The Manhattan New Music Project presents:

Hans Tammen & Third Eye Orchestra | Jason Hwang & Spontaneous River

WEDNESDAY, May 27th, at 8pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, at Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Subway: F York St, A High St, 2/3 Clark St, G Smith/9th St.
Admission: $10

Hans Tammen uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, thoroughly composed and purely improvised at the same time, inspired by west african roots of Jazz, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Steve Coleman, and Stravinsky’s layering or Steve Reich’s phase techniques. Drawing from a single repertoire of around 100 pre-conceived musical units, the conductor uses the orchestra as an instrument, while each performer shapes the music through virtuosic improvisation and the individual stylization of musical performance. “Everything about Third Eye Orchestra… indicates mastery and control” (Howard Mandel / CD Liner Notes) —

Composer/Violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River is an orchestra of over 25 string improvisers, including bassist Ken Filiano and along with drummer Andrew Drury, who are also members of his quartet, EDGE. It is only in recent years that so many string players have engaged in the art of improvisational music. Spontaneous River is an ensemble and a community that represents this emerging movement. The power of Spontaneous River is drawn from both the sonic unity of strings and the undeniable individualism of each musician’s “voice.” Mr. Hwang’s compositions are often spontaneous architectures consisting of notated passages and guided improvisations, to express stories abundant with flora, fauna and dreams of the human spirit. This work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center. —

The Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) is a nonprofit performing and arts education organization that engages both young and adult audiences in innovative music programming throughout New York City. Founded in 1990 by late jazz artist Paul Nash, MNMP has sought to cross traditional musical boundaries and catalyze imaginative projects and collaborations involving the creation of new work though performances, recordings, and educational activities. MNMP is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and commissioned this event with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. —

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