‘Music With A View’ Coming Up This Friday!

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on May 20, 2012

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Just a heads up that our FREE performance at The Flea Theater’s Music With A View festival is coming up next Friday, May 25th at 8PM!  String players from SYZYGY will join the group’s Artistic Director, Danielle Eva Schwob, and her band for a large scale performance of songs from her EP, Overloaded.

A free two-week concert series, Music With A View is devoted to the discovery of new, fresh sound created and performed by contemporary musicians. Each event features the works of 2-3 emerging and/or mid-career composers and is followed by an open discussion between the artists and the audience.

As part of her Con Edison Musician’s Residency, Danielle spent the past several months working on new arrangements of her songs for string quartet and rock band.  She is excited to present some of these arrangements for the first time at The Flea Theater.  She will be joined for the performance by Frank Tyl (piano/percussion), Rick Martinez (drums), Rick Ippolito (bass), Deen Anbar (guitar), Patti Kilroy (violin), Maya Bennardo (violin), Erin Wight (viola) and Mike Midlarsky (cello).

In addition to music by our own artistic director, the show also features work by Michael Lytle and John Supko with a post show discussion moderated by Randall Woolf.  Funding is provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.   More information on the 2012 Music With A View roster can be found here.

To hear songs from Overloaded, please click the soundcloud links below or visit Bandcamp, where you can download the EP for a price of your own choosing.  To read an interview with Danielle please click here.

Danielle Eva Schwob (Composer) is a London-born but New York-based composer, songwriter and performer whose creative work spans both concert and popular idioms. Her music has been described as “satisfyingly dark” (Sequenza21), “truly terrific” (WRIU 90.3FM) and an “emotional exorcism” (SonicScoop) and has been featured on NPR, earning her honors from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis, MATA, the Margaret Sanders Foundation, NYU and MSU. Recent projects include the release of Danielle’s debut CD, Overloaded; a recording project for Philip Glass that is under consideration for release on his label, Orange Mountain Music; a Composer’s Residency sponsored by Con Edison; a performance by the Nouveau Classical Project at MATA’s Interval Series; a recording project with BAFTA-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Joel Douek; and commissions for The Deviant Septet and NoiseBox. Danielle is also the Artistic Director of SYZYGY New Music, an ensemble that has been lauded as “astronomical” (The Tribeca Film Festival), “impressive [and] solid…one of 2009’s most promising new groups” (Sequenza21) and “imaginative, mind-blowing and progressive” (Unveiled Arts).

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Photos and News from the ‘Exploring New Composers’ Festival

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on May 14, 2012

Earlier this month SYZYGY NEW MUSIC performed at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s “Exploring New Composers” Festival.  A two day festival showcasing the work of the 2011-2012 Con Edison Composers-in-Residence, the event featured performances of Danielle Eva Schwob’s Shiver and Breathing Underwater as well as music by Raphael Fusco, Paul Yeon Lee, Ron Tucker, Joshua Green, and Demetrius Spaneas.  See the end of this post for a write up on the performances by Exploring the Metropolis.

Musicians:  Frank Tyl (vibraphone), Nathalie Joachim (flute), Erin Wight (viola), Arielle (harp), Alix Raspe (harp)

Photography:  Andrew Piccone

From Exploring the Metropolis:

This past weekend, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center hosted “Exploring New Composers,” a two-night festival featuring our 2011-2012 Composers-in-Residence. In short – the composers, guest artists and performances were absolutely amazing. Following are some highlights.

Friday evening’s festivities began with Ron Tucker and ensemble, et al. performing four mesmerizing percussion ensemble pieces, including three brand new works composed during the residency (Cans, Variations and Cymbals as Drumheads). The beauty and creativity of Ron’s instrumentation was evident as ensemble members constantly wove in and out among the various percussion instruments.

On piano, Raphael Fusco presented two beautiful vocal works – Lover’s Gift: Three Poems of Rabindranath Tagore for baritone and Drei Sonette an Orpheus for baritone and soprano. Especially impressive were the performances of guest artists Drew Santini (baritone) and Sarah Brailey (soprano), as Drei Sonette was completed just a few days prior to the performance!

