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Mellissa Hughes and Lorna Krier

Brooklyn Heights-based Music at First Series announces its second concert of 2011, featuring sets from “dazzling diva” (Time Out New York) Mellissa Hughes and synthesizer player Lorna Krier.  Mellissa Hughes, accompanied by pianist Timo Andres, will perform works that explore topics such as death, sexuality, and Craigslist, by Jacob Cooper, Corey Dargel, Ted Hearne, Gabriel Kahane, Matt Marks, and Eric Shanfield. Lorna Krier continues to “break down the boundary between new classical and indie rock” (Lukas Ligeti) with Selected Saccharine Songs Without Words featuring special guests Dream Massage (Peter Pearson, Derek Muro, Stephen Griesgraber) and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim. Videographer Jon Williams complements the new wave-meets-minimalism songs with video projections processed in real time.

WHAT: Must at First Series featuring Mellissa Hughes & Lorna Krier
WHEN: Friday, March 25, 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

MUSIC AT FIRST is a monthly new music series at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights. It features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s best new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners. All concerts begin at 7:30 with a $10 admission.

APR 8 – Janus Trio & Mantra Percussion
MAY 20 – Margaret Lancaster & The Deprivation Choir

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Collide-O-Scope Music is proud to present Dream of the Noctilucent City, its second concert of the season devoted to the close interinvolvement of a variety of media forms, both sonic and visual, acoustic and electronic. Dream of the Noctilucent City features music by Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Nono, Stephen Gorbos, Christopher Bailey, John Cage, and Alvin Lucier, performed by pianist Augustus Arnone, saxophonist Noah Getz, and clarinetist Alejandro Acierto.

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If you hate classical music as much as I do, you¹ll love this.
I hate classical music almost as much as I hate dogs.
Do you know where there are a lot of dogs? Park Slope.
Dogs, and babies.

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TRANSIT presents an inventive evening featuring new works by Lesley Flanigan, Sergei Tcherepnin, and Daniel Wohl:

The Diapason Gallery is renowned for its exceptional capabilities in facilitating world-class sound installations. In this project, 3 NYC-based emerging composers take advantage of these resources by creating experimental new works for TRANSIT that blend elements of sound installation and live performance.

Funding for this project is provided by Meet the Composer.

TRANSIT @ Diapason
January 28, 8PM
Diapason Gallery
882 3rd Ave (btw 32/33 St.)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn

D, N, R train to 36th St.-4th Ave.

$12/10 students

Lesley Flanigan is renowned for her innovative performances utilizing the human voice and hand-built feedback electronics. At Diapason, she brings her estimable talents as vocalist, instrument-builder, and sound sculptor to a collaborative performance with the members of TRANSIT.

Sergei Tcherepnin is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer whose music has been performed at major venues around the world. For this project, he takes full advantage of the multi-channel sound system at Diapason in an intricate work for the ensemble.

Daniel Wohl is a co-founder of TRANSIT and has worked closely with the ensemble from its inception. Tonight, he capitalizes on his intimate working history with the group to create a specially tailored set of chamber pieces that highlights individual players in an electro-acoustic soundscape.


Andie Spring, violin
Evelyn Farny, cello
Sara Budde, clarinets
Joe Bergen, percussion
David Friend, piano

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TRANSIT presents an innovative Triple Bill Concert at Galapagos Art Space on Oct 14 featuring So Percussion, Tristan Perich, and Corps Exquis:

SO PERCUSSION has rightly won high praises for their tireless innovation and borderless virtuosity. In a set featuring brand new original music, the four fellows of So will prove once again that they continue to attract ‘both kinds of blue hair…elderly matron here, arty punk there’ (Boston Globe)

Fresh off the heels of his second successful Cantaloupe release, 1-Bit Symphony, TRISTAN PERICH presents a world premiere set of pieces composed for TRANSIT. Using an innovative system of digitized amplification, the intricately manicured levels of sound in this avant-chamber work highlight Tristan’s eloquent ingenuity.

CORPS EXQUIS is a new multimedia project between composer Daniel Wohl, 6 NYC-based video artists, and the TRANSIT collective. Using the exquisite corpse process, the artists work collaboratively to create a surreal multimedia world at the intersection of experimental chamber music, video installation, avant-garde film, and post-punk-avant-Baroque-pop rock.

This exciting show highlights the impossible richness of creativity in NYC’s new music scene. Not to be missed!

