‘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.

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