Premiere of “Scarlett” – Ladies First “HoneyTraps” @KGB Espionage Museum

Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm

Scarlett, inspired by Russian spy, Anna Chapman, premieres Thursday, October 3, 2019 amidst a century’s worth of transmission and torture devices at the KGB Espionage Museum.

Witness works/performances by Hai-Ting Chinn, Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda, Jennifer DeVore Milica Paranosic Megan Curet, Agnė Urbaitytė, Ann Warren and Anna Veismane, exploring the fearless lives of Josephine Baker, Judith Coplan, Mata Hari, Vera Pešić and others.

Ladies First – HoneyTraps
Thursday, Oct 3rd , 7:00 PM (door & reception at 6:30 PM)
KGB Espionage Museum
245 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011 (between 7th & 8th Aves)
1, 2, 3, A, C and Path Trains to 14th Street
Tickets HERE

In its seventh season, this year’s all-female cast/female produced Ladies First series centers its theme around female spies (honey traps) and their tactics through times, cultures and socio-political contexts.

The production follows Ladies First’s signature four-part formula, which includes a reception, an award ceremony, a performance and an after-party. This year, the performance portion will be an installation, complementing the museum setting. The performance will be staged throughout the museum, with the performers strategically placed in their positions and incorporated into the context. The museum curator, Agne Urbaityte, will act as a guide, and will lead the audience from one performance spot to the next. The audience is invited to walk around and get close to the performers and learn about some of the artifacts in the museum. Chairs will be provided for those visitors who need to be seated.

The performance will last about 45 minutes and will occur three times during the evening: at 7:00 PM, 7:45 PM and 8:30 PM. The audience members can enter at any time after 6:30 PM and stay as long as they want. VIP ticket holders will receive a free gift and a complimentary after-party cocktail. The (secret) lady of honor will be presented an award made by artist Cecilia Mandrile in a festive award ceremony, following the Russian spy-themed reception, which will take place at 6:30 PM.

October 3, 2019

National Gallery // A Portrait: Julius Eastman // WildUp

Date: September 22, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm
September 22, 2019 @3:00 PM (FREE)
National Gallery of Art // West Building, West Garden Court
Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

Based in Los Angeles, the modern music collective Wild Up is an adventurous chamber orchestra made up of musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. Wild Up believes that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that a concert venue is a place to challenge, excite, and ignite a community of listeners. Julius Eastman was an artist who enjoyed a brief period of prominence as a composer, conductor, singer, pianist, and choreographer in New York during the 1970s and early 1980s, yet he died homeless and in relative obscurity. The recent rediscovery of his works is helping to complete his legacy and to give him his rightful place in the canon of American contemporary music. In their Washington, DC, debut, Wild Up will perform the composer’s Joy Boy and Femenine.

More info HERE

October 3, 2019

Wild Up: “Future Folk” // Moss Arts Center // Virginia Tech

Date: September 20, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm

Wild Up: “Future Folk”

Category A $45 | Category B $35 | Category C $20
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under
20%-30% subscription discounts available

Friday, Sep 20th, 2019 // 7:30pm
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech
190 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

wild Up is the ultimately flexible, go anywhere, play anything modern music collective led by Christopher Rountree, artistic director and conductor. Together with them, you will explore the music of ancient India, modern California, and post-war New York that embraces a theme of innovation and acknowledges we are all standing on the shoulders of our ancestors. Join the orchestra as members of a congregation in a devotional that preaches a joyous path to the future of American Utopianism.

October 3, 2019

Pamplemousse presents: Chance & Circumstance Vol. 3

Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm

Ensemble Pamplemousse curates and produces a three-day festival of experimental music and performance at Clinton Hill’s newly renovated JACK arts space, from September 19 – 21, 2019. The third iteration of an annual festival follows in the tradition of the Annual Avant-Garde Festival, which took place between 1963 and 1980, advancing the careers of hundreds of young musicians and artists while deeply expanding the repertoire of the disciplines featured. Chance and Circumstance seeks to bring together American collectives and sound/media artists working in the field of experimental arts, music, and music theater, with a strong focus on the community of New York City.

All events hosted by JACK, at 18 Putnam Ave (not the former Waverly address, but just down the block).

All events $15, ($10 students & seniors). Festival passes will be available shortly.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7pm
Daniel Silliman
Zach Rowden/Robert Black
Erin Rogers

Friday, September 20, 2019, 7pm
Ben Bennett/Michael Foster

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7pm
Bromp Treb
Ensemble Pamplemousse (record release!)

September 19th features two Brooklyn-based composer/performers presenting rigorous solo material. Daniel Silliman’s emerging solo practice juxtaposes harsh electronic feedback with idiosyncratic networks of magnetic tape and esoteric sound synthesis. Erin Rogers applies a multivalent approach toward the saxophone family and theatrical music, often bridging rigorous compositional detail with playfully virtuosic narratives. Balancing the program is a duo of two New Haven-based bassists, Zach Rowden and Robert Black performing a new work written with Pamplemousse’s own Natacha Diels.

August 12, 2019

New Thread Quartet presents // Explorations Vol. 4: Attacca

Date: September 12, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm

New Thread Quartet performs works by James Ilgenfritz, Len Tetta, Jude Thomas, and the world premiere of Chamber Music America commission by Amy Beth Kirsten.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 @8:30pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43 W 13th St,
New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $10 online/at the door

New York’s most adventurous saxophone quartet returns for its 4th annual concert exploring new music for saxophones, pushing the ensemble beyond its traditional boundaries. Explorations Vol. 4: ATTACCA features four exciting new works by American composers exploring the theme of miniatures – presenting singular works across multiple movements. The program is entirely acoustic, highlighting elements of just intonation, metric modulation and a blending of traditional and extended techniques.

The concert launches with Boston composer Len Tetta’s “Five Miniatures and Fantasy,” a metric juggling act that keeps the quartet on their toes, followed by the world premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s “avalanche lily,” a 5-movement work inspired the natural scenes from Wyoming: characters, state flowers, rebirth and recurrences. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Kirsten’s work is a Chamber Music America commission. The second half features New York City composers Jude Thomas and James Ilgenfritz. Thomas blurs color and key in his multi-movement work “Look at the Sky,” built entirely on just-intonation, while Ilgenfritz’s “Trust Fall” explores instrumental subsets and team-building through a unique combination of notation and structured improvisation.

About the ensemble:
New Thread Quartet was formed with the mission to develop and perform impactful new music for the saxophone, and to provide high-level ensemble playing to highlight today’s innovative compositional voices. In 6 seasons, the quartet has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works by composers such as Richard Carrick, Ben Hjertmann, Rachel Devorah, Taylor Brook, Scott Wollschleger, Erin Rogers, James Ilgenfritz, and Kathryn Salfelder. Based in New York City, New Thread has performed at Carnegie Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roulette, The Stone, Bang-on-a-Can Summer Festival Benefit, and Monadnock Music, while bringing new works to audiences in Arizona, Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Scotland, and working with students in residencies across the country including Peabody Conservatory, NYU, Montclair State University, and the University of Virginia. New Thread recorded Elliott Sharp’s seminal work Approaching the Arches of Corti, available on New World Records and released its debut album, Plastic Facts, in January 2019 on New Focus Recordings.

Ensemble members are Geoffrey Landman (soprano saxophone), Kristen McKeon (alto saxophone), Erin Rogers (tenor saxophone) and Zach Herchen (baritone saxophone).

August 12, 2019