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11/14/18, 8:00 doors, music 8:30, $15

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Machine//Body is a series which has manifested in Berlin, Chicago, and NYC featuring interdisciplinary artists working with sound and movement,
space and architecture.

Performers: Miya Masaoka, Eryka Dellenbach, Muyassar Kurdi, Samita Sinha


*ARETE members discount

Convergences Series II

Ava Mendoza / Philip White

11/15/18, 8pm, $15


Ava Mendoza- Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was old enough to get into 18+ venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, Ikue Mori, Matt Mitchell, Jon Irabagon, members of Caroliner, the Violent Femmes, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.

Philip White- Composer, performer and improviser Philip White works with electronics at the intersection of noise, jazz and contemporary concert music. In addition to his solo practice current and recent projects include R WE WHO R WE (with Ted Hearne), duos with Chris Pitsiokos, Paula Matthusen and cross media collaborations with Jim Findlay, Ralph Lemon, Jimena Paz, Daniel Fish, Nora Chipaumire and Urban Bush Women. Recent presentations of his work have taken place at Carnegie Hall, BAM Harvey Theater (Brooklyn), The Kitchen (NYC), Fylkingen (Stockholm), American Academy in Rome, ISSUE Project Room (NYC) and countless other venues nationally and internationally. His music has been released on Anticausal Systems, Carrier Records, New Focus Recordings, Infrequent Seams, Contour Editions and Tape Drift Records. It has been described as “utterly gripping” (Time Out Chicago), “bona fide evocative music” (Brooklyn Rail), and a “vibrant textural tapestry” (Wall Street Journal).

*ARETE members discount

Strolling on a World Map - the Four Corners Ensemble

Saturday, 11/17/18 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Tickets online $15


Four Corners Ensemble presents four dynamic mini-concertos from its "World Map Concerti Series." Composed by award-winning composer Shuying Li, "World Map Concerti" is a multi-cultural and multi-national collection with virtuosic soloists and a soloist-level "orchestra”. These concertos focus on each soloist's unique geographical, cultural and personal identities.

Come meet our amazing soloists, Siyuan Li, Joshua Anderson, Merryl Neille, and Jinn Shin; and enjoy premieres of flute concerto "Quongqothwane," based on South Africa's "Click Song;" clarinet concerto "American Variations," on an original theme in various American music styles; piano concerto "Canton Snowstorm," an imagination of a heavy snowstorm in the warmest place in China; and cello concerto "Matilda's Dream," a fantasy based on Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda."

Guest performers will also present works by Marcel Chyrzyński and Jakub Polycczyk, a dive-in of some of the best Polish contemporary repertoire.

Poster by Tanner Porter.

Will Lang presents: Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts

11/20/18, 7 & 9 pm, each $15 at the door

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7 pm - loadbang presents: Andy Kozar

9 pm - Rosie Moore (solo harp)

Andy Kozar: Contemporary works for trumpet and electronics.

A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator that has been called a 'star soloist' by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace...he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the contemporary music quartet loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. With loadbang, his playing has been said to be ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he 'coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument...and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color' by the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is also a member of TILT Brass, the Byrne:KozarDuo, and has performed with new music ensembles including Bang on a Can, Ensemble Signal, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Echappe, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, James Thompson, Mark Gould and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, Christian Wolff and Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. Kozar has performed has performed at venues both domestically and abroad including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, MoMA, Rothko Chapel, The Barclays Center, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.


“Roll up, roll up! Ladies and gentlemen, come closer, come closer. Welcome to the greatest show on earth!” Join harpist, actress and storyteller Rosanna Moore as she presents a variety of theatrical works for harp (plus a cameo from a stray trombonist). This show presents the harp in a new and quirky light and will make you both laugh and cry as you watch mosquitos being swatted, a solo London soap opera, a Greek tragedy, a terrifying retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher, and many more musical and theatrical skits.

