm," an imagination of a heavy snowstorm in the warmest place in China; and cello concerto "Matilda's Dream," a fantasy based on Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda."

Guest performers will also present works by Marcel Chyrzyński and Jakub Polycczyk, a dive-in of some of the best Polish contemporary repertoire.

Poster by Tanner Porter.

Convergences Series II

Ava Mendoza / Philip White

11/15/18, 8pm, $15


Ava Mendoza- Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was old enough to get into 18+ venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, Ikue Mori, Matt Mitchell, Jon Irabagon, members of Caroliner, the Violent Femmes, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.

Philip White- Composer, performer and improviser Philip White works with electronics at the intersection of noise, jazz and contemporary concert music. In addition to his solo practice current and recent projects include R WE WHO R WE (with Ted Hearne), duos with Chris Pitsiokos, Paula Matthusen and cross media collaborations with Jim Findlay, Ralph Lemon, Jimena Paz, Daniel Fish, Nora Chipaumire and Urban Bush Women. Recent presentations of his work have taken place at Carnegie Hall, BAM Harvey Theater (Brooklyn), The Kitchen (NYC), Fylkingen (Stockholm), American Academy in Rome, ISSUE Project Room (NYC) and countless other venues nationally and internationally. His music has been released on Anticausal Systems, Carrier Records, New Focus Recordings, Infrequent Seams, Contour Editions and Tape Drift Records. It has been described as “utterly gripping” (Time Out Chicago), “bona fide evocative music” (Brooklyn Rail), and a “vibrant textural tapestry” (Wall Street Journal).

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11/14/18, 8:00 doors, music 8:30, $15

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Machine//Body is a series which has manifested in Berlin, Chicago, and NYC featuring interdisciplinary artists working with sound and movement,
space and architecture.

Performers: Miya Masaoka, Eryka Dellenbach, Muyassar Kurdi, Samita Sinha


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Clara Duo

All that America! -Celebration of American Composers-

11/10/18, 3pm

The duo of clarinet and piano can be simple and small, but the possibilities created by their unity and trusts from the strong bond of friendship are beyond the size of ensemble. Clara duo celebrates its 12th anniversary featured by American composers, Copland, Bernstein, Muczynski and D'Rivera.

Sound Seeing

presented by Lisanne Tremblay Music

Friday, 11/9/18 at 8 PM, $15

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Matt Mitchell - piano
Jason Levine - computational art

Seeing sounds or hearing images? Join violinist Lisanne Tremblay, pianist Matt Mitchell, and computational artist Jason Levine as they meet for the first time to explore the interaction possibilities between musical improvisation and generative art. Sound waves from both instruments will be captured by Levine‘s computer and transferred into a variety of shapes, colors, and textures in real time, providing the audience with a one-of-a-kind multi sensory experience.

Event image by Jason Levine.

Inert View

Brian Lawlor, piano

10/29/18, 8:30pm, $15 at the door

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When my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I recorded many interviews with him before he died. This piece is the first of many sound/installation performances utilizing the audio from these interviews as source material. Small phrases have been translated into morse code and utilized as sparse rhythmic vignettes for disklavier. The interview will also be processed in real time through vocoder and modular synthesizers.

There may be a game or two of Parcheesi.

- Brian Lawlor

Marissa Olegario, Orpheus Bassoon Fellow Recital

10/28/18, 5:00-7:00pm, FREE/donation with RSVP

 Images and credits: Headshot: Pierre Lidar Photography  Poster: Geoff Olegario, designer

Images and credits: Headshot: Pierre Lidar Photography

Poster: Geoff Olegario, designer


Marissa Olegario, bassoon

Mark Dover, bass clarinet

Hsini Huang, piano

Shuying Li, composer

Lisa Renkel, video and projection designer

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Fellow and Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, Marissa Olegario collaborates with award-winning performers, composers, and visual designers in a recital that explores standard and non-standard bassoon repertoire. Inspired by the surroundings of her new home in Tucson, Arizona, the program includes a newly commissioned solo work by Shuying Li entitled After Rain and a piece with video projection that portrays the binary star Mizar, located in the handle of the Big Dipper.

Marissa Olegario is an active performer in the US and abroad. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists from Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmoniker and Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet and has served as a principal and section bassoonist in orchestras across the US. Inspired by community engagement and innovation, she has partnered with Dance for Parkinson’s, commissioned visual projections for her live performances and enjoys performing in non-traditional spaces. Holding degrees from Northwestern University and Yale, she is on faculty at the University of Arizona and regularly presents master classes across the US.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.

With support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra currently sponsors four 2018 fellowships. This fellowship is designed to build skills and industry knowledge vital to a 21st-century career in the arts and provides exposure and training across the core operating functions of a professional chamber orchestra.

FREE, Suggested Donation $10

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New Music by Latin American Composers

Pianists Manuel Laufer and Walter Aparicio perform the works of Latin American Composers


Each concert $15, or $25 to attend both

Manuel Laufer - 7:00 pm, Walter Aparicio - 8:30 pm

  Manuel Laufer

Manuel Laufer

  Walter Aparicio

Walter Aparicio

Manuel Laufer 

Traversing landscapes of lush romanticism, thorny abstraction, and playful irony, this recital features piano works of Diógenes Rivas, the preeminent Venezuelan exponent of high-modernist composition. The program comprises all of Rivas’ solo piano pieces composed between 1995 and 2013: Estructura Mandala III (1995), Preludes I-V (1998/2013), Impromptus I and II (2007/2009), and Tango (2010).

