Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble at Center for New Music, San Francisco

September 29th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
November 9, 2013
7:30 pm

AnyWhen 11On Saturday November 9th at 7:30 pm, Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble will perform at San Francisco’s Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street. AnyWhen will be joined by Addleds and Lisa Mezzacappa‘s Interlopers in a program entitled Addleds Sound Laboratory #3, curated by Linda Bouchard. Tickets (available at the door) are $15 General, and $10 Members. For venue information, please visit www.centerfornewmusic.com.

AnyWhen Ensemble will perform excerpts from their work, The Bright and Rushing World, selections from their first album Walking Across, and will be giving the world premiere of a new piece, Pax Vobiscum, by New York based Filipino composer Sidney Boquiren.

AnyWhen Ensemble is: Douglas Detrick, composer and trumpet; Hashem Assadullahi, saxophone; Shirley Hunt, cello; Steve Vacchi, bassoon; and Ryan Biesack, percussion

According to AnyWhen’s founder Douglas Detrick, “This will be the first time in several years that we’ve played a work by another composer. I love Sidney Boquiren’s music – it has a profound spiritual depth to it that is really hard to find anywhere. I met Sidney when I was an undergrad, and he performed one of his own piano pieces for our class. By the end of the piece he was visibly drained, but not just physically. I sensed that he put everything he had, in a profound, spiritual sense, into that performance for our little class. I never forgot it and I’m honored to be his friend and colleague now, and thrilled to be performing Pax Vobiscum.”

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble (Portland,OR) is dedicated to the performance of Detrick’s original music and brings jazz and classical musicians together to create a hybrid music with unique possibilities. Its signature instrumentation of trumpet, saxophone, bassoon, cello and drums sets the group apart, but the ensemble makes its most significant impact with highly creative and individual repertoire, a fluid integration of dynamic chamber performance with jazz improvisation, and with its bold vision of a more diverse and more vibrant present and future for music. The AnyWhen Ensemble was awarded the New Jazz Works and Presenting Jazz grant from Chamber Music America in 2011. This extremely competitive grant, attracting over 250 applicants every year, commissioned a new work by Detrick called The Bright and Rushing World, an ambitious addition to this singular composer’s list of accomplishments. A recording of this work will be released in 2014. The group has performed at the Jazz Gallery and the Stone in New York, and on festivals including the Festival of New Trumpet Music curated by Dave Douglas, and the Is That Jazz? Festival in Seattle, WA curated by Tom Baker. The group has also performed and given master classes at colleges across the country including Cornish College of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Oregon, and Willamette University.

Timescape: Newest Release from Classical Saxophonist Dave Camwell

September 28th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
October 1, 2013 8:00 pmtoOctober 31, 2013 8:00 pm

Timescape is a collection of exciting and virtuosic selections from 1738 to the present day. Dave Camwell, who plays saxophones on all tracks, is assisted by other musical colleagues in bringing to life fifteen tracks of music that demonstrate the versatility and beauty of the saxophone sound applied to a wide chronological scope of musical styles, chosen from over four centuries of composition.

In addition to Timescape, Camwell has released two previous classical CDs, Bach-centric (2010), and Aeterna (2008) on the Teal Creek label to critical acclaim. See www.davecamwell.com for complete biography.

According to Camwell, “Each piece, either originally written for saxophone or adapted, highlights aspects of what my chosen instrument does best, namely its tonal flexibility, technical adroitness, and ability to blend and shine amongst other instruments. The saxophone has contributed much in the areas of jazz, pop, rock, and blues, and has come into its own as a classical instrument.”

Additional musical personnel include Ron Albrecht and Christy Eckerty (piano); Jillian Camwell (oboe and English horn); Kim Helton (flute); Stephen Page and James Romain (saxophones); and Mary Pshonik (cello).

Repertoire includes:
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV 1060, arr. Camwell
Niccolo Paganini Allegretto (the hunt) from 24 Caprices, arr. Hekkema/Camwell
Francis Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano, arr. Camwell
Steve Reich New York Counterpoint
Michael Touchi Tango Barroco for English Horn, Soprano Saxophone, and Piano
Marc Mellits Farfalle Cotte
Russell Peterson Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone, and Piano

Recorded at Capp Audio Productions.

Timescape is available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and CD Baby.

Experiments in Opera: Chorus of All Souls

September 24th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
October 27, 2013
7:00 pm
November 2, 2013
8:00 pm

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New York, NY — Experiments in Opera announces their upcoming quadruple bill, Chorus of All Souls to be held on Saturday November 2, 8pm at Abrons Art Center Playhouse, 466 Grand Street, New York. This performance kicks off their 2013-14 Season and yearlong residency at Abrons Arts Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For tickets ($30 general, $20 students), patrons should call Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or visit www.AbronsArtsCenter.org.

