Monday, June 17 @ 7PM
“ORDINARY OBJECTS, EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC”
Joshua Fried/Hans Tammen
Moderated by Robert Schwimmer
“FANTASTIC FORCE: PIANO, TROMBONES”
Moderated by Daniel Felsenfeld
Wednesday, June 19 @ 7PM
“SPACE: REAL AND VIRTUAL”
Moderated by Paula Matthusen
Friday, June 21 @ 7PM
“THE SHAPE AND TEXTURE OF EMOTION”
Yotam Haber/ Contemporaneous
Moderated by Eve Beglarian
Saturday, June 22 @ 7PM
“UP AND COMING...AND HERE!”
Tim Hansen/TRANSIT New Music
Amplified Cactus Salon
Moderated by Todd Reynolds
Rob Schwimmer(moderator) is a composer-pianist/keyboardist, thereminist and Continuum player who has performed and recorded throughout the world. As a founding member of the highly acclaimed Polygraph Lounge music and comedy duo with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart (Bang On A Can Allstars/Paul Simon) and co-curator and original member of The NY Theremin Society, Rob recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal in a NY Theremin Society feature. His solo piano CD “Beyond The Sky” was hailed as “Extraordinary” in Gramophone and as “Shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of the year” in All About Jazz-NY. Rob was also theremin soloist with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor playing the premiere of Bernard Herrmann’s Scene d’Amour from Vertigo performed with theremin for the first time. In addition to recently premiering his own virtuoso piano version of Rhapsody in Blue (as orchestral soloist) Rob has since added the incredible new instrument the Haken Continuum Fingerboard to his arsenal of expression and recently gave the world premiere of his piece “The Gauntlet” for Continuum & Piano as a featured performer at Bargemusic’s Here and Now festival. Recent recording sessions include Trey Anastasio (on piano, theremin, Continuum, clavioline, Farfisa, vibes and celeste) and Paul Simon (on Continuum.)
Rob is one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world and recently featured on the popular PBS series “History Detectives.” His appearances as theremin soloist with orchestras include The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor (which included Rob’s theremin arrangement of Bernard Herrmann’s “Scene d’Amour” from Vertigo) and The Little Orchestra at Lincoln Center. In addition to his CD Theremin Noir (with Uri Caine and Mark Feldman,) Rob has performed as featured thereminist on Trey Anastasio’s latest album Traveler, Matthew Barney’s epic movie Cremaster 3, the 2009 R.W. Goodwin feature Alien Trespass, CBS television series Now and Again and A&E’s Breakfast With the Arts. He was chosen to perform at a sold out concert in the Disney Concert Hall (LA) as part of legendary The 10 Piece Theremin Orchestra.
Rob played keyboards, theremin and vocals with Simon and Garfunkel at the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden (where he played “The Boxer” on the theremin) as well as their New Zealand, Australia and Japan, North American and European tours. He has worked with Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, Queen Latifah, Arif Mardin, Adam Guettel, Mary Cleere Haran, T-Bone Walker, Sam Rivers, Marc Shaiman, The Klezmatics, Christian Marclay, Matthew Barney, David Krakauer, Ang Lee, Maria Schneider, Michel Gondry, Trey Anastasio, Bernie Worrell, Nels Cline, Annette Peacock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marshall Brickman, Larry Campbell, Josh Groban, Mabou Mines, Geoffrey Holder, John Cale, Steve Buscemi, Theo Bleckmann, John Stubblefield, Burt Bacharach, The Roches, Edie Brickell, Teo Macero, Hal Willner, Vernon Reid, The Everly Brothers, Ethel, James Emery, Bela Fleck, Lenny Kaye, Kurt Vonnegut, Anjani Thomas, Odetta, Drepung Loseling Tibetan Monks, Bernie Worrell, Joseph Jarman, Alwin Nikolai/ Murray Louis Dance Company, Henry Jaglom, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Fred Anderson, Marc Ribot, Frank London, C&C Music Factory and Sammy Davis Jr. among others.
Schwimmer composed the score for Cynthia Wade’s 2008 Academy Award winner “Freeheld” in the Documentary Short category as well as David Frankel’s Oscar winner “Dear Diary” for Dreamworks (their first Oscar) in the Live Action Short in 1997. Rob’s compositions have been featured in theater, television series and movies, documentaries and feature films as well as Rob’s continuuing series of solo concerts. He has performed at venues all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd St. Y, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Tokyo Dome, Madison Square Garden, The Blue Note, CBGB’s and the Colosseum (Rome) before a crowd of over 600,000.
Schwimmer’s work can be heard on CBS/Sony, Warner Brothers, Toshiba/ EMI, Def Jam/ Island, Manhattan/Blue Note, Dorian, NHK, Capricorn, Evidence, Knitting Factory, Polystar, Traditional Crossroads, Dreamworks SKG, Universal Pictures, TriStar Pictures, HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, CBS, NBC, ABC, Discovery, Lifetime, Noggin, A&E, NPR and Nickelodeon.
Created by Joshua Fried (Radio Wonderland) and Hans Tammen (synthroid)
Fried and Tammen are known for turning technology on its head, challenging its assumptions, while using machines to accentuate the raw human qualities of live events that are unique to the moment. Their work partakes equally of minimalism and polyrhythmic experimentation, as well as contemporary performance art, dance rhythm and sophisticated spatialization techniques.
