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nEWS 2006
21 DEC 06

It Takes a Village


sTRANGEmUSIC's studio will be closed for the holidays and will open again in late January. Happy New Year.

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"Be seeing you."

01 DEC 06

Legendary Avant Garde Brazilian Director Gerald Thomas Debuts New Work in NYC


December 14 - 30 at La MaMa E.T.C.

“ a daring innovator of form and content... highly personal and visually beautiful creations” -- The New York Times

“ingenious and daring... Thomas, together with Peter Sellars and Robert Wilson, makes up that trio of wild boys who have been shaking and moving European and American theatre for the last decade.” -- The Independent

“He is a poet in the theater.” -- Philip Glass

La MaMa E.T.C. presents the New York Premiere of Brazil's Dry Opera Theater Company in EARTH IN TRANCE. This highly stylized comedy is written and directed by avant garde legend Gerald Thomas. The original Brazilian cast, which includes Fabiana Gugli and puppeteer Juliano Antunes, stars in Thomas' new English language translation of the piece.

Performances of this limited engagement run begin December 14th at La MaMa as part of its 45th Anniversary Season.

EARTH IN TRANCE orbits around a diva who is trapped in her dressing room. While she slowly goes mad, she tells her life story to a swan who lives back stage. Descending into madness, she never stops feeding the animal “for foie gras purposes.”

Described by The New York Times as “the eternal enfant terrible of Brazilian theater” Gerald Thomas has established a reputation as a visionary director of the avant garde while working in collaboration with artists including Samuel Beckett, Heiner Muller and Philip Glass. From 1979 - 1984 he directed 98 plays by Beckett at La MaMa; included among these were All Strange Away and That Time starring Julian Beck in his only performances outside The Living Theatre. In 1985, Thomas founded The Dry Opera Theater Company in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here he has created nearly two dozen works including The Flash and Crash Days, The Kafka Trilogy, The Ventriloquist and Waiting for Beckett that have been seen in 15 countries with stops including Lincoln Center, Munich State Theater and Vienna's Wiener Festwochen. Thomas is the recipient of three Moliere Prizes and eighteen other awards. He has been the subject of television documentaries for the Germany's NDR 3, Brazil's TV Cultura, USA's PBS and Austria's ORF. In 2003, he was indicted for public indecency in Brazil after mooning an audience who booed his radical reworking of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, sparking debate and landing his derriere on newspaper covers internationally. He is currently working on his autobiography, Suicide Note.

EARTH IN TRANCE runs December 14 - 30, Thursday - Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:30pm & 8:00pm. (Note: no performance on December 24.) La MaMa E.T.C. is located at 74 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery -- accessible from the F/V train at 2nd Avenue or the 6 train at Astor Place). Tickets are $15.

To purchase tickets call 212-475-7710 or visit

27 NOV 06

Reviews of NEW SCIENCE

Photo: John Ranard

"At the end, the characters recede out of sight, and all we are left with is music. Music qualifies as an organizing principle for this play because it is a collapse of science and art, mathematical and emotional, imaginative. The play itself becomes a song, that age-old bearer of history, or vision and poetry, and of freedom." - Anitta Santiago

"The new music, composed by Patrick Grant, adds to the otherworldliness." - Maria Micheles

Full reviews of the recent play NEW SCIENCE can be found HERE.

01 NOV 06

A Play with Live Music

New Science

Directed by Martin Reckhaus
Book by Jessica Slote
Designed by Gary Brackett & Pamela Mayo
Music by Patrick Grant

A rare opportunity to catch this defiant theater group accompanied by the musicians:

Adela María Bolet - mezzo
& Naisha Walton - acoustic bass

Theater for the New City
Seven Performances Only! • $10
Theater for the New City • 155 First Avenue @ 10th St.
Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 16-19 • Fri.-Sun., Nov. 24-26

For information go to
Theater for the New City
Limited Seating • For reservations call (212) 254-1109

