May Daze

Here’s a look back at the performances from last week:

Photos from:
Bruka Band Meets Composers Concordance – May 10, 2011 at MC Gallery, NYC. Featuring Bruka Band’s Milica Paranosic, Margaret Lancaster, Jonathan Zalben, Rubens Sales, Richard Manoia, Cesare Papetti and Peter Christian Hall; and Composers Concordance’s Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, Dan Barret, Patrick Grant, and Lynn Bechtold.
Vermicelli: A Concert of Multiple Cellos – Presented by International Street Cannibals – May 15, 2011 at St Mark’s Church-On-the Bowery, NYC
Music from: “Firearms” from Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms by Patrick Grant (premiere)

Below is another selection from the music of Patrick Grant, a second piece which premiered at “VermiCelli – a concert of multiple cellos” last week:

“DEATH” from Pestilence, War, Famine, & Death
for cello quartet by Patrick Grant

Performed by Eric Edberg, Tish Edens, Dan Barrett, & Leo Grinhauz
Choreography & dance by Megan Sipe
Video artwork by Arman Armand Fernandez (1928-2005)

Score & parts at​PWFD.html
(c) 2011 Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)

Composers Play Composers Marathon – NYC

An audio-slideshow message from co-directors of Composers Concordance Records:

video editing: J. Gonzales – audio editing: P. Grant

Composers Concordance’s 2nd Annual
January 30th at Club Drom, NYC

music & performances by:

Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant, David Morneau, Robert Voisey, Kevin James, Peter Jarvis, Dave Taylor, John Clark, Jay Rozen, Hayes Greenfield, Valerie Coleman, Lynn Bechtold, Robert Dick, Franz Hackl, Milica Paranosic, Arthur Kampela, David Claman

85 Avenue A
(b/w 5th & 6th)
New York, NY
(212) 777-1157

$20 at door includes one drink


Patrick Grant

Lofty Sounds: Site Singing Traditions in NYC

I met Sig Rosen at the Composers Concordance Records label launch party at St. Marks Church in The East Village late last autumn. He’s known those folks for a while, especially in this case, because vocalist Patricia Sonego had just performed my “Thou Art Translated (Knot)” with me and dancer Megan Sipe at the event.

Things being as they are these days, we became friends on Facebook and, noting his interests on his info page, I saw that Medieval and Renaissance vocal music was one of his passions. His interest stems back to the Renaissance Chorus of New York, a group founded by Harold Brown in the early 1950s.

I decided to send him a link to my site which houses a 20 minute vocal suite I created in 2008 as a commission from medieval music enthusiast (and the work’s librettist) Bruce Barrett, my (uncharacteristic) “Three Choral Pieces in Latin.”

From here, Sig told me all about the vocal groups and overlapping subsets that he has been a part of for years. He asked, would I be interested in having one of these groups, the Friday Night Singers (led by Marge Naughton), do a reading of these pieces I wrote? Of course I would!

Normally, they meet uptown but, due to seasonal flu, the owner of that loft could not do it on January 14, the night we set up. Instead, we met in Chelsea at the loft of John Hetland, director of the Renaissance Street Singers, who was gracious to let us all meet there and sing through not only my pieces, but also a few of his great choral transcriptions of which he has created volumes.

This audio slideshow is a bit of conversation with Sig Rosen from that night:

Audio and pictures by Jocelyn Gonzales.

Patrick Grant

Is It Safe? The Marathon Men Behind “Composers Play Composers”

It seems like a logistical nightmare but it could be the best bargain of the new year so far: 23 composers playing their own work (solo, duo or trio), each piece only 4 minutes in length, all in one night, on one stage, in one nightclub, for one low price.

Sounds like a plan to me!

The details: On Sunday January 31st, Composers Concordance presents “Composers Play Composers” Marathon Concert at Club Drom in New York City’s East Village.

Organized by CC directors Gene Pritsker, Joseph Pehrson and Dan Cooper (all of whom will be performing at the event), this is a chance for NYC audiences to sample nugget-sized pieces by some of the most active and creative folks in the new music scene.

I’m curious as to how the composers will adapt to a 4 minute time restriction, if they are used to creating works of much longer lengths. And the task of getting 23 acts on and off the stage should be a feat in and of itself!

Our very own Patrick Grant sat down with Gene, Joe and Dan to find out how this event came together. Here’s a video of their conversation:

For the record, the composers appearing at Drom on Jan 31st are: Roger Blanc, Thomas Bo, Luis Andrei Cobo, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Larry Goldman, David Gotay, Patrick Grant, Franz Hackl, Don Hagar, Arthur Kampela, Alon Nechushtan, Daniel Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Akmal Parwez, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Paola Prestini, Jody Redhage, Kamala Sankaram, William Schimmel, Andrew Violette, and Theodore Wiprud.

“Composers Play Composers” Marathon Concert
January 31, 2010 – 7 PM-10 PM
Club Drom
85 Avenue A (bet 5th and 6th street), NYC
$10 + two drinks
Produced in collaboration with VisionIntoArt with live visuals by Astrid Steiner and media by Carmen Kordas.