Joshua Fried (composer, performer, producer, technological conceptualist) mangles the corporate audio stream in the form of live FM radio, choosing algorithms on the fly and directly controlling the live DSP using electrified shoes and a steering wheel. Joshua Fried (b. 1969)‘s work spans experimental music, DJ culture and live art. He has remixed They Might Be Giants, drummed on electric shoes, and put headphones on Downtown NYC’s most mercurial stars. Based in New York City, Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, Danceteria, La MaMa, BAM, Joe’s Pub and le Poisson Rouge (all NYC); in Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, Berlin, Milan, Paris and across Europe. His production credits include Chaka Khan, Ofra Haza, and avant drone-master David First. Fried’s awards include two New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo and Bellagio. Fried’s recordings have been released by free103point9, Trace Label, Tellus and Atlantic Records. Fried was the youngest composer profiled in Schirmer Books’ “American Music In the 20th Century”. He teaches music and technology at NYU. www.radiowonderland.org
Hans Tammen (synthroid) currently plays an analog modular synthesizer built around chaotic behaviors, where small changes in the settings may yield widely diverging sonic and rhythmic changes, forcing the player to constantly rethink and rearrange music. Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds – as a critic observed, with his “…fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet”. His works have been presented on festivals in the US, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, South Africa and all over Europe. He recorded on labels such as Innova, ESP-DISK, Nur/Nicht/Nur, Creative Sources, Leo Records, Potlatch, Cadence, Clang and Hybrid. Hans Tammen received grants and composer commissions from MAPFund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Music Center, Chamber Music America, New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA), New York Foundation For The Arts (NYFA), American Composers Forum w/ Jerome Foundation, New York State Music Fund, Goethe Institute w/ Foreign Affairs Office, among others. www.tammen.org
BALLOON SYMPHONY NO. 2
Created by Judy Dunaway
A piece performed by the audience
BALLOON SYMPHONY NO. 2 (2004) utilizes video projections with instructions for audience participation. The videos not only provide an interesting interactive experience for the audience, but also guide them to question and challenge the instructions. Note: This piece is not suitable for children under 8 years of age.
Judy Dunaway (creator) creates free improvisations and compositions on balloons as serious musical instruments. She has presented this work at many major festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Roy and Edna Disney Center (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (New York), the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada), and Podewil (Berlin). She has also performed works by John Zorn and Roscoe Mitchell, and has performed live improvisations on balloons with many outstanding musicians including Jennifer Walshe, John Hollenbeck, Yasunao Tone, and the FLUX Quartet. She has received grants/residencies from the Aaron Copland Fund, American Composers Forum, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, STEIM, Harvestworks and others. She has released CDs of her balloon works on several labels including CRI (Composers Recordings Inc) and Innova. She has a M.A. in experimental music composition from Wesleyan University (where she studied with Alvin Lucier) and a Ph.D. in music composition from State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she worked with Daria Semegen and Christa Erickson. http://www.jeweltone16.org/judydunaway/
Daniel Felsenfeld (moderator) compositions have been commissioned and performed by Simone Dinnerstein, Two Sense, Metropolis Ensemble, Ensemble 212, American Opera Projects, Great Noise Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, ACME, Transit, REDSHIFT, Two Sides Sounding, Blair McMillen, Jennifer Choi, Stephanie Griffin, Kathleen Supove, Stephanie Mortimore, New Gallery Concert Series, Serial Underground, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Kennedy Center, Le Poisson Rouge, City Winery, Galapagos Art Space, The Stone, Jordan Hall, Duke University, Stanford University and Harvard University. He has also worked with Jay-Z, The Roots, Keren Ann, and is the court composer for John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders. Raised in the outlying suburbs of Los Angeles, he lives in Brooklyn. www.danielfelsenfeld.info
MUSIC FOR 4 TROMBONES
Composed by Alex Weiser
Performed by The Guidonian Hand: Mark Broschinsky, William Lang, James Rogers, Sebastian Vera
MUSIC FOR 4 TROMBONES is a sonic exploration. The 4 trombones play together in canons with subtle ever-changing poly-rhythmic inter-relations. The music builds up and up, it settles for an otherworldly calm elegiac song, and then it falls to its end. It was written as a part of Alex Weiser’s 2012-2013 Composer-in-Residence position with the Guidonian Hand.
Alex Weiser (composer) writes music of dramatic visceral power and thoughtful introspection. He has received commissions and performances from ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, the Argento Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, the Sinopia Quartet, bassoon quintet Dark in the Song, the Metapraxis Ensemble, New Triad, the New Amsterdam Singers, and the New York Mandolin Orchestra. As Composer-in-Residence for the trombone quartet Guidonian Hand, Alex has been commissioned to write a major work to be premiered in installments throughout the 2012-2013 season. Other upcoming projects include a song cycle for Mellissa Hughes and Lisa Moore, another string quartet for the JACK Quartet, and a work for the New York University Symphony Orchestra as one of their Composers-in-Residence. Alex has completed residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Millay Colony, Norfolk, June in Buffalo, the European Musical Alliance, and highSCORE. Alex’s music has recently been awarded by the Lyrica Chamber Music Society, Iowa State University’s Carillon Festival, the University of Central Missouri, and the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts. Born in New York City, Alex began seriously studying music while attending Stuyvesant High School writing pieces for the symphonic orchestra there, while studying theory and conducting with Joseph Tamosaitis, and composition with Paul Alan Levi. Alex then continued his studies at Yale University where he worked with teachers including Michael Klingbeil, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ingram Marshall, and Chris Theofanidis. www.AlexWeiser.com.
The Guidonian Hand has been acclaimed by The New York Times for their “expertly played” performances displaying “meaty lower brass textures.” They are America’s leading modern trombone collective. Tireless advocates for contemporary music, this adventurous ensemble collaborates frequently with living composers, bringing to life compelling new works. They have commissioned over a dozen new works and received grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Barlow Foundation, and New Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer). The Hand has premiered works by Eve Beglarian, Conrad Winslow, J. Mark Stambaugh, Galen Brown, and Jeremy Howard Beck. Current commissions include pieces by Mary Ellen Childs, Jeremy Howard Beck, Max Seigel, Christian Gentry, Tim Hanson, and Alex Weiser, the group’s composer in residence for the 2012-13 season.
