category: MATA Interval Event

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

INTERVAL 6.3 Contemporaneous

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Galapagos Art Space

16 Main Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201



O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind (2010) Bryce Dessner (b. 1976)


from Passenger Fish: Scene 3 (2008) Wil Smith (b. 1980)


Big Dig (2006) Ryan Brown (b. 1979)


…and then it rained (2011) David Moore (b. 1984)




Lucy Dhegrae, soprano

Brad Cherwin, clarinet

David Bloom, clarinet, keyboard, and djembe

Matt Evans, percussion

Colin Davin, electric guitar

Karl Larson, piano and keyboards

Finnegan Shanahan, violin and electronics

Meaghan Burke, cello

Pat Swoboda, contrabass and electric bass


Contemporaneous is a New York-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of today. Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has performed more than sixty concerts at venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Stone. Contemporaneous has been featured as guest artists at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Neighborhood Classics, and California’s Berkeley Arts Festival, and the group’s recordings have been featured on many radio programs, including WNYC’s “New Sounds” and WRTI’s “Now is the Time.”

Contemporaneous presents the work of young and established composers, encouraging artists to take risks, challenge expectations, and defy constraints. To date, our programs have included more than thirty world premieres by composers from around the globe, including Jherek Bischoff, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, and Molly Joyce. In April 2012, Innova Recordings released the ensemble’s debut album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly, comprised of music written for the ensemble by its founding co-artistic director.




Bryce Dessner (b. 1976): O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind (2010)

This work is written as a tribute to my friends and colleagues at Bang on a Can. For the better part of 15 years I have had so many incredible musical and personal experiences with the members of the All-Stars and the Bang on a Can community. Their generosity and the profound collective of musical inspiration and talent they represent has left an indelibly positive effect on my own life as a person and musician. O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind is written for them.


The piece is based on a poem by the American poet Larry Eigner (1927-1996), who was a member of the Black Mountain School. “O shut your eyes against the wind” is the last line of his poem the wind like an ocean, which I used as creative inspiration for the music. I’d like to thank my sister Jessica Dessner for sharing Larry Eigner’s work with me. – Bryce Dessner


the wind like an ocean


the wind like an ocean

but sometimes the sun stills it

and the surface is solid


why shouldn’t life pass as in a dream

or a dream itself, there are different degrees

or different dreams reality

at one with a dream


the naked sea


is fresh

in time,


o shut your eyes against the wind


Bryce Dessner is a composer/guitarist/curator based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most well-known musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Kronos Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Dessner is also co-founder and owner of the Brassland record label, serves on the board of The Kitchen and is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Music.


Wil Smith (b. 1980): from Passenger Fish: Scene 3 (2008) 

Passenger Fish is an opera that was originally written for the band of the same name (James Moore, Erik km Clark, Eleonore Oppenheim, Pete Wise, Mellissa Hughes, and Wil Smith). The opera is a love story between Henry Fish, the downtrodden hero who cannot speak, and the disembodied voice of an airport announcer, whom Henry becomes convinced is speaking directly to him. Mediating the affair is a flight attendant, a woman searching herself, beneath a friendly and efficient outer shell. Scene 3 is a portrait of the flight attendant, who in this scene comforts a crying child. – Wil Smith



What’s the problem little one? What’s your awful mother done?

Show the crowd your toothless smile, take it easy, rest awhile.

Charming, aren’t you?: your expressions pose a million different questions.


But I’ve got orders for the crew, and flight fourteen is overdue.

And once again my back-up’s late and someone’s got to man the gate.

But tears are such a weak defense against the world’s incompetence.


Quiet down now, take a nap. Tuck your head inside your cap.

Don’t worry that the grown-ups here are lazy, dumb, and insincere.

Hold my finger, watch my face, learn to hold yourself with grace.


Wil Smith is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer whose work embraces a variety of traditional and popular styles, integrating classical techniques with cutting-edge technology, theatrics, and improvisation. He plays piano, keyboards, pipe organ, and Hammond B3 organ, and is a founding member of the experimental rock band Passenger Fish. Smith’s works have been performed by artists such as the electric guitar quartet Dither, MIVOS Quartet, Jody Redhage, and Mellissa Hughes. Smith is the founder and curator of the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based new-music series, Music at First.

Ryan Brown (b. 1979): Big Dig (2006)

Big Dig was written while immersing myself in the mbira music of Central Africa. While I didn’t use any specific rhythms or melodies, I did try to put my mind in a place similar to that evoked by mbira music, filtered through my own love of rhythmic games and highly energetic textures.      –Ryan Brown


Ryan Brown’s works have been called “nimble, expressive, ear-turning, and strange in an accessible way” (Washington City Paper). Performers of his work have included JACK Quartet, Lisa Moore, Newspeak, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, among many others. In 2006 he co-founded San Francisco’s annual Switchboard Music Festival, an 8-hour music marathon bringing together composers and performers who challenge traditional genre boundaries. Brown is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and California State University, Long Beach, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Princeton University.


David Moore (b. 1984): …and then it rained (2011)

…and then it rained is a wistfully elegiac work for indeterminate ensemble originally written for Moore’s ensemble, Bing and Ruth. The score invites the performers to make many decisions of texture, instrumentation, and structure. For this reason, no two performances will be the same, but Moore’s heartfelt melody and arrestingly beautiful harmonies always come through. This piece can be found on Bing and Ruth’s most recent album City Lake. — David Bloom


David Moore is a 29-year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist who has spent his young career producing work of startling variety and unique vision. He has released eight records of his own music under various pseudonyms and works tirelessly as a composer for film, theater, dance, and installations. In 2006 he founded Bing & Ruth, a large chamber ensemble dedicated to performing his long-form ambient works orchestrated for acoustic instruments. Originally from Kansas, David has lived in New York City since 2004.



Monday, March 4th, 2013

Hailed by the New York Times for combining “technical finesse with a palpable commitment,” The Wet Ink Ensemble has a long and distinguished record of presenting new and adventurous work. The group will present an evening of ambitious works for solo, duo and trio combinations, featuring a wide variety of instrumental virtuosity, technical precision and aesthetic daring.

Study for String Instrument(s) #1 – Simon Steen-Andersen
Open End – Ben Hackbarth
Noise + Mobile – Sam Pluta
Vessels – Ted Hearne

The Wet Ink Ensemble is a New York-based new music collective. Its repertoire is diverse, ranging from scores of rigorous notational complexity to indeterminate and improvisational music; from the American experimental tradition to the contemporary European avant-garde; from acoustic to amplified to electronic works to works for homemade instruments. The Wet Ink Ensemble has performed works by composers such as Ablinger, Feldman, Ferneyhough, Furrer, Hurel, Bernhard Lang, Lucier, Murail, Nono, Reich, Rzewski, Sciarrino, Tenney, and Wolff, and premiered works by emerging artists like James Fei, Hikari Kiyama, Alex Mincek, Randy Nordschow, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, James Saunders, Oliver Schneller, Kate Soper, Charlie Wilmoth and Eric Wubbels.