Nine programs of new music and dance over four days featuring 14 world premieres

 NEW YORK, NY – The New York-based composers’ group Random Access Music announces the second annual Queens New Music Festival from May 16-19, 2013, at The Secret Theatre Main Stage (44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens). The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by focusing on the wealth of composers, musicians, and ensembles living and working in Queens, as well as highlighting artists from other parts of New York City and the country.

 Random Access Music was founded in 2005 to help composers establish fuller collaborative experiences, long-term relationships amongst artists, and support and interaction among fellow composers.  The composer-members include Allen Schulz (President), Gilbert Galindo (Artistic Director), David Fetherolf, Manly Romero, Jonathan Pieslak, Stefan Weisman, and Wang Jie.

Following a call for proposals in fall 2012, Random Access Music selected nine diverse programs from established and emerging composers, choreographers, ensembles, and artists.  Highlights of the second annual festival include the newly established Periapsis Music and Dance ensemble presenting new music with dance, the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program featuring exceptionally gifted young New Yorkers, a staged theatrical performance of urban poetry and art song, two different programs highlighting Japanese and Spanish heritages in New York City, plus more cutting-edge music by some of today’s most exciting composers and composer-led musical ensembles.

All-access festival passes are available for $50; Saturday or Sunday one-day passes are $30; single tickets for individual performances are $20.  Passes and tickets are on sale today online: to purchase or for more information, visit http://www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

 Thursday, May 16, 8 pm; Periapsis Music and Dance

Founded in 2012 by composer-pianist Jonathan Howard Katz and dancer-choreographer Leigh Schanfein, Periapsis Music and Dance will present the second program of its inaugural season as part of the Queens New Music Festival. Periapsis Music and Dance was founded in response to the growing gap between dance and live musical performance in the New York City arts scene and exists to give composers and dance artists the opportunity to collaborate on new work.

The program new music and choreography by the founders and guest artists: Tra:verse Re:verse Moerae [The Fates], for piano trio, by Mary Kouyoumdjian, choreography by Leigh Schanfein, Periapsis Music and Dance Dancers; Crescit eundo, by Jonathan Howard Katz , choreography by Sarah Mettin, Mettin Movement; Passacaglia, by Jonathan Howard Katz, choreography by Erin Dillon Dancers; Mayn Yingele, for solo piano, by Frederic Rzewski, choreography by Lorena Egan, LorenaEganDance; Evening, for bass clarinet and cello, by James Holt, choreography by Yesid Lopez; Supernatural Love, by Kati Agócs, choreography by Leigh Schanfein, Periapsis Music and Dance. Tickets link:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348591

Friday, May 17, 8 pm; Face the Music

Praised for “stunning performances” by The New York Times, the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is an alt-classical ensemble of more than one hundred and fifteen talented teenagers from in and around New York City. Their program for the Queens New Music Festival highlights three string quartets from within the larger ensemble: the Face the Music Quartet, the Pannonia Quartet, and the Sorpresa Quartet.

Running as a common thread through the program will be a stream of constant sixteenth notes. The oldest work on the program, Steve Reich’s Different Trains, for string quartet and playback, is a dark work about the holocaust and a seminal work for the composer’s innovative use of voice “pitches” in the instrumental part;  Tristan Perich’s Interface (2007) for string quartet is coupled with special 1-bit electronics created by the composer; San Francisco-based composer Dan Becker’s Lockdown (2010) brings a rock groove to the fore; and David Crowell’s Open Road (2010), evokes a funky playfulness with interweaving polyrhythms above a confident bass line. The program also includes the world premiere of Crossing by twelve-year-old, Russian-born composer Sofia Belimova. Belimova, who is enrolled in the Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center, was named an Emerging Composer by the 2012 Tribeca Young Composer Competition. Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348795

Saturday, May 18, 1pm; Two Sides Sounding: BrooklynQueens Expressway

New music ensemble Two Sides Sounding presents BrooklynQueens Expressway, a concert featuring vocalists Daniel Neer and Eleanor Taylor with pianist Mila Henry in works that explore life in Brooklyn and Queens through snapshots of New Yorkers’ everyday modes of transportation. The program includes the world premiere of BQE, an urban cantata by composer Robinson McClellan and lyricist Daniel Neer, which juxtaposes the tempestuous relationship of master city builder Robert Moses and the writer/activist Jane Jacobs, with the controversial planning of one of New York City’s most audacious super-highways: The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Also featured are two world premieres inspired by the recent destruction to the Queens and Brooklyn coastline by the effects of Hurricane Sandy: Chandler Carter’s Far Rockaway and Patricia BurgessRed Hook, set to poems by Daniel Neer. Tom Cipullo’s G is for Grimy: An Ode to the G Train (with special guests mezzo-soprano Hayden DeWitt and tenor Brandon Snook); Eric Moe’s Rapid Transit, and Gabriel Kahane’s Coney Island Avenue round out the program. Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348809 

Saturday, May 18, 3 pm; Thomas Piercy: Tokyo to New York

Clarinetist and composer Thomas Piercy presents Tokyo to New York, a concert of new music by contemporary Japanese composers based on their thoughts about New York City, and works by non-Japanese composers inspired by Japan.  The concert will be enhanced by projections of photography of New York City by photographer Christina Boers as well as photos of Tokyo by Thomas Piercy.

The musical program includes 25 works composed or arranged for and premiered by Piercy, including several works combining Western classical instruments with traditional Japanese instruments. The performance, which features composer/pianist Mika Tanaka and renowned Shakuhachi player Elizabeth Brown, includes two world premieres by composers Mika Tanaka and Masatora Goya, and seven US premieres by Yohei Kurihara, Ippei Inoue, Yuichi Matsumoto, Kento Iwasaki, Katsuhiro Oguri, Tomoko Uzawa, and Hifumi Shimoyama. American composers also featured on this program include: Thomas Piercy, Armando Ayala, Greg Bartholomew, John Bilotta, Andy Cohen, Douglas DaSilva, Andrew Davis, Jim Fox, Michael Frazier, Nana Siniakova, Daniel J. Thompson, and David Wolfson. Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348815

Saturday, May 18, 5 pm; Hans Tammen and Third Eye Orchestra: PIKAIA

Hans Tammen uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create large multi-movement pieces for string and wind quartet, keyboards, rhythm section, voice, and live sound processing. The Queens New Music Festival performance will feature the world premiere of Tammen’s evening-length work PIKAIA, created for and performed by his ensemble Third Eye Orchestra. The work combines composed material with extemporization to create a score whose modus operandi is constant change.

All About Jazz has described Tammen’s work for Third Eye Orchestra as “nothing short of breathtaking… a masterpiece of musical evocation.” The ensemble includes David Soldier and Jason Hwang (violins), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Alex Waterman (cello), Ned Rothenberg (clarinet, bass clarinet), Michael Lytle (clarinet, contra bass clarinet), Briggan Krauss (alto and baritone saxophones), Chris McIntyre (trombone), Dafna Naphtali (live sound processing, voice), Denman Maroney and Ursel Schlicht (piano/keyboards), Andrea Parkins (accordion), Jonas Tauber (bass), Andrew Drury (percussion).  Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348819

Saturday, May 18, 8 pm; Random Access Music Presents Crossings: New York – Pittsburgh

New music for cello by the composers of RAM (NYC) and Alia Musica (Pittsburgh) featuring cellist Kate Dillingham and pianist Amir Khosrowpour

The Random Access Music (RAM) composers’ collective unites with the Pittsburgh-based collective Alia Musica to present cellist Kate Dillingham and pianist Amir Khosrowpour in a program that includes six new works—including five world premieres. The program features A Dance of Shadows for cello and piano by Allen Schulz (RAM); Venera for solo cello by Kerrith Levingood (AM); All I Ever Wanted for cello and piano by Wang Jie (RAM); Chemins for solo cello by Federico Garcia (AM); e io li tenni dietro for solo cello by David Fetherolf (RAM); and a new work for cello and piano by Gilbert Galindo (RAM).

New York-based cellist Kate Dillingham enjoys an active career in the United States and abroad. Her contemporary music discography includes the works of Arthur Honegger, Witold Lutoslawski, and Jennifer Higdon, among others. The New York Concert Review praised her as “An adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music, she performed with admirable control, conviction, and authority.” Praised by The Los Angeles Times as having “irresistible verve, unpretentious directness, and fingers of steel”, Bronx-based pianist/composer/teacher Amir Khosrowpour has performed throughout the United States, in China and Italy. Khosrowpour is a company composer for The Actors Company Theatre, and has also collaborated with many NYC dance companies.Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348825

Sunday, May 19, 1 pm; Kim-Castillo-Evol Trio

Violinist Karen Kim, composer Patrick Castillo, and poet Keno Evol present a program of contemporary solo violin music with the added dimensions of electronics and spoken word. The program revisits an experimental salon evening presented by the trio at The Third Place Gallery in Minneapolis on the occasion of the John Cage centenary – a meditation on Cage’s legacy, featuring a spoken word remix of Cage’s The Future of Music: Credo and the world premiere of Castillo’s Music for the Third Place, a work for violin and electronics that combines pre-composed fragments, found sounds, field recordings, synthesizers, and live audio processing systems.

Their festival program incorporates music for solo violin by Jörg Widmann, John Harbison, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work, In Search of a Violin Sonata (2013) by Craig Woodward. The program explores the sympathetic expressive resonance between the violin and the human voice – from the New York premiere of Keno Evol’s The Future of Music: Remixed (2012) as its point of departure, to a responsive work, Patrick Castillo’s Anthem [anathema] (2009) and Widmann’s Etude no. 2 (2001) (both of which involve sung vocalise as part of their compositional texture) and arriving again at Keno Evol’s The Violins Who Were Blind When the Thunderstorms Hit for violin and spoken word. The New York premiere of Castillo’s Music for the Third Place for violin and electronics offers the program’s most expansive sonic breadth, serving to amplify the austerity of John Harbison’s Four Songs of Solitude (1985), which concludes the program. Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348827

Sunday, May 19, 3 pm; Duo Sonidos / Adam Levin

Praised by Julian Haylock of BBC Music Magazine for their “stunning performances, and beguiling tonal warmth,” top prize-winning chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos, featuring New York-based violinist William Knuth and classical guitarist Adam Levin, is gaining considerable acclaim among audiences and critics in Europe and the USA for their distinctive, non-traditional chamber music combination and for their commitment to expand the chamber repertoire for violin and guitar duos.

Duo Sonidos presents three commissioned chamber duos from contemporary Spanish composers: the world premiere of Jardin Bajo La Luna (Moonlight Garden) by David Del Puertothe New York premiere of Tre Divertimenti (violin and guitar version) by Catalan composer Salvador Brotons; and Volavérunt: Homage to Francisco Goya by Spanish-Cuban composer Eduardo Morales-Caso. Guitarist Adam Levin also presents four solo works drawn from his collection of 30 new works dedicated to him from four generations of living Spanish composers, all commissioned by Levin while living and studying on a Fulbright Scholarship in Madrid. The works performed will be featured on Levin’s new release on the Naxos label, 21st Century Spanish Works for Guitar, Volume 1 (April 30, 2013). Levin’s programincludes the US premiere of Two New Suggestions by Salvador Brotons and the New York premieres of Handeliana by Spanish composer and Juilliard faculty member Ricardo Llorca, Caprichos No.8: Abstractions of Albeniz by Leonardo Balada, and Nostos: Suite for Guitar by New York-based Spanish composer Octavio Vazquez. Tickets Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348834

Sunday, May 19, 6:30 pm; Mantra Percussion

Recognized by The New Yorker and TimeOut New York for presenting one of the ten best classical performances of 2012 for their presentation of Michael Gordon’s Timber at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion repertoire. The ensemble will present selections from their 3Nights portrait concerts of music by electro-acoustic composer Paula Matthussen, whose work often features analog circuit bending; Daniel Wohl, who intimately merges digital and acoustic elements; and Zs: a three-piece “rock” band whose music can be described as a hybrid between Louis Andriessen and the Velvet Underground.

Mantra Percussion will perform one commissioned work and other selected works from the composers’ catalogues, to be announced from the stage. Tickets link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/348838


The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY. The Secret Theatre performance space is located just 3 blocks from the PS1 art museum and just a 4 block walk (or less) from the N, Q, R, E, V, G and 7 trains. Long Island City has a burgeoning arts scene, with the Fisher Landau Center for Art, the Dorsky Gallery, the Noguchi Museum, the SculptureCenter, The Socrates Sculpture Garden, the Flux Factory, the Secret Theatre Main Stage, and a dozen other flourishing arts groups and venues all located nearby.









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