Works by Dan Barrett, Chopin, Dan Cooper, Couperin, Debussy, Ives, Jill Jaffe, Paul Lee, Dary John Mizelle, Red Norvo, Daniel Palkowski, Schubert, and Taj Mahal

Featuring soloists Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Chala Yancy (violin), and Linda Wetherill (flutes)

“Brash new-music ensemble” – The New York Times

The International Street Cannibals (ISC), the multi-genre new music ensemble of seasoned chamber musicians/composers directed by Dan Barrett and co-directed by Dan Cooper and Chala Yancy, will launch their 2012-2013 concert season with a  70-minute mosaic of short works centered around water and fish symbolism. The multi-faceted event will mix classics with new music compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers, and will include a dance component directed by Megan Sipe, which serves to “translate” the music, and vice versa.

The evening will feature several works by ISC’s resident composers, including the premiere of Dan Barrett’s Dagon’s Cradle Song – an homage to the Babylonian god-fish Dagon set to a well-known text by German romantic poet Eduard Mörike and scored for soprano (Lynn Norris) and mixed electro-acoustic ensemble – and the premiere of Dan Cooper’s Gelfilte Funk, performed by the ensemble, along with his Anemones (piano, flute and cello). Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa will perform the premiere of Daniel Palkowski’s Paraphrase of Ravel’s “Une Barque sur l’océan,” accompanied by the ensemble; and alto flutist Linda Wetherill will celebrate another water deity in Dary John Mizelle’s solo work, Shakti’s Womb of the World. Paul Lee’s expressionist Duo for Violin and Cello will be played by Chala Yancy (violin) and Tish Edens (cello); and the ensemble will premiere Jill Jaffe’s new composition, Look Sea, She Lives.

Spanning several centuries and modalities, the program will feature a few classics in their original version or in fresh electro-acoustic arrangements. Taka Kigawa is the soloist in Chopin’s “Ocean” Etude, Op. 25, No. 12 in C Minor and Debussy’s Poissons d’or. Soprano Lynn Norris will join Kigawa in Ives’ elegiac The Pond and will sing in a novel setting of Schubert’s lied, “Der Fischer.” The ensemble will also present an electro-acoustic arrangement of Couperin’s L’anguille (The Eel) from the 22e Ordre (Pièces de clavecin, Book IV).

Also included in this eclectic program are the jazz vibraphonist Red Norvo’s signature work, Dance of the Octopus, in a new rendering for the ensemble, and the Negro spiritual Wade in the Water, performed by R+B/Gospel singer Robert Solomon, with Chala Yancy on violin and Cesare Papetti on hand drum. The evening will conclude with blues singer Taj Mahal’s paean to angling, Fishin’ Blues, interpreted by Solomon, accompanied by the dance ensemble.

Musicians for Fishy Bizness include Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Dan Barrett (conductor), Rachel Golub, Annette Homann, and Chala Yancy (violin), Jill Jaffe (viola), Tish Edens (cello), Troy Rinker (electric bass guitar), Linda Wetherill (flute, piccolo, and alto flute), Julie Landsman (French Horn), and Cesare Papetti (hand drum).

St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery is located at 131 East 10th Street, NYC. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Students and Seniors). For more information, call 646-431-2818 or go to: http://streetcannibals.com

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