tags: Filippo Perocco

2010 MATA Festival Video: Lorenzo Tomio – Giorni smègi e lombidiosi

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The world premiere performance of Lorenzo Tomio’s “Giorni Smègi e Lombidiosi” , performed at the 2010 MATA Festival at le Poisson Rouge in NYC.

Jody Redhage, cello; James Moore, guitar; Nathan Koci, accordion; David Crowell, tenor saxophone.

2010 Festival Wrap-Up, Guest Blogger Filippo Perocco

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Filippo Perocco is the founder, conductor and artistic and musical director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble L’arsenale, featured (in part) at the 2010 MATA Festival.

[English translation following the Italian]


La mia esperienza al Mata Festival 2010 è stata a dir poco entusiasmante. Sia come compositore che come direttore.

Infatti ho potuto presentare in prima assoluta un mio lavoro (Veglia) composto durante la mia residenza negli USA. L’organico prevedeva la collaborazione tra i musicisti dell’ensemble Argento e quelli de L’arsenale. Per cause ben conosciute questo è stato possibile solo in parte. L’eruzione vulcanica ad ogni modo mi ha dato la possibilità di conoscere dei formidabili amici/musicisti newyorchesi, lavorare con loro ed apprezzarne la serietà e l’assoluta professionalità. Questo grazie anche alla pronta reazione dello staff del Mata festival.
Molto accattivante il luogo dove si tenevano tutti gli eventi. Le Poisson Rouge, un locale dal sapore intimo, rilassato e molto stimolante, dove si incontra un pubblico di musicisti e appassionati sempre molto attento e aperto. Gli aspetti che più mi hanno impressionato sono l’assoluta rilassatezza e apertura che ho potuto constatare durante i giorni del festival.

Eventi come il Mata sound e i concerti del Calder Quartet, dell’ensemble Pamplemousse, di Lisa Moore e Argento hanno offerto un’ampia panoramica della vitale energia della musica newyorkese.

Non è semplice pertanto definire quali siano stati gli standout pieces/moments.

In occasione del concerto del Calder Quartet ho conosciuto una nuova generazione di compositori che sta sintetizzando la radicale tendenza minimalista con intriganti dettagli timbrici. Sebbene appartenesse ad un mondo diverso, anche il lavoro e l’interpretazione del brano per tre toy piano è stata molto convincente.

Come ultimo appunto ricordo i lavori del Mata sound che hanno accolto il pubblico ad ogni serata.


My experience at the 2010 MATA festival was, to sum it up in a small word, exciting. As a composer and as a conductor. In fact, I was able to present a world premiere of my work composed during a residency in the US. The instrumentation foresaw a collaboration between the musicians of the ensembles Argento and L’arsenale. For well-known reasons, this was only partly made possible. In any case, the volcano’s eruption gave me the possibility to know and work with formidable New York musicians/friends, appreciating their seriousness and absolute professionalism. This, also thanks to the prompt reactions of the MATA Festival staff.

Not of minor importance was the place where all the events were held. (Le) Poisson Rouge,  is an intimate, relaxed, and very stimulating space where one crosses paths with a public of musicians and music lovers who are always very open and attentive. The aspects that impressed me the most were exactly the absolute relaxed serenity and openness that I noticed during the festival.

Events like MATA Sound Works and the concerts of the Calder Quartet, the Pamplemousse Ensemble, Lisa Moore, and Argento gave a wide panoramic view of the vital energy in the New York music scene.

It’s not easy therefore to define the standout pieces/moments because I was left transported by a continuous enthusiasm. Beyond the evening of Argento and L’arsenale, I learned during the Calder Quartet concert of a new generation of composers that in some way have synthesized the radical minimalist tendency with intriguing timbral details. Even though it belonged to a different world, the work and performance for toy pianos (Tristan Perich’s qsqsqsqqqqqqqqqwas made very convincing.

Last but not least, I have in mind the pieces of MATA Sound Works that brought in a great public every evening!

