MAYA Commissions Concert, June 8, 2010, 8 PM, Judson Memorial Church, New York

New York, NY – MAYA, the trio of John Hadfield, percussion; Jacqueline Kerrod, harp; Sato Moughalian flute, will be presented by JudsonArts, at
55 Washington Square South, New York, in a program of new works, featuring four world-premiere performances on Tuesday, June 8 at 8 PM. Admission is free.

The program includes the premiere of ASKLEPIOS by the Spanish composer Gabriel Erkoreka, winner of the Premio Reina Sofia 2007, Spain’s highest honor for composers, and the first MAYA commission to be published internationally, by Oxford University Press. Also receiving its first performance is different voices together, a multimedia work by the American-Israeli composer Yotam Haber incorporating 38 recordings of cantors from the Tempio Maggiore, Rome’s central synagogue, recorded in the 1940s and 50s–a collection unearthed by the composer in 2008. Also featured is The Book of Goddesses, a nine-movement work by the New York composer Robert Paterson, inspired by the book of the same name by Brooklyn artist/writer Kris Waldherr. MAYA percussionist John Hadfield is represented by two works: Theoretical Wall, for Garrahand, an electronic, tunable Argentinian tongue drum, and laptop with Abelton Live, as well as Sisters, a work written for MAYA in 2008. Sound design is by Tom Beyer. All the composers will be in attendance.

The concert is a co-presentation of JudsonArts, Michael Conley, Director, and Perspectives Ensemble. Generous support for these commissions came from The New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Center, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Additional support for the performance comes from the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and The Foundation for Iberian Music.

MAYA was formed in 2005, and performs new music, world music, and incorporates improvisations into its performances. The mission of MAYA is to perform, record, and commission music from a broad variety of composers with a special emphasis toward nurturing relationships with emerging composers, as well as expanding its repertoire with music from a variety of cultures. MAYA’s first CD, MAYA In The Spirit, was released in December 2007 on the Perspectives Recordings label. The trio’s second recording, on the Innova label, features music of Neil Rolnick, on his album The Economic Engine. The New York Times said: “The brightly spirited ‘Uptown Jump’ (2006), a study in rich, tactile textures and inventive variation, juxtaposes jazz moves with ragalike percussion patterns. MAYA, a trio of flute, harp and percussion, plays it with grace and energy.” Robert Paterson’s The Book of Goddesses was just recorded for the American Modern Recordings label. MAYA made its first US tour in 2009. The group has been the recipient of grants and awards from the Argosy Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

 photo credit Devon Cass

MAYA Commissions Concert, June 8, 8pm Four premieres, free admission

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