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eighth blackbird’s “Pretty Polly” animated short

January 13th, 2016

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 The Chicago-based contemporary chamber group eighth blackbird are are thrilled to share this gorgeous animated film by Nathaniel Murphy. The featured soundtrack is “Pretty Polly“, a movement of Bryce Dessner’s “Murder Ballades” from their GRAMMY nominated-album Filament, both beautiful and macabre in true murder ballade style.



The celebrated sextet eighth blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the audacity of a storefront theater company. These “super-musicians” (LA Times) entertain and provoke audiences across the country and around the world.


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The 2015-16 season brings a lively residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring open rehearsals, an interactive gallery installation, performances, and public talks. eighth blackbird’s members (Nathalie Joachim, flutes; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; Yvonne Lam, violin & viola; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Lisa Kaplan, piano) hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “eighth blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917). eighth blackbird is managed by David Lieberman Artists.

Jenny Q Chai: Where is Chopin?

December 6th, 2015
January 10, 2016
3:30 pm

Piano concert using cutting-edge music technology to highlight works by composers Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Robert Schumann.


On Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 3:30pm, Shanghai/Paris-based pianist Jenny Q Chai ( will be performing Where is Chopin? at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY.

Seated tickets are $20 advance, $25 day of show. Standing tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show, and are available for purchase at or by calling 212.505.FISH.


In her exploratory new program Where is Chopin?, the second in her Piano Steampunk series, Jenny Q Chai explores the relationship between piano and electronics. The program will create a vivid musical story, making use of storytelling techniques common to novels and films, along with cutting edge music technology, such as the artificial intelligence program Antescofo, which is used in Jaroslaw Kapuscinski’s music. Mr. Kapuscinski, who will be present at the performance, is known for his unique compositions, where visuals/audio are equally important, reacting almost note by note, transforming the piano into a new instrument that combines the auditory and the visual. The audience will be invited to join these notable musicians for a journey to redefine classical music by simultaneously looking to the past, as well as ahead towards the future of composition.

Works to be performed during the “Where is Chopin?” program include:

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Oli’s Dream
Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Where is Chopin?
Robert Schumann, selections from Carnaval:
Valse Noble
Valse Allemande
Robert Schumann, Chopin

“I believe we should talk about all classical music-especially the connection between new music and old music- and not keep it caged in an ivory tower anymore” – Jenny Q Chai


About Jenny Q Chai

An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With razor-sharp intention, Chai integrates her prodigy’s training with personal fascinations in the latest in live electronics, artificial intelligence, and environmental research, creating layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, and art. Also of note, Ms. Chai designs all her performance gowns and some jewelry, in order to present a more united performance aesthetic, akin to the idea of Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk. Ms. Chai has performed across the globe, headlining the most impressive venues from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, China.

 “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” The New York Times.


November 1, 2015 Beverly Blossom Memorial Gala

October 12th, 2015
November 1, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


Choreographer Henning Rübsam presents a tribute to his late mentor BEVERLY BLOSSOM at THE KAYE PLAYHOUSE at Hunter College, 68th Street & Lexington Avenue, NYC on Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7pm.

Tickets for this event are $15 (students), $29 (general seating), and $49 (prime seating) and are available at, by calling (917) 720-4697, or at the box office.


The BEVERLY BLOSSOM MEMORIAL GALA on November 1 is a tribute with guest stars from around the country to the late “doyenne of robust eccentricity” on the very anniversary of her passing. A kaleidoscope of Blossom’s best work is shown on this exciting program. Renowned solo artists Douglas Nielsen and Betsy Fisher will perform Losing You and Blossom’s signature solo Dad’s Ties respectively. A group of dancers from the University of Illinois will perform her group work Brides. Ella & Mark Magruder, former company members of Beverly Blossom, dance her earliest work Black Traveler as well as the gender-bending Besame Mucho and the poignant Last Bow. Henning Rübsam recreates Shards, a poetic solo Blossom first performed in homage to her late mentor Alwin Nikolais. Former fellow Nikolais dancer Christine Reisner will join Rübsam in Fan Dance which they both danced when members of Blossom’s company.

For your information, please find Blossom’s obituary by Jennifer Dunning for the NYTimes.


“Beverly Blossom was “a modern-dance choreographer and teacher and a daring, vividly imaginative solo performer … a “solo dancer with a ‘voice’.
– Jennifer Dunning, NY Times

Also at The Kaye Playhouse: Rübsam shows new work with his company SENSEDANCE in the program AND THERE WAS MORNING. His ensemble will perform three world premieres to new music by contemporary composers, Monday – Wednesday, November 2 – 4, 2015. All curtain times are at 7:00pm.

The BEVERLY BLOSSOM MEMORIAL GALA & AND THERE WAS MORNING are sponsored by the Hunter College School of Education.

SENSEDANCE is represented by Jessica Marino of River City Artists Management in the U.S. and Canada:


Works by Gerald Cohen – Various Locations

May 14th, 2015
May 17, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
May 31, 2015
3:00 pmto5:00 pm
June 14, 2015
3:00 pmto9:00 pm



Composer Gerald Cohen has been receiving quite a lot of attention lately, and there’s good reason why: His compositions are passionate, dramatic and lyrical. The International Clarinet Association‘s F. Gerrard Erante calls his work “rhythmically vital, virtuosic, and haunting” and Gramophone notes his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift”.