An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Manuel Laufer has presented world premieres at Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atempo (Caracas and Paris). As a core member of the Hayley-Laufer Duo and Ensemble Atempo, he has concertized extensively, playing contemporary chamber music, performing canonic works by composers including Babbitt, Cage, Crumb, Lachenmann, and Xenakis, in addition to newly commissioned repertoire. His solo work has championed modernist voices from his native Venezuela, placing particular emphasis on composer Diógenes Rivas.

A versatile musician, he is also passionate about traditional repertoire. He has performed with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, and appears yearly at the Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival (Vancouver). Highlights of collaborative engagements featuring traditional repertoire in recent and upcoming seasons include a tour of China with clarinetist Mingzhe Wang and performances of Hugo Wolf’s complete Italienisches Liederbuch in Canada and Germany.

He serves on the screening committee of Festival Atempo, co-chairs the 20th/21st Century Music Festival of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, and recently completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Formerly on staff as a collaborative pianist at University of California, Irvine, he is currently a member of the Artist Faculty at NYU Steinhardt’s program in Piano Studies, where he teaches courses in Song Repertoire and Collaborative Piano.

Walter Aparicio

This recital explores the unique voices of living Latin American composers, their influences, and their ties to their roots. Featuring composers from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Known for the warmth and conviction of his performances, pianist Walter Aparicio explores issues of cultural background and identity through his concerts and workshops. Much of his programming includes music that directly references elements of dance, language and folk traditions.

Walter’s notable New York credits include Symphony Space, the Cell Theatre, Steinway Hall, and Firehouse Space. Outside of the US, he has presented performances at the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (China), and Barcelona Piano Academy (Spain).

An adventurous artist, Walter has participated in performance installations such as Allora & Calzadilla’s Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano. Taking place at the Gladstone Gallery, NY, the work involved the pianist performing backwards - from a hole cut inside a grand piano - while moving the instrument around the gallery space. The work transforms the player/instrument dynamic, and this experience has been part of Mr. Aparicio’s ongoing inquiry into the nature of performance and the artist-audience relationship. Other ventures have included collaborations with the Nouveau Classical Project (where fashion meets music) and Notes on Fiction, a series where musical references in literature are presented as a fluid reading/concert hybrid.

1k presents: Matt Mitchell- piano, modular synths, Tim Motzer- guitar, Doug Hirlinger - drums

10/25/18, 8:30 pm, $15

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1k presents an evening of kinetic improvisation with Matt Mitchell (piano, synths), Tim Motzer (guitars, electronics), and Doug Hirlinger (drums, max/msp, electronics). This debut outing of these three stellar musicians will collide modular synths, piano, guitars, electronics, rhythm science, and orchestral timbre creating beautiful collisions in sound. Another 1k presents evening not to be missed.

Motzer & Hirlinger have recorded and performed together in numerous projects. Their upcoming release Channels by Swana, Motzer, Hirlinger will be released this fall on 1k recordings.

Nick Yulman

“Selected Works for Musical Robots"

Oct 20th - Nov 2nd

Oct 27th @ 4pm and 7pm: Musical Oddities and Monstrosities: a strange symphony of unusual instruments

Oct 27th closing concert with guest musicians/instrument makers is Presented by Atlas Obscura

There will also be an opening reception on October 21st, 11am - 4pm, and gallery hours on November 2nd from 6 - 9pm.

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Copper Forest, 2008

Ise Cultural Foundation, New York

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Nick Yulman works with sound and interactive media in a variety of contexts including installation art,oral history and music. He has presented his work at venues in New York and beyond including  Paris' Palais de Tokyo, the ISE Cultural foundation, MoMa PS1, Flux Factory, UnionDocs, The Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Hall of Science. In the spring of 2010, Yulman was artist in residence at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky Castle in Warsaw, Poland through Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange Program. He received a NYSCA distribution grant to produce a record, “Warsaw Machines & Songs” documenting the work created during this residency. In 2011 Yulman worked with the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition to create "No Bills", a public sound installation, situated in construction fences, featuring oral histories of long-term residents of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. “Coppercussion/Papercussion”, his collaboration with printmaker Hope Dector won the audience choice award at the 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival. Professionally, Yulman spent five years working with the national oral history project StoryCorps, traveling the United States recording interviews, managing the organization’s Recording and Archive department and consulting on a variety of projects. He received his Master’s from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and is currently an adjunct professor there. Additional information at 

Nick Yulman’s solo show “Selected Works for Musical Robots" will be on view at Areté from Oct 20th - Nov 2nd. There will be a special event closing concert on Oct 27th at 4pm and 7pm with guest musicians/instrument makers Merche Blasco, Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz, and Daniel Fishkin. The concert is presented in conjunction with Atlas Obscura, and titled Musical Oddities and Monstrosities: A strange symphony of unusual instruments.

There will also be an opening reception on October 21st 11am - 4pm, and gallery hours on November 2nd from 6 - 9pm.

Musical Oddities and Monstrosities: a strange symphony of unusual instruments

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October 27, 2018

4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.


$35.00 USD

Sip cocktails as you take in sounds that you’ve never heard before, and may never hear again.

In this special concert event, Atlas Obscura and sound artist Nick Yulman partner together for a program of musical oddities and delights. Hear books that growl like synthesizers, Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz and her singing saws, new musical inventions by Merche Blasco, and more unusual instruments coaxed into creating hauntingly beautiful, mind-blowing experimental music.

Your sonic evening will begin with Nick Yulman’s orchestra of robotic instruments playing his original songs in a gallery on the ground floor of a former rope factory. There, you’ll hear the surprising stories behind groundbreaking musical inventions and a chorus of rare instruments—ranging from the charming to cacophonous—played for you in this intimate concert.

The event promises to be a truly special way to start off your Halloween weekend, with instruments that seem haunted themselves and the themed Monster Mash specialty cocktail.


