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10khrs on 12/09/2013 at 04:15AM
On Thursday December 12, Interpretations presents an evening of premieres and classic works from distinctive solo instrumentalists. Bassist James Ilgenfritz presents solo and chamber music by Anthony Braxton & Pauline Oliveros, plus two world premieres by Annie Gosfield, and JG Thirlwell, and an improvisation with Jason Ponce. Esoteric pianist Reinier Van Houdt presents the US Premiere of Italian avant-garde composer Walter Marchetti’s new solo piano work Concerto per la Mano Sinistra in un Solo Movimento (Concerto for the Left Hand in One Movement).
Interpretatons would like to share some works by these artists! James Ilgenfritz on two tracks, one performing the music of Anthony Braxton, and one performing duo with Pauline Oliveros. Reinier Van Houdt can be heard on two tracks, performing music by Christian Marclay and Francisco López.
10khrs on 11/08/2013 at 04:47AM
On November 14 Interpretations presents the world premiere of Anne LeBaron's "Breathtails," as well as a handful of other amazing works - including the New York premiere of Los Murmullos, and the US premiere of Creación de las Aves, both written for pianist Ana Cervantes.
We have posted two pieces of music from Anne LeBaron, and we asked Anne a few questions about her career and the works presented on this concert.
What is the story with your new opera "Breathtails"?
Actually it’s not an opera although everyone seems to want to call it that, so maybe it is after all! We are calling it ‘a song cycle in 13 breaths.’ When Tom Buckner invited me to compose a work for him with my choice of text (living or deceased writer, or write it myself) and instrumentation, I immediately knew that I wanted the poetry to focus on the breath, and that the shakuhachi, with its haunting breath-infused sonorities, would be central to the ensemble. What a rare opportunity---a coveted chance to collaborate in a non-operatic context (and thus dispense with all the baggage that such endeavors can sometimes entail) and to tailor the composition for a singer whom I greatly admire. The choice of string quartet, to complete the ensemble, was made intuitively—a united front that would function alternatively and at times simultaneously as a foundation, a foil, and a Greek chorus.
10khrs on 10/14/2013 at 04:00AM
On Thursday Oct 17, Interpretations will present two great performances. There will be new premieres from Gene Coleman's Ensemble N_JP and the Momenta Quartet perfoming works for string quartet by improvisers: Yusef Lateef, Gordon Beeferman, Arthur Kampela, and a world premiere from Adam Rudolph.
Here are two new tracks from the Momenta quartet from recent performances! Hope you enjoy.
10khrs on 05/06/2013 at 09:15AM
Thursday May 9 at Roulette, Interpretations presents Marty Ehrlich's Plowshares People and Brandon Ross's For Living Lovers. Plowshares people presents music for string quartet and solo woodwinds, from saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, including the NY premiere of his string quartet Plowshares People, and two world premieres: Lay Down Your Weary Tune for solo clarinet, and Starlings Suite, for string quartet plus alto saxophone. Featuring Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo – violins; Lev Zhurbin – viola; Alex Waterman – cello. “For Living Lovers” is the instrumental duo of the exceptional acoustic guitarist Brandon Ross and acoustic bass guitarist, Stomu Takeishi, performing Ross’s unorthodox but highly infectious compositions. They are joined by JT Lewis –drums, and Stephanie Richards- trumpets/flugelhorn.
In anticipation of this concert, we are offering four new tracks: Two from Marty Ehrlich's seminal group Darkwoods Ensemble, and two from Brandon Ross, and one featuring his partner with For Living Lovers, bassist Stumo Takeishi.
10khrs on 04/10/2013 at 12:53PM
Paris based Diotima string quartet returns to New York to present a characteristically eclectic set of works from the 20th Century to the current era. Works include the illustrious Henri Dutilleux’s Ainsi la Nuit (called “the only repertory French string quartet of the postwar period” by The New Yorker’s Russell Platt), Japanese modernist Toshio Hosokawa’s Silent Flowers, and two works from LA-based composer Hugh Levick: The Unimagined and Empire Inc, both featured on Diotima’s new CD on Signature Records.
We would like to offer two tracks from Hugh Levick's work for string quartet, Empire, Inc: the first and fourth movements, as performed by the Diotima quartet.
