Posts Tagged “Cello”

RighteousGIRLS @ Somethin' JazzRighteousGIRLS
Gina Izzo, flute +
Erika Dohi, piano

feat. Vasko Duvoski, clarinet; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Adam Fisher, cello; Mika Godbole, vibraphone; Peter Kronreif, drums.

Saturday, November 16th 7:00pm
Somethin’ Jazz Club
212 East 52nd Street
NY, NY 10022
$10/$8 students

Flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi will embrace the modern as RighteousGIRLS on Saturday, November 16th 7pm, at the Somethin’ Jazz Club in NYC. RighteousGIRLS will feature classical/contemporary, jazz and electronic artists including Vijay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf and a premiere of Dave Molk’s “EDGE” from their upcoming album.

The program also highlights Andy Akiho’s “to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem,” a challenging, fast paced piece driven by a personal experience Akiho had while walking home alone one night. The piece is scored for Pierrot ensemble with added drum set and vibraphone. Joining the RighteousGIRLS will be Vasko Duvoski, clarinet; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Adam Fisher, cello; Mika Godbole, vibraphone; Peter Kronreif drums. For more information please visit www.RighteousGIRLS.com.

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Momenta Quartet

On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.

The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.

The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.

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On February 15, Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu - in his only NYC appearance this season – returns to perform chamber music with clarinetist Jon Manasse, cellist Bion Tsang and violinist/Artistic Director Stephanie Chase.

Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu

Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu

This program features music by Beethoven, Poulenc and Dvorak that reflects on life and its necessities, friendship, and nationalism.  It will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in New York City.  The concert will start at 8:15 and is preceded by a talk at 7:30.

BEETHOVEN – Trio for piano, clarinet and cello, Op. 11
POULENC – Sonata for clarinet and piano, FP184
DVORAK – Piano Trio No. 4 “Dumky”

Beethoven’s delightful trio is partly inspired by a popular Viennese song containing the phrase “Before I go to work, I need something to eat.”

Dedicated to his friend Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of Les Six, Poulenc’s Sonata was commissioned by jazz great Benny Goodman, who premiered it (after Poulenc’s sudden death in 1963) with pianist Leonard Bernstein.

The word “Dumky” refers to the dumka, or an epic ballad of a somber nature containing contrasting cheerful sections.  Dvorak’s “Dumky Trio” is among his most beloved chamber music compositions and dates from 1891.Admission at door: $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m.  Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society.

 

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Contemporary works featuring marimba and percussion

Presenting 19 world premieres for marimba and percussion

Percussion and marimba virtuoso Laura Jordan will be joined by guest performers flutist Sarah Carrier, Bang on a Can All Star cellist Ashley Bathgate and the percussion duo NoiseBox to present an evening of premieres and works from the 21st and late 20th centuries.

World premieres:
“Fifteen Minutes of Fame”- New one minute works marimba and flute, co-sponsored by Composer’s Vox Series.
“Certain Dreams Uncertain” for solo marimba by Mark Janello
“Chaos Control: lrotnoC soahC” for solo percussion by Brian Mark

Works by David Lang, Paul Simon, Toru Takemitsu, Minoru Miki, Jacob TV, Tristan Perich, Martin Bresnick, Oswaldo Golijov and many more!

Friday, May 11, 2012
7:30pm

Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 W 181st Street
New York, NY 10033

Corner of 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue (A train)

$20/$10 students*

(646)530-2724
laura@jordanpercussion.com

*suggested donation

www.laurajordanpercussion.com

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CROSS ISLAND's "Quiet Strength"

CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller, pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.

Join CROSS ISLAND – Suzanne Mueller, cello,  and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano – and clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr. as we celebrate the release of our new CD, Quiet Strength, in a concert on the Classical Concert Series at Saint Peters Church, renowned for its amazing acoustics.

