A highly subjective musical take on what it means not only to write an opera, but to encompass and even embody one in the modern age of internet witnessed its world premiere launching on April 5th at Dixon Place, New York City’s “Laboratory for Performance.” Written, composed and performed by ASCAP member Joseph Keckler, this conceptual tour-de-force also provided a vehicle for fellow ASCAP member Patrick Grant, collaborating as music producer, with violin arrangements added to the artistic mix by Dan Bartfield. Directed by Uwe Mengel, this highly operatic exposure of Keckler’s inner subconscious, transparent at its most ridiculous and sublime, is propelled through a multi-media series of phantasmagoric tableaux with many an unexpected turn. “I Am an Opera” steadily escalates with its unspoken pronouncement that life, especially at its most primal and personal, is supreme artistic game. Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month of April.
Tilted Axes Detroit: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Procession for the First Day of Spring, March 20, 2013
DETROIT FREE PRESS
Names & Faces – http://tinyurl.com/bppvt4a
Video – http://www.freep.com/videonetwork000000000004000400/2240869511001/Tilted-Axes-Detroit
Photo set – http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157633053138413/with/8579059316/
Cover story – http://metrotimes.com/covers/rocking-in-the-streets-1.1457524
Follow-up – http://blogs.metrotimes.com/index.php/2013/03/tilted-axes-detroit-brings-it-home/
B&W photo essay – http://photos.mlive.com/mlivecom_photo_essays/2013/03/tilted_axes_detroit_music_for.html
Events – http://www.positivedetroit.net/2013/03/this-will-be-happening-between-1230-200.html
Events – http://wdet.org/events/208/tilted-axes-detroit/
Ann Delisi’s Essential Music – http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/TAD-Delisi.mp3
Craig Fahle Show – http://www.wdet.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/episode/tilted-axes-brings-strolling-guitars/
Current State interview – http://wkar.org/post/detroit-parade-shredding-electric-guitars-ushers-spring
TILTED AXES DETROIT
Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Procession for the First Day of Spring
12:30-2:00 PM, Midtown Detroit, March 20, 2013
* * * Want to be a part? Guitarists please click HERE
In celebration of the first day of spring on March 20, Detroit-born NYC composer and performer Patrick Grant will create Tilted Axes Detroit: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, a procession of over two dozen musicians that will move its way through Midtown Detroit with stops at key locations between 12:30 and 2:00 PM. (see map below)
The project is an ensemble made up of local musicians, in this case Detroit’s which, through preparation and rehearsal at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, will perform a variety of music created by Grant that is to be played in processional and stationary formations, much of it created specifically for the event. While there will be solos from local musicians that will be showcased, the overall musical message of the event is that of a unified ensemble made up of talent that comes from diverse backgrounds.
“I’ve been hoping to bring a musical project back to my hometown for some time now,” says Grant. “It seems like we really hit on something with the Tilted Axes project and it seemed to be the perfect thing to do in Detroit. It’s a well-known fact that Detroit has created numerous musical talents, far more than most. I’m positive that the music we’ll make will sound magnificent and like no other.“
The musicians will be accompanied by percussion and play their instruments through small but powerful mini-amps they are given that clip onto their belts. The procession has banner carriers and performers that hold up signs from which the musicians and the public are aware of name and purpose of each music section. More importantly, this aspect informs any of the unsuspecting public that it is the first day of Spring and that they are invited to celebrate it and rock out with Tilted Axes Detroit.
The Tilted Axes project began as a Winter Solstice event for Make Music New York in 2011. Its name derives from the axial tilt of the Earth, the causes our seasonal changes, as well as incorporating the word “axe,” the well-known nickname for the electric guitar.
One of these events will be a solo performance & kick-off event by Patrick Grant at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit, on Sunday, March 17 at 6:00 PM. Admission to the public is $5.
Also, Grant will be making appearances on WDET 101.9 FM and will be featured in the Metro Times leading up to Tilted Axes Detroit.
Interested musicians and other participants are asked to visit the project’s web page at: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/TAD2013.html (applicants please click HERE). There they will find out information as to what will be required of them and how to apply. The deadline for applicants is March 14. The public can also go to this page for further event information, a procession map, and other events leading up to this project.
