23
Sep

Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Glass on Guitars

The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass

The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass

Founded by students of the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2001, the Dublin Guitar Quartet has since become a stalwart ensemble, dedicated to the interpretation and performance of contemporary classical music. Indeed, in timbre alone, the quartet’s transcription of Philip Glass’s four string quartets (excluding his first) gives new-found warmth and precision to some of the composer’s most intimate, personal pieces. Glass’s lean style lends itself well to smaller ensembles: vertical harmonic structures progress slowly by repeated ostinato patterns. Thus, the conversion from bowed instruments to four guitars, sounds native and natural. Glass’s music is riddled with arpeggiated phrases developed through additive process; the guitar eliminates sustained bow pitches, in exchange for short, defined plucked pitches, articulating all harmonic changes clearly—in this way, Glass’s music is set free from ambiguity, all notes appearing in their beautiful constructs.

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22
Sep

This week: concerts in New York (September 22 – September 28, 2014)

Da Capo Players: Shulamit Ran

Shulamit Ran

Shulamit Ran

Sharing the excitement of Shulamit Ran’s music on the occasion of her 65th anniversary year, Da Capo offers a wide range of her chamber works, from 1978 to the present, including her now classic Mirage (written for Da Capo’s 20th Anniversary in 1990).
Monday, September 22 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Todd Reynolds & My Darling Fury

Todd Reynolds and My Darling Fury meet at Rockwood Music Hall for a one time collaborative genre mashup. Both artists share a passion for technologically creating new colors using instruments from an older era. My Darling Fury is known and celebrated for both its songwriting and innovative instrumentals, and Todd Reynolds for his bending of an 18th century violin into 21st century submission Both projects will offer up solo sets and join each other for a first time romp together.
Sunday, September 22 at 11:30 PM
Free
Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, New York, NY
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Beyond Minimalism | Bargemusic

Featuring music by Andrew Shapiro, Peter Flint, Conrad Cummings, Stephen Dembski, and John Adams.
Wednesday, September 24 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $35, $30 seniors, $15 students
Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY
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Washington Square Winds

Washington Square Winds - Photo by Philip Varricchio

Washington Square Winds – Photo by Philip Varricchio

Washington Square Winds performs at Spectrum.
Thursday, September 25 at 5:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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17
Sep

5 questions to Nick Hallett (singer, composer, multi-arts producer)

Composer, vocalist, and curator-producer Nick Hallett presents a concert of his songs later this month at Joe’s Pub, curiously titled Hallettiade, in the vein of Schubert’s legendary salons. We talked with him about the community he is creating for this evening, along with other highlights of his fall season. 

Nick Hallett (photo by Sabine Rogers)

Nick Hallett (photo by Sabine Rogers)

Your multifaceted artistic practice begins with the voice, how did your early training set the stage?

My musical education was primarily performance-based. I resisted the temptation of composition and studio art classes in favor of studying voice pedagogy, opera, electronic music, avant-garde theater, film/video, and dance. My current practice centers on the voice not only as a means of musical interpretation, but as a source of embodied creativity and inspiration for all kinds of cultural production. Just as my voice box is capable of communicating a diversity of sounds and genres of music, my proverbial voice extends way beyond singing, into art-making and community building, especially through my activities as a curator and cultural producer. At the core of this concern is what voices are drawn to do, and for me this starts with singing songs.

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15
Sep

This week: concerts in New York (September 15 – September 21, 2014)

Heart & Breath

Amy Beth Kirsten

Amy Beth Kirsten

A 21st-century fantasia on 17th-century Italian music and theater, Heart & Breath combines modern arrangements of music by Gesualdo and Monteverdi with contemporary works that blend music, dance, and theater, including composer Amy Beth Kirsten’s Colombine’s Paradise Theatre.
Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25-$40
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY
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Musical Ecologies: Dante Boon

The 2014-15 season of Musical Ecologies opens with a program of piano music by composers of the Wandelweiser group performed by Dutch pianist and composer Dante Boon.
Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
The Old Stone House in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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Tokyo To New York

Tokyo To New York is series of concerts in Tokyo and New York City to celebrate, honor, and recognize the connections between Tokyo and New York City. Since 2012, Tokyo to New York concerts have presented over 50 world premieres. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments.
Friday, September 19 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $35, $30 seniors, $15 students
Bargemusic, Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY
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Coding of Evidentiality Ensemble

Coding of Evidentiality Ensemble performs at Spectrum.
Friday, September 19 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
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New Juilliard Ensemble

Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle

The concert features the world premiere of Alessandro Annunziata’s Ritrovare as well as Bernd Franke’s Veil 1, Shulamit Ran’s Fault Line, and Harrison Birtwistle’s Cantus Iambeus in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday.
Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 PM
Free
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 W 65th St, New York, NY
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10
Sep

Transparent Mechanical: Lewis and West Side Chamber Orchestra Perform Glass, Rutter, and Françaix

Philip Glass - Harpsichord Concerto Lewis Fallon Naxos

Sure, it’s sort of a bromide, but it’s apt: what was once old is new again. Along with a resurgence in recent years for composing for period instruments, the harpsichord as acted as an unlikely phoenix during the 20th and 21st Centuries. Having fallen into disuse from the Classical period until the Interwar period, the harpsichord continues to find composers attracted to it, drawn to its strange delicacy and penchant for technical floridity. In the 1920s, Poulenc and de Falla composed landmark concertos for the instrument, and over the past few decades, a slow but steady parade of composers has put forth their offerings. A Naxos release (8.573146), the Harpsichord Concertos album features works by Philip Glass, John Rutter, and Jean Françaix – an unlikely grouping on the face of it, but a successful combination of performances from the West Side Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon, featuring flutist John McMurtery, and, of course, a collection of scintillating performances by a young Welsh virtuoso in Christopher D. Lewis.

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