The third concert of Interpretations series’ 30th Season also features works by composers Voro Garcia, Raphael Cendo, Edwin Hillier, & Yann Robin

Tana Quartet and Baritone Thomas Buckner, interpreting works by Bun Ching Lam, will headline the third concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth  Interpretations Series on *Friday, November 16th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers. *Note that this concert is being held on a Friday, exceptionally from the other series concerts, held on Thursdays.  

Chinese-American composer Bun Ching Lam presents music for string quartet: L’air du Temps (1991), and Conversation with My Soul (2015-16), for baritone voice with quartet featuring baritone Thomas Buckner, to a text by Lebanese-American poet and painter Etel Adnan (New York Premiere). As part of their first US tour, the Paris-based Tana Quartet will also present works from their recent repertoire, including Slapsticks by Spanish composer Voro Garcia, Substance by Berlin-based French composer Raphael Cendo, Solliloques by British composer Edwin Hillier, and Shadows by French composer Yann Robin.

Born in Macao, Bun Ching Lam began her piano study in her native city, then further pursued her music education in Hong Kong and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. She has been recognized by numerous awards including a Rome Prize, the highest Award at the Shanghai International Composers’ Competition, two NEA grants, fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries. For the past thirty years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City. His long term collaborations include 35 years as a member of Robert Ashley’s opera company, and performing with Roscoe Mitchell regularly since 1979.

Tana Quartet is the quartet of the twenty-first century. They are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet. Recognized by The Guardian as “impeccable players”, the quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honored at the HSBC EMA Awards and received an invitation to premiere Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont and premiered as part of the Aix-en-Provence festival.

ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn 

2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR. 

Tickets, available online at www.interpretations.info, range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission.

Ticket link is: http://roulette.org/event/interpretations-bun-ching-lam-tana-quartet/

 

September 22nd Concert features works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann.

“In her mid-20s, she is one of the most engaging and promising rising stars in the musical firmament.”   -Times Herald-Record

Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Fei-Fei will perform the inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Season of Classical Palm Springs on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs California. The 2018-2019 season of Classical Palm Springs is produced by James Luce.

Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), Chinese pianist Fei-Fei (pronounced “fay fay”) is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News).

This concert will also feature visual art by Rancho Mirage modern artist Nicholas Kontaxis, who creates large-scale abstract paintings, characterized by a riot of primary colors, despite overwhelming obstacles.

Tickets, available online, range from $40 for Seniors & Students to $95 (for Premium Seats and admission to the after concert Meet The Artist Reception). Premium Season Passes are also available online or by calling 760-699-8151.

SEPTEMBER 22ND CONCERT PROGRAM:
-Mozart: Sonata K 576
-Schumann: Kinderszenen
-Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux–No.2/3/4
-Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise

The Classical Palm Springs series will continue with concerts on November 10, 2018 with pianist Dan Tepfer; on January 27, 2019 with Brazilian composer and pianist Clarice Assad; on February 10, 2019 with guitar virtuoso Mak Grgik; and on March 10, 2019 with pianist Inna Faliks performing selected Bagatelles of Robert Schumann and Richard Danielpour, preceded by a special Children’s concert at 1pm.


Fei-Fei

Born in Shenzhen, China, Fei-Fei began piano lessons at the age of 5. She moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky.

Her burgeoning career includes a number of prominent concerto engagements in the 2017-18 season, including performances with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Denver Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and a return engagement with California’s Pacific Symphony for a special performance celebrating the Chinese New Year.  This season, Fei-Fei also performs in recital in ten states across the United States as well as nineteen cities in China.

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Performers from Berlin, Denmark, Paris, Belgium, & the US are featured performing groundbreaking works, including commissions by Michael Byron, Steed Cowart, Christian Dachez, Pauline Kim Harris, James Ilgenfritz, Bun-Ching Lam, and Chinary Ung.

“When we started, this was a real need, especially for the more experimental new music,” says Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Buckner. ” Now we are experiencing a blossoming of new music groups and solo performers, which makes the series necessary in a new way. There are so many exceptional composers and performers who need a great place to perform.”

The inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth Anniversary Season of the Interpretations Series will take place on Thursday, September 27th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.

Interpretations began as a collaboration with Robert and Helene Browning and the World Music Institute, presenting concerts at Merkin Concert Hall, then at Roulette, at its Greene Street location in Soho. When Roulette moved to the current space in Brooklyn, Interpretations moved with it. Interpretations is thrilled to co-produce at Roulette, which has developed into a premiere venue for new and innovative music, with excellent acoustics and world-class technical facilities.

For its 30th Anniversary, Interpretations has assembled an eclectic line-up of innovative composers and their interpreters, representing a wide variety of approaches to music making.

Tickets to the opening night concert are available online and more information is available at www.interpretations.info. Tickets range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission. All concerts begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted. 


Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward, tuba, and Chrisopher Williams, contrabass)

REIDEMESTER MOVE AND MIYA MASAOKA – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 

Berlin-based duo Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward, tuba, and Chrisopher Williams, contrabass) perform Arcanum 17 (New York Premiere): a 45-minute piece composed by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow, with texts from André Breton’s book of the same name, set in the 8.1-channel immersive sound environment. Hayward’s self-designed microtonal tuba, and Williams’ previous work with Charles Curtis and LaMonte Young’s legendary Theatre of Eternal Music, provide the backbone for a sound based on purely tuned intervals, noise, corporeal rhythms, and spatial resonance. Their collaboration promises to produce an evening of exceptionally rich sounds coming from the resonances and overtones of Contrabass and Tuba.

Composer/performer(koto and electronics)/improviser/performance and installation artist Miya Masaoka‘s Four Moons of Pluto – a piece which explores deep and relational resonances – will be performed by an all star cohort of 5 contrabass players Robert Black, Shayna Dulberger, Rebekah Griffin-Greene, James Ilgenfritz, and Zach Rowden. 

UPCOMING CONCERTS
Thursday, October 18: Thurman Barker & Andrew Lamb
Friday, November 16: Bun Ching Lam &Tana Quartet
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Thursday, March 14, 2019: Randi Pontoppidan & Joan La Barbara
Thursday, April 4, 2019: Thomas Buckner joined by Joseph Kubera, William Winant, & Melanie Genin
Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield & and composer Edmund Campion with  Claudia Hart, Marilyn Nonken, & Manuel Laufer
Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris) & Sam Ashley

ABOUT INTERPRETATIONS

The Interpretations series, now in its thirtieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Joseph Kubera, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick. 

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