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NOVUS NY: Dangerous Currents

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Novus NY, the vibrant new music ensemble based at Trinity Church, makes its MATA Festival debut in an evening of large-ensemble works. British composer Philip Venables uncovers a vein of Shakespearean tragedy in his boxing melodrama The Revenge of Miguel Cotto. In Letters from Brown Men, Paul Pinto explores the fallout from natural disasters. A monolithic yet ethereal stillness infuses Russian composer Dmitri Timofeev’s elegy, Angel. This year’s final MATA commission, Kristina Wolfe’s Record of Ancient Mirrors, conjures the drones of temple bells through retuned viola da gamba and large ensemble. Bringing it all back home, the Festival closes with New Yorker Pascal Le Boeuf’s bracingly inventive Alkaline for string quartet and jazz combo.

NOVUS NY, Scott Jarrett, conductor; Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax; Anna Webber, tenor sax; Pascal Le Boeuf, piano; Martin Nevin, bass; Peter Kronreif, drums

Saturday, April 29
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC
$25

Tickets available here

Philip Venables (United Kingdom): The Revenge of Miguel Cotto (2012), AP
Kristina Wolfe (USA): Record of Ancient Mirrors (2017) MATA Festival Commission
Dmitri Timofeev (Russia): Angel (2007), AP
Paul Pinto (USA): Letters from Brown Men (2014)
Pascal Le Boeuf (USA): Alkaline (2016)

Pascal Le Boeuf

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a pianist-composer and electronic artist whose interests range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology.  As a keyboardist, Pascal has opened for Dangelo (Black Messiah ’15 tour), British electronic group Clean Bandit (Rather Be ’15 tour), and regularly performs with the piano trio “Pascal’s Triangle” featuring bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Justin Brown. Pascal’s most recent album “imaginist” is a collaboration between Le Boeuf Brothers (co-lead by Remy Le Boeuf) and JACK Quartet for which they were praised by the New Yorker for “clearing their own path, mixing the solid swing of the jazz tradition with hip-hop, indie rock, and the complex techniques of classical modernism”. 

Le Boeuf’s most recent accomplishments include the 2017 Cortona Prize, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, a 2015 New Music USA Grant in collaboration with RighteousGIRLS, Independent Music Awards in “Jazz”, “Eclectic” and “Electronica” categories, various commissions from Lincoln Center in collaboration with HAL, and a 2015 New Jazz Works Commission from Chamber Music America in collaboration with JACK Quartet.  He composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines, and won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Doctoral Fellow.

“The pianist Pascal Le Boeuf has a sleek new album, “Pascal’s Triangle” (Nineteen-Eight Records), that features the advanced-propulsion rhythm team of bassist Linda Oh and drummer Justin Brown.”(New York Times)

“[Le Boeuf’s] performances and compositions display an impressive level of sophistication. Textured harmonies and shifting time signatures are handled with aplomb.” (San Francisco Chronicle).  

“Pianist Pascal Le Boeuf is a 21st century renaissance man. He’s made inroads in the worlds of classical music, indie-rock, and jazz . . . here is at least as much Debussy evident in his compositional style as there is Bill Evans . . . listeners who prefer quality over flash will be amply rewarded.” (The Rochester City Paper)

“Pascal Le Boeuf has a strong percussive element to his playing, which he combines with a keen sense of dynamics.” (Downbeat Magazine)