tags: Ken Ueno

Bad Romance

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

On Thursday April 12th, MATA delves into a world of dreams and nightmares, probing the depths of self and other in an evening of newly commissioned work from composer-performers Erin Rogers and a harrowing performance by Ken Ueno (MATA 2002, 2008) together with MATA’s Artistic Director, and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Du Yun. Also featured are works from the exciting new talent of Egyptian new music Bahaa el-Ansary (Nightmare), Aaron Graham’s (USA/Canada) scenaOld Voltage” for six-hand piano, Jenny Hettne’s (Sweden) intimate While She Was Dreaming performed by Pauline Kim Harris and Steven Blake Whiteley’s (USA) psychodrama for performer featuring Charlotte Mundy. Finally, Chris Perren (Australia) repeats a suspended moment of dramatic recognition with his Samurai Loops, scored for two pianos and video projection.

Thursday, April 12

8PM at the The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC

Tickets available at The Kitchen

Bahaa Al-Ansary (Egypt): Nightmare (2015) AP
Steven Whiteley (USA): [    ][   ][  ][ ][] (2015) AP
Chris Perren (Australia): Samurai Loops (2015) AP
Jenny Hettne (Sweden): While She Was Dreaming (2012) AP
Aaron Graham (USA / Canada): Old Voltage (2015) AP
Erin Rogers (USA): Light-on-Light (2018) WP MATA Commission
Ken Ueno (USA): New Work (2018) WP MATA Alumni Commission

The Friends of MATA
Dan Lippel, guitar
Paul Kerekes, Isabelle O’Connell, Miki Sawada, pianos
Matthew Evans, Amy Garapic, percussion
Pauline Kim Harris, violin
Carrie Frey, viola


Charlotte Mundy, Erin Rogers, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, performers

Ken Ueno

Friday, February 9th, 2018

A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno, is a composer/vocalist/sound artist who is currently an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, where he holds the Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professorship in Music. Ensembles and performers who have played Ken’s music include Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Wendy Richman, Greg Oakes, BMOP, Alarm Will Sound, Steve Schick and SFCMP, the Nieuw Ensemble, and Frances-Marie Uitti. His music has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MusikTriennale Köln Festival, Ars Musica, Warsaw Autumn, Darmstadt, Other Minds, the Hopkins Center, Spoleto USA, Steim, and at the Norfolk Music Festival. Ken’s piece for the Hilliard Ensemble, Shiroi Ishi, was featured in their repertoire for over ten years. Another work, Pharmakon, was performed dozens of times nationally by Eighth Blackbird during their 2001-2003 seasons. He has performed as soloist in his vocal concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in New York and Boston, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Lithuanian National Symphony, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and with orchestras in North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Stony Brook, and California. His sound installations have been featured at MUAC (Mexico  City), Beijing, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Shenzhen Bienniale, and Art Basel. Ken holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label. His bio appears in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. http://kenueno.com

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Brooklyn Lyceum

Main Space, 8:00 pm

Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Flute: Sarah Brady, Rachel Braude
Oboe: Jennifer Slowik, Laura Pardee
Clarinet: Michael Norsworthy, Jan Halloran
Bassoon: Ron Haroutunian, Greg Newton
French Horn: Kenneth Pope, Justin Cohen
Trumpet: Eric Berlin, Richard Watson
Trombone: Hans Bohn, Robert Couture
Tuba: Don Rankin
Percussion: Robert Schulz, Craig McNutt, Aaron Trant
Piano: Sarah Bob, Accordian: Michael Ward-Bergeman
Violin 1: Charles Dimmick, Gabriela Diaz, Piotr Buczek, Miguel Perez-Espejo, Megumi Stohs, Katherine Winterstein
Violin 2: Krista Buckland reisner, Lois Finkel, Julia Cash, Brenda van der Merwe, Rohan Gregory, Melanie Auclair-Fortier
Viola: Joan Ellersick, Kate Vincent, Nathaniel Farny, David Feltner
Cello: Rafael PopperKeizer, David Russel, Holgen Gjoi, Nicole Carigli
Anthony D’Amico, Scot Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth Foulser

Gil Rose, conductor


Alejandro Rutty The Conscious Sleepwalker LoopsNew York Premiere
MATA commission

Ken Ueno On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis – New York Premiere
Ken Ueno, throat singer
Derek Hurst Clades – New York Premiere
(Concerto for the Firebird Ensemble)
1. Portico
2. Song (text by Goethe)
3. Play Within a Play

Firebird Ensemble:
Amy Advocat, bass clarinet
Sarah Bob, piano
Gabriella Diaz, violin
Alicia DiDonato, flute
David Russel, cello
Aaron Trant, percussion
Kate Vincent, viola

Lisa Bielawa Double Violin Concerto -New York Premiere
Colin Jacobsen and Carla Kihlstedt, violin

Journeys and Dialogues

Monday, April 8th, 2002

April 8th, 8 PM

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

Journeys and Dialogues

Phil Kline, boomboxes
Todd Reynolds, violin
Natasha Cook, clarinet
Oren Fader, guitar
Steven Gilewski, bass
Eleanor Sandresky, conductor
Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxaphone
Matthew Gold, percussion

Phil Kline Shadow Traffic (US Premiere)
Phil Kline et al, boomboxes
Todd Reynolds, violin

Rose Bolton River to the Sea (World Premiere)
Natasha Cook, clarinet
Oren Fader, guitar
Steven Gilewski, bass
Todd Reynolds, violin
Eleanor Sandresky, conductor

Billie Holiday arr. Eric Dolphy God Bless the Child
adapted for baritone sax by Taimur Sullivan
Taimur Sullivan, baritone saxophone


Ken Ueno WATT
Matthew Gold, percussion
Tamiur Sullivan, baritone saxophone

Keeril Makan 2
Matthew gold, percussion
Todd Reynolds, violin