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ZT Wall credit Irina Mednik

An atypical combination of instruments (clarinet, violin and piano) the Zodiac Trio formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music, before becoming the first American group to be accepted to the Paris Conservatory’s chamber music program with the Ysaÿe Quartet. Since, the trio became the new image of the clarinet-violin-piano instrumentation, and maintains a consistently international touring schedule. The Zodiac Trio is paving the way for new generations of compositions for this unusual grouping by commissioning and performing new works, with over 100 works written for the ensemble.

 
The program at Spectrum on March 26 features the world premiere of John McDonald’s Trio about Smoking, written especially for the trio. Cast in three brief movements, the piece is both an ode to musician/smokers’ stress-relief potential and a health warning.

Also on the program are the New York premieres of Andrew List’s Dreams from the Aboriginal Dreamtime, a composition inspired by the creation legends of the Australian Aboriginals; Zodiac: Across the Universe, a series of one-minute miniatures by twelve different composers each describing a sign of the zodiac; and Guillaume Connesson’s Techno Parade, a whimsical whirlwind of a piece transcribed for the Zodiac Trio by the group’s violinist Vanessa Mollard.

The concert is on Saturday, March 26 at 7 pm at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St, NY, NY. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, and are available at the door. For more information, visit zodiactrio.com.

The Zodiac Trio is Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin and Riko Higuma, piano.

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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
Bargemusic

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: reserve@bargemusic.org. 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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