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Convergences IV: Paracosm // Luke Stewart

2/18/19, 8pm

$15 at the door

Paracosm is a new duo project by longtime friends and collaborators María Grand and Rajna Swaminathan. In the spirit of creating a “paracosm,” an alternate universe dreamt up with childlike wonder, they return to a place of simple curiosity about sound and vibration. In addition to playing the instruments they are professionally known for -- tenor saxophone and mrudangam (South Indian percussion) -- they incorporate their voices and the piano to bridge the gap between the modalities of intimate practice and formal performance, bringing a heart-centric offering focused on spontaneity and trust.

Luke Stewart is a DC/NY-based musician and organizer.

As a solo artist, his recent focus is in compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities.


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Feminist Counterpoint electrified: music for viola and electronics

Wet Ink Ensemble: Braxton Composition No. 222

2/19/19, 7pm & 9pm

$15 at the door

Wet Ink's Josh Modney (violin) and Eric Wubbels (piano) perform an evening-length rendition of Anthony Braxton's Composition No. 222 for violin and piano, from Braxton's Ghost Trance Music series. Offering great creative freedom to the performers and presenting infinite possibilities for reinterpretation, Braxton's “GTM” and his philosophy of creative musicmaking has been hugely influential on today's adventurous music community. Having performed as a duo for nearly a decade in projects ranging from Mathias Spahlinger's groundbreaking hourlong work extension (1979/80) to Wubbels's own "the children of fire looking for fire" (2012), this will be Wubbels and Modney's debut performance of Composition No. 222. MORE INFO

Violist Kallie Ciechomski presents Feminist Counterpoint electrified: an evening of music for viola, electronics, and projections by women, trans, and nonbinary artists. MORE INFO

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String Noise: Whispering

2/20/19, 8pm

Conrad Harris, violin - Pauline Kim Harris, violin

“Whispering” is an evening inspired by very quiet music written for two violins:

(in) tone by Catherine Lamb (2011-12)

Ohne Titel by Jurg Frey (1995-96)

Field by Lou Bunk (2015) World Premiere


$20 entry at the door

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String Noise: Fabric For String Noise

Record Release Event + World Premiere of FIDELIO for two violins

2/21/19, 8pm

$25 at the door- includes prosecco reception

Conrad Harris, Violin - Pauline Kim Harris, Violin

A pre-record release event of Michael Byron’s “FABRIC FOR STRING NOISE” on Cold Blue Music featuring “New York’s most daring violin duo, String Noise.” Also will be the WORLD PREMIERE of Luciano Chessa’s “FIDELIO” for two violins.

Special guest: Doug Balliett (bass)

7:30 doors
8pm "Fidelio" for two violins by Luciano Chessa [WORLD PREMIERE]
8:30pm "Dragon Rite" for Bass and Tape [WORLD PREMIERE]
8:45pm "Fabric for String Noise" for two violins
9:15 Prosecco reception

* Limited copies of the album will be available at the show!


Jim Funnell Quartet

2/22/19, 9:00pm

Jim Funnell perceives jazz composition and improvisation as ideal vehicles for infinite shades of emotion. Inspiration from literary sources (Sartre, Mérimée, Kundera...) often pervade his music, and the influence of jazz piano greats such as Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk, led him to support his own vivid palette of tones and rhythms with a format of choice: the classic piano trio, augmented with percussion on this occasion. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music (where he studied on a full tuition scholarship under JoAnne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony, Danilo Pérez, David Fiuczynski, Joe Lovano…), Jim has released two albums (Word Out and Spirit of the Snail) and won the Composition Prize at the “Trophées du Sunside” in Paris.

Jim Funnell - piano, Gui Duvignau - bass, Lukas Akintaya - drums, Akiko Horii - percussion

$15 entry at the door

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2/25/19, 8pm

Kathleen Supové (Disklavier piano), Dafna Naphtali (electronics, voice, composition), Nick Didkovsky (electronics, guitar, composition)

Interactive and ephemeral music written for Kathleen Supové on Disklavier, and computers with minds of their own, and live sound processing —“Landmine” (Naphtali 1999), “Zero Waste” (Didkovsky 1999) plus improvisations and surprises.

