Darius Jones' For the People | Roulette | Brooklyn, NY
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Darius Jones' For the People | Roulette | Brooklyn, NY

For the People is a community-based event and concert organized by Darius Jones on the eve of the November midterm election. The evening is centered around a collection of compositions by Jones—in collaboration with The Wet Ink Large Ensemble—that uphold the belief that artists have the duty and power to inform, inspire, and empower their community. The evening includes the world premiere of Being Caged In ICE, followed by the second performance ever of America The Joke, and concludes with the return of LawNOrder (pronounced “law no order”), a game piece examining social justice and American History in which each player represents a separate character and is handed a law to follow at the beginning of the piece. Onnesha Roychoudhuri, Brooklyn-based activist, editor, educator, and author of The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America to speak.

Inspired by the idea of America as an experiment, Jones searched for a compositional strategy that would be flexible, and due to the experimentalism, improvisation, ensemble interaction, and theatricality inherent within game pieces, it was a natural choice. Within each piece, Jones creates a scenario where participants must follow the rules of the piece while simultaneously giving their unique perspective: an important aspect that reflects American culture as a culmination of multiple opposing perspectives. There is never only one viewpoint. There is no dictator. We all have a voice.

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Islander | Dixon Place | Manhattan, NY
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Islander | Dixon Place | Manhattan, NY

ISLANDER, by Sugar Vendil, is a music and movement suite scored for various keyboards, sarunay, and electronics. From the lens of a second generation Filipino American, the work examines the residue colonialism has left behind through centuries and generations, and explores the tension, fragmentation, and loss that exists within one’s identity. Vendil’s longtime collaborator, composer Trevor Gureckis, will design electronic elements. Performed by Vendil and collaborators: pianists Melinda Faylor and Mary Prescott, and weaver Cynthia Alberto of Weaving Hand. Cage piece by Heather Huey. 

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Litmus Residency | He Disappeared Into Complete Silence & Angélica Negrón | Brooklyn, NY
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Litmus Residency | He Disappeared Into Complete Silence & Angélica Negrón | Brooklyn, NY

Mary Prescott’s Litmus Residency @ Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation. This spring, on the 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018. At the brand new multi-use performance space and experimental art gallery, Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, BK.

8pm
He Disappeared into Complete Silence
A song cycle co-composed and performed by Darius Jones and Mary Prescott, inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ work, He Disappeared into Complete Silence.

9:15pm
Angélica Negrón
Pasajero (Passenger/Fleeting) is a collection of three ambient pop songs for voice, live electronics, vegetable synth (via the Ototo interface) and mechanical instruments built by Nick Yulman. Inspired by themes of collective and individual identity as well as the search for home, these songs combine elements of magical realism with fragile electroacoustic soundscapes crafted mostly through micro samples and found sounds. Exploring the convergence between the organic and the artificial by combining an unconventional domestic orchestra with automatic instruments that use robotic modules to play themselves, these songs seek also to highlight the sometimes- overlooked magic in the ostensibly insignificant, the mundane and the quotidian. 

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.

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Over the past decade, Darius Jones has created a recognizable voice as a critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer by embracing individuality and innovation in the tradition of African-American music. Nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, early on Jones established himself as a powerful voice in the jazz community. With New York City as his base since 2005, Jones has brought his unique sound to dozens of cities around the United States, Canada and Europe. His work as a composer for voice culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014. The New York Times named Jones among the Best Live Jazz Performances of 2017 for his Vision Festival performance with Farmers by Nature.

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”.  Her music has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ecstatic Music Festival and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and she has collaborated with artists like Sō Percussion, loadbang, American Composers Orchestra and Face the Music, among others.  Angélica is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León. She's a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects. Angélica was the 2014-2015 Van Lier Fellow at American Composers Orchestra and was recently selected as one of the recipients for NYFA’s 2016 Artists' Fellowship Program.

