category: MATA Festival Event

Of Circles and Motions of the Others

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Mantra

Image by Alexander Perrelli

The 2014 MATA Festival concludes with a not-to-be missed evening that pairs the “excellent and enterprising” MIVOS Quartet with the “superhuman” Mantra Percussion in an evening of circles, seasons, and revolutions. Lisa Streich of Sweden begins the night with Play Time, her tribute to Jacques Tati in which three percussionists explore the resonant properties of a bicycle by beating, scraping and plucking it. Ansgar Beste’s Pelerinage Fantastique is a journey to the center of the prepared string quartet. MATA’s own outgoing Artistic Director Yotam Haber’s Torus, inspired by the sculpture of Richard Serra, is a study in the monumentality of forms; while Daniel Wohl’s Progression puts its faith in mechanics. From China, comes Ke Xu’s Tai Chi a gestural study in stillness, motion and entropy. Paula Matthusen’s The Days are Nouns, a setting of the Norwegian Table Prayer, sung by Jamie Jordan, channels our focus to the passage of time and the succoring power of each day.

Lisa Streich:  Playtime (2012)
Daniel Wohl:  Progression (2013)
Yotam Haber: Torus (2012)
Ansgar Beste: Pelerinage Fantastique (2012)
Paula Matthusen: The Days are Nouns (2013)
Ke Xu: Tai Chi (2013)

 

Monday, April 21, 2014
8PM
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
Tickets available at: www.thekitchen.org

Music in the Afternoon

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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MATA presents a free public performance on NYC’s iconic High Line.
Two snare drummers 150 yards apart turn the High Line into a giant monochord; what you hear will depend on where you stand

David Bird: Fields

Monday, April 21,  1:30 pm (rain or shine)
Free
The High Line (between 19th and 21st Street)

Workshop: The Business of Being a Composer Part 2

Monday, April 21st, 2014

BMI

The legendary Ralph N. Jackson will host a workshop on the business of being a composer. The second of two such workshops during this year’s festival, this one will focus on how to present yourself and interact with existing classical music institutions. Guests will include BMI’s Executive Director of Classical Music Deirdre Chadwick discussing licensing your music, Bill Holab on self publishing, Katie Baron of Alter and Kendrick LLC on contracts, and Michael Geller, Executive Director of the American Composers Orchestra on calls for submissions.

Monday, April 21, 2014
11:00 am
Location: BMI 7 World Trade Center

By RSVP: to reserve a spot please email your name to email hidden; JavaScript is required, and make sure to bring your ID with you to the event.

Neue Vocalsolisten: American Premieres

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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Writes The Guardian, “The Neue Vocalsolisten deal fearlessly with anything a composer can throw at them.” Today, MATA is the pitcher as Neue Vocalsolisten returns for an a capella concert of American premieres by young composers from around the world. Beginning with their calling card: Vittriool from Georges Aperghis’s “Wölfli Cantata,” the concert spans the globe to showcase their incredible skills. Whether in the dada inspired works of Jennifer Walshe (Paddy Reilly Runs with the Devil), the radical reconfigurations of Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen’s The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Notebook, Francesco Filidei’s Dormo molto amore, dedicated to the memory of the anarchist Franco Serantini, Syrian composer Zaid Jabri’s Two Songs from Mihyar from Damascus on texts of Adonis, the founder of Arabic modernist poetry, Gabriel Dharmoo’s kaleidoscopic Notre Meute, Anglo-Moroccan composer Brahim Kerkour’s intone, or Silvia Rosani’s T-O, Neue Vocalsolisten brings their trademark theatrically, impeccable intonation, and daring to this afternoon. Celebrate Easter MATA style.

Georges Aperghis: Vittriool (2001)
Silvia Rosani:T-O (2013)
Brahim Kerkour: intone (2013)
Zaid Jabri: Two Songs from Mihyar from Damascus (2013)
Francesco Filidei: Dormo molto amore (2013)
Gabriel Dharmoo: Notre Meute (2013)
Lars Petter Hagen: The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart Notebook (2011)
Jennifer Walshe: Paddy Reilly Runs with the Devil (2007)

Sunday, April 20
1:00 PM
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
Tickets available at: www.thekitchen.org

 

Matra

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Neue Vocalsolisten

ICE

MATA brings together two of the finest international ensembles in a first-ever pairing. Germany’s Neue Vocalsolisten, an ensemble who the Financial Times says come “formidably close to achieving the impossible” is joined by ICE  – “the new gold standard for new music” (The New Yorker) in an American premiere performance of Oscar Bianchi’s evening-length cantata Matra. Featuring six vocalists; a solo trio of contrabass Tubax saxophone, contrabass recorder, and bass flute; large ensemble and electronics; and setting text from Lucretius, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, this is an evening not to be missed.

Oscar Bianchi: Matra

A post-concert discussion will follow the concert.

Saturday, April 19
8:00 pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
Tickets available at: www.thekitchen.org