Harpist and actor, Rosanna Moore, has made it her aim to combine theatre and music wherever possible. As a harpist, she plays with Ensemble Signal, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She was the first harpist to be a finalist at the Gold Medal Competition at RNCM, won the Stan Baker award, was a semifinalist in the Dutch Harp Competition and placed third at Tierra47’s improvisation competition. As an actress, she has worked as a narrator for Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and done voice over work. Finally, as a combination of both, she has worked with trombonist/ actor John Kenny, and was awarded honorable mention in the Eastman Lecture Recital Prize for her research and performance into the choreography used in R. Murray Schafer’s Crown of Ariadne.

*ARETE members discount

1k presents: Tobias Ralph and Tim Motzer

11/21/18, 8:30pm, $15

1k presents at Arete Brooklyn: the debut of Movement Sound Experiment, featuring world-renowned drummer Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew Power Trio, Crimson ProjeKCt) and acclaimed improvisational guitarist Tim Motzer in collaboration with University of the Arts dancers AJ + sav. Movement Sound Experiment invites a four-way dialogue between musicians and dancers, promising spontaneous expression and breathtaking narratives. Join us for this exciting creative experiment as it unfolds in real time.

World-renowned drummer Tobias Ralph, born and raised in New York City, has been touring internationally since 1995 and has performed & recorded with Tricky, Screaming Headless Torsos, Lauryn Hill, Defunkt, and Duncan Sheik. Tobias is especially known for his work with the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Crimson ProjeKCt. In 2014, he released a thrilling album of duo drumming with Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) entitled ToPaRaMa. In the world of dance, Tobias has worked for over a decade with the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and he also created a score with choreographer Ann Reinking and vocalist Philip Hamilton. He is on the faculty at The Collective in NYC, and in 2010 released the educational drum video Hi-Hat Substitutions, Broken Doubles, & More that covers "the art of soloing while keeping the groove." He previously collaborated with Tim Motzer in the trio RMS along with bassist Julie Slick.

After 20 years of world touring, five solo albums, and stunning collaborations including over 80 albums of credits, Tim Motzer continues to "traverse manifold territories in music (Guitar Player magazine)." Tim is widely known for his distinct textural acoustic-electro guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques. From 2016-18, Tim toured the world playing prestigious venues and jazz festivals with Bandit65, an improvising trio he co-leads with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Gintas Janusonis. He has also collaborated with numerous musical luminaries including David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, poet Ursula Rucker, King Britt, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Vernon Reid, David Torn, Markus Reuter, and Pat Mastelotto, among others. Tim's work has appeared in the hit HBO series True Blood as well a major motion picture directed by Michael Mann. As an in-demand, solo live composer/improviser in the world of modern dance, Tim most recently played to sold-out houses in Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Oujda, Morocco; Philadelphia, PA; and Toronto, Canada. For nearly a decade, he has served as a live accompanist for choreographers at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Tim brings his dynamic, eclectic array of musical projects together under his own 1k Recordings imprint, which has over 40 releases and counting. For full credits, visit

*ARETE members discount

Weston Olencki / James Moore-Elliot Simpson / Nina Dante-Matteo Liberatore

11/28/18, 8pm, $15

James Moore and Elliot Simpson will present two new works by Larry Polansky and Teodora Stepančić. Weston Olencki and Nina Dante and Matteo Liberatore will present improvisations for solo and duo.

*ARETE members discount

The Nouveau Classical Project: FRaGMeNTS

11/30/18, 8:00pm

$20/$15 students + seniors


Fragments explores the coexistence of strength and fragility by examining our relationship with the Earth. NCP will premiere William C. Mason's Larsen C, a work inspired by the ice shelf that lost a huge fragment in July 2017, a newly commissioned work by Emily Praetorius, and works by Missy Mazzoli and Leaha Villareal. Fragments will also feature wearable sculptures by artist Chanel Matsunami Govreau.

About the Music:

Larsen C by William Mason is inspired by the iceberg that broke off in Antarctica (when he began writing the piece, the iceberg was still attached). Emily Praetorius’ “Time Allotted for that Emanation (at that time),” which is a meditation on lace, a fabric that can be both delicate and sturdy, depending on how it is cared for or used. Other pieces on the program are Missy Mazzoli's "Still Life with avalanche" and Leaha Villareal’s Oceania.


