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Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
co – Presented with Composers Concordance
General Admission: $10
Sound Liberation takes the stage of lower east side’s The Delancey to perform an eclectic set of music composed by Gene Pritsker. Premieres include ‘Granite’ for trumpet, guitar, bass and drums. Also the premiere of a composition based on a poem of Erik T. Johnson called ‘The Caring Dead’, with the poet as narrator.
“Serious high energy virtuosic jazz by a truly driven and dedicated group.” – New Music Buff
“Exciting and tribal” – Jazz Weekly,
“…intending to make music dangerous again.” – Sequenza21,
‘In his typical eclectic style, mixing hip-hop and beats with jazz, Gene Pritsker gives ‘The Rite Of Spring’ a contemporary twist.” – United-mutations.
Sound Liberation, an eclectic chamber ensemble/band, was formed in 1996. The band has gained exposure in the New York city area and has generated a loyal core following playing such notable venues as Joe’s Pub, Wetlands, Knitting Factory, The Blue Note, Downtime, New Music Cafe, Cutting Room,, Le Poisson Rouge and many other performing spaces. Sound Liberation’s musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, is based upon “ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genres)”. The group incorporates its philosophy by performing compositions that encompass a diverse range of musical genre, heavily influenced by hip-hop and rock rhythms. This enables one to hear elements from classical music to Jazz to music of various cultures at a Sound Liberation show.
Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J./producer Gene Pritsker has written over six hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.
He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble and co-director of Composers’ Concordance. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.
The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolving the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Classical Music Sentinel writes: “His expressive reach is so wide as to encompass everything from ethno/techno, rock/jazz fusion, classical opera and more, and it all seems to be effortlessly integrated within his anima and comes out through different facets of his persona. You could almost see him as a modern day renaissance man.
He is the co-director of Composers Concordance (CC Records), co-founder/guitarist of Absolute Ensemble and artist-in residence at the Austrian Outreach Festival.
New York’s Treasured Ballet Company Returns to Lehman!
Ballet Program Featuring All-Latina Choreographers
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: VIP $75, $55, $45 and $25 | Children 12 & under $10 any seat
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts-CUNY (Bronx, NY)
“Broadway World” called Ballet Hispánico a “strong ambassador of not just Latino culture but of dance itself,” and now these cultural diplomats are bringing their bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Bronx’s Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. This program draws upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world’s premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispánico has grown into a world-class institution. Don’t miss your chance to see them live with this stunning and vibrant program of dance.
Ballet Hispánico brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance with an all-Latina choreographer program. This program draws upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world’s premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement.
From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispánico has grown into a world-class institution. In August 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director. Vilaro’s background in dance education and community outreach allows him to build on the company’s founding values and lead Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future.
“My Favorite Things”
Celebrating the Genius of John Coltrane with the Abe Ovadia Quartet
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Queens Library (Central) – Auditorium
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Come hear Abe Ovadia, described by Musicvox Guitars as a “jazz phenom,” celebrate the genius of John Coltrane. He will perform along with his quartet. Ovadia will play compositions from albums including Africa Brass, Olé Coltrane, and Both Directions at Once. Ovadia is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and New York University’s highly acclaimed jazz performance program; he was also awarded Best Guitarist of 2016 from Hot House Jazz Magazine. You won’t want to miss seeing this talent in person!
Salsa Legend Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound
Saturday, Jan 26, 2019
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts-CUNY (Bronx, NY)
With an absolutely historic career that spans 55 years of his Latin fusion sound, Roberto Roena is joined by special guest vocalists like Tito Cruz, Sammy Gonzalez and Carlos Santos, and timbalero Endel Dueno for this special concert at The City University of New York’s Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. This night of music from the former member of Puerto Rican salsa orchestra El Gran Combo — as well as the supergroup Fania All Stars — is sure to be filled with all the infectious rhythm and flavor for which Roena is known.
presents the World Premiere of
by Jonah Udall
January 27-28, 2019
at Dixon Place
ECHOensemble presents the World Premiere of One by Brooklyn composer Jonah Udall at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002. Performances: Sunday, January 27 at 7pm and Monday, January 28 at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door ($12 in advance and $15 at the door for students, seniors, idNYC) and are available athttps://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1003066.