An exhilarating addition to New York’s vibrant music scene, the Hand has performed extensively in the New York metropolitan area at such venues as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, The Juilliard School, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, Manhattan School of Music, The Tank, Mannes College of Music, New York University, INTAR Theater, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival and the Gershwin Hotel’s New Music series. In 2010 they appeared as featured guest artists at the International Trombone Festival in Austin, TX. Upcoming engagements include appearances at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and tours to California, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
In addition to modern literature, the Guidonian Hand gives a fresh voice to classical repertoire, juxtaposing art music of the past with modern works. Programs frequently reflect eclectic and wide-ranging musical interests, from Bach to Mozart to Thelonius Monk to Jacob TV. The Hand is passionate about creating original performance experiences that blend music with other art forms such as film, dance, theatre and spoken word. Recent collaborations include a concert that paired new music with machines constructed by kinetic sculptor and MIT Artist-in-Residence Arthur Ganson.
Members of the Hand have performed with diverse ensembles in New York City and across the country, including Ensemble ACJW, the Either/Orchestra, Tilt Ensemble, the Darcy James Argue Secret Society, the Shrine Big Band, Signal Ensemble, Argento, Wet Ink, ACME and numerous symphony orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Akron Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony in C, Canton Symphony, Albany Symphony and Vermont Symphony.
The Guidonian Hand is Mark Broschinsky, Will Lang, Sebastian Vera and James Rogers. They are represented by Ariel Artists.
Mark Broschinsky (musician) has been recognized by the Rapid City Journal as a “true virtuoso on the instrument.” He has performed as a guest artist at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and has also appeared with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra in England and ensembles dedicated to new music including Wet Ink and Alarm Will Sound. He has played under conductors such as Keith Lockhart, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Gunther Schuller. An active chamber musician, Mark is a founding member of the 3/5s (three-fifths) Brass Trio, and the Guidonian Hand Trombone Quartet and is a member of the Leora Chamber Orchestra. As a former member of the Synergy Brass Quintet, Mark has performed concerts and presented master classes throughout the United States, including appearances at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, Indiana University School of Music, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. With an insatiable appetite for the new and unusual, Mark has commissioned and premiered numerous works, and founded the new music ensemble Grocery Store Sushi. In November of 2012, he will premiere Serpens for bass, tenor and alto trombones by J. Mark Stambaugh. Additionally, he has performed with New York-based groups Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink and Alarm Will Sound, and was a featured soloist at the New York Electronic Arts Music Festival. Committed to instructing and inspiring the next generation of musicians, Mark actively participates in community outreach and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement and Camp MSM in New York City. Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree in trombone performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a Graduate Performance diploma with Norman Bolter at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music.
William Lang (musician) is originally from Long Island and an active performer and improviser in New York and Boston. Hailed for his “superb performance” of James Bergin’s “Langmusik” by the Boston Globe, William is dedicated to playing premieres and new music. He has performed solo recitals at the Stone, the Gershwin Hotel, and Greenfield Hall in New York City, and other venues throughout the Northeast and Miami. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble on a tour of New York State, and as a guest artist on the defacto music series and the Electronic Music Festival. As a chamber musician, William has appeared with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Claremont Ensemble, the SEM Ensemble, TACTUS, TILT Brass, Wet Ink, and Zero Gravity. William is also a founding member of two New York City based groups: the Guidonian Hand, a trombone quartet, and loadbang, his groundbreaking ensemble consisting of baritone voice, bass clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. He is also a member of the Boston Microtonal Society’s premiere ensemble Notariotous. William has performed in such venues as the Carnegie Hall’s Issac Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall, The Flea, the Guggenheim Museum, Issue Project Room, Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre, Paul Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, St. John the Divine in New York, St. Paul’s Church in Boston, St. Peter’s in New York, Secret Project Robot, The Stone, and The Tank. Alongside trumpeter Andrew Kozar, William hosted a weekly concert series at Manhattan School of Music, “Will and Andy’s Power Concerts.” Featuring guest performers every week and a dedication to new music, there were 42 concerts which built up a steady following and featured the premieres of over 50 new works. William received his Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Herrington, and his Bachelors Degree from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Stefan Sanders and Carl Mazzio.
James Rogers (musician) can be found playing bass trombone in the New York metropolitan area any night of the week performing in a wide variety of styles and ensembles. He holds positions in the Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony) and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. As a teacher, he coaches low brass at the Lucy Moses School and Bronx Charter School for the Arts. As a freelance orchestra musician Mr. Rogers has performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. With chamber ensembles he has performed on Miller Theater’s Composer’s Portrait series and the Jupiter Symphony’s chamber series. On the Jazz scene, he can be found performing with big bands at Birdland, The Iridium, and Fat Cat. And finally on the commercial music scene, he toured the Northeast in December with the Irish Tenor’s Christmas Reunion Orchestra. Rogers’ primary teachers were Dave Tayler, David Finlayson, John Engelkes, and Dave Ridge. He has also been honored to have been under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Sebastian Vera (musician) is a Texas native. He began playing the trombone at age 11. In October 2010, he was honored to become Principal Trombonist of the Pittsburgh Opera. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman of the Dallas Symphony and Masters and Professional Studies degrees at Mannes College of Music, studying with David Finlayson and James Markey of the New York Philharmonic. In 2009, Sebastian was honored to be asked to play alongside the New York Philharmonic trombone section as well as members of the Metropolitan Opera to record two pieces for James Markey’s recent solo release, “On Base”. Mr. Vera has performed with the symphonies of Dallas, Pittsburgh, Vermont, Albany, Akron, Huntsville and Canton amongst others. He has attended such summer programs as the National Orchestral Institute, Summer Trombone Workshop and Brevard Music Center. Sebastian is an Artist for Edwards Instruments and founding member of the Guidonian Hand. When he can get away from the trombone he most enjoys basketball, traveling and psychology.
Paula Matthusen (moderator) is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker noted as being “entrancing”. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered.