Argento & Friends

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Thursday, April 22
LPR Main Space

Argento Chamber Ensemble

Michelle LouWeeds, Grass, Rock, Slope [2009-10]
Ryan Beppel – Receptive Asphasia [2010] (NY Premiere)
Winner of New Voices project, Philadelphia chapter of the American Composers Forum. (Selected in collaboration between MATA, Argento, and ACF Philadelphia)
Alexander SigmanMi(e)s(e)-En-AbîMe II [2007] (World Premiere)


Brahim KerkourProcession in remembrance from Two Modules for sketches of miniatures [2010] (World Premiere)
Erin Lesser, alto flute; Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet
Lorenzo TomioGiorni smègi e lombidiosi [2010] (World Premiere)
David Crowell, tenor saxophone; Nathan Koci, accordion; James Moore, guitar; Jody Redhage, cello
Fillippo PeroccoVeglia [2010] (World Premiere)
Livia Rado, voice; Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jody Redhage, cello; Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet; Tim Albright, trombone; David Crowell, tenor saxophone; Joanna Chao, piano; Nathan Koci, accordion; James Moore, guitar

Note from AD Chris McIntyre:
This concert was originally scheduled to present the US Debut of the Italian ensemble L’Arsenale performing works by composing members of the group and a collaboration with members of Argento on Filippo Perocco’s Veliga (the group’s Director). Unfortunately, four of the six members were unable to attend the Festival because of dangerous flight conditions caused by volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland. MATA was forced to cancel works by Nicola Buso and Stefano Tervisi, but we were able to to hire stellar local players to perform Lorenzo Tomio’s work and to collaborate with Argento on the Perocco. Also, Argento graciously agreed to present the World Premiere of Brahim Kerkour’s work on very short notice. While we were all disappointed by L’Arsenale’s absence, the event was presented successfully and in their honor.

Filippo Perocco

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Veglia [2010] (World Premiere)
Performed by L’Arsenale and Argento Chamber Ensemble, April 22

Filippo Perocco received his degree in Composition at the Conservatory in Venice. Awarded in different competitions, he has been Composer in residence at the European Centre for the Arts “KunstForum Hellerau” in Dresden (2006), Italian Arts Fellowship – Composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome (2008), Fulbright (2009). Works commissioned and performed by Holland Symphonia, Dresdner Sinfonikern, Young Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, Ensemble Vocal Modern, IXION ensemble, Vokalensemble Neue Musik Berlin, ensemble Aleph, Accroche Note, Algoritmo, KAIDA, ASTRA Choir, COROinCANTO, broadcasted by NPS Holland, Radio Belgrado, SBS Melbourne, BBC Radio 3, Polski Radio and premiered in different festivals as Gaudeamus, Venice Biennale, Manca Nice, Aspekte Salzsburg, MATA Festival New York Finestre sul ‘900, Zèppelin Festival Barcellona, Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles Lunel, The New London Wind Festival, International Review of Composers Belgrade, The Brighton Festival, Astra Concerts Melbourne, Warsaw Autumn. He studies orchestral conductorship with Emilio Pomàrico at the International Academy of Music in Milan and Sylvain Cambreling at the EuropaChorAkademie in Mainz. He is the founder and artistic director of the ensemble L’Arsenale. His works are published by ArsPublica and Doblinger.

corti e di varia ricreazione
Performed by L’Arsenale

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A Little More Knights Music

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 8 PM

Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215

The Knights Chamber Orchestra
Eric Jacobsen
Pico Alt
Amie Weiss
Miranda Sielaff
Jane O’Hara
Christopher Tignor
James Matheson
Adam Hollander
Sarah Beatty
Andy Laster
Joseph Gramley
Christina Courtin
Johnny Gandelsman
Bradley Kemp

Andrew Norman Gran Turismo (2004) (New York Premiere)
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Matthew Barnson Sibyl Tones (2004)
Pico Alt, violin
Amie Weiss, violin
Miranda Silaff, viola
Jane O’Hara, cello

Christopher Tignor Thunder Lay Down in the Heart (2006) (World Premiere [MATA Commission])
The Knights
Christopher Tignor, laptop


James Matheson Colonnade (2003) (New York Premiere)
The Knights
James Matheson, conductor

Filippo Perocco Corti e di varia recrezione [Short and Various Recreations] (2005) (US Premiere)
rituale, cerimoniale
brighton festival

Adam Holander, oboe
Sarah Beatty, clarinet
Andy Laster, alto saxoophone
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Christina Courtin, violin
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Jane O’Hara, cello
Bradley Kemp, electric bass
Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Osvaldo Golijov Last Round (1996)
The Knights