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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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CROSS ISLAND - Elinor Abrams Zayas; Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.; Suzanne Mueller  (photo by Tiffany Thomas 2009)

CROSS ISLAND - Elinor Abrams Zayas; Joseph Rutkowski, Jr.; Suzanne Mueller (photo by Tiffany Thomas 2009)

CROSS ISLAND – Clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., cellist Suzanne Mueller, and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas – present an evening of music by Jewish composers at Bnai Israel Reform Temple, 67 Oakdale-Bohemia Road, Oakdale, NY 11769.

This program covers a wide array of music, exploring the diversity of music in this category, and includes music by contemporary composers including Leo Kraft, Kalmen Opperman, Paul Schonfield, Alex Shapiro, and Mira Warshauer:

We open with Jacques Offenbach’s beloved barcarolle, O Belle Nuit, from Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Then, Suzanne and Joe switch up the mood with Ruth Schonthal’s dramatic yet playful Tango for Two.

Then, Joe flies solo on Leo Kraft’s New Songs for Old.

Next, it’s Suzanne’s turn to solo – on Kalmen Opperman’s beautiful Un Seul, in a transcription by Thomas Piercy.

Then, Suzanne and Ellie join forces for Edwin Finckel’s Willow Variations (built upon Willow Weep for Me, by Ann Ronell) .

Then, the trio regroups for Alex Shapiro’s beautiful trio, Elegiac.

Next, Suzanne and Ellie play Suzanne’s cello transcription of the fourth movement of Erwin Schulhoff’s jazzy Hot Sonate.

We finish out the pre-intermission set with two works by George Gershwin: First, Ellie’s rendition of the moody, atmospheric Prelude No. 2; then, a trio setting of I Got Rhythm.

After intermission, things re-start with Suzanne’s trio arrangement of Ernest Bloch’s Prayer, from his collection,” Jewish Life.

Then, staying in the traditional vein, Joe and Ellie perform Gzregorz Fitelberg’s The Wedding, from his Four Pieces in Klezmer Style.

Then, the trio plays the slinky second movement of Paul Schonfield’s Cafe Music.

Next, Joe and Suzanne join forces again, for three selections from Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig.

Then, Suzanne and Ellie perform Meira Warshauer’s breathtaking Bracha, in a cello/piano transcription created in collabration with the composer this year.

Then, for another taste of the familiar, Joe and Ellie play Leonard Bernstein’s One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story.

And the program ends with Melodie et Danse Hebraique, a trio by Arkadie Kouguell

(We’ve got one more short, sweet “bonus track” waiting for the audience, if they’re so inclined, but we’ll keep that to ourselves for now. ;-D)

There will also be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND’s 2010 cd, EXPLORATIONS.

Reception to follow.

Tickets are $15. For more information call 631/563-1660 or e-mail fundraising@bnai-israel.org.

Inquiries about CROSS ISLAND may be directed to crossislandensembles@gmail.com, and tracks and videos of them are available on MySpace and on Facebook.

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Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10012
Subway: West 4th Street -Upper Level-Washington Square

on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at doors: 6:30 PM / Concert 7:30

Admission is $15.00 at the door or
http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/2155

This performance will feature one of the works on his newest CD released by Eroica Classical: the “Wanderer Fantasy” by Franz Schubert. Other works to be performed will be Johann Sebastian Bach, Italian Concerto; and Feruccio Busoni, “All’ Italia”, “Turandot’s Boudoir”; and “Carmen Fantasy”.

Andreas Klein has established himself as a dynamic and compelling performer who captivates with a wide range of tonal colors and possesses a brilliant technique. “A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism” and “A pianist who makes silences sound like music” – New York Times

Andreas Klein’s career as soloist has taken him to the world’s most prestigious venues: London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and to Berlin, Rome, Milan, Bern, Leipzig and Dresden. He has toured Europe, the Middle East and the US, appearing on major concert series in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Cleveland, Houston and Seattle to name a view. The Tagesspiegel wrote of his concert with the Berlin Philharmoniker playing Mozart’s Concerto KV459, “Humorous flamboyancy and impeccable technique, grace, melodious sound and plenty of brilliance.”

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Max Lifchitz – the Mexican-born composer and long-time New York City resident — will appear as pianist in a program devoted entirely to his music planned for Saturday afternoon March 12 2011.

The event will be held in the elegant Bruno Walter Auditorium at the recently refurbished NY Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza – Amsterdam Ave at 65th St). It will start at 2:30 PM. Admission is free (no tickets required).