Laura Cocks, flute

Mara Mayer, clarinet

Pauline Kim Harris, violin

Thea Mesirow, cello

Sugar Vendil, piano

Joseph Tucker, percussion

*ARETE members discount

Quince: Feldman's Three Voices

12/1/18, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, $20

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Three Voices by Morton Feldman is a sublime piece that both mesmerizes and stupefies.

The length, the tunings, the melismas, textures, the range, the relentlessness—it’s challenging in a way that is unlike any other piece in the unaccompanied solo voice repertoire.

This piece was written initially for one singer to perform with two looming, black loudspeakers performing the other vocal lines rather than three live singers.

Feldman wrote the piece in memoriam to Frank O’Hara, a NYC poet who was very good friends with Feldman. O’Hara was a prominent figure in “The New York School” of poets and was very inspired by music, dance, and painting (specifically the Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s and 60s) and it came through in his poetry. 

Feldman and O’Hara were life-long collaborators, dedicating multiple pieces to each other, including the poem referenced in Three Voices. O’Hara died very early in life (at age 40), and this piece serves as an ode to him. The loudspeakers that are typically used in a performance by one singer represent looming, black tombstones peering over the singer’s shoulders to the audience to remind us that death is ever-present.

The work is mostly sung without text, however the few fragments of text that you do hear come from O’Hara’s 1957 poem Wind.

Tania Chen, piano // Ali/Costa/Wallace

12/3/18, 8pm & 9pm, $15

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Tania Chen performs, composes and improvises noise, sound art and experimental music. She plays piano, keyboards, digital and vintage electronics, and found objects.


Tania Chen will perform her recent work for piano, video and electronics, Theme for a Story. She will end her set with Morton Feldman’s transcendent final solo piano composition Palais de Mari, completed in 1986.

Tania has recorded with Stewart Lee, Steve Beresford, Henry Kaiser, William Winant, Wadada Leo Smith, Thurston Moore, David Toop, Jon Raskin, Jon Leidecker and with her bands Bad Jazz and Tender Buttons. It’s mostly on iTunes and Amazon. There will be some albums available to buy at tonight’s show too. Her most recent album release is Electronic Music for Piano by John Cage. She has some secret releases happening soon but it’s  all a bit hush hush right now.

 photog: Peter Gannushkin

photog: Peter Gannushkin

Ali/Costa/Wallace- Using a traditional instrumental piano trio format, these three musicians are dedicated to creating an improvisational language that explores boundaries of sound, rhythm, and interaction. Utilizing their respective instruments in variegated ways they are able to create a spontaneous narrative, a sound landscape that morphs, starts, and stops according to the whims and musical connectivity of the performers.

Eli Wallace, piano
Sean Ali, bass
Carlo Costa, percussion

*ARETE members discount

Ensemble Ipse - Recent Music for String Quartet

12/4/18 @ 8pm, $20, $10 students


Ensemble Ipse – Recent Music for String Quartet

Ensemble Ipse presents a concert of recent music for String Quartet, featuring core performer Esther Noh (violin), and guest performers Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin), Stephanie Griffin (viola), and Hamilton Berry (cello). Featuring our Call for Scores selections and other works.


Can Bilir – "String Quartet no. 2 – ‘A wordless tale dedicated to the Flying Willendorfs in the windowless skies’" NYC PREMIERE

Alec Hall – "28 Hours

Stephanie Griffin – "Happy Car Ride from the Lost Quartet" NYC PREMIERE

And our 2018 Call for Scores selections:

George Lam – "String Quartet" U.S. PREMIERE

Ari Sussman – "needless to say" NYC PREMIERE

Ursula Kwong-Brown – "Emerald Meditations" NYC PREMIERE -->Matt Frey – "Procession"

Machine // Body

Crystal Penalosa, Dafna Naphtali, Masami Tomihisa, Anais Maviel

12/5/18, 8pm doors, 8:30 concert, $15/$10 students

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Machine//Body is a series which has manifested in Berlin, Chicago, and NYC featuring interdisciplinary artists working with sound and movement,
space and architecture.

