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Stencils and Shadows

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Performing as Friends of MATA, nine of NYC’s top new-music interpreters – including violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Mariel Roberts, and pianist Isabelle O’Connell – play works that explore what remains unsaid. Bangkok native Siraseth Pantura-Umporn’s MATA-Commissioned Ripples, inspired by disturbances of water, exposes what lies beneath the surface. Chilean composer Francisco C. Goldschmidt reflects on the loneliness of existence in his mesmerizing …y te pierdes y te hundes…. Foreground and background are engaged through the vibrant absences of the Italian Giovanni Bertelli’s quartet Libro d’Aprile and the shifting shapes and contours of Piano by Krists Auznieks from Latvia.

The Friends of MATA are Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute; Carol McGonnell, clarinet; Leah Asher, Miranda Cuckson, Pauline Kim Harris, violins; Hannah Levinson, viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Isabelle O’Connell, piano; Carl Bettendorf, conductor

Friday, April 28th
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC

Tickets available here

Francisco C. Goldschmidt (Chile/Germany): …y te pierdes y te hundes… (2013-16), AP
Giovanni Bertelli (Italy/France): Libro d’Aprile (2012), AP
Krists Auznieks (Latvia/USA): Piano  (2015), NYP
Siraseth Pantura-umporn (Thailand): Ripples (2017) MATA Festival Commission

Krists Auznieks

Friday, March 3rd, 2017


Auznieks’s music has been performed at Beijing National Arts Centre, Shanghai City Theatre, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and featured in Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Holland), American Music Festival (Albany, NY), The NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists (NYC), American Academy of Fontainebleau (France), Bennington Chamber Music Conference (VT). Commissions include works for Latvian Radio Choir, Albany Symphony (NY), Latvian Radio Big Band, Yale Percussion Group and two concert-length works for Contemporaneous (NYC) and Sinfonietta Riga (Latvia).

His music has also been performed by Sandbox Percussion (NYC), David Kweksilber Big Band (Holland), Antico Moderno (Boston),Yale Philharmonia, Slagwerk Den Haag (Holland) and Orkest de Ereprijs (Holland). Auznieks’s work “I Exist As I Am” was a Selected Work (under 30) at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Finland and was broadcast on classical music radios worldwide. Having received his BA from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and having studied at the Hague Institute of Sonology, he was awarded an MM and Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize from Yale School of Music where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. Auznieks’s latest opera “NeoArctic” was performed at Riga Russian Theatre (Latvia) and Royal Danish Theatre (Denmark) in Fall, 2016 and is nominated for the Grand Music Award of Latvia as the show of the year.