Music at First announces its final concert of the spring season, featuring the “expert” and “theatrical” flutist Margaret Lancaster (The Village Voice) and the first Music at First commission, written by bi-coastal composer Eric km Clark and performed by the Deprivation Choir. Lancaster’s mostly electro-acoustic set will include works by composers Corey Dargel, JacobTV, Paula Matthusen, Paul Steenhuisen, Arthur Kampela and Wil Smith. Performed by a choir whose eyes and ears will be covered with strips of cloth and headphones, Clark’s 40-minute work experiments with the rituals of performance via the deprivation of senses normally deemed critical to performing music.
Hailed by The New York Times as a “new music luminary,” Margaret Lancaster is known for her versatility as a performing artist, often using her training as an actor and dancer to create a unique interdisciplinary approach to music performance. Expressing her enthusiasm to share the bill with the Deprivation Choir, Lancaster programmed her set accordingly, with the Dargel, Steenhuisen, and Kampela works presenting “varying states of psycho-emotional, romantic, and spiritual deprivation,” and the Smith, Matthusen and JacobTV works offering the “proactive responses” of redemption and enlightenment.
Active in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto, violinist and composer Eric km Clark is a regular contributor to the North American new music scenes. Part of an ongoing succession of works that involve the use of hearing deprivation, Clark’s latest work also requires the choir to be sight-deprived. As Clark puts it, for the musician “the medium of hearing and sight deprivation is perhaps personally intrusive while also being expansive, as each person is suddenly confined within their mind at a heightened level of awareness.” The performance will include live video projection onto the ceiling of the church.
WHAT: Music at First Series featuring Margaret Lancaster and Eric km Clark’s Deprivation Choir
WHEN: Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:30pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights)
124 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY
2/3 to Clark St.; A/C to High St.; R/4/5 to Borough Hall
About Music at First Series:
Music at First is an exciting new concert series that takes place at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights curated by Brooklyn-based composer and FPC organist Wil Smith. It features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s top new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners. Concerts take place monthly at First Presbyterian Church and begin at 7:30pm with a $10 admission. www.musicatfirstsite.com