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Either/Or: Either/Or is a cutting-edge contemporary music ensemble based in New York City. Founded in 2004 by pianist/composer Richard Carrick and percussionist David Shively, Either/Or focuses on compelling new and recent works for unconventional ensemble formations rarely heard elsewhere. The group draws upon its roster, featuring some of New York's leading interpreters, to present intense chamber music alongside larger ensemble works. E/O has performed to critical acclaim at Miller Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kitchen, MATA Festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and ICA:Boston, in addition to frequent appearances at experimental music venues such as The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room.
Programs have included numerous world, U.S., and New York premieres; these range from major works of American experimental music to rarely heard classics from the dynamic margins of the European avant-garde. In addition to its ongoing collaborations with emerging artists, Either/Or has brought distinguished composers such as Helmut Lachenmann (2008), Paolo Aralla (2009), and Chaya Czernowin (2010, 2011) to New York for concerts and lectures.
Zeena Parkins: Zeena Parkins, pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagines the instrument as a "sound machine of limitless capacity." Parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing.
Inspired by and connected to visual arts, dance, film, and history, Parkins follows a unique path in creating her compositional works. Through blending and morphing of both real and imagined instruments; crafting, recombining, and layering mangled, sliced, massaged or possibly disengaged sounds; drawing from extra-musical sources for unusual scoring and formal constructions as well as utilizing multi-speaker environments, Parkins remains in process with sound as material and music, engaged in translations of sonic states in the concert hall, the black box theater, the dance studio, the recording studio, the classroom, the cinema, the skyscraper, the ocean and the gallery. Parkins has a particularly strong commitment to making scores for dance, and continues to re-evaluate the nature and issues of the body's imprint on sound and sound/music's imprint on movement.
Parkins's compositions have been commissioned by Ne(x)tworks ensemble, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Roulette Intermedium, the Eclipse Quartet, William Winant, Bang on a Can, the Whitney Museum, the Tate Modern, Montalvo Arts Center, the Donaueschinger Musiktage and Sudwestrundfunk/SWR.
Parkins has released four solo records featuring her electric and acoustic harp playing and has released her compositions and band projects on six Tzadik recordings, most recently a CD with Ikue Mori and Phantom Orchard Orchestrato entitled Trouble in Paradise. As a sought-after collaborator Parkins has worked with Fred Frith, Björk, Ikue Mori, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Maja Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Chris Cutler, Elliott Sharp, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, William Winant, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay, Matmos, Yasunao Tone, So Percussion, Bobby Previte, Carla Kilhstedt, Tin Hat, James Fei, Kim Gordon, Lee Renaldo, and Thurston Moore.
David Shively: David Shively performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe, working in media ranging from traditional percussion to Hungarian cimbalom to musical saw to analog electronic systems and feedback. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he has been co-artistic director of the ensemble Either/Or since 2004, curating its programs and festivals in New York City and elsewhere. He also guests regularly with groups such as Collegium Novum Zürich, NYNME, GNOM-Baden, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Recent solo engagements include Dia:Beacon, Performa 09 (New York), the American Academy in Rome, Other Minds (San Francisco), and Wittner Tage für neue Kammermusik (Witten). Stage soloist credits include Pnima... ins innere (München, 2000; Stuttgart, 2010) and The Persians (National Actors' Theatre). He has recorded for CRI, Mode, New World, Starkland, Tzadik, and many other labels in addition to numerous works for film, sound installation, and radio broadcast.
More On: Rumon Gamba, Dance Company, Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, Yoko Ono, Bobby Previte, Thurston Moore.