Opening Night Concert Reception

Mary Flagler Cary Hall
DiMenna Center
450 West 37th St, New York, NY

WhiteBox Gallery
329 Broome St #1, New York, NY

Featuring SCENATET, HOCKET and Dan Lippel
Tickets $75, available at the door and at

Join the composers and performers of MATA Festival 2017 for an evening of Californian wine, Danish spirits, music,  and conversation.

Program to include

Thomas Kotcheff (USA): death, hocket and roll (2015)
Jexper Holmen (Denmark): XP (2003) (American Premiere)
Dalia Raudonikyté With (Lithuania/Norway): Primo cum lumine solid

Doors open at 7pm

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Giovanni Bertelli

Giovanni Bertelli was born in Verona, Italy, where he spent the first twenty-eight years of his life studying piano, philosophy and composition. In 2008 he attended Stefano Gervasoni’s class in Paris. He spent a couple of years at Ircam, before beginning work with Frédéric Durieux and Marc Battier in 2014 on SACRe doctoral research. His project, concerning the physical movements of performers, will finish in 2017.

Of his relationship to music, he says: “I must confess that I have never been able to consider it as an object, even less as a tale. Rather I’ve always seen it as some sort of place, even better as an enigmatic map in a one-to-only-god-knows ratio, deliberately conceived in order to (mis)direct us through the boundless and unintelligible spaces that surround us – me and you, my reader (and listener too, I hope).


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Where Seagulls Scream and Breakers Roar

Co-Presented by Dixon Place

Ensemble neoN returns to close the 2016 MATA Festival, alongside the Rhythm Method Quartet and other festival friends, in an evening of contradictions, games, and improvisation. Lula Romero’s present/absent is reminiscent of free improvisation despite its complex notation, while Helen Papaioannou’s Splinter (a MATA Commission) enfolds games and improvisations within a fixed form. José Manuel Serrano’s Rosa de Paracelso is a game of texture, wherein the bass flute is veiled by an accompanying quartet. Through the use of text prompts, Edgar Guzmán’s After tomorrow and Ophir Ilzetzki’s Spotlight exist at the intersection of improvisation and fixed notation; musics that are at once stable and mobile. Concluding the festival is Emma O’Halloran’s Cages, an embrace of the joy of composing with text from the writings of John Cage.

Ensemble neoN, Rhythm Method Quartet, Ryan Muncy, and others
8PM at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NYC
$25 / $20 Students

Tickets available through Dixon Place

Emma O’Halloran (Ireland): Cages (2013), AP
Lula Romero (Spain / Germany): present / absent (2011), AP
Helen Papaioannou (UK): Splinter (2016), WP – Festival Commission
Ophir Ilzetzki (Israel): Spotlight (2013), AP
José Manuel Serrano (Argentina): Rosa de Paracelso (2014), AP
Edgar Guzmán (Mexico): After tomorrow (2011)
Therese Birkelund Ulvo (Norway): Silent Song (2008)

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Neither Land, Nor Sea, Nor Air

Co-Presented by Dixon Place

MATA’s penultimate concert reimagines tradition and genre, pointing the way toward new musical taxonomies. Sabina Ahn’s alchemical Breath morphs the body’s energy into light and sound. In the same vein, Nicolai Worsaae’s Upon your body I’m crawling exhausts its performer (the legendary William Schimmel) as it engages with folk and modern conventions in a breathless one-man accordion-harmonica duet. Traditional instruments are transformed with rippling figurations and angular melody in Ukrainian composer Maxim Kolomiiets’ oboe-accordion duet Re-Pulse, and similarly in Qian Zhou’s serene Qu Shui Ming Yun for qin and electronics. Mátyás Wettl’s Unusual, a song for guitar, voice, and electronics, proposes a new avant-indie sound, while Germán Alonso’s Time In & Out is an extended riff for bass clarinet and electronics, paying homage to jazz icon Eric Dolphy.

Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Eliza Bagg, voice; Carlos Cordeiro, bass clarinet; Dan Lippel, guitar; Sam Pluta, live electronics; William Schimmel, accordion; Zhou Yi, qin

8PM at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NYC
$25 / $20 Students

Tickets available through Dixon Place

Maxim Kolomiiets (Ukraine): Re-Pulse (2012), AP
Nicolai Worsaae (Denmark): Upon your body I’m crawling (2012)
Zhou Qian (China): Qu Shui Ming Yun (2016 Qin Version) (2011/16), WP
Sabina Ahn (South Korea): Breath (2015), AP
Mátyás Wettl (Hungary): Unusual (2014), AP
Germán Alonso (Spain): Time In & Out (2013), AP

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MATA Funhouse

MATA FUNHOUSE, where Festival artists will join forces with like-minded bands and DJs in a split bill performance. Featuring MATA composers Matthew Welch on bagpipe, an Ophir Ilzetzki’s “pop-up” set, a Yair Klartag video, and even a pond scum bacteria improvisation by Sabina Ahn. Guest performers include Ricardo Romaneiro, Helen Papaioannou, Ryan Muncy, and MATA’s Artistic Director Du Yun. The show will dissolve from avant/noise experiments, pond water mud noise, into a more straightforward evening of techno and merriment.

915 Wyckoff Avenue
Queens, New York

Tickets available here or at the door: $12

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