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No Longer Mountains - debut

1/23/19, 9pm

$15/10 students at the door

Ches Smith, Nick Dunston & Raf Vertessen

No Longer Mountains is a brand new experimental music group founded by Raf Vertessen. His compositions intertwine freedom and structure based on a new method of notating pitch and rhythm that pushes the performers to explore themselves and the going-on through the execution of sound and silence.

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 Arctic Circle

1/24/19, 7pm


Arctic Circle is a collection of New York-based musicians versed in Jazz and Classical music. In the tradition of artists like Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Vijay Iyer, they seek to explore the boundaries between improvisation and composition. The band is Annie Nikunen on flute, John Melendez on piano, Danny Stanitta on alto sax, Gui Duvignau on bass and Rishav Archaya on drums.


1/24/19, 8:30pm, $15

Twilight Exposures Photography

Twilight Exposures Photography

Twilight Exposures Photography

Twilight Exposures Photography


Steve Blanco, Dana Schechter, Eric Hubel Dave Steele, Arad Evans, Luke Schwartz

FYRN is a guitar ensemble that performs ambient compositions by ensemble leader Geoff Gersh.
The instruments are bowed with metal files and metal bars, creating dense and hauntingly beautiful, decaying sonic ambient landscapes that engulf the audience as the ensemble sets up in a large circle around them.

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 Mary Prescott, solo piano

1/25/19, 8pm, $15

Mary Prescott is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. After her recent spring residency of wide-ranging experimental works, Prescott returns to Areté for an evening of solo piano improvisation.


Young Steinway Artist, creative pianist Utsav Lal has set a precedent with his innovative handling of Indian Classical music.His unfailing clarity of technique & rhythmic virtuosity has led to an impressive career with solo performances at global venues. The 26 year classical & jazz pianist’s music has a powerful intensity and is known for its sincerity, simplicity and depth. Lal will perform traditional Indian ragas and interpretations of indian repertoire drawing from his experience with different types of improvised music.


Indian Classical Ragas on the Piano

Utsav Lal, piano

1/25/19, 9:15pm


Andrea Lodge, piano

1/28/19, 8:30pm


Andrea Lodge presents an evening of new works

for the piano by women composers of all generations, highlighting the significance of women in new music today. The program features works by Rebecca Saunders, Marga Richter, Nicole Murphy, Carolyn Chen and Julia Wolfe.

Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, Canada). A champion of new music, she is committed to commissioning and performing new works. In NYC, Andrea performs regularly as soloist, with the Sorce/Lodge Duo and with Hypercube, a quartet of saxophone, guitar, percussion and piano. Since 2014 she has been part of the nief-norf contemporary music organization, bringing together new ideas in music performance, composition and research. Andrea has been a featured artist at festivals such as the Big Ears Festival, Sound Symposium, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, UNPLAY Festival, International Computer Music Conference and Qubit Noise Non-Ference. She has performed with Yarn/Wire, Ecce, Tenth Intervention, numinous, Metropolis Ensemble, Iktus Percussion and Anonymous Ensemble.


1/31/19, 7pm

$15 at the door

Gino Sitson: voice, body percussion & compositions

Jennifer Vincent: cello & voice

An exciting and energetic combination of new sounds, where percussive grooves and enchanting vocals are intertwined with lyrical melodies. The concept, which has Roots in the African tradition with hints of classical European and American jazz, makes the music and the experience of listening to it truly unique.

"An extraordinarily pliable voice in settings rich with melody, emotion and rhythm…his gift for melody and his persuasive powers for interpretation establish an instant connection for listeners…always fascinating."


"Gino Sitson, a New Yorker from Cameroon, sings modal songs that repatriate African-influenced jazz. Also, using his body for percussion, he performs vocal solos that evoke all sorts of voices, instruments and natural sounds, as if Bobby McFerrin had a brother steeped in African polyphony."

NEW YORK TIMES - Jon Pareles, NEW YORK TIMES (Oct 22, 2004)


Conduit: Duo Dialogues

2/7/19, 7pm

$15 at the door

Comprised of Zach Manzi (bass clarinet) and Evan Saddler (percussion), Conduit is a musical group creating dynamic artistic experiences that transcend boundaries and conduct energy. Both graduates of The Juilliard School, they have recently performed at Princeton University’s Festival of the Arts, the Madison New Music Festival in Wisconsin, Miami’s Art Basel Raw Pop- Up, and have held a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. Conduit is currently in residence at the Frost School of Music at University of Miami as the Knight Fellowship Ensemble.

This performance will explore unique sonorities and energetic rhythmic exchanges between bass clarinet and percussion. It will feature Comfort Patterns by Anna Meadors, You Broke It, You Bought It by Timo Andres, and the premiere of Kyle Tieman-Strauss’ Abject.

Parhelion Trio / SugarCave

2/8/18, 7:30 pm


SugarCave is a trio/band featuring Liz Faure (guitar), Alishan Gezgin (piano), and Addy Sterrett (vocals). Their focus is on original compositions and new arrangements of works ranging from early music to contemporary and pop artists. Forming out of a desire to eliminate the separation between the various styles and eras of music, they foster a safe space to explore creativity outside of conservatory expectations.

Parhelion Trio—Sarah Carrier (flute), Ashleé Miller (clarinet), and Andrea Christie (piano)—was Praised by The Strad magazine for their "effervescent" playing. Together they bring virtuosic, robust, and impactful contemporary music to diverse audiences. In 2018, Parhelion held residencies at Blackbird Creative Lab, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and served as Artists in Residence at the New Music for Strings Festival in Denmark and Iceland. Parhelion is a recent recipient of a 2018 New Music USA grant for their upcoming project Dark Matter: A Tribute to Vera Rubin. The project commissions Angélica Negrón, Danielle Eva Schwob, and Alexandra du Bois to create works in tribute to the late astrophysicist Vera Rubin.

Parhelion will be premiering a brand new piece by Daniel Felsenfeld as well as performing works by Philip Glass, Sidney Boquiren, and Wendy Griffiths.

 Electric Creatures - First Look

Giacomo Baldelli - Electric Guitar

2/14/19, 7pm, $15

Celebration for the US version release of Electric Creatures (Sussidiaria-SD015), a new album by Italian guitarist- and NYC based- Giacomo Baldelli. The original album was released last November in Italy and was there praised as a "masterpiece" (Neuguitars). For this special occasion Baldelli will perform a set of pieces featured in the album written by Eve Beglarian and Ryan Pratt, together with the US premiere of Three Electric Creatures by Andrea Agostini and Slow Earth by Nick Norton.

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


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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.

7:30 doors

8pm "Fidelio" for two violins by Luciano Chessa [WORLD PREMIERE]

8:30pm interlude (live playback of "Dragon Rite" for 4 bass by Michael Byron)

8:45pm "Fabric for String Noise" for two violins

9:15 Prosecco reception

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


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..quit without saving..

2/25/19, 8pm

$15 at the door

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.