Upcoming Events


2102fe11-46a7-4ff9-8151-fd83558c12fcSunday, May 17th: Members of the Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Alexandra Joan, piano) will be joined by pianist Jennifer Choi to perform Variously Blue (from Gerald Cohen’s Navona Records release Sea of Reeds). This performance is part of the program “Fireflies” at the Tribeca New Music Festival.

The Cell, New York, 4pm matinee
$25 Adults ($20 Online);
$15 Students & Seniors ($10 Online)


Sunday, May 31st: Excerpts of Cohen’s Opera Steal a Pencil for Me will be performed as part of the concert “Music in Our Time“, a presentation of the American Society for Jewish Music.

Steal a Pencil for Me is based on the wartime lovestory of Holocaust survivors Jaap and Ina Polak, and has received praise from The Jewish Week, Lucid Culture, and WQXR’s Operavore.

Center for Jewish History, New York, 3pm
$18 General Admission; $12 ASJM Members;
$9 Students & Seniors


unnamed (2)Sunday, June 14th: L’dor Vador will be performed as part of ChoralFest USA, an celebration of American choral music.

Recently, the International Jewish High School Choir HaZamir premiered Cohen’s L’dor Vador (From Generation to Generation) at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), which can be seen on YouTube.

Symphony Space, New York, 3pm
Free Admission


Recent News

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One of Cohen’s best-known pieces was featured on the BBC series Songs of Praise with a performance of his “Adonai Ro’i” (Psalm 23), lovingly interpreted by acclaimed British tenor Matthew Sandy and
the Blue Coat School Choir.

nv5979_seaofreeds_frontcoverCohen’s latest recording Sea of Reeds (Navona Records) has also been getting celebrated. Second Inversion (KING-FM Seattle) featured the CD as “Album of the Week” and interviewed him.

Sea of Reeds has also been given “three cheers” by both Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review and critic James Wegg, and applauded by Sequenza 21babysueWRUV, Touching Extremes, and Yale Alumni Magazine. (Listen to a sampler Sea of Reeds on Soundcloud, available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.)

American Public Media’s nationally syndicated Performance Today recently closed their programming block with a stream of Cohen’s Le Poisson Rouge performance, alongside Prokofiev, Brahms, and Chopin.

For more news and information, please visit

Open Stage- Pianist Eunbi Kim’s “re: last night” – a classical and contemporary piano concert, exploring music inspired by dreams and delirium

February 3rd, 2015
February 26, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

NEW YORK, NY – On Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 7pm, New York City-based pianist Eunbi Kim will be performing re: last night as part of the Open Stage 2015 Season at the Korean Cultural Service New York, 460 Park Avenue #601, New York, NY. The event is free, but an RSVP is required at

re: last night, performed by pianist Eunbi Kim, is a program of classical and contemporary solo piano works. Inspired by the email subject line “re: last night” on a crowded NYC subway, the program is influenced by dreams and delirium. re: last night celebrates these states of “in-between-ness” through a program of left-field music inspired by night and late-night conversations.

This program includes contemporary jazz-influenced works from composers Fred Hersch, William Albright, Nikolai Kapustin, Toby Twining, and the world premiere of a commissioned work for piano and recorded voices by eminent composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), who also serves as director for this thought-provoking performance.

“Nighttime is ripe with possibilities, along with fears, regrets, and desire,” says Ms. Kim. “The surreal region betwixt our waking and our dreaming, our present and our future, between the person we present to others and the person we might actually be.”

This performance is the second public performance in a series that follows her February 14th evening at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage in Washington DC.

Concert Program (works to be performed include):

Scriabin, Prelude In G-sharp Minor, Op. 11, No. 12
Nikolai Kapustin, Eight Concert Etudes Op.40 : Reverie
Igor Stravinsky, 4 Etudes, Op. 7: No. 4 in F-Sharp Major
Toby Twining, Satie Blues – arr. for toy piano and piano
Toby Twining, Nightmare Rag – arr. for toy piano and piano
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), It Feels Like A Mountain, Chasing Me – written for piano and recorded voices
William Albright, The Dream Rags
Fred Hersch, Little Midnight Nocturne


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About Eunbi Kim, pianist

New York City-based pianist Eunbi Kim has carved a niche as a classical and contemporary pianist who creates adventurous concert programs and interdisciplinary performances. Her most recent piece, Murakami Music, has been presented at Symphony Space (NYC), Asia Society Texas Center (TX), Georgetown University (DC), and was featured in a special documentary produced by NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting organization. Eunbi made her European orchestral debut with I Solisti di Perugia in Italy, and has also performed solo and chamber programs in venues such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Ms. Kim graduated with her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music where she also held a fellowship at The Center for Music Entrepreneurship.


About Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), director

DBR’s acclaimed work as a composer and performer spans more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations traverse the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He has been nominated for an EMMY for Outstanding Musical Composition for his work with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and written large scale, site-specific music for public parks. DBR’s made his Carnegie Hall debut (2000) with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He went on to compose works for the Boston Pops Orchestra; Carnegie Hall; the Library of Congress; the Stuttgart Symphony, and myriad others. An avid arts industry leader, DBR serves on the board of directors of Creative Capital and the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization, and is co-chair of 2015 APAP Conference.