Thursday, Oct 14
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main St. (@ Water St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

(map and directions)

Doors 7 PM, Show 8PM

More information and Audio Samples:

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Ayano Kataoka and Conor Nelson

Flute/percussionist duo Conor Nelson and Ayano Kataoka will close the inaugural season of Music at First on May 28, 2010, at 7:30 pm. This special concert is held in celebration of the release of the Duo’s CD “Breaking Training” (New Focus Recordings). Music at First is a new music series held at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn through May 2010. First Presbyterian Church is located in Brooklyn Heights at 124 Henry St. Directions are at There is a $10 suggested donation at the door with no advance reservations or ticket sales. Contact for more info.

This series, curated by Wil Smith (composer and organist at First Presbyterian), occurs monthly, featuring one performer or ensemble per evening. Smith describes Music at First as “a diverse mix of New York City’s best new music ensembles and performers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners.” Earlier performers in the series included Threefifty Duo, a “critic’s choice” (Time Out NY) performance by pianist Kathleen Supové, and cellist/vocalist/composer Jody Redhage and her band Fire in July.

Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A versatile performer, she regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. Last season, together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Kataoka gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance. She also performed Leon Kirchner’s Flutings for Paula with Paula Robison in honor of Mr. Kirchner’s 90th birthday concert at New York’s Miller Theater and at the Gardner Museum in Boston. Kataoka was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities.

Praised for his “long-breathed phrases and luscious tone” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Canadian flutist Conor Nelson is established as a leading flutist of his generation. Since his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, he has appeared frequently as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Philharmonia of Yale, the Manhattan School of Music Philharmona, the Stony Brook Symphony, the Oshawa-Durham Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Repertory Orchestra, the Festival Wind Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and at the Banff Centre. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he recently won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition.

Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for their genre, the Conor and Ayano Duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, The Tokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall, and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada. Their new CD, “Breaking Training”, features works by Dennis DeSantis, Roshanne Etezady, Gareth Farr, Naoko Hishinuma, Chan Ka Nin, and Teruyuki Noda.

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cancura-mosher-sample1Rob Mosher‘s critically acclaimed and quirky 10 piece jazz/classical band Storytime and Petr Cancura‘s buzz-worthy new musical project Down Home will be featured at a benefit for New York City based charity Rational Animal on Friday, March 12th at 8pm in the Great Room at South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street (Between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tickets are $12 in advance (visit to purchase) and $15 at the door. Each ticketholder will receive a Rational Animal T-shirt and other small gifts. Food, drink, and raffle tickets benefitting Rational Animal will be available in exchange for a small additional donation. Further information is available by contacting

Storytime features original compositions by leader/horn player Rob Mosher. A lushly scored musical odyssey that contains echoes of Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud, Debussy and Bach, Storytime reflects Mosher’s embrace of a wide range of influences which have coalesced to create his singularly independent compositional voice.  It’s all held together by Mosher’s multi-faceted orchestration and ingenious use of instrumentation (saxophones, oboe, English horn, clarinets, flute, trumpet, French horn, trombone, electric and acoustic guitar, plus bass and drums). A Canadian currently residing in New York City, award winning composer and performer Rob Mosher straddles both the jazz and classical worlds. Specializing on oboe, English horn and soprano sax, Rob is also the leader of Supervillains jazz quartet.

Down Home is a 5-6 piece ensemble led by Czech born, Candian raised, Brooklyn based muti-instrumentalist Petr Cancura. Down Home combines the rhythms of Africa and Brazil, the phrasing of old blues singers from Mississippi, the deep sound of the saxophone, the unmistakable sound of strings (banjo, mandolin, violin, guitar, bass), and a song or two with words. The songs of Down Home are inspired by black and white photographs – from the sounds of Americana and jazz to a hint of country and bluegrass – the photographs and music enhance each other, telling stories. Already a veteran in jazz, Cancura has recorded with Danilo Perez, Bob Moses and Joe Morris, and is known for crossing borders with the Rwandan Mighty Popo, Canadian Kathleen Edwards and Brooklyn-Brazilian Nation Beat. With Down Home, Petr has thrown himself in the journey of fusing his past musical experience with the stories and traditions of folk music of the deep south.

With offices in Chelsea, Manhattan, Rational Animal uses media and special events to increase public awareness about NYC’s at-risk animals. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to improve the lives of homeless animals, working animals, and wildlife by using media to communicate the actions people can take to help animals and prevent harm to them.

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