Her music has been performed by Dither, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), orchest de ereprijs, Ballett Frankfurt, The Glass Farm Ensemble, James Moore, Kathryn Woodard, Terri Hron, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Margaret Lancaster and Jody Redhage. Her work has been performed at numerous venues and festivals in America and Europe, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the MusicNOW Series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Merkin Concert Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music at MassMoCA, the Gaudeamus New Music Week, SEAMUS, International Computer Music Conference and Dither’s Invisible Dog Extravaganza. She performs frequently with the electroacoustic duo ouisaudei, Object Collection, and through the theater company Kinderdeutsch Projekts. Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers’ Awards, First Prize in the Young Composers’ Meeting Composition Competition, the MacCracken and Langley Ryan Fellowship and recently the “New Genre Prize” from the IAWM Search for New Music. Matthusen has also held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, create@iEar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, STEIM, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Matthusen is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, where she teaches experimental music, composition, and directs the Toneburst Laptop Ensemble.
LIFE ON EARTH
Composed, conducted and cello by Peri Mauer
An ensemble of 15 musicians playing acoustic instruments.
LIFE ON EARTH presents a multi-faceted, eclectic performance piece for chamber ensemble. The music expresses different aspects of life on earth in a unique timbre of tones that Peri Mauer invents, configures, and shapes, overlapping to form a collage of polyrhythmic faceted transparencies. Musicians play in different areas of the stage in varying configurations, while changes of lighting shift degrees of shadow, brightness, and color in sync with the polyrhythmic drive. As the instrumentation, density, and spacial staging differ within and from group to group, the whole projects as a mobile of sound while music moves throughout the performance space.
Peri Mauer (composer/cellist) received her MM and BM from the Manhattan School of Music, her BA from Bard College, and graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She has composed works for solo instruments, chamber music ensembles, orchestra, and theater. Her music has received performances in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series (including the Bargemusic Labor Day Festival), New York Composers Circle Concerts of New Music at St. Peter’s Church and St. Marks Church, Composers Concordance Festival, Music With A View Festivals 2012 and 2011, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin, ME, Composers Voice Series at Jan Hus Church, NYU Composers Forum, Kaleidoscope Concert Series at WMP Concert Hall, Sound Minds: New Music Series at the Living Theater, Manhattan Composers Orchestra, Cross Island, etc. She has composed incidental music scores to several Off-Broadway classic theater productions including Aristophanes’ “Thesmophoriazusae” and “Ecclesiazusae”, Euripides “The Bacchae”, Aphra Behn’s “The Emperor of the Moon”, and has received grants for her work from New Music USA Composer’s Assistance program, Meet the Composer, Composers Guild of Utah, and National Federation of Music Clubs.
Recent premiere performances of her music include “Illuminations of the Night”, for orchestra, performed by the New York Repertory Orchestra at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, “Nudibranch Friday”, for violin and cello, at Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series and Symphony Space, “Quietly, at Dusk”, for solo clarinet, in the Composers Voice Concert of New Music at Jan Hus Church “In the Moment”, for contralto and cello, (for which she was also cellist) and “Blogarhythm”: Scenes 1 & 2 for 24-piece chamber ensemble (which she also conducted) in Music With a View at the Flea Theater, PIXELIANCE, for flute harp and marimba at St. Marks Church in the Bowery, “Dutchess Starlight Revisted”, for cello, trombone, and guitar, in Composers Concordance Festival at Drom, “Rhapsodance”, for clarinet and piano, in Bargemusic’s Here and Now Labor Day Festival, WMP Concert Hall, and New York Composers Circle Concert of New Music at St. Peter’s Church, “Blogarhythm on the Rocks”, for chamber ensemble, as part of Make Music New York 2011 in Central Park, “Afterwords”, for clarinet, cello, and piano by Cross Island, in various locations on Long Island, NY.
As professional cellist, Peri has performed with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Encompass New Opera Theater, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, New York University Contemporary Ensemble, American Chamber Opera Company, Opera Ebony, Playwrights Horizons, and Prospect Theater Company, among others. http://www.reverbnation.com/perimauer
Created by Tristan McKay (piano) and Ellery Trafford (percussion)
FIVE HAIKU is a collection of snapshots into worlds both real and imaginary, visceral and tender. Like the traditional Japanese poem, these pieces are concise and multifaceted, drawing upon the unique instrumentation of piano and percussion to create dynamic and colorful palettes. Taking the form of a structured improvisation, FIVE HAIKU balances organic construction with endless variation, resulting in a series of sonic environments for the audience to explore.
Tristan McKay (creator/pianist) is a New York-based contemporary pianist and multimedia composer who creates and performs new works in collaboration with artists in many fields, such as visual arts, film, theater and fashion and dance. Mr. McKay frequently performs with his new music trio Dead Language as well as with TACTUS under Jeff Milarsky, and has recently made guest appearances with the Righteous Girls, Blind Ear Music, TrioDance Collective and Michaela Davies’ Involuntary String Quartet. This season has involved performances at The Stone, Cornelia Street Café, The Tank, The Apollo Theater, The Firehouse Space, and the Center for Performance Research. www.tristanmckay.com
Ellery Trafford (creator/percussionist) is from Atlanta but currently lives in New York City. He is committed to finding new forms of musical expression through improvisation, electronics and a genuine outpouring of emotion in all he plays. Ellery also favors dramatic works and performance art in order to foster his love of shouting obscenities in concert halls. He holds degrees from Georgia State University & Bowling Green State University and his biggest musical influences are John Cage and Gérard Grisey.
Mr. Trafford has performed at the the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, Bang On A Can Summer Festival, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, SPARK Electronic Arts Festival and has played at iconic New York venues such as Spectrum, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette and The Stone. He currently attends the Manhattan School of Music, studying Contemporary Performance.
According to the Los Angeles Times, composer and performer Eve Beglarian “is a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist.” In 2009, she traveled down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle, a journey documented and explored in much of her recent work.
Beglarian’s music has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Voices of Ascension, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, among many others.
She has also worked extensively in theater, with directors Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines) and Chen Shi Zheng; in dance, with Ann Carlson, Victoria Marks, Susan Marshall, and David Neumann, and with visual artists Cory Arcangel, Anne Bray, Barbara Hammer, and Shirin Neshat.
Recordings of Eve’s music are available on Koch, New World, Cantaloupe, Innova, Naxos, and Kill Rock Stars.