Crystal Penalosa, Dafna Naphtali, Masami Tomihisa, Anais Maviel

Curated by Muyassar Kurdi


*ARETE members discount

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Shellscrape Theatre Company Presents:


December 6th and 7th @ 7:30 p.m.

Adapted and Directed by Elaine Rava

Assisted by Angela Wheeler

Scenic and Lighting Design by Brian C. Staton

Synopsis: A young woman follows the path that society deems fit for her, despite feeling resistance. She marries her boss (a man she doesn't love), has a child with him, and then has an affair with a younger man. Revitalized by this experience, her moral conflict grows until she retaliates.

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Sam Newsome, saxophone

12/9/18, 7:30pm, $15 at the door

Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome will perform an evening of improvised and experimental music for solo saxophone.

"He has an outsize command of the horn, especially in the realm of extended technique: split-tone multiphonics, slap-tongue articulation, seamless circular breathing."
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano into a one-man band."

- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz 

New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach for which he gained world-wide critical acclaim with the release of his 2009 recording Blue Soliloquy: Solo Works for Soprano Saxophone, which received a five-star review in Downbeat magazine.

 Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques: multi-phonics, flutter tonguing, percussive slap tonguing, soprano saxophone specific micro-tones, air sounds, key clicks, air hisses, acoustic sound manipulation, Tartini tones, and various forms of oral cavity manipulation. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “ says Newsome, “is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity.

*ARETE members discount

Jack Wright, saxophone and Ron Stabinsky, piano

12/9/18, 8:30pm, $15 at the door

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Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 75 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He has had a book published, Jan. 2017, The Free Musics, which is becoming very popular among improvisers. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". But for a true assessment listen to the music he and his partners create: Spring Garden Music, for sounds and writings.

Ron Stabinsky received his first musical lessons at the age of five from Michael Hoysock, his grandfather. Since 2000, Ron has been studying the Taubman Approach to piano playing with Edna Golandsky in New York City. He has also benefited greatly from additional study of classical repertoire with concert pianist Ilya Itin. His mentors in the art of free improvisation have included Bill Dixon and Joel Futterman. His study of jazz has been through the correspondence course work of Charlie Banacos.

Each July, Ron presents a series of workshops demonstrating to jazz pianists the practical application of the Taubman Approach to piano playing at the Golandsky Institute, an annual symposium held at Princeton University. In addition to continuing to pursue an ongoing interest in solo piano improvisation, he enjoys working on music in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including freeimprovising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso Dave Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival (USA), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). He is currently a member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Quartet, Quintet, and Octet.

*ARETE members discount

SARAH BERNSTEIN UNEARTHISH with Satoshi Takeishi // Shelley Hirsch and Anthony Coleman

12/11/18, 7pm and 8pm, $15 at the door


Sarah Bernstein - violin/voice/poetry / Satoshi Takeishi - percussion

Bernstein's compositions for violin and voice – equal parts avant-garde jazz, spoken word, and minimalist pop – are joined by Takeishi's expressive mastery on the drums. The duo will perform pieces from their recent release "Crazy Lights Shining”.

"Violinist/poet Sarah Bernstein has created compositions that are post-Beat holistic works of art." - NYC Jazz Record

SARAH BERNSTEIN is a New York-based composer and violinist whose work incorporates vocals, electronics, improvisation and original text. She is known for her fiery multidisciplinary performances, and has garnered international acclaim for her distinctive recordings. She leads the avant-jazz Sarah Bernstein Quartet, improvising strings Frikativ Quartet, synth-pop trio Day So Far, and solo noise/electronics Exolinger. Her minimalist/poetry project Unearthish celebrates the release of their second album: Crazy Lights Shining (Phase Frame). Recent release Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein Tense Life (577 Records) juxtaposes her heavily processed violin and voice with explosive drums. Nominated "Rising Star" in the DownBeat Critics Poll for the past four years, Bernstein is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. Her poetry has been published by Red Ceilings Press and Sensitive Skin Magazine. She is originally from San Francisco, CA.

