The Pit Stop Players and the Pendulum
Kenji Bunch – Photo by Erica Lyn
The selections for the concert include themes from film (David Shire’s score to George Romero’s Monkey Shines), opera (Stephen Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon), TV (Danny Elfman’s theme to Tales From the Crypt), musical theater (Rosenblum’s overture to his forthcoming musical The Haunted Hotel) and the concert hall (Kenji Bunch’s Arachnophobia). In addition, the concert will feature the concert premiere of The Pit and the Pendulum by Nox Arcana, the self-described American Neoclassical darkwave/dark ambient musical duo, and Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals, by American composer/inventor Raymond Scott.
Monday, October 28 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students, children in costumes free
Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY
An Evening with Bedroom Community: Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nadia Sirota, Paul Corley, and special guests
The music of Valgeir Sigurðsson and Paul Corley is featured at (le) poisson rouge.
Monday, October 28 at 8 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
Bass/baritone Dashon Burton and and bassist Logan Coale will perform Lori Laitman’s Holocaust 1944, a deeply moving work for baritone voice and double bass.
Monday, October 28 at 9 PM
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, Second Floor, New York, NY
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Posted by Daniel Kushner »
Daníel Bjarnason is an Icelandic composer, conductor and pianist who has worked with such varied artists as John Adams, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, and post-rock band Sigur Rós, among others. Future premieres include an orchestral commission from Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its ’13-’14 concert season. Bjarnason’s second solo album, entitled Over Light Earth, was released via Bedroom Community on September 30. Bjarnason will join Nadia Sirota, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Paul Corley and others for “An Evening With Bedroom Community” at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on October 28.
In terms of structure and gravitas, much of your work in [your debut album] Processions, and in particular the compositions featured on Over Light Earth suggest an interest in exploring the symphony and concerto as forms. Is this an accurate assessment?
I don’t know if I’m really that conscious about it. I think I definitely do sort of approach the medium differently–obviously–than if it were a solo piano piece, or whatever… I think in a way, the bigger the forces get, the timescale changes in a way. It becomes a little bit zoomed out. So things work in a different way than they do in chamber music or solo music….
[I love] super short movements and really compact ideas, and [a kind of] Webern, early Schoenberg approach. Almost like a haiku, you know; it’s so understated, so short that it’s there and you see it and it leaves a lot of space around it, but it doesn’t get followed up and followed through. And at the opposite end, sometimes [the movements] end up actually much longer than I originally intend them to be.
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The 2012-2013 season of Ear Heart Music came to a close on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with performances by violist Nadia Sirota, composer and pianist Missy Mazzoli, and TRANSIT in collaboration with electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl. This event, held at Roulette in Brooklyn, was the official New York premiere and CD release party of Wohl’s audiovisual project Corps Exquis. The album is now available on New Amsterdam Records.
Composer Daniel Wohl
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Posted by Jeremy Howard Beck »
yMusic and New Amsterdam Records put on a release party earlier this month for their debut album, Beautiful Mechanical, at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. The hip and charming-but-smallish venue was packed to the gills with twenty- and thirty-somethings and quite a few recognizable new music composers and performers.
Every once in a while an album is assembled, or a live concert is programmed, in such a graceful way that one’s jaw drops. The different musics are sufficiently different to keep the listening experience fresh and forward-moving, while having enough in common to not end up the aural equivalent of a buffet. The release party for yMusic’s Beautiful+Mechanical at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side was both that rare album and that rare concert, and as I left I found myself marveling at how well it all worked. The music, and the performances, were full of the energy, fun, and vibrancy that has become New Amsterdam Records’ trademark. Even violist (and Q2 radio host) Nadia Sirota’s casually graceful and funny emceeing was impressive.
yMusic – Photo by Ilya Nikhamin
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