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Friday, April 17th, 2015


The eccentrically-named trio of piano, percussion, and bass known as Bearthoven takes the stage with a widely-varied program of new music that challenges the notion that the instrumentation makes the music. The evening begins with the flourescences and electronics of Jonathan Nangle’s lambent untitled (after Dan Flavin) and continues with the improvisational talents of Amanda Schoof as she joins Bearthoven for her graphic score, Intimate Addictions. David Alan Broome’s atomistic Ominousty scatters glitches from Billy Joel’s “Honesty” into millions of pieces, while Fjóla Evans’s Shoaling rumbles in murmuring and growing streams. MATA’s own Du Yun performs a new work with bass, and the evening concludes with the UK’s Adam de la Cour’s MATA-commissioned Corporate Talent Factor’s Next Top Idol! a talent competition, the likes of which has never been seen on these shores.

Amanda Schoofs (USA): Intimate Addictions (2014), NYP
Fjóla Evans (Canada/ Iceland): Shoaling (2014)
David Alan Broome (USA): Ominousty (2014)
Jonathan Nangle (UK): untitled (after Dan Flavin) (2013), AP
Du Yun (China/USA): The Man Who Swallowed A Snake (2015), WP
Adam de la Cour (UK): Corporate Talent Factor’s Next Top Idol! (2015), WP – Festival Commission

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Friday, February 27th, 2015


Formed in 2013, Bearthoven is a collaboration between Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), and Matt Evans (percussion). Each new music specialists in their own right, these three performers have come together to create a versatile trio focussed on frequent and innovative commissioning of up-and-coming composers. Bearthoven is rapidly building a new, diverse repertoire by challenging composers to apply their own voice to an instrumentation that, while common in jazz and pop settings, is currently foreign in the contemporary classical world.

Bearthoven’s first concert season was highly successful, solidly establishing the trio as a forerunner in the New York City contemporary music scene. In the past twelve months, Bearthoven has commissioned and premiered works by Brooks Frederickson, Fjóla Evans, Alex Weiser, Eric Shanfield, Luke Gullickson, and Ben Hjertmann. Their first season featured multiple performances around New York City, culminating with an appearance on the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon.