Erica Mott’s The Victory Project

September 15th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
October 7, 2011
8:00 pm
October 8, 2011
8:00 pm
October 9, 2011
7:00 pm

Chicago Dance Makers Forum 2010 Lab Artist Erica Mott and the Chicago Park District present The Victory Project Trilogy — a series of performance installations, solos, duets and trios focused on the female body as a representation of the nation state and victory in art, political propaganda and literature addressing specific moments in time from the ancient Greco-Roman era to present day. This evening length work, to be held October 6 – 9, 2011 at Northerly Island, incorporates image, text, movement and elements of puppetry to dismantle body parts and allegories that fuse and confuse patriotism and perversity.

The Victory Project Trilogy features movement by Joy Davis, Silvita Diaz-Brown, Suzy Grant, Karen Faith, Melissa McNamara and Erica Mott developed through intensive research and training in Mott’s unique interdisciplinary methodology. Influenced by Bunraku puppetry, Jacques Lecoq, Phillip Zarilli and Euginio Barba of Teatro Odin, Mott developed a hybrid choreography highlighting the energetic relation between dancer site and object. Award-winning Chicago composer Ryan Ingebritsen adds a shifting soundscape generated directly from the dancers’ movement and mixed live.

“My choreography highlights the curious body in unusual and often transformational moments, allowing a journey into an ever-evolving landscape for the viewer. Sometimes warped, often political and irreverent this world invites the spectator the re-view and re-envision their own environment,” said Mott.

The Victory Project started as a series of conversations Mott had with female veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War in addition to interviews with women living during World War II including some of the original Rosie-the-Riveters. These casual conversations left her wondering if victory is truly a gendered notion and if so what does that mean for women as we become more integrated into a male constructed and dominated military? Deeper historical and theoretical research followed in an attempt to address the complicated relationships between the female form and notions of victory.

The Victory Project Trilogy runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm from October 6 – 9, 2011 at Northerly Island Visitor Center, 1400 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago. CTA bus line #146 (Marine-Michigan), CTA Red/ Orange/ Green Line to Roosevelt & State Station. Parking available in the north parking Lot. Bike rack also available. Tickets are $17/$12 Students. Bicyclists receive a $10 discount price – bring your helmet as proof ($2 from each ticket price goes toward Chicago Park District Programming). For more information contact or purchase tickets online. Visit for more information about The Victory Project Trilogy.

Erica Mott is a choreographer, puppeteer, performance maker, and cultural organizer who utilizes body based sculptural forms (mask/costume/object), and transforms discarded materials and disregarded spaces. Using the tools of humor and surprise, she captures and heightens the magic and mystery of the mundane and invites communities to re-view and re-envision shared spaces and practices. Erica’s recent site-specific performances were featured at Ingenuity Fest (Cleveland), SOMArts/Performance Art Institute (San Francisco), NES (Iceland), Museo del Ferrocarril (Mexico), CAD Special Exhibitions Space/Artopolis. Erica performs with Synapse Arts Collective, Blair Thomas and Company, and has collaborated nationally with Tim Miller, Eighth Blackbird, Sharon Bridgforth, Coman Poon/re[public] in/decency, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. She continues to work with Gomez-Pena’s collective, La Pocha Nostra as a core troupe member. Erica recently was awarded The Santa Fe Art Institute Residency and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Fellowship. She is funded by the City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program, The Driehaus Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Erica serves as the Director of Education and Community Programming at Links Hall, Chicago.

Pianist Inna Faliks: Upcoming Appearances in New York and Chicago

September 14th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
October 21, 2011
8:00 pm
October 23, 2011
3:00 pm

On October 21 and  23, pianist Inna Faliks will perform a varied program at Chicago’s Music in the Loft including Schubert’s Sonata in a minor opus 143, Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, numbers 10 and 11, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Chaconne, and Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata opus 57. Music in the Loft, founded in 1992, is dedicated to advancing the professional careers of today’s finest young musicians by providing a venue for the performance of chamber music in an intimate and acoustically superior setting. Performances will be held on Friday, October 21 at 8pm and Sunday October 23, at 3pm. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) are area available at

Cecily Parks

And on November 18, Inna’s Music/Words series returns with Ms. Faliks on the piano along with Cecily Parks, poet. Cecily Parks’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Five Points, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. The program will include works by CPE Bach, Debussy, Rameau and Beethoven. Pianist Inna Faliks created the series Music/Words in order to foster a chance for poets and musicians to work together and inspire each other, as well as to allow different audiences to come together for these musical-literary events. The concert will be held at Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon, 689 5th Ave., New York City. Tickets are $20. 212-339-9995 for more information.


Jody Redhage’s “of minutiae and memory”

August 30th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
September 12, 2011
7:30 pm

Composer, cellist and vocalist Jody Redhage announces the upcoming release of her new solo album on New Amsterdam Records, of minutiae and memory, featuring eight electro-acoustic works for cello, voice, and electronics by some of today’s most talented young composers. It’s the culmination of an ongoing commissioning project over the past six years, resulting in close to 30 new works for voice, cello, and electronics. The disc features works by Joshua Penman, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Wil Smith, Missy Mazzoli, Ryan Brown, Stefan Weisman, and Derek Muro.  Redhage will play the album LIVE on Monday, September 12 at DROM on the Lower East Side at 7:30 pm. Corey Dargel and Cornelia Dufallo open with a set of art pop songs for voice & violin. Doors 6:30, show 7:30 pm. DROM is at 85 Avenue A (@ E. 6th St.) New York, NY 10009. $10 cover.

