Steven R. Gerber’s Three Little Duets for solo piano will be performed by Adam Tendler as part of the New Music Collective concert on Friday, June 20 – 7:00 PM at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street in Manhattan.
Tendler will also perform a new work by Steven Gerber, and Gerber will perform From My Diary: a Meditation on Rossignol by J.K. Randall, in memory of the late composer. There will also be music by Don Hagar, Michael Rose, Howard Lew, Tom Cipullo, Roger Stubblefield, Haralobos Stafylakis, Nina Young, Hayk Arsenyan, and Frank Warren.
Tickets at the door $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. For more information, visit http://www.spectrumnyc.com/.
Since 2003 the New Music Collective has been presenting contemporary music, with a focus on living NYC composers. Composers range from established masters like Elliott Carter and Steve Reich, to current notables such as Tom Cipullo and Huang Ruo, to well over a hundred “emerging” composers. Past performers include So Percussion, Flexible Music, Momenta Quartet, David del Tredici, Margaret Leng Tan, Blair McMillen, Kathy Supove, Lucy Shelton, and many more.
Steven Gerber’s most recent release is the Albany Records CD (Mostly) Piano Music (Troy 1416). Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.
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Continuing its twenty-seven-year commitment to making music new, Bang on a Can returns once more for its annual Bang on a Can Marathon, 8 hours of FREE live music, presented by River To River Festival and Arts Brookfield. The Marathon is part of the opening weekend of the 13th River To River Festival, kicking off the 11-day celebration of free music, dance, film, and arts events.
Bang on a Can started as a one day Marathon concert, and has since grown into a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year-round international activities. The New York Times reports, “A quarter-century later their impact has been profound and pervasive. The current universe of do-it-yourself concert series, genre-flouting festivals, composer-owned record labels and amplified, electric-guitar-driven compositional idioms would probably not exist without their pioneering example. The Bang on a Can Marathon, the organization’s sprawling, exuberant annual mixtape love letter to its many admirers, has been widely emulated…”
This year, the annual super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe features 8 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative, pioneering musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s newest exciting young artists.
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Dawn of Midi
Great Noise Ensemble
Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture)
Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann,
Roomful of Teeth
(Full schedule at www.bangonacan.org)
In addition, Bang on a Can’s social engagement wing Found Sound Nation will host its unique Street Studio. A mobile recording studio equipped for passersby and Marathon musicians alike to spontaneously create and record original music, the Street Studio will be stationed outside the Brookfield Place Winter Garden during the Marathon.
Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 2pm-10pm
Brookfield Place Winter Garden | 202 Vesey St, NYC
Judith Shatin’s Gabriel’s Wing for flute and piano will be performed by flutist Lisa Bost and pianist Eva Polgar on Saturday, June 14 – 7:00 PM at the Calvinist Church in Visegrad, Hungary and on Sunday, June 15 – 6:00 PM at FUGA, Architecture Centrum in Budapest, Hungary.
The composer writes, “Gabriel’s Wing was inspired by the Biblical Gabriel, one of the Archangels, a messenger of God. The music features resonant harmonic series that are associated with the music of the spheres as well as soaring melodic lines that embody images of flight. The flute represents Gabriel, the piano the medium through which the angel moves and speaks.” Read the complete notes for the piece at http://judithshatin.com/gabriels-wing/.
Visit flutist Lisa Bost at http://www.lisabost.com/ and pianist Eva Polgar at http://polgareva.hu/.
Innova Records has issued Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn CD (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.
I’d like to introduce you to Mak Grgić, a rising classical guitar who recently covered Pharrell Williams’ feel-good hit “Happy”. When he’s not adding his signature to modern pop classics, Mak programs music ranging from Brahms to the avant-garde. His latest work Cinema Verismo takes a tour of the film scores that remind him of gathering with his family, having just escaped from war-torn Bosnia. Huddled in a small apartment in Ljubljana, a young Mak would absorb classics like Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, or Stanley Myers “Cavatina” from The Deer Hunter.
Mak has become a unique fixture in his new home of Los Angeles, where he divides his time between directing his avant-garde ensemble the DC8, and splitting the bill at UnCabaret with the likes of Moon Zappa (daughter of Frank Zappa), Erin Foley (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and more. This Summer he can be found at guitar festivals from Seattle to Montenegro to perform as well as use his experience to teach workshops and masterclasses.
Please post this video, and share Mak’s story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avl2CgeI73w
Quintet of the Americas will present Musical Color in the Garden, a concert on Sunday, June 15 – 2:30 PM at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens.
