On Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 8pm, the seventh concert of the 2018-2019 Interpretations series’ Thirtieth Anniversary Season features the acoustic-electronic hybrid composer Edmund Campion, and sound artist and composer Annie Gosfield, whom the New York Times calls “master of musical feedback.” The performance is held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, tickets are $20 for adults / $15 for students & seniors, and available on Roulette.org and Interpretations.info.


 

Annie Gosfield presents a world of things transformed, in a varied program of new work that generates and recycles musical materials, creating a common thread from intricately notated music to free improvisation. Commissioned by the Library of Congress, Gosfield presents the NYC premiere of A Mother’s Note and a Single Vote, written for the centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Performed by Pauline Kim Harris on violin and pianist Vicky Chow, A Mother’s Note… is about making one’s voice heard in a noisy world. Harris then premieres Silken Splinters and Feather Stitches, which sets a partly improvised violin part against an electronic assemblage of sampled fragments from A Mother’s Note…. Lastly, the sounds are transformed into fully improvised form, by Gosfield playing sampler with Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Roger Kleier (electric guitar).



Edmund Campion​ will present ​Recumulations,​ a piece for metal triangles, electronics and video animations by ​Claudia Hart (with a post-analog media reconsideration of Primary Accumulation, the 1972 seminal dance film by Trisha Brown); ​Four Bells For Tom, with programming from Jeff Lubow;  the NY premiere of Auditory Fiction II, for computer-driven percussionists ​Russel Greenberg​ and ​Bill Solomon​ controlling Hart’s virtual dancers in real-time; and the ​world premiere​ of ​Late Bloomer​, a virtuosic 4-hand piano work with electronics, composed for NYC pianists ​Marilyn Nonken​ and ​Manuel Laufer, and a resonating piano device designed by Jeremy Wagner at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. Late Bloomer is dedicated to the memory of David Lester Wessel (1942-2014).​ (Campion is the Director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California Berkeley.)


About Interpretations: 

“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 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. 

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. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.


For more information, please visit interpretations.info.


UPCOMING IN THE 2019 SERIES LINEUP

Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris); The String Trio of New York (featuring James Emery, Toni Marino, Rob Thomas)

 

 

On Thursday, April 4th, 2019, at 8pm, the sixth concert of the 2018-2019 Interpretations series’ Thirtieth Anniversary Season presents a special performance by founder and artistic director Thomas Buckner, who in turn celebrates his thirtieth annual performance with the series. Held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, tickets are $20 for adults / $15 for students & seniors, and available on Roulette.org and Interpretations.info.

Photo by Chris Bowen

The baritone Thomas Buckner is joined by pianist ​Joseph Kubera​, percussionist ​William Winant, harpist ​Melanie Genin​, and bassist James Ilgenfritz. This concert​ continues to uphold that tradition of presenting a concert of commissioned pieces, nearly all world premieres, every season.

Buckner will present Roscoe Mitchell​’s voice and piano take of ​e. e. cummings’​ poems “because it’s”, “this”, and “dim”; as well as New York premieres of ​Michael Byron’s Tenderness in Late Afternoon Light, for voice and piano (text by Anne Tardos); as well as French composer ​Christian Dachez​’s Stimmen, for baritone, vibraphone, and harp (text by Rainer Maria Rilke); Steed Cowart’s [where late the sweet] BIRDS SANG, for baritone and percussion (with text by Stephen Ratcliffe); and ​James Ilgenfritz​’s ​A Bell in Every Finger,​ settings of poems by New York poet ​Steve Dalachinsky ​for baritone, piano, percussion, and contrabass, dedicated to ​Muhal Richard Abrams ​and ​Cecil Taylor​. (Harpist Melanie Genin will also perform Dachez’s Vers toi les etoiles for solo harp.)

For more information, please visit interpretations.info.


About Interpretations: 

“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 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. 

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. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.


REMAINING 2019 SERIES LINEUP

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield (with Harris, Chow, Kleier, and Courvoisier); Edmund Camplon (with Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, and others)

Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris); The String Trio of New York (featuring James Emery, Toni Marino, Rob Thomas)

On Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at 8pm, the fifth concert of the 2018-2019 Interpretations series’ Thirtieth Anniversary Season presents striking music sets from both vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara, and mixed-instrumentation group Ensemble Metrix, led by violinist Tom Chiu.

Held at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, tickets are $20 for adults / $15 for students & seniors, and available online.

The perennially influential and innovative vocalist/composer Joan La Barbara presents new material from her ongoing opera-in-progress, Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth, inspired by the lives and work of the iconic Virginia Woolf and the enigmatic Joseph Cornell, with lyrics by the award-winning Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong, and featuring an ensemble of voices, instruments, synthesizer, and sonic atmosphere.

Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix is a mixed-instrumentation group exploring the recontextualization of music in a variety of styles and genres. Using material from the broad canon of popular and underground music, Chiu deconstructs and distorts melodic hooks and motivic riffs, and weaves the material into an extended, minimalistic jam. The resulting structured score represents an analogue to a dee-jay’s pre-determined playlist. Replacing turntables and records, the musicians produce the music live, each injecting personal flair in the final mix. Joining Ensemble Metrix will be some of Chiu’s favorite collaborators, including Meaghan Burke, Sara Schoenbeck, Charles Waters, Peter Zummo, and other special guests.

About Interpretations: 

“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 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. 

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. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers. 

REMAINING 2019 SERIES LINEUP

Thursday, April 4, 2019: Thomas Buckner (with Joseph Kubera, Melanie Genin, William Winant, & James Ilgenfrtz)

Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield (with Harris and Chow); Edmund Camplon (with Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, and others)

Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris); The String Trio of New York (featuring James Emery, Toni Marino, Rob Thomas)

 

 

This February 15th through 17th, singers Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési will offer a three-day workshop to give participants a thorough introduction to the Libero Canto Approach. The workshop includes individual singing lessons, musical work, and sessions in listening to historical and contemporary vocal recordings, and will be held at the Rudolf Steiner School, 15 E. 78th Street in New York City. The cost is $200, and space is limited to 8 singers.

To apply, or for more information, email [email protected] by February 1st with a short statement about your musical background and why you are interested in the workshop. You may also be asked to provide a recording. All vocal types are welcome. Those who would like to experience the Libero Canto Approach prior to the workshop are invited to take a free introductory lesson with Kinga Cserjési.

Moreover, for those who apply for the workshop by January 18, a 20% discount ($160) will be offered if accepted. (Additional financial assistance may be available upon request – please contact [email protected] by January 18.)


Singers Deborah Carmichael and Kinga Cserjési

Using Early Italian arias and ensemble pieces, the workshop is designed to give participants a thorough introduction to the Libero Canto approach: a way of teaching singing that leads to freedom and naturalness of vocal expression. It is not a method or specialized technique, rather a process and attitude toward singing and music making.

A central idea of Libero Canto is that the release of excess physical tension and force allows the body to become genuinely responsive to the singer’s musical feeling and imagination, thereby giving singing the spontaneity and vitality of true expression. (The name ‘Libero Canto’ comes from “la via al libero canto,” the path to free singing. This approach was originated by Lajos Szamosi in Budapest before the Second World War.)


SCHEDULE (subject to change) 
* Friday, Feb. 15
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Introduction and listening session

* Saturday, Feb. 16
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Individual lessons (auditing encouraged);
2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Musical work and listening session (all present)

* Sunday, Feb. 17
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Individual lessons (auditing encouraged);
4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Musical work and conclusion (all present)


for more information, please visit liberocanto.com