The program is an eclectic one, spanning genres, styles, and centuries. Works by living composers are:
Roger Blanc – Saint Vitus Was Here (clarinet/cello)
Keri Degg – Fuerza Tranquila (cello/piano)
James Grant – To Become World (clarinet/cello)
Andreas van Haren – The Lost Child (cello/piano) and Nature Awakes (cello/piano)
Jeffrey Harrington – Nocturne (cello/piano)
Mark McCarron – The Big Picture(trio)
Paul Schoenfield – Andante (Mvt. 2, Cafe Music (trio)
Rick Sowash – Lullabye for Kara (cello/piano)
Meira Warshauer – In Memoriam, September 11, 2001 (clarinet/cello) and Bracha (cello/piano arrangement created collaboratively with teh composer; not on the album – a concert “bonus track”)

Other contemporary composers include Ruth Schonthal and Arkadie Kouguell. There will also be music by Cecile Chaminade and Frank Bridge.

Composers Roger Blanc, Mark McCarron, and Meira Warshauer will be in attendance, as will artist Rasisy Derzey, who provided the beautiful painting used on the CD and package, Giverny Revisited.

Suggested donation: $10, including a complimentary CD.
Saint Peter’s Church: 619 Lexington Avenue @ 54th Street, New York, NY

For more information, contact CROSS ISLAND or go to our website, http://crossisland.net.

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Brazilian Composer, Performer, Writer & Educator Pedro de Alcantara

presents

“Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration”
(voice, cello, piano, improvisations & compositions)

at

Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm

Brazilian native and Parisian resident renaissance man Pedro de Alcantara visits New York this fall to present “Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration” at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm. This program of original compositions and improvisations explores the frontier between the ordinary and the sacred in music, a place where nothing is as you expect it to be. The voice becomes a trumpet and beacon, the cello becomes a harp and a lute, and the piano becomes a resonating chapel of vibrations and oscillations.

Immediately following the concert, Pedro will be hosting a reception for his latest book, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, published by the Oxford University Press in June, 2011.

Location: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in New York

Tickets: $20 available at the door and via Brown Paper Tickets.

Directions to Tenri:
• F, V & L trains to 14th Street & 6th Avenue
• 1, 2, & 3 trains to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
• N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 14th Street-Union Square

About Pedro de Alcantara

Pedro de Alcantara has redefined the role of the creative artist for the 21st century, showing that music, literature, teaching, and healing all flow from a single source.

After growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Pedro studied at the State University of New York’s Purchase College (BFA in Music, 1981) and the Yale School of Music (MM in Music Performance, 1983). In 1986, while living in London, Pedro became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. In 1990 he moved to Paris, where he still lives.

Pedro’s first book, Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique, with a foreword by Sir Colin Davis, was published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 1997. Its French version came out in 2000, followed by a German translation in 2002 and a Japanese version in 2009. Also in 1997, the French publisher Editions Dangles published his second book, La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique, which he wrote in French (his third language, Portuguese being his mother tongue). Afterwards he rewrote the book in English. Titled The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, it was published by the Crowood Press in England in 1999. A translation of A Skill for Life was published in Japan in 2011.

In 2008, Pedro was named the editor of a new book series at the OUP. Titled THE INTEGRATED MUSICIAN, the series highlights the musical philosophy he has developed over the past twenty-five years and will include volumes for string players, singers, pianists, and other musicians. In the fall of 2008, AlumniVentures, a new initiative at the Yale School of Music, awarded Pedro a grant to support the series’ dedicated website. Pedro’s first volume for the series, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound was published in the summer of 2011 to wide acclaim.

In the process of preparing Indirect Procedures, Pedro discovered a passion for writing itself. From this passion poured a number of works including poems, short stories, and novels for young readers. Befiddled, his first novel, was published in 2005 by Delacorte Press – an imprint of Random House. It tells the story of 13-year-old violinist Becky Cohen and her struggles against a mean teacher, an overburdened mother, and really bad hair. Delacorte Press published Pedro’s second novel in 2009. Backtracked is a time-travel epic of New York City, in which the vessel of time travel is the city’s subway system. Currently, Pedro is working on The Divine Computer, a new novel for young readers, as well as a manual for writers titled Rhythm & Flow in a Writer’s Career.

Pedro has given seminars and presentations throughout Europe and the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His forthcoming visit to Japan will include a class at Nihon University, the country’s largest and most prestigious university. Pedro’s music students include the members of first-rate orchestras like the Orchestre National de Lille, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many others. His teaching practice is broad-based and includes writers, artists, dancers, actors, and creative individuals in all fields.

