tags: Angelica Negron

Responsible Parties: Young Composer/Performers

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Corey Dargel, DITHER, Cantori NY, Chris Danforth and the Danforths, & Florent Ghys

(le) poisson rouge 7:30 pm

New music, performed by the people who wrote it! Corey Dargel and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet premiere SAY YES, a new song cycle; Angelica Negron and Cantori NY – a 40-member chorus – present FONO, a MATA commissioned work; Chris Danforth and the Danforths come from Minnesota to perform a unique set featuring songs with voice mail from the 1980s, found objects, and newly-created instruments; and Florent Ghys flies in from France to play new works for double bass and live electronics.

*Corey Dargel: SAY YES for Dither Guitar Quartet and Voice (2011) [audio:1-06 Everybody Says I’m Beautiful – Thirteen Near-Death Experiences.mp3|titles=Everybody Says I’m Beautiful from Thirteen Near-Death Experiences]

*, **Angelica Negron: FONO for Chorus and Electronics (2011) [audio:What Keeps Me Awake_Short Excerpt_Angelica Negron.mp3|titles=excerpt from What Keeps Me Awake]

*Chris Danforth:

Vänta En Andra
Christopher Danforth, live electronics
Jeff Bina, toy piano
Srinivasa (Cab Ride for Laurie)+
Jeff Bina, homemade percussion and electronics

+Undewritten by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

In This World Nothing is Certain
Christopher Danforth, live electronics
Jeff Bina, homemade percussion

[audio:In this world nothing is certain EDIT.mp3|titles=excerpt from In This World Nothing is Certain]

*Florent Ghys: New Works for voice and double bass (2011) [audio:Rêve érotique 7.mp3|titles=Rêve érotique]

* indicates world premiere, ** indicates MATA commission

Angélica Negrón

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

[audio:What Keeps Me Awake_Short Excerpt_Angelica Negron.mp3|titles=excerpt from What Keeps Me Awake|artists=NYU Symphony Orchestra]

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1981 and is currently based in New York. Interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, she writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras.

Angélica received an early education in piano and violin at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where she later studied composition under the guidance of composer Alfonso Fuentes. She has been awarded scholarships from the Amaury Veray Foundation (2004-2007), Phantomvox (2004), Pro Arte Musical (2006), the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (2007) and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Emergency Grants 2009). Her music has been performed by Iktus Percussion Quartet, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, TRANSIT ensemble, janus trio, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, NYU Symphony Orchestra and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and she has written music for documentaries, films, theater and modern dance. She frequently collaborates with the experimental theater company from Puerto Rico Y No Había Luz writing music for their plays, which often incorporate puppets, masks and unusual objects.

A long time member of the Puerto Rican underground music scene, Angélica is a founding member of the electro-acoustic pop outfit Balún where she sings and plays the accordion and violin. With her project Arturo en el Barco she concentrates on working with lo-fi ambient compositions and has released albums on Observatory (Austria) and Carte Postale Records (Belgium). She has performed in venues such as Mercury Lounge, Monkeytown, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, The Tank, Glasslands and (Le) Poisson Rouge and in festivals like Pop Montreal 2007 (Montreal), Decibel 2008 (Seattle). Through the process of recontextualization and reappropiation she often incorporates found sounds and field recordings in her music attempting to create a personal microcosm of recollections through sound that accesses reality but at the same time deconstructs it.

In 2008, as a recipient of the Lindsay and Brian Shea Fellowship, she participated in the European-American Musical Alliance (EAMA) Summer Music Program at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where she studied with Dr. Robert Beaser, chair of the Composition department of The Juilliard School, and guest composer Sofia Gubaidulina. Her recent work for toy piano and electronics “Columpio” won second prize on the UnCaged Toy Piano Competition and she participated as a curatorial associate for MATA Interval Series for their 2008-09 season where she curated a concert at Issue Project Room (NYC) of music for toys and unconventional instruments.

She holds a master’s degree in music composition from New York University where she studied with Pedro da Silva and is currently pursuing a doctorate in music composition at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies with Tania León. She also holds a bachelor’s in audiovisual communications from the University of Puerto Rico, and has contributed as a writer to the International Alliance of Women in Music Journal and the British magazine The Wire. Also active as an educator, Angélica is currently working as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s School Residency Initiative program.

She is a member of ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, New York Women Composers and the American Music Center, and is currently working on a commission from MATA Festival 2011 for a new piece for chorus and live electronics.

PLAY! Music for Toys – Angélica Negrón, curator

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Interval 2.4
PLAY! Music for Toys
Curated by Angélica Negrón

March 18, 2009 8pm

ISSUE Project Room
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Nathan Davis – Simple Songs of Birth of Delight
performed by Douglas Perins, mbira and processing

John Kennedy – The Winged Energy of Delight
performed by Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano, toy cymbals, sand blocks

Erik Griswold – Two movements from Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine: Chooks and Bicycle Lee Hooker
performed by Margaret Lend Tan, toy piano, woodblocks, bicycle bell, bicycle horn, train whistle

Angélica NegrónWhat I’m Trying to Say Is…
performed by TRANSIT

Tristan Perichqsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq
performed by Lorna Krier, Amir Khosrowpour, Tristan Perich – toy pianos

Judy Dunaway – Piece for Tenor Balloon and Voice
performed by Judy Dunaway and Jennifer Walshe

Daniel Wohl – Suite Primaire
performed by TRANSIT, with special guest Domenica Fossati