23 OCT 06


Free MP3s HERE

Part One

01. Main Title & The Accident
02. Hospital
03. Nine Months Later
04. Daily Living (Gnossienne No. 3.5)
05. Baiting the Trap
06. Going for a Drive

Total Running: 8'48"

Part Two

07. Cemetery
08. Hitchhiker No. 3
09. Unsuspecting Victim
10. Under the Knife
11. Evening Prayer
12. New Day to Face
13. End Title

Total Running: 7'45"

03 OCT 06

PG Performs on Barbara Benary's New World Records Release

New World Records has released a recording of the music of Barbara Benary called Sun on Snow. PG is a performer with old pals Gamelan Son of Lion on her piece "Aural Shoehorning." The title refers to the listener’s tendency to confront unusual tuning systems, such as those of Javanese gamelan, by trying to “shoehorn” them into the framework of our familiar diatonic scales. Heterophony is the overall theme of the piece, and the various ways in which a gamelan and a diatonic ensemble of clarinet/bass clarinet and keyboard percussion can interact as a mixed marriage in which neither partner attempts to convert the other.


27 SEP 06

Internet Killed the Video Star...?

A clip of Part 3 from the Columbus performance noted below can be seen above and HERE on YouTube. Thanks to Jeff Sims at the Columbus Museum for creating this and getting it up. As he said, just gotta love that YouTube compression quality <--- irony

Featuring Shequida
Music arranged and produced by Patrick Grant
A co-commission of the Columbus Museum of Art and Kehinde Wiley Studio

Part 3: Rap Medley (06:16)
Crazy in Love (Intro)
Naughty Girl
How Many Licks?
Nasty Girl

Push It

Soprano solo - Shequida
Tenor - Eric McKeever
Baritone - Patrick Carmichael
Bass - Cory Williams

The West Village Ensemble
Flute - Richard Stewart
Violin - Orlando Wells
Violin - David Burnett
Viola - Adam Hill
Cello - Ryan Murphy
Harpsichord - Byron Sean
Double Bass - Jonathan Colbert

15 SEP 06

Shequida & The West Village Ensemble

Performing Historical Black Music Roller Coaster Featuring Shequida at the opening of Kehinde Wiley: Columbus on September 7 at the Columbus Museum of Art.

From Columbus Alive:

Royal Treatment
by Nikki Davis

To get a little perspective on the artist behind the Columbus Museum of Art exhibition Kehinde Wiley: Columbus, last Thursday's opening reception was a great place to start.

After the introductions were made, an all-black orchestra accompanied by the striking black drag queen Shequida launched into a rousing operatic version of Salt 'n Pepa's "Push It."

Rhythmically challenged or not, most everyone from silver-haired arts patrons to neighborhood teenagers sang along while Shequida, looking exquisite in her pistachio appliquéd evening gown, launched into the worm.

It was an amazing spectacle, and probably the most incongruent gathering of people seen at the museum in recent memory. But it all seemed so right—and it was hands-down the best place to be in the city that night.


Photo credits: Pam Edwards - Columbus Museum of Art


11 SEP 06

New York City

10 SEP 06

COLUMBUS, OH & The Art Parade, NYC

For the opening of Kehinde Wiley's exhibition COLUMBUS, the Columbus Museum of Art and Kehinde Wiley Studio co-commissioned two pieces of music for the events collectively called HISTORICAL BLACK MUSIC ROLLER COASTER (Hip-Hop Experience V).

The first piece, Featuring SHEQUIDA, performed on Sept. 7, was a veritable cantata in 12 parts making up its four larger sections. It is scored for Shequida as soprano solo, tenor, baritone and bass singers, flute, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and harpsichord.


The second piece, performed on Sept. 8, is called hIP-hOP eXPERIENCE IV, a suite of instrumental pieces of hip-hop played the the musicians for both of these events, The West Village Ensemble.

