IN HOUSE at the Voelker Orth Museum

Date: November 13, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm

thingNY’s IN HOUSE at the Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing

Nov. 13, 2011

Voelker Orth Museum
14919 38th Avenue
flushing, NY 11354-4839

Part house concert, part sound installation, IN HOUSE is a collection of new musical meditations on the idea of “the home” written and performed by members of experimental music ensemble thingNY.

The works explore aspects of performance art, sound installations, and contemporary chamber music. How do you guide a listener’s ears and eyes while still leaving freedom to explore a space? How does a piece of music capture the essence of a room of a home across cultural lines? How do the sounds of audience and environment affect composition and the performance of new music?

The pieces are written with flexibility in mind. With each composer creating a work for one room of the home, each performance is adapted for and inspired by the individuality of each home’s distinct rooms. This allows IN HOUSE to be programmed differently for each home and experienced uniquely by its audience, who can listen to one piece in its entirety, or explore the house freely, hearing how the compositions fit together.

The project is a continuation of the ideas explored in Gelsey Bell’s extensive Bathroom Songs for solo vocalist. Written in 2010, it is a collection of songs that oscillates between extended vocal techniques, popular song structures, and everyday bathroom events like brushing ones teeth.

Isabel Castellvi’s Music for a Quartet of Speaking Pot Players utilizes the kitchen space and items in a rhythmic work of text and percussion. Paul Pinto’s Music for Your Living Room for solo clarinet and Erin Rogers’s Bedroom Music for violin, tape and visiting chamber musicians both span the entire event, occurring simultaneously and responding to behaviors of the audience.

And in the hallways and stairways, Memorial for _____, a series of constructed noise-making kinetic sculptures created by Alejandro Acierto, will sound throughout the performance.

Full performance schedule is available at
Queens performances supported by the Queens Council on the Arts.

thingNY is a 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media, and genres.inhousebutton

September 30, 2011

The Super Coda presents thingNY

Date: November 11, 2011

with Amy X Neuburg, Todd Reynolds and Joey Molinaro
Saturday, November 11, 2011
Doors @ 8:00pm

33 Flatbush Ave. #5
Brooklyn, NY
Sliding: $5-$15(suggested)

New music ensemble thingNY presents Paul Pinto’s mini_004 and Andrea La Rose’s eudaimonism, improvisations of the non-pop variety, and portions from their experimental operas ADDDDDDDDD and Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment. Also on the program, electroacoustic performers Amy X Neuburg (Bay Area composer/vocalist) and Todd Reynolds (founding violinist of Ethel), as well as thrash violinist, Joey Molinaro.

October 11, 2011


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