tags: Sam Pluta

Incomparable Contrivances

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

MATA closes its festival with Talea Ensemble in an evening of percussion-rich works that explore technology, machines, and resonances. Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine, gives voice to the natural by dismantling the apparatus of logic and allowing percussion to sound without performers. Irish composer Ann Cleare’s new MATA-Commissioned percussion mini-concerto, explores the resonant qualities of a handmade sculpture. Monoliths are made audible in the sonic walls of Sam Pluta’s three-percussion concerto in binary: Machine Language, and curves sound in Davor-Branimir Vincze’s shape-shifting Inflection Point with its surprising midpoint. From Israel comes Ofir Klemperer’s A Love Song: a punk-inspired challenge to the limitations of instrumental sound. Finally, Matthias Kranebitter’s packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) attempts to make a pangram audible.

Dan VanHassel (USA): Ghost in the Machine (2013), NYP
Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia): Inflection Point (2011-13), AP
Matthias Kranebitter (Austria): packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) (2013), NYP
Ofir Klemperer (Israel): A Love Song (2007) AP
Ann Cleare (Ireland): TBD (2015), WP – Festival Commission

Incomparable Contrivances

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

MATA closes its festival with Talea Ensemble in an evening of percussion-rich works that explore technology, machines, and resonances. Dan VanHassel’s Ghost in the Machine, gives voice to the natural by dismantling the apparatus of logic and allowing percussion to sound without performers. Irish composer Ann Cleare’s new MATA-Commissioned percussion mini-concerto, explores the resonant qualities of a handmade sculpture. Monoliths are made audible in the sonic walls of Sam Pluta’s three-percussion concerto in binary: Machine Language, and curves sound in Davor Branimir Vincze’s shape-shifting Inflection Point with its surprising midpoint. From Israel comes Ofir Klemperer’s A Love Song: a punk-inspired challenge to the limitations of instrumental sound. Finally, Matthias Kranebitter’s packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) attempts to make a pangram audible.

Dan VanHassel (USA): Ghost in the Machine (2013), NYP
Sam Pluta (USA): Machine Language (2012)
Davor Branimir Vincze (Croatia): Inflection Point (2011-13), AP
Matthias Kranebitter (Austria): packthebox(withfivedozenofmyliquorjugs) (2013), NYP
Ofir Klemperer (Israel): A Love Song (2007) AP
Ann Cleare (Ireland): TBD (2015), WP – Festival Commission

Tickets Available Here

Opening Night GALA at Paula Cooper Gallery

Monday, April 13th, 2015

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7PM

At Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street
(between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Composers and performers have flown in from around the world for the 2015 MATA Festival. Meet them and have a preview of the festival’s offerings in an intimate and ultra-chic gathering featuring wine and music. Performances by the Momenta Quartet, Curious Chamber Players and Sam Pluta.

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui (1572 )
Simon Steen Anderson: Inside-out-side-in ( 2001)
Rei Munakata: Sasaki-san’s Last Sword (2007)
Sam Pluta: Improvisation (2015)

Tickets available Here.

Sam Pluta

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer, improviser, and sound artist. As a composer, he has been commissioned and premiered by Mantra Percussion, ICE, Mivos Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet. He is Technical Director for Wet Ink Ensemble, a new music group dedicated to promoting music by young composers. Known internationally for his laptop performances with groups like Rocket Science, Wet Ink Ensemble, and The Peter Evans Quintet, he has performed as a laptop soloist and chamber musician at the Lucerne Festival, the Donaueschingen Festival, the Moers Festival, Bimhaus, Porgy and Bess, and the Vortex, amongst other international concert venues and festivals. He was recently ranked as the top electronics performer in the El Intruso international poll of jazz critics. A devoted pedagogue, he teaches electronic music, history, and theory at Manhattan School of Music, has taught at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University, and is Academic Dean and Director of Electronic Music at the Walden School, a summer music program for creative musicians. Sam’s music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records, a record label he runs with Jeff Snyder and David Franzson, and his performances can also be found on More Is More, Tzadik, and hat[now]ART. Sam holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University and additional degrees from UT Austin, the University of Birmingham (UK), and Santa Clara University. Sam has received recent fellowships and commissions from the MacDowell Colony and the Fromm Foundation.

INTERVAL 6.2 SOLOS, DUOS, & TRIOS: ALEX MINCEK CURATES

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.

Program:
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.