For more information, please visit www.evbvd.com.
THE SUNSET MAKER
Composed by Gregg Wramage
Featuring Robert Ian Mackenzie (actor), Laurel Pistey (cello), Marc Peloquin (piano)
THE SUNSET MAKER is a monodrama for actor, cello and piano, after the poem by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, Donald Justice. The piece was written in response to Mr. Justice’s death in 2004, and is the fourth of six completed works in my ongoing series of pieces based on Mr. Justice’s poetry that also includes: “Into the Black Oblivion” (1999), “Mourning Songs I” (2002), “Mourning Songs II” (2004), “Already in Memory” (2006), and “Symphony No. 1” (2006). This is its premiere performance.
Gregg Wramage (composer) is widely recognized as one of the leading composers of his generation. He recently completed a commission from The Barlow Endowment for, “The Sea-longing”, a chamber concerto for the violist Brett Deubner, who will perform the work in 2015 with conductor Renee Baker and Chicago Modern Orchestra Project—the culmination of a two-year residency with the ensemble that will also feature the Chicago premieres of Mr. Wramage’s first symphony and “in shadows, in silence”. “La tristesse durera”, a recent orchestral work premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra, received both the 2007 Copland House Sylvia Goldstein Award and the 2008 international EAMA Prize—a $10,000 award. Millennium Symphony’s recording of “La tristesse durera” was released in 2008, on the first volume of ERM Media’s “Made in the Americas” series. In addition to having been a finalist for the Rome Prize and a semi-finalist for Opera Philadelphia’s Composer-in-Residence program, Mr. Wramage has been awarded the Aspen Music Festival Druckman Prize, the NMYE Josef Alexander Award, the Delius Festival Award, the Starer Prize, the Katz Composition Prize, and a N.J. State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. His music has been performed by performed by 3rd Sundays @ 3, Boston New Music Initiative, Aspen Sinfonia, eighth blackbird, Collage New Music, New Jersey Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Friends and Enemies of New Music, American Composers Orchestra, American Opera Projects, Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Third Millennium Ensemble, North/South Consonance, and Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, and he has been a fellow at Yaddo, Copland House, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. www.greggwramage.com
Marc Peloquin (pianist) is recognized for his highly imaginative and insightful music-making, earning the admiration of musicians, critics and audiences alike. He has appeared in a wide range of venues, from the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Look & Listen Festival and Bargemusic in New York, to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the American Academy in Rome, the Darmstadt International Festival in Germany and the Cultural Center of Roubaix, France. He is the creator and curator of KeyedUp MusicProject, concerts dedicated to musical explorations with piano as the essential element. In these programs, Peloquin brings audiences new perspectives through a thematic approach to repertoire and the juxtaposition of works from different periods and styles. He is a member of the piano ensemble Split Second with pianist Roberto Hidalgo. Marc Peloquin has recorded on the CRI, Urtext, and Aureole labels.
Laurel Pistey (cello) began her music studies at age 10 through her elementary school in Hyde Park, NY. Laurel continued her studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Brandon Vamos, cellist of the Pacifica Quartet. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Performance degree, Miss Pistey moved back to the East Coast to get her Master’s degree at SUNY Purchase with Julia Lichten of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has been accepted to and attended many summer music festivals such as Heifetz International Music Academy, Encore School for Strings, Astona International Festival and most recently the National Repertory Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Laurel has participated in masterclasses with the Guarneri String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, the Hugo Wolf Quartet and many others. Miss Pistey is now in her second year at Montclair State University, working towards her Artist’s Diploma with Nicholas Tzavaras and playing in the Graduate String Quartet studying under the Shanghai Quartet.
Robert Ian Mackenzie (actor) has followed numerous occupations, ranging from a London policeman to a water ski instructor on the Greek island of Corfu, to the managing director of a manufacturing company, Robert’s career has encompassed theatre, musicals, opera, films, TV, voice-overs, commercials and recorded books. Films have included The Good Shepherd, The Thomas Crown Affair, A Fish Called Wanda, A View to a Kill, and Escape to Athena. Robert has appeared on many theatrical stages throughout the UK, Ireland, and the USA, including London’s West End (“Beauty and the Beast”, “The Secret Policeman’s Ball”, “Foul Play”), New York City (La MaMa ETC’s production of “Agamemnon”, “India Awaiting” at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, and “Enchanted Wanderer” at Avery Fisher Hall, among many others), and regionally in works such as “The Mystery of Attraction” at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, “South Pacific” at the Hangar Theatre, “A Christmas Carol” at Syracuse Stage and several theatres in Manhattan, “Jekyll and Hyde” at Bristol Riverside Theatre and several productions for Ensemble for the Romantic Century at Symphony Space. Television appearances include All My Children , Guiding Light, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Robert has sung the leading baritone roles in “Rigoletto”, “Il Trovatore”, “La Traviata”, “Carmen”, “Un Ballo in Maschera”, “Nabucco, Aida”, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and “Pirates of Penzance”. He has also recorded more than 37 audiobooks. www.Robertianmackenzie.com.
Composed by Yotam Haber
Directed by David Bloom
Performed by Contemporaneous Ensemble
This work is in two parts, the first, rhythmic, aggressive and propulsive while the second deals with waves of a complex, yet static, shimmering harmony ebbing and flowing from two dynamic extremes: very loud and barely audible.
Both movements deal with remembrance in two emotional states or two affects. LAST SKIN has each violin player re-tuning their instrument so that the four instruments, playing open strings (not pushing strings down onto the finger board) can create a scale of 16 different pitches. LAST SKIN was commissioned by Stephen Miahky and Christina McGann, and is in memory of Dr. Young Park.
Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of 19 dynamic, passionate, and exceptional musicians, performs the most exciting music of now — music by composers who share the air we breathe and express their experience of the world today. Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has played 60 shows at venues including Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Stone, and gave the first ever performance at Van Dyke Park, New Amsterdam Records’ space in Brooklyn. We have been also been featured as guest artists at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Neighborhood Classics, and in California at the Berkeley Arts Festival.