Inquiries regarding the AUDIO files of the performance can be sent to:

Kehinde Wiley on The TODAY Show - May 06 - YouTube

The performance took place in the museum's Derby Court.

The harpsichord was built and supplied by the clavier guy of Central Ohio, Ben Bechtel. Beautiful instrument.

Back view of the Derby Court.

At reheasal - members of The West Village Ensemble from NYC: Orlando Wells (violin), David Burnett (violin), Adam Hill (viola), and Richard Stewart (flute).

At rehearsal - the continuo, the rhythm section for the performances: Ryan Murphy (cello), Byron Sean (harpsichord), and Jonathan Colbert (double bass).

At rehearsal - Kehinde Wiley talks with one of the students visiting from the neighboring Columbus College of Art & Design.

Introductions just before the Sept. 7 performance of H
ISTORICAL BLACK MUSIC ROLLER COASTER (Hip-Hop Experience V) - Featuring SHEQUIDA: Nannette Maciejunes
(Acting Executive Director of the Columbus Museum of Art), Kehinde Wiley, and Joe Houston (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art).


The West Village Ensemble performing hIP-hOP eXPERIENCE IV at The King Arts Complex on Sept. 8.

On Sept. 9 NYC had its 2nd Annual ART PARADE, a co-production of Deitch Projects, Creative Time, and PAPER magazine.

It had floats and art from As Four, Ryan McGinness, Steve Powers, The Citizens Band, Os Gemeos, Brad Kahlhamer, Kehinde Wiley, Fischerspooner, Vanessa Beecroft, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, etc.

Performing in the parade was The Marching Band of the Malcom X Shabazz High School from Newark, NJ.
They performed the music for the opening of Kehinde Wiley's Rumors of War (Hip-Hop Experience II) last November at Deitch Projects.

Rumors of War at Deitch Projects - Nov. 05 - Quicktime Movie - 77 MB

Making a joyful noise...

During the march, band director Hassan Williams gives a shout out.

Self-portrait taken in a passing mirror.

11 JUL 06

BIG BANG Going to the Next Level

The musical work BIG BANG Version 1.0 is been further developed for multimedia building upon the work done last spring. Stay tuned for next phase!

More details TBA

23 JUN 06

Musée du Quai Branly Opens in Paris

The Musée du quai Branly, known in English as the Quai Branly Museum, nicknamed MKB, is a new museum in Paris, France, situated close to the Eiffel Tower.

It opened on June 23, 2006

The Quai Branly Museum features indigenous art, cultures and civilisations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. It contains over 300,000 objects and has 10 special exhibits every year.

During its creation PG's music has been used in its promotional videos and he was commissioned to create music for one of its interactive installations, a piece titled, appropriately, *musique du quai Branly.

04 JUN 06


hIP-hOP eXPERIENCE III by Patrick Grant was performed by string quartet members of The Young Eight at the opening reception June 3rd.

(From Supertouch by Jaime O'Shea): LA's native son Kehinde Wiley brought the heat back home when his new show "Columbus" opened at Roberts & Tilton last nite. Needless to say it was a mob scene as K-Dub's fans packed the gallery, spilling into the parking lot as the nite wore on. Six enormous paintings were debuted along with a small series of drawings, all spoken for before the doors even opened. The highlight of the evening? A quartet of violinists playing classical versions of hip-hop songs. Our man does it up right...

More pictures etc. HERE

22 MAY 06

BIG BANG: Any Questions?

vidcaps from performance video

On May 21, the new music series ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 finished its season at THEATERLAB with Patrick Grant Group performing the initial version of BIG BANG, instrumental works, and screenings of films by Gary Beeber.

Charles Liu
narrated, Meredith Borden sang, and Kathleen Supové, Marija Ilic and John Ferrari rocked the roof off.
Audio & video to be posted soon.

Click HERE for more iNFO

08 MAY 06

Could a Flute Get Much Fiercer?

