Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Music: Carolyn Yarnell
Dance: Krista Racho-Jansen
Yarnell's music encompasses a broad spectrum of style and mediums, ranging from orchestral works, solo and chamber music for both modern and early instruments, computer music, electronic soundscapes, multi-disciplinary works and improvisatory space music with a metal tinge. Educated at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Yale, she has received fellowships to Aspen, Tanglewood, and a Fulbright to Iceland. Most notable awards include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim and an NEA grant for composition and painting. METRO TRIBE is a brief urban study, layering multiple rhythms and glittering textures into a kaleidoscopic milieu.
James Bond vs the Venominator
Music: Nicolas Chausseau
Dance: Rob Bettman
Nicolas Chausseau has been interested in jazz improvisation since childhood. Influenced by Jose Evangelistaâs music, he studies at Universite de Montreal with Denis Gougeon. He is interested in the functional relationship of compositional processes to cultures and to zeitgeists. Some of his work for synthesisers and guitar is infected with popular culture memes that can be found, for example, in car or walkman designs, in video games, but also in various genres of pop music, like electroclash, indie rock, rave music and, folk rock, noise and grunge.
Rob Bettmann began dancing at Oberlin College, graduating with his BA in Environmental Studies. He trained on scholarship at the Ailey School and the School of the Washington Ballet, and has performed with Sudden Enlightenment Theater, the Alexandria Ballet, Jane Franklin Dance, and Maida Withers Dance Construction Company. His choreography has been performed in DC, New York, Boston, and North Carolina, and has been supported by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His MA thesis in Dance is being published by VDG, and will be available in May. He is the editor of the magazine, Bourgeon.
Performed by Robert Bettmann
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Music: Ian Dicke
Dance: Evangeline Reilly
American born composer and performer Ian Dicke creates works textured by overlapping musical cultures. His compositions have received many honors and distinctions including the Jim Highsmith Orchestral Award and a MetLife Creative Connections grant from Meet the Composer. His music has been presented by The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop, Capital M, the 16mm Orchestra, Gamma-UT, and the Midwest Composers Symposium. He is fascinated with the juxtaposition of simple pop tunes with strange timbres and intonations found in Southeast Asian music. A brief homage, Ranaat Eek is named for the high pitched metallophones of Thailand and Cambodia.
Alexis Hosea is originally from the Pacific Northwest, was a dance major at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and got her B.A. in Theater Arts from University of California Santa Cruz. She most recently has been performing and studying at the Upright Citizen's Brigade here in NYC.
Dancers: Alexis Hosea and Evangeline Riely
Friday, August 28, 2009
One Minute Drama
Music: David Newby
Dance: Hettie Barnhill
A self-taught musician who got his first guitar at age 14. Prompted by a close friend two years ago to venture into home studio recording and has since composed over 500 pieces of varying genres. A musical contributor and forum moderator at naughtyaudio.com, and member with Vox Novus. Due to increased availability of recording software and engineering, Newby is at last pursuing his life-long passion to produce his own synthesized music. One Minute Drama is but one short example.
Hettie Barnhill is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and the Artistic Director of The Just Movement Collective. Choreography Credits; International Wow Theater, Solar one and The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festivals, MTV, The Ailey School and Dance Chicago, She was awarded the Young Artist Scholarship (American Dance Festival) & The Wiesman Grant for her Choreographic piece ÎHomegrownâ. Theater Credits; La Cage Aux Folles, My Fair Lady, Aida, Guys&Dolls, Meet me in St. Louis, Vagina Monologues, and Second City Chicago, Other Credits; Black Label Movement in Minnesota MN, Arroja in Lisbon Portugal, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Amici in Roma Italy. This Summer she excited to be choreographing for the United Nation's Human Rights "No Sweat Shop Tour", I'm truly grateful for this opportunity. Thank you to all! Title: Love Not Surely
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Music: Katrina Wreede
Dance: Kiley Durst
Katrina Wreede enjoys writing music for chamber ensembles, orchestras, dancers, protests, youth groups, and friends. In between she supports herself by sawing on the viola, including pretending to be a violinist for Prince Charles and serenading an office meeting at a Burger King. Last year she took three little girls from her neighborhood, ages 9, 10 and 12, to hear the 60x60 show at Mills College. They had never heard of a college before, and they had never sat in the dark listening to music. Afterwards she asked if they'd like to help make a submission for this year. With much enthusiasm, they created a montage of pre-teen-ness addressing girls' body image issues and, oh yes, silliness.
