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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.

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Part house concert. Part sound installation.

June 18-25, 2011 – thingNY’s IN HOUSE

Sat. June 18, 2011
Queens Historical Society
Located in the Historic Kingsland Homestead
Weeping Beech Park
143-135 37th Ave.
Flushing, NY 11354
Subway: 7 to Main St.

Thu. June 23, 2011
The University of the Streets
7th Floor Apartment
130 E 7th St.
New York, NY 10009
Subway: 6 to Astor Pl., L to 1st Ave., F/V to 2nd Ave., R/W to 8th St.

Sat. June 25, 2011
Vaudeville Park
26 Bushwick Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Subway: L to Graham Ave.

Sliding scale: $3-10

Part house concert, part sound installation, IN HOUSE is a collection of new musical meditations on the idea of “the home” written and performed by members of experimental music ensemble thingNY. The performances will take place during June 2011 at various homes in the New York City area.

The works explore aspects of performance art, sound installations, and contemporary chamber music. How do you guide a listener’s ears and eyes while still leaving freedom to explore a space? How does a piece of music capture the essence of a room of a home across cultural lines? How do the sounds of audience and environment affect composition and the performance of new music?

The pieces are written with flexibility in mind. With each composer creating a work for one room of the home, each performance is adapted for and inspired by the individuality of each home’s distinct rooms. This allows IN HOUSE to be programmed differently for each home and experienced uniquely by its audience, who can listen to one piece in its entirety, or explore the house freely, hearing how the compositions fit together.

The project is a continuation of the ideas explored in Gelsey Bell’s extensive Bathroom Songs for solo vocalist. Written in 2010, it is a collection of songs that oscillates between extended vocal techniques, popular song structures, and everyday bathroom events like brushing ones teeth.

Isabel Castellvi’s Music for a Quartet of Speaking Pot Players utilizes the kitchen space and items in a rhythmic work of text and percussion. Paul Pinto’s Music for Your Living Room for solo clarinet and Erin Rogers’s Bedroom Music for violin, tape and visiting chamber musicians both span the entire event, occurring simultaneously and responding to behaviors of the audience.

And in the hallways and stairways, Memorial for _____, a series of constructed noise-making kinetic sculptures created by Alejandro Acierto, will sound throughout the performance.

Full performance schedule is available at
Queens performances supported by the Queens Council on the Arts.

thingNY is a 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media, and genres.

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