Photo credit: Adela Wagner

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Litmus Residency | Mother Me & Kaoru Watanabe's ONE | Brooklyn, NY
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

Litmus Residency | Mother Me & Kaoru Watanabe's ONE | Brooklyn, NY

Mary Prescott’s Litmus Residency @ Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation. This spring, on the 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018. At the brand new multi-use performance space and experimental art gallery, Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, BK.

8pm
Mother Me
Mary Prescott’s performance piece investigating the complex relationships, sociology and psychology surrounding the idea of motherhood. Music, word, movement, and installation.

9:15pm
ONE
Kaoru Watanabe solo performance. Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums.

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.

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Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn-based composer and musician who specializes in the Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums. Watanabe creates music that is at once personal, philosophical, meditative and virtuosic, that reflects his extensive background in Japanese traditional musics, American jazz and his devotion to cross-cultural musical collaboration.

Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Japanese taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo for close to a decade and who, as a soloist, has worked with such artists as National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, So Percussion, director Wes Anderson and was a featured guest on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble's Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home. In February 2018, Watanabe debuted as an orchestral soloist and composer with the Sydney Symphony and Taikoz at the Sydney Opera House. 

Watanabe has performed his compositions at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Kabukiza and in Minamiza, has performed in all 47 prefectures in Japan as well as across the North, Central and South Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.

As a passionate educator, Watanabe has taught at Princeton and Wesleyan Universities and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Watanabe also has a studio in Brooklyn that holds regular classes as well as hosts workshops by international master musicians and dancers. 

Watanabe is supported by preeminent taiko maker Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo and master shinobue flute maker Ranjo of Chiba Prefecture.

Photo credit: Adela Wagner

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Litmus Residency | Atlasomnia & Dan Thorpe's XXX Neon Sign | Brooklyn, NY
Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

Litmus Residency | Atlasomnia & Dan Thorpe's XXX Neon Sign | Brooklyn, NY

Mary Prescott’s Litmus Residency @ Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation. This spring, on the 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018. At the brand new multi-use performance space and experimental art gallery, Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, BK.

8pm
Atlasomnia
Mary Prescott’s work in dream, struggle, sleep. Film, sound, movement.

9:15pm
XXX Neon Sign
Australian composer/pianist Dan Thorpe’s work-in-progress for speaking pianist adaptation of James Andres’ XXX Neon Sign.

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.

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Dan Thorpe is a Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. As a composer, his work always has a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression. As a performer, his focus is on contemporary Australian repertoire, work by queer and women composers, and multi-instrumental improvisation.

Photo credit: Adela Wagner

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Litmus Residency | ALICE | Brooklyn, NY
Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

Litmus Residency | ALICE | Brooklyn, NY

Mary Prescott’s Litmus Residency @ Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Multidisciplinary artist Mary Prescott curates and performs new works and collaborations involving music, movement, word and installation. This spring, on the 3rd Monday of each month from March to June 2018. At the brand new multi-use performance space and experimental art gallery, Areté Venue and Gallery in Greenpoint, BK.

ALICE

A semi-staged mid-process presentation of Mary Prescott’s immersive chamber opera, ALICE, exploring the entanglement and manipulation of identity in a patriarchal society.

Shows at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm.

$15 in advance/$20 at the door.
Ticket availability is very limited. Advance purchase highly recommended.

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Composer/Creator - Mary Prescott

ALICE - Jeanai La Vita  soprano
Child - Hannah Kurth  mezzo-soprano
Child Alice - Katie Zaffrann  soprano
Mother - Augusta Caso  mezzo-soprano
Mother Alice - Cara Search  mezzo-soprano
Religion - Blake Burroughs  bass-baritone
Religion Alice - Sara Noble  soprano
Lover - Kannan Vasudevan  tenor
Lover Alice - Mary Kate Vom Lehn  mezzo-soprano

Clarinet - Patricia Billings
Cello - Erich Schoen-René
Piano - Walter Aparicio
Electronics - Lawson White

Video Artists - Adela Wagner & James Autery

Photo credit - Adela Wagner

The artist gratefully acknowledges the Hudson Opera House and Arts Letters & Numbers for their residency support in the creation of this work.