Kiley Durst graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University with a BA in dance. She is currently dancing with York Dance Works and has also worked with ACFDance, Attack Theatre, Michael Walsh, Gwen Hunter-Ritchie, Art Bridgman, Myrna Packer, and Amy Schnelle. Kiley has also presented her solo work at the Dumbo Dance Festival.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On Simak Pond
Music: Robert Dick
Dance: Marsi Burns
Robert Dick is best known as the composer/performer who is the leading light in the world of new music for flutes. His compositions have been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Composer Fellowships, a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, two Meet the Composer Commissions, and many others. In addition to his flute music, Dick writes chamber music and has a lifelong interest in low-tech musique concrete. Inspired by the science fiction writings of Clifford J. Simak, On Simak Pond is meant to conjure apparitions that float in the magical dusk at the shore of a real and imaginary pond where memory, sentiment, conjecture, fear and joy all overlap.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Music: Jordan McLean
Dance: Daman Huran
Suma cum laude in composition, SUNY Purchase, under the guidance of Dary John Mizelle and Joel Thome. Charter member, lead trumpet, featured soloist and contributing composer, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, DROID. Founder, Fire of Space, Piano Music and Song Trio. Travelled to 20 countries and 40 U.S. states for dozens of major jazz, rock, world music, and cultural festivals over the last decade. Recent recordings on Agni Records and 482music. Things 2004 is constructed by orchestrating a transcription of a clandestine recording of a few friends talking, laughing and screaming.
Daman Harun has been dancing and choreographing in this world since 1990.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Music: Andra McCartney
Dance: Carol Knopf
Andra McCartney is a soundwalk artist, who works with her own field recordings to create websites, CD ROMs, tape works and performances. Her most recent project is a collaborative soundscape work focusing on the area surrounding Lachine Canal in Montreal. McCartney is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, teaching Sound in Media. Moving Water brings together treatments of water recordings from Vancouverâs Queen Elizabeth Park creek, Ontarioâs Crowe River, the Caribbean Sea in Grenada, and Montrealâs St. Lawrence River.
Carol Knopf is an an aerialist/ dancer. My choreographic works explore both the air and the ground. As a poet of dance, any genre of movement could find its way into my work since all that matters is the expression of the moment. I explore movement until it reveals to me some new aspect of the life always bubbling within.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Indecisive Moment
Music: Mark Vernon
Dance: Jessica Wiliams
Mark Vernon is a Glasgow based sound artist, musician and radio producer with recordings released on Gagarin records, Staubgold, Textile and Pickled Egg. He was a founding member of Glasgowâs pirate art radio collective, ÎRadio Tuesdayâ, a community radio station which broadcasts innovative mixes of art and music. The Indecisive Moment is composed from field recordings taken at Recyclart, a multi-functional arts space in Brussels. An imaginative young man with aspirations to news reporting tells some pretty tall tales. Over a backdrop of sirens and circling helicopters he gives the latest update on the kidnapping of Jean-Pierre, or perhaps a ransom demand?
During precious free time, Jessica Williams has had the pleasure of presenting choreography in various venues throughout NYC including Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts and the DUMBO Dance Festival. Jessica derives her artistic influences from contemporary ballet and Merce Cunningham's chance elements. Randomly assigned isolations of the body initiate a chain-reaction of fluid momentum. By coinciding chance with pre-determined repetition, her work illustrates the dialectics of free will versus destiny.
Collaborator: Alexis Maxwell
Saturday, August 22, 2009
My Visiting Card
Music: Xiting Yang
Dance: Karen Kriegel
Xiting Yang was born in China and has lived in Russia since 1996. She graduated from Moussorgsky Urals State Conservatory of Music with two specializations, piano and computer music. She studied with Natalia Pankovas and Tatiana Komarova. Yang is a member of Yekaterinburg Electroacoustic Music Studio (YEAMS) She took part in the international festival ãV:NMä (Austria, 2003), and the Russian festival ã15 years of the Electroacoustic Music on the Uralä She currently works in Chinese stage university Hua-Qiao. My Visiting Card includes text from a visiting card in Chinese language with musical and concrete sounds.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Music: Marc Barreca
Dance: Marilynn Danitz
Marc Barreca has been composing and performing electronic music for over twenty-five years. In the late 1970âs and early 1980âs he performed with the Seattle-based electronic music group Young Scientist and released recordings on Palace of Lights and Intrepid labels. He was also a member of K. Leimerâs studio group, Savant. Marc uses digital and analog synthesizers, digital samplers, environmental field recordings and computer processed audio loops to create multi-layered compositions. Cinder Cone was recorded at Drab Studios, Bainbridge Island on a computer using sampled and synthesized sounds.
