Amy X Neuburg at The Stone

May 22nd, 2012 by helen No comments »
May 30, 2012
8:00 pm

On Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Oakland, California-based singer, composer and electronic music artist Amy X Neuburg plays her debut performance at The Stone , located at the corner of Avenue C and East 2nd Street, New York. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Selected by this month’s curator at The Stone, Gyan Riley, Amy X Neuburg will introduce new works and spatially enhanced versions of older works in this solo concert at The Stone. Using an electronic drumset as her control surface, Amy triggers live recording and overdubbing, percussion, samples, synth sounds and vocal processing, all by touching or hitting the drum pads. Newly designed software allows her to create multiple streams of looped sound, each with its own place in the stereo field, and to manipulate those loops in surprising ways. Come hear Amy’s recent sonic-art explorations as well as many of her intricate, tragi-comic ‘avant-cabaret’ classics.

A fixture of the San Francisco area new music scene and frequent visitor to New York, this is Amy’s first appearance at The Stone.

“Neuburg occupies a musical space unique to her, somewhere between rock, pop, minimalism, opera, techno and musical comedy, and she might touch on all these genres in the space of 32 bars. A genius with live electronics, she creates wonderlands of looped sound… and I’ve never heard a more versatile vocal instrument… An irresistible sweetness of character emanates from this composer-performer.” –TOM STRINI, Third Coast Digest, June 2011

AMY X NEUBURG has been developing her own brand of irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, electronics and chamber ensembles for over 25 years, known best for her innovative use of live looping technology, her wide vocal range and her colorful lyrics. As soloist she has performed her “avant-cabaret” songs at Other Minds, Bang on a Can, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), the Warsaw Philharmonic, clubs, concert halls and electronic music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. With her Cello ChiXtet she’s been presented by Yerba Buena Center, the SF Symphony After Hours, and the LA Philharmonic Left Coast Festival. Commissions include works for Del Sol String Quartet, Pacific Mozart Ensemble chorus, Christchurch Arts Centre chorus, Robin Cox Ensemble, Present Music, Solstice vocal ensemble, Sqwonk, and numerous dancers and media artists. As vocalist she toured Europe and Japan with three Robert Ashley operas and has premiered many contemporary vocal works. Amy studied at Oberlin and the Mills CCM. Among her many grants and honors she is a recent recipient of the Alpert/Ucross prize.

Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble w/Peter Eldridge

May 20th, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
May 26, 2012
6:30 pm

Peter Eldridge

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble (www.Steve-Hudson.com), led by composer Steve Hudson – piano/melodica, and featuring guest vocalist Peter Eldridge as well as  Sara Caswell – violin, Jody Redhage – cello/voice, and Martin Urbach – cajon/percussion, returns to play a live show backing their critically acclaimed album “Galactic Diamonds” – on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 6:30 pm, at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014. Tickets are $20, (includes one drink) and can be purchased at the door. Call (212) 989-9319 or visit www.corneliastreetcafe.com for more information.

Vocalist Peter Eldridge has won two Grammy Awards with New York Voices, and has recorded/performed with Bobby McFerrin, Theo Bleckmann, Meredith Monk, and Joshua Redman. Praised by Keyboard Magazine for his “exquisite compositions” and for “a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters,” Steve Hudson has worked with Steven Bernstein, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, and Claire Daly. Sara Caswell has performed and recorded with pianist Fred Hersch, Esperanza Spaulding, and the New York Pops Orchestra, while Jody Redhage currently tours with bassist Esperanza Spalding and has performed with the Tokyo String Quartet, and Bang on a Can. Martin Urbach has shared the stage with Lee Konitz and Dave Liebman. In 2011, the ensemble performed at Chamber Music America’s national conference in New York and toured Italy and Austria to promote “Galactic Diamonds.”

Their newest recording, Galactic Diamonds has been called “a collection of little gems” by All About Jazz; “so disarmingly fun that it’s impossible to resist…a good-naturedly eclectic mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge” by Lucid Culture; and “consistently engaging” by Christian Carey, Signal To Noise.

