Random Access Music Hosts Queens New Music Festival, Now thru 5/13

Saturday, May 12, 8 pm; Since 2000: New Works for Cello: Kate Dillingham

Cellist Kate Dillingham explores the diverse styles of contemporary composers in expanding the repertoire for cello. Her program includes works by Random Access Music composers David Fetherolf (Somerville Sonata), Wang Jie (Duo for Cello and Piano), and Andrew McKenna Lee (Duet for Electric Guitar and Cello). The program features three solo cello works: Chant by Augusta Read Thomas, The Great Unconformity Laura Kaminsky, and Behold the Lamb of God by Jorge Muñiz. Hannah Lash’s Insides for Cello and Piano completes the program. Ms. Dillingham will be joined by Emi Kagawa, piano; and Andrew McKenna Lee, electric guitar.

Kate Dillingham enjoys an active career in the United States and abroad. Her contemporary music discography includes the works of Arthur Honegger, Witold Lutoslawski, and Jennifer Higdon, among others. The New York Concert Review praised her as “An adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music, she performed with admirable control, conviction, and authority.”

Sunday, May 13, 1 pm; Todd Reynolds and Friends

Long Island City resident and Bang On A Can All-Star violinist Todd Reynolds, will perform with Carlos Cardeiro, clarinet; and Kevin Baldwin, saxophone. This program will be announced from the stage.

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation.

Sunday, May 13, 3 pm; The Links

United by their commitment to performing music beyond traditional styles, The Links features violinist Yuki Numata, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos, cellist Joshua Roman, and S? Percussion member Jason Treuting. Since their debut concert in 2009 featuring six world premiere pieces commissioned by Town Hall Seattle, The Links have also championed rarely performed mature works for various combinations of unusual instrumentation. Its repertoire is a stunning variety of sound worlds that range from art song to pure rock 'n roll.

Their eclectic program includes the world premiere of Evan Hause’s Tiki all turca; three New York premieres, including Quartet by Chuck Krenner, High Fructose by Matt Marks, and The Project of Collecting Clouds by Lisa Bielawa. The ensemble will also include RockBand by Stefan Freund; and There is a Reason Why by Alexandra Gardner.

Sunday, May 13, 5 pm; Night Visions: New Works for Viol Consort: Parthenia

Parthenia is a quartet of viols dedicated to the performance of ancient and contemporary repertoires. It has been hailed by The New Yorker as "one of the brightest lights in New York's early-music scene.” They conclude the Queens New Music Festival with a program in which Renaissance instruments meet the post-modern age. This viol consort performs works written specifically for their ensemble along with tape, electronics, and real-time music visualization.

The program includes A Flower on the Farther Side/Traces on the Farther Side, by Frances White, for viol quartet and electronics, inspired by a chant theme by 12th century mystic and composer Hildegard von Bingen, with real-time music visualization by Andrew Lucia and Wendy Steiner; Night Voices by Max Lifchitz; Variations on La Follia by Richard Einhorn; Cry Out by Eleonor Sandresky; and Old Roads by Nicholas Patterson.


Random Access Music was founded in 2005 to help composers establish fuller collaborative experiences, long-term relationships amongst artists, and the support and interaction among fellow composers. The composer/members include Allen Schulz (President), Manly Romero (Artistic Director), Andrew McKenna Lee, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Jonathan Pieslak, Stefan Weisman, and Wang Jie.

Little Secret Theatre, Studio 104, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY. The Secret Theatre performance space is located just 3 blocks from the PS1 art museum and just a 4 block walk (or less) from the N, Q, R, E, V, G and 7 trains. Long Island City has a burgeoning arts scene, with the Fisher Landau Center for Art, the Dorsky Gallery, the Noguchi Museum, the SculptureCenter, the Flux Factory, the Secret Theatre Main Stage, and a dozen other flourishing arts groups and venues all located nearby.