Marilynn Danitz is the Artistic Director, High Frequency Wavelengths; President Ex Officio, American Dance Guild Awards: Jacob's Pillow Artist Residency, Dance Brew's Outstanding Dance Theatre Work of the Year, Choreography Award of Distinction, Real Art Ways National Residency. Presentations: Japan, Australia, Italy, China, Taiwan, Korea, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, Russia, Belarus, the Philippines, Canada, 14 international festivals New York Broadcasts: NBC, ABC, and in 9 countries Collaborations with: poet-laureate, Allen Ginsberg; photographer, Jerry Uelsmann; composer, Jesu Pinzon Juror: National Choreography Competition,Vitebsk Invited guest speaker in international conferences, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov in a television interview
Dancers: Meredith Blouin, Jessica Burns
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Music: Liana Alexandra
Dance: Kelly Buwalda
Liana Alexandra is a professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest. She is a member of Duo Intermedia and co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonate-Living Music Foundation Festival. She received the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers, Gaudeamus Prize, First Prize "Carl Maria von Weber", and Prize of Beer-Sheva, Israel. ãLiana Alexandra is regarded as the leading Romanian composer of her generation. Her compositional vocabulary is wide, ranging from cluster and aleatoric technique to broad lyric melody based on folk elements from her native culture" (Grey Youtz, Michigan University)
Kelly Buwalda enjoys teaching, dancing, running, and biking all over NYC. She recently performed at P.S. 122 with MEI-BE WHATever and is currently creating solo works to be performed in a site-specific venue in 2010.
Dancer: Kelly Buwalda
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
They Saw That They Were Naked
Music: Dwight Ashley
Dance: Emily Bufferd
Although Dwight Ashley has been a composer and recording artist for more than 25 years, he made none of his work public until 1991, when his first collaboration with Tim Story, "A Desperate Serenity," was released on the Multimood label. In June 2004, Ashley made his solo debut with "Discrete Carbon," released by Nepenthe Music. Ashley followed with two more solo projects, "Four" in 2005, and "Ataxia" in 2006, and has done additional collaborations with Story. They Saw That They Were Naked is an orchestral piece, written for strings, bass trombone, and glockenspiel.
Since 2008, BEings has been presenting dance meant to engage its viewer on an intimate level. We aim to produce work that is relevant and relatable in order to leave the viewer with a feeling of understanding. It is of utmost importance to allow our audience to experience the vulnerability that is produced by putting a feeling onstage and become relatable on a human level. From this principle, our name is found. BEings aims to put our thoughts into action by integrating a wide spread dance vocabulary towards the work
Dancers: Missy Wujek, Jessica Chou, Cat Cogliandro, Philip Northington, Kyle Vaughn, Jonathan Hoover
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Music: Gina Biver
Dance: Yeonseon Yoo
Gina Biver has won the Cine Golden Eagle, Tele and International Television and Video Awards for her film and television scores. She received live performances with multimedia, dance and theater at the Kennedy Center, Warehouse Theatre and Schlesinger Center. She currently directs Splash, a new music/new media ensemble. Skating Still is about the elasticity of time; the illusory nature of our perception of it: the way it expands and contracts depending on what we do. Kris Miller, violin - Lisa Kachouee, clarinet.
Originally from Korea, Yeonseon Yoo moved to New York to pursue her dance career and has performed in Aida with the Opera Pacific, Chris Haleâs Mirror, the Elan Awards, Flea Theater, Nu Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Built on Stilts, Int'l Dance Festival, Jennifer Muller's "Hatch", Rebound Dance Festival, and 60X60. Sunny is a featured dancer in Michele Assafâs Live instructional videos: Floorwork, AI Stretch, and Warm-up series. Sunny is an original member of LiNK.