Steve Hudson is a pianist and composer based in New York City whose compositions and piano style embrace the history of jazz, blues, folk, and modern classical music, all with a free spirited love of improvisation. Recently, Steve and saxophonist Claire Daly premiered an extended suite at the Juneau Jazz Festival dedicated to the Alaskan explorer Mary Joyce which they also took to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This is Just to Say: Live Art II

May 14th, 2012 by helen No comments »
June 16, 2012
7:30 pm

This is Just to Say: Live Art II, produced and directed by composer Inhyun Kim, features works by Ms. Kim, as well as composers Judith Ring, Nomi Epstein, and Sonia Megias, and performances by soprano Megan Schubert and pianist David Kalhous. This interdisciplinary concert, which also features work by Naho Taruishi, visual artist and dancers/choreographers Coco Karol and Luke Gutgsell, takes place at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York City on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20; Members; Students, Seniors $10; Children are free. For more information, call (212) 864-5400 or visit www.symphonyspace.org.

“This is Just to Say” refers to the poem of the same title by William Carlos Williams – which inspired Ms. Kim and Ms. Karol in putting together this program in terms of its meaning, rhythm, structure, simplicity, and view on a relationship.

Ear to Mind is 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.

According to Inhyun Kim, founder of Ear to Mind, “in this concert series, Live Art is defined as art work that broadly embraces ephemeral, time-based, performing and visual arts events that include a human presence and broaden, challenge or question traditional views of the performing arts or classical concert music.”

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

  • Inhyun Kim: This is Just to Say (2012, World Premiere), for voice, piano and dance
  • Judith Ring: Mouthpiece (2006, US Premiere), for electronics
  • Nomi Epstein: piano and soprano (2004, NY premiere) for voice and piano, with video
  • Sonia Megias: ready for, dedicated to Megan Schubert (World Premiere) for voice and visual art
  • Coco Karol: as yet untitled solo dance work (World Premiere)

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 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, 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, Symphony Space, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Music degrees, she 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 NYFA mentorship with composer Vivian Fung. Ms. Kim is founder and director of the contemporary music nonprofit organization, Ear To Mind.

Coco Karol (Dancer/Choreographer) graduated with a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts. Inspired by many different artistic mediums, Karol has always been compelled to make work that seeks out a collaboration of form through the collaboration of ideas, and has worked with a range of artists from different disciplines. Karol has had the pleasure of getting to work closely with the singer Bjork and film collective Encyclopedia Pictura, designer Jennifer Gonzales, director Steven Cook, architect Marcos Zotes, filmmaker Morrisa Maltz, sculptor Eve Bailey, and magazine Beautiful Decay. Karol is also proud to be an existing member of Misnomer Dance Theater. In Addition to performing works at an experimental performance space she built in Brooklyn, called the Petri Space— a small petri dish concept, dedicated to experimentation, education, community, and roof top gardening, her choreography and collaborations have been shown at D.U.M.B.O Under the Bridge Festival, New York Studio Gallery, Galapagos, Brooklyn Ballet, Death By Audio, and Aunts collective, among some unique community events for neighborhood youth and gardening.

Nomi Epstein is active as a composer, curator/performer, and music educator. In addition to participating in several international composers festivals, which included performances at Ostrava Days, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt, and Bang on a Can, she has attended Stuttgart’s Akademie Schloss Solitude summer residency, and has been twice invited as an Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Epstein is a 5-time ASCAPLUS winner, and a 2-time CAP Grant winner (American Composers Forum).  Contributing works to Australian flutist Janet McKay’s 2009 US tour “Those Vanished Hands,” guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan’s “New Lullaby Project” and percussionist Joe Bergen’s new works for vibraphone collection “For Semy,” her compositions have been performed throughout the US and Europe by such ensembles as ICE, Ensemble SurPlus, Mivos Quartet, Wet Ink, and Dal Niente.

Irish Composer Judith Ring has received commissions from ensembles including Concorde, Crash Ensemble, Trio Scordatura and Percusemble as well as composing a series of works with performers such as singer Natasha Lohan, clarinetist Paul Roe, percussionist Damien Harron and pianist Rolf Hind. Her works have also been used in works by the Dance Theatre of Ireland. Her piece ‘Accumulation’ won first prize in the 2000 Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo in Varese, Italy, and was subsequently performed in Dublin, Belfast and at EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany. She has written music for two short films, and she co-composed music for video artist Clare Langan’s work ‘Glass Hour’. The work was exhibited at the Tate Liverpool, RHA Dublin and MoMa New York. Ring recently completed her PhD in composition at the University of York, England. Born in Dublin, Judith graduated with a MPhil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin.

