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INTERNATIONAL NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION TO SHED LIGHT ON HUMAN SUFFERING
May 8, 10, 11 2013 @7PM at Conrady Prebys Music Center – Experimental Theater
University of California, San Diego
WWW.CUATROCORRIDOS.COM

A chamber opera addressing human trafficking along the San Diego border to premiere at University of California, San Diego at the Conrad Prebys Music Center.

Based on true events, Cuatro Corridos tells the story of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed creative artists.

Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully- staged production features original music by four distinguished composers. Each gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama.

Cuatro Corridos received generous support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Department of Music at UCSD.

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On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will join pianist Molly Morkoski in a concert celebrating a diverse array of works by Jewish composers at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011; www.cjh.org).

Tickets: $15 general, $10 for seniors, students, and CJH/AJHS/YUM members with ID. Available at the door or online through http://www.cjh.org/event/2216.

The program, which features Momenta members in a range of collaborative capacities, underlines the quartet’s core tradition of championing living composers. “Sirius” (2012), a new piano quartet by Yeshiva faculty member David Glaser, will receive its New York premiere. Momenta members will be joined by pianist Molly Morkoski, whose playing has been critically hailed as “outstanding” by The Boston Globe and “exhilarating” by the American Record Guide. Momenta violist Stephanie Griffin will take the stage in “Malekhamoves” (2009), a solo work by the ClevelaMomenta Quartetnd-based composer Timothy Beyer.

The program also highlights an eclectic assortment of underrepresented 20th-century works. Momenta will draw from its unique personal repertoire for the evening’s featured string quartet selection, Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet” (1950). Seldom performed today, this ephemeral collection of character pieces totals less than 7 minutes. In contrast, Morkoski and Momenta violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron will present Aaron Copland’s lush and expansive Violin Sonata (1944), composed as a wartime memorial piece. Rounding out the program is Darius Milhaud’s jazz-infused piano-quintet suite “La création du monde,” op.81b (1922-23), a musical souvenir of the French composer’s trip to New York at the height of the Jazz Age.

This concert marks Momenta’s 5th concert appearance at the Center for Jewish History and its 4th year as the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron at emilie@momentaquartet.com.

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On February 15, Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu – in his only NYC appearance this season – returns to perform chamber music with clarinetist Jon Manasse, cellist Bion Tsang and violinist/Artistic Director Stephanie Chase.

Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu

Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu

This program features music by Beethoven, Poulenc and Dvorak that reflects on life and its necessities, friendship, and nationalism.  It will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in New York City.  The concert will start at 8:15 and is preceded by a talk at 7:30.

BEETHOVEN – Trio for piano, clarinet and cello, Op. 11
POULENC – Sonata for clarinet and piano, FP184
DVORAK – Piano Trio No. 4 “Dumky”

Beethoven’s delightful trio is partly inspired by a popular Viennese song containing the phrase “Before I go to work, I need something to eat.”

Dedicated to his friend Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of Les Six, Poulenc’s Sonata was commissioned by jazz great Benny Goodman, who premiered it (after Poulenc’s sudden death in 1963) with pianist Leonard Bernstein.

The word “Dumky” refers to the dumka, or an epic ballad of a somber nature containing contrasting cheerful sections.  Dvorak’s “Dumky Trio” is among his most beloved chamber music compositions and dates from 1891.Admission at door: $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m.  Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society.

 

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On January 15, Grand Band performs Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato, the sprawling minimalist masterpiece for multiple pianos in a concert at (le) poisson rouge memorializing the composer’s recent death. The evening-length work is a complex tapestry of repetitive layers strung together in a flexible structure, ensuring that no two performances are alike– in the words of Ton van Asseldonk, his ‘compositions are not just single works, but rather a collection of an infinite number of compositions, all hidden in a single written code.’ With this performance of his most famous work, the six pianists of Grand Band pay homage to this creative genius who was at his best when writing for multiple pianos.

Grand Band is NYC’s New Music Piano Sextet. This unique ensemble has been described as a ‘supergroup of soloists’ (The Glass) and has garnered praise for delivering electrifying performances of new and contemporary music for six pianos. Making its debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon in a headlining performance of Steve Reich’s epic Six Pianos, the ensemble has been in increasing demand. Following a performance at (le) poisson rouge last summer, the New York Times declared that Grand Band consists of ‘six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene’ and that the group was a ‘rousing new ensemble.

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Tues, Jan 15
7:30 PM

Grand Band performs Canto Ostinato

in a Memorial Concert for

Simeon ten Holt

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Complete info and tickets available here:

http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/grand-band-jan-15th-2013/

GRAND BAND is:

Vicky Chow
David Friend
Paul Kerekes
Blair McMillen
Lisa Moore
Isabelle O’Connell

http://grandbandnyc.blogspot.com/

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photo by Ivan Singer

On August 7 at 7:30PM at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, GRAND BAND will perform a captivating program of music for six pianos by composers including Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, and Kate Moore.

