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)
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.