For further information about the event as well as directions please visit

http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2011/03/12/concert-northsouth-consonance-featuring-pianist-max-lifchitz?nref=62993

A retrospective program, the concert will feature compositions written during the last four decades.

It will include Five Preludes for Piano (written in 1964); The Blood Orange (for narrator, violin and piano — written in 2006); Mosaico Latinoamericano (for flute and piano —written in 1991); Vignettes for woodwind quintet (written in 2005); as well as Yellow Ribbons No. 10 (for piano – written in 1981) and Yellow Ribbons No. 39 (for solo flute— written in 2005).

Mr. Lifchitz will be joined by several of the distinguished performers who have premiered and recorded his works. They include actress/narrator Norma Fire; flutist Lisa Hansen; violinist Claudia Schaer; and The Sylvan Winds.

Mr. Lifchitz will introduce his works to the public and meet with the audience during intermission and after the concert.

Lifchitz began his musical training in Mexico City under the direction of the Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter. After moving to New York City in 1966 Lifchitz studied composition with Luciano Berio at Juilliard and Leon Kirchner at Harvard. His creative endeavors have been possible with grants from among others, the ASCAP, Ford and Guggenheim Foundations; the NYS Council on the Arts and the National Endowment on the Arts. He was awarded first prize in the 1976 Gaudeamus Competition for Performers of Contemporary Music held in Holland. Lifchitz has been active in the New York new music scene since the late 1960’s and has toured throughout Latin America and Europe with grants from the US Artists at International Festivals Fund. He was honored with the 2009 Zethus Fund Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the music by living composers.

Mr. Lifchitz’s compositions and performances are available for streaming and download through the web at

http://www.classicsonline.com/North_South_Recordings/

http://www.dramonline.org/albums/music-of-max-lifchitz

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Collide-O-Scope Music is proud to present Dream of the Noctilucent City, its second concert of the season devoted to the close interinvolvement of a variety of media forms, both sonic and visual, acoustic and electronic. Dream of the Noctilucent City features music by Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Nono, Stephen Gorbos, Christopher Bailey, John Cage, and Alvin Lucier, performed by pianist Augustus Arnone, saxophonist Noah Getz, and clarinetist Alejandro Acierto.

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Monday, October 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Frederick Loewe Theatre
35 West Fourth Street
New York, NY

This concert is presented by New York University as part of its Distinguished Faculty series.  It is open to the public and admission is free.

The program features the Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms, the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leos Janacek, Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 by Anton Webern and the Sonata No. 9 (“Kreutzer”), Op. 47 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Stephanie Chase is “one of the violin greats of our era.” — Newhouse Newspapers

“Pianist William Wolfram combined elegance and clarity in his playing, with the virile, propulsive energy and mercurial shifts of mood needed to make this music come to life.” — Jules Langert, San Francisco Classical Voice

For more information about this event, call (212) 998-5424 or visit the NYU calendar at www.events.nyu.edu.  For more information about Stephanie Chase, please visit www.stephaniechase.com.

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Collide-O-Scope Music will open its 2010-2011 season on Sunday, October 3, with an all-acoustic ensemble program entitled “Technologies Without Circuits,” at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W69 St., New York. Looking beyond the obvious impact of electronics and computers, this program takes a broad view of technology in contemporary music, focusing on a number of works whose wildy different aesthetic environments are intimately tied to the application of other kinds of innovative or extended musical devices.

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On May 22nd, 2010 (8PM) at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, TRANSIT presents a recital featuring soloists Joe Bergen (percussion) and David Friend (piano) in a program of works by some of New York’s leading young composers including Ted Hearne, Christopher Marianetti, Tristan Perich, and Daniel Wohl.
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About the performers:

Joe Bergen
(percussion)

NYTIMES: ‘finely polished’
GRAMOPHONE: ‘This is a disc to treasure…’

Joe Bergen is an active performer, an advocate of new music, and a co-founder of several ground-breaking groups including TRANSIT (Voice of America: ‘…expertly played…’) and Mantra Percussion (New York Times: ‘…a fresh source of energy.’). Joe also performs with numerous other groups including Beaten Path Percussion Duo, Fragile, and Kyklos, and has collaborated extensively with Newband (the Harry Partch Ensemble), New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the Crossmen Drum Corps, S.E.M. Ensemble, Blarvuster, Aaron Siegel Ensemble, Mad Coyote Group, Jason Cady and the Artificials, Samba NY! and the Instruments. In the fall of 2010, Mantra Percussion will give the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s latest work Timber, for percussion sextet. Joe can be heard on Innova, Shsk’h, Peacock, Equilibrium, and Atma Classique record labels as well as playing timpani on the new release of the RockStar video game: Red Dead Redemption.