On May 7, the new music series ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 continued its season at THEATERLAB with Margaret Lancasterr - Fierce Flute Fusion + Guests..

Complete photos from this event can be found HERE.

This 6 concert series takes place on aLTernate Sundays with the next event taking place on May 21.

Click HERE for more iNFO

01 MAY 06

Hip-Hop String Quartet Music for Art Gallery Opening in LA

Kehinde Wiley, The Three Graces, 2005

Kehinde Wiley
June 3 – July 8, 2006

Opening Reception Saturday, June 3rd, 6 - 8 pm

Columbus, an exhibition by New York based artist Kehinde Wiley, whose portraits of African American men combine elements of modern culture with an Old Master’s influence, will be on view June 3, 2006 through July 8, 2006 at Roberts & Tilton.

by Patrick Grant will be performed by members of The Young Eight at the opening reception.

The exhibition will consist of an environment referencing staid, museum traditions and philosophies. Each of Wiley’s paintings included in the exhibition is based on specific masterworks from the Columbus Museum’s permanent collection where the exhibit will travel in September, 2006. For this event the music's instrumentation will be augmented to that of a full baroque ensemble and will feature the vocals of the coloratura soprano Shequida.

25 APR 06

Anti-Dyspeptic Inflammable Flapping Chewable Cymbal Crushers

On April 23, the new music series ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 continued its season at THEATERLAB with David Simons and Lisa Karrer - New Music for Voice, Theremin, Slide Guitar & Percussion. Audio & video to be posted soon.

This 6 concert series takes place on aLTernate Sundays with the next event taking place on May 7.

Click HERE for more iNFO

22 APR 06

Downtown Gamelan on WNYC

Listen to the clangorous sounds of gamelan-inspired music from New York’s "downtown" scene on this New Sounds. Gamelan is a group of instruments meant to be played together, generally struck or hammered, from the Javanese, "gamel," and can include tuned metallophones, various gongs, flutes, drums and other percussion. Hear works from the new music ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion, whose instruments were built by Barbara Benary using hubcaps, PVC pipes, steel keys and cans. There’s also music from composer David Simons, whose instrument textures range from theremin to the chain saw, and from the Slinky® to gamelan. Plus, music by Patrick Grant, and more.

PROGRAM # 2538, Downtown Gamelan
(First aired on Friday, April 21, 2006)





David Simons

Prismatic Hearing

The Unraveling [6:00]

Tzadik #9001**

Patrick Grant

Music From The Red Night

Monogram for Gamelan [4:30]

Private CD

Gamelan Galak Tika

Dangerous Things

D.Schmidt: A Dangerous Thing [5:30]

Gamelan Galak Tika, no #

Evan Ziporyn & Nyoman Windha

American Works For Balinese Gamelan

Kekembangan [15:30]

New World #80430

Gamelan Son of Lion

Bending The Gending

Pitu Ping Pitu [5:30]

GSOL #3*

Gamelan Pacifica

Trance Gong

Jeff Morris: Rain [11:00]

WhatNext #0016

10 APR 06

The TODD & LUKE Show

On April 9, the new music series ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 continued its season at THEATERLAB with Todd Reynolds and Luke DuBois - Audio & Video Tag-Teaming for Fun & Profit a.k.a. The Todd and Luke Show. Audio & video to be posted soon.

This 6 concert series takes place on aLTernate Sundays with the next event taking place on April 23.

Click HERE for more iNFO

27 MAR 06


On March 26, the new music series ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 continued its season at THEATERLAB with DogHouse Blues performed by vocalist Meredith Borden and composer/guitarist Jon Catler. Audio & video to be posted soon.

This 6 concert series takes place on aLTernate Sundays with the next event taking place on April 9.

Click HERE for more iNFO

15 MAR 06

SUPOVÉ & WOOLF Rock 'em & Sock 'em at the ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Opening

On March 12, the new music series ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 kicked off its season at THEATERLAB with The Exploding Piano performed by pianist/rant-euse Kathleen Supové with composer/CD turntablist Randall Woolf. Audio & video to be posted soon.