Fresh off the heels of its ‘awesome’ (Sequenza21) debut at the 2012 Bang on a Can Marathon, this ‘super-group of soloists’ (The Glass) provides another rare opportunity to hear a live performance of contemporary music for six pianos. With a program including Steve Reich’s iconic ‘Six Pianos,’ Julia Wolfe’s Aretha Franklin-inspired ‘my lips from speaking…,’ and a new version of an immersive work by up-and-coming composer Kate Moore, this concert promises to be a new music highlight of the summer.

August 7, 2012
@ (le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St. (btw Sullivan & Thompson)

7:30PM (doors at 6:30)
$20 day of show/$15 advance

http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3529

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GRAND BAND is a new piano sextet featuring six of New York City’s top pianists: Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell. Described as “awesome” (Sequenza21) following their performance of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos at this year’s Bang on a Can marathon in June, this stunning collection of performers creates a powerful sonic force. Of the group’s debut performance, Lucid Culture wrote: “Grand Band had a ball [in the Wolfe], each wearing an ear monitor so as to catch the innumerable, suspenseful series of cues as the gospel licks grew from spacious and minimalist to a joyously hammering choir,” and The Glass declared “the 6 pianists are a super-group of soloists that played what sounded kind of like classical pop-crossover meets post-minimal.” A thoroughly modern ensemble, Grand Band is a champion of new music and living composers.

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On May 19, 2012 at 8 pm, the Garden State Philharmonic presents “Totally Tchaikovsky: the Sequel” at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, New Jersey. On stage will be renowned pianist Craig Ketter. Mass transit to Lakewood is available via NJ Transit bus service from New York Port Authority, #137 or 139.

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Performing works by Inhyun Kim, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Marco Stroppa, Kurtag, Messaien, Ligeti, Debussy, and Schumann, pianist Jenny Q. Chai makes her Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, at the Carnegie Hall Box office at 57th street and 7th avenue in New York City (which is also the location of the venue), or by calling 212 247 7800.
This concert, featuring two world premieres and one US premiere, is being presented by Ear to Mind (www.eartomind.com), a New York City based arts organization which strives to present innovative programs that allow the public to experience contemporary music in non-traditional contexts, as well as by producing publications that allow the public to gain intimate knowledge of the contemporary music field, simultaneously providing composers and performers with a platform for their work.
The Program includes:

  • Inhyun Kim – Parallel Lines (World premiere)
  • Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang – “Current”, a newly commissioned work from the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project (World premiere)
  • Marco Stroppa – “Innige Cavatina” from Miniature Estrose by (US premiere)
  • Claude Debussy – Études No.3 ” pour les quartes” and No.6 “pour les huit doigts”
  • György Ligeti – Études Book I No. 1 “Désordre” and No. 2 “Cordes à vide”
  • Olivier Messiaen – Cantéyodjayâ
  • György Kurtág – “Quiet talk with the Devil” and “Les Adieux” from Jatekok
  • Robert Schumann – Kreisleriana

Hailed as a “brilliant and fearless young performer,” Jenny Q Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered, most notably, Life Sketches by Nils Vigeland, Exercise in Deism by John Slover, Intimate Rejection by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, and Blue Inscription by Scott Wollschleger. Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Recently, Chai had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall.

Chai has studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, and has received two degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Nils Vigeland, and Anthony de Mare. In Germany, she studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and performed in Ensemble 20/21, directed by David Smeyers, as well as the group Musikfabrik. In what is already an illustrious career, Chai’s performances have been covered in major media throughout the U.S., China, and Europe, including Time Out New York, Shanghai Culture, and Cologne Daily News, and her performances of contemporary music have been broadcast in Italy, Germany, China, and the U.S. Her talents have been showcased on recordings with Ensemble 20/21 on the Deutschlandfunk label (performing music by Hanns Eisler) and as solo pianist/vocalist on ArpaViva’s New York Love Songs.

For Chai, near-total immersion in the contemporary music world has only enhanced her appreciation of the classical repertoire. “I feel a sense of contentment programming creative concerts, mixing and matching old and new works, so as to highlight what is most special in each piece. After all, nothing comes from nothing, and new music is very much connected to that which came before.” Now splitting her time between the U.S. and China, Chai co-directs the New York City-based contemporary music organization Ear to Mind, and is founder of FaceArt Music Association in Shanghai. In an Ear to Mind performance in April 2011, Chai premiered three new works, including Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai) by Nils Vigeland.

Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang is a Taiwanese composer whose work seeks to capture the individual beauty of the fleeting moment, revealing complexity within simplicity. Her music has been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, MIVOS Quartet, members of Eighth Blackbird, pianists Eric Huebner, Vicky Chow, Jenny Q. Chai, conductors David Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Paul Chiang, and visual artists Alice Grassi and Takeshi Moro. Her music has been broadcast on WNYC and Taukay Edizioni Musicali, and has been released on the ArpaViva label. Ms. Wang is the winner of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music competition and the Look and Listen Festival Composition Prize, and the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, and the ASCAP Foundation. Ms. Wang has been a fellow at the MusicX Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Pacific Music Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has worked with Robert Beaser, Matthias Pintscher, David Felder, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Lera Auerbach. She has recently studied with Nils Vigeland, Reynold Tharp, and Stephen Taylor.

As a frequent collaborator with choreographers, visual artists, and filmmakers, composer Inhyun Kim challenges her audience think in new and unconventional ways about music as a performing art. Ms. Kim has been commissioned by organizations such as White Wave Dance Company, The Actor’s Theatre, Hudson Saxophone Quartet and Brooklyn Independent television, and her works have been performed at the DUMBO dance festival, Wave Rising series, the Joyce Soho theatre, What We Want!!!, The Tompkins Square gallery at the New York Public Library, Dance New Amsterdam, Ceres Gallery as part of 2008 Make Music NY, the Museum of Modern Arthur as part of the 12th annual Art Under the Bridge festival, Galapagos Art Space, and Symphony Space. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Music degrees and studied with Julia Wolfe, Susan Botti and Reiko Fueting. Ms. Kim’s music can be heard on her CD “Music =”, released in 2010 by Carrier Records. Ms. Kim is a recipient of the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize in composition, Manhattan School of Music president’s award, and was recently awarded a mentorship with composer Vivian Fung, as part of NYFA’s Mentoring program for Immigrant Artists. Ms. Kim is co-director of the contemporary music nonprofit organization, Ear To Mind.

Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona, Italy, and has composed for both acoustical instruments and new media. His repertoire includes works for concerts, one music drama, two radio operas and various special projects. He often groups several works around large cycles exploring specific compositional projects, such as a series of concertos for instrument and a spatialized orchestra or ensemble inspired by poems of W.B. Yeats, a book of Miniature Estrose, seven pieces for solo piano, a cycle of works for solo instrument and chamber electronic music inspired by poems of e. e. cummings, and two string quartets. He has worked as a composer and researcher, teacher at IRCAM, and he founded the composition and computer music workshop at the International Bartók Festival in Szombathély, Hungary. He taught composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Lyon and since 1999 he has been full professor of composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He studied at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

This concert is sponsored by The Gurrand Group and FaceArt Music Association.

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CROSS ISLAND's "Quiet Strength"

CROSS ISLAND - cellist Suzanne Mueller, pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.

Join CROSS ISLAND – Suzanne Mueller, cello,  and Elinor Abrams Zayas, piano – and clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr. as we celebrate the release of our new CD, Quiet Strength, in a concert on the Classical Concert Series at Saint Peters Church, renowned for its amazing acoustics.

The program is an eclectic one, spanning genres, styles, and centuries. Works by living composers are:
Roger Blanc – Saint Vitus Was Here (clarinet/cello)
Keri Degg – Fuerza Tranquila (cello/piano)
James Grant – To Become World (clarinet/cello)
Andreas van Haren – The Lost Child (cello/piano) and Nature Awakes (cello/piano)
Jeffrey Harrington – Nocturne (cello/piano)
Mark McCarron – The Big Picture(trio)
Paul Schoenfield – Andante (Mvt. 2, Cafe Music (trio)
Rick Sowash – Lullabye for Kara (cello/piano)
Meira Warshauer – In Memoriam, September 11, 2001 (clarinet/cello) and Bracha (cello/piano arrangement created collaboratively with teh composer; not on the album – a concert “bonus track”)

Other contemporary composers include Ruth Schonthal and Arkadie Kouguell. There will also be music by Cecile Chaminade and Frank Bridge.

Composers Roger Blanc, Mark McCarron, and Meira Warshauer will be in attendance, as will artist Rasisy Derzey, who provided the beautiful painting used on the CD and package, Giverny Revisited.

Suggested donation: $10, including a complimentary CD.
Saint Peter’s Church: 619 Lexington Avenue @ 54th Street, New York, NY

For more information, contact CROSS ISLAND or go to our website, http://crossisland.net.

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KALEIDOSCOPE   万華鏡   MANGEKYOU

Music of Japan   日本の音楽

CLARINETIST THOMAS PIERCY   ~ PIANIST MIKA TANAKA

GUEST ARTIST, PIANIST CLAUDINE HICKMAN

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

8:00 pm

Gershwin Hotel ~ 7 East 27th Street  ~ New York, NY 10016

Tickets: $10 at the door.

info@TonadaProductions.com

Clarinetist Thomas Piercy and Pianist/Composer Mika Tanaka perform KALEIDOSCOPE 万華鏡 MANGEKYOU –  a kaleidoscopically varied concert of music of Japan including traditional Japanese folk songs, contemporary Japanese popular music, and recent contemporary classical compositions.  Pianist Claudine Hickman will appear as a special guest artist.

