ICE – Mostly Mozart, Micro-Concert

Date: August 4, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm

International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
Young Composers Concert 2

1:00 pm Hearst Plaza

ICE performs music by young composers.

June 15, 2016


Date: July 17, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm

New music-theater works by writer-composers Rick Burkhardt and Gelsey Bell, including the world premiere of Burkhardt’s PASSOVER, and new scenes from Bell’s Rolodex. Both composers explore the vocalizing instrumentalist in disjointed modes of storytelling.

Sun. Jul. 17, 2016, 8pm
505 1/2 Waverly Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Rick Burkhardt – PASSOVER
Gelsey Bell – Rolodex
Rick Burkhardt – The Great Hymn of Thanksgiving

Gelsey Bell, voice
John Murchinson, bass and voice
Paul Pinto, percussion and voice
Erin Rogers, percussion and saxophone
Rave Duder, clarinet and voice

Commissioned by thingNY, PASSOVER is a performance-ritual for six singing/speaking performers, seated at a dinner table on which there lies a double bass. Each performer relates the story of a friend’s escape: from a bad marriage, from an unfair situation at work, from a run-in with a traffic cop, from an ethically compromising opportunity, from an awkward family dinner. Ultimately, it becomes clear that all of these friends form one collective identity.

thingNY’s own Gelsey Bell will lead the ensemble in new songs from her evolving game-piece opera Rolodex. Praised by the New York Times as “imaginative,” with work that is “uncomfortably powerful,” “virtuosic,” and “haunting,” Bell draws on techniques across music and theatre to create a disjointed storytelling with a score in the form of a rolodex.

Also on the program, another of Burkhardt’s table-top music-theater piece from 2003, the award-winning The Great Hymn of Thanksgiving, for three speaking percussionists. Time Out New York declared that Hymn “has taught us to listen to the conversation in several keys, and the virtuosic performers play them all—the troubling bassline of violence, the abrasive tenor of self-righteousness, and, every now and then, the clear, bright treble of a really funny joke.”

May 9, 2016

Popebama – Diabolical Records, Salt Lake City

Date: July 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm
Thurs, July 7 @8pm
Christian Asplund & co.
It Foot, It Ears

Diabolical Records

238 S. Edison St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

June 21, 2016

Popebama – VU Symposium, Park City, UT

Date: July 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Wednesday, July 6 @2pm
Popebama – Shedding Waste
VU Symposium
Jim Santy Auditorium
Park City Library (3rd Floor)
1255 Park Ave
Park City, Utah 84060
June 21, 2016

Ensemble Mise-en Marathon – Taipei Cultural Center

Date: June 25, 2016
Time: 8:30 pm

For the second year in a row, I will join ensemble mise-en for their Festival Marathon 2016! We will perform the US premiere of Murat Çolak’s A Song Sung Together, for flute, saxophone, violin and cello.

Taipei Cultural Center
1 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

Elisabet Curbelo: Epulos (2012, NY premiere)
Douglas McCausland: Epitaph: A Portrait of PTSD (2014; NY premiere)
Murat Çolak: A Song Sung Together (2015, US premiere)
Jason Mitchell: Thermal Bloom (2015, NY premiere)
Elvira Garifzyanova: Almost Broken Music Box (2016, world premiere)

June 3, 2016