“Connection beyond genre and contrasting elements, in quest for the essence” is what Japanese-born musician/improviser SATOSHI TAKEISHI strives for in his performances, whether behind a drum set, a hybrid percussion set or computer-based electronics. With over 30 years’ experience in live performances and recording sessions around the world, executing in styles of Jazz, Rock, Contemporary Classical, Avant Garde, Experimental Electronic, Latin, South American, Arabic and African music, Takeishi moves among diverse musical environments. Rather than a specialist of any one style, Takeishi constantly strives for an integration of his diverse musical experience and knowledge.

SHELLEY HIRSCH Hailed as a “woman of a thousand voices” by The New York Times, Shelley Hirsch has been pushing boundaries for decades with her unique vocal art and performance work, drawing on her life experiences, her memory, and her vivid imagination. Hirsch’s mostly solo multimedia performances, compositions, improvisations, electronic music pieces, sound installations, collaborations and radio plays have been produced and presented in concert halls, clubs, festivals, theaters, museums, galleries and on radio, film and television on five continents. Hirsch has performed hundreds of concerts of improvised music in NYC and internationally with a Who’s Who list of internationally renowned musicians including Fred Frith, Phill Niblock, Billy Martin, Butch Morris, Ikue Mori, Christian Marclay, Michael Evans, Marcia Bassett, David Watson, Hans Tammen, Brian Chase, Sarah Bernstein, Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Japan/Berlin), Alexei Pliouisnine (St Petersburg Russia); Baba Sissiko (Mali Africa); Joke Lanz (Switzerland/Berlin); Koch/Schuetz/Studer (Switzerland) and with the live projected video of Ursula Scherrer and Katherine Liberovskaya. She can be heard on over 70 recordings.

In 2018, The Fales Library at NYU acquired decades of her work to be archived for their Downtown Collection; and, Hirsch became an artist-in-residence at QueensLab in Ridgewood. She is also the 2017 recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists. She remains internationally renowned as an essential figure of New York’s avant-garde downtown scene.

Hirsch is very happy to be performing for the first time in several years with the extraordinary musician Anthony Coleman on a shared bill with Sarah Bernstein.

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.

*ARETE members discount

Convergences Series III

Jen Shyu's ZERO GRASSES (working title, work-in-progress) // Seth Parker Woods

12/13/18, 8pm, $15 at the door

Jen Shyu - 2016 Doris Duke Artist, Fulbright scholar, multilingual vocalist-composer-instrumentalist-dancer JEN SHYU is “one of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music” (The Nation). Born in Peoria, Illinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrants, she was the first female and vocalist as bandleader on Pi Recordings, 2017 DownBeat Rising Star Female Vocalist, producing 7 albums. A Stanford graduate, she’s performed her music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. Her acclaimed album Song of Silver Geese (Pi 2017) was among NY Times’ “Best Albums of 2017” and Nine Doors, one of NY Times’ “5 Standout Shows” (2018).

Seth Parker Woods- Critiqued as “a cellist of power and grace” (The Guardian) and possessing “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. Outside of solo performances, he has performed with the Ictus Ensemble (Brussels, BE), Ensemble L’Arsenale (IT), zone Experimental (CH) Basel Sinfonietta (CH), New York City Ballet, Ensemble LPR and Orchestra of St. Luke’s (US). A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, he has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, G.F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, and Peter Eotvos to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey, Rachael Yamagata, as well as visual artists Vanessa Beecroft, Jack Early, Adam Pendleton and Aldo Tambellini.

His debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough (Confront Recordings-London) has garnered great acclaim since its release in November 2016, and has been profiled in the Guardian, 5against4, I Care If You Listen, Musical America, and Strings Magazine amongst others.

*ARETE members discount

Techno Love activation with artist Cynthia Alberto

12/14/18, 7-8pm, free will donation

Techno Love Series

Cynthia Alberto, artist/weaver

Materials: Cotton, Neon Ropes

The Techno Love Series is inspired by the euphoric feeling of connecting with a community through music. It is comprised of 30 woven “cocoons” which are pieces of wearable art. This curatorial approach references Cynthia’s desire for her work to remain inclusive to all communities, rather than an untouchable object.

