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Highways Performance Space, Artistic Directors Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly, presents two entertaining and unclassifiable experimental music groups – The Obihiro Cowboys and JAB – in a shared evening of new work. Each group combines voices and instruments, virtuosity, humor, and improvisation, in sophisticated and unexpected ways.
The Obihiro Cowboys are Bobby Bradford (cornet), Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), William Roper (tuba), and Joseph Mitchell (percussion). They are the union of Roper’s most frequent collaborators from other duos, trios, and larger groups, each a brilliant instrumentalist and improviser.
JAB is vocalist/performance artist Anna Homler’s new ensemble with bassist Jeff Schwartz and soundscape percussionist Breeze Smith. Homler sings in an invented language and uses toys and other objects to make sound, while Smith plays his own wood and metal sculptures, as well as conventional instruments, and uses electronics to capture and transform his and the others’ sounds.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for members/students/seniors. Buy your tickets online @ www.highwaysperformance.org. Call 310-315-1459 for show information and to reserve.
Bobby Bradford was born in Mississippi and grew up in Texas. He started taking piano lessons in Mississippi from an itinerant music teacher. When the family moved to Texas, he bartered with a neighbor for a cornet. Though his father thought he made a bum deal, Bobby has never regretted it. The list of players he has collaborated and sided with is long and impressive and includes the likes of Buster Smith, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, John Carter, David Murray, Charlie Haden. As impressive is the long list of students he has taught and mentored. Bradford is a masterful composer and has led several iterations of his Mo’tet for decades. http://markweber.free-jazz.net/2013/01/28/bobby-bradford-timeline-work-in-progress/
Michael Vlatkovich is one of the most prolific composers of improvised music around. He is also relentless in his efforts to document and distribute his work. Michael hails from the Mid-west, but left in plenty of time. He used to ride bicycles for miles and miles. His often aggressive trombone solos add to the grand tradition of the instrument’s nobility of tone and heroic nature. That being said, some of his best work is with the small, intimate ensembles he assembles. That is because he is a nuanced thinker. How one thinks, shows up in the music. He is not to be trifled with. http://www.vlatkovich.com/
William Roper plays bottom brass instruments, along with bovine and mollusk body parts. He has tried to make an instrument out of Aves (which are highly advanced theropod dinosaurs) bones, like the Iranians do, but has yet to succeed. No worries, all those birds were honored with a tasty sauce. Roper is the only Los Angeles native in the group, but he has left many times and he for sure doesn’t want to die in the City of the Queen of Angels. Roper strongly believes that there is no business like show business. One day, walking around the city of Obihiro, in Hokkaido, he said to himself, “This is a cow town. These people understand about cows.” http://roperarts.com
Joseph Mitchell hits things. What is that about? It’s about time, it’s about space, it’s about being in a very strange place. He was born in Indiana, grew up in L.A., joined the Army, then came home. He is very disciplined. He wears bow ties because he plays with groups like the L.A. Philharmonic, Pasadena and Pacific symphonies, the L.A. Opera and L.A. Master Chorale. To balance that, he composes and improvises, most notably with Judicanti Responsura and Orange Peal Vibrations.
Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her work in venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler sings in an improvised melodic language. Her work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. She creates perceptual interventions by using language as music and objects as instruments. http://www.annahomler.com
Jeff Schwartz is the principal bass of MESTO (the Multi-Ethnic STar Orchestra), a member of the Santa Monica Symphony, co-leader of The Decisive Instant large ensemble, and is very active in the Los Angeles creative music community. He has also performed with artists including Anthony Braxton, Glenn Branca, Andrea Centazzo, Dana Reason, Nicole Mitchell, and Adam Rudolph, and attended the Creative Music Studio and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute. The author of a popular online biography of Albert Ayler, his writing has also appeared in the journals American Music, Popular Music, and Postmodern Culture. His day job is as a reference librarian at a public library. http://jeffschwartzmusic.wordpress.com
Breeze Smith is a drummer, percussionist, instrument maker/designer, educator, and improviser, working in solo and ensemble formats in Europe & the US with artists including Vinny Golia, Dwight Trible, Steuart Liebig, Billy Childs, John Beasley, David Ornette Cherry, Rod Poole, Hannibal Lakumbe, String Planet, Roberto Miranda, Justo Amario, Ralph “Buzzy” Jones, Yuval Ron, and Tadashi Namba. He also facilitates sound guided meditations with a myriad of gongs, singing bowls, eclectic and electronic percussion with live looping, and has accompanied dance performances by the Ohio State University Dance Dept, Cheryl Banks-Smith, and others.
