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February 12, 2017 7:30 pm

Unheard-of//Ensemble Performs for the End of Time: a Tribute to 246 Frost Street



Unheard-of//Ensemble will perform Messiaen’s timeless work as a tribute to the place where many of New York’s great new music ensemble’s and new works got their start.

Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Lauren Posey (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano) form the core of Unheard-of//Ensemble, a modular contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to development and performance of new music by living composers.

Highlights of Unheard-of//Ensemble’s 2016-2017 season include the premier of six new works for clarinet, cello, and piano as well as four new works for clarinet and electronics. The ensemble performs at some of New York’s trendiest new music venues including at the Firehouse Space, MISE-EN_PLACE, and Scholes Street Studio as well as many others. Other notable highlights include a residency at Marywood University and the Unheard-of Tour, a weeklong tour, teaching and performing at universities and colleges across the east coast including Columbus State University, Chattanooga State Community College, Covenant College, and many others.

Unheard-of//Ensemble collaborates with composers at the forefront of modern music to create projects that connect with new, diverse audiences. Based in New York City, the group is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community and hopes to expand this ideal through touring, outreach, and an internet and social media presence to connect with both audiences and young artists throughout the country, focusing specifically on bringing new music to unheard-of locations generally out of reach for most new music organizations. The aim of extensive touring and interaction with new audiences is to both preserve contemporary classical music and to disseminate this new repertoire to a larger public viewership. As both performers and educators, the ensemble mentors and works with students, not only focusing on performance, but also the role of entrepreneurship as a professional musician in the 21st century.

During the 2015-2016 project year, Unheard-of brought six new works for clarinet across different mediums to Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas with performances at the University of Alabama- Birmingham, Marywood University, University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Tarleton State University, and Troy University as well as radio features on 89.3 Montreal, 90.1 WUSB, and Clarinet Corner, the country’s largest clarinet radio program. The project also connects with communities through outreach at local cafes, schools, and unique venues to reach new audiences.

Unheard-of is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.



February 11, 2017 8:00 pm

Izzo-Swerdlin Duo

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Alex Swerdlin: Clarinet
Anthony Izzy: Sax
Kristin Samadi: Piano

Alex Swerdlin holds a Bachelors degree in clarinet performance from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and a Masters degree in music education from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. He has performed in many chamber music and orchestral settings, and teaches clarinet privately. Alex also teaches music in the Great Neck Public School district and is co-music director and pianist for Great Neck North Middle School’s musical productions. Alex also enjoys writing, art, and speaks Mandarin.

Anthony Izzo received his masters in classical saxophone performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music. He has given world premieres of works by notable composers such as Leo Kraft, Saman Samadi and John Szto. He has performed all over the NYC area and in many venues in Long Island. In addition to performing, Anthony has written many solo and small ensemble works. He has written concert music, animation music and video game music. Anthony studied saxophone with Dr. Paul Cohen and composition with Mikael Karlsson. He is currently an elementary school music teacher in Corona, Queens and teaches grades Pre-K – 2.

February 10, 2017 8:00 pm

An Anti-Valentine Variety Show by Love Every Note

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An Anti Valentine Variety Show by Love Every Note brings you into a special world of the past with classical selections like Maurice Ravel’s profoundly beautiful Duo Sonata for Violin and Cello, offers a look at the current and boundless world of electro-acoustic sounds with music and performances by Todd Reynolds, works for RighteousGIRLS by Andy Akiho, Pascal Le Boeuf and more, as well as set of pre recorded and improvised music by trumpet/cello duo LILT. Then, you’ll be hurtled full pace into the gritty futuristic baroque-punk sounds of Body Bag, a five piece band whose sound has been described as “‘soulful ruckus”. You won’t want to miss this special variety show featuring performances and sounds by many of New York City’s current and most loved contemporary composers and performers!

Love Every Note is a New York based concert series and performance platform founded by artistic director and cellist Jillian Blythe. Love Every Note, inspired by a former teacher’s mantra, is dedicated to preserving the purest essences of art and expression. Through performances and collaborative projects, the series brings together those who share this dedication as a way to inspire artists and audiences alike. Love Every Note performances immerse the audience  in a world crafted by people sharing their deepest respect and passions with the communities around them. Join Love Every Note at The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, for an eclectic mix of innovative performances {Friday, February 10th 2017 8 PM} by some of today’s most captivating New York City artists.

