Date: November 6, 2011
Time: 11:00 am

Sunday, November 6, 2011
11:00am — 11:30pm
Throughout Lower Manhattan at various locations: MAP coming soon.


Members of thingNY and the groups Why Lie? and the Panoply Performance Laboratory have collaborated as a newly formed collective called VARISPEED to remake Robert Ashley’s seminal television opera, Perfect Lives. Presented by PERFORMA ’11, each episode has been newly arranged by a member of the group. These arrangements feature fresh takes on instrumentation, amplification, and melodic content, while still maintaining the formal, metric, and chordal frameworks of the originals. Perfect Lives Manhattan is not a imitative interpretation of Ashley’s Perfect Lives, but instead seeks to reanimate Ashley’s material in new ways, stemming from the Varispeed members’ own individual relationships with the piece.

Arranged and performed by Gelsey Bell, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle, Dave Ruder and Aliza Simons.

This is a free performance but we would really love to document it properly with HD video and a quality sound recording. Please consider giving a small donation via our IndieGoGo page to help us do this.

September 30, 2011

Sweet Soubrette @ Jalopy, Brooklyn

Date: September 24, 2011
Time: 9:00 pm
Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY

First big band show of the season! Featuring the amazing SS horn section and Stacy Rock on backing vox, for a grand total of 8 musicians on the Jalopy stage. Not to be missed! Also, the Ukuladies will go on at 10:30 and they are great. $10 cover.

SWEET SOUBRETTE RETURNS TO BROOKLYN WITH BIG BAND LINEUP Ukulele-powered indie rock gets brassy at Jalopy on 9/24 Sweet Soubrette, a ukulele-powered, cabaret-tinged indie rock band often compared to Amanda Palmer and The Magnetic Fields, returns to Brooklyn in big band formation after a summer hiatus. This show will include new material and will pack the stage with a full brass section featuring members of the Hungry March …Band and new music collective ThingNY.
Sweet Soubrett JalopySweet Soubrette’s last big band show (at Park Slope’s Southpaw) inspired The Brooklyn Paper to comment: “What’s better than a ukulele band backed by a horn section? Nothing. Not a thing.” The New York Press said: “Sweet Soubrette’s haunting vocals…cast a spell over the room.”
Sweet Soubrette’s latest album, Days and Nights (released in early 2011) has earned praise from reviewers: Worcester Magazine said: “This is a band that intuitively knows not just how to attract an audience, but also how to keep them there.” The Philadelphia Inquirer described Days and Nights as “dark vaudeville-pop…sensational.” 9:00pm: Sweet Soubrette 10:30pm: The Ukuladies $10 cover
September 22, 2011

The Shape of Things in Texas

Date: September 16, 2011
Time: 8:00 pm

A Concert of works presented by the National Association of Composers/USA –Texas Chapter & Edmonton Society for New Music-Tonus Vivus / Canada

The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts & Humanities
Friday, September 16, 2011 8:00 PM, Jonsson Performance Hall

1. George Andrix (Canada)…….….Why Not ? for Violin & Piano

2. Dinos Constantinides…………….…Sonata for Violin and Piano

3. Carson Cooman ……………The Doors in the Sky for Violin solo

4. Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Canada)…..Notturno for Violin and Piano

5. John McGinn …………………..…Scratch Etude for Violin solo

6. Robert J. Morin (Canada)……..Twilight #1 for Violin and Piano

7. Michael Nesuda……………..Sakura, Sakura for Violin & Guitar

8. Wieslaw Rentowski………………………Solaire for Violin solo

9. Erin Rogers (Canada)………The Shape of Things for Violin solo

10. Jacek Sobieraj (Canada)………..Fairytale for Violin and Piano

Hubert Pralitz – violin
Bethany Wildes – violin
John R. McGinn – piano
Michael Nesuda – guitar

This concert is funded in part by the City of Richardson Arts Commission.

July 10, 2011

Sweet Soubrette at Tinderbox Music Festival

Date: September 10, 2011
Time: 12:00 am

Pleased to join the lovely Sweet Soubrette!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

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Tinderbox Music Festival is an annual event showcasing a powerful and diverse lineup of established and emerging female artists producing innovative original music. Rooted in the vibrant New York City music scene, Tinderbox fosters community by providing opportunities to perform, collaborate, and connect. Tinderbox also donates 100% of its net proceeds to organizations involved in empowering the next generation of female artists including GIRLS WRITE NOW (, an organization providing guidance and opportunities for NYC’s underserved high school girls to develop their independent voices and explore careers in professional writing, and the WILLIE MAE ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS (, a non- profit music and mentoring program empowering girls and women through music education and activities.

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August 16, 2011

In House Performance and Party – learn how you can support thingNY

Date: June 26, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm

A FREE special event for supporters of thingNY. Thanks.

In House

A mobile sound installation meets house concert
The composers of thingNY have created a program of new musical meditations on the rooms of the common home. Blending improvisation with experimental and classical music, these new works will be performed in the kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms of historically- and culturally-significant homes as visitors roam through them.

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GET INVOLVED: Now you can host your own avant-garde house concert while supporting new music. Host a performance of In House at your house. That’s five new works of experimental classical music specifically performed for you, interpreting the architecture and decor of your rooms – be it a small apartment or a historic mansion. Gather your buddies. We’ll bring the sounds. Please contact Erin Rogers, Development Director, at to find out how to sponsor a performance.

April 23, 2011