Highways Performance Space is in its 27th year as Southern California’s boldest center for new performance, promoting the development of contemporary, socially involved artists and art forms from diverse local, national and international communities. Artistic Directors Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly continue to affirm Highways mission of developing and presenting innovative performance. For more information, photos or interviews, please contact Patrick Kennelly by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone @ 310-453-1755.
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Conductor Matthias Pintscher
Matthias Pintscher, music director of the acclaimed French contemporary music group Ensemble Intercontemporain, makes his highly anticipated Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) conducting debut, leading works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ravel and Fauré on Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Pintscher, noted for conducting with “finesse and focus” (The Guardian), leads Beethoven’s less often-performed Symphony No. 8 in F major, a compact and upbeat work notable as the composer’s shortest symphony; Schoenberg’s lush Chamber Symphony No. 2, written over a 33-year period from 1906 to 1939; Fauré’s elegant and graceful Pavane; and Ravel’s complete Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”), originally written for piano four-hands and later expanded for orchestra.
Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher has been hailed “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen). He continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its artist-in-association, and in 2014, began a three-year appointment as artist-in-residence with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Last season, he made several important debuts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and Bayerische Rundfunk. This season he returns to the Atlanta and Danish National symphony orchestras, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Hamburg and Helsinki philharmonics, as well as the symphony orchestras of Melbourne and Sydney. Past conducting engagements have included the Staatskapelle Berlin, NDR Hamburg, Paris Opera and Mariinsky orchestras; Orchestre Philharmonique de France; BBC, Berlin Radio and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras; and the Utah and New World symphonies, among others. A prolific composer, Pintscher, who makes his home in New York and Paris, joined the composition faculty at The Juilliard School in 2014. He was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Roche Commission. The Cleveland Orchestra premiered his composition idyll in 2014. His Chute d’Étoiles: Hommage à Anselm Kiefer was premiered at the Lucerne Festival in 2012 also by the Cleveland Orchestra, with subsequent performances in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.
Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.
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BMOP in Concert: Child Alice
When: Friday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at BMOP.org or by telephone at 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at tix.com.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year, ends its 20th anniversary season with the Boston premiere of David Del Tredici’s complete Child Alice (1981) featuring the acclaimed soprano Courtenay Budd. Based on poems prefacing Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this 135-minute evening-length work changed the course of 20th century music.
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PREMIERES of works by THIERRY ESCAICH and DOMINIQUE LEMAÎTRE (Paris), ALASTAIR GREIG (London), CHRISTOPHER LYNDON-GEE (Vilnius/New York), and FERNANDO MAGLIA (Buenos Aires); Music by CLAUDE DEBUSSY
With a rare U.S. appearance by distinguished French cellist MICHEL STRAUSS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016 @ 3:30 P.M.
St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (Main Space), New York City
The New York-based new music ensemble ISC, under the direction of cellist Dan Barrett, joins forces with a roster of acclaimed performers to celebrate the Lucca International Music Festival (Accademia d’Estate Internazionale, Lucca, Italy) – a festival founded in 2013 by American flutist Linda DiMartino Wetherill to promote contemporary chamber music from around the world. This concert is presented as part of Composers Now Festival, taking place throughout New York City in February and celebrating the work of living composers.