Dancers: Elisabeth Rainer, Yeonseon Yoo
Monday, August 17, 2009
Music: Erdem Helvacioglu
Dance: Meghann Snow
Erdem Helvacioglu has received awards from Luigi Russolo, Insulae Electronicae and MUSICA NOVA Electroacoustic Music Competitions and commissions from the 2006 World Soccer Championship, Bang on a Can All Stars, Kinan Azmeh and Cem Duruoz. His album "Altered Realities" was chosen as album of the year by All About Jazz, Textura and Cyclic Defrost magazines. "Yaylada" uses processed sounds of the kemane, kaval and the sipsi which are all traditional instruments of the Yoruks. The piece aims to evoke the Yoruks' nomadic way of life in the mountains of Turkey and to highlight their musical identity.
Meghann Snow is born and raised from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA in 2006 at The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at The University of Akron and her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design,2008. Meghann considers herself a multi-disciplinary artist. Meghann started out being a competitive figure skater at a young age of six, and was put into ballet classes to help her skating. Growing up being disciplined as an athlete and a ballet dancer Meghann started to make abstract paintings involving movement. Meghann's work has now entered a new phase by capturing movement, and considers her work as "living paintings." She strives to combine dance, movement and painting into video.
Performer in video: Jennifer Lott
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Music: Rodney Oakes
Dance: Cary Curran
Rodney Oakes is a composer and trombonist living in Los Angeles. He currently teaches as a professor emeritus at Los Angeles Harbor College. His music is available on a number of CDs, and he performs concerts for music for the MIDI trombone in the US and Europe. He also performs with a number of jazz ensembles. Iberian Aria was created with the software program, Metasynth. The work was made essentially from digital pictures taken during January, 2005, of Spain, Portugal, and the Rock of Gibraltar. Metasynth allows for the control of sound with digital images.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Handful of Rain
Music: Dylan Mattingly
Dance: Jessica Gaynor
Dylan Mattingly was born March 18th, 1991 in Oakland, California. He plays cello, piano, electric bass, electric guitar and ukulele, and is a prolific composer whose works have won composition contests by the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and the Asia America Symphony. He also enjoys translating '60s pop songs into Latin. Imagine yourself being slowly lowered up through chain-saw winds in the fog, on a long dark escalator.
Jessica Gaynor earned an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts in 2002. After years of training as a gymnast, Jessica began studying dance at the Fieldston School with Alice Teirstein and continued at Brown University under the direction of Julie Strandberg and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly. She received the Weston Award for her contributions to the Brown Dance Department as a choreographer as well as a member of both the Repertory Company and New Works/World Traditions African Dance Company. She formed Jessica Gaynor Dance in 2003. The company's work has been presented at Triskelion Arts, Dance Space, Williamsburg Arts Nexus, Jennifer Muller/The Works HATCH series, The Kitchen, The Hudson Guild Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Merce Cunningham Studio, DancenOw/NYC, Brown University and the Fieldston School. Jessica is a co-founder of ThisThat Dance Collective, through which she produced two New York dance seasons. She was the repertory guest choWindows Live Hotmailreographer at the Fieldston School in 2005, and artist-in-residence at Brown University in 2006. She currently teaches dance at The Brearley School, and is the Assistant Director of Young Dancemakers Company, a tuition-free summer dance program open to students from New York City public high schools. Performers: Jonathan Ciccarelli, Ashlie Kittleson, Renee Kurz, Blythe Proffitt
Friday, August 14, 2009
Music: Jennifer Griffith
Dance: Amiti Perry
Jennifer Griffith sings jazz, plays classical piano, and writes dramatic pieces, songs, and diverse instrumental works. Commissions include an opera, The Dressing Room, and a dramatic work about environmental politics, Beautiful Creatures. Her pocket opera Dream President was presented in New York City Operaâs VOX 2004. Griffith is finishing a DMA at the City University of New York Graduate Center where she studied with Thea Musgrave, David Del Tredici and Tania Le—n. Calling G.B. is a nod to the work of George Brunner, who Griffith studied with at Brooklyn College. Musical strategies used here in creating mood are explored further in her electronic work, Who is Miranda (part of The Tempest Project, forthcoming on Pogus), which combines text with a similar palette.