The album is officially released Aug. 30 by New Amsterdam Records, and distributed nation-wide by Naxos. Physical copies or downloads will be available at all the usual online sources; physical copies will be sold at the CD release event on Sept. 12.


BaroQue Across the River:
The Prince’s Muse

August 22nd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
September 11, 2011
3:30 pm

In “The Prince’s Muse,” New York based early music ensemble BaroQue Across the River explores music from J.S. Bach’s Cöthen years when Prince Leopold’s passion for the arts prompted Bach to write to a dear friend ‘There I had a gracious Prince as master, who knew music as well as he loved it, and I hoped to remain in his service until the end of my life’. As music performed during this period was in the court rather than the church, this program will offer secular arias, instrumental trios and solos from Bach, Handel and Abel.

This free program is held on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 3:30pm, at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

BaroQue Across the River is:

Kathy McDonald, baroque flute

Michele Eaton, soprano

Lisa Terry, viola da gamba

Dongsok Shin, harpsichord






Patricia Morehead’s “Good News Falls Gently”, is released on Navona Records.

August 22nd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
September 25, 2011
3:00 pm

Composer/oboist Patricia Morehead and Navona Records are pleased to announce Ms. Morehead’s second CD, Good News Falls Gently. Her previous recording, Cityscape (for full orchestra) is on the ERM label (Kiev Symphony Orchestra).

GOOD NEWS FALLS GENTLY features the works of Chicago-based composer and oboist Patricia Morehead: “Disquieted Souls”, inspired by pre-Christian Celtic legends of goddesses and the supernatural; “The Handmaid’s Tale”, motivated by the chilling, futuristic writing of Canadian writer Margaret Atwood; “It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers”, a reflection on modern times and the proclivity towards bad news; “Ladders of Anxiety”, an abstract work inspired by colorful medical charts that taps into our inner anxieties; and “Good News Falls Gently”, a setting of the poetry of Chicago-based writer Regina Harris Baiocchi that portrays an intense spiritual faith from a feminist perspective.

Compositions on Good News Falls Gently:

DISQUIETED SOULS (2009) was recorded June 12, 2010 at WFMT studio, featuring Carolyn Hove, English Horn; and Philip Morehead, conductor.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE (1998) is inspired by the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The four movements of this composition reflect the composer’s passionate reading of the Atwood text. It was recorded live in Toronto at a concert of Ensemble Noir; Abraham Stokman & Philip Morehead, pianists.

IT IS DANGEROUS TO READ NEWSPAPERS (1999) is based on a poem of the same title from the collection The Animals in That Country (1968) by Margaret Atwood. It was recorded by WFMT’s “Live from Studio One” on October 28, 2002, featuring Barbara Ann Martin, soprano; Philip Morehead, piano.

LADDERS OF ANXIETY (2007) for flute/alto flute, guitar and string trio is dedicated to Claire Chase and ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble). It was recorded by WFMT’s “Live from Studio One” on February 4, 2008, featuring Caroline Pittman, flute, James Baur, guitar, and members of the Avalon Quartet.

The title track, GOOD NEWS FALLS GENTLY (1995), a setting for soprano and orchestra of the poetry of Chicago poet/composer Regina Harris Baiocchi, recorded live March 16, 2003 at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL, and performed by CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (Jonita Lattimore, soprano; Philip Morehead, conductor)

Composer, oboist, and teacher PATRICIA MOREHEAD is founder of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and past president (and currently Congress Chair) of the International Alliance of Women in Music. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music (BM in oboe) and The University of Chicago (PhD in composition), diplomas from the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music (Canada), the Conservatoire National de Musique (Paris, France) and the Accademia Chigiana (Siena, Italy). She has concertized as an oboist in North and South America, Europe and Asia; she made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1977; and she has premiered more than 60 works written for her instrument, including many commissions that Patricia has initiated for her family of oboes (oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn).

Patricia is the recipient of more than forty commissions and several “Meet the Composer” Grants, and she was chosen as a “Chicagoan of the Year” 2002 in classical music by Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein. She was commissioned by North/South Consonance (2009) for Disquieted Souls (English horn solo with double quintet of strings and winds) that she premiered in New York City, June 2009. In July 2009 her Three Icons of the Feminine Divine (oboe, English horn, contraforte and piano) was premiered at the International Double Reed Conference (Birmingham, England). Her most recent composition, “Prairie Portraits,” was premiered by Caroline Hove of the LA Philharmonic in Muncie, IN at her English Horn workshop. Currently Patricia is working on the opera project Black Hawk Speaks, to be workshopped in Chicago for future performances.

Upcoming on Ms. Morehead’s busy schedule:

• Orchestrating period music and songs for “Persuasion” by Jane Austen for Chamber Opera Chicago, performances September 10-18, 2011. Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago.

• “Belle Ile Beethoven Bagatelle” for International Beethoven project – solo piano piece based on Beethoven’s Ode to Joy theme. This festival will take place September 14-18 at the Chicago Urban Art Society space in East Pilsen.

• Good News Falls Gently CD release party on September 25th, 3 PM at Elizabeth Stein Company, Chicago, featuring performances by CUBE members.

• 90th Anniversary commission, Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Russell Vinick conductor, world premiere Sunday, November 13, Gottlieb Hall, Chicago.

Patricia is on the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, teaching composition and music history, and head of the Composers Forum at the Merit School of Music. She recently joined the faculty of Dominican University. She also teaches composition online with the Vermont MIDI program. She is an Associate of the Canadian Music Centre.