category: MATA Festival Event

NOVUS NY: Dangerous Currents

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Novus NY, the vibrant new music ensemble based at Trinity Church, makes its MATA Festival debut in an evening of large-ensemble works. British composer Philip Venables uncovers a vein of Shakespearean tragedy in his boxing melodrama The Revenge of Miguel Cotto. In Letters from Brown Men, Paul Pinto explores the fallout from natural disasters. A monolithic yet ethereal stillness infuses Russian composer Dmitri Timofeev’s elegy, Angel. This year’s final MATA commission, Kristina Wolfe’s Record of Ancient Mirrors, conjures the drones of temple bells through retuned viola da gamba and large ensemble. Bringing it all back home, the Festival closes with New Yorker Pascal Le Boeuf’s bracingly inventive Alkaline for string quartet and jazz combo.

 NOVUS NY, Scott Jarrett, conductor; Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax; Anna Webber, tenor sax; Pascal Le Boeuf, piano; Martin Nevin, bass; Peter Kronreif, drums

Saturday, April 29
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

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Philip Venables (United Kingdom): The Revenge of Miguel Cotto (2012), AP
Kristina Wolfe (USA): Record of Ancient Mirrors (2017) MATA Festival Commission
Dmitri Timofeev (Russia/Germany): Angel (2007), AP
Paul Pinto (USA): Letters from Brown Men (2014)
Pascal Le Boeuf (USA): Alkaline (2016)

Stencils and Shadows

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Performing as Friends of MATA, nine of NYC’s top new-music interpreters – including violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Mariel Roberts, and pianist Isabelle O’Connell – play works that explore what remains unsaid. Bangkok native Siraseth Pantura-Umporn’s MATA-Commissioned Ripples, inspired by disturbances of water, exposes what lies beneath the surface. Chilean composer Francisco Concha-Goldschmidt reflects on the loneliness of existence in his mesmerizing …y te pierdes y te hundes…. Foreground and background are engaged through the vibrant absences of the Italian Giovanni Bertelli’s quartet Libro d’Aprile and the shifting shapes and contours of Piano by Krists Auznieks from Latvia.

The Friends of MATA are Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute; Carol McGonnell, clarinet; Leah Asher, Miranda Cuckson, Pauline Kim Harris, violins; Hannah Levinson, viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Isabelle O’Connell, piano; Carl Bettendorf, conductor

Friday, April 28th
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

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Francisco C. Goldschmidt (Chile/Germany): …y te pierdes y te hundes… (2013), AP
Giovanni Bertelli (Italy/France): Libro d’Aprile (2012), AP
Krists Auznieks (Latvia/USA): Piano  (2015), NYP
Siraseth Pantura-umporn (Thailand): Ripples (2017) MATA Festival Commission

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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Three-dimensional works for one or two players. Thursday’s MATA Festival concert opens with Oleg Elagin’s space age electronic fanfare, The Formation of New Sensual Experience, setting the tone for an evening of evolution and innovation. Samuel Cedillo’s Monólogo III refashions the viola in an incredible tour de force of expression. The consummate Daniel Lippel brings elegance to the shifting guitar figures of Karin Wetzel’s Amorphose II and Basque composer Mikel Urquiza’s dialogues with Dowland, Belarretan. The evening reaches for the heavens with Nikolet Burzyńska’s Cold burning out, played by TIGUE’s Matt Evans, and Liisa Hirsch’s ethereal Cloud Tones for piano “glides” and viola. 

Dan Lippel, guitar; Matt Evans, percussion, Philip White, live electronics;

Thursday, April 27
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

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Oleg Elagin (Russia): Formation of New Sensual Experience (2016), WP
Liisa Hirsch (Estonia): Cloud Tones (2015), AP
Samuel Cedillo (Mexico): Monólogo III (2009)
Karin Wetzel (Switzerland/Germany): Amorphose II (2012), AP
Mikel Urquiza (Spain/France): Belarretan (2014) AP
Nikolet Burzynska (Poland): Cold Burning Out (2011) AP

88 Keys Open Many Doors

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

LA’s fearless Hocket piano duo, heard in its New York debut, joins NY’s fiercest new-music pianists in an evening of keyboard adventures. Adam Tendler explores unintentional sounds in Charlie Sdraulig’s subtly choreographed collector, and repurposes the piano in Marina Poleukhaina’s for thing. Hocket teases the ebonies and ivories in Joseph Michaels’s Together in Perfect Harmony and Michael Laurello’s Touch. Molly Herron’s trio resonates in her exquisite Full Blood Moon. Soprano Sarah Brailey is joined by pianist Blair McMillen in Sojourner Hodges’s eloquent Fire Command Room, while interloper harpist Bridget Kibbey gives life to Iranian composer Karen Keyhani’s Nightly Monologue II.

HOCKET, Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, piano; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Sarah Brailey, soprano; Blair McMillen, Adam Tendler, piano; Molly Herron Trio, Pat Swoboda, bass; Molly Herron, Amy Garapic, bowed piano

Wednesday, April 26
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

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Charlie Sdraulig (USA): collector (2015), AP
Marina Poleukhina (Russia/Germany): for thing (2013), AP
Joseph Michaels (USA/Germany): Together in Perfect Harmony (2014), NYP
Michael Laurello (USA): Touch (2016) NYP
Karen Keyhani (Iran): Nightly Monologue II (2013) AP
Molly Herron (USA): Full Blood Moon (2017 ebow-ed piano version) (2014/17) WP
Sojourner Hodges (USA): Fire Command Room (2010) NYP

SCENATET: Wow and Flutter

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

 

Denmark’s buzzy SCENATET makes its official New York debut with a potent program that belies the cozy Danish stereotype of ‘Hygge.’ Along with the twitchy improvised grooves of Yu Oda and the strobe-funk theatrics of Kaj Duncan David’s Computer Music, highlights include the first of this year’s MATA commissions, a world premiere by Eric Wubbels. Also on tap: the hermetic canons of Daniel Tacke’s musica ricercata | musica poetica, Turkish composer Murat Çolak’s Orchid, an octet by rising Danish star Christian Winther Christensen, and German composer Martin Grütter’s Messer Engle Atem Kling (Cleaver Angel Breathing ‘Ding’).

SCENATET

Tuesday, April 25
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

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Eric Wubbels (USA): New Work (2017), MATA Festival Commission
YU Oda (Japan/The Netherlands): Everybody is Brainwashed (2014), AP
Daniel Tacke (USA): musica ricercata | musica poetica  (2013), NYP
Martin Grütter (Germany): Messer Engel Atem Kling (2011), AP
Christian Winther Christensen (Denmark): Chorale (2017), WP
Kaj Duncan David (Denmark): Computer Music (2014/16), AP
Murat Çolak (Turkey/USA): Orchid (2017), WP