Concluding the first evening were Paul Yeon Lee’s haunting Sanjo for flute and Scattered Wind for daegum and piano. Fellow Composer-in-Residence Demetrius Spaneas performed both pieces, skillfully conveying the other worldly sounds of the Korean daegum on both flute and clarinet. We were also delighted by this collaboration between two residency composers.  (Check out the video clip above to hear these guys in action.)

Beauty, Mirth and Good Cheer ushered in the second evening with Demetrius Spaneas’ performance of his lovely Three Graces for Solo Clarinet. Fellow “Wolf’s Gang” ensemble members Jed Distler (piano) and Alexandra Honigsberg (viola) joined in to perform Demetrius’ chamber piece Autumn Yearning, a stirring and soulful work based on a traditional Chinese folk song.

Danielle Eva Schwob presented Shiver (for flute, harp and vibraphone) and Breathing Under Water (for flute, harp and viola). Danielle’s collaborating guest artists were beautiful to both watch and hear. The pieces, while very different, were equally striking and beautifully orchestrated.

And finally, guest artist Jay Hassler gave an amazing performance of Joshua Green’s A Brief Portrait at Length for solo bass clarinet. A Brief Portrait at Length will also have its premiere in Italy this summer. Congratulations, Joshua.

Our sincere gratitude to all of the composers for sharing their tremendous musical gifts. We have been honored to work with each of you. And many thanks to Steven Hitt and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center for hosting this first-time event.

Music From Asia – Composer Bios and Program Notes

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on October 6, 2011

Music From Asia| China and Hong Kong
with guest performers duYun and Li Liqun

7 October, 2011 @ Chambers Fine Art (522 W 19th St)
7PM Door/7:30PM Show
$15 Suggested Donation

Angel Lam is a music composer and a poet. She blends the sonic beauty of musical instruments and language to express refined emotions and her passion for life. In 2009 she had the honor to be commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write a cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, dedicated to Carnegie Hall’s city wide festival—Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture. She has been voted by Musical America as “Artist of the Month”, Yale University Yale Alumni Magazine as “Yalie of the Week”, and is a featured artist in Best Buy Inc.’s Creative Minds.  Her music is praised as “An otherworldly, dreamily poetic short story…rich, singing tone and sense of drama” (New York Times), “mesmerized…” (Financial Times). Ms. Lam was awarded a Henry and Lucy Moses full scholarship Artist Diploma from Yale University in 2010, and a Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in 2011.  Ms. Lam is currently working on a music theater commission for the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Her composition Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, has been on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s world-wide music tours since 2007; the work was also a featured piece in the CD Off the Map, which was recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2011. Tomorrow evening, SYZYGY NEW MUSIC percussionist Frank Tyl and guitarist Jordan Dodson will be performing its companion piece, Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain II, about which Ms. Lam has said, “the music is the sublimation of the text.”

                                                                                                                                                                            

The conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. A winner of today’s most prestigious honors including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award, Grawemeyer Award for classical composition and Musical America’s Composer of The Year, Tan Dun’s music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on the radio and television. Tan Dun’s individual voice has been heard by wide audiences. His first Internet Symphony, which was commissioned by Google/YouTube has reached over 15 million people online. His compositions have opened venues and toured the world, and have received countless awards and honors. For Tan Dun the marriage of composition and inspiration has always culminated in his operatic creations.

Silk Road is a section of a collaborative performance work with New Mexico poet Arthur Sze commissioned by the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Art; based on his long poem “The Silk Road.” It was first performed by Joan LaBarbera and Christopher Shultis, and tomorrow will be performed by Amanda Gregory and Frank Tyl. The rhythms of English verse are combined with the tonal qualities of Peking Opera, in a linear structure like the connected brush-strokes of calligraphy.

                                                                                                                                                                      

Danielle Eva Schwob is a New York-based but London-born composer, guitarist, and singer/songwriter whose work spans concert and popular idioms.  Her music has been described as “satisfyingly dark” (Sequenza21) and “an emotional exorcism” (SonicScoop), and can be characterized by a thoughtful demeanour as well as focused melodies and coloristic choices.  In summer 2011 she released her debut EP as a singer/songwriter, Overloaded.  Co-produced with Ido Zmishlany and available for download through iTunes and Amazon, the record is inspired by the pace of the modern day world and the complex relationships that come with it.  She was also recently awarded a Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis Musician’s Residency at the Church Street School for Music and Art, during which she will be working on commissions for NOISEBOX and The Deviant Septet as well as arranging her songs for an upcoming collaborative performance with SYZYGY NEW MUSIC.  Other recent/upcoming projects include: a series of shows with her band in support of her EP; a performance by The Nouveau Classical Project at MATA’s Interval series; participating as a finalist in MATA/MMNY’s Composition Workshop; serving as Co-Artistic Director/Founder of SYZYGY NEW MUSIC; and playing guitar for a wide variety of performances and recording sessions throughout New York City.  Danielle’s work as a performer and composer has been featured internationally at venues including Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Galapagos Art Space, Issue Project Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, The Crowden Music Center and Manhattan School of Music.  It has been featured on NPR’s blog and broadcast on MNN, earning her additional awards from The Margaret Sanders Foundation, NYU and MSU.  She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU.

Her piece Breathing Underwater – performed by harpist Arielle, flutist Sarah Carrier, and violist Andy Lim – was written after the composer visited China several years ago. “Eager to escape the summer bustle of Beijing and Shanghai, I spent a lot of time wandering through the cities’ traditional gardens, many of which were boasted magnificent bodies of water. Kunming Lake, for example, was one of my favourites, stretching its lily-padded surface for miles against a backdrop of pagoda-topped hills at the Summer Palace.  Following behind closely were the Imperial Gardens of the Forbidden City, which were bordered by a wide moat and filled with peony-lined streams and pools of still water. The combination of the heat and seemingly endless stretches of concrete within the cities made these gardens feel like oases, offering brief moments of respite from the urban environment. Breathing Underwater attempts to translate the serenity of these water-filled gardens into music.  Drawing upon harmonic and melodic elements as well as orchestration techniques of Chinese music while incorporating my own influences, I have tried to portray a Westerner’s view of a traditional garden.  It is my hope that I have done justice to the Chinese aesthetic, communicating a flattering view of a culture that is of significant personal interest.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Vivian Fung has distinguished herself among the foremost composers of her generation.  Since earning her doctorate from The Juilliard School in 2002, Fung has increasingly embraced non-classical influences, including jazz and non-Western sources such as Indonesian gamelan and folk songs from the minority regions of China.  The New York Times has described her work as “evocative,” and The Strad hailed her music as being “as vital as encountering Steve Reich or the Kronos Quartet for the first time.” Fung’s Pizzicato for String Quartet was hailed as “the most memorable part” of the Ying Quartet’s 2009 concert at Weill Recital Hall by the New York Times, and was frequently performed by the quartet over the next two seasons.  Ms Fung has an impressive body of compositions commissioned and performed by such ensembles as the Seattle Symphony, San José Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Afiara String Quartet, Music from China, and American Opera Projects to name a few. She is the 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory Millard Fellow and has s received numerous awards and grants from ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, American Composers’ Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts.  Fung has been composer-in-residence of the Music in the Loft chamber music series in Chicago, the San José Chamber Orchestra, Music Teachers’ Association of California, and the Billings Symphony.  She has also completed residencies at the MacDowell, Yaddo, and Banff arts colonies, as well as two residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

This evening’s performance of Vivian Fung’s Chanted Rituals marks the piece’s New York premiere, performed by trumpeter Andy Kozar and percussionists Sean Statser and Frank Tyl. Chanted Rituals is in three movements, played without pause.  The essence of this piece relates to the act of chanting, whether in a dance, a prayer, or a chase.  The trumpet in this work is the central instrument to deliver each chant, and the percussion provides rhythmic and melodic support for it.  The first movement, “Dance,” is inspired by jazz and rock.  The second movement, “Prayer,” uses Flugelhorn as the basis for stating the melody and is inspired by chants heard in Buddhist temples.  The last movement, “Chase,” drives the work to a fast and energetic close through use of constant repeated notes and changing meters.