Featuring performances by:

Todd Reynolds(violin)

Jillian Blythe(cello)

RighteousGIRLS (Gina Izzo, flute | Erika Dohi, piano)

Nolan Tsang(trumpet)


Body Bag

tickets:   www.myantivalentine.brownpapertickets.com

website calendar listing:   www.jillianblythecello.com/calendar

facebook page:   www.facebook.com/LoveEveryNote

Link to past programs and recordings:   www.jillianblythecello.com/LoveEveryNote

Instagram: @loveeverynoteconcerts

Twitter: @LoveEveryNote


February 5, 2017 8:00 pm

icarus Quartet



icarus Quartet presents a world premiere from composer Michael Laurello alongside iQ favorites by Paul Lansky and Steve Reich.

Praised for being “thoughtful, accurate and always inspired and exciting” following their Carnegie Hall debut, icarus Quartet is the latest chamber phenomenon to emerge from the Yale School of Music.

While pursuing their graduate degrees, the members of icarus Quartet were brought together to represent Yale in its prestigious concert series, Yale in New York, with the Yale Percussion Group under the guidance of Robert van Sice. icarus Quartet’s mission is to explore the repertoire composed for two pianos and percussion in the 20th and 21st centuries, while aspiring to new heights of artistry and excellence. The ensemble’s repertoire spans the entire history of the medium, starting with Bartok’s seminal Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, and including the most recent works by living composers, such as Paul Lansky and Steve Reich. icarus is also an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, especially by young composers, and has recently commissioned a piece by award-winning composer Michael Laurello.

Since its inception in 2014, icarus Quartet has performed on numerous stages across the East Coast and has gained the attention of world renowned composers and performers. Composer Martin Bresnick regarded an appearance of the Quartet as “one of the best student performances of any work I have ever heard… They played with great energy, sensitivity and precision.” Composer Paul Lansky, following the New York premiere of his Textures given by icarus, commented: “This is music making of the highest order.”



February 4, 2017 4:00 pm

Firehouse Party

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PLUS Please RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/1174207979341771/ on FB if you are coming.

Plus if you’d like to donate something here is a link for that https://www.eventbrite.com/e/firehouse-space-benefit-concert-tickets-31305638006
Come and play, or just come and hang. We are having a goodbye-party to the firehouse and a hello-party to the new space in sunset park. Please sign up to play it will go on from 4:00 – 12:00 and on. Jonathan Kane’s fabulous band February will close out the night starting around 11. We’ll have a 50/50 cash raffle and some other cool things plus Michael Evans will be doing his super great percussion cooking, fun to watch and very tasty!  And we’ll have the usual beer and wine available.
$15 donation at the door if you are not playing.

Playing Schedule here:

