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Ensemble Pamplemousse

Ensemble Pamplemousse

Ensemble Pamplemousse:
Through the Magnifying Glass
a surreal exploration of miniature and limitless aural possibilities

February 26, 2013 : 8:00 pm
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY



Seven works bring into focus the seemingly limitless aural possibilities of wood, plastic,
and metal combining in the percieved symbiosis of ‘instruments’. Not just an indexing
of microscopic sound, these aural materials are presented as concise musical objects,
critically demystifying what is often accepted as ‘other’ sounds. By combining the
stability of formal strategy with minutely instable sound material, the music is elevated
beyond the rhetoric of mere instrumental syntax, realizing a wider, more substantial

New and recent works by Alex Sigman, George Lewis, Andrew Greenwald, Natacha Diels, Ivan Naranjo, and Rama Gottfried.

Performed by:
Natacha Diels, flute; Kiku Enomoto, violin; Jessie Marino, cello; David Broome, keys, Maria Stankova, voice; Andrew Greenwald, percussion


“[Theirs is] a style and concept that bridges the gap between the earliest conscious sounds humans made together and the most up to the moment exploration of musical possibilities…the event horizon of each sound describ[es] a moment with infinite possibilities, including infinite duration.” (George Grella, THE BIG CITY)
Founded in 2002 by Natacha Diels and Rama Gottfried as a vehicle for musical exploration, Pamplemousse presents concerts of extraordinary focus and clarity. Comprised of virtuosic musicians trained in the classical, improvisational, and electronic realms, the group consistently delivers fresh, exhilarating new concepts in sound. The members’ eagerness for aural discovery has allowed for ample experimentation processes, where boundaries are non-existent, and from which a strong dialogue has emerged. Among the group’s vernacular resides formerly unfathomable sound landscapes formed by the acute relationships the performers have forged with each other, and as they alternate roles with the composers who are an intrinsic part of the ensemble.
The product, ceaselessly uncompromising and resolutely beautiful, is created by incredibly innovative, yet-to-be-named approaches to performance and composition.

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BNMI Calls for Scores

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On the heels of his Composer of the Year honor from Musical America, BAM presents the latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. love fail marries evocative new music with timeless storytelling to tell a tale of love found yet unfulfilled, performed by the ravishing voices of legendary early music group Anonymous 4.

Assembled from a stunning range of texts—including medieval courtly love narratives by Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Beroul, and Thomas
of Britain, excerpts from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, writings by Lang, and short stories by MacArthur Fellow Lydia Davis—the words and music distill a single, universal tale about desire’s discontent, made luminous by one of the premiere vocal ensembles of our time.

On the creation of love fail, Lang said, “the first idea for this piece came out of the sound world of Anonymous 4. Their medieval-tinged, pure-toned, close-harmony singing seemed perfect for telling an intimate, emotional story of the way love might work in our lives, and the way it so often doesn’t.” In his first-time as a director, Lang works with a range of collaborators to, as he notes, “heighten the music’s sense of intimacy.”

“From Jennifer Tipton’s warm, environmental glow, to Jim Findlay’s dramatically elemental sets and startling videos, to Jody Elff’s subtly evolving resonances, and Suzanne Bocanegra’s elegant, modern costumes, we have been careful to add just enough theatricality to focus all attention on the singers and their story,” said Lang, “The theater emerges from the music—it becomes a physical manifestation of the interior life of the text.”

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From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!

Two venues/nights!

Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
115 College Ave, Somerville

Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
1845 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton

Tickets at

Juventas New Music Ensemble

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unMET – Opera for the 21st Century

Oct 31, 2012 8:00 pm | Wednesday

Leave your opera glasses at home and forget about that stodgy tenor in 18th-century garb!  Juventas New Music Ensemble invites you to experience opera of the future over an evening drink!  Scenes from new operas by emerging composers will explore ghosts, extinction, love and magic, all while placing you directly in the middle of the action.  This very special Halloween edition of unMET features a costume contest with rockin’ prizes!

$25 for Table Seats; $20 for Stool Seats; $15 for Standing Room.
Tickets available for purchase online here:

Oberon Theater
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Join us for Cantori’s ’12-13 Season Opener!

The US premiere of Felix und Clara by Dutch composer Jacques Bank explores the troubled relationship of Clara Schumann and her son Felix. The chorus sings the voice of Felix, and renowned New York stage actor Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America; Wit) takes the role of Clara. Also on the program: the world premiere of Four Songs by Frank Brickle, setting an unusual collection of texts by four 20th-century American poets within the throbbing soundscape of a string quartet; and Libby Larsen’s Alaska Spring. Featuring the Cassatt String Quartet and saxophonist Timothy Ruedeman.

November 3, 2012
8:00 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, NYC
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Cantori New York, praised by The New York Times for its “spirit of exploration” and “virtuosity and assurance,” celebrates its 28th season of programming featuring new and neglected works that deserve to be performed and heard.

A three-time winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Cantori has built a strong reputation for artistic excellence and innovative programming, including an evening of theatrical choral music with Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett. Cantori’s collaborators have included the Cassatt String Quartet, Prism Saxophone Quartet, and the Gregg Smith Singers; appearances have included the opening season of Zankel Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, and World Financial Center Arts & Events.

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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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Juventas New Music Ensemble presents three generations of living Boston composers in the same concert! On Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd, Juventas presents Emerge: New Music and Its Origins, an annual exploration of young composers and their influences.

This year, Juventas celebrates its six years of residency at The Boston Conservatory by showcasing works by BoCo affiliates, including recent Boston Conservatory graduate Mischa Salkind-Pearl, current faculty Andy Vores and Curtis Hughes, and Lee Hyla, one of Hughes’ teachers. At Emerge, the audience will hear a musical torch passed from generation to generation, as young composers carry forth and develop existing traditions, while breaking out and starting new ones.

September 21 at 8pm
The First Church of Boston Unitarian
66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $15, $10 with a student ID

September 22 at 8pm
Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway, Boston, MA
Tickets: Tickets 15$, free with a student ID

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The Boston New Music Initiative will present the final performance of its third concert season on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA. Featuring new chamber works by living composers, the concert will include the world premiere of Michael Lee’s The Sun That Breathes by the Riverside, Charles Halka’s Trio, Emily Cooley’s Variations on a Theme from “Wit”, Aaron Kirschner’s Three Bagatelles, Ezra Donner’s ¡Cigarra! (featuring soprano Margot Rood), and Peter Klatzow’s Dances of Earth and Fire (featuring percussionist Jeff Stern). Music Director Nathan Lofton will conduct.

The concert will begin at 8:00 pm with a pre-concert talk with the composers at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Please visit for tickets or more information.

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New works by rising composers, including new Playground commissions and Conrad Kehn’s “Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music.”
Featuring: New Playground commissions by Jeff Ashear and Nicholas Ehlers, Conrad Kehn’s Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music, Greg Simon’s Piano Quintet No. 1 and Christopher Auerbach-Brown’s Pillars of Air.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts,
2344 E. Iliff ave.,
Denver CO, 80208
Tickets $18 adult, $16 seniors, free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID. Ticket prices include free parking at the Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert Line (303) 871-6412

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