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Eleonor Sandresky

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Eleonor Sandresky, Artistic Director Emeritus

Eleonor Sandresky writes music that The New York Times’ Allan Kozinn describes as “lovely…enigmatic,” that TimeOut NY hails as encompassing “ever-varying qualities of touch, register and intensity,” and The Village Voice calls “witty, liberating.”

Her work ranges over music for virtuoso soloists and large ensembles, cabaret, art songs, and evening-length collaborations. Her music was featured in the short film, Fault, which opened at Cannes in May 2004 (www.faultthemovie.com.) MTV periodically broadcasts My Goddess, her cabaret song for Sequitur, released on Koch International in 2006. Her solo piano CD, A Sleeper’s Notebook, appeared in the fall of 2005, as did her work for string orchestra, Meditation, which was released as a part of the Masterworks of the New Era series, recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic.

Recent premieres include The Fall of America, with texts by Blake, featuring George Steel and the Vox Vocal Ensemble, and On the Lip of Insanity, a virtuoso contrabass solo, which was premiered in Wroclaw, Poland. Upcoming performances include: Voyelles, commissioned by Mary Nessinger and Jeanne Golan, tours and recording as a part of Innocence Lost: The Debussy Berg project; Manifest: and Furthermore, to be premiered at the Flea Theater May 7, 2007 with Ethel and Alexandra Montano.

Sandresky’s music has been featured at major venues on three continents, from the Philadelphia Fringe Festival to the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth, Australia. She has been awarded grants by New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, the Jerome Foundation and ASCAP. She has been a resident composer at The MacDowell Colony and at the festival in Hvar, Croatia.

She is also a pre-eminent new music pianist, with performances and premieres of new works by composers ranging from Steve Reich, Egberto Gismonti, and Don Byron, to Guy Klucevsek, Eve Beglarian, and David Lang, She has recorded for CRI, Nonesuch, New World Records, Mode Records, and Orange Mountain Music, and has played concerts throughout the world.

Working at the forefront of avant-garde concert-as-theater, Sandresky has added a new dimension, as a Choreographic Pianist with her evening-length composition, A Sleeper’s Notebook. In it she explores her deep interest in how motion translates to emotion through sound. According to Steve Smith of TimeOut NY, “A Sleeper’s Notebook maps in vivid detail a nocturnal terrain in constant flux.”

As a music director, she has led ensembles in a variety of theatrical settings, from dance performances with Susan Marshall to conducting to film with the Philip Glass Ensemble, of which she was a member from 1991 – 2004.

She holds two master’s degrees: in composition from Yale School of Music, studying with Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, and Anthony Davis; and in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music studying with Rebecca Penneys. She also trained at the Banff Centre for the Arts. For more information please visit www.esandresky.com.

MATA Benefit 2007

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

September 25, 2007

Paula Cooper Gallery
521 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor

MATA Celebrates
10 Great Years and Honors
Co-Founder Phlip Glass

Jenny Lin, toy piano
Lisa Bielawa, voice
Genevieve Belleveau, voice
Carla Kihlsedt,violin and voice
Theo Bleckmann, voice and electronics
Kathy Supove, Piano
Lukas Ligeti, percussion and electronics
Annie Gosfield, keyboard and sampler
Wynne Bennett, piano
Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin
Gordon Beeferman, piano
Daniel Bermel, clarinet
Eleanor Sandresky, piano and computer playback

Julia Wolfe East Broadway for toy piano and toy boombox
Jenny Lin, toy piano

Lukas Ligeti Great Circle’s Tune for electronic percussion
Lukas Ligeti, percussion & electronics

Daniel Bernard Roumain Hip-Hop Study and Etude in F Minor
Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin
Wynne Bennett, piano

Annie Gosfield The Manufacture of Tangled Ivory, part II
Annie Gosfield, keyboard and sampler

Theo Bleckmann anteroom (excerpt)
Theo Bleckmann, voice and electronics

Gordon Beeferman new work written for occasion
Gordon Beeferman, piano


Derek Bermel Thracian Sketches for solo clarinet
Derek Bermel, clarinet

Carla Kihlstedt The Squonk & Hold My Own
Carla Kihlsedt, violin/voice
Lisa Bielawa, voice