Tilted Axes Detroit is sponsored by Midtown Detroit Inc. and Peppergreen Media with the support of our partners Cafagna Arts, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Artists Market, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Majestic Theater, The Metro Times, The Motor City Brewing Works, PJ’s Lager House, Wayne State University, and WDET 101.9 FM Radio.
Tilted Axes Detroit is created & produced by Patrick Grant
From Emon Hassan at GUITAKADIA:
If you haven’t seen the documentary & photo essay on last year’s Tilted Axes, please check it out here. I covered this year’s event by sharing sounds, photos, and video throughout the day via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud, Google+ and Tumblr. Fret not, they’re all posted below. Instead of posting several video clips, I’ve compiled them into one.
At the end of the post is the photo essay making its premiere today. Enjoy!
See it all HERE
Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a parade with over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village, ending at the newly renovated lobby of the Public Theater. The result will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor this season’s axial tilt.
TILTED AXES 2012 – procession route, beginning and ending at
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., NYC, Dec. 21st, 6:00-7:30 PM
The public is invited to join the procession and accompany the guitars with light hand percussion.
Interested performers should send an email to email@example.com
1. Joe’s Pub & Public Theater
2. Middle Collegiate Church
3. 9th St. & Tompkins Square Park
4. St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery
5. @ Union Square North
6. @ Union Square South
7. The Alamo (cube) & Astor Place
Finale at Joe’s Pub & Public Theater
&reviews from last year’s event HERE
TILTED AXES 2012 Musicians
more players TBA
Patrick Grant is a composer, performer, and producer based in NYC. His music is informed by his experience and work with contemporary-classical and popular music (John Cage, Philip Glass, Quincy Jones, Kid Creole), the communal music of the Balinese Gamelan, and recently with his incipient work in the Guitar Circles of Robert Fripp. He has written scores for theatrical visionaries Robert Wilson, The Living Theatre, and companies in Brazil. He is a recent recipient of the Con Edison – Exploring the Metropolis Musician Residency. He is the creator of International Strange Music Day and Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. http://tinyurl.com/bwkchbm
Cristian Amigo is an American composer and guitarist who explores connections between art (contemporary classical music and jazz) music and American popular and roots musics. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist, and improviser, Amigo writes and performs avant-music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, theater, and film. He plays with various bands including The Gotham Roots Orchestra and Kingdom of Jones, and often performs solo and in various configurations with other improvisers and composers. His awards include the Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowhip in music composition, and the Van Leir Award from Meet the Composer. He is composer-in-residence at INTAR Theater in NYC.
Angela Babin has been performing live since she was 13 years old in a huge variety of musical styles from blues, disco, punk, new wave, R&B, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and soca, to klezmer, glam rock, instrumental, acid-jazz and more. Angela entered the downtown New York music scene playing with Off Beach and the Ordinaires while she was a teenager. She has performed with bands all across the US, Canada and Western Europe. Currently, Angela is gleefully playing guitar with the Gotham Roots Orchestra. Angela thanks her daughter for lending her a parade-worthy guitar.
Alexander Baxter was born in Detroit, Michigan and has been playing electric guitar since age 12, when he bought his first Teisco del Rey from Chuck Holzman. Not succeeding as a teenage rock god, he put it aside to pursue a career in academic medicine and now teaches emergency radiology at Bellevue and NYU Hospitals. He returned to music with enthusiasm six years ago and now practices regularly. He has performed with Robert Fripp’s Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists and is a member of the New York Guitar Circle.