Sound artist Nick Yulman has been building and composing music for robotic instruments for more than a decade. He’s brought his immersive “song installations” to venues around the world including Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, Warsaw’s Ujazdowski Castle, and an abandoned paint factory in Queens. He studied interactive media at NYU’s ITP program and has taught classes there on automata.

His love of strange music started as a young child when his parents played him the Kingston Trio’s version of “Tanga Tika” sped up to 45 rpm. He’s excited to share this program featuring some of his favorite adventurous music makers.


Cash bar, 21+ to drink. Please bring I.D.

Your ticket admits you to the performance time listed on your ticket

Seating is first come, first served.



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Peter Evans/Immanuel Wilkins/Joey Chang

10/24/18 @ 8:30pm, $15

Peter Evans/trumpet, Immanuel Wilkins/sax, and Joey Chang/piano will perform together for the first time in a formidable set of free improvisation, bringing together rapid-fire organized chaos.

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. Evans has been exploring 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, Ingrid Laubrock, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Ambrose Akinmusere, 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. 2018 will see the release of a new solo album, the first duo album with Levy Lorenzo, a new record by Pulverize the Sound, and the new album by the Peter Evans Ensemble. 

Immanuel Wilkins is an American Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, and Band Leader. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he played in his church and programs dedicated to teaching jazz music such as the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Immanuel has had the opportunity to play in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States, working and/or recording with Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. He currently attends The Juilliard School where he studied with saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley. By being emerged in the scene at a young age around various masters, he continues to pursue his goals of being a force in music and society today. His mission is to create a sound that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact and to become a great leader in the lineage of jazz musicians throughout history. Through studying the human pathos of the music and the culture of jazz, he aspires to bring people together through the commonality of love and belief in this music.

Pianist/Improviser Joey (Ian-Joe) Chang, obtained his B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School. Following his residency as an improviser at the Banff Centre in the summer of 2017, Joey works extensively in collaborative, cross-discipline, freeform improvisation. He has performed free improvisation around NYC in contexts ranging from free jazz to classical piano including The Stone at the New School, Cornelia St. Cafe Underground, The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Spectrum NYC, and Juilliard’s Paul Hall. He has performed with musicians such as Peter Evans, Michael Formanek, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Luke Stewart, Immanuel Wilkins, Jasmine Wilson, and Jack Mcguire, as well as sharing classical concert bills as an improviser with pianists like Jerome Lowenthal and Vassily Primakov. He has composed structured improvisation for art installations as well as dance choreography performed at student choreography showcases at Marymount Manhattan College. At Juilliard, he was the organizer and leader of the “Improv You Are Enough!” sessions, a series of informal jam sessions between musicians, dancers, and actors, and continues to network and workshop collaborative improvisation in these settings.

eGALitarian WINS Halloween

10/22/18, 7:30 pm, $15


Amalgama Ensemble

The Lost Words: Luis Fernando Amaya and Maria Kaoutzani

10/21/18, 8pm, $15/$10 students

Amalgama presents a performance of new commissions from our 2018-19 season project, The Lost Words. A collaboration with acclaimed author Robert Macfarlane based on his children's book of the title, "The Lost Words" addresses current environmental concerns, and engages children (and adults!), with creativity and optimism.

The program features Luis Fernando Amaya's "Sky-Wire [Escái-Guáyer]," and Maria Kaoutzani's "Adder." In the spirit of collaboration and our mission to explore the areas between improvisation and notated music, the composers will join the musicians of Amalgama on stage to perform free and structured improvisations.

Learn more about The Lost Words project on our website:

Bennardo-Larson Duo present Morton Feldman's 'For John Cage'

10/18/18, 8:00pm, $15


The Bennardo-Larson Duo is a contemporary classical duo committed to the performance of forward thinking works for violin and piano. Comprised of Maya Bennardo (violin) and Karl Larson (piano), the duo was formed in 2016 when they undertook the task of learning and performing Charles Ives’s complete works for violin and piano. Since then, the duo has become known for their annual ‘Ives of March’ concerts, which take place in New York City every March 15. Bennardo and Larson are both fierce advocates of contemporary music, and the bulk of their programming is intended to illuminate new repertoire for their instrumentation along with intrepid works from the past that laid the foundation for our current musical climate. 


Sontag Shogun, Christopher Tignor, Anastasia Clarke

10/17/18 @ 8pm, $15

An evening of abstract sentimental music (for lovers and loners alike). All artists performing new music from forthcoming releases and improvisation.


Sontag Shogun is a collaborative trio that makes use of analog sound treatments of foley and tape, and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory.

Ian Temple, piano, organ

Jeremy Young, tapes, oscillators, contact mics

Jesse Perlstein, laptop, field recordings, voice


Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, lecturer, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electroacoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 8 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels. He creates the live performance software he uses, shared freely.


Composer-improvisers Anastasia Clarke and Rachel Austin will work with electronics, compositional fragments, improvisation and voice in a first-time collaboration.

Will Lang's Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

10/16/18, 7pm $10 at the door & 9pm $15 at the door

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The Garden of Live Flowers.

7 pm - “Through the Looking Glass” Shannon Steigerwald/Anna Heflin

Through the Looking Glass is a solo violin recital featuring the premiere of Anna Heflin’s piece, “The Garden of Live Flowers.” Her piece conceptually places the violinist within Carroll’s book, featuring the scene with talking flowers. The immersive spatial elements in Heflin's piece are mirrored in both Berio’s Sequenza VIII for Violin and Bach’s Chaconne from the D minor Partita, where the use of space represents the passage of time. These three pieces represent the pinnacles of violin technique across three very different time periods.

