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Mary Prescott's LITMUS RESIDENCY

| HE DISAPPEARED INTO COMPLETE SILENCE & ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN | 


Monday, June 18
8:00 PM  11:00 PM

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.


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

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

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

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

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


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Will Lang Presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

June 19th

$15 at the door

 

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

9 pm - Popebama (Erin Rogers/Dennis Sullivan) 

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

ABOUT

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


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


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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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Elijah Shiffer and the Robber Crabs

June 20th, 10 pm

$10 at the door

 

Elijah Shiffer - alto sax

Brian Simontacchi - trombone

Jeff McLaughlin - guitar

Marty Kenney - bass

Tim Rachbach - drums

 

Elijah Shiffer and the Robber Crabs combine the influences of early jazz and avant-garde jazz. We feel that the excitement and humor of these styles is mutually compatible. Our music builds on the foundations of early blues, Dixieland, and swing, subverting these styles with a punk attitude and groove and often a surrealistic edge. It’s often difficult to tell which of our songs are original compositions and which are old jazz standards of the 1910s and ‘20s, as some of the originals are in that style and our arrangements of the standards are frequently highly off-kilter. The band is named after a species of crab that lives on remote tropical islands and can rip open coconuts with its claws.


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Friday June 29, 2018

8:00-9:35pm

Admission: $15.00 General, $10.00 Students

 

Composers:

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

Performers:

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

 

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

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


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Garcia/Noseworthy/Thomas/Tran

July 3rd, 8pm

$10 at the door

 

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

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


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Anthony Coleman and Brian Chase Duo

July 5th, 8pm

$15 at the door

 

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

ABOUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.chaikinrecords.com


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Jessica Meyer presents:

MoVE — In Equal Measure

July 16th, 8:00 PM


$20 admission includes wine

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

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


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

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

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