tags: Joseph Michaels

88 Keys Open Many Doors

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

LA’s fearless Hocket piano duo, heard in its New York debut, joins NY’s fiercest new-music pianists in an evening of keyboard adventures. Adam Tendler explores unintentional sounds in Charlie Sdraulig’s subtly choreographed collector, and repurposes the piano in Marina Poleukhaina’s for thing. Hocket teases the ebonies and ivories in Joseph Michaels’s Together in Perfect Harmony and Michael Laurello’s Touch. Molly Herron’s trio resonates in her exquisite Full Blood Moon. Soprano Sarah Brailey is joined by pianist Blair McMillen in Sojourner Hodges’s eloquent Fire Command Room, while interloper harpist Bridget Kibbey gives life to Iranian composer Karen Keyhani’s Nightly Monologue II.

HOCKET, Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, piano; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Sarah Brailey, soprano; Blair McMillen, Adam Tendler, piano; Molly Herron Trio, Pat Swoboda, bass; Molly Herron, Amy Garapic, bowed piano

Wednesday, April 26
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC

Tickets available here

Charlie Sdraulig (Australia/USA): collector (2015), AP
Marina Poleukhina (Russia/Germany): for thing (2013), AP
Joseph Michaels (USA/Germany): Together in Perfect Harmony (2014), NYP
Michael Laurello (USA): Touch (2016) NYP
Karen Keyhani (Iran): Nightly Monologue II (2013) AP
Molly Herron (USA): Full Blood Moon (2017 ebow-ed piano version) (2014/17) WP
Sojourner Hodges (USA): Fire Command Room (2010) NYP

Joseph Michaels

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Based in Stuttgart, Germany since 2008, experimentation has continuously played a role in Joseph Michaels’ creative output, which has branched out over time to include other artistic disciplines and various forms of extra-musical communication, such as video, speech samples, and theatrics. Michaels’ works have been performed in North America, Central America, South America, Europa, and Africa by leading performers, including ensemble cross.art, Invading Pleasures, Geoffrey Deibel, Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, Stephen Mattingly, Thürmchen Ensemble, Neue Vocalsolisten, Rohan de Saram, and Ensemble SurPlus. His music has been broadcast several times on Germany radio and performed at Acht Brücken, Curitiba Biennial, Gaudeamus, ISCM Miami, and Alia Musica.

Michaels is also active in bringing music from other composers and performers to the stage. He works on the board of the Stuttgart Kollektiv für aktuelle Musik (Stuttgart Collective for Current Music), a promoter of experimental music in Souther Germany which he helped to found in January 2015. He has also collaborated closely on several projects with ensemble cross.art since 2010.