One is an evening-length work of sound and movement. Together, dancers and musicians become resonant bodies, instruments of space, blurring the boundaries of medium. The performers engage in a shared practice, conversing with space and time through repetition and natural evolution. This premiere comes out of two years of organic, physical research and exploration.
ECHOensemble creates evolving architecture of movement and sound. Directed by Jonah Udall, their work is rooted in an awareness-based practice called SHIFT, influenced by Steve Reich’s “process music” and Mary Overlie’s Viewpoints method. Nine dancers and musicians discover shared worlds, where their singular voices both ring out and blend together as one.
An echo is created, repeated and transformed in a continuous interplay with the space it occupies.
ECHOensemble is trombonist Kalun Leung, violist Sean Brekke, clarinetist/saxophonist Noah Becker, guitarist Jonah Udall, and dancers Allison Sexton, Mary McGrath, Erin Landers, Liana Kleinman and Dani Cole.
“As musicians and dancers, we have gathered to develop a practice. Our objective was to find the intersection between movement and sound, where resonance and vibrations exist and inform the art,” said Mr. Udall. “The Viewpoints method has given us all the freedom to explore, allowing the spatial construction of an architectural fabric of spontaneous composition.”
JONAH UDALL creates work in the vast territory between improvisation and composition. As a guitarist and director, he seeks new acoustic sounds, explores repetition as humanism, and borrows ideas from unexpected, mundane sources. He tours internationally with chamber-jazz trio Sound Underground. His collaborations with movement artists have included commissions for a Merce Cunningham MinEvent, “The Roof” video series, and Triskelion Arts’ Never Before, Never Again festival. Jonah grew up in Berkeley, California, steeped in folk music from around the world.
NOAH BECKER is a nationally- and internationally-touring alto saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. His recent projects include a research commission from the New York Public Library premiered at Lincoln Center about the modern-day relevance of the Jewish immigrant experience; and a new solo work with electronics TRUMP: An Unspoken Truth.
SEAN BREKKE is a violist and Brooklyn native. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Purchase in 2016, studying viola with Daniel Farina. He has collaborated with many composers, creating new works for solo viola. Sean is a violin and viola teacher at The Brooklyn Waldorf and a violist with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.
DANI COLE is a movement artist and activist. Her work has been shown through the 92nd St. Y, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Access Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College, and Thomas Dale High School. She has traveled to South Africa to collaborate on advocacy for decolonizing education, and is an ambassador for the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects.
LIANA KLEINMAN is a dancer, choreographer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. She dances with H.T. Chen & Dancers, ARIM Dance and Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater. She is also a co-creator and producer of The Roof, a collaborative film and performance series featuring New York-based choreographers and composers.
ERIN LANDERS is a dancer, choreographer, and co-director of the Hudson Valley-based repertory company A-Y/dancers. Her work has been presented at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College, and the Trust in Lancaster, PA. She grew up immersed in folk and social dance forms including Zimbabwean, Balkan, and Irish.
KALUN LEUNG is a Canadian musician and composer. As a trombonist and improviser, he is a member of Little Suns, Zlatne Uste, Eco-Music Big Band, people.of.earth and So Wrong it’s Right. He creates multi-disciplinary works exploring audience interaction, social commentary, and technology, which have appeared at National Sawdust and Lincoln Center.
MARY MCGRATH is a movement artist from the scenic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in the small town of Lenox. She has performed in Nick Cave’s “The Let Down” at the Park Avenue Armory in 2018, and a reconstruction of Yvonne Rainer’s “Continuous Project Altered Daily.” She is a graduate of the dance conservatory at SUNY Purchase.
ALLISON SEXTON is a queer dancer, mover and maker from the beautiful, yet problematic, state of North Carolina. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, and has studied at the American Dance Festival with Jennifer Nugent and Shayla-Vie Jenkins. You can find her running around as the Operations Manager at Gibney 890 or dancing on her roof.