Spanish composer Sonia Megias has been living in New York since 2010 as part of a Fulbright Grant. Her works have been performed in different music halls and festivals, including Auditorio 400 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art “Queen Sophia”; Houston University, at Opera Vista Festival; Consulate of Argentina in New York, at a Tribute to Alfonsina Storni; Embassy of France in Spain; United Nations Headquarters; Carlos Arniches theater, at Festival de Música Contemporánea de Alicante; City Museum of Aosta (Italy), and at Festival des Jeunes Musiciens Européens. Her work has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the artists residency Casa de Velázquez, the National Orchestra of Jazz of Spain, Doce Notas music & dance magazine, Gruñidos Salvajes cultural association, Fundación Entredós , Associazione Nuova Consonanza, I-Park artists residency (Connecticut), Cervantes Institute of New York, and the Erasmus Foundation. She conducts the experimental vocal group CoroDelantal.

A collaborator with over 40 premieres to her credit, vocalist Megan Schubert is a devoted ambassador of new and experimental music. Versatile and sensitive to style and context, she has been heard singing everything from jazz standards to Webern to solo works of Meredith Monk. Schubert has shared the stage at Zankel Hall and Merkin Hall with such luminaries as Meredith Monk and the Bang on a Can All Stars, and Schubert’s solo show at John Zorn’s venue The Stone was listed as a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York Magazine. Schubert performed music by Stockhausen in Sakura Park; world premieres at Carnegie Hall; with robots while locked inside a Van de Graaff Generator at Boston’s Museum of Science; on a bike flying by the audience in an installation piece at McCarren Park Pool; a tribute to Pablo Neruda at the Winter Garden; with experimental jazz composers at the Brooklyn Lyceum; in live concert footage used as part of a promotion for Alex Ross’s book, The Rest is Noise; with many New York-based ensembles championing art music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Schubert holds degrees from Bennington College and Manhattan School of Music.

Pianist David Kalhous has appeared as a soloist with Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Prague Philharmonia, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonia Pardubice, West-Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern New Music Ensemble, and Plzeň Philharmonic, among others, performing piano concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Brahms.  As a recitalist and a chamber musician, he performed at the Prague Spring Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Bargemusic, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, and Czech Radio’s Studio Live Rising Stars Series.  He also performed at the Prague and Vienna Academies and at the Tel-Aviv, Northwestern and Yale Universities, among others. He has recorded for Czech Radio and Television, and has written, produced, and hosted programs devoted to piano music for Prague’s Classic FM Radio. A CD containing newly commissioned works for piano by six leading young Czech composers will be released in the next season. Kalhous studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jaroslav Čermák.  He subsequently attended Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University, and Yale University. He is completing a DMA at Northwestern University, working with Ursula Oppens.  He resides in New York City and is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Florida State University.

Born in Tokyo, visual artist Naho Taruishi lives and works in New York City. Her site-specific installations and video projections have been exhibited at Exit Art, Ise Cultural Foundation, Artists Space, White Box and PS122 in New York; RK Projects in Providence, RI; 1708 gallery in Richmond, VA; and RealArtWays in Hartford, CT. Her single-channel video work has also been presented at international film and video art festivals in the US, Canada, France, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Norway and Japan. Her recent collaborative Livres d’Artistes is in institutional collections, including New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Harvard University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Luke Gutgsell is a 2004 B.F.A. graduate in Dance Performance from Ohio State University and also attended the Naropa Institute. Arriving in New York City in 2004, he trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Studio and apprenticed and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He has worked with such artists as David Dorfman, Chris Elam, Risa Jaroslow, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Tiffany Mills, Jody Oberfelder, Laura Peterson and Christopher Williams . Danspace Project, LaMaMa Theater, and West End Theater have produced Luke’s work.

300 Years On: Baroque Dance in Berkeley

May 14th, 2012 by helen No comments »
June 6, 2012
8:00 pm

Having recently completed a lively and popular series of Bay Area performances, Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, is pleased to present “300 Years On – A Dance Collection from the Reign of Louis XIV” on Wednesday, June 6, 8 PM at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Tickets are $45/35/25 and are available at www.berkeley-festival.org or by calling 510.642.9988.

Instrumentalists of Musica Pacifica and dancers led by Baroque dance specialist Linda Tomko collaborate to present theater and ballroom dances from the end of Louis XIV’s reign.  The theatre pieces were danced by the likes of Mlle Guyot and M. Dumoulin, well known performers at the Paris Opera, and the ballroom dances were performed by noble people at court.  Clad in elegant period-style costumes, the dancers in 300 Years On let audiences savor lively gigues, dreamy sarabandes and fleet rigadouns, the best of a remarkable collection of choreographies, the Nouveau Recueil de Dance, c. 1713, and the music from period operas by Campra and Marais and Destouches which accompanies the dances. The program showcases as well instrumental music of French Baroque composers Francois Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau and one of Telemann’s delightful “Paris Quartets.”

Musicians: Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Debra Nagy, oboe; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord; and John Loose, percussion.

Dancers: Linda Tomko, Ken Pierce, Olsi Gjeci, and Jennifer Thorp.

Early music professionals and fans from around the globe will gather in Berkeley June 3 to 10 for the 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society, Cal Performances, and Early Music America in association with American Bach Soloists, Agave Baroque, Chanticleer, Musica Pacifica, New Esterházy Quartet, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Voices of Music. Since its inauguration in 1990, the biennial Festival has been recognized worldwide as one of the premier events of its kind, bringing together early music performers, scholars, instrument makers, publishers, and enthusiasts for a week of concerts, lectures, conferences, and master classes centered in and around the First Congregational Church and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

Linda Tomko, historian and dancer, embodies dances past and choreographs in period style.  For a number of years, she co-directed with Wendy Hilton the annual Stanford University Summer Workshop in Baroque Dance and its Music.  With fellow dancers Richard Semmens, Nena Couch, and Bruce Roberts, she founded Les Menus Plaisirs, a Baroque dance troupe, and she has danced as a soloist in the U.S., Canada, and Japan.  She is a faculty member in the Department of Dance at the University of California, Riverside, and a past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars.  Ms. Tomko edits the Dance and Music book series for Pendragon Press.

Described by the press as “some of the finest baroque musicians in America” (American Record Guide) and “among the best in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell), Musica Pacifica performs 17th- and 18th-century music on varying combinations of recorder, violin, cello/gamba, harpsichord, and percussion. Their very recent Dancing in the Isles CD has continued to get rave reviews from music journals all over the world, including American Record Guide; the German magazine Concerto; Early Music Today from the UK, and the prestigious Gramophone from the UK, who called it “one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage to present works that once had them dancing and listening with joy.” And the online journal, Musica dei Donum said: The playing is first-rate: full of bounce, stylish, and technically immaculate.”

Core Members of Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and also appear with prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. They have performed on such prestigious concert series as The Frick Collection and Music Before 1800 (NY), the Getty Museum (LA), Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), Cleveland Art Museum, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival (3 times), among others. They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and have been featured on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Harmonia.” Musica Pacifica’s eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including Chamber Music America/WQXR’s 2003 Record Award, being featured on Minnesota Public Radio, and being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Full bios of all musicians are at www.musicapacifica.org.

Pianist Faliks plays Prokofiev in Elmhurst

May 7th, 2012 by helen No comments »
May 12, 2012
4:00 pm

On Saturday, May 12th at 7pm, pianist Inna Faliks plays Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church 149 West Brush Hill Road Elmhurst, IL. The season finale program also includes the Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn and Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. The performance will be conducted by Stephen Alltop.

Pianist Inna Faliks has set herself apart in thousands of performances as a sincere, communicative and direct performer whose virtuosity, power and risk taking serve the depth, intelligance and poetry of her interpretations. Inna’s command of standard solo and concerto repertoire is highlighted by her love of rare and new music, and interdisciplinary and audience-involving programs and lectures. These include her award winning Music/Words, where she alternates music with readings by contemporary poets, her program of piano music of the poet Boris Pasternak (on MSR Classics Sound of Verse, which drew comparisons to Argerich and Cliburn), 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg – new variations on Bach’s Aria , music of women composers, and many other programs. She makes sure to present programs that include both beloved crowd pleasers and music that is new and challenging, creating an adventurous, moving and involving experience for the audience. She is a musical omnivore. Faliks debuted as a teenager with the Chicago Symphony and at the Gilmore Festival to rave reviews, and has been exciting and moving audiences worldwide since then.

Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. The 2010-11 season marks Mr. Alltop’s fifteenth anniversary season as Music Director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. This year will also be Dr. Alltop’s eleventh season as Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. He also serves as Associate Conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin and on the faculty with the Green Lake Festival in Wisconsin. Dr. Alltop has been a member of the conducting faculty of Northwestern University since 1992. In addition to conducting, he has appeared extensively as keyboard soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and recording artist. Between June and October of 2006, he conducted concerts in the Italian cities of Perugia, Bologna and Rovereto.