Will Lang's TNMPC series presents:
RAM Trio Expo 11
9/18/18, 7pm, $15
The rich, colorful, and sometimes edgy nature of the trio combination of violin, clarinet, and piano continue to be explored. This program,“RAM Trio Expo II” is the second edition of RAM’s May show, this time presenting a full program of trios for clarinet, violin, and piano by Croatian composer and RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Ivan Božičević, Gilbert Galindo, Katherine Hoover, Frances White, and Chinese composer and RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores honorable mention Mao Zhu. Violinist Sabina Torosjan, clarinetist Thomas Piercy, and pianist Marija Ilic are the RAM Players who will bring this music to life.
— with Frances White, Sabina Torosjan,David Fetherolf, Thomas Piercy and Gilbert Galindo.
THERE IS NO NECESSITY. THERE IS ONLY DESIRE FOR THE SUBLIME (2017)
by Gio Janiashvili
9/21/18 at 6:30pm, and at 7:20pm.
Sound, wall projection.
Duration: 40 minutes
The Areté Venue and Gallery presents Gio Janiashvili’s “THERE IS NO NECESSITY. THERE IS ONLY DESIRE FOR THE SUBLIME“ (2017) for sound and wall projection. The audience is invited to to experience the work twice during the evening.
The artistic practice of the composer Gio (Giorgi) Janiashvili encompasses music, art and performance. His creative output spans solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, sound, music-theatre and multimedia compositions; sound, video, performance and installation art.
He staged concerts, multimedia performances and installations worldwide. His works were performed and exhibited at such concert halls, theatres, museums, and galleries as Southbank Centre, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Laban Theatre, Blackheath Halls, The Royal Observatory in London; Abrons Arts Centre, Speyer Hall in New York City; The Georgian National Museum - Museum of Georgia, The National Gallery, The National Music Centre, Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Tbilisi; Nostitz Palace, The National Gallery in Prague; and etc.
Gio Janiashvili is a recipient of commissions for the Georgian National Exhibition at the 12th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; from a violist Rivka Golani; CoMA Voices; City Lit London; Goethe-Institut; Trinity Laban; and etc. His works were presented at the music, art and performance festivals in the USA, UK, EU and Georgia: Either/Or Ensemble 10th Annual Spring Festival of Contemporary Music, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Surrogate Cities Exploded!, Impossible Brilliance: The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, Tbilisi Contemporary Music Evenings, Artisterium V,
Fest I Nova' 17, and etc.
Gio Janiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He received Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, and resides in New York City.
9/21/18 @ 9pm, $15
Using generative techniques created in custom software, second seasons aims to create an immersive experience filled with lush harmony and mutilated rhythm. His performance features the rich timbral sounds of electroacoustic music with the driving rhythmic force of hard techno. This IDM artist aims to infuse immersive sound with intense emotion.
Quadrivium Album Release Concert
September 22nd, 7-9 pm, $15
Hosted by Aerocade Music
Elizabeth Baker’s first solo album on Aerocade Music drops worldwide on May 18th and a celebration in New York rings in this momentous occasion for friends, family, fans, and press in the Northeast. A concert featuring live performances of selections from the two-hour album Quadrivium and a collaborative work with digital media artist Bahareh Khoshooee round out a joyous evening celebrating Elizabeth's first release on Aerocade Music! A limited supply of physical copies of the album will be available for purchase at the event.
Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, Elizabeth refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible.
Quadrivium is Elizabeth A. Baker's debut album on Aerocade. It is a double disc sized digital release of minimalist solo piano compositions, avant garde prepared piano improvisations, meditative new-age tracks, spoken word, and electronics.
Quadrivium will be released on May 18th through iTunes, Spotify, and every digital retailer plus Bandcamp. The Bandcamp release of the album comes with a companion zine full of poetry and artwork by the artist.
The limited edition double CD wallet package comes with a copy of the full-color, 5.5"x8.5" zine designed by the artist.
Les Six at Areté
9/27/18 @ 7pm, $15 online $20 at the door
“Enough of clouds, waves, aquariums, water-sprites, and nocturnal scents; what we need is a music of the earth, everyday music... music one can live in, like a house.”
