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May 5, 2016 8:00 pm



Brooklyn, NY – May 5 – 7th, Williamsburg’s Firehouse will host NYC’s 3rd Annual Soundpainting Festival. The festival will feature performances by the country’s leading Soundpainting ensembles and intensive workshops with Soundpainting’s inventor, Walter Thompson. The festival will feature the Walter Thompson Orchestra and five different ensembles. Each ensemble is led by a different Soundpainter with a unique application of the Soundpainting language. Soundpainting performances include Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, Mob Job, Letter of Marque Theatre Company, Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble, and Gil Selinger with 12 Houses Orchestra.


Soundpainting is the multi-disciplinary live-composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. The language comprises over 1500 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter indicating the type of material desired of the performers. Walter Thompson headlines the festival, leading his New York-based Walter Thompson Orchestra all three nights.


Full Schedule of Events:

Thursday, May 5:

8pm Mob Job

9pm Letter of Marque Theatre Company

10pm Walter Thompson Orchestra


Friday, May 6: 

8pm Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses Orchestra

9pm Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble

10pm Walter Thompson Orchestra


Saturday, May 7:

12pm-5pm Soundpainting Workshop with Walter Thompson*

8pm Brooklyn Soundpainting Ensemble

9pm Eric Eigner and Special Guests

10pm Walter Thompson Orchestra


*Please RSVP with Walter Thompson info@wtosp.com for Soundpainting workshops. Limited spaces available, first come, first served.


SOUNDPAINTING is the multi-disciplinary live-composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. It allows the composer (aka Soundpainter) to shape the material, offered by the performers, into a composition created in the moment. The language was developed by composer Walter Thompson in New York beginning in the late 1970’s. Soundpainting is now practiced in over 35 countries and on five continents. Thompson divides his time between New York and Europe where he is celebrated for his unique contribution to composition in one or more disciplines. Visit Soundpainting.com for more information.


The performances by the Walter Thompson Orchestra are funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.




May 8, 2016 5:00 pm

Charles Waters Record Release Party

Charlie Waters

Charles Waters – Solo Clarinet
Katie Pawluk – Works for Strings
Pawluk presents new and collected works for solo violin and strings with special guests.

May 12, 2016 8:00 pm

Tuba Songs: Jack Adler-McKean and The Rhythm Method

The Rhythm Method


Acclaimed young tubist Jack Adler-McKean teams up with members of The Rhythm Method string quartet to explore the largely untapped genre of music for strings and tuba. From intimate meditations by Morton Feldman to Meyer Kupferman’s explosive bacchanalia, this program ventures into a wide array of experimental sonic and stylistic territories.






Morton Feldman: Durations I for tuba, violin, and piano


Giacinto Scelsi: Duo for Violin and Cello


Meyer Kupferman: Saturnalis for tuba and cello


Alvin Lucier: Fidelio Trio, for viola, cello, piano


Christian Wolff: Tuba Song for tuba with open instrumentation




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May 13, 2016 8:00 pm

Semiosis Quartet presents: Barish, Jaeger, Pärt and Haas


The Semiosis Quartet presents a concert at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn featuring a premier of Justin Barish’s new quartet “first snow: butterfly/butterflied…,” Shawn Jeager’s “Thy Wondering Eyes,” Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 2, and Psalom by Arvo Pärt.

The Semiosis Quartet thrives on passionately presenting 20th and 21st century compositions. With new music as a focus, we commission and work closely with living composers. Improvisation is also an important part of our performance values. Members include violinists Natalie Calma and Nicole Parks, violist Oliver Chang, and temporary cellist Stephen Marotto. We have performed with Equilibrium Concert Series, Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, August Noise JP, and we have coached with composers Joan Tower and the JACK Quartet. We have collaborated with the world music duo Terra Madre and attended the 2015 Emerging Quartets and Composers program at Deer Valley under the direction of the Muir Quartet. Collectively, members of the Semiosis Quartet hold degrees from The Boston Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Boston University, and St. Olaf College.


Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @semiosisquartet

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxE-a7cN_KhrStSWpxFCkvQ


May 14, 2016 8:00 pm

Iktus Percussion presents: The Firehouse New Music Series

Adrianna Mateo
AnAlex Duo

May 15, 2016 8:00 pm

Blank Space Duos

May 15 Kelley

Blank Space is a monthly house concert series dedicated to sharing contemporary music and improvisation. Each concert runs about an hour and takes place in a casual setting with food, drinks, open dialogue, and good company. The hope is to provide a platform for performers to play and composers to hear pieces played while fostering a supportive sense of community among contemporary musicians across all contemporary styles.https://m.facebook.com/blankspacemusicThis month’s installment at The Firehouse Space invites some of our favorite Blank Space duos back to the stage:Jason Belcher (piano) & Steven Long (piano)

Stark Raving: Kelly Barnett (flute) & Maria Hadge (cello)


Sam Jones (trumpet) & Sam Torres (electronics)


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Okapi: Lindsey Miller (cello) Scott Gorski (Double Bass, Vocals)


Chris Irvine (cello) & Zack Clarke (piano)


Long, Gasparini Duo: Noemi Gasparini (violin) & Steven Long (harmonium)


May 19, 2016 7:30 pm

Composer’s Voice

composer's voice

Composer’s Voice is presenting a unique showcase of contemporary composers at The Firehouse Space on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 PM. This is the beginning of a series of concerts that will happen on the third Thursday of the month at Brooklyn’s Firehouse Space.

The concert will feature music by Greg Bartholomew, Fabian Beltran, Douglas Townsend, and Robert Voisey. Also presented on this concert is Composer’s Voice staple Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame with Beth Griffith including 15 one-minute works by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Christopher Danforth, David Drexler, Abraham Fabella, Daniel Goode, Paolo Longo, Pamela Madsen, Pamela J. Marshall, Luis Menacho, Koka Nikoladze, Brandon J Rolle, Justin Rubin, Naftali Schindler, William Vollinger, and Andrew Walters.

Also performing on this Composer’s Voice is: Walker Beard – trumpet, Allen Fogelsanger – piano, Nicholas Handahl – flute, Tony Park – clarinet, Evan Robinson – trombone, Yumi Suehiro – piano, Josh Vigran – piano, and Hanako Yamagata Greenberg – piano.


May 20, 2016 8:00 pm

Face The Music



Dec 11 FTMhttp://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/series/face-the-music/contact6/

May 20, 2016 8:00 pm

Special Music School and Face the Music

Face The Music

Featuring a variety of student ensembles from Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School and Face the Music, this performance will include works by the SMSHS Jazz Ensemble, an 8-hands arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen, Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 5 performed by Face the Music, and other chamber works.

Kaufman Music Center is New York’s go-to place for music education and performance.

It’s where music lovers, from curious fans to renowned performers, come together to explore their musical passions. Founded in 1952 as a community music school, today’s Kaufman Music Center is one of the city’s most vibrant cultural organizations, combining world-class teaching with electrifying performances featuring rising young classical stars, Broadway icons and cutting-edge performer/composers who are re-defining contemporary music. It’s home to the youth new music ensemble Face the Music; Merkin Concert Hall; Lucy Moses School, a community arts school for all ages; and Special Music School, a K-12 public school for musically gifted children.

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May 21, 2016 8:00 pm

Andrea Lodge and Sara Paar


Works by Charles Ives

iCal Import