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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.


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.


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.

Thursday, May 3



Lea Bertucci / Jad Atoui and Ami Yamasaki / Ryan Shreves and Spencer Friedman /Sam Weinberg

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

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.


Amber Evans, soprano and Sam Zagnit, double bass

Tuesday, May 8th

7pm, $15

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.

confluss is derived from both Latin (con- with) and German roots (Fluss (m.): river), with an inadvertent onomatopoeic reference to conflux. Convergence is a key part of the duo’s ethos, setting future plans in motion to form educational programs, composer think-tanks, national and international commissioning projects to compile a catalogue of works to build a new body of works dedicated to weird/unusual/rarely used instrumentation.

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.

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Will Lang presents:

Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

Tuesday, May 15th




 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.

Jessica Meyer presents:

The PUBLIQuartet - “PUBLIQ Access 2018”

Sunday, May 20th

8pm, $20


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.


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



Friday, May 25th



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).


Sam Yulsman + friends

Saturday, May 26th



Sam Yulsman (b. 1990) is a composer, pianist and multimedia artist whose work spans a wide range of musical idioms.  As a pianist he has collaborated closely with composers as an interpreter of new works, and with improvisers in contexts where the boundaries between composed and improvised music are porous and easily traversed.  Yulsman has performed and/or recorded in the United States and Europe with artists including Joe Morris, Ryan Muncy, Bill Frisell, Biliana Voutchkova, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Pheeroan akLaff, Cyrus McGoldrick (aka The Raskol Khan), CJ Camerieri, Art Lande, John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), Chris Corsano, Nicola Hein, Brandon Lopez, Chris Heenan, Mark Miller and Weston Olencki.  Recent performances of new works include premieres of Kenji Sakai’s Fanfare Towards the Dusk at the Music From Japan Festival 2017, and Chris Pitsiokos’ Working from Postcards is Good Enough If You Are Francis Picabia at Art for Art’s 2017 festival, Justice is Compassion/Not a Police State. 

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5049 at Areté : Toby Driver with String Noise

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.


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Berrow Duo: Imprint

Thursday, June 7th

7:30 pm


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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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.


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Composer/Violist Jessica Meyer and pianist Trudy Chan -

“Remember From Whence You Came”

Thursday, June 14th



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.

*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.
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (New York Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. As a soloist and member of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works while also composing her own. Recent and upcoming premieres include performances by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Sybarite 5, NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner, Sandbox Percussion with vocal duo Two Cities, and A Far Cry.

In addition to a recital where Meyer performs standard repertoire alongside works she has written, she has asked her colleagues in the PUBLIQuartet and the newly-formed MoVE (Modern Violin Ensemble) to bring their creative programming of today’s composers to NYC, which include pieces of hers commissioned by each of the ensembles that were premiered in Washington D.C. earlier this spring.