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Upcoming Events

March 5, 2015 8:00 pm

Dan Blake Presents Jon Irabagon/Dan Blake Duo & Gabriel Zucker Sextet

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8pm – Jon Irabagon, Dan Blake: Saxophones
9pm – Artemisz Polonyi, Lorena Del Mar Hernandez: Vocals, David Halpern: Bass, Dre Hoceyar: Drums, Phil White: Electronics, Gabriel Zucker: Piano, Songs

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 second concert will feature a compelling triple bill!

At 8pm, Dan Blake teams up with the inimitable Jon Irabagon in a debut duo performance. Not to be missed.

At 9pm, Pianist and composer Gabriel Zucker presents a new sextet featuring singers Artemisz Polonyi and Lorena Del Mar Hernandez, with intrepid improvisers Lester St. Louis (cello) and Dre Hocevar (drums), and electronics by composer Alex Vourtsanis. The group combines exploratory electroacoustic improvisation with vocal themes lifted from Zucker’s indie-rock-inflected songwriting.


March 6, 2015 8:00 pm

Brittany Anjou’s BEWAA + the Michael Eaton Quartet

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Saxophonist/composer Michael Eaton seeks to examine cross cultural connections and future possibilities in a two part program bringing together jazz, rock, native music of Ghana, and the modern Western classical tradition.

BEWAA is a traditional genre of xylophone music from Ghana including funeral, social, and dance songs. Brittany Anjou presents songs learned from master Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma and his proteges Jerome Balsab & Alfred Kpebsaane, arranged for an ensemble featuring finest musicians of Brooklyn. Extracting Western and African instrumentation to explore connections between modern improvised jazz and West African musical ethos, BEWAA explores rare chromaticisms in an invigorating rhythmic setting by juxtaposing precisely pitched western instruments (piano, vibraphone, xylophone) in tandem with the non-western microtonal tuning of the Ghanaian gyil.

The Michael Eaton Quartet explores his original compositions from his recent release, Indivdiuation (Destiny Records, 2014), ambitiously bridging the worlds of lyrical themes, intricately rhythmic minimalistic vamps, freebop, Cageian prepared piano, and multi-layered open terrains.  The quartet’s music presents at once lyrical and rhythmic themes by combining mixed meter modern jazz and elements of classical minimalism. (more…)


March 7, 2015 8:00 pm

New Music Series curated by Iktus Percussion

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TIME OUT NY CRITIC’S PICK!

Iktus Percussion presents…
The Firehouse New Music Series

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Amy Advocat: Clarinetist, Matt Sharrock: Percussion
performing works by:
Adam Roberts
Justin Barish
Dan Lewis
Tina Tallon

Taka Kigawa: Piano
performing Pierre Boulez’s Second Piano Sonata


March 12, 2015 8:00 pm

Eric Schatz Alterman: Cello

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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.

 


March 13, 2015 8:00 pm

From the Roots Up

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Steve Hudson: Piano/Wurlitzer, Zach Brock: Violin, Christopher Hoffman: Cello/Vocals, Ches Smith: Drums

From the Roots Up creates original compositions with an energy and sound of their own. Whether they are performing their own music or their interpretations of music by David Bowie or the Police, their music is inspired from a musical spring of rock, jazz, 20th century classical, and blues.

“So disarmingly fun, it’s impossible to resist…a good naturedly mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge.” — Lucid Culture

“Exquisite compositions…there is a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters.” — Keyboard Magazine

“A collection of little gems.” — All About Jazz

 


March 14, 2015 8:00 pm

Matt Lavelle and The12 Houses

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Special Guest: The great Art Baron on trombone!
Matt Lavelle: Flugel, Cornet, Alto-clarinet (leader)
Tim Stocker: Baritone Sax
Charles Waters: Alto and Clarinet
Ras Moshe: Tenor and Flute
Sweet Lee Odom: Soprano Sax and Clarinet
Claire Du Brunner: Bassoon
Laura Ortman: Violin
Stephanie Griffin: Viola
Gil selinger: Cello
Jack DeSalvo: Guitar and Banjo
Francois Grillot: Bass
Chris Forbes: Piano
Voice: Anais Maviel
Drums: TBD


