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On January 15, Grand Band performs Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato, the sprawling minimalist masterpiece for multiple pianos in a concert at (le) poisson rouge memorializing the composer’s recent death. The evening-length work is a complex tapestry of repetitive layers strung together in a flexible structure, ensuring that no two performances are alike– in the words of Ton van Asseldonk, his ‘compositions are not just single works, but rather a collection of an infinite number of compositions, all hidden in a single written code.’ With this performance of his most famous work, the six pianists of Grand Band pay homage to this creative genius who was at his best when writing for multiple pianos.

Grand Band is NYC’s New Music Piano Sextet. This unique ensemble has been described as a ‘supergroup of soloists’ (The Glass) and has garnered praise for delivering electrifying performances of new and contemporary music for six pianos. Making its debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon in a headlining performance of Steve Reich’s epic Six Pianos, the ensemble has been in increasing demand. Following a performance at (le) poisson rouge last summer, the New York Times declared that Grand Band consists of ‘six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene’ and that the group was a ‘rousing new ensemble.

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Tues, Jan 15
7:30 PM

Grand Band performs Canto Ostinato

in a Memorial Concert for

Simeon ten Holt

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Complete info and tickets available here:

http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/grand-band-jan-15th-2013/

GRAND BAND is:

Vicky Chow
David Friend
Paul Kerekes
Blair McMillen
Lisa Moore
Isabelle O’Connell

http://grandbandnyc.blogspot.com/

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photo by Ivan Singer

On August 7 at 7:30PM at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, GRAND BAND will perform a captivating program of music for six pianos by composers including Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, and Kate Moore.

Fresh off the heels of its ‘awesome’ (Sequenza21) debut at the 2012 Bang on a Can Marathon, this ‘super-group of soloists’ (The Glass) provides another rare opportunity to hear a live performance of contemporary music for six pianos. With a program including Steve Reich’s iconic ‘Six Pianos,’ Julia Wolfe’s Aretha Franklin-inspired ‘my lips from speaking…,’ and a new version of an immersive work by up-and-coming composer Kate Moore, this concert promises to be a new music highlight of the summer.

August 7, 2012
@ (le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St. (btw Sullivan & Thompson)

7:30PM (doors at 6:30)
$20 day of show/$15 advance

http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3529

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GRAND BAND is a new piano sextet featuring six of New York City’s top pianists: Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell. Described as “awesome” (Sequenza21) following their performance of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos at this year’s Bang on a Can marathon in June, this stunning collection of performers creates a powerful sonic force. Of the group’s debut performance, Lucid Culture wrote: “Grand Band had a ball [in the Wolfe], each wearing an ear monitor so as to catch the innumerable, suspenseful series of cues as the gospel licks grew from spacious and minimalist to a joyously hammering choir,” and The Glass declared “the 6 pianists are a super-group of soloists that played what sounded kind of like classical pop-crossover meets post-minimal.” A thoroughly modern ensemble, Grand Band is a champion of new music and living composers.

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On May 22nd, 2010 (8PM) at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, TRANSIT presents a recital featuring soloists Joe Bergen (percussion) and David Friend (piano) in a program of works by some of New York’s leading young composers including Ted Hearne, Christopher Marianetti, Tristan Perich, and Daniel Wohl.
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About the performers:

Joe Bergen
(percussion)

NYTIMES: ‘finely polished’
GRAMOPHONE: ‘This is a disc to treasure…’

Joe Bergen is an active performer, an advocate of new music, and a co-founder of several ground-breaking groups including TRANSIT (Voice of America: ‘…expertly played…’) and Mantra Percussion (New York Times: ‘…a fresh source of energy.’). Joe also performs with numerous other groups including Beaten Path Percussion Duo, Fragile, and Kyklos, and has collaborated extensively with Newband (the Harry Partch Ensemble), New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the Crossmen Drum Corps, S.E.M. Ensemble, Blarvuster, Aaron Siegel Ensemble, Mad Coyote Group, Jason Cady and the Artificials, Samba NY! and the Instruments. In the fall of 2010, Mantra Percussion will give the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s latest work Timber, for percussion sextet. Joe can be heard on Innova, Shsk’h, Peacock, Equilibrium, and Atma Classique record labels as well as playing timpani on the new release of the RockStar video game: Red Dead Redemption.

www.joebergen.com

David Friend
(piano)

NYTIMES: ‘enlivening vigor’
GUARDIAN (UK): ‘streamlined virtuosity’

David Friend has performed new and experimental music around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) and in alternative spaces such as Issue Project Room, Le Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center Winter Garden, the Players Theater, and New York art galleries. He has performed with artists including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Talujon Percussion, Trio Mediaeval, Bill Frisell, Red Light New Music, and Ensemble Pamplemousse; and worked with composers including Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Charles Wuorinen, and Steve Reich. As a founding member of the TRANSIT collective, Mr. Friend works with young composers from around the world and performs the latest music from emerging composers. He also enjoys working with artists from other disciplines, such as contemporary dance-theatre troupe Dance Imprints. Recently, Mr. Friend created a multimedia installation in conjunction with the QAS initiative involving found sounds, a live choir, video art, and modern dance.

www.nolanrobertson.com/Site/David_Friend.html

Program:

(Joe Bergen)
Daniel Wohl: Ritual (2009)
Christopher Marianetti: Trench Hero Aria (2010)
Tristan Perich: Observations (2008)

(Duo)
Ted Hearne: One of us, One of them (2005)

(David Friend)
Tristan Perich: Month (2000)
Christopher Marianetti: Y (2005)
Daniel Wohl: Aorta (2010)

Saturday May 22, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St.
4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, or L to Union Square
$15/10 student, senior

www.transitnewmusic.com

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