Guest Artist Feature: Du Yun and Li Liqun

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on October 1, 2011

Music From Asia| China and Hong Kong
featuring composer/performer duYun and yangqin virtuoso Li Liqun

7 October, 2011 @ Chambers Fine Art (522 W 19th St)
7PM Door/7:30PM Show
$15 Suggested Donation

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in NYC, Du Yun is an internationally-performed composer. Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice;” “heralds a significant voice” (Financial Times); “re-invents herself daily… so does her music,” (TimeOut-NYC), “…the strongest impression made yet, a political statement against oppression and violence;” (by De Rode Leeuw, Amsterdam), and “…one senses the exceptional ear, exploration and the results are impeccably powerful” (by Le Devoir, Montreal), her music exists at an artistic crossroads of orchestral, chamber music, opera, theatre, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise. NPR has recently voted her as one of 100 composers under 40. Also as an avid performer, her onstage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge,” and “flamboyant” by the Chicago Tribune.

Shark in You is Du Yun’s debut recording under her pop diva alter ego, duYun.  Recorded and produced in New York, Shanghai, and Montreal, Shark in You features duYun as a composer, producer, lyricist, and vocalist. The tracks are stylistically far ranging, from experimental dance music to Kurt Weill-esque neo-cabaret to jazz inflected electronica. She is joined by collaborators spanning the avant-garde global music spectrum, from fellow members of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), to experimental DJ Erik Spangler, and musicians in the underground Shanghai jazz scene. Click here to listen to samples and purchase the album in multiple formats.

For her performance with SYZYGY NEW MUSIC, Du Yun will be joined by Gareth Flowers (trumpet) and Phil Moffa (drum machine/electronics).

Liqun Li, a yangqin (hammered dulcimer) soloist, is a member of the National Orchestra of China. She graduated with honor from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Currently Ms. Li is the honored Overseas Board Member of the Chinese Professional YangQin Committee. She is a Music Lecturer at New York University, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association U.S.A. In 1995, Ms. Li won the second prize at the “International Chinese Instrument Solo Competition” in Beijing. Ms. Li has performed and given lectures in many countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Since Ms. Li came to the United States, she has performed at the Smithsonian Museum (Freer Gallery), Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Yale University, George Washington University, New York University, Columbia University, Harvard University and Connecticut University among others, gaining high recognition from all audiences and institutions. Ms. Li has also been invited to perform with a number of highly recognized Chinese Music groups in North America including the New York Chinese Cultural Center, Music From China, Chinese Performing Arts of North America, and Melody of Dragon, as a special guest for events and festivals in many different cities throughout the United States. In 1998, Ms. Li was invited by the New York State Governor to perform at the Asian Culture and Heritage Festival Ceremony. In addition, Ms. Li has been a guest speaker on and been interviewed by a number of TV stations and radio stations. Additionally, her performances have been broadcasted by those stations to the whole nation.

Click here to listen to samples of Li Liqun performing.

The yangqin (or Chinese hammered dulcimer) was originally from the Middle East and Persia. Its appearance in China occurred sometime during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) where it became known as the Yangqin and quickly became absorbed into Chinese traditional music. It is appreciated for its numerous abilities including easily blending with other instruments, supporting vocalists and as a solo instrument capable of a great range of nuance and expression.

About Chambers Fine Art and Exhibiting Artist, Su Zhiguang

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on September 27, 2011


When Dust Settles: Recent Works by Su Zhiguang
尘埃落定:苏志光近作

Exhibition Dates: September 15 – October 29, 2011

www.chambersfineart.com

 

Su Zhighuang was born in Guangzhou, China in 1983 and graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2009. For his first solo exhibition in New York, Su continues the investigation of dust as a medium that has characterized his work for the last two years.