Dan Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. The recipient of an Aaron Copland fellowship to Tanglewood, he has received awards, commissions, residencies, and premieres from Albany Symphony, ASCAP, Cary Trust, Engine 27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, NARAS, NEA, North River Music, NYNME, NYYS, and Shakespeare & Company, among others. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has performed at venues including Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonic, Town Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, The Blue Note, CBGB, Joe’s Pub, and LPR. Cooper is a music professor at SUNY-FIT, and a co-director of Composers Concordance. http://www.dan-cooper.com
Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, and music software programmer. He founded the rock band Doctor Nerve in 1983 http://www.doctornerve.org and is a member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet. He has composed for Bang On A Can All-Stars, Meridian Arts Ensemble, ETHEL, and others. His compositions and guitar work appear on over 50 records. His Black Sabbath Guitar Lessons on YouTube have been received with great enthusiasm by metal fans all over the world. His metal band Häßliche Luftmasken premiered in June 2011 http://www.tinyurl.com/maskenmetal
David Gould is an instrumentalist and composer who creates grand orchestral arrangements, melancholy acoustic pieces, Americana-infused soundscapes and reverb-drenched rock. David has earned degrees in Composition (B.A., Reed College) and Ethnomusicology (M.A., UCLA), and has performed and written in dozens of styles. He currently lives in Brooklyn and leads the band The Inner Banks with his wife, Caroline. “David Gould, like Sufjan Stevens, Tim Gane, and David Axelrod, is a pop auteur, a producer, arranger, and songwriter capable of turning out svelte four-minute pieces that are at once challenging and digestible.” -Copper Press
Randolph A. Hudson III
Randolph A. Hudson III is a composer, electric guitarist/Ebowist, and technologist born 1957 in Brooklyn NY. In the late 70′s/Late 80’s an active member of Downtown NYC scene with John Zorn, Kramer, Ann Magnuson, Ralph Carney, Daved Hild, Coby Batty, many others. Co-written, recorded, performed with members of Gong, The Waitresses, The Fugs, Psychedelic Furs, Captain Howdy. Recording, touring member of Bongwater with Magnuson/Kramer. Co-Founded “Bowing” with Martha Mooke http://www.marthamooke.com/Bowing.htm. Co-Founded EBQ: The Electronic Bow Quartet. Currently performs with Klyph Black, Joe Delia, and The Complete Unknowns. In 2010, founded the 2D/3D Blu-Ray department of DuArt Film and Video. http://www.rah3.com
Daniel Reyes Llinas
Daniel Reyes Llinas began his musical career at the age of 10 teaching himself how to play the guitar. He Studied Classical Guitar at Andes University in Bogota, Colombia under Carlos Castilla, Carlos Rocca Lynn & Jaime Arias Obregon. He has been an attendant of Guitar Craft seminaries directed by Robert Fripp Since 2004. Mr. Reyes Llinás studied composition with pianist and composer Fernando Otero and enjoys writing music for film and theater. Is the Co-leader of Parias Ensemble. ”Molino” his first CD is available on iTunes, His second album “En Remolinos” will be released in the spring 0f 2013. http://www.danielreyesllinas.com
Cesare Papetti is a percussionist working in and around New York City. Influenced by all sounds resonating from New York’s vibrancy, he pursues a multitude of different performing opportunities from operas, orchestras and chamber groups to rock bands and performance art theater. Recently, Cesare co-produced a concert of Art Rock Music at the Gershwin Hotel. The program included a world premiere of a drum set and piano duet by Gene Pritsker, and music by Dana Richardson and Erbium all written for a rock ensemble instrumentation. Currently, Cesare is also studying Turkish split hand dumbek technique and playing with the funk/rock band Barbaric Yawp. http://www.cesarepapetti.com
Composer/guitarist Gene Pritsker has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hiphop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble. Recent highlights: ‘Cloud Atlas Symphony’ premiered and recorded for SONY by Kristjan Jarvi and the Leipzig MDR Symphony, orchestrated and has original music in the movie ‘Cloud Atlas,’ the release of his piano concerto ‘Reinventions’ on Sony Records. http://www.genepritsker.com
Izzi Ramkissoon is an award-winning electro acoustic multimedia composer, performer, and sound artist. He has written works for a variety of media including theater, dance, installations, alternative controllers, and interactive multimedia. His compositions deal extensively with the use of technology in composition and have been featured at SEAMUS, NYCEMF, SPARK, Look and Listen Festival, Black Maria Film + Video Festival, World Maker Faire, MATA and numerous other venues and festivals, both nationally and internationally. The Izzi Ramkissoon Ensemble fuses media, technology, IDM, hardcore, classical, musique concrete and various other resources to perform interactive, improvisatory, and experimental works.
