category: MATA Interval Event

Goldfeather and Exceptet, a MATA and Ecstatic Music Festival Collaboration

Sunday, March 13th, 2016


Sunday, March 13th, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Merkin Hall | 129 West 67th Street • New York, NY 10023

Co-presentation of Kaufman Music Center and MATA

MATA presents Goldfeather, a rising indie folk band paired with Exceptet, a Brooklyn-based contemporary classical music septet whose unique instrumentation derives from Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” on the Ecstatic Music Festival, Sunday March 13th at 7:30pm at Merkin Hall. Exceptet will be performing works by Paul Kerekes, Fay Wang, Brendon Randall-Myers, and Brooks Frederickson. Goldfeather will be performing selections from their upcoming album including premiere arrangements with Exceptet.

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Spears, Balliet, and Hall: New Vintage Baroque and Eliza Bagg

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Greg Spears’s Wolf in Skins and  

Doug Balliett’s Bacchus

performed by New Vintage Baroque

together with

Emily Hall’s Life Cycle

performed by Eliza Bagg, Ashley Bathgate, & Vicky Chow

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 | 12 Noon

National Sawdust | 80 North 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

MATA presents Radical Pairings: a mix of baroque and gallant-inspired works by Greg Spears and Doug Balliett performed by New Vintage Baroque, together with Emily Hall’s expressive, very much contemporary, song-cycle, Life Cycle, performed by soprano Eliza Bagg, accompanied by Vicky Chow and Ashley Bathgate.
A moving meditation on the joys and fears of motherhood, Emily Hall’s Life Cycle sets text by the acclaimed British author Toby Litt. Of its premiere, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of London’s Southbank Centre, wrote: “Life Cycle was touching, sometimes searing in its delicate exposure of the pain and loss that can surround child birth. Both the music and the libretto left the audience feeling they’d had an important shared experience.”

Bookending the cycle New Vintage Baroque – praised by the New York Times for its “buoyant pulse” and “appealing energy” — will perform two works scored for baroque instruments and voices: a suite from Greg Spears’ elegant Wolf in Skins inspired by the medieval Welsh epic, the Mabinogion, and Doug Balliett’s “rap-cantata” Bacchus, a wild traversal of the Greek myth, with a text inspired by Ovid.

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)