category: MATA Interval Event

MATA Interval presents “Transmissions” with the [Switch~ Ensemble]

Friday, May 15th, 2015



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MATA Interval presents “Transmissions,” an evening of multimedia and electroacoustic works that inhabit the underexplored regions that separate acoustic and electronic music, featuring [Switch~ Ensemble], ensemble-in-residence at the Eastman Computer Music Center, and soloists Sophie Burgos, Lucy Dhegrae, and Jeff Gavett on Friday, May 15th at 8:00pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Capping off the evening will be the staged premiere of Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s Hunger (Part III), a multimedia opera on a libretto of Darcie Dennigan, that was recently presented to critical acclaim in Los Angeles: “an ungodly opera needs ugly music, singers who produce primal sounds, an electric guitar that sounds scraped raw… Buchanan delivers.” (LA Times)

Additional works to be presented include Stylianos Dimou’s trio [Hiss] structure . . .from {with[in} – g], written for [Switch~] in its world premiere, Stefan Prins’s Flesh+Prosthesis #1 in its New York premiere; Wojtek Blecharz’s K’an for steel drum and c.130 sticks and The Map of Tenderness for cello, excerpted from the ‘opera-installation’ Transcryptum, and Zach Sheets’s Seer, in which a bass clarinet communicates with electronics through an accelerometer mounted on the instrument.



Stefan Prins (b. 1979) Flesh+Prosthesis #1            (New York Premiere)

Zach Sheets (b. 1991) Seer (New York Premiere)

Wojtek Blecharz (b. 1981) K’an for steel drum and ca.130 sticks and

            The Map of Tenderness (New York Premiere)

from the ‘opera-installation’ Transcryptum

Stylianos Dimou (b. 1988) [Hiss] structure . . .from {with[in} – g] (World Premiere)

Jason Thorpe Buchanan (b.1986) Hunger (Part III)       (New York Premiere)

from Hunger: A Multimedia Opera in Four Parts

I / O

Saturday, March 7th, 2015


Data Garden with Greg Fox and Friends

The Median Movement

Fan Letters

Glich Lich

Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 7.00 pm

Museum of the Moving Image | 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106

MATA Interval presents I/O, an evening of multimedia performance on Saturday March 7th, 7:00pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, curated by Alex Nathanson and Will Owen. Through dance, multi-continent internet-enabled improvisation, homemade instruments, and the natural electronic network of the body, sound and sight is linked in an evening that engages the complex interacting systems that are the host for modern life. Glitch Lich, The Median Movement, Fan Letters, and Data Garden with Greg Fox and Friends join forces to present ambient, electronic, and electroacoustic works that tackle the centrality of networks in our lives and aesthetics.


Glitch Lich                                                                             New Work

The Median Movement                                                         Room Moving

Fan Letters                                                                              Constant Crisis

                                                                                                Two out of Three

Data Garden with Greg Fox and Friends                               Body Area Network



Friday, February 21st, 2014

MATA Interval Presents


MATA Interval 7.2

West Fourth New Music Collective and Contemporaneous


Friday, February 21st, 2014 | 8:00 pm
ISSUE Project Room | 22 Boerum Place, Ground Floor | Brooklyn

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MATA Interval presents two rising stars of the DIY new music scene in a modern oratorio inspired by Melville’sMoby Dick. Composer collective West Fourth New Music Collective (W4) joins Contemporaneous, a New York-based new music ensemble, in the world premiere of Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiositieson Friday, February 21 at 8:00 pm at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room.

Collaboratively written by composers and W4 co-founders Matt FreyTim HansenMolly Herron, and Ruben Naeff, the evening-length piece composes through Melville’s novel, focusing on themes and events related to mortality, identity, and the hunt. Singers will include Lucy DhegraeAriadne GreifCharlotte Mundy and Sean Christensen. The music will be accompanied by abstract projections inspired by Rockwell Kent’s illustrations to the 1930 Modern Library edition of Moby Dick, created by visual artist Andy Cahill.

Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities
I. Hymn | Tim Hansen
II. At the Mast-head | Molly Herron
III. The Graceful Repose of the Line | Ruben Naeff
IV. Some Ships | Matt Frey
V. The Sea | Herron
VI. The Non-Valvular Structure of the Whale’s Blood-Vessels | Naeff
VII. A Song of Wind, Sea and Starts | Hansen
VIII. A White and Turbid Wake | Frey
IX. There She Blows | Hansen
X. All Men are Enveloped in Whale-Lines | Naeff
XI. Lower Away | Frey
XII. Call Me | Herron

The program will be performed without intermission and runs approximately an hour.

About Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities.

Echoing the multiplicity of Melville’s novel, W4 composers created a collection of responses to themes and events from the book. From a narrative episode depicting the final chase of Moby Dick to abstract meditations incorporating spoken text as a textural element embedded in the music, the evening ranges widely through styles and impressions vividly evoking scenes and emotions from Melville’s world. Balancing collaboration and individual expression, each composer engaged with personal areas of interest while together conceiving the flow and experience of the work as a whole. The libretto was crafted by the composers, in some cases using extended excerpts, and other times stitching together lines from across the whole novel. This oratorio was written specifically for Contemporaneous who work-shopped early sketches.

