Ear To Mind Presents Manhattan Saxophone Quartet at Symphony Space, 11/10
Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, along with special guest performers Mika Godbole and Aleksandr Karjaka, will perform works by composers Jacob T.V., Lee Hyla, Quinn Collins, David Noon, and Inhyun Kim at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York City on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Works by Quinn Collins, David Noon, and Inhyun Kim are World Premieres. Tickets are $20; Members, Students, Seniors are $10; Children are free. For more information, call (212) 864-5400 or visit www.symphonyspace.org.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy's destruction, the inclusion of Jacob T.V.'s composition Postnuclear Winterscenario (full description below), which explores "apocalyptic consequences for the climate and the environment," is sadly worth noting.
Ear to Mind is a New York City based arts organization which strives to present innovative programs that allow the public to experience contemporary music in non-traditional contexts, as well as by producing publications that allow the public to gain intimate knowledge of the contemporary music field, simultaneously providing composers and performers with a platform for their work.
The Program (* denotes World Premieres) includes:
Quinn Collins, *Growl, Spit, Shriek, & Pout (AATB w/percussion)
David Noon, *Six Bagatelles (SATB w/percussion)
Inhyun Kim, *Saw Sunrise frequencies emanate (tenor saxophone solo, Jordan P. Smith)
Lee Hyla, We Speak Etruscan (Jay Rattman, with clarinetist Aleksandr Karjaka)
Jacob T.V. Post Nuclear Winterscenario No. 12 for saxophone quartet
Manhattan Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2008 and is committed to the highest artistic performance standards of saxophone quartet music, new and old. Its members represent a diverse background of classical, jazz, and contemporary music traditions. MSQ has performed at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Citigroup Center, Yale University, Messiah College, Rutgers University, College of New Jersey, New York University, International Saxophone Symposium (Fairfax, Virginia), and North American Saxophone Alliance regional conference, among other public and collegiate venues. American composer David Froom has remarked that MSQ plays "with both precision and passion, and always with terrific musicianship!" and composer David Noon pronounced "I am continually inspired, in truth, by your quartet's artistry." ??The quartet has premiered works by Marc-Antonio Consoli, Robert McMahan, David Noon, Jeffrey Nytch, and Rex Isenberg among others and can be heard on Carrier Records with the premiere recording of Inhyun Kim’s Saxophone Quartet. Today's performance at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space includes the premiere of new works by Quinn Collins and David Noon for saxophone quartet and percussion. The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet is Jordan P. Smith, Dennis Schafer, Dan Kochersberger, and Jay Rattman.
Percussionist Mika Godbole has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in addition to various other groups in the Philadelphia and New York areas. She has also been involved in summer music programs such as the Aspen Music Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Artosphere Festival, and the China International Summer Music Academy. She has collaborated with conductors and artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, James DePriest, David Robertson, James Conlon, Jorge Mester, among other musicians.
A Chicagoland native, clarinetist Aleksandr Karjaka has appeared with Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Lunatics at Large, Feist, Emperor X, Music From China, Eon Contemporary Ensemble, and is a former member of the Tactus Ensemble, Bowling Green New Music Ensemble and Perrysburg Symphony. He recently has recorded music videos with Mason Jar Music and CollegeHumor.Com. Performing staples of the contemporary literature by such composers as Louis Andriessen, Alban Berg, De Falla, Jacob Druckman, Gyorgi Ligeti, Withold Lutoslawski, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, Mr. Karjaka has also been recorded on Albany Records on the upcoming New Music from Bowling Green CDs.