Victoria Bond: Gulliver's Travels
Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

Victoria Bond: Gulliver's Travels

The February 18th program presents contemporary composers’ interpretation of the ancient Byzantine culture and the imaginary culture of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels.” Philip Glass’ “Annunciation,” is based on an Eastern Orthodox Byzantine chant. The program will begin with the Axion Estin Chanters singing the chant upon which Glass based his composition. Pianist Paul Barnes, who gave the world premiere, will also give the New York premiere of Victoria Bond’s “Simeron Kremate,” which is also based on a Byzantine chant.

The imaginary world of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels will provide the basis for composer Victoria Bond, librettist Stephen Greco and dramaturg Doug Fitch’s opera “The Adventures of Gulliver.” This workshop production features a cast of young professional singers.

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Guest appearance at The Bach Store
Nov
30
6:15 PM18:15

Guest appearance at The Bach Store

Popping up on the corner of 56th and Broadway for the entire month of November, acclaimed musician Evan Shinners will be opening “Pop-Up Bach,” New York’s most accessible, and most innovative tribute to the music of J.S. Bach.

In 5,000 square feet of white boxed space, Shinners (a.k.a. ‘WTF Bach’) will install himself in public view, and practice Bach between the hours of noon and 5:30 p.m., for 30 days. During the month, Shinners plans on reciting the majority of Bach’s keyboard music in daily concerts. Shinners, a Yamaha Artist, will be performing on the company’s acclaimed Disklavier CFX concert grand piano (DCFX), the most technologically-advanced piano in the world, and the flagship instrument in the expansive line of award-winning Yamaha reproducing pianos. It is capable of recording an actual performance, and then playing it back note-for-note, with exacting precision and with all the sensitivity and nuance intended by the artist.

Overnight, the Disklavier will continue to entertain the general public, the instrument’s keys and pedals moving up and down to meticulously recreate Shinners' Bach cantata arrangements, which he recorded earlier. The space will also be home to Shinners’ record-releases, featuring Bach’s music heard in a variety of genres, and will see an impressive, diverse list of guest artists. The pop-up event, which is $10 for admission, will be streamed throughout the month of November and can be experienced at http://www.thebachstore.com/.

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Downtown Music at Grace: WQXR Comes to Grace: Ensemble Mélange, with Bob Sherman
Nov
28
12:00 PM12:00

Downtown Music at Grace: WQXR Comes to Grace: Ensemble Mélange, with Bob Sherman

WQXR Comes to Grace: A joyful sextet of all-star virtuosos, Ensemble Mélange shakes up the concert experience, forges a personal connection with the audience, and mixes tried-and-true repertoire with a smorgasbord of jewels from distant genres. The concert is reformatted as a musician’s party game; after each piece, members of the audience are chosen to pick the next piece from an extensive menu organized by style, nationality, and time period. Celebrated radio personality Bob Sherman leads a conversation with the players following the concert. A Downtown Music debut.

This concert is made possible, in part, with the generous support of Nanette H. Bourne and John R. Delfs.


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Resonant Bodies Livestream Show & Tell
Nov
27
10:00 AM10:00

Resonant Bodies Livestream Show & Tell

FACEBOOK LIVE CONCERT SHOW-AND-TELL

WATCH & DONATE

An eight-hour mini-fest for our global vocal music community! 

From 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, November 27th, ResBods vocalists will share short performances with a bit of show-and-tell where they demonstrate vocal techniques, discuss improvisation methods, explain the inner workings of live electronics, talk about the personal stories behind their music—it's a free and intimate concert that you can tune into on your phone or laptop.

To watch, click on or join the Facebook event (linked above and below in the buttons). Live videos will be airing there every thirty minutes throughout the day. Videos will also be stored on the Facebook event for up to a year after the event is finished.