Pedro’s compositions and improvisations highlight the vibrational and metaphysical aspects of music. He is currently preparing a CD of his works, scheduled for release in November, 2011.  More details at:  www.pedrodealcantara.com.

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Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., clarinet; Suzanne Mueller, cello; Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano

CROSS ISLAND – cellist Suzanne Mueller, and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas – are joined by Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., clarinetist  to finally play the concert postponed from August 14 due to severe weather – closing out the 2011 West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series at Old Westbury Gardens with a really special program of music they love from across the centuries, the world, and the musical spectrum.

Music by living composers will include:

The Big Picture, a jazz waltz by Mark McCarron, which will open the concert (and will be heard on CROSS ISLAND’s new CD, Quiet Strength, scheduled for a November 1 release)

Bracha, a breathtaking work by Meira Warshauer, in a new cello/piano transcription created in collaboration with the composer (also on  Quiet Strength, scheduled for a November 1 release).

Funeral for a Ball, a new solo cello work by Douglas DaSilva.

Relentless Machine, the third of Karel Husa’s Three Studies for Solo Clarnet, performed in honor of the composer’s 90th birthday this summer.

The Andante of Paul Schoenfield’s Cafe Music (another Quiet Strength track) .

Other composers on the program will be Morton Gould, Arkadie Kouguell, Jacques Offenbach, George Gershwin, Cecile Chaminade, Enrique Granados, and Francisco Canaro, and there will also be a trio free improvisation.

Old Westbury Gardens is one of our favorite destinations on Long Island. With its historic mansion and incredibly gorgeous grounds (featured in movies from  Love Story and North by Northwest to Hitch and American Gangster, and in television shows including Sex and the City and, most recently, Royal Pains), it’s a great place to spend the day.

Unless we have an Indian Summer day, the concert will be in the Red Ballroom, with it’s crystal clear acoustics and beautiful Steinway. If the weather cooperates, though, we’ll be under the majestic tree that gives the series its name. Regardless, while you’re there, take a tour of the house and/or gardens – the docents are both knowledgeable and welcoming.

The concert is free. Admission to the Gardens (including tours) is $10 for adults; $8 for mature adults (over 62); $5 for children 7-12; and free for children under 7.

For directions, and to learn more about Old Westbury Gardens, go to http://www.oldwestburygardens.org.

To keep up with CROSS ISLAND’s news, hear tracks, and watch performance videos, go to http://crossisland.net.

For information about the West Porch Beech Tree Concert Series or its performers, contact Suzanne Mueller  at cambiatagn@yahoo.com.

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CROSS ISLAND - Elinor Abrams Zayas; Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.; Suzanne Mueller  (photo by Tiffany Thomas 2009)

CROSS ISLAND - Elinor Abrams Zayas; Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.; Suzanne Mueller (photo by Tiffany Thomas 2009)

CROSS ISLAND – Clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., cellist Suzanne Mueller, and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas – present an evening of music by Jewish composers at Bnai Israel Reform Temple, 67 Oakdale-Bohemia Road, Oakdale, NY 11769.

This program covers a wide array of music, exploring the diversity of music in this category, and includes music by contemporary composers including Leo Kraft, Kalmen Opperman, Paul Schonfield, Alex Shapiro, and Mira Warshauer:

We open with Jacques Offenbach’s beloved barcarolle, O Belle Nuit, from Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Then, Suzanne and Joe switch up the mood with Ruth Schonthal’s dramatic yet playful Tango for Two.

Then, Joe flies solo on Leo Kraft’s New Songs for Old.

Next, it’s Suzanne’s turn to solo – on Kalmen Opperman’s beautiful Un Seul, in a transcription by Thomas Piercy.

Then, Suzanne and Ellie join forces for Edwin Finckel’s Willow Variations (built upon Willow Weep for Me, by Ann Ronell) .

Then, the trio regroups for Alex Shapiro’s beautiful trio, Elegiac.

Next, Suzanne and Ellie play Suzanne’s cello transcription of the fourth movement of Erwin Schulhoff’s jazzy Hot Sonate.

We finish out the pre-intermission set with two works by George Gershwin: First, Ellie’s rendition of the moody, atmospheric Prelude No. 2; then, a trio setting of I Got Rhythm.