A chief goal of Contemporaneous is to provide composers with an outlet for unbridled creativity, encouraging possibility, risk, and challenge, with a desire for the best possible music regardless of what has been and can be done. To date, Contemporaneous has performed 30 world premieres by emerging and established composers from around the globe, including works by Jherek Bischoff, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, and Molly Joyce. In April, 2012 Innova Recordings released our debut album, “Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly”, comprising music written for the ensemble by our founding co-artistic director.
We are avid promoters of great new music outside of the concert world, having performed with rock artists such as Amanda Palmer, Fifth Veil, and Yassou Benedict and presented educational programs for such institutions as the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, New York’s P.S. 142 and P.S. 321, and the Poughkeepsie Day School.
Contemporaneous is a self-sustaining, independent, not-for-profit organization, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
Todd Reynolds (moderator), violinist and composer, is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’, a fixture on the New York music scene for 25 years. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined.
His film credits include an ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison, including Outerborough, a silent film, the score for a short film, Red Tulips, by filmmaker Shanti Thakur, and the recent feature-length documentary, These Birds Walk by Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick, which debuted at SXSW and is slated for theatrical release under Oscilloscope at BAM, New York City. He also live scores and musically directs Lucid Possession on tour with filmmaker and installation artist Toni Dove, a self-professed three-dimensional surround-sound ‘geek opera’.
A technologist and producer with laptop and guitar rigs in tow, he recently released his homemade double CD set, Outerborough on Innova Recordings, acclaimed by both Amazon and NPR as “Best in Classical” for 2011. A veritable epic tour de force, the two record set features InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers gathered from the New York scene. As an educator, he mentors students, teaches technology and brings his cutting-edge approach to venues such as the Manhattan School of Music where he has served as Associate Chair of their Contemporary Performance Program (CPP), as special faculty at Mannes at The New School, and in residencies across the nation.
He recently from a fellowship residency at Skywalker sound, an invitation to Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Lab where he collaborated with filmmakers, editors and sound designers on a Marmato, an American documentary in process about corporate invasion of a gold-mining town in Colombia.
Composed by Tim Hansen
Performed by TRANSIT New Music: Andie Springer (violin), Evelyn Farny (cello), Sara Budde (clarinet), Joe Bergen (percussion), David Friend (piano)
The decadence and debauchery of the Weimar republic is legendary. The crippling reparations imposed upon Germany after World War I gutted the country economically, creating in the populace an unprecedented state of devil-may-care boozing, drugs and sexual freedom. We all know how the story ended: Hitler’s rise to power was directly linked to the Nazi party’s ability to blame Germany’s decline on the activities of the more “unsavory” members of society. Still to this day however, the Weimar republic is seen as a symbol of humanity’s ability to celebrate life in the face of misery and uncertainty.
WEIMAR, composed for one of New York’s premiere up-and-coming young music ensembles TRANSIT New Music, is a series of pieces exploring the personalities and proclivities of the Weimar period. A fusion of 1930’s cabaret and 21st century new music, WEIMAR attempts to capture the spirit of the age: a nation filled with a sparkling joie de vie, while also foreshadowing the clouds of war and misery brewing around the rise of the Nazis.
Tim Hansen (composer) has been engaged by a diverse range of companies and individuals to create new works for theatre and music, and has had pieces performed in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Belgium, France and Mexico. His work is a fusion of cabaret, music theatre and more traditional concert music idioms. In Australia, he has composed music for the Song Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Saffire Guitar Quartet, Guitarstrophe and the Griffyn Ensemble, and has collaborated closely with artists such as guitarist Tim Kain and clarinetist Nicole Canham. In the US, Tim has worked with the JACK Quartet, Caddillac Moon Ensemble, the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has been a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. He has been awarded the Darwin International Guitar Festival Composition Prize and an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. www.timhansen.com.au
Andie Springer (violin) is a native of Fairbanks, Alaska and is currently based in Brooklyn. She specializes in contemporary music. A founder and co-director of new music ensembles TRANSIT New Music and Redshift, Andie is also a member of Hotel Elefant and has performed and recorded with such bands as Redhooker, Arturo en el Barco, Phthia, Pearl and the Beard and The Threefifty Duo. Andie has also had the pleasure of performing with David Byrne, Victoire, Ensemble de Sade, Anti-Social Music, the Wordless Music Orchestra, the Argento Ensemble, and American Opera Projects. She also recently joined the New York City Players in their production and European tour of Richard Maxwell’s theater piece, “Neutral Hero.” As a soloist, Andie has premiered and commissioned numerous works for violin including “For Andie Springer” by Robert Ashley, “Dandelion” by Mary Kouyoumdjian, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Leaha Villareal, “Mixtape for the Summer of 1963″ by Matt Marks, and “Stealing an Image,” by Bryan Jacobs. Other artists Andie has worked closely with include Chinary Ung, Anthony Braxton, Robert Rowe, Tristan Perich, Richard Carrick, Jad Abumrad, Daniel Felsenfeld, and Bryan Senti of Found Objects Music Productions. Recent highlights include learning the mandolin, working with student composers at CalState East Bay, performing with TRANSIT in Anchorage, Alaska, making debuts on music box and clave, and being referred to as “the best joining of human and machine since RoboCop” (I Care If You Listen). Andie earned her BFA at Carnegie Mellon University with Professor Andres Cardenes, and her MFA at New York University with Professor Arturo Delmoni. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Strings Festival Orchestra in Steamboat Springs, the Orchestra for a New Century and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and her playing has been broadcast on stations WQED FM, KUAC FM, WBGO FM, WBAI FM and WFMU FM. She enjoys teaching and is currently on the faculty the Larchmont Music Academy.
