New Music Now
July 10, 2011 at 8 PM / St. Paul's Chapel / 74 Trinity St, NY, NY
featuring violinist Cornelius Dufallo
violist Nadia Sirota
and The Trinity Choir
conducted by Julian Wachner
with original video designs by Carmen Kordas and Jennifer Stock
ABOUT THE MULTIMEDIA CONCERT
NEW MUSIC NOW will showcase the recent works of three composers Beth Morrison Projects has championed since its inception. Missy Mazzoli (composer, keyboards, electronics), Nadia Sirota (viola, voice), and Jennifer Stock (video design) will present a set of Mazzoli's recent and newly arranged works for viola, keyboards, electronics and voice including TOOTH AND NAIL, a new work for viola and electronics that premiered as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall last spring (presented here in a new arrangement that features the composer on keyboards), as well as A THOUSAND TONGUES, a volley of sampled piano chords that reverberate under Sirota's frenetic viola playing and plaintive singing voice. Mazzoli has also arranged ORIZZONTE and LIKE A MIRACLE, two works originally for her ensemble Victoire, for this new, pared down duo. Julian Wachner (conductor) and his Trinity Choir give the New York premiere of composer Nico Muhly's four recent choral works: BRIGHT MASS WITH CANONS, THE SWEETS OF EVENING, PATER NOSTER, and I CANNOT ATTAIN UNTO IT. Paola Prestini (composer), Cornelius Dufallo (amplified violin with K-Bow), and Carmen Kordas (video design) will present HOUSE OF SOLITUDE: A POET'S LABYRINTH, an excerpt of an evening length piece co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt inspired by the writings of German poet Friedrich Holderlin (1779-1843). A POET'S LABYRINTH sonically dramatizes the tension between inspiration and solitude as the context to a poet's life. The work embraces the cutting-edge technology of the K-Bow, an invention by famed instrument designer (and ZETA inventor) Keith McMillan, which Dufallo has endorsed.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS
Nico Muhly is "...one of the next great hopes for the future of classical music" (New York Magazine).
Missy Mazzoli is "Brooklyn's post-millenial mozart" (Time Out New York).
Paola Prestini's music is "amorously evocative" (The New York Times).
ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTISTS
Cornelius Dufallo "has made substantial contributions to New York's burgeoning new-music scene" (The New York Times). Visit corneliusdufallo.com
Nadia Sirota is "a bold new-music interpreter and the violist of choice among downtown ensembles these days" (The New York Times).
The Trinity Choir has been described as "voices so pure they suggest a seraphic chorus beyond the human sphere" (The New York Times).
Conducted by Julian Wachner who is "at home on the podium" (The Washinton Post), and whose own music has been hailed as "bold and atmospheric" (The New York Times).
ABOUT THE VIDEO ARTISTS
Jennifer Stock is an audiovisual artist whose installations and live performances combine music and video.
Carmen Kordas is an internationally exhibited video designer for theater, opera and performance art.
ABOUT RIVER TO RIVER
This yearʼs 10th annual River To River® Festival is presented by lead partner Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and presenting partners Arts World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, and The Seaport. Free admission to River To River® events is supported by the festivalʼs generous underwriters. The Festival's Founding and Title Sponsor is American Express. Major support for the 2011 festival is also provided by the Alliance for Downtown New York. Media support is provided by WNYC and WQXR, WNBC, and The Village Voice. Founded in 2002 to help revitalize Lower Manhattan after September 11th, with support from the Festivalʼs Founding and Title Sponsor, American Express, The River To River Festival has since become a cultural institution, drawing hundreds of thousands of people each year to venues along Downtownʼs spectacular waterfront, including the World Financial Center, The Seaport, Battery Park Cityʼs Rockefeller Park, Castle Clinton National Monument, The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, and more. Since its inception, over seven million people have attended more than 700 festival events.
ABOUT BETH MORRISON PROJECTS
Beth Morrison Projects supports the work of emerging and established composers and their multi-media collaborators through the commission, development, and production of contemporary music-theatre work. Established in 2006, the company has quickly developed a reputation for successfully "envisioning new possibilities and finding ways to facilitate their realization." (NY Times) The company's critically acclaimed work has been seen throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in some of the world's premier venues, including Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, The Kitchen, Performance Space 122, the Estates National Theater of Prague, The Seoul Performing Arts Festival, New York Public Library Live!, Le Poisson Rouge, Music on McDougal, and The Walker Center. BMP has garnered support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council for the Arts, The Map Fund, the Puffin Foundation, The Mid-Atlantic Foundation, and Meet The Composer.