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Of Circles and Motions of the Others

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Mantra

Image by Alexander Perrelli

The 2014 MATA Festival concludes with a not-to-be missed evening that pairs the “excellent and enterprising” MIVOS Quartet with the “superhuman” Mantra Percussion in an evening of circles, seasons, and revolutions. Lisa Streich of Sweden begins the night with Play Time, her tribute to Jacques Tati in which three percussionists explore the resonant properties of a bicycle by beating, scraping and plucking it. Ansgar Beste’s Pelerinage Fantastique is a journey to the center of the prepared string quartet. MATA’s own outgoing Artistic Director Yotam Haber’s Torus, inspired by the sculpture of Richard Serra, is a study in the monumentality of forms; while Daniel Wohl’s Progression puts its faith in mechanics. From China, comes Ke Xu’s Tai Chi a gestural study in stillness, motion and entropy. Paula Matthusen’s The Days are Nouns, a setting of the Norwegian Table Prayer, sung by Jamie Jordan, channels our focus to the passage of time and the succoring power of each day.

Lisa Streich:  Playtime (2012)
Daniel Wohl:  Progression (2013)
Yotam Haber: Torus (2012)
Ansgar Beste: Pelerinage Fantastique (2012)
Paula Matthusen: The Days are Nouns (2013)
Ke Xu: Tai Chi (2013)

 

Monday, April 21, 2014
8PM
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
Tickets available at: www.thekitchen.org

April 18 FACE OFF: JACK QUARTET + QUARTET NEW GENERATION

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The first night of the festival pits two extraordinary quartets: the JACK string quartet, (David Patrick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being “among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience,” and NPR listed their performance as one of “The Best New York Alt-Classical Concerts Of 2010″; and Quartet New Generation, a recorder – yes, recorder! – collective, the likes of which you
have not heard, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “mind-blowing” and First Prize Winners of the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. MATA commissions two talented young composers: Huck Hodge, the 2011 Rome Prize winner, to write a new work from the JACK Quartet, and the Shanghai-based Yi Qin to write for QNG. We begin each night of the festival with one part of  Jacob Cooper’s newly-created hypnotic video series, Triptych.

Program

Jacob Cooper, Triptych, I: Commencer Une Autre Mort (video)

Qin Yi , Sound Shadow, (MATA Commission), QNG

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Atemlos, QNG with with motor driven devices designed and built in collaboration with Swiss artist Pe Lang

Huck Hodge, re[(f)use] (MATA Commission), JACK

Hugi Gudmunsson, Matins, JACK

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Oscar Bianchi, Crepuscolo, QNG

Gordon Beeferman, Passages, QNG

Yotam  Haber, Estro poetico-armonico for JACK and QNG

Yotam Haber

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee – his music is informed by those places. He received the 2007-2008 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize, a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and fellowships from Bellagio, Bogliasco, MacDowell Colony, the Aaron Copland House and Yaddo. Recent commissions include two works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor; new works for Gabriel Kahane, Alarm Will Sound; the 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale; JACK Quartet, and Cantori New York.  He is currently collaborating with MacArthur Prize Fellow Anna Schuleit on a large-scale project of 104 piano pieces inspired by 104 paintings, drawn from stories by the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard; and an evening-length work for the Alabama Symphony (September 2013 premiere) to commemorate the 1963 16th St. Baptist Church bombing. Haber is the artistic director of MATA, the non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass, that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. Haber’s music is published by RAI Trade.

www.yotamhaber.com

www.voiceimitator.org

 

Gabriel Kahane

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Songs written, commissioned for and performed by Gabriel Kahane

A set of brand-new, hot-off-the-press songs written expressly for singer/pianist/songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane to perform. Composers include Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Yotam Haber, Joseph Hallman, Chris Thile, Shara Worden, Paola Prestini, Brett Banducci, and Ted Hearne. The evening will also include a set of works written by Mr. Kahane himself, including the world premiere of a new work. Kahane will also sing and perform Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe from the piano, offering an innovative and personal interpretation of this extraordinary piece.

These world premiere works were generously commissioned by Linda and Stuart Nelson.

PROGRAM

I.
Durrants
Side Streets
Where Are the Arms?

by Gabriel Kahane

 

II.
Intimacy and Resistance – Ted Hearne
Family Play – Timo Andres
Christopher – Brett Banducci
Birds Undress – Shara Worden
The Valleys – Joseph Hallman
The Fat Man in the Mirror – Gabriel Kahane
Wake Up Poem – Paola Prestini
Once the ocean takes you – Yotam Haber
Don’t Even Listen – Andrew Norman
The Only Interesting Thing Is That I Took Ambien for the First Time – Chris Thile

III.
Dichterliebe – Robert Schumann

Panel Discussion with Alex Ross

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Panel Discussion with Alex Ross, music critic of The New yorker, and 2007 MATA Festival Commissionees
Festival Commissionees: Yotam Haber, K-Kalna, Ned McGowan and Christopher Tignor