February 1, 2015 7:30 pm
patrick brennan: Alto Sax, Gene Coleman: Flutes and Piccolo, Ken Filiano: Bass, Haruna Fukazawa: Flutes and Piccolo, Hilliard Greene: Bass, Stephanie Griffin: Viola, Brian Groder: Trumpet, Thomas Heberer: Cornet, Patrick Holmes: Clarinet, Richard Keene: Oboe, Soprano Sax, Christof Knoche: Bass Clarinet, David Sidman: Guitar, Harvey Valdez: Guitar, Rod Williams: Piano, Angelo Branford: Guitar
patrick brennan’s transparency kestra is a modularly organized ensemble of roughly 8 – 14 primarily wind and string performers that investigates multiple flows of musical information in a way that crisscrosses genre defined boundaries between so called formal composition, collective improvisation and conduction by means of an examination of the under-tested intersections of drum and melodic principles. (more…)
February 5, 2015 8:00 pm
8pm – Dmitry Ishenko: Solo Bass
9pm – Pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present “Legal Aliens
Dan Blake, Uri Gurvich: Soprano Saxophones; Mariano Gil: Piccolo; Entcho Todorov: Violin; Max Siegal: Tuba; Francesco Marcocci: Bass; Aleks Petrov: Drums
Dmitry Ishenkohas been a stalwart of the New York scene for over eight years, having toured and recorded with such artists as John Tchicai, Paul Banks (of Interpol), and has a wide resume working with bands from across the spectrum of New York’s music scene. Tonight he will present a set of new compositions and improvisations for solo bass, exploring his wide ranging interests in pop-rock, electronica, contemporary classical music, and experimental improvisation.
Pianist and keyboardist Leo Genovese will present “Legal Aliens”, a new set of compositions for large ensemble (picollo, 2 soprano saxophones, violin, cello, tuba, keyboard, bass, and drums) modeled after the rich melodic and rhythmic traditions Genovese has studied in his world travels, including the Balkans, Brazil, Morocco, and his native Argentina. He is a leading figure in Brooklyn’s improvised music scene and his music has contacted master musicians from cultures all over the world including Foday Suso, Milton Nascimento, Jack DeJohnette and many others.
February 6, 2015 7:30 pm
Missy Mazzoli, Tooth and Nail; (viola and electronics piece)
Luke Poeppel, Etude; (piano and tenor sax piece)
Greg Bartholomew, Peregrination; (solo bassoon)
Peter Sculthorpe, Quartet no. 8; (string quartet)
Amelia Krinke, Quartet no. 2; (string quartet)
Dayton Hare, String Trio
Henry Nelson band (15 minute set); (3-piece acoustic band)
Paris Lavidis, Zoologie (solo violin+electronics)
February 7, 2015 8:00 pm
Morton Feldman Chamber Players (Vicky Chow, Karl Larson, Andy Costello, others TBA)
Curiosity Cabinet - Joe Tucker: Percussion, Lindsey Eckenroth: Flute, Daniel Padmos: Clarinet, Kristin Leitterman: Oboe and Voice, David Whitwell: Trombone, Adam von Hausen: Violin, Pedro Vlzzarro-Vallejos: Viola, Zsaz Rutkowski: Cello, Andrew Whitbeck: Bass, Steve Beck: Piano, Whitney George: Conductor (more…)
February 12, 2015 7:00 pm
James Ilgenfritz: Solo Contrabass
Playing music by Annie Gosfield, JG Thirlwell, Elliott Sharp and
Bassist and composer James Ilgenfritz has worked in New York’s experimental music community for ten years, interacting with visual artists, improvisers, composers, and literary figures. As an improviser James has performed with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, Jin Hi Kim, Jon Rose, Steve Swell, Nate Wooley, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Brian Chase. As an interpreter of notated music, he has also worked with composers Lukas Ligeti, JG Thirlwell, Annie Gosfield, Pauline Oliveros, Ted Hearne, David T. Little, Karin Rehnqvist, Duane Pitre, Kevin Norton, & Gordon Beeferman. He recently completed a tour of the Midwest and northeast with his jazz quartet MiND GAMeS (with Denman Maroney, Andrew Drury, Angelika Niescier). His debut solo recording ‘Compositions (Braxton) 2011’ features his distinctive solo bass interpretations of the music of Anthony Braxton, and was called “a considerable achievement of solo instrumentalism and an important