H2Opus: First Rehearsal for Make Music New York 2010

Here’s a slideshow from the first rehearsal of H20pus: Fluid Soundscapes for Multiple Composers, a special performance produced by Patrick Grant for Make Music New York taking place on Monday June 21, 2010 at Waterside Plaza, 23rd Street & The East River, from 7PM – 9PM.

In these photos from June 15: Composers Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, Joseph Pehrson, Kamala Sankaram & Patrick Grant with performers Kathleen Supove, Marija Ilic and Lynn Bechtold. Drummer/percussionist John Ferrari will join in beginning rehearsal No. 2.

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Pieces on the Program:

Lonely Ride Coney Island – Patrick Grant
Prudendurance Wet –
Joseph Pehrson
Wading for Bait Man –
Patrick Grant 
Water Possessed 4-
Gene Pritsker
Sounds of Sirens –
Patrick Grant
Lucid Intervals –
Patrick Grant
Deep Time 2-
Gene Pritsker
Solstice Bells –
Dan Cooper
Pilgrim –
Kamala Sankaram
Fishbowl – Dan Cooper
Design –
Dan Cooper

Jocelyn

Kamala Sankaram: Squeezebox and Vox

She’s come a long way from glee club.  Arriving in New York City hoping to one day tread the boards on Broadway, composer/performer/accordionista Kamala Sankaram instead discovered Philip Glass and Steve Reich, and then developed into an eclectic and theatrical new music composer.

A trained soprano, Kamala’s primary compositional tools are voice, accordion and electronics. She’s collaborated or performed with the likes of Philip Glass Ensemble, The Wooster Group, Phil Kline, Daniel S. Goode, Death Comet Crew and The Albany Symphony Orchestra. Her work’s been featured at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Music with a View Festival at the Flea Theater. As lead vocalist and songwriter for the band Squeezebox, self-described as “the bastard child of Kurt Weill and Portishead”, she’s been bringing noir-ish chamber electronica to the stage. Listen to Squeezebox at this link.

Composer/performer Patrick Grant sat down to chat with Kamala Sanakaram about her musical roots and her current work in this video:

Kamala created the music for the multimedia musical, Sounding at HERE Arts Center, based on Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Her melodic rock compositions propelled audiences into the past memories and inner turmoil of a washed up rock star mourning the loss of a child. Kamala remains at HERE as an artist in residence, where she is working on a multimedia chamber opera called Miranda: “Pop-opera meets Reality TV…where the audience becomes detective, judge, and jury for an unsolved murder. An innovative mix of original music inspired by hip-hop, tango, Baroque counterpoint, and Hindustani classical ragas, Miranda is set during the live taping of a hit Court TV show.”

You can see a clip of Miranda right HERE.

We’re so pleased that Kamala Sankaram is joining us for H2Opus, Fluid Soundscapes by Multiple Composers, an event produced by Patrick Grant & Special Guests for Make Music New York 2010. This special free outdoor performance takes place at Waterside Plaza NYC, 23rd Street & The East River, Monday, June 21, 2010, 7PM – 9PM.

H2Opus will feature music and performances by:
Patrick Grant – composer/keyboard/electric guitar
Kamala Sankaram – composer/voice/accordian
Gene Pritsker – composer/electric guitar
Joseph Pehrson – composer/keyboard
Dan Cooper – composer/electric bass
John Ferrari – drums & marimba
Kathleen Supove – keyboard
Lynn Bechtold – violin
Marija Ilic – keyboard

More info HERE

Jocelyn

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