John Cage Variety Show Big Band @ The Stone

Date: September 5, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm
E 2nd St & Ave CNew York, New York 10009

Cage100 Festival, day 2: The Noisy Cage
8:00 & 10:00pm

The John Cage Variety Show Big Band
directed by Miguel Frasconi (glass, electronics). Daniel Goode (clarinet), Kathleen Supové (piano), Chris McIntyre (trombone), Cristian Amigo (guitar), Richard Carrick (guitar), David Watson (bagpipes), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), John King (viola), Erin Rogers (sax), Guy Barash (computer), Shannon Fields (voice), Raz Mesinai (beats), Paul Pinto (voice), Damon Holzborn (ipad), and special guest TILT Brass (Gareth Flowers, Tim Leopold, Chris DiMeglio – trumpet; Jen Baker, Will Lang, James Rogers – trombones; Chris McIntyre – conductor).
Celebrating the composer on the day of his birth, 100 years ago. Pieces will include Sonata for Clarinet (1932), In a Landscape (1948), Fontana Mix (1958), Aria (1958), Music for Amplified Toy Pianos (1960), Variations II (1961), Atlas Eclipticalis (1962), Solos from Song Books (1970), Child of Tree (1975), c Composed Improvisations (1990),and an ensemble performance of 4’33” (1952).

September 5, 2012

Sweet Soubrette returns to LIC Bar!

Date: August 29, 2012

Sweet Soubrette w/ horns

Wed. Aug 29th
LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City

http://www.licbar.com/

June 12, 2012

Sweet Soubrette w/ horns @ The Living Room

Date: August 14, 2012
Time: 9:00 pm

What’s My Desire? Sweet Soubrette Big Band Show

EP Release & Tour Kickoff

Tues, Aug 14th
The Living Room
154 Ludlow St, NYC

June 12, 2012

Varispeed presents John Cage: Empty Words

Date: August 3, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm
Varispeed’s Empty Words
by John Cage
Fri., August 3rd, 8 PM – Sat., August 4th, 8 AM
Brooklyn, NY
8 PM – 10:30 PM
Part I: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue
11 PM – 4:30 AM
Parts II & III: Exapno, 33 Flatbush Avenue, 5th floor
5 AM – 7:30 PM
Parts IV: Procession from Borough Hall over the Brooklyn Bridge
All parts of the performance are free and open to the public.
Following their acclaimed reimagining of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives as Perfect Lives Manhattan, Varispeed
tackle John Cage’s epic, rarely performed Empty Words. This overnight realization on Cage’s centennial is a
meditation on the voice’s power to transform language into music. Varispeed’s new arrangement will lead
audiences on a 12-hour journey of sound, from an ensemble of electronically manipulated and mutated song in the
concert hall of Roulette to the noise of naked voices on the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn.
Written in the early 70s, Empty Words stands as an epic culmination of Cage’s exploration of the
“demilitarization” of syntax and the voice’s power to evacuate meaning and create music. Using Thoreau’s
journals as his source text, Cage employed chance procedures to remove all syntax from the original, creating four
separate movements through which the level of textual abstraction grows.
Part One (utilizing phrases, words, syllables, and letters) begins in the concert space of Roulette, employing
multiple performers and theatrics to employ the musical extremes of language. The performance then moves to
the new music community space Exapno, where Varispeed transform Part Two’s words, syllables, and letters into
new spatial arrangements. Peppered with food (and perhaps a nap), Part Three scatters syllables and letters
around the building in a performance that is both a participatory scavenger hunt and a solo lecture. In conclusion,
listeners will become performers on a communal sound walk through Downtown Brooklyn across the Brooklyn
Bridge at sunrise, vocalizing the letters of Part Four in equal partnership with the surrounding urban “silence.”
Varispeed’s premiere performance of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives Manhattan was listed on Time Out New York’s
Best of 2011 list and received praise in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Varispeed has worked to
discover new inroads into contemporary vocal music and opera in creating site-specific, sometimes-participatory,
oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events. As individuals, they are all multi-faceted performers,
composers, songwriters, and thinkers who collaborate in ensembles such as thingNY, Panoply Performance
Laboratory, and Cough Button.
This performance is funded in part by the 2012 Stefanos Tsigrimanis Artistic Scholar Award.