Nick Brooke You Feel This from Tone Test
Genevieve Belleveau, voice

Eleonor Sandresky Conversation 1
Eleanor Sandresky, piano, computer playback

Lisa Bielawa Selections from Kafka Songs
Carla Kihlstedt, voice & violin

Phil Kline Near-Perfect Clarity & The Funeral of Jan Palach
Theo Bleckmann, voice
Kathy Supove, Piano

Relache Ensemble

Tuesday, May 6th, 2003

MAY 6TH, 8 pm

St. Peter’s Church

Relache Ensemble
Bob Butryn, saxophone, clarinet
Andrea Clearfield, piano
Jon Gaarder, bassoons
Michelle Kelly, flute, piccolo
Douglas Mapp, contrabass, electric bass
Harvey Price, percussion
Lloyd Shorter, oboe, english horn
Anthony Simmons, viola

Erel Paz In the Neighborhood (American Premiere)

Andrea Clearfield, piano
Michele Kelly, flute
Douglas Mapp, bass

Jennifer Walshe as mo cheann (New York Premiere)
Jennifer Walshe, voice
Todd Reynolds, violin

Daniel Felsenfeld L’Envoi (New York Premiere)
Marie Mascari, voice
Gordon Beeferman, piano

Eleanor Sandresky Someone Comes By (World Premiere)
text by William Bronk
Marie Mascari, voice
Gordon Beeferman, piano

Gordon Beeferman, piano
Jeff Arnal, percussion


Matthew Shipp Vortex Z
Relache Ensemble

Erik Satie Cinema Music

Roshanne Etezady earshot (World Premiere)

Relache Ensemble



Friday, April 12th, 2002

April 12 at 8pm

535 West 34th Street
Suite 205
New York NY, 10001


Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Lorraine Vaillancourt, Artistic Director and Conductor
Simon Aldrich, clarinet
Brian Bacon, viola
Michel Bettez, bassoon
Lise Bouchard, trumpet
Martin Carpentier, clarinet
Yannick Chenevert, doublebass
James Darling, cello
Jacques Drouin, piano
Normand Forget, oboe
Alain Giguere, violin
Julien Grégoire, percussion
Johanne Morin, violin
Guy Pelletier, flute
Patrice Richer, trombone
Jocelyn Veilleux, horn
guests: Bridget Kibbey, harp, and Matthew Gold, percussion

Erik Ona Per Ivan Lermoliev

Eleanor Sandresky before and after (American Premiere)
NEM with Bridget Kibbey, harp
Lisa Bielawa, soprano

Lisa Bielawa unfinish’d, sent (New York Premiere)
NEM with Bridget Kibbey, harp
Lisa Bielawa, soprano


Olivier Messaien O sacrum convivium!
Lisa Bielawa, soprano
Tony Boutté, tenor
Katie Geissinger, mezzo-soprano
Richard Holmes, baritone

Oliver Schneller Diastema (US Premiere)
commissioned by MATA for the NEM with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation

Brian Current For the Time Being (World Premiere)

Solitary Confinement

Thursday, February 10th, 2000

February 10, 2000

Solitary Confinement – Soloists Evening

Philip Glass, piano
Seth Josel, electric guitar and delay unit
Eleanor Sandresky, piano
Patti Monson, flute
Libby Van Cleve, oboe d’amore
Robert Black, bass
Petros Ovsepyan
Andrew Sterman
Martin Kuuskman
Jason Cirker
Lisa Bielawa

Philip Glass, text by Allen Ginsberg Howl Part II
Philip Glass, piano and guest vocalist

Michael Fiday Slapback (New York Premiere)
Seth Josel, electric guitar and delay unit
Underwritten by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation

Eleanor Sandresky Quint (World Premiere)
Eleanor Sandresky, piano

Harold Meltzer The Heaven of Animals (World Premiere)
Patti Monson, flute

Marti Epstein Thalia (World Premiere)
Libby Van Cleve, oboe d’amore


Myrna Schloss Bass Scape
Robert Black, bass

Petros Ovsepyan II (World Premiere)
Commissioned by MATA for Eberli with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation

Eve Beglarian text by William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (New York Premiere)
Patti Monson, flute
Andrew Sterman, saxophone
Libby Van Cleve, oboe
Martin Kuuskman, bassoon
Seth Josel, electric guitar
Robert Black, bass
Jason Cirker, percussion
Lisa Bielawa, claves & vocals
Eleanor Sandresky, Piano