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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 http://www.koreanculture.org/?mid=RSVP02262015

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.

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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.

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Experiments in Opera’s World Premiere Work “Sisyphus” – Runs Feb. 13-21

February 1st, 2015
February 13, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
February 14, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
February 20, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
February 21, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


New York, NY
—  Building on the success of their 2013-14 residency at Abrons Arts Center, Experiments in Opera returns to Abron’s Underground Theater from February 13-21, 2015 for the world premiere of Sisyphus, a reimagining of the complete Sisyphus story told by three composers. Experimenting with new collaborative processes and embracing the eclecticism of New York’s contemporary and DIY music scenes, EiO aims to expand their support of today’s composers looking to tell their stories through music.
There’s more to the myth of Sisyphus than a man pushing a boulder up a hill. In this new, collaboratively-composed evening-length opera, the famous story is twisted, pulled apart, and reassembled in a collage of characters, genres and questions. Sisyphus features texts and music by the three founders of Experiments in Opera: Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, and Matthew Welch and is being developed in partnership with the director Ethan Heard and the designer Kristen Robinson.

 

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Jason, Aaron and Matt decided that they wanted to write a piece together, each using their own unique musical languages but telling the same story. They chose Sisyphus as a way to continue the tradition of myths as mutable stories, changing with each telling depending on the background of the storyteller. In this new opera, Jason focuses primarily on the story of Sisyphus, whose legendary ego and excesses were the cause of his infamous punishment. Aaron tells the tragic story of Aegina, whose capture by Zeus is discovered and betrayed by Sisyphus. And Matt focuses on the never-ending hell that Sisyphus lives as a result of his transgressions. This version of Sisyphus will at turns be tragic, obsessive and hilarious, all in the course of a 60 minute, fully-staged production.
The opera is scored for 3 singers, soprano Lucy Dhegrae, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney and tenor Vince B. Vincent.They will each embody a dizzying number of roles throughout the production and will be accompanied by Joe Bergen on vibraphone, Meaghan Burke on cello, Shawn Lovato on bass, Jason Cady on modular synthesizer and conducted by Matthew Welch.   Sisyphus will be directed by Ethan Heard, with stage designs by Kristen Robinson, lighting design by Masha Tsimring, and costume design by Maria Hooper.

Production details:
February 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2015; 8pm
Abrons Arts Center | Underground Theater
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002
Tickets $20 at abronsartscenter.org

 


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COMING LATER THIS SPRING:

Experiments in Opera presents STORY BINGE, seven new operas in a two-night operathon at Roulette in Brooklyn onApril 1 & 2, 2015. Over the course of this opera binge, you will hear the work of eight composers, whose arrival at opera couldn’t be more roundabout. The resulting pieces, one-act shorts and excerpts in concert and staged performances tell a range of absurd, abstract, historical and hilarious stories.

Production Details:
April 1-2, 2015, 8:00 PM
Roulette | Brooklyn, NY
roulette.org for tickets


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ABOUT EXPERIMENTS IN OPERA

Co-founded by composers Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, and Aaron Siegel, Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven initiative, featuring recent and new works with innovative answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. Our activities respond to the pronounced need to nurture composers who are exploring musical work beyond a strictly concert setting, but furthermore into the hybrid genre of opera. Additionally Experiments in Opera builds supportive and informed audiences that are capable of contributing to its work.

Since 2011, Experiments in Opera has produced thirty new operas, collaborating with over one hundred performers, designers and directors from the New York City artist community. Experiments in Opera has presented the work of more than 20 composers including Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, Matthew Welch, Georges Aperghis, John Zorn, Robert Ashley, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Justin Tierney, Leaha Maria Villarreal, the Cough Button collective, Jessica Pavone, Paul Pinto, Jonathan Mitchell, John King, Dave Ruder and Daniel Kushner. Venues have included Abrons Arts Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Issue Project Room.

All of the work developed with Experiments in Opera is documented extensively in videos, images and writings that are available in an online catalogue at experimentsinopera.com.  These insightful looks into the origins of artists’ ideas and their working habits help to support EIO’s mission of building a more robust conversation about how and why opera works the way it does.

The Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, is the performing and visual arts program of Henry Street Settlement. The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers. For more information, call (212) 598-0400 or visit AbronsArtsCenter.org.