KALEIDOSCOPE 万華鏡 MANGEKYOU will feature a world premier by Jun Nagao (Your Kindness), pieces written for Mr. Piercy and Ms. Tanaka by Yohei Kurihara, and “Un nuage de tristesse” by composer/pianist Mika Tanaka.  Other composers featured on the program include Kozaburo Hirai (Paraphrase on Sakura Sakura),   Academy Award-nominated Joe Hisaishi (Summer/The Rain, Les Aventuriers, Okuribito), Amy Madoka Ito (Tsukiyo no Kojou), Yumi Kimura (Itsumo nando demo), Yoshinao Nakada (Sakura Yokocho), Yutaka Ozaki (I Love You), Academy Award-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence), and  Ippo Tsuboi (Far Away In Time).

For more information:

http://www.tonadaproductions.com/kaleidoscope_199753377537857_mangekyou.html

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Brazilian Composer, Performer, Writer & Educator Pedro de Alcantara

presents

“Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration”
(voice, cello, piano, improvisations & compositions)

at

Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm

Brazilian native and Parisian resident renaissance man Pedro de Alcantara visits New York this fall to present “Songs & Soundscapes: A Musical Exploration” at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7pm. This program of original compositions and improvisations explores the frontier between the ordinary and the sacred in music, a place where nothing is as you expect it to be. The voice becomes a trumpet and beacon, the cello becomes a harp and a lute, and the piano becomes a resonating chapel of vibrations and oscillations.

Immediately following the concert, Pedro will be hosting a reception for his latest book, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound, published by the Oxford University Press in June, 2011.

Location: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in New York

Tickets: $20 available at the door and via Brown Paper Tickets.

Directions to Tenri:
• F, V & L trains to 14th Street & 6th Avenue
• 1, 2, & 3 trains to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
• N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 14th Street-Union Square

About Pedro de Alcantara

Pedro de Alcantara has redefined the role of the creative artist for the 21st century, showing that music, literature, teaching, and healing all flow from a single source.

After growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Pedro studied at the State University of New York’s Purchase College (BFA in Music, 1981) and the Yale School of Music (MM in Music Performance, 1983). In 1986, while living in London, Pedro became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a problem-solving method based on the idea that good health is a creative act. In 1990 he moved to Paris, where he still lives.

Pedro’s first book, Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique, with a foreword by Sir Colin Davis, was published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in 1997. Its French version came out in 2000, followed by a German translation in 2002 and a Japanese version in 2009. Also in 1997, the French publisher Editions Dangles published his second book, La Technique Alexander: Principes et Pratique, which he wrote in French (his third language, Portuguese being his mother tongue). Afterwards he rewrote the book in English. Titled The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life, it was published by the Crowood Press in England in 1999. A translation of A Skill for Life was published in Japan in 2011.

In 2008, Pedro was named the editor of a new book series at the OUP. Titled THE INTEGRATED MUSICIAN, the series highlights the musical philosophy he has developed over the past twenty-five years and will include volumes for string players, singers, pianists, and other musicians. In the fall of 2008, AlumniVentures, a new initiative at the Yale School of Music, awarded Pedro a grant to support the series’ dedicated website. Pedro’s first volume for the series, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound was published in the summer of 2011 to wide acclaim.

In the process of preparing Indirect Procedures, Pedro discovered a passion for writing itself. From this passion poured a number of works including poems, short stories, and novels for young readers. Befiddled, his first novel, was published in 2005 by Delacorte Press – an imprint of Random House. It tells the story of 13-year-old violinist Becky Cohen and her struggles against a mean teacher, an overburdened mother, and really bad hair. Delacorte Press published Pedro’s second novel in 2009. Backtracked is a time-travel epic of New York City, in which the vessel of time travel is the city’s subway system. Currently, Pedro is working on The Divine Computer, a new novel for young readers, as well as a manual for writers titled Rhythm & Flow in a Writer’s Career.

Pedro has given seminars and presentations throughout Europe and the US, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His forthcoming visit to Japan will include a class at Nihon University, the country’s largest and most prestigious university. Pedro’s music students include the members of first-rate orchestras like the Orchestre National de Lille, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and many others. His teaching practice is broad-based and includes writers, artists, dancers, actors, and creative individuals in all fields.

Pedro’s compositions and improvisations highlight the vibrational and metaphysical aspects of music. He is currently preparing a CD of his works, scheduled for release in November, 2011.  More details at:  www.pedrodealcantara.com.

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