ABOUT DIXON PLACE
An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices. Many artists, such as Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, David Cale, David Drake, Deb Margolin and Reno, began their careers at DP. In addition to emerging artists, Dixon Place has been privileged to present established artists such as Mac Wellman, Holly Hughes, Justin Bond, Karen Finley, Kate Clinton and Martha Wainwright. After spawning a salon in her Paris apartment in 1985, founding Artistic Director Ellie Covan pioneered the institution in her NYC living room for 23 years.
Covan was a recipient of a Bessie, a New York Dance and Performance Award and a Bax10 Award for her service to the community. Dixon Place received two Obie Awards, and an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater. Dixon Place has organically developed and expanded into a leading professional, state-of-the-art facility for artistic expression. www.dixonplace.org
Brooklyn Music School
Alida and the Hummingbird
Saturday, February 2, 2019
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Brooklyn Music School (BMS) presents Alida and the Hummingbird on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 4-5 p.m. at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse Theater, 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are $10-20. For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org/calendar/alida-hummingbird.
“I see your face in every flower, your eyes in stars above.”
Based on a Puerto Rican myth The Legend of the Hummingbird, this original production produced by the Musical Theater and Performance Program at BMS celebrates the rich indigenous and Latin cultural heritage of America.Alida and the Hummingbird tells a touching story of true love that inspires caring and compassion for all beings and builds bridges in times of conflict. Vivid images of flowers, colorful birds, and goddesses like Atabey will help the young performers tell the inspirational story. Don’t miss this beautiful production with original music and script by Pamela Martinez and Patricia Cardona.
BMS’s Musical Theater and Performance Program is designed to introduce children into the world of musical theater and performance through an 18-week intensive course that culminates in fully produced performances at the BMS Playhouse. The program is open to all children ages 6-13, who have the desire to share the stage with fellow child performers. Classes are taught by teachers with world-class backgrounds in musical theater, opera, dance, and drama. The program is defined by the philosophy that every child can find their creative voice on stage, combined with intensive training in the fundamentals of vocal performance and building a dramatic vocabulary that ties with their emotions and lived experiences. Comprehensive, friendly, and exciting, this is the perfect way to introduce kids to performance and theater!
The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and helps to develop discipline and confidence that will serve children well throughout their lives.As part of the vision of reinventing the community music school for the 21st Century, BMS is dedicated to:
* Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students,
* Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community,
* Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn’s musical talent, and
* Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.
For more information, visit www.brooklynmusicschool.org.
Love in the Parlors — A Valentine in Concert at the Merchant’s House Museum
Thursday, February 14, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Merchant’s House Museum
29 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10003
between Lafayette and the Bowery
General admission $50, VIP $65; Museum Members: $30, VIP $45
The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents a gala concert of lush, romantic vocal music performed in the Merchant’s House Museum’s elegant and authentic Greek Revival double parlor. Singers Anthony Bellov, Amy Gluck, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande perform rarely heard gems by the world’s greatest 19th-century composers: Schumann, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others. Very limited capacity. General admission $50, VIP (first 2 rows) $65; Museum Members: $30, VIP $45
N or R to 8th Street
#6 to Astor Place
B, D, F, M to Broadway/Lafayette
M103 to 4th Street
M1, M2, M3 to 4th Avenue & 8th Street.
Telephone number: 212-777-1089 x303
List of artists on the bill: (See blurb, as well:) Singers Anthony Bellov, Jane Elizabeth Rady, Amy Gluck, Dayle Vander Sande
Mayumana’s “Currents”: Electrifying Concert
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts-CUNY (Bronx, NY)
“Currents” is a spectacular show inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding the world’s best energy source. You’ll be taken on a journey between two troupes, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity and each inspired by a different aesthetic and artistic approach, all of which are presented as a dialogue through unique sounds, lights and visual effects. The show at the Lehman Center in the Bronx combines a variety of elements: specially made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and 11 skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds.