December 19, 2014 8:00 pm
Gina Izzo: Flute
Erika Dohi: Piano
David Degge, Mika Godbole, Yumi Tamashiro, and Frank Tyl: Percussion
Two emerging groups, RighteousGIRLS and Mobius Percussion, pair up for an evening of unforgettable new music by rising stars such as Andy Akiho, Wally Gunn, Amy Beth Kirsten, and many others. Ranging from improvisatory jazz to visceral percussion, each group possesses a unique aesthetic that is changing how audiences are experiencing new music. (more…)
January 8, 2015 8:00 pm
At 8pm, Marcelo Toledo Toledo has developed though the years a personal music style particularly oriented toward the exploration of instrumental timbre, an aspect of his work that has become a characteristic facet of his compositions. In his work he has eliminated the traditional importance given to pitch in order to focus on a new aural matter. This is the product of a research created through his essential engagement to explore -with his personal techniques- the instruments of the orchestra. Toledo’s music evolves almost biologically in an intricate sound texture made out of complex fluid sounds. Tonight he will present inventions, extensions, and distortions on solo works.
At 9pm, The Natives are a collective that explores intuitive music combined with spoken word. Drawing from the traditions of indeterminacy and text composition the ensemble will use sound to inspire words and vice versa. Formed by guitarist Stelios Mihas in 2013, the Natives employ a core of poet/writer Jack Daniel, drummer Mike Sutton, bassist Francesco Marcocci, and saxophonist Dan Blake.
January 9, 2015 8:00 pm
Caitlin Foster: Piano, Tricia Frasure: Violin, Matt Magerkurth: Cello, Pamela Stein: Soprano, Viola Yip: Voice
Ascending, the violin/piano duo of Tricia Frasure and Caitlin Foster, presents “In So Many Words,” a concert of new and 20th-century works in exploration of word and sound within music. Featuring the work of six emerging composers, Stephen Lilly, Matt Magerkurth, Zane Merritt, Carter John Rice, Ryan Woodhouse and Viola Yip, alongside Ives, Rzewski and Prokofiev, the concert will include both traditional and non-traditional performance approaches in an attempt to reveal words evoked, spoken and sung – with music, without music and as music.
January 10, 2015 8:00 pm
Dafna Naphtali: Electronics, Gordon Beeferman: Piano @ 9:00 PM
The Terry Dame Trio – The Volar Portex with Terri Dame: Percussion/Electronics, Jessica Lurie: Sax, Chris Cochrane: Guitar @ 8:00 PM
Gordon Beeferman and Dafna Naphtali will play a set of new duet pieces and improvisations for piano and voice with kinetic sound processing, fractal rhythms, and general polyphonic/kaleidophonic disturbances. Gordon Beeferman fleshes out protean fragments into strikingly visceral structures and landscapes that take the piano to its limit, and Dafna Naphtali augments her high energy live processing of Beeferman’s piano with extended vocal techniques/sounds/multi-modal singing and her custom take on hand and voice-activated electronics.
The Volar Portex is a new trio project combining the creative forces of composer/instrumentalist and instrument inventor Terry Dame, composer/multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jessica Lurie and guitarist/improvisor/producer Chris Cochrane. They will perform a new set of improvised and composed pieces for processed guitar, saxophones, invented instruments, toys, objects and whatever else they might find lying around.
Terry Dame is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, instrument builder, hacker and educator. She is director, composer and instrument builder for the ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan and its solo offshoot project involving original interactive controller instruments known as ElectronGong. Dame also curates a monthly music series at Barbes Brooklyn called Terry Dame’s Weird Wednesdays. Now in its second year the series is dedicated to instrument inventors and players of objects and other musical oddities. As a side person Ms. Dame performs with variety groups including Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas and Wollesonic Laboratories, Jessica Lurie’s Plate Tiptonics and the electronic dance project Daughter Of Darrr with controllerist/dj Julie Covello. From 1994-2004 Dame was composer in residence and saxophonist with Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok.