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

January 20th, 2015
February 14, 2015
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

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 “The kind of artist I want to be is somebody that pushes themselves to do new things.”
– Eunbi Kim

On Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 6pm, New York City-based pianist Eunbi Kim  will be performing re: last night at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC. The event is free, but more information is available by calling either 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600.

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.”

A follow-up performance will be held on February 26th at the Korean Cultural Service NY in New York City.


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
William Albright, The Dream Rags
Fred Hersch, Little Midnight Nocturne

 


About Eunbi Kim, pianist

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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

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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.

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New York City’s ‘Experiments in Opera’ Announces Winter/Spring 2015 Season

December 8th, 2014

eio1NEW YORK, NYExperiments in Opera announces two productions slated for the Winter and Spring of 2015 including a world premiere and eight new works. Building on the success of their 2013-14 residency at Abrons Arts Center, EiO returns to Abron’s Underground Theater for the world premiere of Sisyphus, a reimagining of the complete Sisyphus story told by three composers. Then in April 2015, EiO takes over Roulette for a 2-night Story Binge featuring 8 new works by eight composers. Each night will feature four works that stretch the limits of what opera can be. Experimenting with new collaborative processes and embracing the eclecticism of New York’s contemporary and DIY music scenes, EiO aims to expand their support of today’s composers looking to tell their stories through music.
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There’s more to the myth of Sisyphus than a man pushing a boulder up a hill. In this new, collaboratively-composed evening-length opera, the famous story is twisted, pulled apart, and reassembled in a collage of characters, genres and questions. Sisyphus features texts and music by the three founders of Experiments in Opera: Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, and Matthew Welch and is being developed in partnership with the director Ethan Heard and the designer Kristen Robinson.

Jason, Aaron and Matt decided that they wanted to write a piece together, each using their own unique musical languages but telling the same story. They chose Sisyphus as a way to continue the tradition of myths as mutable stories, changing with each telling depending on the background of the storyteller. In this new opera, Jason focuses primarily on the story of Sisyphus, whose legendary ego and excesses were the cause of his infamous punishment. Aaron tells the tragic story of Aegina, whose capture by Zeus is discovered and betrayed by Sisyphus. And Matt focuses on the never-ending hell that Sisyphus lives as a result of his transgressions. This version of Sisyphus will at turns be tragic, obsessive and hilarious, all in the course of a 60 minute, fully-staged production.

The opera is scored for 3 singers, soprano Lucy Dhegrae, mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney and tenor Vince B. Vincent. They will each embody a dizzying number of roles throughout the production and will be accompanied by Joe Bergen on vibraphone, Meaghan Burke on cello, Shawn Lovato on bass, Jason Cady on modular synthesizer and conducted by Matthew Welch.   Sisyphus will be directed by Ethan Heard, with stage designs by Kristen Robinson, lighting design by Masha Tsimring, and costume design by Seth Bodie.

Production details:
February 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2015
Abrons Arts Center | Underground Theater
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002
Tickets $20 at abronsartscenter.org



Experiments in Opera presents eight new operas in a two-night operathon at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 1 & 2, 2015. Over the course of this opera binge, you will hear the work of eight composers, whose arrival at opera couldn’t be more roundabout. The resulting pieces, one-act shorts and excerpts in concert and staged performances tell a range of absurd, abstract, historical and hilarious stories.

  • Gelsey Bell spins a fractured story of social relationships based on a Rolodex of characters.
  • Roddy Bottum spreads the myth of Sasquatch with a story about a small town family’s ‘Bigfoot Tours’ and the fallout when their daughter runs away with the real Sasquatch.
  • Jason Cady tells the story of alien zoologists trying to conserve the human race by pairing a woman with one of the last remaining men.
  • Nick Hallett looks at the nature of inspiration, originality, and illusion through the cautionary tale of a composer’s behavior on social media.
  • Sam Hillmer details the disconnect between spoken words and thoughts in his auto-biographical multi-media experience.
  • Aaron Siegel investigates the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac through the eyes of a performance artist who struggles to find an outlet for his strange visions.
  • Matthew Welch explores his family memoirs of wartime Philippines with his ensemble, Blarvuster.

Production Details:

April 1-2, 2015, 8:00 PM
Roulette | 509 Atlantic Avenue (corner of 3rd Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11217
$20 for each night
$15 for students
roulette.org for tickets



ABOUT EXPERIMENTS IN OPERA

Co-founded by composers Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, and Aaron Siegel, Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven initiative, featuring recent and new works with innovative answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. Our activities respond to the pronounced need to nurture composers who are exploring musical work beyond a strictly concert setting, but furthermore into the hybrid genre of opera. Additionally Experiments in Opera builds supportive and informed audiences that are capable of contributing to its work.

Since 2011, Experiments in Opera has produced thirty new operas, collaborating with over one hundred performers, designers and directors from the New York City artist community. Experiments in Opera has presented the work of more than 20 composers including Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, Matthew Welch, Georges Aperghis, John Zorn, Robert Ashley, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Justin Tierney, Leaha Maria Villarreal, the Cough Button collective, Jessica Pavone, Paul Pinto, Jonathan Mitchell, John King, Dave Ruder and Daniel Kushner. Venues have included Abrons Arts Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Issue Project Room.

All of the work developed with Experiments in Opera is documented extensively in videos, images and writings that are available in an online catalogue at experimentsinopera.com. These insightful looks into the origins of artists’ ideas and their working habits help to support EIO’s mission of building a more robust conversation about how and why opera works the way it does.

The Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, is the performing and visual arts program of Henry Street Settlement. The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers. For more information, call (212) 598-0400 or visit AbronsArtsCenter.org.

Brooklyn’s Roulette, located at 509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, is a noted community venue hosting a broad array of experimental music, performance & mixed media shows. Roulette has become an epicenter for their neighborhood, and for the arts organizations of New York City, occupying a unique position in the city’s cultural landscape as one of the most creative and prolific centers for experimental art in the United States. For more information, call (917) 267-0363 or visit roulette.org.

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Chicago Singer-songwriter Jeff Harms releases new album: Pretty Girls Don’t Just Talk to Me

November 1st, 2014
November 12, 2014
8:30 pmto11:00 pm

jeffharmsChicago-based singer-songwriter Jeff Harms (www.JeffHarms.net) is set to independently release a new album of music via digital release.

Jeff Harms’ fifth release, Pretty Girls Don’t Just Talk to Me is an album of duets produced by Sam Wagster (Fruit Bats, Father Costume, Dahlgren). Various local singers lend their voices to ten simple tunes. Nora O’Connor, Rachel Ries, Dan Mohr, Gillian Lisee, Adam Vida and Ben Boye fill out the sound. In particular, O’Connor is known for her work with Andrew Bird and Chicago favorites The Flat Five.

An album release event – a low-fi presentation of tight harmonies and guest musicians – will take place on Wednesday, November 12, at 8:30 pm at The Hideout Chicago, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, IL, www.hideoutchicago.com. Tickets are $5.

Recorded in the autumn of 2013 on a small screened-in porch in Michigan, the project was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Supplemental funds were raised through a successful and humorous Kickstarter campaign with a video starring Harms, LeRoy Bach (formerly of Wilco) and Marty Lennartz that went viral (30,000 views). As part of this campaign, Harms wrote songs for hire that were compiled into an album of their own called: Jeff Harms 15 Songs.

Harms describes the record Pretty Girls Don’t Just Talk to Me as a series of simple love tunes, and a ‘Part Two’ to his last album, He Said She Said That’s What She Said. Each of the tracks was written with the idea to duet with local singers. Funny and terrifying topics range from a song about Harms’ mom and dad meeting on an airforce base in Wyoming, to struggling to write a proper love letter, to a song about the end of the world originally called “Underarmagedon”. All songs are written by Jeff Harms except for “Whatever” and “The Menace”, written by Jeff Harms and the late Brian Torrey Scott.

Harms is a multi-disciplined art maker and alum of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, known for his strong work in sculpture, film, music and performance. Harms is a former member of the performance group Every house has a door, formerly Goat Island.

Mix Tape Riot says of Harms, “The last few times I’ve seen him, I’ve been riveted by his songs… an ability to understate everything—lyrics, melody and instrumentation …(P)eople revere his songs. Some of the baddest musicians in Chicago, including Leroy Bach, formerly of Wilco, are all too happy to play with him in any situation.

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