Larry Simon, guitarist and composer from Brooklyn, NY, has recorded and toured with many of today’s leading jazz and blues artists including John Zorn, LaMonte Young, David Sanborn, Big Jay McNeely, Lester Bowie, Rosco Gordon, George Coleman, Julius Hemphill, the Skatellites, David Amram, Ed Sanders, Leon Thomas, Eric Mingus and many others. As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theatre. In 2004 Simon founded “Jazzmouth, The Seacoast poetry and Jazz Festival”, Portsmouth, NH. His latest CD is Larry Simon and Groove Bacteria’s “Old School Jams and Drones.”
Mark Stewart is a New York City-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and instrument designer. He has been a member of the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Steve Reich and Musicians, Zeena Parkins’ Gangster Band, and Arnold Dreyblatt’s Orchestra of Excited Strings, and is a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars band and The Jerry Wortman Nonette. Also, he has worked with Paul Simon, Anthony Braxton, Bob Dylan, Cecil Taylor, Meredith Monk, Phillip Glass, Bruce Springsteen, Edie Brickell, Don Byron, Paul McCartney, Marc Ribot, and in the duo Polygraph Lounge with Rob Schwimmer, with whom he also contributed to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Old Friends” reunion concert tour. Stewart lives in Brooklyn, New York and is an avid bicyclist.
More players TBA
TILTED AXES 2012 Sponsors
Patrick Grant‘s participation is made possible in part through The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is funded by Consolidated Edison, Credit Suisse, the George L. Shields Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, AOH Foundation, the Reed Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation and individuals. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We also wish to extend our thanks to the Office of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn for their support. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is administered by Exploring the Metropolis
On this second BACKTRACKS offering, The MMiXdown’s Jocelyn Gonzales tells the story of a love song that echoes through her childhood to the present day. It’s a tune that, for her, has come to symbolize her cultural heritage and her parents’ devotion to each other.
Listen to her audio essay below:
This classic Filipino kundiman that Jocelyn remembers was written in 1938 by Miguel Velarde Jr. for the movie, Bituing Marikit. In the film, the song was performed by matinee idol Rogelia de la Rosa, known as “The King of the Philippine Movies”. In true Filipino fashion, Rosa switched over from acting to public office, later serving in the Philippine Senate and as a diplomat under Ferdinand Marcos.
In 1964, Tom Spinosa and Mike Velarde Jr released an English/Tagalog version of the song, greatly increasing it’s familiarity in the United States. On the Tri-World Records release, Cora and Santos Beloy performed the song. Of this version, the original composer Velarde remarked:
“Sometime in 1960 a famous US singer who made a personal appearance in Manila presented me a contract seeking authority to record ‘Dahil Sa Iyo’ in the States. The five figure offer was fabulous but I turned it down – simply because she wanted to change the title to an American title. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t sell the identity we are trying hard to establish. The merits of the song is its identity.”
Fryday, August 24th @ SPECTRUM, 121 Ludlow St., NYC
8PM-11PM, tickets $10 at the door
The Dreamscape Floppies
Now Eleonor Sandresky
Gene Pritsker’s Cage ReUnMixed
An Intimate Moment w/ Glenn Cornett
Da Groove Commanders
Micro-Tons o’ Fun w/ Johnny Reinhard
Jolly Ramey (Steve Carter & Maddi Horstmenn)
Card Tricks with Kathleen Supove
rahrahree! (Kurt Gottschalk vs. Tamara Yadao)
Miguel Frasconi LLC
Symphony Baby & Wormhole Chili
and Jed Distleras himself…plus everybody’s favorite…
Zero BoyCheck out the Facebook event page at
Angela Babin & Cristian Amigo
Guitarist Angela Babin was a founding mother of the band the Ordinaires who received critical acclaim in the 80′s in the downtown NY music scene. She met Cristian Amigo (Guggenheim fellow, guitarist and songwriter) while playing E#’s Syndakit. During an extended wait for the subway they formed their collaboration for the Gotham Roots Orchestra via a mutual appreciation for the blues. They will be performing some of their work – strangely – and with strange stringed instruments. This particular performance will be dedicated to Pussy Riot and all other music activists.
