tags: Molly Herron

88 Keys Open Many Doors

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

LA’s fearless Hocket piano duo, heard in its New York debut, joins NY’s fiercest new-music pianists in an evening of keyboard adventures. Adam Tendler explores unintentional sounds in Charlie Sdraulig’s subtly choreographed collector, and repurposes the piano in Marina Poleukhaina’s for thing. Hocket teases the ebonies and ivories in Joseph Michaels’s Together in Perfect Harmony and Michael Laurello’s Touch. Molly Herron’s trio resonates in her exquisite Full Blood Moon. Soprano Sarah Brailey is joined by pianist Blair McMillen in Sojourner Hodges’s eloquent Fire Command Room, while interloper harpist Bridget Kibbey gives life to Iranian composer Karen Keyhani’s Nightly Monologue II.

HOCKET, Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, piano; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Sarah Brailey, soprano; Blair McMillen, Adam Tendler, piano; Molly Herron Trio, Pat Swoboda, bass; Molly Herron, Amy Garapic, bowed piano

Wednesday, April 26
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

Tickets available here

Charlie Sdraulig (Australia/USA): collector (2015), AP
Marina Poleukhina (Russia/Germany): for thing (2013), AP
Joseph Michaels (USA/Germany): Together in Perfect Harmony (2014), NYP
Michael Laurello (USA): Touch (2016) NYP
Karen Keyhani (Iran): Nightly Monologue II (2013) AP
Molly Herron (USA): Full Blood Moon (2017 ebow-ed piano version) (2014/17) WP
Sojourner Hodges (USA): Fire Command Room (2010) NYP

Molly Herron

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

 

Molly Herron is a composer whose music is inspired by the complicated, messy sounds of our every day environment and the energy of interaction. Her rhythmically driven work has been called “a beautiful collusion” (Seen and Heard International) and described as “showcasing a wonderful consideration of counterpoint and sound-in-time” (I Care If You Listen). 

Herron has composed for a broad range of instruments from full orchestra to flower pot and her work includes pieces for film, theater, and dance. She has written for The JACK Quartet, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Contemporaneous, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Concert Black, and ECCE among others. Her work has been supported by MATA, The Brooklyn Arts Council and the Copland Fund. She has had residencies with Exploring the Metropolis, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, La Pietra Forum and the School of Making Thinking; and her work has been presented on the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, the Fast Forward Austin festival and the Berlin Film Festival. 

Herron’s music often veers outside of traditional western classical instruments. She works frequently with Baroque instruments and everyday objects and collaborates with instrument inventors to find new avenues for sound. 

Herron is an active participant in the promotion of new music through performance, education, and arts advocacy. She is a co-founder and artistic director of the composer collective West 4th New Music, which has been producing concerts since 2010. The group has been praised for their “exquisitely curated” concerts. 

She received her Masters of Music degree in 2012 from The Steinhardt School at New York University. While there she studied privately with Joan La Barbara and Michael Gordon. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at Princeton University.