10khrs on 03/19/2013 at 10:00AM
On Thursday March 21, Interpretations presents an evening of expressive re-imaginings of solo instruments and electronics:Pianist Kathleen Supové takes off with compositions for piano and soundtrack by Lainie Fefferman, Matt Marks, and Randall Woolf, inspired by Claude Debussy, and featuring the premiere of “Flaming Pairs” by Eric Lyon, part of an evening length work entitled “Earth To Kathy“. PLUS: English tubist Melvyn Poore and sound artist Cort Lippe explore new concepts for solo tuba technique and sound design, incorporating spatialization of microphone placement, bassoon reeds, MAX/MSP, delay, and audio playback.
In anticipation of this concert, we would like to offer three tracks: Kathleen Supové performs Randall Woolf's "Sutra Sutra" from her CD "The Exploding Piano" (a new work from Wolff will be featured on the March 21 concert). Melvyn Poore performs Jonathan Harvey's "Lightness And Weight", a tuba concerto that Harvey wrote specifically for Poore. Also featured is one work Poore will be performing on his March 21 concert: "Tubassoon" is an extended experimental work that featues prominently the tuba played through a bassoon reed.
10khrs on 02/19/2013 at 09:56AM
This Thursday, Interpretations presents an evening of intensely focused music from baritone vocalist Thomas Buckner, with Hamburg-based new music specialists L’Art Pour L’Art. Baritone Thomas Buckner welcomes Hamburg-based L’Art Pour L’Art, (celebrating 30 years as an active ensemble). Taking a look at John Cage’s influence on the European experimental tradition, the evening features Cage’s “Four6”, Christian Wolff’s “Edges”, and three works from European composers: Matthias Kaul’s “Thinking About Air… A Song” and “Games for 5”, & Helmut Oehring’s “Philipp”.
10khrs on 12/04/2012 at 08:00AM
On December 6th at Roulette, Interpretations presents an exciting event, with concert works for ensembles on the cutting edge of composition, improvisation, and integrative arts.
In anticipation of this event, we are offering tracks from our three featured artists. One of these featured artists is Quasar, one of Douglas Ewart's many projects, and one that shares concepts about interdisciplinary performance with his group Inventions. Also included is Steve Swell, with two tracks from one of his other projects, Platform 1 (Ken Vandermark, Steve Swell, Magnus Broo, Joe Williamson, Michael Vatcher). And lastly, two duo tracks from Omar Tamez with percussionist Ramón López.
10khrs on 11/13/2012 at 09:00AM
This coming Thursday, Interpretations presents an evening of NYC and world premieres of radical music inside and around the piano! Australian-based composer and improviser Erik Griswold presents the New York premiere of his prepared piano tour-de-force "Wallpaper Music," and the duo of Köln-based flutist Camilla Hoitenga and Estonian pianist Taavi Kerikmäe premiere a new work by Estonian composers Tatjana Kozlova & Helena Tulve, framed by two classic avant-garde works from the 1960s by Niccolò Castiglioni & Herbert Brun.
In anticipation of this concert, we offer three new tracks: One solo prepared piano piece from Erik Griswold, one chamber work by Erik Griswold performed by New York's Either/Or Ensemble, and one duo improvisation by Taavi Kerikmäe and Michel Doneda.
10khrs on 09/17/2012 at 02:00PM
On Thursday September 20, 2012, the 24th Season of INTERPRETATIONS, Thomas Buckner’s longstanding series for the presentation of innovative new music begins with an evening featuring two innovative composers! Composer and Sonic Arts Union founding member David Behrman’s concert-length work is built around texts by Siegfried Sassoon & S. N. Behrman, and features Eric Barsness & Thomas Buckner (voices), Theodore Mook (cello), Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi), & Peter Zummo (trombone). Canadian Composer Tim Brady’s monumental work takes solo guitar to evocative and dramatic new territory. Featuring Stephanie Griffin (viola), Cheryl Seltzer (piano), and Martin Messier & Nelly-Eve Rajotte (video).
In anticipation of our opening event, we would like to offer three pieces of music: Two tracks from Tim Brady's monumental work 24 Frames, and one piece by David Behrman, performed by Jon Gibson at the Kitchen in the mid 1990s.