Amiti Perry received her BFA in Dance from the University of North Texas (â98); MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University (â06). She is Artistic Director of ¾mp:dance; co-director of the Uptown Performance Series at Bridge for Dance; performs with ESS/DanceWorks and seen performance. She is currently collaborating with composer David Morneau on an evening-length work A/Break: premiering Fall 2009.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Music: Ronald Keith Parks
Dance: Esther Palmer
Ronald Keith Parks has composed orchestral, chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, and interactive computer music which has been featured at SCI conferences, FEMF, SEAMUS, ICMC, and many recitals and concerts. Recent honors include the Aaron Copland Award, the Winthrop Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, a NeXT Ens commission, and an SCMTNA Commission. His music is available on the EMF label. Parks is an assistant professor of music composition and Director of the Winthrop Computer Music Labs at Winthrop University. Sul C is an exploration of the sound possibilities that exist along the C string of the cello.
Esther m Palmer explores philosophical connections between people through performance. She founded Seen Performance with David Morneau and Shana McKay Burns to help define this process through cross-disciplinary collaboration. While working on her MFA in Dance and Technology at OSU, Esther developed an approach to creating performance through methodologies borrowed from disciplines outside dance. Early on, she fell in love with the idea of dance as a broader art from through improvisation, which was introduced to her as a method of performed composition by Penny Campbell. Esther keeps this spirit of improvisation in all of her performance work.
Dancer: Esther m Palmer
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
What you don't want to hear
Music: Nicole Kim
Dance: Matthew Westerby
With a Bachelor's in Political Science, Nicole Kim attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to study orchestration and became enchanted with the endless sonic possibilities and artistic freedom that electronic music offers. She received a full scholarship to continue studies in electronic music at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. Her other musical passion lies in ecclesiastical and traditional Asian music. Created with samples with spiritual associations, such as birdsong, church music, clock, and reading of the Bible, What you don't want to hear is a musical attempt to represent the ever-present battle between the good and evil.
Matthew Westerby is originally from the UK, trained at Laban, London, and was part of Transitions Dance Company (2001). Since relocating to New York, he has danced for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally, as well as performing with Dusan Tynek, Risa Jaroslow, Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Peter Kyle and Bronwen Macarthur. He recently appeared in Roland Gebhardt's The Only Tribe at 3LD Arts Center. As a freelance choreographer, Westerby has shown work at DNA, Movement Research, WAXWorks, BAX and at the Evolve Festival, as well as in venues in the UK and Europe. His work will be presented at Green Space (Queens) this spring. He has been creating dance for and with Alessandra Larson since 2005. Performers: Alessandra Larson, Matthew Westerby.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Music: Joan La Barbara
Dance: Martin Lofsnes
Joan La Barbara is a composer, performer, and sound artist who creates soundscores for film, video and dance. Her multi-layered compositions have garnered a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin, 7 NEA grants, and numerous commissions including Saint Louis Symphony, WDR-Cologne, RIAS, VPRO, Meet the Composer, and Radio Bremen. "73 Poems", her collaboration with text-artist Kenneth Goldsmith, was displayed at The Whitney Museum of American Art. ãFlash!ä was composed for violinist Ariana Kim and premiered at Juilliardâs Paul Hall in 2005. Flash! begins with a deer-caught-in-the-headlights gasp and hurtles forward at breakneck speed, fingers flying through flashing runs until the final strum and rapid snap pizz. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote, ãFlash! had the spirit of an animated monologue.ä Violinist Ariana Kim is concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and has performed at such New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Tenri Institute, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, and The Stone. A senior artist of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, she is studying with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School pursuing her doctorate.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Music: James Bohn
Dance: Tajna Tanovic
James Bohn has served as a guest artist at the 7-11 festival in Urbana, Illinois, and at Most Significant Bytes 2002 in Akron, Ohio. His music appears on the labels: Capstone, The Experimental Music Studios, Frog Peak, me'd1.ate, and The Media CafŽ. James has received commissions from the Bonk Festival, the University of Illinois School of Music, The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Boston and Chicago Chapters of the American Composer's Forum. His book on Lejaren Hiller is available on Edwin Mellen Press.