Evelyn Farny (cello) is an active performer and ardent supporter of new music. As a child, Evelyn had multiple opportunities to work with and perform music of living composers, including a concerto written for her by Marti Epstein in 1994. Solo appearances include SUNY Fredonia’s Ethos New Music Festival and Composers Now at El Museo del Barrio. Orchestral festivals include Lucerne Academy Festival with Pierre Boulez, Bang on a Can Marathon, Pacific Music Festival with Riccardo Muti, and June in Buffalo. A co-founder of TRANSIT New Music, Evelyn regularly premieres pieces by emerging composers. She is also a member of Arturo en el Barco, the innovative lo-fi ambient chamber rock group led by composer Angélica Negrón. In addition to her dedication to new music, Evelyn’s eclectic freelance work has included performances at venues across New York City including Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Galapagos Art Space, Zankel Hall, Bargemusic, and Radio City Music Hall. Evelyn holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and SUNY Purchase. In addition to her private studio, Evelyn teaches at the Hudson River School of Music and Concordia Conservatory.
Sara Budde (clarinet) performs frequently as a recitalist and chamber musician. Esteemed for her exhilarating performances and dynamic performance style, Sara has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player across the U.S. and Europe. Premiering many works for solo and chamber ensembles including Missy Mazzoli, Kyle Gann, Tristan Perich, and Nico Muhly, Sara focuses primarily on recent and contemporary music, especially emerging composers. Sara has made professional appearances with diverse and dynamic groups such as Bang on a Can, So Percussion, The American Composers Orchestra, Sequitur, The National, The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and The American Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at the Bang On A Can Marathon, Look and Listen, MusicNow, MATA festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, New Sounds Live and the Carlsbad Music Festivals among others. Studying with David Shifrin, she received her Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Yale University. Sara is also a founding member of NOW Ensemble.
Joe Bergen (percussion) is a musician and educator active in New York. As a co-founder of Mantra Percussion and TRANSIT New Music, Joe has toured North America, performing some of the most interesting and compelling music of our time. Joe also frequently performs with Newband playing works by Harry Partch on his original instruments as well as the chamber-rock group Cellar and Point. Recently, Joe recorded percussion for the RockStar video game, Red Dead Redemption, which won best soundtrack as well as video game of the year. He can be heard on New Amsterdam, New World Records, Innova, Atma Classique, Lockstep, and Shsk’h record labels. A native of Ramsey NJ, Joe studied with John Ferrari and Tom Kolor at William Paterson University with additional studies from Gordon Gottlieb. He currently teaches for New Jersey Performing Arts Center as a dance accompanist and general music teacher, as well as at Montville Township High School where he oversees the percussion program.
David Friend (piano) is a champion of new and experimental music and is taking pianism in new directions. As a founding member of TRANSIT New Music, he collaborates closely with emerging composers from around the world. At the same time, he has worked with many of the preeminent composers of our time including Steve Reich; Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon; and Charles Wuorinen. He has performed at many of the world’s top venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), the Belem Cultural Center (Lisbon), and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid), but also enjoys special projects at alternative venues including art galleries in NYC, Issue Project Room (NYC), Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center, Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), and the grounds of the Aspen Art Museum. As a chamber musician, David has performed with members of the American Brass Quartet, Talujon Percussion, and the Trio Midiaeval; with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Toronto Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and American Composers orchestras; and with faculty-members of the Juilliard, Eastman, Oberlin, Cincinnati, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland, and Glenn Gould conservatories. He has appeared with established and emerging new music groups including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Either/Or, Le Train Bleu, Mantra Percussion, Hotel Elefant, and Red Light New Music, and he was the pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for three years. David also enjoys projects that go beyond the common stylistic or performance practices of classical music including cross-disciplinary projects with Dance Imprints, live sound installations at the Aspen Art Museum and for Make Music New York, the Corps Exquis project in NYC, creating a large scale multimedia piece for Webster Hall, and working with musicians from different traditions such as Bill Frisell (guitar innovator), Don Byron (clarinet rebel), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese pop icon), and Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture. He is also a founding member of Grand Band, NYC’s new music piano sextet, a unique ensemble that has been described as a ‘super-group of soloists’ (The Glass) that include the ‘finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene’ (New York Times). David’s performances have been featured on ‘Hammered’ on Q2, on WQXR, WNYC, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He recently recorded two albums for New Amsterdam Records: The Julius Eastman Memory Depot (with Jace Clayton, Emily Manzo, and Arooj Aftab) and Corps Exquis (with TRANSIT New Music). David was raised in coastal Louisiana, a region renowned for its rich cultural and natural beauty. He moved to NYC to study with Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music, where he attained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and also got involved in the underground art world, the experimental performance scene, and social activism.
Composed, created and performed by Amplified Cactus Salon
Leo Hardman-Hill, Max Balton, Calvin Grad, William Salwen, Ned Steves, Griffin Jennings, Matt Chilton, Isaiah Barr, Webb Crawford, Nadege Giraudet, Lucy Hollier, Elias Malaquias, Maddy Sher, Simone Grossman, Fergus Baumann, Maia Sage, Melissa Frank, Joseph Mooney, Jules Berman, Chris Locasto, Mariela Napolitano, Serena Muhammed, Lucy Jakub
Amplified Cactus Salon is a creative collective of musicians, painters, photographers, dancers—even chefs—that provides an open forum for emerging artists to collaborate in unconventional ways. CIRCUS CIRCUMSTANCE embodies Amplified Cactus’ principles of cross-disciplinary dialogue and improvisation. Drawing connections between the abstract expressionist paintings of the 20th century and improvised music, the piece uses the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Theodoros Stamos as a starting point. The music of Circus Circumstance is not rigidly composed, but rather performed as a “structured improvisation” involving four intersecting parts, in which basic musical cues and premises inform what is played. Theater, visual art and poetry, also inspired by the paintings, are woven in. Through all of this we hope to create a unique and contemporary form of performance art fit for the 21st century.
Leo Hardman-Hill (musician) is a composer and trumpeter. He is a co-founder of Amplified Cactus Salon and writes and performs for the band The Luddites. He has performed multiple times at both The Stone and WFMU, among others, and has travelled to both Germany and England as a performer and composer to perform in Roy Nathanson’s “Subway Moon” project. He cites Cecil Taylor, Morton Feldman, Mark Rothko, Allen Ginsberg, the trombone and President William Henry Harrison among his many influences. Currently, he studies with trumpeter/composer Kirk Knuffke.