Classical music has gotten a bad rap. Shushing, rustling candy wrappers, stuck in a row of uncomfortable chairs trying not to fall asleep while waiting for intermission to cough or use the bathroom. Forget all of it. That’s not how this music was meant to be performed, so we’re not gonna do it. Get up, get a drink whenever you want. Cough, slurp, chat as much as you please.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself and some amazing music with us at Areté Venue and Gallery.
Soprano Stefanie Izzo has been hailed as possessing a "gorgeously rich and full sound" for her work in opera and musical theater. She made her off-Broadway debut in 2012 as Monica in Menotti's The Medium, and her international debuting 2011 as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore with Musica Viva Hong Kong. Stefanie devotes a significant amount of time to art song, particularly that of female composers and maintains an active concert schedule in the NYC area. She is a co-founder of the chamber ensemble The Astoria Music Project.
Amy Marie Stewart is a soprano, actor and voice teacher in NYC. A published Backstage expert, her students have appeared on Broadway tours, cruise ships, at Radio City, in the Joffrey Ballet, and more. Amy has a masters in voice performance (CCPA), and has sung with Opera America at the Town Hall in Times Square, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera, and Disney Cruise Lines.
A native of Bulgaria, Aleksandra began her musical training on the piano at age five. In the USA, she earned her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. She has been recognized for her artistry in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She maintains an active career as a classical music performer.
Jessica has been an active pianist, teacher and vocal collaborator in New York City since 2011. Before relocating to New York, Jessica was employed by Roosevelt University where she served as vocal coach and rehearsal pianist. She completed her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the same institution where she studied both solo and collaborative repertoire. While attending Roosevelt, she was active as both a soloist and collaborator, featured in their opera scenes, multiple chamber groups, many vocal recitals and solo performances. She maintains an active teaching and performance schedule in NYC.
SaaWee-Korean Shaman Rhythm Project presented by Sanjo Festival NYC
Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano saxophones) and Brian Chase (drumset)
with Ryan Sawyer, solo piano opening set
8:00pm Ryan Sawyer
8:45pm Catherine Sikora and Brian Cha
The avant-jazz duo of Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano saxophones) and Brian Chase (drumset) pairs two distinguished artists who together tear the line of innovation and tradition. At once lyrical and powerful, their music opens itself to a wide emotional range which in turn reveals a broad expressive palette. For the duo’s debut album, untitled: after (Chaikin Records), Catherine and Brian turned to the epic poem Beowulf for inspiration. The classic text’s themes of confrontation and courage proved to be analogous to current life experience, and were channeled into compositions as a basis for improvisation. Think John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space meets epic poetry as depicted in an adaptation for film.
Ryan Sawyer is a longtime Brooklyn based drummer. Some of his many collaborators include Gang Gang Dance, Valerie June, Kyp Malone, Zeena Parkins, C. Spencer Yeh, and Nate Wooley.
Reviews for untitled: after -
"These noble musicians have performed courageous deeds on this fantastic album. To them, we should submit and yield tribute."
- Robert Ham, DownBeat Magazine
“Sikora’s performances are passionate and commanding. If there was any doubt that she ranks among the best of today’s avant-garde jazz players, this disc is a triumphant response. No matter the pace, her sax is an absolute force. It’s not difficult to imagine more than a few accompanists shying away from an invitation to join her. Which is precisely why Chase is such a well-suited partner. There is no second fiddle in this duo. He’s with Sikora every step of the way. The interplay is inspiring.”
- Kevin Press, baddpress.blog
Saxophonist, improviser and composer Catherine Sikora, born and raised in West Cork, Ireland, works in a broad range of settings, from highly complex composed music, to folk songs, to free improvisation. Her regular collaborations include those with Eric Mingus, Enrique Haneine, Brian Chase, Han-earl Park, Stanley Zappa, Christopher Culpo and Ross Hammond, as well as actively pursuing solo performance. In the past few years, she has toured in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. As an international artist, Sikora was a featured soloist in Eric Mingus’ radical reimagining of Tommy by the Who presented at Australia's Adelaide Festival in 2015, and was artist-in-residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for the fall of 2014 working on a project inspired by stories from her female ancestors. Catherine's first solo album 'Jersey' was released on Relative Pitch Records in July 2016.
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 and Drones. 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 book and triple album, and albums with notable improvisors Alan Licht, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Andrea Parkins. Brian has 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. In the fall of 2017, Brian was a visiting professor at Bennington College, and in 2014 was a guest lecturer for the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. Spring of 2018 saw the release of Brian’s record label, Chaikin Records.