In the Western world, dust has a wide variety of associations that range from the sonorous verses from the Book of Common Prayer used in funeral services to the “dust breeding “of Marcel Duchamp photographed so memorably by Man Ray. Su’s initial fascination with dust, however, began not with its metaphorical associations but from the daily experience of life in Beijing, a city undergoing rapid modernization. For his recently concluded exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, Su exhibited three series of works – Dust Tiles, tiles covered with dust collected from 256 locations in the Chaoyang district; Dust Insects and Dust Flowers inspired by Andy Warhol; and Dust Manual, a volume of 46 sketches based on images form the Mustard Seed Manual of Painting, the celebrated 18th century Chinese painting manual.

For the current exhibition Su widens the thematic material of his work to include not only the Chinese imagery that inspired his Dust Manual but botanical illustrations from the iconic Hortus Eystettensis of Basilius Besler first published in 1613. In addition there are references to European architectural manuals and western motifs such as the Adam and Eve of Albrecht Durer.

In his comments on the artist, Wu Jian’an draws a contrast between the Chinese approach to depicting the natural world in which the expression of feeling was the primary goal to the scientific attitude of Besler who recorded the physical appearance and characteristics of plants with extraordinary precision. In this new series of paintings, Su creates a series of imaginary encounters between the East and West, uniting them through the medium of dust. In this instance, dust is not a tiresome product of construction sites that clogs the lungs but an invisible force that creates connections between the most remote locations and phenomena.

Thus through the agency of dust, Chinese waves wash through the openings in a classical Western façade seventeenth century plants emerge from the rocks of a penjing (tray landscape).  Tendrils of plants from the Chinese manual wittily conceal the private parts of Durer’s Adam and Eve while fragments of Besler’s flora take the form of Chinese vases. Su’s multi-layered paintings pay respect to the past while imagining how things might have been in a world united by dust.

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Chambers Fine Art is a gallery specializing in contemporary Chinese art located in New York and Beijing. It was established by Christophe W. Mao in New York in 2000. Recognizing the need for a gallery that would serve as an authoritative source of information on the latest developments in the rapidly growing contemporary art world in China, Mao named his gallery after Sir William Chambers, the celebrated British architect who was a leading exponent of Chinese principles in garden design in the late eighteenth century. During the first seven years, artists including Lu Shengzhong, Hong Hao, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen had their first solo exhibitions in the USA. Since then artists as varied as Qiu Zhijie, Tan Dun and Feng Mengbo have added different perspectives to the gallery profile. Since 2009 the gallery has occupied premises at 522 West 19th Street, a block that is noteworthy for a concentration of new buildings by Frank Gehry, Shigeru Ban and Jean Nouvel as well as proximity to the High Line, the former elevated railway track that has become a much admired public park. In its tenth year, Chambers Fine Art has become one of the essential destinations for all those interested in the latest and best coming out of China.

       


Event details and a few rehearsal photos…

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 26, 2011

Our electroacoustic extravaganza, PLUGGED IN, is coming up at Galapagos tomorrow night!  We had our penultimate rehearsal for the ensemble pieces last night and the group has been sounding great.  We hope that you’ll all be able to make it out!

Also remember that since the event is an evening length triple bill, you are welcome to stop by at any time.  Feel free to check out one or two of the sets, or stay for the whole show if you’re feeling particularly hungry for some new music.

Tickets will be available at the door, but if you’d like to purchase them now you can visit our Ticketweb event page.  In case you’re missing the event details, here they are again:

presents PLUGGED IN
featuring Jakub Ciupinski, Loud Objects and Joshue Ott
Doors 7:00PM | Show 7:30PM
Sunday February 27 2011
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Admission $12

 

PROGRAM

Loud Objects

—Intermission—

The SYZYGY NEW MUSIC Ensemble

Mehr Licht, Danielle Schwob – World Premiere (Electroacoustic Version)
Rapture, Anna Clyne – with live video by Joshue Ott via superDraw
Observations, Tristan Perich
Honest Music, Nico Muhly
Red River, Mason Bates

—Intermission—

Inkubator, Jakub Ciupinski – World Premiere
Gesture Controlled Music performed by the composer
with live video by Joshue Ott via superDraw