While wearing the “cocoon” one feels a sense of both protection and liberation due to the weight of the ropes. The weight of the “cocoons” was inspired by the use of Sensory Pressure Vests which are used particularly with children or individuals who are over stimulated. Being inside the weaving offers enough of a mask from the surrounding environment that users are able to let go and move more freely without the fear of judgement. The result is an inclusive wearable piece of art which evokes a sense of playfulness, reflection, peace, and escape which is very similar to that of being in a techno festival.

The ropes woven into the pieces were re purposed from an exhibition last summer at MoMA PS1 called “Weaving the Courtyard” by Estudio Escobedo Soliz. It was important for both Escobedo Soliz and Cynthia to address the amount of waste produced by the art world by not letting the ropes go to waste but instead reworking them into new pieces of art.


SolstICE Celebration

Sunday, 12/16/18, 3 pm – 9 pm

suggested/free will donation, RSVP

These 12 albums are so big and bold, they deserve a SIX HOUR PARTY to celebrate! Join us to celebrate albums featuring members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, including those released on our own record label, Tundra.

*Performances every hour! Plus time to listen to tracks from albums, drink, eat, and enjoy each other's company.

*This party isn't just about celebrating ICE, it's to also celebrate all of you—our ICE family! From going to concerts to making a donation, everyone's icey love has made what the ensemble is today.

*So...let's party together to celebrate 12 albums from the last 12 months of 2018 as we count down to the shortest day of the year—the Winter SolstICE!

Featuring ICE members:

Rebekah Heller, bassoon

Claire Chase, flute

Ross Karre, percussion

Nathan Davis, percussion

Levy Lorenzo, percussion & electronics

Josh Modney, violin

Jacob Greenberg, harmonium

Joshua Rubin, clarinet

Isabel Gleicher, flute

Dan Lippel, guitar

Ryan Muncy, saxophone

... and more!

More info:

--> Free Entry | $20 suggested donation

--> Silent Auction

--> Performances every hour—highlights include: pieces from Du Yun's Dinosaur Scar, Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Sequences, and selections from Nathan Davis' Hagoromo

Will Lang’s Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts:

Nate Wooley / Josh Sinton / William Lang

12/18/18, 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 pm, each $10 at the door or $20 for all three sets

7 pm - Nate Wooley

8 pm - Josh Sinton

9 pm - loadbang solo portrait: William Lang

*ARETE members discount

Gabriel Zucker's Weighting \\ Fay Victor + Val-Inc

12/19/18, 8pm & 9pm, $15

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Fay Victor + Val-Inc - 8pm

FAY VICTOR is an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and educator riding all the chasms and seams of musics that are improvisational and conversational in nature.
Val-Inc (electronics, percussion, and turntables)
Fay Victor - voice, texts

Gabriel Zucker's Weighting - 9pm

Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York, whose work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene. Weighting, Zucker’s fourth studio album and second on ESP-Disk’, is an extended composition inspired by Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers.

Gabriel Zucker - piano, compositions

Adam O'Farrill - trumpet

Eric Trudel - saxophone

Kate Gentile - drums

*ARETE members discount


Fides Krucker and Tim Motzer

12/20/18, 8:30pm, $15 at the door

Duo with Toronto avant-garde opera vocalist Fides Krucker and guitarist Tim Motzer. This is a record release and first time performance in the US for this duo. Their forthcoming album is entitled Vanishing and is being released on 1k Recordings.

