The First Thursdays series curated by Dan Blake is back! New York’s contemporary music scene is incomparably vast in scope, perhaps impossible to cover with a single series. With this residency at The Firehouse Space, Dan Blake brings together a range of collaborations that at least begins to represent the diversity of experiences and musical styles in music. Now in its second season, this first concert will feature Joshua Sinton’s Senhor Vasques and the Chris Pitsiokos Trio. (more…)
October 2, 2014 8:00 pm
October 3, 2014 9:00 pm
The Sara McDonald Orchestra is a 22 piece large ensemble comprised of a 17 piece big band with vocals, and a string quartet. This group does not play jazz, period. The orchestra is an indie-rock-pop group that just happens to share a similar instrumentation to that of a big band. The sounds that will emanate from the bellows of this intricately crafted machine, will be unlike any you’ve ever heard before from a “big band.” The sounds are vibrant and layered, dreamy and at times even aggressive. Plus, the group is just incredibly fun to watch! You don’t want to miss the Sara McDonald Orchestra – informally and affectionately known as The New York Chillharmonic. (more…)
October 9, 2014 8:00 pm
Kevin Norton: Vibraphone, Connie Crothers: Piano, Ed Schuller: Bass, Roger Mancuso: Drums
A new quartet that started from an impromptu jam at Connie’s loft, brings together a love for free improvisation as well as a love for standards and bebop.
Connie Crothers is well known for her performances on piano and her dedication to the art of improvisation. Within any given month of time Connie can be heard playing music with musicians as diverse as Jemeel Moondoc, Henry Grimes, Ken Filiano or poet Mark Weber. Whether in a European concert hall or a Brooklyn art gallery, Crothers always leaves her audience moved by direct and honest expressive power and sensitivity. Connie has also worked with jazz legends Max Roach, Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh, to name a few. (more…)
October 10, 2014 8:30 pm
REAL ADULT (Cory Bracken) at 8:30
Adrianna Mateo: Violin, Brooks Frederickson: Percussion and Compositions at 9:30
Bang on a Can 2014 Summer Marathon alums, Adrianna Mateo and Brooks Frederickson, team up for a night of new music. Hailed as a “rising artist” by the New York Times, new music violinist Adriana Mateo has performed solo at the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon as the only featured soloist on the 2014 Marathon, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with its first Artist-In-Residence DJ Spooky, and on tour in Europe. Most recently, she has recorded for Philip Glass and recorded/modeled for a commercial slated for national release later this year. Ms. Mateo regularly learns and performs on multiple instruments (violin, guitar, piano, and various others), merging roles as new music soloist and singer-songwriter for well-received performances at the Living Room, Ars Nova, and in Africa and Southeast Asia.
October 16, 2014 8:00 pm
PascAli is a contrabass duo featuring Sean Ali and Pascal Niggenkemper that is dedicated to exploring the terra incognita of music, sound and improvisation. The “prepared” bass is a central theme and method of PascAli’s music. Augmenting their instruments with kitchenware, aluminum cans, balloons, mallets, lampshades, and almost any other kind of found object imaginable, PascAli creates entire worlds and soundscapes out of the noises their basses produce in this altered state.
October 16, 2014 10:00 pm
Patrick Breiner: Reeds, Josh Sinton: Reeds, Jesse Stacken: Piano, Adam Hopkins: Bass, Martin Urbach: Drums
How to Make A Mountain is a dynamic ensemble which explores improvisation through instruments, movement, and voice. The group has been rehearsing weekly for over a year, developing both their approach to making music together and their extramusical relationships.
The collective power of this group surprises the audience and members themselves.
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October 17, 2014 8:00 pm
Chris Cochrane: Guitar, Matthew Ostrowski: Electronics, Richard Carrick: Piano
October 18, 2014 8:00 pm
You must prepare for this show. It involves way more than listening. It involves being open to the movement of soundwaves through all matter, including you. It will require your full attention. Then you can fully experience the molecular massage that the musics of tonight’s innovators of the current avant-garde can provide. Relaxing, inspiring, renewing, impressive, exciting – it will be different for each of you, memorable for all. (more…)
October 19, 2014 6:00 pm
Join us for these Soundpainting sessions, “Advanced Soundpainting Session-Beginners Welcome.” We cover new concepts around this live-composing sign language, and share new ideas. Beginners can ‘swim’ and ask questions, and a short overview of gestures can also be done before diving in with the rest of the group. Hosted each month by two Soundpainter hosts, these sessions will cover a variety of live-composition topics and will concentrate on different disciplines such as: acting, dancing/movement, lighting design, visual art, music, electronic music. Join us every last Sunday of the month. Soundpainting hosts include: Mark Lindberg, Evan Mazunik, Gil Selinger, Dennis Shafer, Tomi Tsunoda, and Leese Walker, each leaders of their own Soundpainting ensembles in New York.