Da Groove Commanders
Taking elements of folk, nu-metal, and crunk, and then ignoring them completely, the music of Da Groove Commanders defies meaning. Three of their members – Captain Jesse Krakow, Sergeant Dylan Sparrow, and Lieutenant Tom Shad – will be providing a demonstration as to when and how to get “lost in the groove” by pinpointing specific moments of total groove-i-osity found in popular music and updating them with an edgy sound that appeals to the contemporary urban youth market. Grade = Crucial.
Arts Houston described her vision as “captivating and true,” composer/pianist Eleonor Sandresky‘s music has been performed on three continents. She has been a composer in residence at STEIM and The MacDowell Colony, among others. Her music is available on Koch International, One Soul Records, ERM Media, and Albany Record labels. Eleonor is at the same time one of New York’s preeminent new music pianists, performing concerts throughout the world with performances of new works by composers from Egberto Gismonte to Philip Glass, with whom she has worked since 1991. The depth of her experience as a performer informs her work as a composer in a very deep way, and she mines that experience for the hybrid work that she has been creating, blending movement, the acoustic and the electronic into one unique art form.
Cage ReMixed – Gene ‘D.J. Noizepunk’ Pritsker. Short samples of music by John Cage are treated to looping, scratching, and other DJ effects. Mixed together with beats, bass lines, guitars and other instruments Di.J. Noizepunk creates a groove driven re interpretation of John Cages’ sound world.
Glenn Cornett will present a piece for electronics, etc. based in part on contours extracted from paintings of an emerging, Brooklyn-based artist. Expect some gamelan samples, and in deference to Strange Music organizer Patrick Grant, some live guitar work. Glenn will probably be making use of a 1,920-element light installation he has designed, built and programmed for use with music performances.
I’m playing two compositions of mine: the 32 Beethoven Sonatas in One Minute, and “A Dance Class In Queens” from my piano theater piece “The Gold Standard,” with text by Ed Scmidt. - Jed Distler
photo: Co Broerse
Johnny Reinhard’s DUNE for solo bassoon was first performed on the Seattle Spring Festival in 1990. The piece was the catalyst for the Raven CD, produced by Michael Thorne (Stereo Society). Its design showcases the fantastic realms of musical expression possible with the contemporary instrument. As one might travel through different worlds in a Frank Herbert science fiction novel (such as Dune), the performer takes the listener through exotic soundscapes. Another appealing metaphor is the equation of the bassoon with the sands, both shaped by wind. The piece begins with resonance juggling, proceeds to microtonal melody, glissandi, key percussion, diverse equal temperaments, and enters into musical territories rarely, if every, visited.
DIRTY TABLOID FINGERS: Songs Ripped From NY Tabloid Newspapers. Your old pals Jolly Ramey let fly with some rambling banter, tuneful bits and our special way of giving you what passes for news. Featuring Steve Carter and Madi Horstman.
My set will consist of improvised performances of graphic scores created by YOU, the audience. Beforehand, there will be paper, pencils, and crayons, so you can make a score and submit it. Or use your own materials! From the submissions, I’ll choose a few. I will have a few moments to think about it, but it’s at least 85% spontaneous! – Kathleen Supove
photo: Richard Termine
Miguel Frasconi uses laptop, controllers, electronics, and an instrumentarium of glass objects to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition. His glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. His electronics and controllers push and pull on the fabric of found and invented sounds. Tonight, he will present SUMPSIMUS, an exploration of correctness and beliefs in relation to our daily sonic experiences and how we are present and (re)present ourselves in the world.
Patrick Grant is a serious musician who is often mistaken for the opposite. Tonight he will most likely prove his detractors correct. His music is informed by his experience and work with contemporary-classical and popular music (John Cage, Philip Glass, Quincy Jones, Kid Creole), the communal music of the Balinese Gamelan, and recently with his incipient work in the Guitar Circles of Robert Fripp. He has written scores for theatrical visionaries Robert Wilson (of Einstein on the Beach), The Living Theatre, and companies in Brazil and Europe. He is a recent recipient of Con Edisons Exploring the Metropolis Composer Residency for the creation of a new work for large guitar ensemble, Circle-Lines.