The evening includes a semi-staged version of John Zorn’s The Holy Visions, an exhilarating choral opera based on the writings and work of the medieval mystic and composer, Hildegard von Bingen. The evening will also include the premiere of When No One Around You is There by Jessica Pavone, which utilizes the chorus as an abstract metaphor for the human predicament; as well as two semi-staged choral operas: Jason Cady’s Nostalgia Kills You, a comedy about a man and his zombie ex-girlfriend and Matthew Welch’s Reanimator Requiem which merges the mass for the dead with H.P. Lovecraft’s cult classic. According to EiO Co-Founder Aaron Siegel “we are thrilled that part of our appeal is the way in which our work is connected more closely with popular culture media (television and movies).  We are looking to draw on viewers familiarity with these mediums to access the stories and messages.” These are the World Premiere performances of the works by Pavone, Cady, and Welch.

A free preview event at Abrons Art Center, Opera in Dialogue, will take place Sunday October 27 from 7 – 9 PM featuring Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, Jessica Pavone, and Paola Prestini (director of VisionIntoArt); moderated by CultureBot founder Andrew Horowitz.

Featured vocalists include Abby Fischer, Kirsten Sollek, Jane Sheldon, Mellissa Hughes, Sarah Brailey, and Vince B.Borges Chorus Image 2 Vincent. Both Nostalgia Kills You and Reanimator Requiem are directed by Louisa Proske and conducted by Matthew Welch. Chorus: Amanda Weber, Molly Netter, Kathleen Allan, Rachel Calloway, Patrick Fennig, Max Blum, Nick Hallet, Jeffrey Gavett, and Peter Stewart. Projection & Video Design for The Holy Visions is by S. Katy Tucker.  Peter Zuspan from design firm Bureau V will be the director for The Holy Visions. Zorn’s and Pavone’s works are a cappella. Welch’s and Cady’s works will be accompanied by Mike Pride (drumset), Tim Dahl (electric bass), Emily Manzo (amplified harpsichord, Nostalgia Kills You), and Brendon Randall-Myers (electric guitar, Reanimator Requiem).

EiO’s yearlong residency will also include a showcase of opera shorts for the radio (Radio Operas, February 28 – March 1, 2014), and the premiere of an evening length opera that has been in development with EiO for the past two seasons (Brother Brother, May 2-3, 2014). A $60 three event subscription (savings of $15) is available at AbronsArtsCenter.org. These mainstage programs will be augmented throughout the year by supporting videos, photos and writings that will help to contextualize the works in progress and by three free public programs (Opera in Dialogue) aimed to build dialogue between the composers, writers, performers, directors and designers working in the hybrid space of experimental opera. Experiments in Opera will partner with online magazine CultureBot.org for these public programs which will take place in in the Abrons Arts Center Experimental Theater.

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.In its first two programming seasons, Experiments in Opera has presented the work of more than 12 composers in three large-scale presentations aimed at expanding the collective understanding of experimental opera. Venues have included Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Issue Project Room, and have featured works by composers 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 and the Cough Button collective. Also featured were performances by pianist Emily Manzo, singer Erin Flannery, drummer Brian Chase, Hotel Elefant, and the performance collective Why Lie?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. ExperimentsInOpera.com.

Cellist Cabezas and Sphinx Virtuosi on Tour

September 24th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
October 1, 2013
7:30 pm
October 8, 2013
6:00 pm

CUR_4116From September 29 to November 7, 2013, cellist Gabriel Cabezas will tour with the Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductorless ensemble comprising alumni of the Sphinx Competition. The tour includes a one-night only event at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm, during which Cabezas will perform as one of two cello soloists on Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, Strings, and Continuo. Vocal star mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will join the Sphinx musicians in a singular program including works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Bach, Vivaldi, and Piazzolla. Tickets are $10-25 and are available at www.harristheaterchicago.org or by calling (312) 334-7777.

The tour also includes an event at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00 pm, during which the ensemble will perform with former Sphinx laureates the Catalyst Quartet. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.CarnegieHall.org.

A native Chicagoan, and recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Gabriel Cabezas was the 2012 winner of the Sphinx Competition, Senior Division, and will perform as a soloist at Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival this month. The 20-year-old cellist to has played Carnegie multiple times: In 2011 he performed with Randall Goosby and as a soloist in 2013; he has also previously played a showcase recital in Carnegie’s Weill Hall and participated in a From the Top taping.During their six-week tour, the Sphinx Virtuosi will also visit Chicago, Houston, and Washington, D.C. (complete schedule below or see www.sphinxmusic.org).

