JD Parran at NYC’s Renee Weiler Hall as part of North River Music

Greenwich House Music School (GHMS) is pleased to present acclaimed multi-woodwind performer and master improviser J.D. Parran [Listen to audio tracks by Parran] on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m., as part of the 25th anniversary season of North River Music. Parran will display his outstanding skills as a performer, improviser and composer in “Windows of Collaboration” – a solo concert for clarinet and low clarinets, featuring works written for Parran by composers with whom he has long associations. The evening will feature the world premiere of Leave to Remain (2010) by composer and Greenwich House Music School’s director, Menon Dwarka; the solo version of You Have a Right To Remain Silent by Anthony Davis; “…vikings, unless…” by Douglas Anderson; and selections from Parran’s latest CD release, Window Spirits (2010), including compositions by James Jabbo Ware and Parran.

Founded by Frank Wigglesworth in 1985, GHMS’s North River Music is one of New York City’s first concert series devoted to new and experimental music. The concert will be followed by a reception.

WHEN: Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

VENUE: Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music Schoool

46 Barrow Street (between Bedford St. & 7th Ave. S), NYC

TICKETS: $15 General Admission/$10 Students/Seniors

All tickets are payable at the door from 7:30pm

INFO: (212) 242-4770, greenwichhouse.org/programs/arts/music

This concert features the world premiere of Leave to Remain by Menon Dwarka, for solo alto clarinet and electronics. This collaborative/improvisation bears the artistic fruit of Parran and Dwarka’s work at Harlem School of the Arts and Greenwich House Music School. Leave to Remain derives its name from a British legal term for a person who has not yet become a citizen. Menon Dwarka’s post-colonial approach to composition, combining spectral and serial elements in order to create a sound world that is neither eastern nor western, is, as the title suggest, written from a perspective of someone in between states.

Anthony Davis’ You Have A Right to Remain Silent was originally composed as a clarinet concerto for J.D. Parran – Davis’ clarinetist of choice. The work premiered at the Miller Theater in 2007, and will be presented in a solo version for the Greenwich House concert.

Further works on this program include “…vikings, unless…” by Douglas Anderson; Emotions by Ware/Parran; Parenthetically by Anthony Davis; and Breeze Binder and Solo for Alto Clarinet by J.D. Parran.

About the Artists:

J.D. Parran has mastered a wide variety of woodwind instruments, including alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and bass saxophone. He has recorded and performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Andrew Hill, Adam Rudolph, Wadada Leo Smith and James Jabbo Ware, among many others. His most recent recordings include Window Spirits Solo (Mutable) and Kokopilau (Freedonia), and his releases as a leader include J.D. Parran & Spirit Stage, and Omegathorp: Living City (Y’All). Parran has premiered a concerto by Anthony Davis at Miller Theatre and Spoleto USA; performed the music of Julius Hemphill with Marty Ehrlich and Ursula Oppens at Tanglewood and the Gardner Museum; and travels regularly with cabaret vocalist Rosemary George.

Menon Dwarka, in addition to being the director of Greenhouse Music School, is also a composer and writer. The former music program director of the 92nd Street Y and Harlem School of the Arts, he has also been a staff composer at several New York City firms, creating music and sound design for television advertising. For Dwarka, a Canadian of South Asian heritage who was born in Georgetown, Guyana, music is a unique way to explore the various aspects of being between cultures, similar to the way many post-colonial writers approach their subject matter. His involvement with the commercial music industry has led Dwarka to integrate a greater use of computer-assisted composition into his most recent work. Menon Dwarka is also a regular contributor to Listen Magazine.


Schedule of future concerts:

>> Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8 p.m.: JOAN LA BARBARA
An evening devoted to Joan La Barbara, “one of the great vocal virtuosas of our time” (San Francisco Examiner). www.joanlabarbara.com

>> Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8 p.m.: JENNY LIN
One of today’s most respected young pianists, Jenny Lin will perform György Ligeti’s Études for piano, along with other works. Not to be missed! www.jennylin.net

>> Thursday, April 8, 2011 at 8 p.m.: MORTON SUBOTNICK
An evening with one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving interactive computer music systems. www.mortonsubotnick.com

About Greenwich House Music School:

Founded by Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch in 1902, Greenwich House is a nonprofit settlement house which offers cultural and educational programs, social and health services and opportunities for civic involvement to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds – from any neighborhood. Greenwich House Music School, located in the historical West Village, provides a wide range of concerts and recitals as well as instructional classes and outreach in NYC’s public schools. With a faculty of about 50 instructors, its has 520 students ranging in ages from 3 years old to seniors — from beginner to advanced — in classes and private lessons, in piano, voice, violin and viola, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, five-string banjo, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harp and the Chinese qin, a seven-string plucked instrument. www.greenwichhouse.org

Funding for North River Music is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Virgil Thomson Foundation, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.