demonstration of the possibilities open to the double bass in the early 21st century” by Avant Music News’s Dan Barbiero. Current projects include his longstanding Anagram Ensemble (which has morphed from jazz quartet to experimental big band to avant-garde theatrical chamber ensemble), Hypercolor (with Lukas Ligeti and Eyal Maoz), Red Triangle (with Chuck Bettis and Nonoko Yoshida), COLONIC YOUTH (with Dan Blake, Philip White, and Kevin Shea), The Curators (with Joe Hertenstein and Mikko Innanen) and Radiant Tongues (with Jason Ponce). In 2011 James was Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room, where he premiered his opera The Ticket That Exploded (based on the 1962 William S. Burroughs novel of the same name). He is coordinator of the WSB100 festival, New York City’s month-long celebration of the life and legacy of William S. Burroughs on the occasion of his 100th birthday. James Ilgenfritz holds degrees from University of Michigan & University of California San Diego, and is on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center & Brooklyn Conservatory.
February 12, 2015 8:00 pm
PFL Traject is an improvisational trio from Lyon, France.
Pascal Pariaud: Clarinets and Pipes, Jean-Charles François: Percussion, Gilles Laval: Electric Guitar
PFL Traject can be described as an improvisation trio in the experimental tradition which do not rely on the written score, but elaborate music making directly through body actions, (corporeality to quote Harry Partch). For me, it is the continuation with a different context of the group KIVA (1975-1991) developed by the trombonist John Silber at UC San Diego, of which I was a member. Improvisation here is not a spontaneous activity, but rather the reenactment with always new perspectives of a predetermined sonic world. Each improvisation of PFL Traject is a voyage in the already constituted memory, a promenade in the garden of delights od what has already been cultivated. Each member brings his own repertoire of sounds, individual manner of proceeding, collections of instruments and heterogeneous objects, musical gestures exploring the multiple manners of making sound — blowing, strumming, beating and scraping… (more…)
February 12, 2015 9:00 pm
Jeff Newell: Flute, Diana Wayburn: Flute. Piano, Composition, Spencer Hale: Banjo, Electric Bass, Composition, Kaveh Haghtalab: Percussion
Dances of the World Project began with pieces inspired by the extraordinary polyrhythms of Guinea, West Africa mixed with jazz & classical music. The music has evolved to include traditions from other cultures as well such as the tango, the waltz, the blues and ragas. The ensemble has performed in various combinations in NYC at St Mark’s Church, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Gershwin Hotel, Firehouse Space, Silvana and Pianos. (more…)
February 13, 2015 8:00 pm
1st set: 8:00 PM Toby Driver Solo
Toby Driver is best known as the composer and frontman of the longstanding avant-goth troupe, Kayo Dot, and bassist of Pythagorean prog band Secret Chiefs 3. Driver’s solo material ranges from abstract classical to harsh noise, with tonight’s set showcasing a handful of austere and creepy singer-songwriter numbers influenced by the likes of Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, and Current 93.
2nd set: 9:30 PM Pale Horse
Pale Horse is Jeremiah Cymerman (BloodMist, John Zorn, Sky Burial) Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Man Forever) and Christopher Hoffman (Henry Threadgill, Marc Ribot). The music they play is informed equally by dark ambient drone, 20th century composition and the sparse desert soundscapes created by Neil Young for the Dead Man soundtrack. Their first album was released in 2014 to much acclaim and tonight’s show is in preparation for their second recording, “Bad Lands”.
February 14, 2015 8:00 pm
Eric Schatz Alterman, cellist of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, performs an eclectic set of pieces for solo cello, including works by Bach, Benjamin Britten, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and others to be announced.