SPHINX VIRTUOSI - COMPLETE TOUR SCHEDULE:

Sunday, September 29, 4:00 pm: James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake, IL
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm: Harris Theater, Chicago, IL (with special guest Denyce Graves)
Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Friday, October 4, 12:00 pm: Rockefeller University, New York, NY
Sunday, October 6, 3:30 pm: Cheyney University Arts and Lecture Series, Cheyney, PA
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 pm: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (with Catalyst Quartet)
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm: Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, KY
Saturday, October 12, 7:30 pm: Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, TX (with Houston Symphony)
Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 pm: New World Center, Miami Beach, FL
Friday, October 25, 7:30 pm: Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Sunday, October 27, 4:00 pm: Arts Center of coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC
Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm: The Grand Opera House, Macon, GA
Friday, November 1, 8:00 pm: Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte, NC
Sunday, November 3, 3:00 pm: Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 pm: Denison University, Granville, OH
Thursday, November 7, 7:30 pm: Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington, DC

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony, among others. Cabezas has been portrayed as “…an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (David Stabler, The Oregonian) and his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra described as a “…remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration” (Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer).A passion for chamber music and collaboration has taken him to Marlboro Music, Music@Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Bargemusic, and Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents series. His television appearances include performances with Yo-Yo Ma at “The Tavis Smiley Show” and “Good Morning America”, and with Béla Fleck in “From The Top – Carnegie Hall.”2013-14 season highlights include a subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a return to Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival. Cabezas’ 2012-13 engagements included concerts with the Detroit Symphony, the Nashville Symphony and the National Symphony of Costa Rica, as well as appearances with Musicians from Marlboro, at the International Beethoven Festival, and ChamberFest Cleveland.Formerly a recipient of an Education Grant by the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, Cabezas has supported music outreach and education programs including Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization, Costa Rica’s national SINEM music education program, and Chicago’s Citizen Musician movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey. As a writer, Cabezas has been featured in Teen Strings Magazine and has been a contributing writer for Strings Magazine.

The Sphinx Virtuosi (formerly Sphinx Chamber Orchestra) is a conductorless ensemble comprised of alumni from the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. This unique group has earned rave reviews from The New York Times. Allan Kozinn of the Times described their performances as ”first-rate in every way” and the ensemble to have “produced a more beautiful, precise and carefully shaped sound than some fully professional orchestras that come through Carnegie Hall in the course of the year.”The Sphinx Virtuosi Tour offers a diverse program featuring well-known repertoire in addition to works by African-American and Latino composers, including works by Mozart, Piazzolla, Michael Abels, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and others. The Sphinx Virtuosi are exclusively represented in North America by California Artists Management (www.CalArtists.com). The national Sphinx Virtuosi tour is made possible with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from Art Works, the MetLife Foundation, and Aetna.

Chicago’s LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS October Links Hall Performances: Two Works in Repertory

September 20th, 2013 by Sam Zelitch No comments »
October 3, 2013toOctober 13, 2013
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From October 3-13, 2013, Chicago’s Lucky Plush Productions will perform two works – Cinderbox 2.0 and The Better Half – in repertory at the new Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, featuring performances by Francisco Aviña, Adrian Danzig, Marc Macaranas, Melinda Jean Myers, Cassandra Porter, Julia Rhoads, Michel Rodriguez, Benjamin Wardell, and Meghann Wilkinson.

Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is a Chicago-based dance theater company committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence – a palpable liveness – shared by performers in real-time with its audiences. A warm reception greeted the Lucky Plush ensemble this September as they previewed Cinderbox 2.0 in front of a live audience at University of Chicago’s Summer Cubed. The full program will premiere at the Links Hall residency, alternating with performances of The Better Half, Lucky Plush’s adaptation of George Cukor’s 1944 film Gaslight. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors.

The LUCKY PLUSH DOUBLE FEATURE will take place on Oct 5 and 12, offering audiences a discounted ticket to see both shows and a reception in between shows with food, complimentary drinks, and an informal discussion with the artists.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.linkshall.org or call 773.281.0824.

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SCHEDULE OF RUN:
Cinderbox 2.0 will be performed on Oct 3 and 4 at 7pm, Oct 5 at 4pm, and Oct 11, 12, and 13 at 7pm.

The Better Half will be performed on Oct 5, 6, and 10 at 7pm and Oct 12 at 4pm.

