Secret Series: Melanie Sehman, percussion

Date: March 12, 2011
Time: 8:00 pm

Secret Series


Melanie Sehman, percussion
Saturday, March 12th @ 8pm

Secret Theatre
4402 23rd Street

Long Island City, NY 11101-5000

admission: $15 person

On solo vibraphone, percussion and electronics, Ms. Sehman brings together a series of newly commissioned works relating or responding to Morton Feldman’s classic multiple percussion solo, The King of Denmark. This program features new and recent works from composers Cenk Ergun, Ryan Manchester, Jordan Munson, Casey Farina and Ben Hackbarth. The vibraphone has been an essential part of contemporary art music for the past thirty years, with an intimacy, richness and depth of sound unrivaled by other percussion. Each of these composers approaches the relationship of the acoustic and electronic sounds in a unique way, ranging from the creation of hyper-extended instrumental space and sound spatialization to real-time sound processing at varying sample rates to works which exploit the pure acoustics of the instruments themselves. Together these works explore the boundaries between acoustic and electronic sound.

Please join us!

Melanie Sehman is a percussionist living in Brooklyn, New York and specializing in contemporary music. She performs frequently as soloist, and with the piano/percussion duo Access New Music, Duo RoMi+Me, Eastman BroadBand, and as one-half of the Proper Glue duo. Recent performancesMelanie Headshot include chamber music at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Issue Project Room, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Indiana University and the Park Avenue Armory, with upcoming performances at Symphony Space, the Americas Society, Princeton University and the Bellingham Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. Dedicated to the creation and promotion of new music, Melanie has worked closely with several composers including Julia Wolfe, John Luther Adams, Mark Applebaum, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Robert Morris, Aaron Travers, Martin Scherzinger, Jacob Bancks and others. Melanie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where she was also awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the City University of New York Queensborough.

February 5, 2011

announcing: The Secret Series

Date: March 12, 2011

On behalf of Random Access Music and the Secret Theatre, I am pleased to welcome you to the first annual Secret Series, a New Music Concert Series that will take place from February through June 2011, featuring artists and musicians from across the country as they present their unique programs. Our line-up includes multimedia works with live sound processing and video, theatrical, choreographed works with live instrumentation, acoustic chamber music, and ensembles specializing in improvisation. I sincerely hope you will join us for as many evenings as you can.

The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St. Long Island City, Queens. Directions can be found at

Be sure to mark the following dates in your calendar:

Feb. 12,
Carlos Cordeiro
A Puppet’s Tale

Mar. 12,
Melanie Sehman

Mar. 26,
Phyllis Chen & Rob Dietz
Down the Rabbit Hole

Apr. 9,
ThingNY & Panoply Performance Laboratory
Time: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts

Apr. 30,
Kevin Baldwin
Electric Saxophone

May 20,
Random Access Music & Ursula’s End

June 26,
IMPULSE Ensemble

February 4, 2011

Gotham Ensemble at Ann Goodman Recital Hall

Date: March 5, 2011
Time: 8:00 pm

Gotham Ensemble performs 6 premieres by Random Access Music composers for the renowned Messiaen ensemble (clarinet, violin, cello, piano) . Join us at Lincoln Center’s Ann Goodman Recital Hall for an evening of beautiful chamber music.

Saturday, March 5th, 2011 @ 8pm
Ann Goodman Recital Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY  10023

admission: $20 adults/$15 students & seniors


December 2, 2010

RAM/Gotham Ensemble @ The Tank

Date: March 4, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm

The composers of Random Access Music present new works for the renowned Gotham Ensemble.

Gotham is a mixed instrumental ensemble based in New York City and led by the superb clarinetist Tom Piercy. The Gotham Ensemble premieres, performs and records a wide variety of repertoire, from the Classical to the avant-garde. A New York Times review of Gotham’s Merkin Hall, New York City, performance of a program of Olav Thommessen’s music specifically encouraged the public to go out and purchase the recordings. After a performance of Ned Rorem’s Ariel at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Rorem wrote of Gotham as one of America’s important chamber music groups performing new music today. Albany Records recently released Gotham Ensemble Plays Ned Rorem, a CD of Ned Rorem’s chamber music featuring the clarinet.

Please join us!

Friday, March 4th, 2011 @ 7:30pm
The Tank
354 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

December 2, 2010

SPAM v. 2.0 – it’s on.

Date: February 25, 2011
Time: 8:00 pm

spam2bannerSPAM v. 2.0

lpac lab residency

Feb. 25, 2011

7:30 pm
Little Theatre @ LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY
7 train to 33rd/Rawson or  E, G, V, R  trains to Queens Plaza.

“As avant-garde as anything I’ve seen recently” – Kyle Gann (PostClassical) Read Kyle Gann’s write-up of last year’s SPAM show here.

SPAM v. 2.0 is thingNY’s second-annual experimental variety show of commissioned compositions and nonpositions from composers, writers, video artists, friends, relatives, strangers, pets and any other mammals with internet access. SPAM v. 2.0 is more than the open and sincere exposition of hundreds of diverse images, notes and noises assembled into one theatrically driven performance. It is more than the rickety bridge, dangling above the canyon which separates participant and audience, composer and listener. More. Boldly, we proclaim this is the most prodigious commissioning project in the history of experimental music via email-submitted spam.


September 26, 2010