Spotlight on Presenter Partner Events in August
On Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 pm, IBeam Brooklyn presents Shankar and the Akiko Pavolka Trio. Shankar is Brian Adler's new rhythm ensemble that merges vedantic themes with urban sounds. Surreal landscapes and architecture are created out of layered melodies and rhythmic riddles steeped in ethnic traditions. Akiko Pavolka returns to iBeam with her trio to play all new songs that deal with subjects ranging from her aging mother's memory loss to the joy of Argentine white pizza. Her band's new album features some of this new material and will be released soon. For more information, visit ibeambrooklyn.com.
The David Virelles group will perform at the Jazz Gallery on August 14, with sets at 8 and 10 pm. Recently named one of four young pianists on the rise by the New York Times, Virelles has received critical acclaim for his newest album, Mbókò. His leadership debut on ECM Records, the album explores ancient Afro-Cuban sacred music traditions though a modern lens. This evening at the Jazz Gallery will feature Brandon Ross on guitar, Roman Filiú on saxophone, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums. For more information, visit jazzgallery.org/itinerary.
One of the Streaming Museum's newest exhibits features an essay on transmedia social protest by Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells. The Streaming Museum has daringly juxtaposed Castells' text with music and video by Dutch composer JacobTV to create a riveting experience that brings both artists' themes to life before the viewer's eyes. JacobTV is well known for his reality opera THE NEWS, which features singing news anchors accompanied by video and chamber orchestra. The Streaming Museum's creative choice to feature two artists from contrasting disciplines sheds light on the everyday reality of transmedia communication. Read the full article, watch the videos and hear the music at streamingmuseum.org/castells-costanza-chock.
Spotlight on Presenter Partner Events in July
Mem Nahadr will celebrate the release of her latest album, Femme Fractale - An Opera of Reflection, with a performance at The Cutting Room on July 15 at 7:30 pm. This New York-based composer and vocalist possesses an incredible six-octave vocal range and has been compared with music greats such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Ella Fitzgerald. In Nahadr's words, Femme Fractale "is the evanescence of all boundaries and lines placed on women." For more information, visit thecuttingroomnyc.com.
From July 16 through 19 at 8:30 pm, I-Beam Brooklyn hosts saxophonist and composer Michaël Attias for a four-night residency. Night 1 features solo and trio sets with bassist John Hébert and trumpeter Ralph Alessi. Night 2 features the Anthony Coleman Trio, the Ben Gerstein Trio, and Music Without Autumn Sonata. Night 3 features trio improvisations by Attias, bassist Sean Conly, and drummer Tom Rainey as well as Attias' project Spun Tree. Night 4 features a duo set by Attias and pianist Matt Mitchell and a second performance by Spun Tree. For more information, visit ibeambrooklyn.com/calendar.
The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra joins Orkestra Rumpilez for a performance on July 29 at 8:00 pm, location TBA. Founded in 2007 by Grammy award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O'Farrill, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance supports the twin goals of developing new audiences for big band Latin jazz and creating a robust educational program for young performers. The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra is supported by the ALJA, and in 2005 recorded the Grammy-nominated album Una Noche Inolvidable. For more information, visit afrolatinjazz.org.
On July 31 at 8:00 and 10:00 pm, The Jazz Gallery Commissions 2014-2015 presents saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock in a trio performance with guitarist Mary Halvorson and pianist Kris Davis. Originally from Germany, Laubrock now resides in Brooklyn and leads numerous ensembles including Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ubatuba and Ingrid Laubrock Orchestra. She has performed and/or recorded with musicians including Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran and many others. For more information, visit jazzgallery.org.
Announcing the Fall 2015 Composers Now Creative Residencies at the Pocantico Center
Jin Hi Kim and Peter Van Zandt Lane have been awarded the second annual Composers Now Creative Residencies. Each artist receives a week's stay at the Pocantico Center, the conference and cultural center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Tarrytown, New York, to work on a project of her/his choosing. The residencies take place in November of this year.
Composers were nominated by partner organizations that participated in the 2015 Composers Now Festival. The jury was comprised of members of the Composers Now Board of Advisors and Distinguished Mentors Council. In addition to selecting Jin Hi Kim and Peter Van Zandt Lane, Angélica Negrón and David Bird were named alternates. Read more here.
Announcing New Initiative To Be Launched in Fall 2015: Dialogues
Composers Now announces the launch of our newest initiative, Dialogues, a forum for experiencing new works and the conversations they provoke.
Dialogues features performances and the exchange of ideas between composers, performers, Distinguished Mentors and Advisors to Composers Now and audiences. The theme of the first series of Dialogues is "The Impact of the Arts in our Society."
The series opens this September in Manhattan and will expand to include events in the five boroughs. Watch the Composers Now website and social media for updates.
PIX/Channel 11 television reporter Joe Mauceri covers Innovative Women in New Music event
The Cutting Room, NYC was the venue on Sunday, February 22nd for a tribute to and keynote address by Laurie Anderson - composer, performance artist, mentor and trailblazer. Also participating were Annie Gosfield, Missy Mazzoli, Martha Mooke, Angélica Negrón and Kathleen Supove. This event was part of the 2015 Composers Now Festival.
Learn more here.
Composers Now Awarded Transformative Grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Composers Now has been awarded a transformative grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for 2015. The support will allow Composers Now to continue to deepen its commitment to composers, both through the annual festival in NYC's five boroughs, and through the expansion of its current programs. The grant also allows for the possibility of new initiatives in support of the organization's mission.
Read the full press release.