Will You Be Performing Sitting Up or Standing Down?

Patrick Grant’s “Lucid Intervals,” an ostinato for (virtual) violin solo, hammer dulcimer, string quartet, vibraphone, electric bass, timpani, congas, and prepared piano.

Performing “Lucid Intervals” on the Nano Rig at the Composers Concordance “Composers Play Composers” Marathon at DROM NYC, Jan. 31, 2010.

Korg Nanos in rehearsal. 

Created for the Composers Concordance “Composers Play Composers” Marathon, Jan. 31, NYC. Original music & video editing by Patrick Grant. Prepared piano samples used courtesy of David Borden. © MMX strangemusic

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.
www.composersconcordance.org
www.dromnyc.com

Jocelyn