sTRANGEmUSIC & THEATERLAB present
ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0
a 6 concert performance series on aLTernate Sundays
137 W 14th Street
New York City
MARCH 12 - KATHLEEN SUPOVÉ w/ special guest RANDALL WOOLF - The Exploding Piano
MARCH 26 - MEREDITH BORDEN & JON CATLER - DogHouse Blues
APRIL 9 - TODD REYNOLDS & LUKE DuBOIS - Audio & Video Tag-Teaming for Fun & Profit
APRIL 23 - DAVID SIMONS & LISA KARRER - Anti-Dyspeptic Inflammable Flapping Chewable Cymbal Crushers
MAY 7 - MARGARET LANCASTER - Fierce Flute Fusion + guests
MAY 21 - PATRICK GRANT GROUP - BIG BANG: all questions answered (?)
#1 - MARCH 12
KATHLEEN SUPOVÉ w/ special guest RANDALL WOOLF - The Exploding Piano
Kathleen Supové (The Exploding Piano) and Randall Woolf (composer/CD turntablist) will perform on Sunday, March 12, 4:30 p.m., at THEATERLAB, 137 West 14th Street (6th & 7th Aves). Tickets are $10. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
ADRENALINE REVIVAL for Piano and Effects Processing by Randall Woolf (1996)
BLUES CUBED for Piano and Delay by John King (2004)
ADAMS REMIX by Randall Woolf/John Adams
CUSTOM-MADE IMPROVS by Randall Woolf and Kathleen Supové
Kathleen Supové is the reigning diva of contemporary piano music in New York and continues to experiment with new ways of presenting piano music in this event by custom-making this concert by designing it for this venue! Equipped with an upright piano, she has decided on an experimental program that is based on American Root Music.
In her series, The Exploding Piano, she has performed and premiered works by a long list of established and emerging composers---from such icons as Terry Riley and Louis Andriessen to Gameboy composer/DJ, Bubblyfish. The Exploding Piano is a multimedia experience using electronics, theatrical elements, vocal rants, and staging. "What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed." - Anthony Tommasini, NY Times.
Randall Woolf is a composer known for writing for a variety of media---chamber groups, electronics, and most recently, works with video. In this concert, he will be a guest performer on the CD turntable. He has been performing on this instrument with the Sirius String Quartet and violinist Jennifer Choi when they play his compositions. His latest recording, Modern Primitive, has just been released on Image Recordings and is available from CDBaby or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Time Out NY - Issue 545
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#2 - MARCH 26
MEREDITH BORDEN & JON CATLER: DogHouse Blues
Meredith Borden (vocalist) and Jon Catler (composer/guitarist) will perform DogHouse Blues on Sunday, March 26, 4:30 p.m., at THEATERLAB, 137 West 14th Street (6th & 7th Aves.). Tickets are $10. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
For this project, Borden and Catler invite their audience into the Doghouse, combining their musical strengths to create an evening of Delta inspired blues, improvisation, Harmonic Clouds and classic lyricism.
Meredith Borden, a graduate of New England Conservatory in Boston, found her way into the mysterious world of microtonal music via Joe Maneri's microtonal music class where he taught his students to defy the 12-Tone music "standard" in order to sing and play 72-Equal Tempered notes to the octave. From this point on, Borden began developing her own uniquely virtuosic microtonal singing style, along the way performing works by Philip Glass and Meredith Monk, and other new music composers. Defining herself as a "blues coloratura," Borden combines her classical virtuosity with a blues passion. Although Borden is sought afterfor her ability to master challenging microtonal works, Borden's vocal repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary musical theatre, featured in works as diverse as Bach's Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen to touring with the musical HAiR in Europe. Paul Griffiths of the New York Times described her performance of Harry Partch's The Potion Scene as "gripping."
Jon Catler, one of the world's leading innovators on microtonal guitar, is well known for his work with the Grand Daddy of Minimalism, La Monte Young, as guitarist in The Forever Bad Blues Band. About Catler's artistry, Rolling Stone says: "In the extended improv-reveries of guitarist Jon Catler you can hear the same blue-note pitch swerves that have been the poetry in motion of guitarists from Son House to Jimi Hendrix."
Catler's life has been devoted to the exploration of the "notes-between-the-notes." He has redesigned his guitar to allow an unprecedented range of consonance and dissonance, alternating between a 64-note per octave fretted guitar and a fretless, and most recently, unveiling his 12-Tone Ultra Plus guitar. Robert Palmer of Rolling Stone says "Jon Catler has integrated his Berklee chops, microtonal intonation and theory, and idiomatic blues feel into a radically original voice."
