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NOVUS NY: Dangerous Currents

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Novus NY, the vibrant new music ensemble based at Trinity Church, makes its MATA Festival debut in an evening of large-ensemble works. British composer Philip Venables uncovers a vein of Shakespearean tragedy in his boxing melodrama The Revenge of Miguel Cotto. In Letters from Brown Men, Paul Pinto explores the fallout from natural disasters. A monolithic yet ethereal stillness infuses Russian composer Dmitri Timofeev’s elegy, Angel. This year’s final MATA commission, Kristina Wolfe’s Record of Ancient Mirrors, conjures the drones of temple bells through retuned viola da gamba and large ensemble. Bringing it all back home, the Festival closes with New Yorker Pascal Le Boeuf’s bracingly inventive Alkaline for string quartet and jazz combo.

NOVUS NY, Scott Jarrett, conductor; Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax; Anna Webber, tenor sax; Pascal Le Boeuf, piano; Martin Nevin, bass; Peter Kronreif, drums

Saturday, April 29
8PM at the Kitchen, 512 W 19th St, NYC

Tickets available here

Philip Venables (United Kingdom): The Revenge of Miguel Cotto (2012), AP
Kristina Wolfe (USA): Record of Ancient Mirrors (2017) MATA Festival Commission
Dmitri Timofeev (Russia): Angel (2007), AP
Paul Pinto (USA): Letters from Brown Men (2014)
Pascal Le Boeuf (USA): Alkaline (2016)

Philip Venables

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Philip Venables’ music is often concerned with violence, sexuality, politics and speech in music and opera. He has been described as “one of the finest composers around” (Guardian) and his work as “brutally effective” (Times) and “brilliant, extreme work that grips like a vice and won’t let go” (Guardian).

Performers and commissioners of his work include The Royal Opera, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Wigmore hall, London Contemporary Opera, London Sinfonietta, EXAUDI Rambert Dance, HAU Theater Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and Theater Basel.

Philip studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He was Doctoral Composer in Residence with the Royal Opera House and a Soundhub resident at LSO St Luke’s 2012-2013. In 2016 he won the UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera with 4.48 Psychosis.