Anne Hege and Jen Baker
The Universe Is Pulling Apart
10/10/18 @ 7:30pm
Vocalist/composer Anne Hege and trombonist/composer Jen Baker will perform an evening-length work created from the inaugural MAMA residency, supporting creativity, art making, and musical excellence while parenting young children. This work explores the connection between listening, movement, improvisation, and instrument building. Using extended techniques and new technologies, Baker and Hege will present a new work for voice, trombone, tape machine (analog live looper), tape track, and smartphones. This work is a ritual exploring connection in a time of entropy.
Jen Baker, trombonist/composer and author of Hooked on Multiphonics: Multiphonics and other Extended Techniques Demystified, has pioneered a widely diverse performing career based in redefining the role of trombone in contemporary music. Hailed for her "formidable sensitivity" (New York Times), she has "performed with brilliant mastery and virtuosity" (San Francisco Classical Voice) at the International Trombone Festival (Illinois and NYC) and American Trombone Workshop (Washington D.C.), High Zero international festival of improvised music (Baltimore), ISIM Conference - International Society of Improvised Music (Denver and NYC), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Ostrava Days (Czech Republic), Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Festival of Friendly Countries (Mexico), Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Whitney/Met Breuer, Guggenheim, Park Avenue Armory - including the final performance with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Met Museum, Lincoln Center, and arenas throughout the U.S. Her music has been performed nationwide, in part by commissions by The Fourth Wall, Loadbang, and Asphalt Orchestra and also with her own solo and collaborative projects as composer/performer.
This fall, Anne Hege is presenting work from her latest project, the MAMA (Musical and Multimedia Artist) Residency. This project is her answer to the particular challenges of performing and composing while raising young children. With the birth of her identical twins in 2017, Hege began researching and constructing a program to support art-making while raising young children. The first inaugural MAMA Residency August 13-17th, 2018, culminated with the creation of “The Universe is Pulling Apart,” an evening-length work created by Anne Hege and Jen Baker (the first MAMA Resident) performed at the Vernon Salon in Oakland, California and a second performance in October at the Areté Gallery in Brooklyn. This spring, the project will continue with the MAMA Choir, an ensemble of bay area vocalists and care givers who will perform a multimedia work created by Anne Hege for audiences of all ages and especially those 0-5 years old. www.annehege.com.
Announcing the inaugural Fall Season of CONVERGENCES,
a New Series for Experimental and Creative Music presented by Anna Webber and Eric Wubbels
Convergences I - Liederkreis (Judith Berkson) // Oscar Noriega
10/11/18 @ 8:00pm
Convergences brings together musicians at the highest levels of contemporary practice from divergent scenes and communities on shared bills, with the aim of opening up new lines of dialogue and interaction between these practices and their audiences and community members.
Curated by avant-garde jazz saxophonist/flutist/composer Anna Webber and composer/pianist Eric Wubbels, the series highlights the common aesthetic threads between various traditions of improvised, composed, and notated music, as well as the strength and versatility of New York City's musicians.
The first three concerts of Convergences feature musicians from across the spectrum of the New York music community, working at various intersections of jazz, experimental, classical, new music, and noise, each a remarkable solo performer in their own right.
About the Artists
Judith Berkson- Judith Berkson, under the moniker Liederkreis, works with voice, along with analog and digital keyboards to create pieces that cross boundaries of classical, cantorial and experimental music. Her most recent work uses microtonal vocal pitches set against acoustic piano to produce sonorities not intended by the equal- tempered piano tuning. She is interested in the body and its responses to pitch as well as the use of technologies in non-conventional methods to put autodidacticism in conversation with traditional modalities of music.
Judith has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, City Opera, Laurie Anderson and as has premiered vocal works by Chaya Czernowin, Enno Poppe, Joe Maneri, Rick Burkhardt, Gerard Pape, Julia Werntz and Aleksandra Vrebalov. She has collaborated on Yiddish folk music with Theodore Bikel and has presented solo works at the Picasso Museum Malaga, Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Her solo album Oylam is on ECM Records. Her chamber opera The Vienna Rite was about the collaboration between Vienna's chief cantor and Franz Schubert. She has worked extensively with choreographer Netta Yerushalmy as well as new music groups Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire and the Boston Microtonal Society.