Dominique Lemaître (Paris):
Stances, hommage à Henri Dutilleux, pour violoncelle et piano (à Dan Barrett) (2015) – PREMIERE
Dan Barrett, cello; Jed Distler, piano
Thierry Escaich (Paris):
Sopra La Folia (2014) – U.S. PREMIERE
Michel Strauss, cello; Max Pollak, tap/body percussion
Fernando Maglia (Buenos Aires):
El otro amanecer (2004) – U.S. PREMIERE
Linda DiMartino Wetherill, flute; Fernando Maglia, guitar
Christopher Lyndon-Gee (Vilnius/New York):
Poema per Gaspara Stampa (1981) – U.S. PREMIERE
Dan Barrett, cello; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, piano
Alastair Greig (London):
Even by Moonlight I have no Peace (2015) – PREMIERE
Linda DiMartino Wetherill, alto flute
Claude Debussy: Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1915)
I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
III. Final: Animé, léger et nerveux
Michel Strauss, cello; Mary Jo Pagano, piano
Performed by Dan Barrett (cello), Linda DiMartino Wetherill (flute), Jed Distler (piano), Christopher Lyndon-Gee (piano), Fernando Maglia (guitar), Mary Jo Pagano (piano), Max Pollak (tap-/body-percussion), Michel Strauss (cello)
The International Street Cannibal’s concert will take place at the main space of St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30 pm. St Mark’s Church is located at 131 East 10th Street, New York City. Tickets are $20 General Admission/$15 for seniors, students & children at door. For more information, call 212-674-6377.
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The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present Judicanti Responsura in concert on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Judicanti Responsura, the duo of percussionist Joseph Mitchell and tubaist William Roper, perform a program of original music entitled Beyond Congo Square – The Month of Our People.
Composer/performers Mitchell and Roper began their musical association in the LAPD Junior Band in the late 1960s. They liked beating drums and blowing loud horns. They did not know that their people were once prohibited from doing so. Once they found out, they formalized their rebellion by founding the tuba and percussion duo Judicanti Responsura in 1984, an ensemble which embraces African American improvising traditions. Mitchell and Roper grew up in Los Angeles’ South Central and Watts communities and were somewhat politicized by the experience. Their compositions reflect that in their inspiration, titles, content, and presentation. Judicanti Responsura has recorded on the Asian Improv, Tomato Sage Consortium, and Heliotrope Dreams labels.
The title for this event refers to the Louisiana slave code that only allowed drumming by African Americans in New Orleans’ Congo Square. February is the month we can officially remember such peculiar institutions and practices. This performance features Joseph Mitchell’s “Birmingham Sunday (September 15, 1963),” a setting of Langston Hughes’ elegy for the four girls killed in an act of race terror during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and William Roper’s “Darkest Night – Balthazar Joins the Sacred Company,” which incorporates live performance and a recorded soundscape, imagining the evening the dark-skinned King Balthazar, bearing gifts, follows a star.
This program is part of the Soundwaves concert series, curated by Daniel Rothbaum and Jeff Schwartz, which features innovative music on the third Wednesday evening of each month. Soundwaves is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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Yuga Cohler, conductor
Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano
STRAVINSKY – Petrushka
LIGETI – The Mysteries of the Macabre
Esa-Pekka SALONEN – Foreign Bodies
Friday, February 19th, 2016
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
FREE ADMISSION – No Tickets Required
No one is more representative of modernity in classical music than Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and one of the most accomplished living composers, he is an artistic entrepreneur unique to our times. The cool ethos he has cultivated by engaging with technology and popular culture are exactly what YMF is about, and his music is all the more vital for it. To perform his colossally difficult Foreign Bodies is a reflection of both the Debut Orchestra’s virtuosity and its forward-thinking artistic mission.
The middle piece in this program is no less shocking. Employing elements of spoken word and theater, The Mysteries of the Macabre is hilarious, offensive, and deeply fascinating all at the same time. Featuring YMF Concerto Competition Winner Kirsten Ashley Wiest, this performance will feature singer, conductor, and orchestra participating in ways unthinkable to those who view classical music as an artifact of the past. From this perspective, the first half of the program is ancient. Initially written 100 years ago, Petrushka is one of the first examples of modern classical music, with Stravinsky’s characteristic rhythmic drive and harmonic complexity. Performing this work first allows us the opportunity to examine where we have been, where we are, and most importantly, where we are going. The time for modernity is now.
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Composer’s Voice is presenting a unique showcase of contemporary composers at The Firehouse Space on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 pm. This is the beginning of a series of concerts that will happen on the third Thursday of the month at Brooklyn’s Firehouse Space.