Tajna Tanovic is a performing artist with 23 years of experience worldwide. Recent New York projects have included Canal Street Station, a radio theater piece by 31 Down, Waterfront Access, a dance film about Brooklynâs waterfront directed by Floanne Ankah and several projects with Dalzell Productions. She is currently collaborating with Theater TAS in New York and will be featured in its show Yard Sale: New Footfalls... at the Chashama window on 37th Street from April 21-30. She is currently also working on her first solo album.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Kissing a Woman
Music: Music: Polly Moller
Dance: Ariel Polonsky
Polly Moller improvises on the flute and bass flute. She composes, creates performance art, and heads up a revolving cast of characters called Polly Moller & Co. She is also a member of the Outsound Presents Board of Directors. Kissing a Woman features the voice of photographer Shiloh Burton, emphatically spurning the composer's hypothetical bi-curious advances as part of their duo project in the San Francisco Fling exhibit.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Music: David Ben Shannon
Dance: Korey Phillips
David Ben Shannon is an English composer, working predominantly in film and theatre. He is a music graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. During 2006 and 2007 he had two works featured in three different mixes of the 60x60 project. In 2007 he began scoring films and since then has written for a number of shorts and a feature film. He has also composed music for theatrical productions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Nightâs Dream staged in Liverpool Cathedral. He is twenty-one and lives in Merseyside, England.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Music: Cindy Cox
Dance: Rachel Cohen
Cindy Cox produces work respected for its ãvibrant and numinous sensibilityä, with novel approaches to text and harmonic resonance. Cox has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. Recent performances have occurred at the American Academy in Rome, the Kosmos Frauenraum in Vienna, the MŸnster Gesellschaft fŸr Neue Musik, the REDCAT/Cal Arts Theater in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. Recordings may be found on Albany, CRI, Capstone, Arpa-Viva, Mark, and Valve-Hearts labels. Nature is features text by John Campion.
Racoco Productions are fantastic excavations of ordinary things. Artistic director Rachel Cohen and performers collaborate frequently with composers and visual artists; movement-theater projects with composer Chris Becker and visual artists Olek and Patty Rosenblatt have been funded by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the American Music Center, and Meet the Composer. The company's If the Shoe Fits was listed by The New York Times as a NYC dance highlight of 2005 and was presented in 2006 at the World Financial Center. Racoco Productions (and its spin-off, Racoco + the It Girls), was a company-in-residence at Galapagos Art Space in 2006-2008.
performer: Rachel Cohen
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Music: Aaron Acosta
Dance: Sahar Javedani
Aaron Acosta is a graduate from the College of Santa Fe with a BA in Sound Design in Media, a Self Designed major that consists of studies in Theatre, Film, and Music. Sound helps us interpret the world in a unique way with frequency, amplitude and time: he chooses to explore these realms. He is involved with electro acoustic composition as well as more traditional composition and currently resides in Winnipeg, Canada. pieces is composed of sound effects, cell phone ringers, excerpts from the news, granular synthesis, and a piano track (performed by himself) combine to create a feeling of information overload.
Iranian-American choreographer Sahar Javedani is Artistic Director of compani javedani. She holds a MFA in Choreography and Integrated Media from CalArts and a BA in Dance, Theater, and French from Hollins University. Javedani is currently a 2008-2009 Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and participating in the 2008-2009 Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program at Dance Theater Workshop. In May, Sahar will be performing ãin the Middle, somewhat aggravatedä for Danspace@BRICstudio series curated by Abby Harris-Holmes and Sarah Maxfield.
Dancers: Kelley Branch, Sahar Javedani, Megan Sipe
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Thanks for that Bruce
Music: Paul Burnell
Dance: Maria Colaco
Paul Burnell was born in Ystrad, South Wales and now lives in London. His music often utilizes relentless repetition and pulse within a structure perceived as a process. Sometimes humor and spoken word elements are featured. He has written for the Inchcolm New Music Ensemble and the Yorkshire Late Starters Strings. Thanks for that Bruce is dedicated to two Bruces. One famous, the other - regrettably and thankfully - not famous.
Maria Colaco has a BFA in modern dance from the University of South Florida. Her work has been shown throughout the tri-state region. Mariaâs choreography benefits from her commitment to challenge the established boundaries between sacred and secular, classical and pop, comedy and tragedy. Our next show: Zebras Aren't native to Texas, May 21-22 at BAAD in the BX. Please come out and see the art we create.
