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Missy Mazzoli & Sarah Kirkland Snider

Tuesday, October 5th @ 8:00pm

Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets $15

New Amsterdam Records and Manhattan New Music Project are proud to co-present a double-feature performance of the music of composers Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The concert will take place at Galapagos Art Space on October 5 and will feature members of ACME, Janus trio, MIVOS Quartet and MaNi. The music, which will be performed by varying-sized combinations of brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, and female vocals, will feature three New York City premieres, including Snider’s “Shiner” and “The Reserved, The Reticent” – a solo cello piece to be performed by Clarice Jensen of ACME – as well as Mazzoli’s “Death Valley Junction” – a string quartet to be performed by the MIVOS Quartet.

Snider and Mazzoli have already proven themselves luminaries of the New York music scene and beyond. Mazzoli, hailed as one of the “most consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York” by the New York Times, has garnered attention as bandleader of the electro-chamber outfit Victoire as well as for her chamber compositions, which have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Snider, also a composer of ambitious and ethereal chamber music, has been noted to possess “an enviable knack for crafting moody, strikingly beautiful works” (Time Out New York). Her latest work, Penelope, is an hourlong, epic song cycle written for vocalist Shara Worden of indie band My Brightest Diamond and chamber orchestra Signal. With Mazzoli releasing a full-length Victoire album in September and Snider releasing a studio recording of Penelope in October, the concert will present a collection of recent chamber works from neither album which promise to further reveal the breadth of these composers’ formidable abilities.

Of her compositions, Mazzoli says, “like most of my music, these pieces are really about transporting the listener to a dreamy and unfamiliar but very specific place.” Snider’s pieces inhabit a similar realm of lush but uneasy beauty, a world she perfected in her large-scale opus Penelope. But unlike the latter work, these shorter pieces are more “classically inspired” in nature, containing fewer of the pop music and songwriting references evident in much of her latest work.

This performance program is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) and Search & Restore present a two-night, double bill performance by jazz composer-artists Darcy James Argue and Todd Sickafoose at 45 Bleecker on May 14th and 15th, 10:30pm.

Friday, May 14th and Saturday, May 15th
45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway-Lafayette / 6 to Bleecker Street
Admission: $15/$12 for Students

Tickets: or 212-977-1070 ext. 2

10:30pm: Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors
Bassist and composer Todd Sickafoose, a native of the Bay Area, has become an integral member of the New York City jazz scene, as both a leader and sideman. Credited for his proficiency across genres, Sickafoose has collaborated with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, Trey Anastasio, Nels Cline, Tony Furtado, and many others. Sickafoose will be performing music from his latest album, Tiny Resistors (Cryptogramophone), which the New York Times has stated “features a number of tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse.” John Ellis (sax/clarinet), Alan Ferber (trombone), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Mike Gamble (guitar), and Rudy Royston (drums) will accompany him for this performance.

11:30pm: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Praising Darcy James Argue for his talents as a bandleader and composer, the New York Times recently called his work “a wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism… radiates self-assurance, and an almost chilling steadiness of conviction.” Argue will be performing works with his 18-piece big band, Secret Society, from his debut album, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records). This release was one of the most talked about jazz albums of 2009, and was featured on over 70 best-of-the-year lists, including New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice.

About Search & Restore:
Search & Restore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining, expanding and exploding the live jazz audience in New York City among younger and bigger audiences. Through creative concert presentation and, the best resource for live jazz in New York City, Search & Restore aims to unite a community around forward thinking jazz and is determined to shatter the pretense that an audience needs to understand the music before they hear it. Rather, Search & Restore feels that jazz being made today is some of the most human music ever made, and will bring these incredible melodies and improvised insanities to as many people as possible. Don’t try and stop them.

About MNMP:

Manhattan New Music Project is a nonprofit performing and arts education organization that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming throughout New York City. Founded in 1990 by the late jazz artist, Paul Nash, MNMP has sought to cross traditional musical boundaries and catalyze imaginative projects and collaborations involving the creation of new work through performances, recordings, and educational activities. MNMP’s New Composers Series is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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