www.joebergen.com

David Friend
(piano)

NYTIMES: ‘enlivening vigor’
GUARDIAN (UK): ‘streamlined virtuosity’

David Friend has performed new and experimental music around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid) and in alternative spaces such as Issue Project Room, Le Poisson Rouge, the World Financial Center Winter Garden, the Players Theater, and New York art galleries. He has performed with artists including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Talujon Percussion, Trio Mediaeval, Bill Frisell, Red Light New Music, and Ensemble Pamplemousse; and worked with composers including Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Charles Wuorinen, and Steve Reich. As a founding member of the TRANSIT collective, Mr. Friend works with young composers from around the world and performs the latest music from emerging composers. He also enjoys working with artists from other disciplines, such as contemporary dance-theatre troupe Dance Imprints. Recently, Mr. Friend created a multimedia installation in conjunction with the QAS initiative involving found sounds, a live choir, video art, and modern dance.

www.nolanrobertson.com/Site/David_Friend.html

Program:

(Joe Bergen)
Daniel Wohl: Ritual (2009)
Christopher Marianetti: Trench Hero Aria (2010)
Tristan Perich: Observations (2008)

(Duo)
Ted Hearne: One of us, One of them (2005)

(David Friend)
Tristan Perich: Month (2000)
Christopher Marianetti: Y (2005)
Daniel Wohl: Aorta (2010)

Saturday May 22, 8 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St.
4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, or L to Union Square
$15/10 student, senior

www.transitnewmusic.com

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Jazz pianist and composer Danny Fox is joined by his trio – bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest and drummer Max Goldman for a midnight show at Iridium Jazz Club as part of their Emerging Artist Series on Friday, March 5, 2010. Iridium is located at 1650 Broadway in New York. Price is $10.

The Danny Fox Trio was formed in the fall of 2008 as a vehicle for Danny’s original music. Through regular rehearsals and performances, the band has forged a strong musical identity that continues to evolve. They have performed around the New York City area at venues such as Smalls Jazz Club and Rockwood Music Hall, and have held weekly residencies at both the 92nd Street Y Tribeca and Caffe Vivaldi. The group recently toured the Northeast and will embark on a Midwest tour in the spring of 2010.

The Danny Fox Trio is about to release their first CD which will feature original, eclectic, intricate compositions with dynamic group interplay and interaction. Almost a mix between a jazz trio, a chamber ensemble, and a rock group, this trio has developed a unique sound that departs from traditional jazz piano format and uses the roles of the instruments creatively.

Composer Danny Fox’s music draws from wide influences. His compositions and improvisation are inspired by diverse elements: the quirky rhythms of a Monk tune, the dark harmonies of a Scriabin Etude or the ethereal chords of Messiaen; the funkiness of a Motown bassline, the catchiness of a Beatles tune, or the rich harmony of Duke Ellington.

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North/South Consonance’s 30th Anniversary Gala!

Chamber Orchestra Works by Composers from the Americas

featuring new and recent compositions by

Elizabeth Bell, Edward Green, Max Lifchitz
Hilary Tann & Stephen Yip

performers include

Arthur Campbell, clarinet
Megan Levin, harp
Helen Lin, piano
Max Lifchitz, conductor
The North/South Chamber Orchestra

Monday, March 8 at 8 PM

Merkin Concert Hall

129 West 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam), NYC
Free Admission.

First come first serve.
Tickets available at the Merkin Hall box office after 7 PM the evening of the concert

http://www.northsouthmusic.org

Arthur Campbell & Megan Levin

North/South Consonance, Inc. celebrates its 30th consecutive season of advocacy on behalf of music by living composers with a special chamber orchestra concert at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th St) on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 8 PM.

Distinguished guest artists including clarinetist Arthur Campbell; harpist Megan Levin; and pianist Helen Lin will join the GRAMMY nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra conducted by its founder Max Lifchitz for the special event. The program will include recent works especially written for the occasion by American composers  Elizabeth Bell, Edward Green, Max Lifchitz, Hilary Tann and Stephen Yip.

Admission is free.
First come first serve. Tickets may be picked up at the Merkin Concert Hall box office after 7 PM the evening of the concert.

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