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October 27, 2016 8:00 pm

Cory Smythe: Piano and Electronics



8:00 Cory Smythe: Solo Piano and Electronics

9:15 Cory Smythe and Sandra Sprecher: Piano and Electronics

Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music. He has performed widely, making appearances as soloist and chamber musician at the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, the Green Mill jazz club in Chicago, and the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. In recent seasons, Smythe has played alongside violinist Hilary Hahn in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A Washington Post review of the duo’s performance at the Kennedy Center praised Smythe for “…the ferocity and finesse of his technique.” Their Grammy-winning album, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, documents Hahn’s diverse collection of newly commissioned encores for violin and piano.

As a core member of the new music group the International Contemporary Ensemble, Smythe has given numerous premieres, collaborated in the development of new pieces, and worked closely with composers John Zorn, Philippe Hurel, Dai Fujikura, George Lewis, and Alvin Lucier among many others. ICE’s 2013 release on Mode Records features Smythe as the piano soloist in Iannis Xenakis’s ‘Palimpsest’. Smythe has also been a featured guest and soloist with many new music ensembles throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s Present Music, the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He performs regularly in collaboration with many of the leading concert artists of his generation, appearing this last season with the cellist Joshua Roman, violinist Karen Gomyo, the Imani Winds, and members of the Providence and Rubens string quartets.

An innovative improviser, Smythe performs as a soloist and in collaboration with a wide array of jazz and creative artists, among them, most recently, Peter Evans, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton. This season will see the release of recordings featuring Smythe in projects led by Tyshawn Sorey and Nate Wooley. Smythe’s own album, Pluripotent — described by celebrated jazz pianist Jason Moran as “hands down one of the best solo recordings I’ve ever heard” — is available for free download at corysmythe.bandcamp.com.

Smythe holds degrees in classical piano performance from the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Dr. Stewart Gordon, respectively. He currently resides in New York City.

October 29, 2016 8:00 pm

Electro-Acoustic Night curated by Stephen Gauci

7pm Smomid – smomid/pyramidi & Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II – drums

8pm Bonnie Kane  - sax/flute/electronics

9pm Stephen Gauci - tenor sax & Kevin Patton – laptop/electronics

10pm Jonathan Goldberger – electronics & Josh Sinton – baritone sax/bass clarinet


AND improvised video projection by Josh Ott throughout the evening.

October 30, 2016 7:00 pm

The Trump Card



The Trump Card is one man (Matty Tuzynski) grappling, in a titanic struggle, against the monolithic King of Chaos that has in one year either charmed, baffled, or offended every living American: Donald Trump. What makes this person tick? How have we allowed him to come so close to The White House? Matty T. takes the audience on a sweeping journey through the American political experience and Trump’s past with the hope of understanding how power is sustained, myths are created, and what has become of The American Dream.

Matty Tuzynski is a solo performer living in New York City. He is impulsive and self-destructive which makes him good at his job. He has directed the The Vagina Monologues and performed in many shows at The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford including The Seagull, an adaption of Chekhov’s play written by Tuzynski.

Mike Daisey has created and performed critically acclaimed monologues for twenty years. Such works include The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, American Utopias, and The Trump Card which he is currently performing all over the US.

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November 3, 2016 8:00 pm

Bach to Bolcom

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Carina Hui and Walter Aparicio, duo pianists, will present a program of important works written for two pianos form every period of music. From Bach to American composer William Bolcom, the audience will be presented with a trajectory of how two piano writing has evolved and how each composer was influenced by the previ- ously existing works of the same genre.

About the pianists:

“Aparicio is a strong advocate for this [Bolivian] music, playing it with warmth, in- volvement and conviction…” -infodad.com  (more…)

November 5, 2016 8:00 pm

Electric Guitar Music Before 1980: Trevor Babb

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-1-07-18-pmAmerican guitarist/composer, Trevor Babb, is a versatile and adventurous musician based in New Haven, CT. He has devoted the majority of his professional energy to contemporary music and performs on classical guitar, electric guitar, and other plucked instruments.

Mr. Babb has received several awards and recognitions including a Fulbright Award, the Yale School of Music’s Eliot Fisk Prize, and top prize in the 2016 Denver Classical Guitar Competition. He has performed throughout the US and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has collaborated with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Caution Tape Sound Collective, New England Chamber Players, New Haven Guitar Quartet, Aeon Ensemble, and the Yale Band.

As a passionate advocate of new music, Trevor actively composes and performs his own music, and has given countless premieres by established and emerging composers. His forthcoming debut recording features original music for multiple electric guitar along with several premiere recordings by emerging composers. Many contemporary music festivals have hosted him as a fellow including the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival New Music Workshop.


Mr. Babb holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. He also studied for a year at the Haute École de Musique de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers have been Nicholas Goluses, Benjamin Verdery and Dusan Bogdanovic.



November 6, 2016 12:00 pm

Eric Umble: Solo Clarinet

November 6, 2016 7:30 pm

The Pretzel Club Falls Back



Join Yngvil Vatn Guttu (trumpet), Allen Fogelsanger (piano) and Tim O’Hara (bass) as they return to eastern standard time and prepare for the excitement of election day. The Pretzel Club improvises sound art and music, reflecting and directing the mood of the moment, and invites everyone to come relax in their warm and raucous energy and atmosphere

November 10, 2016 8:00 pm


Zach Layton
Ian Riggs (bass)
Bradford Reed (drums)


Minerals was started by Zach Layton (guitar) and Bradford Reed (drums) in 2009. The project is an ongoing exploration of their mutual obsessions with metric phasing, modular improvisation, resonant states of consciousness, alternate tuning systems and rhythmic hypnosis. Erdem Helvacioglu (laptop) modulates and remixes the group through real-time signal processing, using live input from the percussion and guitar.


November 11, 2016 8:00 pm

120 Years of Music with Dave & Jonathan featuring February + Soldier Kane

soldier_kane_marylene_mey_loresDowntown music fixtures Dave Soldier and Jonathan Kane celebrate their dual 60th birthdays with performances by their duo Soldier Kane, maximalist blues drone with Jonathan Kane’s February and a screening of Dave Soldier’s Thai Elephant Orchestra documentary. 

“Any self-respecting fan of downtown music could tell you that a project involving drummer Jonathan Kane and multi-instrumentalist David Soldier is bound to be both intensely eclectic and a whole lot of fun.”

Time Out New York





November 12, 2016 8:00 pm

MSM Performers and Columbia Composers

Players from the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Master’s program are teaming up with Columbia University composers to put together an evening of eclectic new music for mixed ensemble. This second-ever concert of its kind will showcase the talents of up-and-coming performers and composers from two of New York City’s most respected musical institutions, located a few blocks from one another in Morningside Heights.
Vicente Atria – Speology
Katherine Balch – Thread, Unfurled
Jeremy Corren – moments taped together
Sky Macklay – Glossolalia
Emily Praetorius – Turn
John Rot – Local Time

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