$15 entry at the door

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[Switch~ Ensemble]

2/28/19, 8:00pm

We invite you to join the [Switch~ Ensemble] for our flagship concert of the spring season—a night of works and premieres from four of today’s most vivid and imaginative early-career composers. Advance tickets are $15 (adults) / $10 (students/seniors). $20/15 at door. Click here for tickets.


Sivan Eldar: Tarr

Esaias Järnegard: Songs for Antonin (World Premiere)

Timothy McCormack: karst survey (US Premiere)

Adrien Trybucki: Infinite Extension (World Premiere)

[Switch~] brings two world-premiere commissions to life by the winners of our 2016-17 International Call for Scores: Adrien Trybucki (France) and Esaias Järnegard (Sweden). Both works incorporate multimedia/electronics to craft the unique sonic worlds that have brought Trybucki and Järnegard prominent recognition in both Europe and the US.

karst survey, another [Switch~] commission, saw its World Premiere in Spain, and we are proud to bring this work of stunning gravity home to NYC. This US Premiere is an exciting chance to hear Timothy McCormack’s work, recently honored with the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Composers Prize 2018.

[Switch~] gave the west coast premiere of Sivan Eldar’s Tarr in 2017 in San Francisco, and the ensemble fell in love with its stark yet tender lyricism. Eldar, based in Paris and NYC, frequently works with electroacoustic media, but Tarr’s poetic landscape is tonight’s only purely acoustic work.

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~Nois in New York

3/1/19, 7:00pm

This concert series serves as the New York debut of ~Nois, and features three world premieres written for the occasion by New York based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty and Ed Rosenberg III. The other pieces on the program are Gemma Peacocke’s 'Dwalm', 'Thirteen Changes' from Pauline Oliveros and Georg Friedrich Haas’ 'Saxophonquartett'. The concerts aim to explore space (be it within a location, proximity to the audience or relationship with the instruments) and present each evening tweaked for the specific venue to create a unique sonic and visual experience with each show. MORE

$15/10 students

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Piano+ #13

3/3/19, 8:00pm

Piano+ensemble: music by Alison Isadora, Maya Verlaak, Lucie Vítková and Eva-Maria Houben performed by LCollective. Piano+ is a concert series dedicated to new and recent piano music curated by composer and pianist Teodora Stepančić. Works for piano solo, with other instruments and media. LCollective: Danielle Mink-Bellizzi. Denera James. Rahul Nair. Douglas Farrand. Rachel Mangold. Jesse Greenberg. Christopher Foss. Matt Lau. Assaf Gidron. Teodora Stepancic .

$15 entry at the door

 Denman - Jack - Reuben

3/5/19, 7:00pm

This trio of improvisers began when Jack Wright and Denman Maroney met and played together, around 2003 or so, and then invited one of Wright's regular partners to join, Reuben Radding. They did a number of concerts on tour in 2004 and recorded in 2005. The Arete concert March 5 2019 will be the first time they have gotten together since that time, and improvisers continue evolving apart from each other. Whatever happens, it will be in the general direction of what they did in the past but with unforeseen twists and turns. These are veteran musicians with maybe 80 years of improvising experience between them, so exceptional quality is guaranteed.

$15 at the door

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Grotto: an Electronic Baroque Sound Cave

3/8/19, 7:00pm

A baroque keyboard + vocal program with an electronic twist
with two sets of music by Bach, Handel & Porpora

Dk (Lu Wang), electronics composer

HH (Hitomi Honda), piano

Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen), voice


Nick Millevoi / Ron Stabinsky Duo

3/8/19, 9:00pm

Nick Millevoi and Ron Stabinsky play a new set of music composed by Millevoi that references American popular music from the middle of the 20th century. Leaning heavily on surf, country, and rock and roll, this guitar and organ duo reconstructs elements of those genres through a lens indebted to artists as far out as Thelonious Monk and Captain Beefheart.

Millevoi leads the band Desertion Trio, and has been in the bands Many Arms (Tzadik), Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, and Deveykus, and has worked with artists such as John Zorn, Nels Cline, Jamie Saft, and many others. NPR Music says, “When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it's like a rocket darting skyward between clouds.”