4:00  Sandra Sprecher

4:10  Matteo Arevalos

4:20  Damien Olsen

4:30  Jeremy Slater

4:40  David  Zakarian

4:50  Claire de Brunner

5:00  Skip La Plante

5:10  Dylan  Marcheschi

5:20  Ras Moshe  Burnett

5:30  IMPetus: Geoffrey Burleson, Maria Tegzes, Dave Fabris

5:40  Popebama: Erin Rogers and Dennis Sullivan

5:50  Ken Silverman Duo

6:00  Mary Prescott

6:10  Daniel Pate

6:20  Adam Tendler

6:30  Ricardo Gallo

6:40  John Loggia

6:50  Kristen and Saman Samadi

7:00  Zentripetal: Lynn Bechtold and Jennifer DeVore

7:00  Iron Flacon Style: Jason Candler and  Brendan Burke

7:10  Mindy Levokove

7:20  Quentin Tomilieri

7:30  Kaveh and Siavash Haghtalab

7:40  Lauren Lee

7:40 Martha Cargo

7:50  Denman Maroney

8:00  Stephen Gauci

8:10  A Microscope Kris Wettstein

8:20  Tyler Mashek

8:30  Earth People

8:40  Aron Namenwirth

8:50  OPEN for  Announcements

9:00  David Linton

9:10  Ken Butler and Ed Potokar

9:20  Andra Lodge

9:30  Josh Sinton and Daniel Blake

9:40  Edith Lettner

9:50  Joe Tucker

10:00  Blaise Siwula

10:00  Amadeus Harte

10:10  Ford Fourqurean

10:20  Melinda Faylor

10:30  Counterpoise

10:40  Jonah Rosenberg

10:50  Nicole Zaray

11:00  Jonathan Kane’s February


February 3, 2017 7:00 pm

Face The Music

Face The Music
Face the Music is a unique youth orchestra: An ensemble and collective music-making program where young and committed musicians use the music of today as a vehicle to explore collaborative decision-making and develop leadership skills. With two orchestras, a jazz big band, an experimental-improvisation collective, string quartets, a composer program, and many chamber music ensembles, Face the Music encourages and empowers young musicians to contribute to the vibrant texture of today’s contemporary music scene.


January 29, 2017 7:00 pm

I WAS THERE (a free film screening for FDNY first responders)


A 9/11 hero firefighter struggling with survival guilt is blackmailed into a journey of redemption by a photographer he crossed paths with on that tragic day.


Gus Johnson (James A. Lee) is a New York City firefighter who panicked and escaped the World Trade Center in 9/11. He barely survived the collapse and instantly became a hero. However, survivor’s guilt haunted Gus turning him into a self loathing alcoholic, which drew away his wife and son (Sebastián Zurita). Years later, Samuel Lyons (Carl Ford), a photographer who crossed paths with Gus on 9/11, confronts Gus with a photo that proves Gus was not a hero that morning and blackmails him into telling the truth to his family, which forces Gus into a journey of self discovery and acceptance.

Director’s Statement  (more…)

January 28, 2017 8:00 pm

Matteo Ramon Arevalos/Sandra Sprecher/Adam Tendler: Pianos

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Three champions of new music tackle the works of Earle Brown and Morton Feldman. Pianists Matteo Ramon Arevalos, Sandra Sprecher and Adam Tendler will perform Brown’s Three Pieces for Solo Piano, Excerpts from Indices adapted for Solo Piano, Twenty-Five played by prerecorded tracks and 2 live performers, Forgotten Piece for Solo Piano,Morton Feldman’s Two Pieces for Two Pianos, Two Pianos, Vertical Thoughts I, Music by Faust Razzi and a wonderful graphic score Noveletta by Sylvan Bussotti interpreted by the 3 pianists together.

January 27, 2017 9:00 pm

Sam Yulsman and Friends

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Sandy Derek

1. Sandy Gordon and Derek Baron 

With a patchwork of small percussion, field recordings, electronics, and found objects, Sandy Gordon and Derek Baron activate a sonic world at once musical and amorphous; one that muses on the interior and exterior via explorations of memory, listening, and everyday ambience.

2. Nicholas Jozwiak and Muyassar Kurdi

 ”Intersections and Variations” explores ideas, variations, associations, and theories around a line in space. The line transmits energy and communicates; it is seen as a boundary and an extension of anatomy. The line also creates form, and a new kind of space within a space. The various versions of this piece involve home-made electronics, movement, theatre, sculpture, voice, cello, and gong.

 3. John Welsh and Sam Yulsman

John Welsh and Sam Yulsman’s new set of original music moves between virtuosic fugal counterpoint, weird lyricisms, and dystopic drone.  They have been collaborating closely for over two years.

January 27, 2017 7:00 pm

New Music For the New Year


Ras Moshe Burnett + The New Language Collaborative+ Edith Lettner
Ras is very happy to create music again with Edith Lettner, visiting us again from Vienna. Plus Ras is happy to create music with some of Boston’s living free jazz music history.
Visiting Brooklyn from Cambridge Mass:
The New Language Collaborative
Glynis Lomon-Cello
Syd Smart-Drums
Eric Zinman-Acoustic and Electric Piano
Ras Moshe Burnett-Tenor Sax,Alto Sax & Flutes
+ The New Language Collaborative
Music Now! + The New Language Collaborative+ Edith Lettner
Ras Moshe Burnett-Reeds
Larry Roland-Bass
Matt Lavelle-Trumpet & Bass Clarinet
John Pietaro-Vibes
Stephanie Griffin-Viola
Edith Lettner-Alto Sax
Glynis Lomon-Cello
Syd Smart-Drums
Eric Zinman-Piano
$15 for both sets. Refreshments available.

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