Interval 7.1 Mabel Kwan Keyboard Recital

Friday, December 20th, 2013

MATA Interval Presents



(pianist for Dal Niente, Chicago)

in her New York City Recital Debut

December 20 | 8:00PM

Issue Project Room

INTERVAL 6.3 Contemporaneous

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Galapagos Art Space

16 Main Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201



O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind (2010) Bryce Dessner (b. 1976)


from Passenger Fish: Scene 3 (2008) Wil Smith (b. 1980)


Big Dig (2006) Ryan Brown (b. 1979)


…and then it rained (2011) David Moore (b. 1984)




Lucy Dhegrae, soprano

Brad Cherwin, clarinet

David Bloom, clarinet, keyboard, and djembe

Matt Evans, percussion

Colin Davin, electric guitar

Karl Larson, piano and keyboards

Finnegan Shanahan, violin and electronics

Meaghan Burke, cello

Pat Swoboda, contrabass and electric bass


Contemporaneous is a New York-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of today. Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has performed more than sixty concerts at venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Stone. Contemporaneous has been featured as guest artists at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Neighborhood Classics, and California’s Berkeley Arts Festival, and the group’s recordings have been featured on many radio programs, including WNYC’s “New Sounds” and WRTI’s “Now is the Time.”

Contemporaneous presents the work of young and established composers, encouraging artists to take risks, challenge expectations, and defy constraints. To date, our programs have included more than thirty world premieres by composers from around the globe, including Jherek Bischoff, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, and Molly Joyce. In April 2012, Innova Recordings released the ensemble’s debut album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly, comprised of music written for the ensemble by its founding co-artistic director.




Bryce Dessner (b. 1976): O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind (2010)

This work is written as a tribute to my friends and colleagues at Bang on a Can. For the better part of 15 years I have had so many incredible musical and personal experiences with the members of the All-Stars and the Bang on a Can community. Their generosity and the profound collective of musical inspiration and talent they represent has left an indelibly positive effect on my own life as a person and musician. O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind is written for them.


The piece is based on a poem by the American poet Larry Eigner (1927-1996), who was a member of the Black Mountain School. “O shut your eyes against the wind” is the last line of his poem the wind like an ocean, which I used as creative inspiration for the music. I’d like to thank my sister Jessica Dessner for sharing Larry Eigner’s work with me. – Bryce Dessner


the wind like an ocean


the wind like an ocean

but sometimes the sun stills it

and the surface is solid


why shouldn’t life pass as in a dream

or a dream itself, there are different degrees

or different dreams reality

at one with a dream


the naked sea


is fresh

in time,


o shut your eyes against the wind


Bryce Dessner is a composer/guitarist/curator based in New York City, best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the world’s most well-known musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Kronos Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Dessner is also co-founder and owner of the Brassland record label, serves on the board of The Kitchen and is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Music.


Wil Smith (b. 1980): from Passenger Fish: Scene 3 (2008) 

Passenger Fish is an opera that was originally written for the band of the same name (James Moore, Erik km Clark, Eleonore Oppenheim, Pete Wise, Mellissa Hughes, and Wil Smith). The opera is a love story between Henry Fish, the downtrodden hero who cannot speak, and the disembodied voice of an airport announcer, whom Henry becomes convinced is speaking directly to him. Mediating the affair is a flight attendant, a woman searching herself, beneath a friendly and efficient outer shell. Scene 3 is a portrait of the flight attendant, who in this scene comforts a crying child. – Wil Smith



What’s the problem little one? What’s your awful mother done?

Show the crowd your toothless smile, take it easy, rest awhile.

Charming, aren’t you?: your expressions pose a million different questions.


But I’ve got orders for the crew, and flight fourteen is overdue.

And once again my back-up’s late and someone’s got to man the gate.

But tears are such a weak defense against the world’s incompetence.


Quiet down now, take a nap. Tuck your head inside your cap.

Don’t worry that the grown-ups here are lazy, dumb, and insincere.

Hold my finger, watch my face, learn to hold yourself with grace.


Wil Smith is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer whose work embraces a variety of traditional and popular styles, integrating classical techniques with cutting-edge technology, theatrics, and improvisation. He plays piano, keyboards, pipe organ, and Hammond B3 organ, and is a founding member of the experimental rock band Passenger Fish. Smith’s works have been performed by artists such as the electric guitar quartet Dither, MIVOS Quartet, Jody Redhage, and Mellissa Hughes. Smith is the founder and curator of the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based new-music series, Music at First.

Ryan Brown (b. 1979): Big Dig (2006)

Big Dig was written while immersing myself in the mbira music of Central Africa. While I didn’t use any specific rhythms or melodies, I did try to put my mind in a place similar to that evoked by mbira music, filtered through my own love of rhythmic games and highly energetic textures.      –Ryan Brown


Ryan Brown’s works have been called “nimble, expressive, ear-turning, and strange in an accessible way” (Washington City Paper). Performers of his work have included JACK Quartet, Lisa Moore, Newspeak, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble, among many others. In 2006 he co-founded San Francisco’s annual Switchboard Music Festival, an 8-hour music marathon bringing together composers and performers who challenge traditional genre boundaries. Brown is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and California State University, Long Beach, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Princeton University.


David Moore (b. 1984): …and then it rained (2011)

…and then it rained is a wistfully elegiac work for indeterminate ensemble originally written for Moore’s ensemble, Bing and Ruth. The score invites the performers to make many decisions of texture, instrumentation, and structure. For this reason, no two performances will be the same, but Moore’s heartfelt melody and arrestingly beautiful harmonies always come through. This piece can be found on Bing and Ruth’s most recent album City Lake. — David Bloom


David Moore is a 29-year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist who has spent his young career producing work of startling variety and unique vision. He has released eight records of his own music under various pseudonyms and works tirelessly as a composer for film, theater, dance, and installations. In 2006 he founded Bing & Ruth, a large chamber ensemble dedicated to performing his long-form ambient works orchestrated for acoustic instruments. Originally from Kansas, David has lived in New York City since 2004.