Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum present ETHEL and Julia Wolfe
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:30pm
New York, NY
The “extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians” (NY Times) in ETHEL perform the complete string quartets of Julia Wolfe: Dig Deep, early that summer, Four Marys, and Blue Dress for String Quartet. This is the first ever performance of ALL of Julia Wolfe's string quartets at one time, on one stage. Julia Wolfe's string quartets, as described by The New Yorker, "combine the violent forward drive of rock music with an aura of minimalist serenity [using] the four instruments as a big guitar, whipping psychedelic states of mind into frenzied and ecstatic climaxes." This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition of fellow New York City cultural icon Martha Rosler: Irrespective.
Tickets available here
Mise-en-Place Bushwick | Curator Series
Margaret Schedel, Flannery Cunningham, & Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Kate will perform Depth Sounding (2016) by Flannery Cunningham
Tickets available here: $15 general, $10 student
678 Hart Street #1B
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Hub New Music pays a visit to Media, PA to perform on DCCC's Concert Series.
Contemporaneous performs music of Princeton composers, featuring new music by Natalie Dietterich, Molly Herron, James Moore, Tom Morrison, Annika Sokolofsky, and Dan Trueman
FREE, no tickets required
April 17, 2019 at 8:00pm
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540
— wild new music with Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Acromusical —
In this groundbreaking collaboration between Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Arcomusical, disparate traditions of string instruments collide in an explosion of radical new music that draws from diverse traditions of ancient string instruments. The program builds a musical atlas of the ubiquitous and eclectic history of music for strings, from the kora to the harp to the cello to the berimbau.
In world premiere works written for Contemporaneous and Arcomusical, visionary composers Elliot Cole and Ian Gottlieb reimagine the sound of the berimbau (the one-string Afro-Brazilian percussion instrument known for its use in capoeira) to stretch its expressive possibilities in a new context. Cole’s piece Roda takes its title and its physical energy from the circular formation that audiences form around capoeira martial art performers. Gottlieb draws on his longtime study of Brazilian music and his time in São Paulo for his new work for both ensembles.
New arrangements map the mold-shattering string playing of revered Gabian kora player Alhaji Bai Konte and psychedelic folk singer/harpist Joanna Newsom onto the whole of Contemporaneous. RODA gives us the chance to imagine the past and future of our world, bound together across time and space by strings across a resonator.
Alhaji Bai Konte (1920-1983), arr David Bloom (b. 1990): Alla L’aa Ke (1973, arr. 2019) — world premiere arrangement
Elliot Cole (b. 1984): Roda (2017, rev. 2019) — world premiere, chamber concerto version
Ian Gottlieb (b. 1990): New work (2019) — world premiere, Contemporaneous commission
Joanna Newsom (b. 1982), arr. Dylan Mattingly (b. 1991): Cosmia (2006, arr. 2019) — world premiere arrangement
As one of the 2019 season’s Shouse Ensembles, F-PLUS will be in residence at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, MI. More details soon.
The Contemporary Chamber Players, founded by renowned performance faculty artist Gilbert Kalish and currently directed by Eduardo Leandro, has been hailed by The New York Times as "a small army of musicians who demonstrate consistent accomplishment."
Finola Merivale: Falling Flames
Christopher Stark: Borrowed Chords
F-PLUS in residence at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Concerts on November 10th and 11th featuring music by CCM composers, as well as some of our favorite repertoire we have gained over the past year.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm
National Sawdust | 80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets available soon
Lithuanian-American composer and performer Abraham Brody creates deeply multi-layered works which incorporate electronics, synthesizers, his mesmerizing voice, and immersive video installations. Tapping into the mystical power of the music of his Baltic roots, Brody performs a new song cycle alongside Contemporaneous. The ensemble also performs Conor Brown's astonishingly beautiful Balkan-inspired music and a crystalline work by Lithuanian composer Nomeda Valanciute.
Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music
Bowdoin International Music Festival
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College
12 Campus Rd S
Brunswick, ME 04011
John Harbison: "Six American Painters"
Laura del Sol Jimenez, flute; Kate Dreyfuss, violin; Erica Schwartz, viola; Kimberly Jeong, cello
Andreia Pinto Correia: "Dalla Legenda Aurea"
James Austin Smith, oboe; Kate Dreyfuss, violin; Georgina Rossi, viola; Jiaoyang Xu, cello
Bang on a Can returns to downtown Manhattan with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2018 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 10 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.
Jeffrey Brooks, Tom Chiu, Fjola Evans, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Nicole Lizee, Dylan Mattingly, Jessie Montgomery, Brendon Randall-Myers, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriella Smith, Galina Ustvolskaya, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Alex Weiser, Julia Wolfe
Terry Riley, Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guests Eric Berryman, Todd Reynolds, and Gyan Riley, Contemporaneous, David Friend, Ethel, FLUX Quartet, Maya Beiser and Kate Valk, Mazz Swift and Therese Workman, NYU Contemporary Ensemble/Jonathan Haas, Robert Osborne, So Percussion, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Sam Davol, Turning Jewels Into Water (Val Jeanty and Ravish Momin), Vicky Chow, Xenia Rubinos, and MORE!
Stony Brook University Composers Concert
April 3, 2018 at 7:30pm
Recital Hall, Staller Center for the Arts
F-PLUS performs music by Stony Brook University composers Taylor Ackley, Joseph Bohigian, Damon Honeycutt, Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty, John Ling, and Chelsea Loew.
BMP: Next Generation, with Contemporaneous
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7pm
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
BMP: Next Generation is a new initiative to discover the next generation of music-theatre and opera-theatre compositional voices. 72 emerging composers from coast-to-coast submitted vocal works, and ten extraordinary pieces were selected to be featured as a showcase at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. The complete three-year program will include the commission, development, and world premiere production of a new opera by one of the selected composers. The March 17, 2018 concert at National Sawdust will be led by music directors Lidiya Yankovskaya and David Bloom, with stage direction by Luke Leonard. New-music ensemble Contemporaneous will provide its orchestral forces.
The chosen composers are:
These composers hail from across the US, and represent a wide variety of compositional styles. The concert will feature the submitted vocal works of each composer. The concert will be adjudicated by an assembled panel of classical music luminaries. Panelists include Christopher Koelsch (LA Opera), Missy Mazzoli (composer), Beth Morrison (BMP), Julian Wachner (Trinity Church Wall Street), Ed Yim (American Composers Orchestra). From the ten composers, the panelists will select two composers who will be commissioned to write a 30-minute work (song cycle, one-act opera, or other vocal work). These 30-minute works will premiere in BMP’s 2018-2019 season in a semi-staged concert. Finally, Beth Morrison Projects will choose one of these two composers to receive a commission for a full evening-length operatic work to be developed, produced, premiered, and toured by BMP.
Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Recital Hall, Staller Center for the Arts
March 8, 2018, 8pm
One of the country’s finest collegiate contemporary music ensembles performs Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the piece that shaped minimalism. The evening will feature constant hypnotic pulses, human breath pulses and 11 chords in a continuous hourlong performance. Directed by Eduardo Leandro.
F-PLUS and Unheard-Of//Ensemble at Pianoforte Studios
1335 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Sunday, March 4, 1 pm
Tickets available at the door: $15 general, $10 students
D. Edward Davis: nest of shadows
Anna Meadors: Doorways
Andrew Rodriguez: I'm Sorry, I'm Really Sorry *World Premiere*
Roger Zare: Lunation 1113
Additional Piece by U//E
F-PLUS and Unheard-of//Ensemble at The Art Institute of Chicago
March 3, 3:30 pm
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago
Free with museum admission
Part of the Lantern Celebration, a special event celebrating the end of Chinese New Year and the opening of the exhibition Mirroring China's Past: Emperors and their Bronzes
Roger Zare: Lunation 1113
Thomas Kotcheff: New work for Vibraphone *World Premiere*
Roger Zare: Geometries
Thomas Kotcheff: Bang-Z
A set by Pipa virtuoso Yang Wei
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Stranger Love follows two lovers whose romance unfolds to the rhythm of the seasons: in springtime, they meet; in summer, their love flourishes; autumn and winter, they face threats from without and within; a second spring brings resignation and the chance for renewal. Over time the frame broadens beyond the individuals to offer an archetypal picture of human love, and ultimately, an astral envisioning of the divine, a love supreme. Created by composer Dylan Mattingly and librettist Thomas Bartscherer, Stranger Love is inspired by the writings of Plato and Octavio Paz and is scored for a 28-piece orchestra (including three microtonal pianos). With a run time of over five hours, the full production of Stranger Love unfolds across an expansive time-scale and is a grand celebration of life itself, evoking the visceral thrill of a gospel revival, the ethereal calm of watching snow fall, the wonder of staring into the night sky. PROTOTYPE will present a work-in-progress concert of Act I.
