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



Loud Objects



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


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



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.

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.

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

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on February 4, 2011

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


Greetings to all! We’re thrilled to announce that our next major event, PLUGGED IN, will take place on February 27th at 7:30pm at Galapagos Art Space. We’ve trawled the depths of NYC’s weird and wonderful new-music circuit to bring you an exciting, not to mention affordable, triple bill that we are truly proud to put our name to.

An evening length exploration of contemporary electroacoustic composition, PLUGGED IN presents an eclectic cross section of approaches and aesthetics. Featuring sets by The Loud Objects, Jakub Ciupinski (Gesture Controlled Music) and the SYZYGY Ensemble, with selected works accompanied by live video art by Joshue Ott, the evening is developing into nothing short of a spectacle – so much so that we’ve been jokingly referring to it as the “SYZYGY Electroacoustic Circus.” You’ll be getting three acts for the price of one, and we hope that you can all make it out to see what is by far our most exciting and ambitious project yet!

We’ll be posting more information on all of the artists featured on the program over the coming days, so keep checking back. In the meantime, however, we’ll leave you with a rundown of our ensemble program and, more importantly, the link to our Galapagos event page where you can purchase tickets.



The Loud Objects



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


Inkubator, Jakub Ciupinski – World Premiere
Gesture Controlled Music performed by the composer

with live video by Joshue Ott via superDraw