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Feb
12
12:30 PM12:30

ALICE | Horace Mann Music Week | Bronx, NY

A mid-process presentation of Mary Prescott’s immersive chamber opera, ALICE, exploring the entanglement and manipulation of identity in a patriarchal society.

Composer/Creator - Mary Prescott

ALICE - Jeanai La Vita  soprano
Child - Hannah Kurth  mezzo-soprano
Child Alice - Katie Zaffrann  soprano
Mother - Augusta Caso  mezzo-soprano
Mother Alice - Cara Search  mezzo-soprano
Religion - Blake Burroughs  bass-baritone
Religion Alice - Sara Noble  soprano
Lover - Kannan Vasudevan  tenor
Lover Alice - Mary Kate Vom Lehn  mezzo-soprano

Clarinet - Nuno Antunes
Cello - Erich Schoen-René
Piano - Walter Aparicio
Electronics - Lawson White

The artist gratefully acknowledges the Hudson Opera House and Arts Letters & Numbers for their residency support in the creation of this work.

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Frequency Series presents ALICE @ Constellation | Chicago, IL
Nov
26
8:30 PM20:30

Frequency Series presents ALICE @ Constellation | Chicago, IL

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Frequency Series presents Mary Prescott in two original solo performances of experimental movement, text and music. ALICE is a semi-improvised piece observing the subconscious internalization of standardized identity. This Is How You Remember Me (premiere) explores the imprints of presence and absence through ritual and repetition.

with ~Nois
~Nois is a saxophone quartet devoted to the performance of new music. Founded in 2016, ~Nois has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles dedicated to contemporary performance. ~Nois was awarded the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the largest and one of the most prestigious chamber music competitions in the United States. For their Constellation debut, ~Nois presents the work of Chicago-area composers including two world premieres. Works by Marcos Balter and David Reminick, along with three pieces composed for ~Nois: Mathew Arrellin’s “Apertures” and new works by Niki Harlafti and Craig Davis Pinson.

Brandon Quarles, Hunter Bockes, Jordan Lulloff, János Csontos - saxophones

PROGRAM
World Premiere - Niki Harlafti
World Premiere - Craig Davis Pinson
Apertures - Mathew Arrellin
Consort - David Reminick
Intercepting a Shivery Light - Marcos Balter

www.noissaxophone.com

 

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Patron presents ALICE solo piano | Brooklyn, NY
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Patron presents ALICE solo piano | Brooklyn, NY

Secret Salon, Series 1. 

the WHAT The inaugural secret Salon is upon us. Please join the New York Patron community for an eclectic evening of adventurous new performances from groundbreaking artists, accompanied by mouth-watering drinks and inspiring conversations.

the WHO Painting “wild and somewhat twisted dreamscapes,” interdisciplinary artist and composer Mary Prescott presents ALICE, an experimental improv performance.

Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis showcases evocative new compositions.

Drawing on inspiration from art, science, and literature, Jackson Hardaker's Watering Can unveils a genre-bending set of original works.

the WHERE A secret location in Brooklyn. If you have a ticket, we’ll reveal the address to you by email the night before the salon. Don’t worry, it’ll be subway accessible.

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ALICE | Women Composers Festival | Hartford, CT
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

ALICE | Women Composers Festival | Hartford, CT

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford has, for the last sixteen years, provided an educational and entertaining platform for the promotion of women’s music.  Recognized as a champion of women’s music by institutions such as Meet the Composer, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund, the festival’s goals include informing audiences through performances of music that has been and still is being written by women in an effort to broaden people’s understanding of musical literature and women’s contributions to this field.