Ned Steves (musician) is a multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Amplified Cactus Salon. He plays bass in multiple bands including “Steel Paradise” and “The Home for Wayward Drummers.” He enjoys the color red and chickpeas.
Madeylyn Sher (actor) is a student at the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Lehman. The daughter of a jazz musician and visual artist, she grew up in an environment that was always conducive to the arts. She studied ballet beginning at the age of 9 and quickly discovered her love for acting when she performed in “The Nutcracker”. Since then, she has studied at the Professional Performing Arts Middle School, LaGuardia Arts High School, and The Ailey School, where she was lucky enough once again to find herself surrounded by talented and passionate people. Amplified Cactus Salon, which she co-founded along with Leo, Ned, and Griffin over soup-dumplings in 2011, allows her to constantly engage in an open discussion about the endless possibilities of art. She enjoys philosophy, Patti Smith, tea, Tom Robbins, and Ned’s dreams.
Griffin Jennings (musician) is a guitarist living in New York City. He attends the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts. He started playing guitar at age 11, and soon after began studying with Dominic Frasca who got Griffin interested in writing music. At LaGuardia, Griffin plays an active role in the composition class New Music Ensemble, which played a sold out show at the TriBeCa 92Y last year. He is a member of two very different bands, The Jacobins and The Luddites, and is a member of the multi faceted arts collective, Amplified Cactus Salon. He has played all around New York at historic venues such as The Knitting Factory, The Stone, and The Living Room. He currently studies gypsy jazz guitar with world renowned virtuoso Stephane Wrembel. Next year he will be attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Max Balton (musician) spent most of his life working in a small bootery in Jackson Heights and learned all about music from a large Cambodian masseuse.
Lucy Hollier (musician) is a Mostly Music Terminator at Hampshire College. She is a trombonist-violist and enjoys teaching art and singing songs with preschoolers.
Nadège Giraudet (musician) is a native Brooklynite and a singer with The Luddites. She is inspired by Esther Phillips, Liz Phair and rice pudding.
Calvin Grad (musician) is a multi-instrumentalist from Brooklyn, NY who has been writing and performing music since he was 13. He currently performs drumming duties for The Luddites (an Gavant-Arde jazz group), Home for Wayward Drummers (Rock/Pop/Folk/Blues/Portishead) and The Material Boys (an all-male Madonna cover band), in addition to his own group, Queer Milk Drones, a Sun City Girls inspired “world music” group, in which he sings and plays guitar. His ambition is to be a professional amateur.
Isaiah Barr (musician) is an alto and tenor saxophonist who started playing jazz at 16. His first performance was with his high school jazz band (led by Roy Nathanson) with the guest singer Debbie Harry. He now performs regularly with the York College Blue Notes Big Band, Arturo O’farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Cats, The Valery Ponomarev Big Band and various other small ensembles. He currently studies with Barry Harris, Dave Glasser and Mike Dirubbo.
Matt Chilton (musician) is a multi-instrumentalist and overtone singer based in NYC and Middletown, CT. He cut his teeth on classic jazz and extreme metal as a youngster, and ever since then has searched for musical media in which to express visceral emotions and intuitions with freedom and lucidity. His playing on clarinets, strings, percussion, and whatever the hell else he can get his hands on covers the spectrum from calm lyricism to violent, sputtering chaos. He has played in ensembles led by artists such as Anthony Braxton and Gino Robair, and currently studies Music, Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University.
Elias Malaquias (musician) is a pianist and composer from New York, NY. He currently studies with Neal Kirkwood and interns with Jazz Critic Larry Blumenfeld.
Webb Crawford (musician) is a guitarist based in Williamsburg. Webb became interested in guitar as a result of her continuing obsession with Johnny Cash and Django Reinhardt. She plays Jazz, Rockabilly, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Punk Rock, and Experimental or Avant Garde styles. She is also a songwriter, as well as guitarist, bassist, and founding member of garage punk band Pink Veins.
Fergus Baumann (actor) grew up in a large farm town in Quebec. He spent most of his youth aspiring to become a catcher on the Montreal Expos until their untimely move to Washington D.C. in 2005. He is considerably lethargic and depressed and performs on stage.
Maia Sage (visual artist) is a native New Yorker who was raised constantly surrounded by the creative and performing arts. She began her performance career in dance at the age of 5 and has performed at the Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow and the Joyce Theater, among others, with people such as Ellen Robbins, Eva Dean and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Maia’s professional acting debut was at Theater Row in a series of short plays written and directed by Israel Horovitz with the Barefoot Theater Company, a company of which she is now a proud member. She is also a member of Look At the Fish Theater Company. Photography and sketching have been long time hobbies that Maia has taken seriously but has never gotten an opportunity to present. She is thrilled to now be a part of Amplified Cactus and all that they stand for.
Serena Muhammed (visual artist) started working with art at the age of ten, experimenting with every possible medium she could find. She’s done commissioned work for many people, including painting, tattoo designs, photo editing and general creative design. She’s glad to be collaborating with Amplified Cactus Salon for the second time in her art career.
Mariela Napolitano (visual artist) thinks she makes artwork about distortion. She entered NYU as a Studio Art major in 2010 and plans to continue her studies at MICA in the fall. In the meantime she is working at KANSAS, a TriBeCa gallery.
Lucy Jakub (visual artist) is a crafter and visual artist living on the coast of Maine. Felt animals and portraits are her specialties. She will be attending Columbia University in the fall.
Christopher Locasto (visual artist) will be studying graphic design at SUNY Purchase in the fall of 2013. Though music is what began his interest in design, he seeks to pursue specifically commercial design, for he feels there is a pervasive attitude in the art world that things made for mass consumption are void of meaning or value. In his work he seeks to transform not only the visual language of our everyday lives, but the meaning of art for the common person in the digital age.
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