Oscar Noriega- Multi-instrumentalist and composer Oscar Noriega has lived in Brooklyn since 1992. He has worked with Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Dewey Redman and Paul Motion. He is currently performing with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn) and coleads the Mexico-inspired Banda De Los Muertos with Jacob Garchik. He plays alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and drums.
Unheard-of//Ensemble performs works by NY Women Composers, Inc.
Cover: $15 general, $10 students
Unheard-of//Ensemble- Ford Fourqurean, clarinet, Matheus Souza, violin, So Sugiyama, cello, Daniel Anastasio, piano, Amber Evans, soprano, Francesca Ferrara, flute
Unheard-of//Ensemble performs works by members of the New York Women Composers, Inc., including Eleanor Aversa’s monumental Victory at Arnot and Marilyn Bliss’ Under the Azure Sky, as well as Flannery Cunningham's Say-So supported by a New York Women Composers, Inc. seed grant featuring guests Amber Evans, soprano, and Francesca Ferrara, flute.
Will Lang's Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts
10/16/18, 7pm & 9pm each $15 at the door
7 pm - “Through the Looking Glass” Sharon Steigerwald/Anna Heflin
Through the Looking Glass is a solo violin recital featuring the premiere of Anna Heflin’s piece, “The Garden of Live Flowers.” Her piece conceptually places the violinist within Carroll’s book, featuring the scene with talking flowers. The immersive spatial elements in Heflin's piece are mirrored in both Berio’s Sequenza VIII for Violin and Bach’s Chaconne from the D minor Partita, where the use of space represents the passage of time. These three pieces represent the pinnacles of violin technique across three very different time periods.
9 pm - Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anais Marviel, and Megan Schubert
Bennardo-Larson Duo present Morton Feldman's 'For John Cage'
10/18/18, 7:00pm, $15
The Bennardo-Larson Duo is a contemporary classical duo committed to the performance of forward thinking works for violin and piano. Comprised of Maya Bennardo (violin) and Karl Larson (piano), the duo was formed in 2016 when they undertook the task of learning and performing Charles Ives’s complete works for violin and piano. Since then, the duo has become known for their annual ‘Ives of March’ concerts, which take place in New York City every March 15. Bennardo and Larson are both fierce advocates of contemporary music, and the bulk of their programming is intended to illuminate new repertoire for their instrumentation along with intrepid works from the past that laid the foundation for our current musical climate.
eGALitarian WINS Halloween
1k presents: Matt Mitchell- piano, modular synths, Tim Motzer- guitar, Doug Hirlinger - drums
10/25/18, 8:30 pm, $15
1k presents an evening of kinetic improvisation with Matt Mitchell (piano, synths), Tim Motzer (guitars, electronics), and Doug Hirlinger (drums, max/msp, electronics). This debut outing of these three stellar musicians will collide modular synths, piano, guitars, electronics, rhythm science, and orchestral timbre creating beautiful collisions in sound. Another 1k presents evening not to be missed.
Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He currently composes for and leads several ensembles featuring many of the current foremost musicians and improvisers, including Tim Berne, Kim Cass, Kate Gentile, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Travis Laplante, Ava Mendoza, Miles Okazaki, Ches Smith, Chris Speed, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Tordini, Anna Webber, Dan Weiss. He is an anchor member of several significant creative music ensembles which integrate composed and improvised music, including Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Dan Weiss’s Starebaby, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse, Kate Gentile’s Mannequins, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect Trio, Anna Webber’s Simple Trio, Ches Smith’s We All Break, the Dave King Trio, and Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux. He is also among the core performers of John Zorn’s Bagatelles.
Philadelphia guitarist/improviser/composer Tim Motzer lives in a technicolor world of music. He is known for his textural guitar voice utilizing bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. After 20 years of world touring, stunning collaborations, and 80+ album releases, he continues to traverse manifold territories in music. From 2016-2018 Tim toured the world playing 43 concerts and festivals with Bandit65, an improvising trio he co-leads with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis. He has recorded/performed with numerous musical luminaries: David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, David Torn, Vernon Reid, Markus Reuter, and Pat Mastelotto among others. Motzer also creates live solo scores for modern dance—most recently to sold out houses in Philadelphia; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Oujda, Morocco; and Toronto, Canada. He composes for film and video, and is a composer/accompanist for University of the Arts Dance in Philadelphia. As a leader, his projects include Orion Tango, Instant Takemitsu, and Tim Motzer SOLO. He releases his solo work and collaborations on 1k Recordings. Currently, Motzer is in residency at Arete Venue in Brooklyn curating experimental improvisational concerts with musical luminaries.
