the excellent guitar quartet Dither will be playing The Garden of Cyrus at the totally fun New Music Bake Sale on Saturday night (9/25), and Cristian Amigo and I will be performing an all-acoustic version of We Two at the DUMBO Arts Festival at Galapagos on Sunday afternoon (9/26)
I am finally heading back to NYC after nearly a year away, first paddling/biking down the Mississippi River and then working at a really fine series of artist colonies (Montalvo, the Hermitage, and Ucross.) I’ll be starting out tomorrow from northeastern Wyoming, thinking perhaps to head up through Canada a bit and down to Vermont, where I will drop off the kayak and the bike and the car, and then hop onto the Ethan Allen Express down to Penn Station on Saturday. Woo hoo!
One of the pleasures of coming home is that in the first days after getting home, there are gonna be a couple of premieres of my work: definitely an excellent way to get settled in!
On 8 June at Merkin Hall, Mary Rowell is going to premiere a brand new piece I wrote for her, called I’m Worried Now, But I Won’t Be Worried Long. (The title comes from a song by Charley Patton.) We’ll also be doing my James Tate setting, It Happens Like This, in a new arrangement, and the whole festival looks really wonderful, check it out here
And on 12 June at the Invisible Dog, the happening guitar quartet, Dither, is doing the first ever live version of The Garden of Cyrus, an electronic piece from 1985. I’m really excited to hear what they do with it live, for sure! Go here for more info.
So if you’re in New York, I hope I’ll be able to see you at one or both of these shows, and if not then, soon!!!
On 3 March at the Greenwich House Music School in NYC, Margaret will be playing I will not be sad in this world on bass flute, along with music by Molly Thompson, Kaija Saariaho, and new works by Milica Paranosic, Kamala Sankaram, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Paula Matthusen.
Sounds like a great show, go here for more info.
And coming right up on 21 February, David Gerry will be playing the piece in Hamilton,Ontario. Go here for details (click Sundays at Three)
Here and Now: A suite of American suites and other works for cello solo
David Bennett Thomas Sonata (2007)
Ernest Bloch Suite No. 1 (1956)
arr. Aaron Minsky â€œDead Celloâ€â€”Four Grateful Dead Songs (2006)
Ernst Toch Impromptu, Op. 90c (1963)
Gregor Piatigorsky â€œSyrinxâ€ â€œA Strollâ€
Grant Beglarian Elegy for Cellist (1979)
MiklÃ³s RÃ³zsa Toccata Capricciosa, Op. 36 (1979)
March 13 â€¢ Friday, 8 pm
Tickets are $25 regular, $20 senior, $15 student
Mary Rowell will be performing Wolf Chaser with the newly edited video by Vittoria Chierici at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh on 21 February 2008. With music by George Antheil, Jon Appleton, Amy Kohn, Vincert Persichetti, Julia Wolfe, and Arvo PÃ¤rt, and with pianist Geoffrey Burleson.
Call 412-394-3353 or go here for tickets and info.
You can also go here to read an interview with Mary and Geoff about the show…
The excellent folks at the Brooklyn Phil are doing a show in conjuction with the Brooklyn Museum’s Center for Feminist Art which is featuring performances of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Five Things (the latter with a wonderful animation by Judson Wright), along with music by two of my favorite musicians: Lisa Bielawa and Carla Kihlstedt.
More info here…
a fine crew of folks are presenting a show at the Proctor Music Hall on 9 January, developing music, words, movement, and visuals with Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day as a point of departure. I’ve written some new music (with lyrics by George W. Bush and Robert Frost (not simultaneously, though!)), and I’m looking forward to performing with Peggy Gould, Pamela Sneed, Jules Skloot, Bess Phillips, and Mary Rodriguez!
go here for more info and tickets
on 18 december at the Museum fÃ¼r Neue Kunst, Freiburg.
should be cool!
The Williams Symphonic Winds will give a concert on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Celebrating the 100th birthday of Olivier Messiaen, the Symphonic Winds lives up to its reputation for unusual and creative programming with a concert that explores how Messiaen and other composers construct identity through relationships with the concept of place, ranging from inhabiting celestial villages (Olivier Messiaen’s La ville d’en-Haut) to escaping busy urban centers (Eve Beglarian’s Landscaping for Privacy) to solitary landscapes (John Adams’s El Dorado). Also on the program is music by Gustav Holst, John Harbison, David Lang, Ingram Marshall and the world premiere of Jonathan Newmanâ€™s My Hands Are a City.
The Williams Symphonic Winds is a 60-member ensemble dedicated to performing the most significant music written for the chamber and large wind ensemble mediums in provocative concerts. Now in his ninth year as Music Drector, Steven Dennis Bodner has developed the ensemble’s identity as a leading proponent of the performance of new music on campus. The ensemble has commisioned and premiered a number of works by contemporary composers, including Williams faculty and alumni. Recognized as one of the premier wind ensembles in New England, the Symphonic Winds performed at the 2006 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference. In recent years, the Symphonic Winds has been noted both for its adventurous and creative programming and for the quality of its performance, described as “heroic” and “astounding” by critic-composer Barton McLean and “amazingly good” by the composer Louis Andriessen.
for more information, go here or call the
concert hotline at 413-597-3146.
Mabou Mines Dollhouse continues its worldwide tour at the Athens Festival 21-24 July 2007. Go here for more information.
a wonderful crew of NYC artists spearheaded by my dear friend and colleague, pianist Ning Yu (Mabou Mines Dollhouse, Bang on a Can All-Stars) have banded together to present a benefit concert to support victims of the earthquake in Sichuan, China.
a totally excellent group of artists at the intersection of new and world music will be performing, including flutist Marya Martin playing my piece I will not be sad in this world, with the premiere of visuals by Silk Road stalwart Kevork Mourad, with whom I just last week had a great time collaborating on a performance of Osculati Fourniture with the Maya Trio.
Other artists include Maya Beiser, Margaret Leng Tan, Derek Bermel, Huang Ruo, members of the M Shanghai String Band, Ken Thomson, NYPO musicians Duoming Ba and Qiang Tu, and the Children Singers of Third Street Music School. There will be a reception for audience members with food and wine, and music performed by the young musicians of the Stuy Jazz Trio.
the concert will be at the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue at 10th Street in the Village on Sunday 15 June at 7 pm. minimum suggested donation: $25 adults, $10 children. donations support Half the Sky Foundation and Doctors Without Borders.
come if you can! donate whether you can come or not! please participate in this outpouring of support for the Chinese Earthquake survivors!
visit http://www.nybenefitforchinaearthquake.org/ to donate, make a reservation, and learn more about the event.
and please tell all your friends!!!!
Marya Martin will be playing I will not be sad in this world at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on Friday, December 7 at 7 pm. It’s a free concert, but you’ll need to make a reservation. See here for details.
this from The Villager: get your tickets right away if you want to go: it’s selling out fast!