FACEBOOK EVENT

SCHEDULE

All times in EST (New York City, NY, USA)

10:00 AM Jessica Aszodi

10:30 AM Nathalie Joachim

11:00 AM Tony Arnold

11:15 AM Joan La Barbara

11:30 AM Kamala Sankaram

12:00 PM Erin Gee

12:30 PM Paul Pinto

1:00 PM Jen Shyu

1:30 PM Jeff Gavett

2:00 PM Theo Bleckmann

2:30 PM Raquel Acevedo Klein

3:00 PM Lucy Shelton

3:30 PM Kate Soper

4:00 PM HIllary LaBonte & Jocelyn Zelasko

4:30 PM Pamela Z

5:00 PM Roopa Mahadevan & Joshuah Campbell

5:30 PM Ted Hearne

6:00 PM Ariadne Greif

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Momenta Festival IV: Ocean Breakup
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Momenta Festival IV: Ocean Breakup

Stephanie Griffin, curator

with Ariadne Greif, soprano; Ashley Jackson, harp; Carl Bettendorf, conductor; and guest violists William Hakim and Caroline Johnston

Stephanie Griffin: Poem from Exile (2015)

Alba Potes: Oleajes (2003 rev. 2015)

Guy Barash: String Quartet no. 1 "Wrong Ocean" (2012)

Carl Bettendorf: Il y a l'Océan (2009)

Richard Wagner (arr. Griffin): "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde

Americas Society

680 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Free Admission

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Orchestrated Schubert Songs | Benefit Concert for Animal Haven Animal Shelter
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Orchestrated Schubert Songs | Benefit Concert for Animal Haven Animal Shelter

Gretchen am Spinnrade, Die Forelle, and Erlkönig in arrangements for orchestra, in a concert with the New York Orchestra that also includes Schubert Symphonies 6 & 8 and Maxim Lando playing the Wanderer Fantasy. 

If you like Schubert OR if you like dogs, OR BOTH, you should come support this no-kill shelter!

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Dhegrae & Digressions at Brooklyn Bound: Cameo appearance on Lucy Dhegrae's Set
Sep
25
9:00 PM21:00

Dhegrae & Digressions at Brooklyn Bound: Cameo appearance on Lucy Dhegrae's Set

Brooklyn Bound At So Percussion's Studio

So Percussion Studio

Lucy Dhegrae closes the first of two nights of So Percussion’s fabulous mini series Brooklyn Bound. Come enjoy sets by Clara Warnaar and Dan Trueman; Lucy Dhegrae will go on around 9:15/9:30pm.

$10 suggested donation

PROGRAM

Un lieu verdoyant: hommage à Gérard Grisey (1999) by Philippe Leroux (b. 1959)

with Casey Grev (soprano saxophone)

Excerpt from Le lay de bonne espérance, No. 13 by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)

Sense of Energy (2018) by Esin Gündüz (b. 1983)

by **guest vocalists!!** Roopa Mahadevan and Esin Gündüz

Since 1500 (2011) by Matthew Schickele (b. 1969)

Letter Piece 1: Arsenal, Bahrain, Chihuahua, Darjeeling and Eisenhower (2008) by Matthew Shlomowitz (b. 1975)

with Ariadne Greif (Dhegrae & Digressions)

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William Kentridge | Ursonate | Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

William Kentridge | Ursonate | Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

William Kentridge: Ursonate
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2
15/9, 19.00
Ticket: 350/250 NOK
(Also performed 16/9 at 19.00)

Ursonate, by the exiled German dada artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), has been called the greatest sound poem of the 20thcentury. Structured in four parts like a classical symphony and completed in 1932, it consists of 30 minutes of vocal noises and strange, alien language. In recent years Ursonate has been acclaimed as a masterpiece.

‘Listening to the sonata is better than reading it,’ Schwitters wrote. After fleeing Germany at the outbreak of the second world war, Schwitters lived in exile for several years on the west coast of Norway, developing his notorious Merz collage concept before moving to England. Now South African artist William Kentridge has developed a highly physical rendition of the work, complete with violent body gestures, and a series of projected images complementing and commenting on the text. This visual display ranges from collaged newspaper pages and floating words to abstract shapes and images that recall the apartheid regime in his own country.