9 pm - Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anais Marviel, and Megan Schubert

Four vocalist-composers explore improvisatory musical landscapes in shared communication as part of the development of four new pieces they are creating for each other.;

Unheard-of//Ensemble performs works by NY Women Composers, Inc.

 10/13/18, 8:00pm

Cover: $15 general, $10 students


Unheard-of//Ensemble- Ford Fourqurean, clarinet, Matheus Souza, violin, So Sugiyama, cello, Daniel Anastasio, piano, Amber Evans, soprano, Francesca Ferrara, flute

Unheard-of//Ensemble performs works by members of the New York Women Composers, Inc., including Eleanor Aversa’s monumental Victory at Arnot and Marilyn Bliss’ Under the Azure Sky, as well as Flannery Cunningham's Say-So supported by a New York Women Composers, Inc. seed grant featuring guests Amber Evans, soprano, and Francesca Ferrara, flute.

Announcing the inaugural Fall Season of CONVERGENCES,

a New Series for Experimental and Creative Music presented by Anna Webber and Eric Wubbels

Convergences I - Liederkreis (Judith Berkson) // Oscar Noriega

10/11/18 @ 8:00pm

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About the Series

Convergences brings together musicians at the highest levels of contemporary practice from divergent scenes and communities on shared bills, with the aim of opening up new lines of dialogue and interaction between these practices and their audiences and community members.

Curated by avant-garde jazz saxophonist/flutist/composer Anna Webber and composer/pianist Eric Wubbels, the series highlights the common aesthetic threads between various traditions of improvised, composed, and notated music, as well as the strength and versatility of New York City's musicians.

The first three concerts of Convergences feature musicians from across the spectrum of the New York music community, working at various intersections of jazz, experimental, classical, new music, and noise, each a remarkable solo performer in their own right.

About the Artists

Judith Berkson- Judith Berkson, under the moniker Liederkreis, works with voice, along with analog and digital keyboards to create pieces that cross boundaries of classical, cantorial and experimental music. Her most recent work uses microtonal vocal pitches set against acoustic piano to produce sonorities not intended by the equal- tempered piano tuning. She is interested in the body and its responses to pitch as well as the use of technologies in non-conventional methods to put autodidacticism in conversation with traditional modalities of music.

Judith has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, City Opera, Laurie Anderson and as has premiered vocal works by Chaya Czernowin, Enno Poppe, Joe Maneri, Rick Burkhardt, Gerard Pape, Julia Werntz and Aleksandra Vrebalov. She has collaborated on Yiddish folk music with Theodore Bikel and has presented solo works at the Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Her solo album Oylam is on ECM Records. Her chamber opera The Vienna Rite was about the collaboration between Vienna's chief cantor and Franz Schubert. She has worked extensively with choreographer Netta Yerushalmy as well as new music groups Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire and the Boston Microtonal Society.

Oscar Noriega- Multi-instrumentalist and composer Oscar Noriega has lived in Brooklyn since 1992. He has worked with Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Dewey Redman and Paul Motion. He is currently performing with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn) and coleads the Mexico-inspired Banda De Los Muertos with Jacob Garchik. He plays alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and drums.

Anne Hege and Jen Baker

The Universe Is Pulling Apart

10/10/18 @ 7:30pm


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Vocalist/composer Anne Hege and trombonist/composer Jen Baker will perform an evening-length work created from the inaugural MAMA residency, supporting creativity, art making, and musical excellence while parenting young children. This work explores the connection between listening, movement, improvisation, and instrument building. Using extended techniques and new technologies, Baker and Hege will present a new work for voice, trombone, tape machine (analog live looper), tape track, and smartphones. This work is a ritual exploring connection in a time of entropy.

Jen Baker, trombonist/composer and author of Hooked on Multiphonics: Multiphonics and other Extended Techniques Demystified, has pioneered a widely diverse performing career based in redefining the role of trombone in contemporary music. Hailed for her "formidable sensitivity" (New York Times), she has "performed with brilliant mastery and virtuosity" (San Francisco Classical Voice) at the International Trombone Festival (Illinois and NYC) and American Trombone Workshop (Washington D.C.), High Zero international festival of improvised music (Baltimore), ISIM Conference - International Society of Improvised Music (Denver and NYC), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Ostrava Days (Czech Republic), Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Festival of Friendly Countries (Mexico), Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Whitney/Met Breuer, Guggenheim, Park Avenue Armory - including the final performance with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Met Museum, Lincoln Center, and arenas throughout the U.S. Her music has been performed nationwide, in part by commissions by The Fourth Wall, Loadbang, and Asphalt Orchestra and also with her own solo and collaborative projects as composer/performer.

This fall, Anne Hege is presenting work from her latest project, the MAMA (Musical and Multimedia Artist) Residency. This project is her answer to the particular challenges of performing and composing while raising young children. With the birth of her identical twins in 2017, Hege began researching and constructing a program to support art-making while raising young children. The first inaugural MAMA Residency August 13-17th, 2018, culminated with the creation of “The Universe is Pulling Apart,” an evening-length work created by Anne Hege and Jen Baker (the first MAMA Resident) performed at the Vernon Salon in Oakland, California and a second performance in October at the Areté Gallery in Brooklyn. This spring, the project will continue with the MAMA Choir, an ensemble of bay area vocalists and care givers who will perform a multimedia work created by Anne Hege for audiences of all ages and especially those 0-5 years old.

Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano saxophones) and Brian Chase (drumset)

with Ryan Sawyer, solo piano opening set



8:00pm Ryan Sawyer, 8:45pm Catherine Sikora and Brian Chase

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The avant-jazz duo of Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano saxophones) and Brian Chase (drumset) pairs two distinguished artists who together tear the line of innovation and tradition. At once lyrical and powerful, their music opens itself to a wide emotional range which in turn reveals a broad expressive palette. For the duo’s debut album, untitled: after (Chaikin Records), Catherine and Brian turned to the epic poem Beowulf for inspiration. The classic text’s themes of confrontation and courage proved to be analogous to current life experience, and were channeled into compositions as a basis for improvisation. Think John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space meets epic poetry as depicted in an adaptation for film.  

Ryan Sawyer is a longtime Brooklyn based drummer. Some of his many collaborators include Gang Gang Dance, Valerie June, Kyp Malone, Zeena Parkins, C. Spencer Yeh, and Nate Wooley.

Reviews for untitled: after - 

"These noble musicians have performed courageous deeds on this fantastic album. To them, we should submit and yield tribute."

- Robert Ham, DownBeat Magazine

“Sikora’s performances are passionate and commanding. If there was any doubt that she ranks among the best of today’s avant-garde jazz players, this disc is a triumphant response. No matter the pace, her sax is an absolute force. It’s not difficult to imagine more than a few accompanists shying away from an invitation to join her. Which is precisely why Chase is such a well-suited partner. There is no second fiddle in this duo. He’s with Sikora every step of the way. The interplay is inspiring.”

- Kevin Press,

Saxophonist, improviser and composer Catherine Sikora, born and raised in West Cork, Ireland, works in a broad range of settings, from highly complex composed music, to folk songs, to free improvisation. Her regular collaborations include those with Eric Mingus, Enrique Haneine, Brian Chase, Han-earl Park, Stanley Zappa, Christopher Culpo and Ross Hammond, as well as actively pursuing solo performance.  In the past few years, she has toured in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.  As an international artist, Sikora was a featured soloist in Eric Mingus’ radical reimagining of Tommy by the Who presented at Australia's Adelaide Festival in 2015, and was artist-in-residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for the fall of 2014 working on a project inspired by stories from her female ancestors. Catherine's first solo album 'Jersey' was released on Relative Pitch Records in July 2016.

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 and Drones.  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 book and triple album, and albums with notable improvisors Alan Licht, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Andrea Parkins.  Brian has 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. In the fall of 2017, Brian was a visiting professor at Bennington College, and in 2014 was a guest lecturer for the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. Spring of 2018 saw the release of Brian’s record label, Chaikin Records.

Ross Hammond + Shane Parish

Ross Hammond + Shane Parish

10/07/18, doors at 8pm, $15

Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States and beyond. His sound is equal parts blues, spirituals, folk and world music.

He has played for Hillary Clinton, to audiences of five and all points in between.

Ross has collaborated/gigged/recorded with:

Kevin Seconds, Oliver Lake, Pheeroan AkLaff, Vinny Golia, Vladimir Tarasov, Tetuzi Akiyama, Nicole Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Dwight Trible, Calvin Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Alex Cine, Suzuki Junzo, Amy Reed, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Max Johnson, Steve Adams, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride, Catherine Sikora, Scott Amendola, Steuart Liebig, Sameer Gupta, Tony Passarell and more.

Shane Parish (b. 1978) is a guitarist and composer residing in Asheville, North Carolina. He has been involved with many musical projects over the past quarter century. He formed the avant rock band Ahleuchatistas in 2002. He has performed and recorded with many free improvisors. He is a creative interpreter and frequently performs as an acoustic soloist. He has performed throughout the USA and Europe many times over. He is devoted to universal music, so his practice and listening habits expand in all directions. He is a mentor to many students, with the intention to help them cultivate their truest and freest creative selves.

In 1952, Harry E. Smith brought out the legendary Anthology of American Folk Music, a collection of bangers originally recorded 1927-1932. The world would never be the same. Fast forward to 2017. Crave On start to go to work on the tunes and suddenly find the tunes going to work on them.

SaaWee-Korean Shaman Rhythm Project presented by Sanjo Festival NYC

9/28/18, 9-10pm, $15


SaaWee, a contemporary shaman ritual created for the spirituality of current
society. SaaWee accentuates the electricity between the old and new: Korean shaman rhythm, Korean mask dance movements and contemporary languages created through violin. This unique collaboration between Sita Chay (Latin Grammy winning violinist based in New York), Jihye Kim (provocative percussionist of Urban Sound based in London), and Insoo Park (scholar and master of Bong-san, the Korean Mask Dance) re- imagines ancient stories in order to touch upon current societal illness and seeks for cure through energy links between participants.


1. Festival of 5 Gods
We ask for the cleansing of our surroundings and the blessing on all participants. When all is purified, the temple is ready for the festivity.

2. Story of Now
The narrative unveils the ruins of nature’s body and the illness of society that eats our flesh.

We wail because we are cut off from the mother. We seek to build bridges with help of empathy and reassurance.

4. Open the Heart and Fly
The embrace of the abandoned gives birth to true liberation.

5. Prayer
We pray that we stay evoked into the future. With borrowed wisdom, unified heartbeat flows through the thread of past, present and future.

Les Six at Areté

9/27/18 @ 7pm, $15 online $20 at the door

“Enough of clouds, waves, aquariums, water-sprites, and nocturnal scents; what we need is a music of the earth, everyday music... music one can live in, like a house.”

-Jean Cocteau

Classical music has gotten a bad rap. Shushing, rustling candy wrappers, stuck in a row of uncomfortable chairs trying not to fall asleep while waiting for intermission to cough or use the bathroom.  Forget all of it.  That’s not how this music was meant to be performed, so we’re not gonna do it.  Get up, get a drink whenever you want. Cough, slurp, chat as much as you please.  

Most importantly, enjoy yourself and some amazing music with us at Areté Venue and Gallery.