The SYZYGY NEW MUSIC Ensemble

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 25, 2011

Scott J. Ordway (b. 1984, Santa Cruz CA) is an American composer and conductor of contemporary music. His works have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States and in Europe and he has conducted more than 30 world premiere performances in recent seasons, most by young American composers. His output is diverse, including his two symphonies, numerous chamber works, and sacred and secular vocal music, as well as experimental or improvisatory pieces in collaboration with sound and video artists and live music for film. From 2007–2008 he was music director of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and from 2008–2009 was in-residence at the Boston Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Juventas New Music Ensemble. He is presently a Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Carrier, flutist, is a founding member of Syzygy New Music Ensemble. The New York Times praised Sarah for “combining thoughtful musicality with virtuosity” in her performance with TimeTable Percussion at Le Poisson Rouge.  Sarah is a 2007 winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition and is a participant of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes.  By invitation, she will perform in April at the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam.  Sarah has taught at the University of Oregon as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and has held faculty positions at Brooklyn Music Lessons (current), Douglaston School of Music, Walnut Valley School District, and Irvine Music and Art.  Sarah Carrier completed her M.M. at New York University under the tutelage of Robert Dick, and B.M. at Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach studying with John Barcellona.  In fall 2011, Sarah will begin studies as a doctoral candidate at CUNY Graduate Center.

Based in New York City, clarinetist Nicholas Gallas has performed with a diverse range of artists and ensembles, including the Axiom Ensemble, Cultures in Harmony, Symphony in C, the Washington Ballet Orchestra, Con Vivo, Ensemble Pi, Syzygy New Music, the New York Woodwind Quintet, Red {an Orchestra}, Sympho, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the National Repertory Orchestra and as a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2009 he became a member of the Quintet of the Americas, a woodwind quintet founded in 1979 in Bogotá, Columbia. Nicholas has performed in such venues as the MoMA, Avery Fisher Hall, Miller Theater, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland and the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Festivals he has attended include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music, Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Sarasota, Hot Springs and Kent Blossom festivals. Nicholas received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal teachers included Charles Neidich and Franklin Cohen.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, cellist Brian Sanders received his Masters degree in music from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York City. He received his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In 2006, he was a recipient of the VSA arts International Young Soloists’ award, which resulted in a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2007, he attended the Tanglewood Music Center. His teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Steven Doane and Uri Vardi.  A versatile musician, Brian has participated in concerts and recordings of many diverse styles, including rock, jazz, hip hop, and Indian music. He is currently a member of the bands Emanuel and the Fear, with whom he has toured in Europe and the United States, and Laura Maclean.

Polish-born violinist Kinga Augustyn performed her New York Debut Recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in March 2008.  Described as “a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult” (Nowy Dziennik, March 2008, New York City), Ms. Augustyn has also released a CD with Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprices for Violin Solo. A Bachelors and Masters graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Cho Liang Lin, Naoko Tanaka, and the legendary Dorothy DeLay, Ms. Augustyn has appeared with Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, among others.  As a soloist and a chamber musician, she has appeared in the US at halls including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium), Alice Tully, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Ms. Augustyn has won international awards, including the First Prize at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition (New York, 2009), the Special Award (winner) at the Artist International Presentations (New York, 2007), and the First Prize at the J.S. Bach String Competition (Poland, 1999).

Performer, composer, and educator Sean Statser (b. 1983) has been called “Lithe, muscular, and mesmerizing” by the New York Times. He is an active performer and has played and toured with several ensembles throughout the US, performing at many major venues including: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, three appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2007, 2008, 2010) and the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy. He has played with both the American Symphony Orchestra and One World Symphony as a section percussionist, and actively collaborates with many New York City artists and ensembles.  Mr. Statser received his M.M in Instrumental Performance from New York University, studying under the instruction of Jonathan Haas and Simon Boyar. He holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Fort Lewis College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and served as Student Marshal for commencement. Upon graduating in 2010, Mr. Statser joined the Adjunct Faculty at New York University. In addition, he is the General Manager of Kettles and Company, New York City’s largest percussion rental company, and serves as Coordinator for the NYU Steinhardt Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit.

