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April 19 RESPONSIBLE PARTIES II: composer/performers today

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The second evening of the Festival is a stunning collection of composer/performers and is highlighted by two works that deal with large-scale installations as sculptural elements and massive hand-constructed instruments: Cecilia Lopez’s Mechanical Music for Sheet Metal and Eli Kezler’s Cold Pin, using a monumental collection of piano mechanisms taken apart and re-organized as a motorized, whirring, machine – in both cases, live musicians resonate and play against these giant structures. Matt Marks presents a sneak preview of his new pop opera on love and religion in America, The Little Death: Vol. 2, with Mellissa Hughes; and Kate Soper presents her gripping ten-minute microdrama, Only the words themselves mean what they say. Jacob Cooper presents the second installation of his newly-created video work, Triptych: II. Black or White.

This evening will be hosted by Q2 Music’s Mary Rowell

Program

Jacob Cooper, Triptych: II. Black or White

Cecilia Lopez, Mechanical Music for Sheet Metal

Kate Soper, Only the words themselves mean what they say

Lesley Flanigan, from AMPLIFICATIONS

Matt Marks, sneak preview of The Little Death: Vol. 2 with Mellissa Hughes

Eli Keszler, Cold Pin with loadbang

Matt Marks

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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Matt Marks is a composer/performer of innovative opera and music-theater works, as well as unique and exciting instrumental and electronic music. A founding member of Alarm Will Sound, he also performs as a French hornist with such acclaimed new music ensembles as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Signal, and ACME. He has recorded for Warp Records, Nonesuch, Cantaloupe Music, as well as many other independent labels. As a composer and arranger, Matt’s work has been called “staggeringly creative” by The New York Times, “obsessively detailed” by New York Magazine, and “stunning” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, The Barbican Center, The Bang on a Can Marathon, and live on WNYC radio. Matt’s first album, his post-Christian nihilist pop opera, The Little Death: Vol. 1, released on New Amsterdam Records, was described as “cheerily seductive” by the NY Times and “unabashedly boppy, baroquely multireferential, then suddenly sentimental” by Time Out NY. TLDV1 was also one of Time Out NY’s Top Ten Classical albums of 2010 and it contained one of Huffington Post’s Top Ten Alternative Art Songs of the Decade.

Other recent projects include his Mixtape for ETHEL, A Song for Wade for Alarm Will Sound, a remix for Meredith Monk’s latest album, and a live realization of The Dirty Projectors’ album/opera The Getty Address. Upcoming projects include a commission to write a mini-opera for the Los Angeles Philharmonic; his follow-up to TLDV1, The Little Death: Vol. 2; and music theater work based on the life of Mata Hari.