Often referencing the history of apartheid in South Africa, William Kentridge’s obliquely political work has been exhibited around the world. At Ultima – the first time he has performed Ursonate in Europe – Norwegian bassist Håkon Thelin and others will provide a suitably anarchic audio accompaniment. Kentridge brings a highly personal element to his interpretation, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21stcentury where its apparent insanity and incomprehensibility remain vital and relevant. As Kentridge says: ‘Aberration, the absurd, paradox and contradiction are not disturbances at the edge of the rational, but, in fact, are the centre of how the world operates.

William Kentridge – Director, Libretto based on Kurt Schwitters. Sabine Theunissen – Set Designer. Janous Fouche – Video Editor. Performers: William Kentridge – Artist/Performer. Ariadne Greif – Soprano. Håkon Thelin – Double Bass. Rolf-Erik Nystrøm – Saxophone.

In collaboration with DNO&B.
Supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

William Kentridge’s Ursonate was commissioned by the Performa Biennial and premiered at the Harlem Parish in New York City as part of the Performa 17 Festival. Produced by: THE OFFICE performing arts + film. European Partner: QUATERNAIRE.

 

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William Kentridge | Ursonate | Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

William Kentridge | Ursonate | Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

William Kentridge: Ursonate
Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Scene 2
15/9, 19.00
Ticket: 350/250 NOK
(Also performed 16/9 at 19.00)

Ursonate, by the exiled German dada artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), has been called the greatest sound poem of the 20thcentury. Structured in four parts like a classical symphony and completed in 1932, it consists of 30 minutes of vocal noises and strange, alien language. In recent years Ursonate has been acclaimed as a masterpiece.

‘Listening to the sonata is better than reading it,’ Schwitters wrote. After fleeing Germany at the outbreak of the second world war, Schwitters lived in exile for several years on the west coast of Norway, developing his notorious Merz collage concept before moving to England. Now South African artist William Kentridge has developed a highly physical rendition of the work, complete with violent body gestures, and a series of projected images complementing and commenting on the text. This visual display ranges from collaged newspaper pages and floating words to abstract shapes and images that recall the apartheid regime in his own country.

Often referencing the history of apartheid in South Africa, William Kentridge’s obliquely political work has been exhibited around the world. At Ultima – the first time he has performed Ursonate in Europe – Norwegian bassist Håkon Thelin and others will provide a suitably anarchic audio accompaniment. Kentridge brings a highly personal element to his interpretation, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21stcentury where its apparent insanity and incomprehensibility remain vital and relevant. As Kentridge says: ‘Aberration, the absurd, paradox and contradiction are not disturbances at the edge of the rational, but, in fact, are the centre of how the world operates.

William Kentridge – Director, Libretto based on Kurt Schwitters. Sabine Theunissen – Set Designer. Janous Fouche – Video Editor. Performers: William Kentridge – Artist/Performer. Ariadne Greif – Soprano. Håkon Thelin – Double Bass. Rolf-Erik Nystrøm – Saxophone.

In collaboration with DNO&B.
Supported by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.

William Kentridge’s Ursonate was commissioned by the Performa Biennial and premiered at the Harlem Parish in New York City as part of the Performa 17 Festival. Produced by: THE OFFICE performing arts + film. European Partner: QUATERNAIRE.

 

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Resonant Bodies Festival | Sydney, Australia
Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Resonant Bodies Festival | Sydney, Australia

A staged recital about childhood viewed through the lens of adulthood, fairytale, storytelling, transcription, and juvenilia. Featuring pieces by Ryan Chase, Shawn Jaeger, Ricardo Romaneiro, and performed alongside Australia's rockstar virtuoso of the organ,

Don't miss the rest of the Resonant Bodies Festival in Sydney, New York, Chicago, Banff, and, soon, Los Angeles!

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