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Yegor Shevtsov appears in solo and collaborative recitals across the United States and abroad. Yegor was praised by The Miami Herald for his “superb musicianship and evocative piano playing,” while The New York Times singled out his “gracious and engrossing” performances of the music of Morton Feldman. In 2003, Yegor participated in the month-long workshop on Beethoven?s Piano Sonatas with Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall. Yegor is a regular guest pianist with the Mark Morris Dance Group and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and MSM Precollege Division. Yegor was a George Soros scholar in economics and a champion ballroom dancer.

Multi-instrumentalist Frank Tyl (1988) stems from an expansive artistic background exploring music, visual media, and writing. In 2010 he became Artistic Director and percussionist of SYZYGY NEW MUSIC—an ensemble dedicated to the curation of innovative new concert works and collaborations. With SYZYGY, Frank has commissioned and premiered many concert works by composers such as Jakub Ciupinski, Ricardo Romaneiro, Danielle Schwob, Scott Ordway, and more. He is also a founding member of NOISEBOX, a duo with percussoinist Sean Statser who is current collaborating with the real-time composers of Blind Ear Music and Jason Treuting of So Percussion. He has performed in venues from Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) to (Le) Poisson Rouge and Europe. An alumnus of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, Frank is currently finishing his degree at NYU studying percussion performance under Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, and Simon Boyar.

Guest Artist Feature #3: Loud Objects

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 19, 2011

About Loud Objects…


“…Loud Objects, the trio who opened last week’s [Bent] festival, elegantly brought a circuit to noisy life on an overhead projector…” – Jesse Jarnow, Associated Press

 


The Loud Objects, wielding soldering irons over a ramshackle overhead projector, wire up live musical circuits, gerrymandering electronic noise.

Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima make up the Loud Objects, an electronic noise group of musicians, artists and architects who construct digital circuits on-stage with soldering irons and microchips. The action takes place on an antique overhead projector, making the smoky assembly transparent, which goes hand-in-hand with the low-level circuits that create the music (similar to Perich’s own 1-Bit Music). The first five minutes of their set is usually in punctuated silence as they construct the initial circuit, which finally explodes into dense sound. But don’t mistake little microchips for small sound… the noise is loud and lush, morphing and modulating as new chips are added to the low-fi mix.

 

 

About Tristan…

New York-based Tristan Perich is inspired by the aesthetics of math and physics, and works with simple forms and complex systems. The challenge of elegance provokes his work in acoustic and electronic music, and physical and digital art.

The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” His works for soloist, ensemble and orchestra have been performed internationally by ensembles including Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet and Meehan/Perkins at venues from the Whitney Museum, P.S.1, Merkin Hall, the Stone and Joe’s Pub to Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall and Lentos in Austria. He has received commissions from Bang on a Can, Dither Quartet, Yarn/Wire and Transit New Music.

 

Guest Artist Feature #2: Joshue Ott

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 15, 2011

About Joshue…

New York-based visualist Joshue Ott creates cinematic visual improvisations, performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real-time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance, delivered with an inescapably human touch. Supple yet digital, ephemeral but instantly memorable, Ott renders sound into vision, yielding an immersive multi-sensory experience that is at once immediate and synergistic, a unique visual narrative born in the moment.

Performing with musicians from all genres between classical and avant-electronica, Ott’s visuals have been featured at Unsound festival NY,Biennial of the Americas, Mutek, Communikey, Plateaux festival (Poland), GAFFTA, Yuri’s Night Bay Area, Le Cube (Paris), the Playgrounds Audiovisual Art Festival (Netherlands), and the 2006 Ars Electronica Animation Festival. He has performed with the American Composer’s Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with Son Lux at MASS MoCA; with Gina Gibney Dance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and frequently at venues throughout New York City, including Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, the Knitting Factory, and the Stone. Recently Ott released an iPhone/iPad app with Morgan Packard called Thicket, which allows users to experience a taste of his live interactive visuals on a portable device.

