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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).


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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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.


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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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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.

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.

*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. 

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Will Lang Presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

June 19th


7 pm - Bit Flip Radio (Nicole Camacho/Drake Anderson) 

9 pm - Popebama (Erin Rogers/Dennis Sullivan) 

Popebama: Erin Rogers (saxophones) / Dennis Sullivan (percussion), NYC-based composer-performers, apply
text, electronics, and high-energy instrumental writing to communicate to audiences through virtuosic execution of non- traditional sounds.

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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. 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.

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.