As rahrahree!, Tamara Yadao and Kurt Gottschalk create mid-air palindromes with guitars and speaking voices. Theirs is a geometry of oratory where words and meaning are of slippery significances only as important as the listener wants them to be. Yadao and Gottschalk also co-curate the ongoing txt fst performance series which has presented performance of text-based works at Proteus Gowanus, Flushnik and on X>Triangulation>X online radio. Yadao also plays 8 bit music as Corset Lore and in the groups Frogwell, foci + loci and tū. Gottschalk plays in the duo Ecstasy Mule and hosts the Miniature Minotaurs program on WFMU.
Entertainer and “vocal cartoonist” Zero Boy is an East Village icon who recently appeared Off-Broadway in the Yllana Production of 666 at the Minetta Lane Theater Zero Boy performed regularly on NPR’s The Next Big Thing and has been seen on the television shows Fox and Friends and Good Day New York and MTV’s M2 network.
He will be seen soon as Dr. Drago In Nickelodeon’s Mission Dawn. He has written, directed and performed numerous productions on both coasts and Europe.
More to come…
International STRANGE MUSIC DAY Performance Soiree
Friday, August 24th @ SPECTRUM, 121 Ludlow St., NYC
8PM-11PM, tickets $10 at the door
August 24th is International Strange Music Day. It’s a real holiday, yes it is. To celebrate, some of NYC’s best and brightest composers and performers are getting together to have a very unserious night of music making. This as an opportunity to for them to share unusual sounds, unusual instrumentation, and unusual compositions rarely heard or new ones that will never be heard from again.
Conceived by composer/performer Patrick Grant, the evening will be held together by vocal sound FX master Zero Boy (Joel Blumsack). Highlights include an audience participatory graphic score creation and performance by Kathleen Supove, the choreographic piano of Eleonor Sandresky, the microtonal bassoon of Johnny Reinhard, the musical magic of Miguel Frasconi, the playing of odd instruments by Angela Babin & Cristian Amigo, the reunion of the duo Jolly Ramey who will create new songs from that morning’s tabloids, a DJ remix of composer John Cage by Gene Pritsker, the humorous songs of Jed Distler, a masterful deconstruction of the pop catalog by Jesse Krakow, recombinant music and text by Kurt Gottschalk & Tamara Yadao, and a very special performance by Spectrum founder Glenn Cornett.
Needless to say, other musical surprises are planned.
In & Around C by artist Mad Mohre is a participatory music and art installation presented by the Nouveau Classical Project. Visitors act as ‘notes’ that musicians play.
This project is made possible by the Open Meadows Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and through Kickstarter campaign. Help spread the word: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ncp/in-and-around-c-2012
The Nouveau Classical Project, of course…
Ashley Bathgate, cellist, Bang on a Can
Vicky Chow, pianist
Owen Weaver, percussionist
…more coming soon!
Mad Mohre, Artist
Sugar Vendil, Director and Producer
Tara Scott and Yoobin Whang, Production Assistants
128 Rivington St., NYC
Complete iNFO HERE
(New York City – July 26, 2012) Exploring the Metropolis is pleased to announce the eight composers chosen for the 2012-13 Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program. These eight composers will begin their residencies in September.
In its fourth year, this residency program will provide composers with a stipend and three months of free workspace in cultural and community facilities. All composers must complete one free public program in cooperation with the host facility. The four host cultural facilities are Bloomingdale School of Music, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Flushing Town Hall, and Turtle Bay Music School.
The eight composers are: Guy Barash, Jeff Fairbanks, Patrick Grant, Gabrielle Herbst, Molly Herron, Elizabeth Lim, Theodore Metz and Jeff Myers. The 2012-13 Composers-in-Residence are active in the New York music community, and have had works performed in diverse and innovative venues, such as The Stone, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, HERE Arts Center, New York City Opera, and Issue Project Room. Their work spans classical, musical theater, pop, opera, jazz and electronic.
Composers were chosen by a jury of professional musicians, composers, curators and administrators. Composers were chosen based on artistic merit and suitability of their proposed project for the host organization. Panelists will be announced in the coming days. For the second year, the New York Foundation for the Arts generously donated space for panel deliberations.
The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is funded by Consolidated Edison, Credit Suisse, the George L. Shields Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, AOH Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation and individuals. The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Office of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
More information on the 2012-13 Con Edison Composers-in-Residence can be found on the Exploring the Metropolis website.