category: MATA Festival Event

Curiouser and Curiouser

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


MATA welcomes Sweden’s Curious Chamber Players for a night that moves from the primeval depths skyward. Bolivian composer Carlos Guittiérez Quiroga’s Jintilli posits the beginnings of the world with natural sounds born of natural materials. Tomi Räisänen’s Stheno imagines the Gorgon’s mourning, what Pindar says was the basis for all music. Wang Lu and Malin Bång’s music deals with the detritus of the urban – Berlin’s constant remaking in the case of Bång’s palinode and the daily life of Xi’an, Wang’s hometown, in her MATA-commissioned work Urban Inventory. Johann Svensson’s diamond dust gives life to the tiny ice crystals that together form the clouds. The evening ends with a new work from MATA’s own Todd Tarantino.

Tomi Räisänen (Finland): Stheno (2006), AP
Todd Tarantino (USA): … all words are already decided (2011/2015), WP
Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga (Bolivia): Jintili (2012), AP
Wang Lu (China/US): Urban Inventory (2015), WP – Festival Commission
Johan Svensson (Sweden): diamond dust (2013), AP
Malin Bång (Sweden): palinode (2013), AP

Tickets Available Here

Opening Night GALA at Paula Cooper Gallery

Monday, April 13th, 2015



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.

Of Circles and Motions of the Others

Monday, April 21st, 2014


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
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St.

$20 adults / $15 students
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Music in the Afternoon

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Mantra shot

MATA presents a free public performance on NYC’s iconic High Line.
Two snare drummers 150 yards apart turn the High Line into a giant monochord; what you hear will depend on where you stand

David Bird: Fields

Monday, April 21,  1:30 pm (rain or shine)
The High Line (between 19th and 21st Street)

Workshop: The Business of Being a Composer Part 2

Monday, April 21st, 2014


The legendary Ralph N. Jackson will host a workshop on the business of being a composer. The second of two such workshops during this year’s festival, this one will focus on how to present yourself and interact with existing classical music institutions. Guests will include BMI’s Executive Director of Classical Music Deirdre Chadwick discussing licensing your music, Bill Holab on self publishing, Katie Baron of Alter and Kendrick LLC on contracts, and Michael Geller, Executive Director of the American Composers Orchestra on calls for submissions.

Monday, April 21, 2014
11:00 am
Location: BMI 7 World Trade Center

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