Time Out NY - Issue 547
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#3 - APRIL 9
TR photo credit: Kevin Kennefick
TODD REYNOLDS & LUKE DuBOIS
audio & video tag-teaming for fun & profit
(aka the Todd and Luke Show)
Todd Reynolds and Luke DuBois will perform on Sunday, April 9, 4:30 p.m., at THEATERLAB, 137 West 14th Street (6th & 7th Aves.). Tickets are $10. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
Since no one else will play with them, Todd Reynolds and Luke DuBois have teamed up to present a synaesthetic hodgepodge of electronic fiddlery and embodied imagery that is sure to stun, stimulate, and stultify even the most hardened new music buff and indie film snob.
Todd Reynolds, composer, conductor, arranger and violinist, is a longtime member of Bang On A Can, Steve Reich and Musicians and Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. His commitment to genre-bending and technology-driven innovation in music has produced innumerable collaborations with artists that regularly cross musical and disciplinary boundaries, regularly placing him in venues from clubs to concert halls around the world. A forerunner in the expansion of the violin beyond its classical and 'wood-bound' tradition, Reynolds electrifies in concert, weaves together composed and improvised segments, and makes use of computer technology and digital loops to sculpt his sounds in real time, seamlessly integrating minimalist, pop, Jazz, Indian, African, Celtic and indigenous folk musics into his own sonic blend.
Reynolds is a founder of the band known as Ethel, a critically acclaimed amplified string quartet (represented by ICM Artists), with whom he wrote and toured internationally. He has also produced Still Life With Microphone, an ongoing theater piece which incorporates his own written and improvised music, compositions written for him, and elements of video and theatrical arts. Nuove Uova [new eggs], new works for violin and electricity, another Todd Reynolds production is a 'new-music cabaret' of sorts, having as its home Joe's Pub in Manhattan. He is the recipient of ASCAP awards, an American Composers Forum Grant for Still Life with Mic and a 2003 Meet-the-Composer Commissioning Music/USA award.
Luke DuBois is a composer, programmer, and video artist living in New York City. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and teaches interactive sound and video performance at Columbia's Computer Music Center, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts. He has done interactive programming and music production work for many artists, most recently Toni Dove, Chris Mann, and Michael Gordon, and is a staff programming consultant for Engine27. He is a co-author of Jitter, a software suite developed by Cycling'74 for real-time manipulation of matrix data. His music with his band, the Freight Elevator Quartet, is available on Caipirinha/Sire and Cycling'74 music.
Time Out NY - Issue 549
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#4 - APRIL 23
DAVID SIMONS & LISA KARRER
new music for voice, theremin, slide guitar and percussion
David Simons and Lisa Karrer will perform on Sunday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., at THEATERLAB, 137 West 14th Street (6th & 7th Aves.). Tickets are $10. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
...from the CD Prismatic Hearing:
Four Kotekan - Balinese contrapoint on bamboo instruments
Dematerialized - Theremin as proximity controlled sample player
...from their opera The Birth of George:
Bella's Fantasy - an a cappella heart wrenching leap of faith
God of Mud - genre-cide w/ National Geographic captions from the 1940's
A World Premiere - Sinkhole Sonogram Inheritance - for lap steel guitar & voice duet
I Like it Here - live vocalist courts her refracted mirror images
Dear Officer - a classic NY Post headline/suicide note set to music
David Simons is a composer and performer specializing in percussion, Theremin, electronics, and World Music. His recordings include the CDs "Prismatic Hearing" (Tzadik); the opera "The Birth of George" (Tellus) commissioned by Harvestworks and co-written with Lisa Karrer; "Kebyar Leyak" and "Cool it Wayang" for Gamelan Son of Lion; "Pygmy Dream" for rock band God is my Co-Pilot; compositions for Music for Homemade Instruments ensemble, and with many others. David's work in theater and dance has brought him to Zagreb and Tallinn, Seoul and Yogyakarta, Munich and Berlin, (even Guantanamo, Honolulu, and Bali). He was resident composer at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio center in Italy, was awarded NY Foundation for the Arts fellowships, Artslink and Arts International travel grants, Meet the Composer commissions, production fundings and international artist residencies. He recently premiered "Uncle Venus" for the Flux string quartet with Gamelan, and finished "Odentity" for NEWBAND and the Harry Partch instruments.
Lisa Karrer works internationally as a director, composer, vocalist, performance and video artist. She produced the CDs "Pick of the Litter" by Music For Homemade Instruments, and Gamelan Son of Lion's "Bending the Gending; and with co-composer David Simons received an Aaron Copland grant to record and release the CD of their chamber opera "The Birth of George" on Harvestworks TELLUS label. Lisa received ArtsLink and Arts International funds to create various performance projects in Estonia, including an '03 tour to the Glasperlenspiel Festival. She composed and directed "Womans Song: The Story of Roro Mendut," a multi-arts production which premiered at the Kitchen in co-production with World Music Institute, with support from The Greenwall Foundation. Lisa is currently developing "America The Beautiful", a new sound/video project, and mastering her recording of "River Kotekan" for an upcoming CD.
