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Cygnus Ensemble Photo: Jeffrey Hornstein

Cygnus Ensemble
performing Venerable Canons featuring works by

Greenbaum, Rakowski, Babbitt, Suzuki, Claman & Biscardi
featuring Re’ut Ben Ze’ev, mezzo-soprano

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 8pm, Hi Art! Gallery

AMPHIBIAN concert series presents New Music & Video featuring Cygnus Ensemble performing Venerable Canons, works by Matthew Greenbaum, David Rakowski, Milton Babbitt, Shoko Suzuki, David Claman and Chester Biscardi on Tuesday, April 3rd at 8pm.  Mezzo-soprano Re’ut Ben Ze’ev will be a special guest.  The performance will be at the Hi Art! Gallery, 227 West 29th Street, Studio 4R in New York.

AMPHIBIAN is a performance series that combines new chamber music with video art.  Its second season features Momenta Quartet, Cygnus Ensemble, and Temple University’s ‘Cybersounds,’ which offers electro-acoustic and visual music under the direction of Maurice Wright. In addition to these events, the endlessly inventive Mari Kimura will present an evening of her own interactive works for violin, electronics and video, plus an electro-acoustic classic: Mario Davidovsky’s lyrical 9th Synchronism for violin and pre-recorded electronic sound.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hi Art! Gallery
227 West 29th Street
Studio 4R
New York, New York
Tickets:  $15; $10 for students

About the Program

Venerable Canons, for flute & violin
by Matthew Greenbaum

Sho gyo mu jo for theorbo & baritone
by Shoko Suzuki

gone for foreign, for tutti Cygnus
by David Claman

Resisting Stillness, for two guitars
by Chester Biscardi

Soli e Duettini, for two guitars
by Milton Babbitt

Zyg Zag, for tutti Cygnus
by David Rakowski

Rope and Chasm,
for mezzo, electronic sounds and video
by Matthew Greenbaum

About Cygnus Ensemble

Critically acclaimed Cygnus was founded in 1985 by guitarist and composer William Anderson. The group’s core instrumental formation consists of winds and strings in pairs, as well as a pair of plucked string players who, together, cover classical and electric guitars, theorbo (a giant Baroque lute), mandolin, and tenor banjo. The instrumentation has roots in the Elizabethan “broken consort” (combining instruments from different families), but Cygnus moves freely from the Baroque sound world into newgrass, electronica, and world music.

Cygnus proudly celebrates its unflagging commitment to a great number of diverse American composers, and has had numerous key modernist and postmodernist works composed especially for them including Milton Babbitt’s Swan Song No. 1, David Lang’s Warmth and Sebastian Currier’s Broken Consort. The ensemble has produced many CDs, and has given concerts in the US, Europe and Latin America. The ensemble’s recording of American composer Harold Meltzer’s “Brion” (Naxos 8.559660) received accolades as one of the best recordings of 2010. Cygnus is currently in residence at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. In February/March, 2012 Cygnus was in residence at the Library of Congress to inaugurate the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Music Fund concerts there. For more information, please go to


Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Robert Ingliss, oboe
Calvin Wiersma, violin
Susannah Chapman, ‘cello
Oren Fader, guitar
William Anderson, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo

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Co-Directors David Claman and Matthew Malsky present The Extensible Toy Piano Festival, an avant-garde haven for connoisseurs and newcomers to this highly theatrical electroacoustic event. The festival features performances and works by Phyllis Chen (of ICE), John McDonald, and Konrad Kaczmarek; compositions by Karlheinz Essl, Atsushi Yoshinaka, Claman, and Malsky; and guest performers Nancy Newman and mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers. Inspired by a toy piano composition contest at Clark University, Claman and Malsky are taking their treasured playthings (including computers) on the road to create bona fide musical instruments. This is a concert of serious fun: intriguing and irresistible.

The Extensible Toy Piano Festival
Sunday, June 12, 2011 3pm

Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge
Tickets: $25 ($20 Seniors; $15 Students)
Suggested Ages: 3 and up; kids are free!
Please make your reservations by emailing: You will receive an email confirmation.
Cash/Credit Cards accepted at the door.

About the Program

Phyllis Chen
Carousels, for toy piano and music box
Colura, Double Helix and Hallucinate, for toy piano and bowls
Taroko Hypnos, for toy piano and music box
Munin Raven, for music box and electronics

Phyllis Chen

Karlheinz Essl
Whatever Shall Be, toy piano and gadgets

Karlheinz Essl

Konrad Kaczmarek
32 Grains-Toy Piano, toy piano and electronics

Konrad Kaczmarek

David Claman
Piece of Work, laptop

David Claman

John McDonald
Two Formican Lullabies, toy piano, grand piano, and mezzo-soprano
Four Stand-ins, toy piano

John McDonald

Matthew Malsky
heterogeneous, toy piano and electronics

Matthew Malsky

Atsushi Yoshinaka
Bokura no Ayumi, toy piano, Japanese speaker and English speaker

Atsushi Yoshinaka

Jessica Bowers

Nancy Newman

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