Soprano Stefanie Izzo has been hailed as possessing a "gorgeously rich and full sound" for her work in opera and musical theater. She made her off-Broadway debut in 2012 as Monica in Menotti's The Medium, and her international debuting 2011 as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore with Musica Viva Hong Kong. Stefanie devotes a significant amount of time to art song, particularly that of female composers and maintains an active concert schedule in the NYC area. She is a co-founder of the chamber ensemble The Astoria Music Project.


Amy Marie Stewart is a soprano, actor and voice teacher in NYC.  A published Backstage expert, her students have appeared on Broadway tours, cruise ships, at Radio City, in the Joffrey Ballet, and more.  Amy has a masters in voice performance (CCPA), and has sung with Opera America at the Town Hall in Times Square, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera, and Disney Cruise Lines.


A native of Bulgaria, Aleksandra began her musical training on the piano at age five. In the USA, she earned her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. She has been recognized for her artistry in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She maintains an active career as a classical music performer.


Jessica has been an active pianist, teacher and vocal collaborator in New York City since 2011. Before relocating to New York, Jessica was employed by Roosevelt University where she served as vocal coach and rehearsal pianist. She completed her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the same institution where she studied both solo and collaborative repertoire. While attending Roosevelt, she was active as both a soloist and collaborator, featured in their opera scenes, multiple chamber groups, many vocal recitals and solo performances. She maintains an active teaching and performance schedule in NYC.

Elizabeth Baker

Quadrivium Album Release Concert

September 22nd, 7-9 pm, $15

Hosted by Aerocade Music

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Elizabeth Baker’s first solo album on Aerocade Music drops worldwide on May 18th and a celebration in New York rings in this momentous occasion for friends, family, fans, and press in the Northeast. A concert featuring live performances of selections from the two-hour album Quadrivium and a collaborative work with digital media artist Bahareh Khoshooee round out a joyous evening celebrating Elizabeth's first release on Aerocade Music! A limited supply of physical copies of the album will be available for purchase at the event.

Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, Elizabeth refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible.

Quadrivium is Elizabeth A. Baker's debut album on Aerocade. It is a double disc sized digital release of minimalist solo piano compositions, avant garde prepared piano improvisations, meditative new-age tracks, spoken word, and electronics.

Quadrivium will be released on May 18th through iTunes, Spotify, and every digital retailer plus Bandcamp. The Bandcamp release of the album comes with a companion zine full of poetry and artwork by the artist. 

The limited edition double CD wallet package comes with a copy of the full-color, 5.5"x8.5" zine designed by the artist.

Second Seasons

9/21/18 @ 9pm, $15

Using generative techniques created in custom software, second seasons aims to create an immersive experience filled with lush harmony and mutilated rhythm. His performance features the rich timbral sounds of electroacoustic music with the driving rhythmic force of hard techno. This IDM artist aims to infuse immersive sound with intense emotion.

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by Gio Janiashvili

9/21/18 at 6:30pm, and at 7:20pm.

Tickets: $15 

Sound, wall projection.

Duration: 40 minutes

The Areté Venue and Gallery presents Gio Janiashvili’s “THERE IS NO NECESSITY. THERE IS ONLY DESIRE FOR THE SUBLIME“ (2017) for sound and wall projection. The audience is invited to to experience the work twice during the evening.

The artistic practice of the composer Gio (Giorgi) Janiashvili encompasses music, art and performance. His creative output spans solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, sound, music-theatre and multimedia compositions; sound, video, performance and installation art. 

He staged concerts, multimedia performances and installations worldwide. His works were performed and exhibited at such concert halls, theatres, museums, and galleries as Southbank Centre, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Laban Theatre, Blackheath Halls, The Royal Observatory in London; Abrons Arts Centre, Speyer Hall in New York City; The Georgian National Museum - Museum of Georgia, The National Gallery, The National Music Centre, Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi; Nostitz Palace, The National Gallery in Prague; and etc. 

Gio Janiashvili is a recipient of commissions for the Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; from a violist Rivka Golani; CoMA Voices; City Lit London; Goethe-Institut; Trinity Laban; and etc. His works were presented at the music, art and performance festivals in the USA, UK, EU and Georgia: Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Surrogate Cities Exploded!, Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings, Artisterium V,
Fest I Nova' 17, and

Gio Janiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He received Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and resides in New York City.

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Will Lang's TNMPC series presents:

RAM Trio Expo 11

9/18/18, 7pm, $15

The rich, colorful, and sometimes edgy nature of the trio combination of violin, clarinet, and piano continue to be explored. This program,“RAM Trio Expo II” is the second edition of RAM’s May show, this time presenting a full program of trios for clarinet, violin, and piano by Croatian composer and RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Ivan Božičević, Gilbert Galindo, Katherine Hoover, Frances White, and Chinese composer and RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores honorable mention Mao Zhu. Violinist Sabina Torosjan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, and pianist Marija Ilic are the RAM Players who will bring this music to life.  

 — with Frances WhiteSabina Torosjan,David FetherolfThomas Piercy and Gilbert Galindo.

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Feminist Wonder Concert

9/17/18 @ 7:30pm


A night of music composed by women and performed by women. Featuring trumpet solo, viola solo, flute solo, string trio, brass trio, and more. 

New Compositions by Cory Bracken & Luke Schwartz

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9/15/18, doors @ 8:30, performance at 9:00

$10 at the door

Luke Schwartz presents music for 2 guitars, cello and percussion, featuring Pat Muchmore (cello) and Joe Tucker (percussion). Cory Bracken presents three recent solo compositions: Beyond Ignorance (2017) for solo amplified cello performed by Mariel Roberts, bookended by the provisional premieres of I’m at ocean level moisture with these life hacks for solo percussion performed by the composer, and BRUX for solo piano featuring Sarah Dutcher.