The performance will feature the works of contemporary composers: Greg Bartholomew, Fabian Beltran, Douglas Townsend, and Robert Voisey. Also presented on this concert is Composer’s Voice staple Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Beth Griffith including 15 one-minute works by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Christopher Danforth, David Drexler, Abraham Fabella, Daniel Goode, Paolo Longo, Pamela Madsen, Pamela J. Marshall, Luis Menacho, Koka Nikoladze, Brandon J Rolle, Justin Rubin, Naftali Schindler, William Vollinger, and Andrew Walters.
“An extraordinary American soprano, Beth Griffith sang with a focus and presence” –Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
Also performing on this Composer’s Voice is: Walker Beard – trumpet, Allen Fogelsanger – piano, Nicholas Handahl – flute, Tony Park – clarinet, Evan Robinson – trombone, Yumi Suehiro – piano, Josh Vigran – piano, and Hanako Yamagata Greenberg – piano.
The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre. The works are performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music.
The Firehouse Space is a unique event and performance space located in Williamsburg close to the Graham Ave L Stop. The Firehouse Space strives to present music, art, and theatrical performances of both emerging and established artists.
For more information visit: www.composersvoice.com
Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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The Woman at the Window: The Triangle Factory Fire – a powerful, original oratorio based on the horrific 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City in which 146 garment workers, mostly young girls from immigrant families, perished in the worst workplace tragedy in American history until the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, with music and lyrics by 85 high school choir students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts – is being premiered by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers in free performances on Thursday, February 4, at noon, and Friday, February 5, 2016, at 7 pm, at the high school’s main auditorium. (Ample free on-site parking is available.) The haunting, yet inspiring, 45-minute work with compelling arias and emotional choruses, was developed through the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students as they create and perform their own original choral works under the guidance of professional teaching artists. The piece also aligns with the Chorale’s current concert season, which features oratorios by Handel and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.
As the oratorio recounts, there was no escape from the fire that broke out on the 8th floor of the Triangle Factory in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911. Within 20 minutes, the inferno had spread to two more floors, resulting in the death of 146 workers, mostly young girls from Italian and Jewish immigrant communities. The event underscored the unfair labor conditions in America where female workers, in particular, were expected to work long hours for low pay. At that time in American history, building safety standards were overlooked and fire rescue attempts were inadequate to handle high-rise structures; horse-drawn fire trucks did not have ladders tall enough to reach the upper floors. Significantly, the Triangle Fire raised awareness regarding the newfound presence and unequal treatment of women in the workplace. Tragically, the fire is mostly remembered for the horrible manner in which victims perished, plummeting to their deaths from windows and fire escapes as helpless bystanders watched from below. To this day, 105 years later, the anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire continues to be honored in New York City with memorials and tributes. The building, now owned by New York University, still stands, housing the school’s biology and chemistry labs.
An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text dramatic in character for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, performed with minimal action, costume and scenery. Complex and sophisticated musical works, they challenge even seasoned composers, making the student’s accomplishments particularly noteworthy.
The 9th through 12th grade students who composed the piece collaborated over a 20-week period with the guidance and mentorship of singer Alice Kirwan Murray, lyricist Doug Cooney and composer Michael Alfera, as well as with the school’s choir teachers, Desiree Fowler and Stormy Sacks. They learned how to write a libretto and create the melodies for each movement of the oratorio. They also learned techniques for capturing the “voice” of the characters, propelling the momentum of the plot and painting the mood of a scene. After the work was completed, students auditioned for feature roles and received vocal coaching to prepare for the culmination performance. This is the sixth year the Los Angeles Master Chorale has offered its “Voices Within” program at the school.
“Voices Within,” a music education program originally designed to teach fifth graders collaborative and compositional skills by composing and performing their own original songs, has engaged over 25,000 children who have created more than 350 original songs since its launch in 2001. Encouraged by previous successful collaborations involving elementary and middle school students, and with the support of the California Arts Council’s Artists-in-School Program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles Master Chorale adapted the “Voices Within” curriculum to address the advanced maturity of high school students, specifically choral students at the noted visual and performing arts high school in downtown LA.