Experimental collective Varispeed performs John Cage’s 12-hour Empty Words

Varispeed’s Empty Words
by John Cage

Fri., August 3rd, 8 PM – Sat., August 4th, 8 AM
Brooklyn, NY
8 PM – 10:30 PM

Part I: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue
11 PM – 4:30 AM

Parts II & III: Exapno, 33 Flatbush Avenue, 5th floor
5 AM – 7:30 PM

Parts IV: Procession from Borough Hall over the Brooklyn Bridge

All parts of the performance are free and open to the public.

Following their acclaimed reimagining of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives as Perfect Lives Manhattan, Varispeed tackle John Cage’s epic, rarely performed Empty Words. This overnight realization on Cage’s centennial is a meditation on the voice’s power to transform language into music. Varispeed’s new arrangement will lead audiences on a 12-hour journey of sound, from an ensemble of electronically manipulated and mutated song in the concert hall of Roulette to the noise of naked voices on the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn.

Written in the early 70s, Empty Words stands as an epic culmination of Cage’s exploration of the “demilitarization” of syntax and the voice’s power to evacuate meaning and create music. Using Thoreau’s journals as his source text, Cage employed chance procedures to remove all syntax from the original, creating four separate movements through which the level of textual abstraction grows.

Part One (utilizing phrases, words, syllables, and letters) begins in the concert space of Roulette, employing multiple performers and theatrics to employ the musical extremes of language. The performance then moves to the new music community space Exapno, where Varispeed transform Part Two’s words, syllables, and letters into new spatial arrangements. Peppered with food (and perhaps a nap), Part Three scatters syllables and letters around the building in a performance that is both a participatory scavenger hunt and a solo lecture. In conclusion, listeners will become performers on a communal sound walk through Downtown Brooklyn across the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise, vocalizing the letters of Part Four in equal partnership with the surrounding urban “silence.”

Varispeed’s premiere performance of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives Manhattan was listed on Time Out New York’s Best of 2011 list and received praise in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Varispeed has worked to discover new inroads into contemporary vocal music and opera in creating site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events. As individuals, they are all multi-faceted performers, composers, songwriters, and thinkers who collaborate in ensembles such as thingNY, Panoply Performance Laboratory, and Cough Button. Varispeed is Paul Pinto, Gelsey Bell, Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder and Brian McCorkle.

This performance is funded in part by the 2012 Stefanos Tsigrimanis Artistic Scholar Award.

July 31, 2012

Sweet Soubrette – Cake Shop

Date: July 23, 2012
Time: 9:00 pm

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“BROOKLYN’S FISHNET-CLAD FEMME FATALE” (BUST MAGAZINE) SWEET SOUBRETTE TO STRUT AT CAKE SHOP JULY 23

Sweet Soubrette – the inventive, Brooklyn-based, ukulele-strumming, indie pop performer – will perform July 23 at Cake Shop with her 6-piece backing band, previewing the August 14 EP ‘What’s My Desire?’

The EP’s dark and passionate title track was inspired by the book Henry and June by Anaïs Nin, a work based on Nin’s diaries when she was becoming a serious writer and romantically involved with author Henry Miller. Love, art and ambition collide in this powerful song.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has called Sweet Soubrette’s music “sensational…dark vaudeville-pop.” Time Out New York dubbed Sweet Soubrette “at once sweet and sassy, celebrating reckless behavior with a charmed wink.” The Deli Magazine has praised Sweet Soubrette’s “rock star command and intelligently crafted music.”

The show also previews a northeast August tour: http://www.sweetsoubrette.com/shows.php

WHO: Sweet Soubrette
WHAT: Preview show for ‘What’s My Desire?’
WHEN: July 23, 2012, 9pm
WHERE: Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, NYC, (212) 253-0036
TICKETS: TBA

July 5, 2012