About superDraw…

superDraw is a platform for visual expression using drawing. At the most basic level it is a simple line drawing program. The aim is to give the artist super powers by enabling them to do things impossible with pen and paper while retaining the basic idea of a drawing interface. superDraw explores the idea of storing animation within a single line. The artist has complete control of all aspects of the line and it’s visual representation.

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In its current iteration, the program is being used as a visual instrument, providing visuals for live music.

The artist is encouraged to respond to what they hear, rather than rely on automatic processes. This allows a greater freedom of expression and deeper collaboration between artist and musician. SuperDraw becomes an instrument itself, adding to the overall performance.

Possible future directions for the program include interactive video installations, dance performances, physical computing, and games.

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superDraw was originally created in flash – but as the program gained complexity flash’s speed limitations quickly became apparent. after some experimentation I ported the program to processing. Processing is a fantastic alternative, for many reasons – the most important being support for graphics hardware acceleration via openGL. As the program has grown in complexity, it has outgrown the simple nature of the processing “sketch” format. The current version of superDraw has been completely re-written in Java, but still uses elements of the Processing core.

Guest Artist Feature #1: Jakub Ciupinski

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 12, 2011

About Jakub…

Jakub Ciupinski (b.1981) is Polish composer living in New York City.  Although his music is often associated with electronics and interactive performances, he has written numerous pieces for traditional acoustic forces, varying in scope from solo miniatures to an hour long Oratorio for symphony orchestra and double choir.

At the age of 18, he signed a contract with Sony Music Poland and since then has been recording electronica-infused world music under the stage name Jakub Żak. The release of his third studio album is scheduled for 2011.

Jakub Ciupinski’s concert music has been commissioned by various institutions and ensembles including Metropolis Ensemble, The New Juilliard Ensemble, The New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, as well as the world-famous violinist Anne Akiko-Meyers. His works have been performed around the world, including prestigious venues such as Tonhalle in Zurich and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Ciupinski is a co-founder of Blind Ear Music, New York based group of composers and instrumentalists performing improvised, real-time compositions, using wirelessly connected laptops as musical score displays. He has also designed his own instrument for performing electronic music using hand gestures. He has collaborated with a variety of artists, musicians, choreographers and film directors, including oscar winning director Andrzej Wajda, and scored the music for United Nations documentary “Opening Doors”.

Ciupinski studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School, Zbigniew Bujarski and Krzysztof Penderecki at the Cracow Academy of Music, and with Edwin Roxbrough and Joe Cutler at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

About Inkubator…

Composer’s Notes:

“I wrote Inkubator in 2006, inspired by the vision that randomly came to my mind. The incubator is surrounded by deamons dancing around, but unable to do any harm to the new born baby sleeping inside. I usually try to write more about my music, but this time, perhaps, it is bettter to stop right here.”

About Gesture Controlled Music…

Composer’s Notes:

“It is not easy to avoid an awkward situation when a purely electroacoustic music is premiered at a concert hall. If the music is played through a loudspeaker system, it doesn’t feel like a live concert. This problem can be partially solved by using a laptop or other audio equipment on stage to improvise. But still, something is missing when we see a person on a stage, sitting in front of a laptop. It is hard to see the difference between improvising truly live electronic music and playing back iTunes track while checking an e-mail account.

Therefore, I started looking for alternative solutions and it seemed natural to look for sensors. Very  trendy subject by the way. In Birmingham Conservatoire I had access to a wide selection of sensors, but when I started experimenting with them, I quickly realized, that something was missing. It didn’t feel “organic” enough.

Four years ago I turned my attention to one of the oldest electronic instrument, Theremin. I have never been a big fan of Theremin sound, but I saw the possibility of using it as a very “organic” proximity sensor. Also, the idea of using such old device with the newest audio technology, was very inspiring.

Eventually I built the system out of two theremins and laptop with my own software, to perform a live electronic music. Without too too much technical information I will leave you with the examples below. Enjoy.”

Music from Air, Part One*

Music from Air, Part Two*

*courtesy of Metropolis Ensemble

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