Quintet of the Americas, Queens renowned woodwind quintet, will present a concert focusing on the effects of the color of sounds in such pieces as Three Colors by Marcus Redden, Quintet by John Steinmetz (with references to medieval music), Goldfinch Variations by Douglaston-based composer James Cohn (who will be at the concert), Edward MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose, Lejano azul (Distant Blue) by Luis Calvo, Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington and Matt Sullivan’s Oh Boy!, an original work for solo oboe using multiphonics and circular breathing.
The performance will also include the Premiere of Milky Way Lovers, a new work by Queens composer Xinyan Li that expresses the story of the creation of two stars.
The June 15 event is free and open to the public and included with Garden admission of $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 students with ID and children over 3. For more information or directions, call 718-886-3800 or visit http://www.queensbotanical.org/. This concert is ADA accessible.
Performing on this concert are David Wechsler, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Nuno Antunes, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/.
For the upcoming season, Juventas New Music Ensemble is seeking chamber works by young, living composers for any instrumentation or length. At least one composer may win the opportunity to have their work programmed. The application deadline is July 11, 2014.
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North/South Consonance Season Finale
|Tuesday June 17th, 8pm
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus
New York, NY
“New Chamber Orchestra Music from Europe and the Americas”
The program includes works by NYWC members Katherine Hoover and Alla Pavlova, and NYWC Board Member, composer/pianist/conductor, Max Lifchitz
KATHERINE HOOVER South Zephyr
VICTOR KIOULAPHIDES Summer Concerto
MAX LIFCHITZ Forget Me Not
ALLA PAVLOVA Concertino
ANNA VEISMANE Viola d’Amore Concerto
Carol Wilson, soprano
Lisa Hansen, flute
Mioi Takeda, violin
Edmundo Ramirez, viola d’amore
Helen Lin, piano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Consonance Ensemble
On Monday, June 16th, 7 PM Gina Izzo, flute & Ian Rosenbaum, percussion feat. Fung Chern Hwei, violin will be performing works by Andy Akiho, Timo Andres, Ted Hearne, David Lang + improv. Hope to see you there!
Somethin’ Jazz Club
212 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
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Resonances from East & West
Music from Asia and the Americas
DANIEL BLAKE Resonances
MAY HOWLETT The Invisible Lake
MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 50
CARLETON MACY Douce Dame
WONG CHUN WAI Lament from the Forest
Laura Nichols, mezzo-soprano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Consonance Ensemble
Tuesday, June 10 at 8 PM
Christ and St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023
On Tuesday evening June 10, the North/South Consonance Ensemble under the direction of Max Lifchitz will present a special concert featuring premieres of recent works for large mixed ensembles by composers hailing from Australia, China and the US.
The event – part of the 34th consecutive season of free-admission concerts sponsored by North/South Consonance, Inc –will start at 8 PM and end approximately at 9:30 PM. It will be held at the intimate but acoustically superior auditorium of Christ & St Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The auditorium is ADA accessible. Admission is free – no tickets needed.
The exciting program will feature premieres of works by the Brooklyn-based saxophonist/composer Daniel Blake and the Minneapolis-based Carleton Macy the Carleton College faculty member.
It will also introduce New York audiences to the music of Australian composer May Howlett and Hong Kong based Wong Chun-Wai. A work by Max Lifchitz — the Mexican-born musician who is the ensemble’s director – will round off the program.
Soloist for the occasion will be Laura Nichols, the Minneapolis based mezzo-soprano and dedicatee of Macy’s work.
The composers will be present at the concert to introduce their works and meet with the audience.
Performers and composers are available for media events and interviews and may be contacted through the North/South Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception in 1980, North/South Consonance has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 recent works by composers representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. It activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
For the complete concert series schedule please visit
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Musical Amoeba presents Washington Square Winds
Musical Amoeba’s final concert of the season, with the Washington Square Winds, will be presented June 10th, at 7:30 pm, at the Church Street School of Music in lower Manhattan.
Music of CUNY Grad composer Austin Shadduck, recent Queens College graduates Gregory J Menillo and William Wheeler, and founder of the blog/magazine “I Care if You Listen” Thomas Deneuville will be presented along side a performance of Leos Janacek’s sextet ‘Mládi’.
Musical Amoeba is a new concert series, now on it’s third official concert, whose focus is to bring new compositions to the world, while also juxtaposing them against the historical canon. In order to bring a diversity of sounds, Musical Amoeba seeks to work with established groups, allowing them to curate part of the program, leading to a wide variety of music. Musical Amoeba has worked with the Samadi-Keene duo, Washington Square Winds, along with premiering its own ensemble in May, STRIA.
The Washington Square Winds, founded in 2009, is a wind quintet which seeks to bring new repertoire to life by collaborating with emerging composers. Their annual series “They’re Alive” has become a hotbed of premiers, with several works specifically written or arranged for it. They have also recently presented “The Fisherman and other stories”, with Oracle Hysterical, blending Brothers Grimm tales with contemporary music.
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