After intermission, things re-start with Suzanne’s trio arrangement of Ernest Bloch’s Prayer, from his collection,” Jewish Life.

Then, staying in the traditional vein, Joe and Ellie perform Gzregorz Fitelberg’s The Wedding, from his Four Pieces in Klezmer Style.

Then, the trio plays the slinky second movement of Paul Schonfield’s Cafe Music.

Next, Joe and Suzanne join forces again, for three selections from Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig.

Then, Suzanne and Ellie perform Meira Warshauer’s breathtaking Bracha, in a cello/piano transcription created in collabration with the composer this year.

Then, for another taste of the familiar, Joe and Ellie play Leonard Bernstein’s One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story.

And the program ends with Melodie et Danse Hebraique, a trio by Arkadie Kouguell

(We’ve got one more short, sweet “bonus track” waiting for the audience, if they’re so inclined, but we’ll keep that to ourselves for now. ;-D)

There will also be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND’s 2010 cd, EXPLORATIONS.

Reception to follow.

Tickets are $15. For more information call 631/563-1660 or e-mail fundraising@bnai-israel.org.

Inquiries about CROSS ISLAND may be directed to crossislandensembles@gmail.com, and tracks and videos of them are available on MySpace and on Facebook.

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The Xanthos Ensemble

Season Concert

Presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts

School of Music Department of Composition and Theory

Saturday, November 20th 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

***NOTE AFTERNOON TIME

Boston University
Concert Hall
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Suggested donation is $15, $10 for students and seniors, and the event is free to Boston University faculty, staff, and students.

Arnold Schoenberg, Arr. Anton WebernKammersymphonie No. 1, Op. 9
Daniel Felsenfeld • Insomnia Redux; 4am (Boston premiere)
Geoffrey Gordon • Flamingo (world premiere)
Shulamit Ran • Inscriptions, for solo violin
George Rochberg • Duo Concertante, for violin and cello

Xanthos Ensemble Performers

Zachary Jay, flute
Alexis Lanz, clarinet
Brenda van der Merwe, violin
Katherine Kayaian, cello
Eunyoung Kim, piano
Jeffrey Means, conductor

In 2008, the Xanthos Ensemble joined in a collaboration at Boston University, presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music Department of Composition and Theory. Their concert on November 20th, 2010 will feature the dramatic Kammersymphonie of Arnold Schoenberg, originally written in 1906, but arranged by Webern for piano quintet in 1923. The Xanthos Ensemble’s new composer in residence Geoffrey Gordon’s new work Flamingo will have its world premiere, and Daniel Felsenfeld’s Insomnia Redux; 4am (originally scored for piano solo, now reorchestrated for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano), will receive its Boston premiere, after having received wondrous praise from the New York Times after a recent performance by the Da Capo Chamber Players. Rounding off the program, the performers will present Shulamit Ran’s dynamic solo violin work Inscriptions, and the vivacious Duo Concertante for violin and cello.

Steve Smith of the New York Times has raved about the “virtuoso players” of the Xanthos Ensemble as “copiously skilled and confident” in the face of “undeniably challenging music.” Bruce Hodges of musicweb-international.com recounted their recent New York City performance of Charles Wuorinen’s New York Notes, noting “the ease with which these musicians played this blockbuster was instructive” and “Xanthos seemed to only gain in momentum as the evening progressed.”

Through a combination of internationally recognized repertoire and world premieres of works dedicated to the ensemble, the major focus of the ensemble’s mission is to bring new music to life, written for the ensemble in collaboration with living composers, and to that aim they have premiered dozens of works and have had several newly composed works dedicated to them since the group’s inception in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, they served as Ensemble in Residence at Boston Conservatory.

The Xanthos Ensemble is a non-profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions to the organization are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Collide-O-Scope Music will open its 2010-2011 season on Sunday, October 3, with an all-acoustic ensemble program entitled “Technologies Without Circuits,” at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W69 St., New York. Looking beyond the obvious impact of electronics and computers, this program takes a broad view of technology in contemporary music, focusing on a number of works whose wildy different aesthetic environments are intimately tied to the application of other kinds of innovative or extended musical devices.

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