Knox Trio: Footprints

September 8th, 7:30-9:30 pm

$15/$10 students

KnoxTrio presents "Footprints," an immersive, interdisciplinary concert program exploring sonic representations of the natural world from 1971 to the present. From George Crumb’s seminal trio Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) to Matthew Burtner’s atmospheric Snowprints (2001) to two 2018 world premieres (Victoria Romano, Ernest Ling), Footprints examines changing conceptions of humans’ precarious place within the environment, and the role of music in shaping these perspectives. About 70 minutes in length, the concert will feature five musical works interspersed with thoughtfully-curated video clips, sound clips, and theatrical elements designed to heighten a sense of “narrative synesthesia”. With Footprints, KnoxTrio aims to highlight paradoxes between the often lush, sublime beauty of environmental music and the harsh realities of environmental abuse and impending climate change.

About the artists: 
KnoxTrio is an emerging flute, cello, and piano trio dedicated to experimental music. Comprised of Boston-based cellist Brianna Tagliaferro, Manhattan-based flutist Joshua Weinberg, and Brooklyn-based pianist Daniel Schreiner, KnoxTrio aims to increase the visibility of emerging femme+, trans, POC, and queer composers. Additionally, KnoxTrio seeks to re-imagine the contemporary music canon by re-framing seminal 20th-century works by incorporating visual, theatrical, and narrative elements. Brianna, Joshua, and Daniel met at the nief-norf Summer Festival in June 2017, where their interest of experimental and interdisciplinary work converged into the creation of a new chamber ensemble. Footprints will be the debut performance of KnoxTrio’s inaugural season. 


Of The Essence

presented by Unbridled

September 6th, 7:00 PM

$15 at the door


Members of Unbridled, the NYC based chamber ensemble, present a concert of works with electronics, a world premiere commission by composer Emily Praetorius, and improvisation with the underlying theme: "in and out of time".


Stephanie Lamprea, voice

Charlotte Munn-Wood, violin

Chris Irvine, cello

Rose Hegel, voice

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Daniel Maszkowicz   /   10 août 2018

Tuesday September 4th 2018 – 7pm

Free will donation

This initiative from Switzerland offers a showcase of several projects supported by collective based production and publishing house Copypasta Editions. The happening starts with the “Primitive Electronics Brain Dance” album release by Biblioteq Mdulair which is a massive installation for obsolete function generators – sorry the machines didn’t fit hand luggage restrictions – there will be two live shows though, soundscape harmonies by Emma Souharce, intense telluric drones and brainwaves by Clemydia & Maszkowicz. Those two artists take part to a greater performative project called SM NOISE, and wish to present a small reduced performance involving body noise music and BDSM act. Chill out & Dance after party with EMMA3000 yo!

    Primitive Electronics Brain Dance – album release
    napcore, soundscapes and harmonies – live music performance
    brainwaves, feedbacks, bdsm noise – live act and music performance
  • EMMA3000
    DJ set chill out & dance after party


The Blak Blondz

August 24, 9pm

$10 at the door

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The Blak Blondz will play a 40~ min set of acid techno melts, incorporating projections.

THE BLACK BLONDZ comes out of New York City combining acid techno and punk rock into a sickeningly aural concoction that at times leaves the listener undecided as to whether dance, mosh, or just sit in a corner and watch the walls melt.


Will Lang presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

August 21st, 7 & 9 pm, $15 at the door

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7 pm - Kate Amrine, solo trumpet and electronics

This is My Letter to the World: new socially and politically inspired music for Trumpet and Electronics - featuring music by JacobTV, Gemma Peacocke, Kevin Joest, Ruby Fulton, Kate Amrine and more.

9 pm - Anna Webber, solo sax set + possible guests

Anna Webber is a flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose
interests and work live the overlap between avant-garde jazz
and new classical music. She will be presenting a solo set of
improvised music on the saxophone. 


5049 at Areté #4 : Ben Goldberg

Wednesday, August 15 at 8 PM - 10 PM

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

Beginning in 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (SF Chronicle), clarinetist Ben Goldberg has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path.” (NPR). Through his many bands and compositional projects The New York Times has noted Ben’s music for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” and he was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Downbeat Critics Poll in both 2011 and 2013. In 2015 Ben released Orphic Machine, a song-cycle with lyrics from the “speculative poetics” of Allen Grossman, performed by a nine piece ensemble including Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, and Ches Smith, and sung by violinist Carla Kihlstedt. The LA Times called Orphic Machine “knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay.”

Ben leads or co-leads The Out Louds, Invisible Guy, Unfold Ordinary Mind; Go Home, “a searching ensemble that welcomes lyrical improvisation while embracing the groove” (The New Yorker); Ben Goldberg School; and Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen. He is a member of the avant-chamber jazz ensemble Tin Hat; and performs in a duo with pianist Myra Melford called DIALOGUE. Other affiliations include plays monk; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; Kris Davis’ Infrasound; Nels Cline’s New Monastery; Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors; Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom; and Clarinet Thing. The 11- piece Ben Goldberg’s Brainchild performs Ben’s on-the-spot compositions.


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August 11 9-11 pm


Ikue Mori, Peter Evans' "Being & Becoming", vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado / Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk.



Legendary electronic/noise and No Wave pioneer Ikue Mori performs solo, trumpet virtuoso Peter Evans’ new ensemble “Being & Becoming”, vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado (on tour) / Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk (on tour). Experimental electronic, voice, and instrumental music by some of the best musicians from the Downtown scene and beyond.