More info coming soon!

http://womencomposersfestivalhartford.com/home/

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PRIVATE EVENT | ALICE | Philadelphia, PA
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

PRIVATE EVENT | ALICE | Philadelphia, PA

PRIVATE EVENT by INVITATION ONLY

A real life Alice in Wonderland, pianist Mary Prescott, delves into a world of experimental art music – a hyper-sensory dimension of fantasy, curiosity, and unpredictability. Examining Lewis Carrol’s surreal Victorian novel through improvisation, Prescott tries and tests the concepts of time, identity, reality and rules, noting that traditions behave strangely in Wonderland. A classically trained adventurer who thrives in an unlikely playground, Prescott unbuttons a naive yet profound identity, eliciting cavernous, expressive sounds of harmonious discord. Prescott invites listeners to explore their own whims and curiosities from behind the curtains of this bravely evocative music.

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ALICE | Special Guest: Verdant Vibes Series | Providence, RI
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

ALICE | Special Guest: Verdant Vibes Series | Providence, RI

  • Zabinski Music Studio - Hope Artiste Village (map)
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Joining Verdant Vibes Winter Warmer Concert as a special guest, Mary Prescott presents ALICE in Providence, RI.

A real life Alice in Wonderland, pianist Mary Prescott, delves into a world of experimental art music – a hyper-sensory dimension of fantasy, curiosity, and unpredictability. Examining Lewis Carrol’s surreal Victorian novel through improvisation, Prescott tries and tests the concepts of time, identity, reality and rules, noting that traditions behave strangely in Wonderland. A classically trained adventurer who thrives in an unlikely playground, Prescott unbuttons a naive yet profound identity, eliciting cavernous, expressive sounds of harmonious discord. Prescott invites listeners to explore their own whims and curiosities from behind the curtains of this bravely evocative music.

Other presenters and composers include:
James Bohn Pantone
Molly Jones — TBD (new piece for Verdant Vibes)
Caroline Mallonée — Throwing Mountains
Joo Won Park — Armor+2
Bekah Simms — bud 
Alex Weiser — Rumbling Waves
and special guest Michael DeQuattro

$10 tickets at the door.

More info at http://verdantvibes.com/concerts.html

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ALICE | Clayton Piano Festival | Fifth Season Anniversary Gala | Clayton, NC
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

ALICE | Clayton Piano Festival | Fifth Season Anniversary Gala | Clayton, NC

  • Clayton Center Performing Arts Auditorium (map)
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ALICE at the Clayton Piano Festival's Fifth Season Anniversary Gala: Five for Five.

A real life Alice in Wonderland, pianist Mary Prescott, delves into a world of experimental art music – a hyper-sensory dimension of fantasy, curiosity, and unpredictability. Examining Lewis Carrol’s surreal Victorian novel through improvisation, Prescott tries and tests the concepts of time, identity, reality and rules, noting that traditions behave strangely in Wonderland. A classically trained adventurer who thrives in an unlikely playground, Prescott unbuttons a naive yet profound identity, eliciting cavernous, expressive sounds of harmonious discord. Prescott invites listeners to explore their own whims and curiosities from behind the curtains of this bravely evocative music.

$20 adults/$15 seniors. Free for students and children under 18.

More info at Clayton Piano Festival

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ALICE | Opensound Series | Boston, MA
Oct
1
8:00 PM20:00

ALICE | Opensound Series | Boston, MA

ALICE at the Opensound Series in Boston, MA.

A real life Alice in Wonderland, pianist Mary Prescott, delves into a world of experimental art music – a hyper-sensory dimension of fantasy, curiosity, and unpredictability. Examining Lewis Carrol’s surreal Victorian novel through improvisation, Prescott tries and tests the concepts of time, identity, reality and rules, noting that traditions behave strangely in Wonderland. A classically trained adventurer who thrives in an unlikely playground, Prescott unbuttons a naive yet profound identity, eliciting cavernous, expressive sounds of harmonious discord. Prescott invites listeners to explore their own whims and curiosities from behind the curtains of this bravely evocative music.

$12 tickets at the door.

More info at http://opensound.org/

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