Dancers: Amye Lewis and Patrick Pizzolorusso
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Music: Laurie Spiegel
Dance: Malcolm Low
Laurie Spiegel, composer, software designer, and banjo player, is known widely for her pioneering works with many early electronic music systems, including the GROOVE system at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and for Music Mouse, a software-based musical instrument. She founded New York University's Computer Music Studio. She currently lives and works in New York. "Remembering Home" for electric banjo with digital signal processing was composed after returning to man-made New York City from a recent visit home to the ravines of northern Illinois, a glimpse of a completely different life that might have been, and a family that will never again be what it was.
Malcolm Low is originally from Chicago, where he trained with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Ruth Page Foundation. He went on to perform with Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal, Ballet British Columbia, Crystal Pite, Ronald K.Brown/Evidence, Zvi Gotheiner and Dancers, Stephen Petronio, Complexions and Margo Sappington, He also spent four wonderful years with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company where he had the great pleasure of travelling with Bill on his solo tour ãAs I was Sayingä. Malcolm has shown work at River to River Festival in collaboration with DâJ Spooky, BAAD, DanceNow and most recently at EMOVES . Malcolm would like to thank Ryan Kelly and Moving Theatre for their generous support. Also a special thank you to Antoine Tempe and Julietta Cervantes and Karla Carballar and Emilo Lopez.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Music: Asha Srinivasan
Dance: Becky Radway
Asha Srinivasan will be Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Lawrence University starting in Fall 2008. She enjoys composing for the acoustic, electronic and electroacoustic media. She recently won the BMI, Inc. First Annual Women's Commission for her string quartet, Kalpitha. Her electronic works have been played at various festivals around the nation. Food for thought: The average life span of a gastrotrich is three days. Analogyâs analogy is probably pretty clear and doesn't need much more explanation.
Becky Radway has performed with the Kevin Wynn Collection, Heidi Latsky Dance, Ezra Caldwell, Incidents Physical Theater, MariaColacoDance, and iN.D.dance/Nicole Durfee & Dancers. Her choreography has been recently featured in the DUMBO and Cool New York Festivals (White Wave), Coming Together Performance Series (Alvin Ailey's Citigroup Theater), Fielday (Henry Street Settlement), and Dance Conversations at The Flea (Soho Playhouse). Other venues include the Jack Guidone Theater in Washington, D.C., Towson University, and a site-specific work for the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. She is currently planning her first full-length production to premiere in December 2009.
Performed by: Heather N. Seagraves and Laura Henry
Sunday, August 02, 2009
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Music: Alan Shockley
Dance: Song-Hee Lee
Raised in Warm Springs, Georgia, Alan Shockley holds degrees in composition and theory from the University of Georgia, Ohio State, and Princeton. Heâs held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Centro Studi Ligure, and the Virginia Center for the Arts, among others. Recent performances include candlepin bowling deadwood by the California EAR Unit and cold springs branch, 10 p.mä by pianist Guy Livingston. A few years before his death, composer Henry Cowell recorded several of his early piano works along with a brief set of audio notes for each. Cowell gets the last word in this ãbetaä version of a longer tape piece.
Song Hee Lee, a former principal dancer at the Pusan Metropolitan Dance Company, has developed a personal style of choreography that draws on both modern and traditional Korean dance; the Third Way. While living in the United States Ms. Lee has been praised by Jack Anderson of the New York Times and many other critics. In addition to dancing full time, Ms. Lee is an instructor at Lotus Music and Dance Studios and is the Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer for the Song Hee Lee Dance Company with a children's dance initiative and division of her dance company, Cheongsah Chorong
Dancer: Song Hee Lee
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Music: Stephen Betts
Dance: Joanne Kim
Howard Hughes, The Associates, Peter Murphy and others, years ago. Inspired by DonSiegel's 1974 movie "Charley Varrick", diner is based on the opening robbery sequence, where Charley escapes with gang member Harmon and his fatally wounded getaway-driver-wife, Nadine. A Dickensian Parallel as well: Charley's small time bank job nets nearly a million from a Mob drop box and, like Pip in Great Expectations, his inheritance derived from a convict's exertions, Charley will be a rich man if he can disconnect his fortune from it's criminal past. I've reflected this in the meal: a very Victorian combination of fried egg on a pork chop.
Joanne Kim, originally from Massachusetts, is devoted to contemporary dance and traditional Korean dance forms. She has studied and performed with the Sutra Dance Company and Song Hee Lee Dance Company in New York as well as with Kinodance and Kelley Donovan & Dancers in Boston.
Dancer: Joanne Kim