9:00 pm
Chris Strunk, percussion

9:30 pm
Ikue Mori, electronics

10:00 pm
Andrea Pensado, voice/electronics
Charmaine Lee, voice

10:30 pm
Peter Evans' Being & Becoming

Peter Evans, trumpet
Joel Ross, vibraphone
Nick Jozwiak, bass
Savannah Grace Harris, drums


1k presents:

August 11th at 7pm (early show), doors at 6:30pm

tickets online: $20

We have an epic sonic guitar feast for your ears with Berlin touch guitarist/composer MARKUS REUTER, London guitar giant MARK WINGFIELD, Philly guitar texturalist/improviser TIM MOTZER, and drummer DOUG HIRLINGER. This concert joins together 3 of the most forward thinking improvising guitarists in the world today along with a rhythmatist & max-msp scientist for what will surely be an incredible atmospheric evening of interstellar music. 

Another 1k presents at Arete BK evening, not to be missed!


MARKUS REUTER - touch guitar U8, electronics
MARK WINGFIELD - guitar, electronics
TIM MOTZER - electro-acoustic guitar/synth, electronics
DOUG HIRLINGER - drums, electronics

1K PRESENTS, a monthly happening at Arete Venue & Gallery on the waterfront in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn NY, brings together artists from different musical landscapes to improvise new work together, to explore new terrains reaching new elevations while performing live in front of an intimate up-close audience. 1k presents is curated by Tim Motzer


August 11, 12pm - 4pm - FREE

Maurizio Tozzi curates an afternoon showing of multimedia works.

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Angelica Bergamini, video, Untitled

The works of Alessandro Amaducci, Angelica Bergamini, Manuel Diaz, Eleonora Manca, Isabel Pérez De Pulgar and Lino Strangis invite us into a dreamlike journey in order to face the intellectual challenges of this age while trying to re-establish its balance, accepting the necessity to reinvent the world. Something profound seems to be happening in the weakness and darkness of the human condition... sometimes a small breath can change things.

In a world full of solitude, violence, and unbalanced economics, the artists call on their audience to search inside themselves for a new consciousness and equilibrium and to overcome the thresholds of perception and space-time dimensions. These works encourage us to use meditation to negotiate our contemporary spiritual ambivalence: because we live everyday between existing and non-existing, between living and non-living, between being seen and being invisible.

  1. Angelica Bergamini, Will you fight or will you dance, 2012

  2. Angelica Bergamini, Meditation, 2016

  3. Angelica Bergamini, Untitled, 2016

  4. Lino Strangis, Running in sub-atomic meditation, 2017

  5. Alessandro Amaducci, Post Rebis, 2016

  6. Isabel Pérez Del Pulgar, Acciones Nómadas, 2016

  7. Eleonora Manca, Vedersi visti (da qui, sottrai), 2018

  8. Eleonora Manca, Data in luce, 2018

  9. Manuel Diaz, I Am (The ship goes), 2016


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

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Brandon Lopez - contrabass

image: Peter Gannushkin

 Nicholas Jozwiak - cello & contrabass

Nicholas Jozwiak - cello & contrabass

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Stan Zenkoff - clarinet & saxophone

image: Peter Gannushkin


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 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 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.


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 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


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

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.

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.

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.


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.  


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.

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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


Admission: $15.00 General, $10.00 Students



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


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

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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)


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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image: Adele Wagner



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.

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.

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 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.


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.


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

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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


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.*


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.


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


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
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.

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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.



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

Saturday, May 26th



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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Friday, May 25th

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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image: Adele Wagner

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.



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.

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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


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.


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


  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.

The Natural World

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image credit Nitin Mukul


Arete Venue and Gallery presents The Natural World opening Friday June 1st from 6 to 9 pm. 

Meredith Allen

Laura Fayer

Nitin Mukul

Caleb Nussear

Bryan Osburn

Jeremy Stenger

Rachael Wren

Curated by Elizabeth Cooper

June 1- 3, Opening Friday June 1st 6 to 9 pm, On view Saturday and Sunday 12 to 6 pm. This show is in conjunction with Greenpoint Open Studios weekend. Over 350 artists and galleries are opening their doors during this yearly arts festival in Greenpoint Brooklyn.

The Natural World explores contemporary landscape through paint, silverpoint, photography, video and sound. Each artist works with organic properties in art, material and landscape to create reference to fleeting moments we encounter in nature and in life. Meredith Allen's “Ice Pops” show cartoon character ice pops melting in the sun, the passage of time evident. Laura Fayer and Rachael Wren’s paintings tears nature up into little strokes of light and paint floating on the picture plane. Laura FayerRachael Wren, Jeremy Stenger and Bryan Osburn explore the mysterious and moody world of a garden at night.  Caleb Nussear's silverpoint drawings capture the delicacy of the clouds while Nitin Mukul depicts fleeting impressions of the LA River.
A live score by Nitin Mukul will be presented on Saturday June 2nd at 3 pm. Meredith Allen: “Ice Pops” will be on view by appointment until July 1.
Arete Venue and Gallery, 67 West street #103. G to Greenpoint Avenue.



Friday May 4th

6, 7, 8 pm   


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.


Thursday, May 3

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


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






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.



$20 General / $15 Student // Buy Tickets Here (


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.


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).


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.



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.


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


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.


Friday, April 20th

6-10 pm


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!!! 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 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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Poster art by Hiram Hiram Hiram

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

Areté Venue & Gallery
67 West St, Greenpoint

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


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Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

April 17th, 7pm, 9pm



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.


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.



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.


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) 


Saturday, April 14

1-4 pm


"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.

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 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

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

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.


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.


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


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.

"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

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



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.


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.