The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served. Reservations required. Visit LAMC.ORG for details.
Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue).
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– Wingjammer –
February 13th, 2015
February 13th @ 8pm
West Park Presbyterian Church
165 West 86th Street
New York, N.Y. 10024
General Admission $15
Early Eventbrite price $11.54
On February 13th at West Park Presbyterian Church, Composers Concordance presents its next ‘Wingjammer’ – a feast of contemporary music featuring improvisation plus an ample reception of buffalo wings. Compositions by Paul Carlon, Dan Cooper, Eleanor Cory, Emily Doolittle, Scott Hoefling, Ryo Noda, Payton MacDonald, Gene Pritsker, Raul Quines, David Sanford, Daniel Schnyder, and Dorian Wallace will be performed by: Gene Pritsker – guitar, Daniel Schnyder – saxophone, and Payton MacDonald – percussion, and by the The Wheatley Quintet: Scott Hoefling – saxophone, Peggy Ho – clarinet, Steve Fitzko – trumpet, Angela Luftig – violin, and Anneke Schaul-Yoder – cello.
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
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Gene & The Violinists
– The Violin Music of Gene Pritsker –
February 18th, 2015 @ LPR Gallery
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
General Admission $10
Composer Gene Pritsker presents a concert of his music for violin; “I noticed that I have many compositions for the violin, including 11 concertos, numerous solo pieces and loads of chamber music. I decided, why not have a concert featuring only the violin?.” Five violinists, some of whom have collaborated with Gene for over 20 years and some for whom this is a first collaboration, will perform solos, duos, works for violin and Samplestra (pre recorded electronics) and compositions for violin and Di.J. (with GP). In addition there will be a premiere of a brand new chamber piece written for solo violin, a five violin ensemble, rapper and Di.J. The violinists are: Peter Krysa, Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda – (Miolina Duo), Gregor Kitzis, Hajnal K. Pivnick & Yuko Naito-Gotay. Besides compositions that have been performed around the world many times such as: ‘Bach Partita ReMix’, ‘Misfortune Has it’s Uses’, ‘Empty Bottles’, ‘Opposite Extreme of Benevolence’, this concert will also feature four premieres, including two movements for the solo violin piece ‘Tango In V’, a new violin and Samplestra composition; ‘Waiting III’, the violin duet ‘No Conviction, a Hope and that is All’ and the aforementioned new chamber piece.
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over five hundred fifty compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.
He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd’s on Col-legno, Composers Concordance and Innova Records. He is also the co-director of Composers’ Concordance, a new music presenting organization with a 30 year history of producing concert in NYC. Other organization he is associate with include the Grammy nominated Absolute Ensemble, which he co founded in 1993 with Kristjan Jarvi and has been a composer in residence and guitarist with ever since. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the The Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony, The Athens Camerata, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn, Shanghai and Berlin Philharmonics, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Orchester des Pfalztheaters, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Anhaltische Philharmonie as well as such soloists as Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, Sarah Chang, Kathleen Supové, Martin Kuuskmann and Simone Dinnerstein. He worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including ‘Cloud Atlas’, for which he wrote additional music and composed his ”Cloud Atlas Symphony’.
The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolving the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.” Evan Burke writes in ICareIf YouListen: “Pritsker seems to look at all music as one genre, in which all other possible styles, sounds and traditions are meant to be used as building blocks and palette colors, combined in various configurations to create a boundless whole. This result is almost always more interesting, and representative of how most new music will be born in the 21st century, as genres and barriers begin to vanish, and as styles begin cross-fertilizing in previously unimagined ways.” Classical Music Sentinel writes: “His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man. “
Organizations he is associated with include: Co-director of Composers Concordance & Composers Concordance Records, co-founder/guitarist of Absolute Ensemble and artist-in residence at the Austrian Outreach Festival. Gene Pritsker’s music is published by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music, Periferia Sheet Music & Calabrese Brothers music. Recorded on: Col Legno, Enja, Eutrepe, Wergo, Innova , Composers’ Concordance Records, SONY Classical, and Capstone record labels.sound and composition.
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