Stabinsky is a member of Mostly Other People Do the Killing and the Peter Evans Quintet and has played with an unimaginably wide arrange of artists, including Jack Black and the Meat Puppets, leading All About Jazz to call him a "stylistic chameleon."


LyonFest 2019: Beats and Chaos

3/13/19, 7:00pm and 9:00pm

An evening celebrating the music of 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and computer music pioneer, Eric Lyon, featuring long-time collaborators String Noise (Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim Harris), Kyle Hutchins (saxophone), Kathleen Supové (piano), Max Mandel (viola), Margaret Lancaster (flute), Jay Crone (trombone), Jason Crafton (trumpet), Cory Bracken (percussion), and the Kandinsky Trio (Elizabeth Bachelder, Benedict Goodfriend, and Alan Weinstein). This event will present two marathon sets of mostly recent works involving instrumental and electronic interactions with beats and chaos. MORE

Set #1: 7:00 PM, doors 6:30 PM
Instrumental and Computer Chaos music

Featured Works:
"Hyperion" for piano trio and beats
"Three Melodies" for vibraphone
"Loose Canon" for saxophone and computerized chaos
"Red Hot Polka" Facebook-structured piano chaos
"Viola Rhizome" - noise-driven rhizome structure for solo viola
"Smeared Hexachords" - noise-driven hexachords for solo trombone
"Coronation" for trumpet with beats and live chaos
"Onceathon II: The Kiss of Constable" for flute, beats, and chaotic computer stylings

Set #2: 9:00 PM, doors 8:30 PM
String Noise performs solos and duos of noise and chaos

Featured Works:
"Bouncing Betty" for solo violin
"Variations on Psycho KiIler"
"Noise Triptych"
"The Book of Strange Positions"

Tickets: $20 for a single set, $30 for both sets. All attendees will receive a complimentary, limited-edition recording by String Noise and friends, featuring Lyon's arrangements of music by Flipper, Prince, and Minutemen.

Convergences V - Weston Olencki // Biliana Voutchkova

3/14/19, 8:00pm

Weston Olencki - capacity (solo trombone) 

George Lewis - Oraculum (solo trombone) 

Weston Olencki - pulse train (modified euphonium) 

'capacity' is a set of three solo pieces focusing on geometrical presentations of extremely dense spectral resonance. Low brass instruments are molded into pressurized & intense extrusions of sonic matter. 

Biliana Voutchkova - ‘Modus of Raw’

A clutter of sound and imagery taking place in a micro-environment of a solo combining the sound of the violin and the voice. Creating depths and abstractions, resonance and echo, expending the borders of the known.

$15 entry at the door

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Nick Dunston’s Atlantic Extraction


Atlantic Extraction’s next and last show for a while, as we’ll be making our first record the day don’t miss it, one 45ish minute set only!

Louna Dekker-Vargas- flutes

Ledah Finck- violin, viola

Tal Yahalom- guitar

Nick Dunston- bass

Stephen Boegehold- drums

Longleash premieres Shawn Jaeger’s Places We Know

3/15/19, 7:00pm

Places We Know is a collection of pieces for digital piano trio inspired by the soundscapes of urban and rural streams, rivers, and harbors. Written by Shawn Jaeger for Longleash (Pala Garcia, John Popham, Renate Rohlfing), Places references waterways close to the homes, both past and present, of the artists, exploring the significance of the memory and presence of a place. Using field recordings of Muscota Marsh (Inwood) Red Hook Channel (Brooklyn), Beargrass Creek (Louisville, KY), Coleman Run (Nerinx, KY), and Chenoweth Run (Louisville, KY), Places invokes a specificity of “musical place,” with both direct references to distinct sonic objects (a car horn, cicadas) as well as more abstract sonic metaphors (microtonal tuning systems generated by the original soundscapes themselves). The premiere of Places on March 15 will also feature artist-created field recordings and videos, as well as a sensory library of found objects from each location. Places will be introduced by a short set of Jaeger’s songs (performed by guest mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae) and a brief chat with the artists about the process of creating Places We Know.

Places We Know was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

$15 at the door

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Duo2: improvisations for guitar & bass duos

3/15/19, 9:00pm

An evening of experimental guitar and bass duos featuring:

Steve Blanco (bass) & Geoff Gersh (guitar) Johnny DeBlase (bass) & Sally Gates (guitar)finibus.