In Cinderbox 2.0, LPP’s Artistic Director Julia Rhoads revisits the distinctive world of Cinderbox 18 (2007, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) with new material. A playful and surreal take on media’s voyeuristic approach to “reality,” Cinderbox 2.0 blurs the distinctions between observer and observed, personal and presentational, scripted and off-the-cuff, and spirals into a dark comedy that is oddly familiar and wonderfully surprising. Featuring Francisco Aviña, Marc Macaranas, Melinda Jean Myers, Cassandra Porter, Benjamin Wardell, and Meghann Wilkinson. Original music by Michael Caskey, video design by John Boesche, and lighting design by Kevin Rechner.

The Better Half
 is a dance theater spin on the psychological thriller Gaslight, co-created by Lucky Plush Artistic Director Julia Rhoads and theater director Leslie Buxbaum Danzig (of 500 Clown). Launching from this classic film, layers of fiction and reality accumulate, revealing the elusive boundaries between life versus borrowed plotlines. Ultimately a new narrative emerges, capturing the habitual patterns, escapist tendencies, and resilience in contemporary relationships through a complex mix of dance and theater languages. The Better Half premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011, but now features new material. Featuring Francisco Aviña, Adrian Danzig (of 500 Clown), Julia Rhoads, Michel Rodriguez, and Meghann Wilkinson. Lighting design by Heather Gilbert, original music and sound design by Mikhail Fiskel, and video design by John Boesche.

Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is dedicated to creating work that is richly and uncompromisingly complex while also being accessible to broad audiences. Critics and audiences alike recognize LPP for its playful interactions, surprising humor and incisive commentary on contemporary culture.

Since founding in 1999, Lucky Plush has premiered over 25 original works including site-specific works, dance films, and 10 evening-length productions. Recent presentations include Spoleto Festival/USA (SC), World Music/CRASHArts at ICA/Boston (MA), DANCECleveland (OH), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University (MN), Hancher Auditorium (IA), Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Steppenwolf Garage (IL), Joyce SoHo (NY), and Spring to Dance (MO), among others, as well as an international exchange with the Dance & Physical Theatre Trust of New Zealand and New Zealand Dance Company.

LPP has received two National Dance Project Production Grants, an NDP Production Residency for Dance, and two NPN Creation Fund grants. Co-commissioning presenters include Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Out North Contemporary Art House (AK), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT) and Links Hall Chicago. The company has been recognized by Chicago Public Radio’s “Best of 2011″; The Chicago Reader’s ”Best of Chicago 2010″; Time Out Chicago’s “The Decade’s 10 Best Original Dance Works”; The Chicago Tribune’s “Best of Dance 2008″; Chicago Sun Times’ “Lasting memories in Dance” for 2005 and 2007, and a Time Out Chicago cover story “5 reasons to love dance in Chicago.” Lucky Plush is currently taking part in the “Summer Cubed” residency at the University of Chicago, together with Lookingglass Theatre & The Inconvenience.

Additionally, LPP recently spearheaded Creative Partners (creativepartnersarts.org), a collaborative effort to provide professional fundraising for three Chicago nonprofit arts organizations: Lucky Plush Productions, Blair Thomas & Co, and eighth blackbird. Creative Partners allows these nationally recognized organizations to focus on what they do best: making world-class dance, theatre and music.

Julia Rhoads is the founding Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions, and has created over 25 original works with the company. Her independent choreography has been commissioned by Lookingglass Theatre, River North Chicago Dance Company, Redmoon, Alaska Dance Theater, Mordine and Company Dance Theater, Walkabout Theater, Hyperdelic, and M5, among others. Julia is the recipient of the 2013 Alpert Award in Dance, a fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, a Cliff Dwellers Foundation Award for Choreography, two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for Choreography, a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and she was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010. Julia is formerly a company member of the San Francisco Ballet and collaborating ensemble member of XSIGHT! Performance Group. She earned a BA in History from Northwestern University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and is currently part-time faculty and dance advisor at University of Chicago’s Theater and Performance Studies.

Leslie Buxbaum Danzig is co-founder of the Chicago-based physical theater company 500 Clown, where she co-created and directed 500 Clown Macbeth, Frankenstein, Elephant Deal, and Christmas. 500 Clown has played in Chicago at venues including Steppenwolf and Lookingglass and tours regularly throughout the US. Other credits include directing Redmoon’s Hunchback at The New Victory Theater (NYC) and Float with About Face Theatre; co-directing The Better Half with Lucky Plush Productions and The Elephant and the Whale, an original Redmoon production commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theatre; touring nationally and internationally as an actor with NYC’s Elevator Repair Service; and appearing as Masha in The Seagull in Lake Lucille, NY (director Brian Mertes). Danzig received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, and she trained in physical theatre and clown with Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier. For the past five years, she has taught at The University of Chicago and is currently at the University as program curator for the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.