This 6 concert series takes place on aLTernate Sundays with the second concert taking place on March 26.

Click HERE for more iNFO.

01 MAR 06


RESIST! with the Living Theatre
Winner for Best Picture - San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
Winner of the EuropaCinema Award for Best Documentary

2004 - 89 mins - Color
Nudity, Violence, Adult Language, Adult Content

The SUNDANCE Channel
Monday, March 6 at 09:00 PM
Monday, March 6 at 05:15 AM
Wednesday, March 15 at 12:00 PM

Watch the trailer HERE

More than 50 years ago, Judith Malina and her husband, painter Julian Beck, founded The Living Theatre, a revolutionary ensemble that altered the history of the western stage. Filmmakers Karin Kaper and Living Theatre veteran Dirk Szuszies trace the company's dramatic and colorful history with interviews and archive film clips. Today The Living Theatre remains vibrant under the direction of Malina, and is seen staging politically active events and locations around the world, from the Genoa G8 conference in 2001 to New York's Ground Zero.

Starring Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Hanon Reznikov & the Living Theatre
Narrated by Dirk Szuszies
Produced by Eric Van Beuren (Belgium/Germany)
Screenplay by Dirk Szuszies
Photography by Dieter Vervuurt
Edited by Alain De Halleux
Original Music
by Carlo Altomare, Patrick Grant, & Andrea Liberovici

IMDb: Internet Movie Database

09 FEB 06

ONE-TWO-THREE-GO! Version 3.0 New Music Series Starting March 12


06 JAN 06

A Commission for a Concert Theater Work about the Big Bang and the Origins of the Universe

The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center New Media Lab has commissioned a new piece of concert theater that will be created and directed by Patrick Grant for its Spring 2006 Science & the Arts series. The piece will feature renowned astronomer Charles Liu as narrator. The premiere will take place on May 15, 2006 at CUNY's Elebash Recital Hall.

More details TBA

05 JAN 06

PG Named Co-Director of the Paralelo Festival in Madrid, Spain & Monterrey, Mexico

The impact that a Festival like Paralelo has on the community is primarily due to the possibility offered to all citizens to be active in this cultural melting pot. This is an event of the highest artistic level and it involves everyone. Paralelo brings artists and music closer to the public, with the ultimate purpose of musical creation in a much less rigid structure.

Parelelo takes advantage of public and private spaces, to use them as auditoriums that revitalize the city and free the music from clichés. Paralelo is directly involved with and participates in the cultural and artistic development of the neighborhoods that are chosen, regardless of their economic status. Paralelo brings the artists and the public closer together. Paralelo is a cultural meeting point where artists of all nationalities find the right setting for artistic creation.

Paralelo presents concert cycles that take place in un-conventional venues, with the main objective of stimulating and welcoming all citizens to enjoy the music of our time. Paralelo offers the public an unusually broad repertoire and premieres a significant number of new works. Paralelo constantly searches for a public that is stimulated by an attractive, dynamic and innovative offering.

Paralelo not only presents different musical trends, but it also fosters interaction with other artistic disciplines which encourages creation.

The Sociedad Artística Daniel is in charge of Paralelo's programming. The Sociedad, founded in New York City almost one hundred years ago, has been responsible for the promotion of classical music in North and South America as well as in Europe. NYC composer Patrick Grant, founder of sTRANGEmUSIC, and Indonesian musician Ananda Sukarlan, pianist responsible for the premier of more than 100 works, are co-directors of Paralelo.

More details TBA

01 JAN 06

Duty Now for the Future

Hey spuds! It's a silly song for the New Year sung by PG's nieces and family in Detroit.

Written by Patrick & Daniel Grant
Performed by Courtney & Meghan Gowan, Mike & Gael Giles, Patrick & Daniel Grant
Engineered by and recorded at the studio of Warren Williams


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