March 15, 2015 6:00 pm

Sound Painting Workshop

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March 19, 2015 8:00 pm

Lisa Pegher w/ Controlled Chaos

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Controlled Chaos founder and drummer, Lisa Pegher says, “Controlled Chaos has a lot to do with its name. I wanted to create a group that could explore where I’m evolving as a musician and that presents music in its truest, rawest form—that of improvisation. I’ve begun to see that we too often take what other people are doing and saying as truth instead of reaching inside ourselves to find our own voices. We are constantly told that things are supposed to be a certain way that we have to abide by certain rules and live by preconceived notions. Everything seems to get put into boxes, labeled, and then set aside… This never made any sense to me…especially when it comes to music.”


March 20, 2015 7:00 pm

Face The Music

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March 21, 2015 8:00 pm

TAK PRESENTS

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Duo with Sam Pluta: Electronics and Bryan Jacobs: Guitar and Electronics

Trio with Alice Teyssier: Voice and Flute, Michael Weyandt: Baritone, and Bradley Rosen: Voice

Two sets of solos and duos with live electronics followed by a trio performing a cohesive set of vocal/theatrical pieces and sound images.

Here is a look at all of the upcoming concerts in the TAK Presents series
 Alice Teyssler: Flutist and lyric soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. Hailed as possessing a voice with “unusual depth,” Alice’s mission is to share lesser-known masterpieces and develop a rich and vibrant repertoire that reflects our era.

Alice was recently featured on a San Diego Symphony Masterworks concert; James Chute of UT San Diego wrote that her performance of Faure’s Requiem and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras “commanded your complete attention.” Mark Swed of the LA Times called her “an arresting soprano, in all senses” for her world premiere performance of Rolf Riehm’s chamber oratorio ‘Pasolini in Ostia’.

This season, Alice is on tour with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in Washington, D.C., Nashville, Los Angeles, San Diego and will be a mainstay of the group’s residency at the Ojai Festival. She plays the music of Chaya Czernowin and Bernard Rands on Miller Theatre’s portrait concert series and returns to the Monday Evening Concerts twice this season with music by Ramón Lazkano and Lewis Nielson. As a vocal soloist, Alice will join the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in a new work by Aaron Helgeson and will be singing the role of Maddalena in Händel’s ‘La Resurrezione’ with the Bach Collegium San Diego. Alice is thrilled to be working collaboratively through residencies at Long Island University, the Abrons Arts Center and Lee University.

Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer, laptop improviser, electronics performer, and sound artist. Though his work has a wide breadth, his central focus is on the laptop as a performance instrument capable of sharing the stage with groups ranging from new music ensembles to world-class instrumental improvisers. By creating unique interactions of electronics, instruments, and sonic spaces, Pluta’s vibrant musical universe fuses the traditionally separate sound worlds of acoustic instruments and electronics, creating sonic spaces which envelop the audience and resulting in a music focused on visceral interaction of instrumental performers with reactive computerized sound worlds.

As an improviser, Sam has collaborated with some of the finest creative musicians in the world, including Peter Evans, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Craig Taborn, Jim Black, Anne La Berge, and George Lewis. Sam is a member of multiple improvisation-based ensembles, the jazz influenced Peter Evans Quintet, the free improvisation-based Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Peter Evans), the analog synth and laptop duo exclusiveOr (with Jeff Snyder), his longstanding duo with Peter Evans, and the New York City-based power group Sonic Overload (with Jim Altieri, Dan Peck, Tom Blancarte, Peter Evans, and Jeff Snyder). With these various groups he has toured Europe and America and performed at major festivals and venues, such as the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the Moers and Donaueshingen Festivals in Germany, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and The Vortex in London.

 

 


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