Composer: Dylan Mattingly
Librettist: Thomas Bartscherer
Conductor David Bloom
Featuring pianists Yu-Ting Huang and Emely Phelps, and cellist Alison Rowe
Beethoven - Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1
Yu-Ting Huang, piano
Roger Zare (b. 1985) - Escher Triptych (2017) *East Coast premiere*
II. Magic Mirror
III. Print Gallery
Alison Rowe, cello
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Emely Phelps, piano
Opening Contemporaneous' year-long residency at National Sawdust, the sensational vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird joins Contemporaneous to perform a program of music from his native Ireland.
September 13, 2017
Blue Lake, MI
12pm: Live broadcast on Blue Lake Public Radio, WBLV
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
4pm: Class and presentation for composition students
September 14, 2017
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
11am - Lecture
7:30pm - Concert, Staples Family Concert Hall
Lunation 1113 (2013, rev. 2016) - Roger Zare (b. 1985)
Selections from Fluctuations (2017)* - Sean William Calhoun (b. 1992)
Doorways (2017)* - Anna Meadors (b. 1989)
Borrowed Chords (2010) - Christopher Stark (b. 1980)
Nest of Shadows (2017)* - D. Edward Davis (b. 1980)
And Legions Will Rise (2001) - Kevin Puts (b. 1972)
*: World Premiere
Kate Dreyfuss, violin
Andy Hudson, clarinets
Josh Graham, percussion
Finnegan Shanahan - The Two Halves
Emma O'Halloran - Vertical Fields
Program also includes Ian Gottlieb's Aphelia
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 1pm and 3pm
RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 1pm and 3pm
Presented by Rite of Summer Festival
Governors Island | Nolan Park
The Drumf And The Rhinegold
an operatic apocalypse
Turn Park Art Space
2 Moscow Road
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
Saturday July 15, 2017: 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm
Sunday July 16, 2017: 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm
Join us for a guerrilla production of this hilarious and biting 15-minute opera.
Starring Ariadne Greif as Melania, Lucy Dhegrae as Marla, Casey Keenanas Ivana and Matt Shifrin and Andy Manjuck as Rhinegold. Directed byDoug Fitch. Costumes and Set by Alyona Gomberg, Tommy Nguyen andMisha Igoshin
Produced by Floating Tower
Having stolen the magical Rhinegold, which grants world domination to its owner, the sinister Drumf is now poised to become leader of the free world. The gold’s guardians, Rhinemaidens Ivana, Marla and Melania, race against time to reclaim their gold from his grubby clutches. Can they succeed in wresting their gold before it’s too late?
A hilarious and biting political satire, The Drumf and the Rhinegold was presented during election week, just in time for the historic 2016 US Presidential Election. Composer Mátti Kovler (Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall) teamed up with director Doug Fitch Newsfeed (The New York Philharmonic) and a ragtag band of top tier musicians to present this 15-minute parody of Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle. The exceedengly short opera tells the story of the Rhinemaidens’ return to the human realm for one last fight against an evil overlord.
Music by Mátti Kovler, Book by by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Mátti Kovler and Gil Varod Lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Mátti Kovler, Gil Varod, Matthew Shifrin and Toby Lightman