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MNMP’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert
Performances by Darcy James Argue, Claire Chase, David Taylor
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:30pm

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street
Ticket Price: $15 standing room; $40 seating; $125 Benefactor

Purchase tickets »HERE.

Manhattan New Music Project celebrates its 20th anniversary with a commission for Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece steampunk big band Secret Society — along with performances by Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and MNMP founding member David Taylor.

Praising Darcy James Argue for his talents as a bandleader and composer, the New York Times recently called his work “…a wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism.” Darcy will debut a world premiere commissioned in honor of MNMP’s late founder and artistic director, Paul Nash. Darcy will also present pieces from his recent album, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records) performed by his 18-piece big band, Secret Society. Infernal Machines was one of the most talked about jazz albums of 2009, featured on over 70 year-end “best” lists, including NPR, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice.

ICE co-founder Claire Chase will perform Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint for solo flute and tape. Declared “dynamic” and “indefatigable” by Time Out New York, Claire is a passionate leader and innovator in 21st century music who has produced events both in the world’s most important concert halls, and in warehouses, galleries and clubs. Claire co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, and the New Yorker has described them as “a powerhouse of new-music programming on a Chicago-New York axis…brilliant and unexpected.”

David Taylor, described by the New York Times as “a bass trombonist with a marvelously dark cavernous sound and an attack that is as vividly dramatic as it is virtuosic,” was a founding member of Manhattan New Music Project in 1990. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, and recorded with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis among many others. He will perform works by MNMP founder Paul Nash with surprise guests.

All proceeds benefit MNMP’s performance and arts-in-education programs, which serve thousands of New York City public school students on an annual basis.

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Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) and Search & Restore present a two-night, double bill performance by jazz composer-artists Darcy James Argue and Todd Sickafoose at 45 Bleecker on May 14th and 15th, 10:30pm.

Friday, May 14th and Saturday, May 15th
45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway-Lafayette / 6 to Bleecker Street
Admission: $15/$12 for Students

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/107487 or 212-977-1070 ext. 2

10:30pm: Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors
Bassist and composer Todd Sickafoose, a native of the Bay Area, has become an integral member of the New York City jazz scene, as both a leader and sideman. Credited for his proficiency across genres, Sickafoose has collaborated with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, Trey Anastasio, Nels Cline, Tony Furtado, and many others. Sickafoose will be performing music from his latest album, Tiny Resistors (Cryptogramophone), which the New York Times has stated “features a number of tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse.” John Ellis (sax/clarinet), Alan Ferber (trombone), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Mike Gamble (guitar), and Rudy Royston (drums) will accompany him for this performance.

11:30pm: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Praising Darcy James Argue for his talents as a bandleader and composer, the New York Times recently called his work “a wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism… radiates self-assurance, and an almost chilling steadiness of conviction.” Argue will be performing works with his 18-piece big band, Secret Society, from his debut album, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records). This release was one of the most talked about jazz albums of 2009, and was featured on over 70 best-of-the-year lists, including New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice.

About Search & Restore:
Search & Restore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining, expanding and exploding the live jazz audience in New York City among younger and bigger audiences. Through creative concert presentation and SearchAndRestore.com, the best resource for live jazz in New York City, Search & Restore aims to unite a community around forward thinking jazz and is determined to shatter the pretense that an audience needs to understand the music before they hear it. Rather, Search & Restore feels that jazz being made today is some of the most human music ever made, and will bring these incredible melodies and improvised insanities to as many people as possible. Don’t try and stop them.

About MNMP:

Manhattan New Music Project is a nonprofit performing and arts education organization that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming throughout New York City. Founded in 1990 by the late jazz artist, Paul Nash, MNMP has sought to cross traditional musical boundaries and catalyze imaginative projects and collaborations involving the creation of new work through performances, recordings, and educational activities. MNMP’s New Composers Series is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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