Doug Hirlinger is a multifaceted musician whose diverse history includes extensive experience as a drummer, composer, educator, and producer. He possess a fascination with the synthesis of technology and music and increasingly works with the cutting edge software known as Max/MSP, both as a compositional tool and interfaced with acoustic drums for performance. Doug’s first musical language and point of reference is Jazz, due primarily to his upbringing in St Louis where he had the great fortune of working with and receiving tutelage from local tenor saxophone legend, Wille Atkins. The rhythm, sonic fabric, swagger, and general artistry of hiphop from the 80’s and 90’s has also been a significant inspiration. Since first moving to NewYork City in 1995, Doug has been a resident of both NYC and Philadelphia multiple times, moving from one city to the other more than once, immersing himself in the deep and rich music scenes of both communities.
Motzer & Hirlinger have recorded and performed together in numerous projects. Their upcoming release Channels by Swana, Motzer, Hirlinger will be released this fall on 1k recordings.
New Music by Latin American Composers
Pianists Manuel Laufer and Walter Aparicio perform the works of Latin American Composers
$15 at the door
Manuel Laufer - 6:30pm, Walter Aparicio - 8:00pm
Traversing landscapes of lush romanticism, thorny abstraction, and playful irony, this recital explores the piano works of Diógenes Rivas, the preeminent Venezuelan exponent of high-modernist composition. The program comprises all of Rivas’ piano pieces of the last twenty-five years, including the world premiere of his most recent creation, Estrucutra áurea (2016).
An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Manuel Laufer has presented world premieres at Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atempo (Caracas and Paris). As a core member of the Hayley-Laufer Duo and Ensemble Atempo, he has concertized extensively, playing contemporary chamber music, performing canonic works by composers including Babbitt, Cage, Crumb, Lachenmann, and Xenakis, in addition to newly commissioned repertoire. His solo work has championed modernist voices from his native Venezuela, placing particular emphasis on composer Diógenes Rivas.
A versatile musician, he is also passionate about traditional repertoire. He has performed with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, and appears yearly at the Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival (Vancouver). Highlights of collaborative engagements featuring traditional repertoire in recent and upcoming seasons include a tour of China with clarinetist Mingzhe Wang and performances of Hugo Wolf’s complete Italienisches Liederbuch in Canada and Germany.
He serves on the screening committee of Festival Atempo, co-chairs the 20th/21st Century Music Festival of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, and recently completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Formerly on staff as a collaborative pianist at University of California, Irvine, he is currently a member of the Artist Faculty at NYU Steinhardt’s program in Piano Studies, where he teaches courses in Song Repertoire and Collaborative Piano.
This recital explores the unique voices of living Latin American composers, their influences, and their ties to their roots. Featuring composers from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
Known for the warmth and conviction of his performances, pianist Walter Aparicio explores issues of cultural background and identity through his concerts and workshops. Much of his programming includes music that directly references elements of dance, language and folk traditions.
Walter’s notable New York credits include Symphony Space, the Cell Theatre, Steinway Hall, and Firehouse Space. Outside of the US, he has presented performances at the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (China), and Barcelona Piano Academy (Spain).
An adventurous artist, Walter has participated in performance installations such as Allora & Calzadilla’s Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano. Taking place at the Gladstone Gallery, NY, the work involved the pianist performing backwards - from a hole cut inside a grand piano - while moving the instrument around the gallery space. The work transforms the player/instrument dynamic, and this experience has been part of Mr. Aparicio’s ongoing inquiry into the nature of performance and the artist-audience relationship. Other ventures have included collaborations with the Nouveau Classical Project (where fashion meets music) and Notes on Fiction, a series where musical references in literature are presented as a fluid reading/concert hybrid.
All that America! -Celebration of American Composers-
The duo of clarinet and piano can be simple and small, but the possibilities created by their unity and trusts from the strong bond of friendship are beyond the size of ensemble. Clara duo celebrates its 12th anniversary featured by American composers, Copland, Bernstein, Muczynski and D'Rivera.