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Saturday, March 16, 2013


The “brash new-music ensemble” (NYT), INTERNATIONAL STREET CANNIBALS, joins forces with young boxers from the legendary Gleason’s Gym for “STRIKE!” – a concert event in which contemporary chamber music commingles with boxing rounds and choreography. This collective of seasoned musicians/composers was founded in 2005 by Dan Barrett as a laboratory for ritual and artistic expression that defies assumptions regarding performance spaces and audiences.

Part of an ongoing series, STRIKE! brings together boxing, dance and chamber music, allowing each discipline to combine in surprising partnerships while engendering new artistic forms. New music compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers as well as modern masters will be heard in the unfamiliar, yet highly disciplined environment of the boxing ring. Short 10 to 12-minute sets of 3-minute chamber music works will alternate with 9-minute boxing bouts of 3 rounds each. 60-second thematic interludes that can involve music and/or movement will serve as transitions between the boxing rounds. Performances will take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing from one ring to another to follow the sequential flow of the evening. A dance component directed by Dance Director/choreographer Megan Sipe will also play an essential role in this mix, contributing to unify the choreographies of these various genres.

The music program will include works by Dan “Wotan” Barrett, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Paul Hindemith, Daniel Palkowski, Gene Pritsker, and Dave Taylor.

International Street Cannibals is directed by Dan Barrett with co-director Chala Yancy.

Musicians include Dan Barrett (conductor), John Clark (French Horn), Tish Edens (cello), Rachel Golub (violin), Franz Hackl (trumpet), Gregor Kitzis (violin), Cesare Papetti (percussion), Gene Pritsker (electric guitar), Troy Rinker (bass), Dave Taylor (bass trombone), Linda Wetherill (flute), Chala Yancy (viola).

Dancers include Andrew Broaddus, Adrienne Misko, Amanda Mottur (belly dancer), Cat Murcek, Max Pollak (tap dancer), and Megan Sipe (choreographer).

STRIKE! will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m., at the historic Gleason’s Gym – training home of 132 world champions — located at 77 Front Street in Dumbo, BrooklynTickets are $20 ($15 for Gleason’s Gym members and students) and are available by calling 718-797-2872.

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Works by Dan Barrett, Chopin, Dan Cooper, Couperin, Debussy, Ives, Jill Jaffe, Paul Lee, Dary John Mizelle, Red Norvo, Daniel Palkowski, Schubert, and Taj Mahal

Featuring soloists Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Chala Yancy (violin), and Linda Wetherill (flutes)

“Brash new-music ensemble” – The New York Times

The International Street Cannibals (ISC), the multi-genre new music ensemble of seasoned chamber musicians/composers directed by Dan Barrett and co-directed by Dan Cooper and Chala Yancy, will launch their 2012-2013 concert season with a  70-minute mosaic of short works centered around water and fish symbolism. The multi-faceted event will mix classics with new music compositions from some of today’s most dexterous composers, and will include a dance component directed by Megan Sipe, which serves to “translate” the music, and vice versa.

The evening will feature several works by ISC’s resident composers, including the premiere of Dan Barrett’s Dagon’s Cradle Song – an homage to the Babylonian god-fish Dagon set to a well-known text by German romantic poet Eduard Mörike and scored for soprano (Lynn Norris) and mixed electro-acoustic ensemble – and the premiere of Dan Cooper’s Gelfilte Funk, performed by the ensemble, along with his Anemones (piano, flute and cello). Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa will perform the premiere of Daniel Palkowski’s Paraphrase of Ravel’s “Une Barque sur l’océan,” accompanied by the ensemble; and alto flutist Linda Wetherill will celebrate another water deity in Dary John Mizelle’s solo work, Shakti’s Womb of the World. Paul Lee’s expressionist Duo for Violin and Cello will be played by Chala Yancy (violin) and Tish Edens (cello); and the ensemble will premiere Jill Jaffe’s new composition, Look Sea, She Lives.

Spanning several centuries and modalities, the program will feature a few classics in their original version or in fresh electro-acoustic arrangements. Taka Kigawa is the soloist in Chopin’s “Ocean” Etude, Op. 25, No. 12 in C Minor and Debussy’s Poissons d’or. Soprano Lynn Norris will join Kigawa in Ives’ elegiac The Pond and will sing in a novel setting of Schubert’s lied, “Der Fischer.” The ensemble will also present an electro-acoustic arrangement of Couperin’s L’anguille (The Eel) from the 22e Ordre (Pièces de clavecin, Book IV).

Also included in this eclectic program are the jazz vibraphonist Red Norvo’s signature work, Dance of the Octopus, in a new rendering for the ensemble, and the Negro spiritual Wade in the Water, performed by R+B/Gospel singer Robert Solomon, with Chala Yancy on violin and Cesare Papetti on hand drum. The evening will conclude with blues singer Taj Mahal’s paean to angling, Fishin’ Blues, interpreted by Solomon, accompanied by the dance ensemble.

Musicians for Fishy Bizness include Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Dan Barrett (conductor), Rachel Golub, Annette Homann, and Chala Yancy (violin), Jill Jaffe (viola), Tish Edens (cello), Troy Rinker (electric bass guitar), Linda Wetherill (flute, piccolo, and alto flute), Julie Landsman (French Horn), and Cesare Papetti (hand drum).

St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery is located at 131 East 10th Street, NYC. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Students and Seniors). For more information, call 646-431-2818 or go to:

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