category: MATA Festival Event

A Room of One’s Own: Nadia Botello’s Sono / Aqua

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

On Saturday evening, April 21, MATA’s 20th Anniversary Festival will come to a spectacular close with an unmissable new music event at Tribeca’s Imagine Swimming. A Room of Ones Own: Nadia BotelloSono/Aqua, part of MATA’s unique and vital initiative devoted to female-identifying composer-performers, will be a truly immersive event. The audience, having passed through stages of listening from the audible to the vibrational, will be invited to enter a sonified pool to become one with sound: generating, altering, and ultimately becoming sound incarnate.

Imagine Swimming
40 Harrison St., New York

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Tickets will allow entry to the space for the duration of the event and for timed entry to the pool itself

Tickets Available

Visitors will be required to sign a waiver in order to enter the pool.

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Contemporaneous: Stop Motion

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

On Saturday, April 14th, Contemporaneous brings the 20th MATA Festival’s mainstage series to a close with a celebration of the future directions of new music, from the theatrical fantasy of Lasse D. Hansen’s (Denmark) Face the Music, the choreographic precision of Andreas Eduardo Frank’s (Germany/Switzerland) Samouraï Progressif, the recontextualized folk music of David Kirkland Garner’s (USA) DwnByThRckyMntns to the placid beauty of William Dougherty’s (USA) a stillness of zero sensation. The evening also features the world premiere of a new arrangement of MATA alumna Jennifer Higdon’s (USA) (MATA 1998) DASH, as well as a newly-commissioned work by Jenna Lyle (USA), whose choreography combines performers gestures and interactions with sound-emitting fans.


Saturday, April 14

8PM at the The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC

Tickets available at The Kitchen

Andreas Eduardo Frank (Germany / Switzerland): Samürai Progressive (2016) WP
Lasse D. Hansen (Denmark): Face the Music (2016)
David Kirkland Garner (USA): DwnByThRckyMntns (2016) NYP
William Dougherty (USA): a stillness of zero sensation (2015) AP
Jennifer Higdon (USA): DASH (2018) WP new arrangement MATA Alumni Commission
Jenna Lyle (USA): New Work (2018) WP MATA Commission

David Bloom, conductor
Ashley Tata, stage director

Sound Installations at Qubit Space

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

MATA partners with Qubit to present two remarkable sound installations by the Italian composer and sound artist Alessandro Perini at the newly opened Qubit Space in Upper Manhattan. Come sit in Perini’s Audiotactile Chair and “hear” a musical composition through vibrations on your body. Listen to the Canto di Lontananza, which reimagines Verdi’s exile chorus from the opera Nabucco as two dozen singing apples. 

Exhibition Open April 10-12th, 3-7 PM, April 14th, 1-5 PM
at Qubit Space, 1850 Amsterdam Ave, NYC
Suggested Donation of $5

MATA’s Greatest Hits

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Past meets present on Friday, April 13th as the 20th MATA Festival presents MATA’s Greatest Hits. The evening will celebrate the festival’s most meaningful pieces, selected by some of those who have shaped MATA’s 20-year history, including Du Yun (artistic director, 2015-2018), Yotam Haber (artistic director, 2011-2015), Missy Mazzoli (executive director, 2007-2010), David T. Little (executive director, 2010-2012) and Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky (founders and directors, 1998-2005).   The evening will center around a reconstruction, featuring Sandbox Percussion, of experimental composer Randy Hostetler’s P(l)aces, a work which received its world premiere in MATA’s inaugural season, following the composer’s premature death. Also on the program Bolivian composer Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga’s (MATA 2015) Jintili, will be performed by Face the Music together with members of La Paz’s Orquiestra Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN). The program will also feature encores of Australian/Dutch composer Kate Moore’s (MATA 2008) hauntingly beautiful Sensitive Spot, performed by Vicky Chow and Eric Wubbels’s (MATA 2012) vibrantly compelling Viola Quartet (IJVER).


Friday, April 13

8PM at the The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC

Tickets available at The Kitchen

Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga (Bolivia): Jintili (2012)
Kate Moore (Australia / The Netherlands): Sensitive Spot (2007)
Eric Wubbels (USA): Viola Quartet (IJVER) (2006-7)
Randy Hostetler (USA): P(l)aces (1994)

Sandbox Percussion
Face the Music
Members of the Orquestra Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos
The Friends of MATA
Carl Christian Bettendorf, conductor

Vicky Chow, piano
Colin Brookes, Carrie Frey, Sam Kelder, Miranda Sielaff, violas

Bad Romance

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

On Thursday April 12th, MATA delves into a world of dreams and nightmares, probing the depths of self and other in an evening of newly commissioned work from composer-performers Erin Rogers and a harrowing performance by Ken Ueno (MATA 2002, 2008) together with MATA’s Artistic Director, and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Du Yun. Also featured are works from the exciting new talent of Egyptian new music Bahaa el-Ansary (Nightmare), Aaron Graham’s (USA/Canada) scenaOld Voltage” for six-hand piano, Jenny Hettne’s (Sweden) intimate While She Was Dreaming performed by Pauline Kim Harris and Steven Blake Whiteley’s (USA) psychodrama for performer featuring Charlotte Mundy. Finally, Chris Perren (Australia) repeats a suspended moment of dramatic recognition with his Samurai Loops, scored for two pianos and video projection.

Thursday, April 12

8PM at the The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC

Tickets available at The Kitchen

Bahaa Al-Ansary (Egypt): Nightmare (2015) AP
Steven Whiteley (USA): [    ][   ][  ][ ][] (2015) AP
Chris Perren (Australia): Samurai Loops (2015) AP
Jenny Hettne (Sweden): While She Was Dreaming (2012) AP
Aaron Graham (USA / Canada): Old Voltage (2015) AP
Erin Rogers (USA): Light-on-Light (2018) WP MATA Commission
Ken Ueno (USA): New Work (2018) WP MATA Alumni Commission

The Friends of MATA
Dan Lippel, guitar
Paul Kerekes, Isabelle O’Connell, Miki Sawada, pianos
Matthew Evans, Amy Garapic, percussion
Pauline Kim Harris, violin
Carrie Frey, viola


Charlotte Mundy, Erin Rogers, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, performers