category: MATA Interval Event

MATA Interval presents “Transmissions” with the [Switch~ Ensemble]

Friday, May 15th, 2015



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MATA Interval presents “Transmissions,” an evening of multimedia and electroacoustic works that inhabit the underexplored regions that separate acoustic and electronic music, featuring [Switch~ Ensemble], ensemble-in-residence at the Eastman Computer Music Center, and soloists Sophie Burgos, Lucy Dhegrae, and Jeff Gavett on Friday, May 15th at 8:00pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Capping off the evening will be the staged premiere of Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s Hunger (Part III), a multimedia opera on a libretto of Darcie Dennigan, that was recently presented to critical acclaim in Los Angeles: “an ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw… Buchanan delivers.” (LA Times)

Additional works to be presented include Stylianos Dimou’s trio [Hiss] structure . . .from {with[in} – g], written for [Switch~] in its world premiere, Stefan Prins’s Flesh+Prosthesis #1 in its New York premiere; Wojtek Blecharz’s K’an for steel drum and c.130 sticks and The Map of Tenderness for cello, excerpted from the ‘opera-installation’ Transcryptum, and Zach Sheets’s Seer, in which a bass clarinet communicates with electronics through an accelerometer mounted on the instrument.



Stefan Prins (b. 1979) Flesh+Prosthesis #1            (New York Premiere)

Zach Sheets (b. 1991) Seer (New York Premiere)

Wojtek Blecharz (b. 1981) K’an for steel drum and ca.130 sticks and

            The Map of Tenderness (New York Premiere)

from the ‘opera-installation’ Transcryptum

Stylianos Dimou (b. 1988) [Hiss] structure . . .from {with[in} – g] (World Premiere)

Jason Thorpe Buchanan (b.1986) Hunger (Part III)       (New York Premiere)

from Hunger: A Multimedia Opera in Four Parts

I / O

Saturday, March 7th, 2015


Data Garden with Greg Fox and Friends

The Median Movement

Fan Letters

Glich Lich

Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 7.00 pm

Museum of the Moving Image | 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106

MATA Interval presents I/O, an evening of multimedia performance on Saturday March 7th, 7:00pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, curated by Alex Nathanson and Will Owen. Through dance, multi-continent internet-enabled improvisation, homemade instruments, and the natural electronic network of the body, sound and sight is linked in an evening that engages the complex interacting systems that are the host for modern life. Glitch Lich, The Median Movement, Fan Letters, and Data Garden with Greg Fox and Friends join forces to present ambient, electronic, and electroacoustic works that tackle the centrality of networks in our lives and aesthetics.


Glitch Lich                                                                             New Work

The Median Movement                                                         Room Moving

Fan Letters                                                                              Constant Crisis

                                                                                                Two out of Three

Data Garden with Greg Fox and Friends                               Body Area Network


Priday / Kaplan: New Music for Violin and Piano

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Priday / Kaplan:

New Music for Violin and Piano

Friday, February 6, 2015 | 7.30 pm

SubCulture | 45 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012

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MATA Interval opens its eighth season by presenting acclaimed violinist Rachel Lee Priday and pianist David Kaplan in a concert of new works by young composers working in and around old traditions. The program, starting at 7:30 pm, will be MATA’s first visit to the new venue SubCulture and is centered around a premiere from 2014 Pulitzer-Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone. Recipient of this year’s Fromm Music Foundation grant, and commissioned jointly with pianist David Kaplan, Cerrone’s work directly questions and engages with the tradition of a classical sonata.

Cerrone writes: “It’s called a sonata – specifically, it’s an exploration of the idea of a ‘classical’ architecture (fast – slow – fast, with recapitulation), while also being an exploration of extended techniques on the violin, as well as finding a way to link those extended techniques with a broad expressive world. In this piece, I’m also interested in combining the timbral explorations of European modernism with the rhythmic/tonal drive of minimalism.”

The theme of reimagining the past is woven throughout the program: a motoric new work by Eric Shanfield (WP) which turns classical cadences on their head with obsessive repetition, short works from composers Hannah Lash and Pulitzer-prizewinner Caroline Shaw reimagine moments from Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze. Schumann is also a theme in Samuel Carl Adams’ Ave Nostradamus which will receive its NY Premiere. Additional works by Matthew Aucoin, Scott Wollschleger, and Sayo Kosugi fill out the program.


Eric Shanfield (b. 1979) Violin Sonata (World Premiere)

Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990) Celan Fragments (NY Premiere of newly revised version)

Hannah Lash (b. 1981) Liebesbrief an Schumann (Solo Piano)

Caroline Shaw (b. 1982) XVI. Mit gutem Humor and un poco lol ma con serioso vibes (Solo Piano)

Scott Wollschleger (b. 1980) Cuteness Piece

Samuel Carl Adams (b. 1985) Ave Nostradamus (NY Premiere)

Sayo Kosugi (b. 1980) Delirious Distortion (Solo Violin)

Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) Sonata for Violin and Piano (World Premiere)


Friday, February 21st, 2014

MATA Interval Presents


MATA Interval 7.2

West Fourth New Music Collective and Contemporaneous


Friday, February 21st, 2014 | 8:00 pm
ISSUE Project Room | 22 Boerum Place, Ground Floor | Brooklyn

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MATA Interval presents two rising stars of the DIY new music scene in a modern oratorio inspired by Melville’sMoby Dick. Composer collective West Fourth New Music Collective (W4) joins Contemporaneous, a New York-based new music ensemble, in the world premiere of Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiositieson Friday, February 21 at 8:00 pm at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room.

Collaboratively written by composers and W4 co-founders Matt FreyTim HansenMolly Herron, and Ruben Naeff, the evening-length piece composes through Melville’s novel, focusing on themes and events related to mortality, identity, and the hunt. Singers will include Lucy DhegraeAriadne GreifCharlotte Mundy and Sean Christensen. The music will be accompanied by abstract projections inspired by Rockwell Kent’s illustrations to the 1930 Modern Library edition of Moby Dick, created by visual artist Andy Cahill.

Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities
I. Hymn Tim Hansen
II. At the Mast-head Molly Herron
III. The Graceful Repose of the Line Ruben Naeff
IV. Some Ships Matt Frey
V. The Sea Herron
VI. The Non-Valvular Structure of the Whale’s Blood-Vessels Naeff
VII. A Song of Wind, Sea and Starts Hansen
VIII. A White and Turbid Wake Frey
IX. There She Blows Hansen
X. All Men are Enveloped in Whale-Lines Naeff
XI. Lower Away Frey
XII. Call Me Herron

The program will be performed without intermission and runs approximately an hour.

About Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities.

Echoing the multiplicity of Melville’s novel, W4 composers created a collection of responses to themes and events from the book. From a narrative episode depicting the final chase of Moby Dick to abstract meditations incorporating spoken text as a textural element embedded in the music, the evening ranges widely through styles and impressions vividly evoking scenes and emotions from Melville’s world. Balancing collaboration and individual expression, each composer engaged with personal areas of interest while together conceiving the flow and experience of the work as a whole. The libretto was crafted by the composers, in some cases using extended excerpts, and other times stitching together lines from across the whole novel. This oratorio was written specifically for Contemporaneous who work-shopped early sketches.

Interval 7.1 Mabel Kwan Keyboard Recital

Friday, December 20th, 2013

MATA Interval Presents



(pianist for Dal Niente, Chicago)

in her New York City Recital Debut

December 20 | 8:00PM

Issue Project Room