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Iktus Percussion hosts the third installment of The Firehouse New Music Series featuring:

“Any Size Mirror is a Dictator”, an opera: workshop performance

Sam Pluta: laptop/Jeff Snyder: analog synths/Federico Ughi: drums

guitarist of Killer BOB/Pet Bottle Ningen shreds solo


Friday, April 5, 8pm
Iktus Percussion Firehouse #3The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn (L to Graham Ave)
$10 admission

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Iktus Percussion continues The Firehouse New Music Series with four of New York’s most burning new music ensembles including Concert Black, Mariel Roberts, Duo Orfeo, and Radical 2.

Friday, March 1st, 8pm
The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn (click here for a map)
$10 admission

Concert Black formed in Brooklyn in 2011 after bonding over the music of George Crumb and Riskay at the ever unconventional Bang on a Can organization’s summer institute. While all the members boast acute classical over-training, Domenica Fossati (flute) is steeped in the NYC Afrobeat scene, Lisa Dowling (bass) is also DJ Lil Miss Dolemite, and Owen weaver (drums) fronts as an electro-acoustic percussion artist and former thrasher. Together, they draw upon their diverse musical backgrounds for their song writing, improvisation, and commissioning of today’s emerging composers.

Lisa Dowling, bass
Domenica Fossati, flute
Owen Weaver, percussion

“Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Sounds) is quickly gaining recognition as a deeply dedicated interpreter and performer of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”. (InDigest Magazine). She holds degrees from both the Eastman School and the Manhattan School of Music, where she specialized in contemporary performance practice while studying with Alan Harris and Fred Sherry. Mariel performs internationally as a member of the Mivos String Quartet, and has performed with a variety of other ensembles in venues around the world as an advocate of living composers.

Duo Orfeo draws their repertoire largely from hidden and under-explored byways of western musical tradition both past and present—ranging from Renaissance lute and French Baroque harpsichord music to compositions by such modern masters as Arvo Pärt, Federico Mompou and Valentin Silvestrov—an ever-expanding body of music that includes many of their own arrangements of works written for other instruments as well as works written for the ensemble of guitar duo. They play this unique repertoire on classical guitars with an approach inspired by the tradition of Andres Segovia (which they learned from Phillip de Fremery, a guitarist and teacher who studied with Segovia and a true curator of his legacy) and also on vintage electric guitars through tube amplifiers, creating a new sound that is all their own by playing these instruments (normally associated with styles outside of classical music) with the finesse, clarity and focused touch of classical musicians.

Jamie Balmer, guitar
Joseph Ricker, guitar

Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan (Radical 2) are an irrational, classification-defying duo that explores the intersection of theatric, percussive and electronic mediums. March 1 will feature compositions by Rick Burkhardt, Alexander Schubert, and custom electronics designed by Radical 2.

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Iktus Percussion Music at First Jan 25

Iktus kicks off 2013 with seven premieres by seven distinct compositional personalities:

Angelica Negron
Matthew Welch
Nicholas DeMaison
Joe Di Ponio
Matthew Hough
Levy Lorenzo
Philip Schuessler

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the latest musical visions from this array of New York City’s most talented music-makers!

Presented by the Music At First concert series:

Concert begins at 7:30pm
$10 admission
First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
124 Henry St, Brooklyn Heights

[This concert was originally scheduled for November 9, 2012]

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“Sparks will fly when these two formidable new-music forces collide in this all-Xenakis blowout.”
– Time Out New York

Iktus Percussion joins Loadbang for a remarkable all-Xenakis concert this Friday, April 27th, 8pm at the AC Institute in Chelsea. The concert will feature an incredible lineup including Ensemble Loadbang (Jeffrey Gavett, Alejandro Acierto, Will Lang and Andy Kozar), Mariel Roberts, conductor Yoshi Onishi, and a venerable cast of up-and-coming new music performers in New York tackling exciting and challenging selections of Iannis Xenakis’ solo and chamber music.