Fides Krucker is an innovative interpreter and creator of vocal music in Canada and abroad. She founded the interdisciplinary performance ensemble URGE; their fifth and final work was published by Playwrights Canada in 2015. Her company, Good Hair Day Productions created and produced the groundbreaking lyric-theatre pieces: Girl With No Door On Her Mouth (Bartley/Carson); CP Salon, an r n’ b love and disability show with Kazumi Tsuruoka, now an NFB film; Julie Sits Waiting (Dufort/Walmsley), a sexual catastrophe, electroacoustic opera nominated for five Doras; and In This Body, an emotional landscape of Canadian pop songs by women sung by Fides and danced by Peggy Baker, Laurence Lemieux and Heidi Strauss. It premiered at Canadian Stage last season and a CD featuring musicians Rob Clutton, Tania Gill and Germaine Liu is available through Fides has collaborated extensively with Peggy Baker Dance Projects composing vocal scores for the dancers of land/body/breath (at the AGO and National Gallery), locus plot and phase space, for which she received a composition award. She sang like a mermaid for both the theatre production and recording of DIVE (Nik Beeson/Richard Sanger.) Her recording of Berio’s Folk Songs with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble has just been released on the European label Orlando and is available online at Amazon. Fides teaches voice at Humber College and facilitates vocal work for a wide range of Toronto artists including Chicago’s Walkabout Theater. She is editing the final draft of her book, Good Girls Don’t Sing, initially researched through a Chalmers’ Arts Fellowship.

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Letters to My Future Self, CD Release Party!

1/11/19, 8:30pm, $20 at the door, complimentary wine

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Nick Revel is a violist, composer, improviser, and producer. Come celebrate the release of his debut album on Centaur Records of all-original compositions, layered improvisations, and sound-designs! Letters to My Future Self will take you on a musical journey through the inside of his mind. This self-produced, self-composed, and self-recorded collection breaks preconceived notions of what a viola can do in a constantly-morphing soundscape of styles and genres.

Special guests include Trifecta Trio, Hamilton Berry, and David Veslocki.

Nick Revel is the founding violist of PUBLIQuartet, which was string quartet in residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's “MetLiveArts” 2016/17 season. PQ has been presented by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the Joyce Theater, National Sawdust, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club, and the Newport Jazz Festival. As a composer Nick's 2017 commission “In DayDream” for viola and guitar was premiered in Carnegie Hall on April 10, 2017 and was selected as a winner of Indiana State University's Music Now Call for scores in October 2018.

Nick Revel

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Trumpet Marmalade

1/10/19, 8:30, $15

Greg Hammontree’s Trumpet Marmalade, consists of four-NYC hailing, old-school dixieland style jazz musicians call upon Louis Armstrong for inspiration.The virtuosic solos mixed with a down-low n dirty swing feel capture the soul of jazz and the love of trumpets.

“These guys really kick ass!” -Louis Armstrong
“I remember all those famous solos!” -...some jazz nerd
“I feel like I stepped into another century!” -Julius Caesar

“Such a wonderfully delicious marmalade” -Martha Stewart

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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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Parhelion Trio

2/8/18, 6:30 pm, $15

Praised by The Strad magazine for their "effervescent" playing, Parhelion—Sarah Carrier (flute), Ashleé Miller (clarinet), and Andrea Christie (piano)—is a New York City based ensemble dedicated to bringing virtuosic, robust, and impactful contemporary music to diverse audiences. 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.

In 2016, Parhelion was a semi-finalist in the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest chamber competition in the world, and was offered a one-year management prize. The trio has collaborated in concert with and alongside members of Eighth Blackbird; violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet; composer and singer-songwriter Shara Nova; Danish cellist Henrik Brendstrup; Friction Quartet; and the ensembles Trumpetcello, Unheard-of, and Lydenskab.  Parhelion has worked with iconic American composers Jennifer Higdon, Paul Schoenfield, Derek Bermel and Nico Muhly along with one of Australia’s leading choreographers, Ros Warby. The trio was also featured in a June 2016 interview with Dan Dunford on Episode 44 on his music podcast “Divergent Paths,” which can be downloaded on iTunes.

Highlights from past concert seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “ETHEL and Friends” Series, Minneapolis Convention Center, Hilton Hotel Chicago, Cornelia Street Café, Southampton Cultural Center, CUNY Graduate Center, and Stony Brook University among many others.  Parhelion has held residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Adelphi University’s “New Music XII”, and New Music For Strings Festival, along with an ensemble fellowship at the 2018 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab.

“Damn, that was good!!!” — Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award-winning composer

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