This looks super-cool: a day-long retrospective of the films of Lee Breuer, including a showing of Dollhouse (for which I wrote the music) at 6:30 pm.
Play Like a Girl will receive its New York premiere on Sunday 8 February at the DiMenna Center. Salome Scheidegger will play three variations of the 8 factorial possibilities, and I can’t wait to hear her do it.
See you there, I hope!
The French pianist Nicholas Horvath is performing the complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass at Weill Hall on 9 January, alongside a selection of homages. I wrote Enough Holes for the project, and it will be premiered on this concert. Should be a very cool evening of piano music!
You can hear the premiere of No Delight in Sacrifice, a small piece responding to The Rite of Spring, at the above link.
A commemoration of what would have been John Cage’s 102nd birthday will open the season, with a roster of new-music stars (among them Eve Beglarian, Vicky Chow, Nick Hallett, John King and Mr. Gibson) performing Cage’s 1970 “Song Books” (Sept. 5).
The League-ISCM is playing Waiting for Billy Floyd on Monday 17 June up at Miller Theater, which should be very cool. They’re doing the images as well, so that’ll be a nice thing. Mississippi in upper Manhattan!
Tony de Mare will be playing some of the Sondheim reworkings he’s commissioned on a concert in NYC on Sunday 12 May at 3 pm. It’s also being streamed, so you can check it out from wherever you are. My piece is a response to Happiness from Passion. It’s part of the WONDERFUL Tribeca New Music Festival: check out the whole series of concerts!
this Friday at 7:30, the excellent Mary Mackenzie will be singing three songs from the song cycle I wrote a few years ago with the composer Phil Kline called The Story of B. Click the image below for more info and tickets:
On Thursday 18 April, the Voices of Ascension under the direction of Dennis Keene will be premiering a new commission for chorus and organ called Building the Bird Mound. Click the photo for tickets and more information:
Building the Bird Mound was inspired by a visit I made to Poverty Point, a pre-historic mound complex in Northeast Louisiana, while traveling down the length of the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle in the fall of 2009. Poverty Point, which was built sometime between 3500 and 1500 B.C. is structured as a series of long concentric half-circles that radiate from a center mound which is in the shape of a winged bird. When I stood in the center of the mound that November afternoon, I had a glimpse of something very powerful, a sense of being sheltered — held — in the body of this giant effigy bird, and close to the ghosts of all the people who had scrabbled in the dirt to pile up and carry soil, basket by basket, to build this sacred place. I knew then that I wanted to write a piece of music about this place and the people who built it, and Building the Bird Mound is the result of that afternoon’s inspiration.
Mary Rowell and I as BRIM are doing a show at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS on 11 October as part of a little mini-tour we’ve set up. More info here. We’ll be traveling along the Ohio River to join the Mississippi, really looking forward to getting out on the road again!
from The Village Voice, 1 June 2011
Wednesday, June 1 (tonight!); 8 p.m.
Eve Beglarian: Songs from A Book of Days
For over a decade, Beglarian has been working on this song cycle, which she describes “‘mulling over’ pieces, made in the spirit of commonplace books, collections of found thought that please me, and of medieval books of days.”
Whether she’s pivoting off Plato to create some early electro-percussive damage (circa 1985) that could’ve schooled Reznor, or turning Whitman’s “We Two” into a lovely duo for herself and Corey Dargel, she’s as intellectually erudite as she is deeply intuitive.
(Where else to hear Beglarian: On the New World-issued Tell the Birds CD, as well as the compilation Lesbian American Composers.)
then, next Wednesday 1 June, again at the Stone, I myself will be performing with fabulous guests Lydia Van Dreel, Mary Rowell, and Megan Schubert. works include the first performance of EinHorn for horn and electronics, and lots of other good stuff. Hope to see you there!
Here‘s a happy-making preview of the two pieces I’ve written for the Sarasota Orchestra players as part of the Greenfield Prize.
take your pick!
if you’re in Miami Friday night 2/25, you can hear My Feelings Now on this show:
and/or if you’re in NYC Saturday night 2/26, you can hear it on this one:
I have a new piece for multiple trombones up here, it’s called In and Out of the Game, and it’s another piece for the River Project. You can watch and listen to the video version (click for fullscreen):