$15 at the door

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Gamelan Dharma Swara

3/17/19, 8:00pm

Described by the NY Times as “ambitious and powerful ensemble”, Gamelan Dharma Swara opens its thirtieth year with an evening-length program of traditional and contemporary works for Balinese gamelan and dance.


$20 entry at the door

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Biliana Voutchkova & Hans Tammen

3/20/19, 9:00pm

Biliana Voutchkova - violin/voice, Hans Tammen - prozesshansl

Berlin-based violinist Biliana Voutchkova meets New Yorker Hans Tammen, who will transform the sounds of violin & voice into a strange world of bizarre textures, with layers of intensity at times unsettling and anti- sentimental.


$15 entry at the door

Wesely/Wallace/Moffett + Ted Reichman

3/21/19, 9:00pm

This fantastic evening of music will start off with a solo accordion performance by veteran improvisor Ted Reichman. Currently on faculty at both Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory, Ted’s career has spanned working with Anthony Braxton, extensive film score work, and his current collaborative trio with Anthony Coleman and Tanya Kalmanovitch just to name a few moments in his diverse artistic output. Ted’s solo work deals with perception through the use of duration, drone, and repetition creating cascades of sound that shape a truly experiential musical performance.

The second set of the evening will feature Drew Wesely (gtr), Eli Wallace (pn), and Joe Moffett (tpt). Their music explores relationships between pitch, timbre, and noise through improvised textures that run the gamut from abstracted lyricism and ferocious rhythmic energy to sparse minimalistic gestures and quivering silence.

$15 entry at the door

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Record Release for Turning Jewels Into Water

3/22/19, 9:00pm

Turning Jewels into Water::The Intersection of Ritual, Improvisation and Global Rhythm

opening set by Kamyar Arsani (Solo set/voice & daf)

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This new project with Val Jeanty arose from her participation in a jam session at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY while Momin was artist-in-residence there in September of 2017. Their collaboration, rooted in improvisation, evokes the esoteric realms of the creative subconscious. Drawing from the voodoo religion, Val recreates the ancient rhythm and pulse of Haiti through digital beats, while Momin, whose own musical background is rooted Indian, North African and Middle-eastern traditions, has developed an original blend of electro-acoustic beats, drawing together the improvisational traditions in Jazz and Indian folk music. Together, they employ a lot of cutting-edge music-technological tools such as acoustic drums outfitted with Sensory Percussion triggers, Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) drum pads and Smart Fabric MIDI Controllers, but still emphasize the ritual aspects of creating music in the digital realm.

IndieRocks (Andres Angeles, Aug 30, 2018) [for Turning Jewels Into Water]

“Ghostly voices, dislocated beats and a digital amalgam flow within their songs along with mutant dubs, polyrhythmic percussions and interferences produced by synthesizers and futuristic turntables.”

Noisey|Vice (Interview/Luis Cleriga, Aug 21, 2018) [for Turning Jewels Into Water] “Together, Turning Jewels Into Water create a microcosm that gives a breath of freshness to the rhythms that permeate current electronics and the post-digital universe.”

Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and poet, known for his spiritual Daf performances (Persian frame drum). Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, he currently resides in Washington D.C. As musician and teacher, he also spends time with population with Autism to teach them strategies to cope and progress in society. Ten years ago, Kamyar and his family migrated to the United States around the same time that Iran's Green Revolution was occurring. Kamyar's musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Persian folk music.


$15 entry at the door


Nikki Joshi: The Yellow Wallpaper

3/24/19, 8:00pm

Contemporary percussionist Nikki Joshi presents a night of avant-garde theatre music, featuring The Yellow Wallpaper- a brand new commission for theatrical percussion by composer Matt Curlee. Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 feminist short story of the same name, this innovative new piece includes elements such as dramatic staging, storytelling, and choreography. With Gilman's gothic text at the forefront, this work explores the concept of societal attitudes towards women's mental health.

This performance will also feature works by Leah Asher, Rolf Wallin, Annea Lockwood, Christopher Adler, and George Aperghis. Nikki Joshi is a Toronto-based percussionist and Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School.


$10 in advance, $15 at door