Jessica Lurie is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer. Jessica is featured on over 50 recordings and has worked with international artists including David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Chuck D & The Fine Arts Militia, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Karl Denson, Frank London, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Vinicio Caposella, Otto Lechner, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, Kenny Wolleson, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville. She composes for multi-media, dance, theater and film, and has collaborated on over 20 multi-media works with visual artist Danijel Zezelj, Great Small Works and Circus Amok. In addition to her own Ensemble, Jessica composes for and performs with the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, Living Daylights trio, Romeo Studs, La Buya, bigger bands Zion80 and Ayn Sof and many other worldwide collaborations. http://www.jessicalurie.com
Chris Cochrane, a guitarist, singer, songwriter, improviser and producer, has been active in the New York music scene since 1983. He has worked with a vast array of great artists, including John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Andrea Centazzo, T Bone Burnett, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, Richard Buckner, Kramer, Eszter Balint, Derek Bailey, Annie Gosfield, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, and Bob Ostertag. He has composed music for dance and theater productions by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Dennis Cooper, John Jasperse, Nayland Blake, Circus Amok, and others. http://www.thechriscochrane.com/
January 17, 2015 8:00 pm
Chartreuse, the all-female, all-contemporary string trio, presents a program that breaks out of the trio repertoire (and instrumentation!). With commissions and premieres from New York to Oslo, Myra Hinrichs (violin), Carrie Frey (viola), and Helen Newby (cello) have been expanding the trio repertoire for the past three years. At the Firehouse Space, they will literally expand their ensemble, welcoming three frequent collaborators: Zachary Good, an active clarinetist in Chicago’s new music scene and founding member of ensemble Mocrep, bassoonist Benjamin Roidl-Ward, and flutist Hannah Hammel, both of Oberlin’s new music collective Semble N and Contemporary Music Ensemble. (more…)
January 22, 2015 8:00 pm
Yoni Kretzmer: tenor saxophone, Frantz Loriot: Viola, Daro Behroozi: Bass clarinet, Leila Bordreuil: Cello, Pascal Niggenkemper: Double bass, Flin Van Hemmen: Drums
Yoni Kretzmer’s chamber sextet, New Dilemma, driving force, is the constant search of the borders between the written and the improvised sound. It aims, through Kretzmer’s compositions, to find (or maybe create?) these borders and then blur them till obscurity, till it is not clear whether the band is improvising or not. The musician themselves are, and the music itself is, posed with the question: Is the music at this moment improvised or predetermined? As though the musician is asking – am I/we improvising or not?
Kretzmer’s compositions aim to highlight this “dilemma” and make it focal point of the ensemble.
January 24, 2015 8:00 pm
Ben Gerstein: trombone, Mike Pride: percussions, Gian Luigi Diana: laptop, Morgan O’Hara: pencils ( live-transmission )
Ben Gerstein TROMBONE
trombonist / multimedia artist / free-improvisation composition /
meditation and integration with nature and the arts
recent grant recipient / New York Foundation for the Arts 2 sets 8 and 9:30 PM
Gian Luigi Diana LAPTOP
multi-instrumentalist / laptop deconstructivist / aesthetic shelter in
and timbral qualities to relinquish form and elevate sound.
Fragmentation, dislocation, manipulation of structure.
Mike Pride PERCUSSION
percussionist / performance artist / composer / visual artist
invested in the integration of a lifetime of experience into sound
Morgan O’Hara PENCILS
visual artist / two-handed drawing practice tracking in real time
vital movement of living beings / transcending both figuration and
executing a direct neural translation from one human action into another
January 30, 2015 7:00 pm
TENTH INTERVENTION’s avant-duo Trystero performs all 7 Episodes of Robert Ashley’s made-for-television opera “Perfect Lives” in a marathon performance at Firehouse Space. This event, spanning 7 hours, will feature special guest performers including jam band AmmoCake, guitarist Hannis Brown, dancer Diane Skerbec, saxophonists Michael Eaton and Lathan Hardy, violinist Hajnal Pivnick, and pianist Brad Whiteley.
Guests may come and go as they please, and each episode begins on the hour, every hour. There will be Midwest-style picnic refreshments served throughout the night. Perfect Lives has in recent years experienced a renaissance of new interpretations, notably Vidas Perfectas, Varispeed and Matmos. Trystero’s new take on Ashley’s television opera includes Ashleyan singing, freely improvised ensemble playing, and 60s inspired performance art.
About the Artist: Formed by the merging of the disparate minds of composer-performers David Kulma and Dorian Wallace, Trystero is a duo brought together to perform Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives and other Awesome Music. For more information, check out www.trysteromusic.com.