sydney skybetter and associates & the Ear Heart Music Ensemble – Cold House
The Ear Heart Music Ensemble debuts in a collaborative performance of contemporary dance repertory featuring the Brooklyn-based skybetter and associates. The selection of music is icy and transcendent, anticipatory of the impending winter season. Flutist and Ear Heart Music director Amelia Lukas will lead the ensemble in Karen Tanaka’s gorgeous and otherwordly Frozen Horizen for flute, string quartet, double bass, and percussion. This general feeling of stillness and cold is given new dimension by themes of violence and darkness, and a warped sense of self and other in the choreography of Sydney Skybetter. The dance portion of the program includes Temporary Matters, set to selections from Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Englabörn; Cold House You Kept set to String Quartet no. 2, Quasi una Fantasia by Henryk Górecki; and the New York premiere of Eveningland, Skybetter’s recent commission by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, featuring selections from David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion in its version for four vocal soloists, percussion, and electronics. Monday, November 18 at 8 PM Tickets $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15 Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY ..:: Website
Catalyst Quartet | Pop-Up Concert
Catalyst Quartet makes their Miller debut with a program that features a work by their own violinist Jessie Montgomery—a student of Joan Tower—alongside works by Tower, Philip Glass and jazz great Paquito D’Rivera. Catalyst is comprised of top winners and alumni of the renowned Sphinx Competition, an annual competition designed to identify and champion outstanding young string players in the Black and Latino communities. Tuesday, November 19 at 6 PM Free Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY ..:: Website
Featuring music by Ted Hearne, Adrian Knight, Travis Laplante, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, Jason Trueting and Scott Wollschleger. Tuesday, November 19 at 8:30 PM Tickets $10 Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY ..:: Website
Charles Wuorinen: Virtuoso Works for Solo Piano and String Quartet
This 75th birthday tribute concert celebrates some of the virtuoso chamber works of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Charles Wuorinen, performed by musicians for whom they were written. Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 PM Tickets $35; $25 for Members The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY ..:: Website
New Voices, New Music
New Voices, New Music is the culminating performance of a six-day workshop led by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Pultizer Prize–winning composer David Lang, 2013–2014 holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Eastman BroadBand, gnarwhallaby, Hotel Elefant, and Mivos Quartet will perform music by Robert Honstein, Daniel Goode, Mary Kouyoumdjian and more. Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 PM Tickets $15 Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY ..:: Website [Read more →]
Aheym—released by Anti- on November 5—marks guitarist Bryce Dessner’s recorded debut as featured composer. Though undoubtedly most well-known as a member of the internationally acclaimed rock band the National, Aheym serves as an excellent introduction to Dessner as an intrepid creator of stirring works in the classical music tradition. And perhaps there is no better ensemble to help facilitate this introduction than the Kronos Quartet. It should be noted that the recording is among cellist Jeffrey Zeigler’s last as a member of the quartet with violinists David Harrington and John Sherba and violist Hank Dutt.
CONTACT! kicks off the season at SubCulture — a new, intimate venue in NoHo — with an evening of works by the composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Monday, November 4 at 7:30 PM Tickets $25 and $40 SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs New York, NY ..:: Website
Roomful of Teeth (performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Partita) and Holly Herndon
Roomful of Teeth
Roomful of Teeth performs the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Partita, and works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. Monday, November 4 at 8 PM Tickets $20-$30 (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY ..:: Website
Time | Caroline Stinson
Canadian cellist Caroline Stinson presents a compelling program of music for cello with piano and electronics in her Merkin Hall solo recital debut this November. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the evening explores composers interested in time, how music is conceived within it and how we experience it. Brought about by a series of events going back to 2009, when she attended a seminar with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, Time is the context for the works presented, a perspective that is continually changing. Wednesday, November 6 at 8 PM Tickets $30, $20 students/seniors Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY ..:: Website
Musical Ecologies | TRAVIS JUST: The Music of Object Collection
Monday, October 21, 2013 marked the New York premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera. Two Boys tells the story of Detective Anne Strawson (played by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote) as she tries to uncover the truth surrounding the March 2001 murder of Jake (played by boy soprano Andrew Pulver), a 13-year-old boy from an industrial English city. All signs point to Jake’s 16-year-old friend Brian (played by tenor Paul Appleby) as the murderer. As Detective Strawson questions Brian, he offers her a tale of sex, spies, rape, and murder that seems utterly farfetched. However, Detective Strawson soon discovers that Brian may be telling the truth, and that his story might not be so crazy after all.
On Sunday, June 16, 2013, the Bang on a Can Marathon was presented at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, as part of the River To River Festival 2013.
Even though it felt weird not to be at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden (the Schimmel Center was almost too intimate), the audience surely appreciated the comfort and the acoustics. Here is a video recap of the marathon in 12 minutes:
Bang on a Can Marathon 2013
00:19 – Derek Bermel: Canzonas Americanas, Mvt 1: “El Dude” | Alarm Will Sound 00:49 – Jeffrey Brooks: After the Treewatcher | Alarm Will Sound 01:19 – Peter Evans (trumpet): solo 01:51 – Charlie Piper: zoetrope | Alarm Will Sound 02:23 – Caleb Burhans: oh ye of little faith… (do you know where your children are?) | Alarm Will Sound 02:54 – Lukas Ligeti: lakoni in kazonnde* | David Cossin & Ben Reimer, drums 03:23 – Cabaret Contemporain
03:54 – Shara Worden: Before the Words | Brooklyn Youth Chorus 04:26 – Nico Muhly: Short Prayers in Respect of a Storm | Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Aleeza Meir piano and string quartet 04:57 – Kendall Williams: Conception* | NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble / NYUSTEEL, Jonathan Haas, Director/Conductor 05:27 – Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov: Medicine Buddha, White Palace 05:57 – John King: Astral Epitaphs | Brooklyn Youth Chorus, TILT, & John King, live electronics 06:27 – Talk Normal: XO, Shot This Time, Dedicate This Song 06:58 – Tom Zé (arr. Stephanie Richards) Mā | Asphalt Orchestra
07:41 – Julia Wolfe With a blue dress on** | Monica Germino, violin 08:11 – Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (Ten canons for nine instruments) | Talea Ensemble 08:42 – Angélica Negrón: Drawings for Meyoko | Hotel Elefant 09:12 – Cabaret Contemporain 09:42 – David Lang: death speaks | Bang on a Can All-Stars & Shara Worden, voice 10:12 – Tamar Muskal: Mar de Leche | Maya Beiser, cello with the Provenance Project Band 10:59 – Annea Lockwood: Vortex | Bang on a Can All-Stars 11:29 – Michael Gordon: Yo Shakespeare | Bang on a Can All-Stars 12:15 – Tatsuya Yoshida: Zwimbarrac Khafzavrapp | Asphalt Orchestra
* World Premiere ** US Premiere
If you’re not into moving images, we also took some photos:
Though I was certainly not outraged, I was yet somewhat disappointed of missing the other performances from this festival in London. Session Two of Nico Muhly’s curated A Scream and an Outrage at LSO St. Luke’s on Saturday, 11 May 2013 was a compelling programme, thanks to its fluidity and connection between the three works.
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