Friday, April 27th, 8pm
AC Institute – 547 W. 27th St, New York NY
$15 general admission / $8 students and seniors

Iktus Percussion joins Loadbang to present selected works of Xenakis
Program includes:
Kottos (for solo cello), Mariel Roberts
Keren (for solo trombone), William Lang
Psappha (for solo percussion), Steve Sehman
Kassandra (for baritone & percussion), Jeffrey Gavett & Chris Graham
Khal Perr (for brass quintet & percussion)
Atrees (for 10 players)
featuring: Francis Liu, Carlos Cordiero, Roberta Michel, Tim Leopold, Dan Peck, David Byrd-Marrow, Fred Trumpy, Adam Forman, Joe Fee, and conductor Yoshi Onishi

About the ensembles:

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Steve Sehman, Nick Woodbury, and Cory Bracken at the core. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging artists, having commissioned over fifty new works for percussion from such composers asAngélica Negrón, Aaron Siegel, Lisa R. Coons, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Stefan Weisman, and Billy Martin (ofMedeski, Martin and Wood), among others.

With an exciting and diverse range of repertoire, Iktus has performed at such venues and festivals as the Bang on A Can Marathon, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Symphony Space, and Trinity Church. Iktus has been appointed to several residencies including SUNY Purchase College (where they performed Laura Kaminsky’s Terra Terribilis, a concerto for percussion quartet and orchestra), CUNY Brooklyn College, and the Pre-College music program at Stony Brook University. As performer-educators, Iktus has also hosted master classes to various enthusiastic elementary school audiences. Community outreach and public performance is an essential aspect of Iktus’ mission: in September of 2011, Iktus performed an exciting all-percussion outdoor concert in Fort Greene Park, including works by Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and IannisXenakis.

In the Spring of 2010, Iktus was selected as a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick: Top Ten Concert of the Year, and received critical acclaim from the New York Times for their performance with the St. Petersburg Chamber Symphony in Symphony Space’s “Wall to Wall” series: Music of the Soviet ERA, and sold out the final evening of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek with critical acclaim at Issue Project Room in January of 2012.

New music chamber group loadbang, hailed as “inventive” by the New York Times, is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a broad stylistic palette ranging from wordless microtonal meditations to broad political satire. In the past three years, they have premiered more than 40 works, including several written by members of the band, and a new arrangement by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. They also perform works for indeterminate ensemble, including such New York School classics as Brown’s December 1952 and Cage’s Four6 and Song Books.

Not content to dwell solely in the realm of notated music, loadbang is known for its searing and unpredictable improvisations, exploring the edges of instrumental and vocal timbre and technique, and blurring the line between composed and extemporaneous music. To this end, they have embarked on a project to record improvisations and works written by members of the band, designing fabricating and releasing hand-made copies in a limited edition. Recent performances include appearances at the Roger Smith Hotel on Talea Ensemble’s iNSIDE Out series, a program of all premieres at Issue Project Room, and a performance of Cage’s Song Books on the Avant Media Festival. The members of loadbang met as part of the first class of Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance program.

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Perfect Lives Manhattan (Just the Highlights)
Varispeed at Performers Forum
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
33 Flatbush Ave, 5th Floor
Brooklyn NY
FREE and open to the public
Refreshments will be provided
Trains: 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St, Q/R to DeKalb, D/N to Atlantic, A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn

On Nov. 6, Performa 11 presented Perfect Lives Manhattan, a day-long, site-specific celebration of Robert Ashley’s seminal opera for television, arranged and performed by the burgeoning art collective, Varispeed. Please join Varispeed at the monthly Performers Forum where members Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle and Gelsey Bell will be presenting a performative “live documentary” and public forum on the process, practice and production of Perfect Lives Manhattan. Site-specificity, arrangement, ownership and questions of what contemporary opera is will be discussed through live excerpts, new musical compositions, video and dialogue with attendees.

“Less an act of rescuing a work from oblivion than one of repurposing its materials to unleash latent potential…. That Varispeed’s members could express themselves so readily through Mr. Ashley’s work while remaining faithful to it was impressive.”
-Steve Smith, The New York Times

Varispeed is a newly formed collective of composer-performers from music and theatre groups Panoply Performance Laboratory, thingNY, and Why Lie? that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events.

Performers Forum is anything you want it to be.

Suggested donation – Beers for $$$ – Awesome Vibes Gratis

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