Time Out NY - Issue 551
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#5 - MAY 7
fierce flute fusion + guests
Margaret Lancaster will perform on Sunday, May 7, 4:30 p.m., at THEATERLAB, 137 West 14th Street (6th & 7th Aves.). Tickets are $10. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
"In her hands, the flute veers between seductive siren song and high velocity assault weapon." (Julian Cowley, THE WIRE) For this project, Lancaster unloads her flute arsenal for full-scale interdisciplinary electro-acoustic melee. Surprise guests join the offense for an eclectic array of dramatic flute fusion.
Hailed as the "leading exponent of the avant-garde flute" (Kyle Gann, Village Voice), Margaret Lancaster has premiered over 100 pieces and built a large repertoire of new works written specifically for her that employ extended techniques, dance, drama, multi-media, and electronics. She has recorded on OO Discs, Columbia Records, Naxos, and Tzadik . Her acclaimed solo CD Future Flute is a collection of new electro-acoustic works, and next year, she will record a disc of American Experimental solo and chamber flute works for New World Records with guest artists Joan LaBarbara and the Flux Quartet.
Recognized for her fearlessness and versatility, Lancaster is widely in demand by composers of different styles and genres. Composers and directors she has worked with include Chen Shi Zheng, Milton Babbitt, Lee Breuer, Larry Polansky, Eve Beglarian, Jon Appleton, Phil Kline, Gerhard Stabler, Christian Wolff, Jo Kondo, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and the Common Sense Composers Collective. Upon the premiere of Robert Cantrick's music theater piece Three Mimes, Bernard Holland of The New York Times remarked "Ms. Lancaster's flute spit and barked beyond its usual repertory ... a virtuoso versatility was both demanded and achieved. Lancaster is the recipient of a Meet the Composer Commissioning Music/USA grant for a new multi-disciplinary solo work by composer Carolyn Yarnell.
Lancaster is a member of Essential Music and the Downtown and Glass Farm Ensembles and is a recurring performer at Spoleto Festival USA, Three Two Festival, and Santa Fe New Music. Recent performance highlights include Lincoln Center Festival, Ibsen Festival, Whitney Museum, Theater Der Welt (Stuttgart), Festival D'Automne (Paris), and Bremen Musikfest with Absolute Ensemble. She has appeared as a lecturer/soloist at many sites including Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Bennington College, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the National Flute Association. Noted for her inter-disciplinary performances, Lancaster, who also works as a choreographer, dancer, and actor, has played lead roles in the independent features Rockabilly Vampire and Combustible Edison's Opening Act and can be seen on stage touring worldwide in Lee Breuer's Obie-winning Mabou Mines' production DOLLHOUSE.
Richard Kostelanetz Openings
Orlando Jacinto Garcia - viento sonoro
Eve Beglarian - 5 Things
Gene Pritzker - Sorrow Like Pleasure Creates its Own Atmosphere
Yan Maresz - Circumambulation
Jacob Ter Veldhuis - Lipstick
Paul Steenhuisen - Toneland Security
Nicholas Brooke - Jarak Jauh
Steve Reich - Vermont Counterpoint
Time Out NY - Issue 553
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#6 - MAY 21
photo: Andrew Marks
PATRICK GRANT GROUP
BIG BANG: all questions answered (?)
Patrick Grant Group will perform on Sunday, May 21, 4:30 p.m., at THEATERLAB, 137 West 14th Street (6th & 7th Aves.). Tickets are $10. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
BIG BANG is a new work of concert theater for narrator, live musical ensemble and projections, written and directed by composer/performer Patrick Grant. This work is the result of a collaboration between the composer and astronomer Charles Liu with input from physicist Brian Schwartz.
The piece tells the story of the creation of our Universe as best as we understand it today. It is narrated by a central character known as The Astronomer. This role will be performed by Charles Liu and, like all astronomers do, in order to understand what happened at the very beginning, he will "run the film in reverse," that is, the story starts out in our present day and moves backwards to, quite literally, the creation of Time.
Projections of stellar bodies, scientific diagrams and art will add a visual component to the work.
Narrator - Charles Liu, musicians - Patrick Grant, Kathleen Supové, Marija Ilic & John Ferrari
Filling out the program will be three short films by Gary Beeber with music by Patrick Grant: Happy Ride Coney Island, Victoriana (featuring soprano Meredith Borden live), and Lonely Ride Coney Island.
BIG BANG was commissioned by the CUNY Graduate Center Science & the Arts performance series, an initiative of the Science Outreach Series, presenting programs in theatre, art, music, and dance that bridge the worlds of art and science. Supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Lounsbery Foundation.
Time Out NY - Issue 555
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