New Works by Elliott Sharp, John King, Eleonor Sandresky and More Set for IN (KEY) at Cornelia Street Cafe Today
Make Music New York, ComposersCollaborative Inc, Peppergreen Media & Cornelia Street Café present "IN (Key)," an extraordinary 50th anniversary celebration of Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece "IN C" today, June 21st featuring eleven new works by leading composer-performers. The event will begin with a special performance of "IN C" itself, serving as a prelude to all that is to follow.
Completing the octave, on the program will be: "IN Db" by Eleonor Sandresky (keyboard), "IN D" by Lisa Maree Dowling (double bass), "IN Eb" by David Borden (keyboard), "IN E" by Gene Pritsker (electric guitar), "IN F" by Elliott Sharp (electric guitar), "IN Gb" by Adam Cuthbért (trumpet & laptop), "IN G" by Patrick Grant (electric guitar & keyboard), "IN Ab" by Brad Balliett (bassoon), "IN A" by John King (viola), "IN Bb" by Vasko Dukovski (clarinet), and "IN B" by Jed Distler (keyboard). Other special musical guests completing the performing ensemble TBA.
This free concert will take place from 1:00 to 4:00pm on the street outside the cafe at 29 Cornelia St. and is open to the public. At 6:00pm, there will be a separate event inside the café performed by members of the ensemble for a nominal charge TBD.
About "In C": In 1964, California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic "IN C." This seminal work Provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Its impact was to change the course of 20th Century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and in the music of Rock Groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air and many others. Terry's hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern flavored improvisations and compositions set the stage for the prevailing interest in a new tonality.
The concert is set for Saturday, June 21, 2014 1pm-4pm out front of Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014. For more information, visit www.peppergreenmedia.com/InKey.html.
Terry Riley, Composer: 50 years ago, California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic "IN C". This seminal work Provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. It's impact was to change the course of 20th Century music and it's influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and in the music of Rock Groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air and many others. Terry's hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern flavored improvisations and compositions set the stage for the prevailing interest in a new tonality. www.terryriley.net Photo: Christopher Felver
Eleonor Sandresky, Composer/Pianist: Working at the forefront of avant-garde concert-as-theater, Eleonor Sandresky (IN Db) is the original Choreographic Pianist, exploring her deep interest in how motion translates to emotion through sound. One of New York's preeminent new-music pianists, she mines her experience as a performer for her compositions. Her award-winning music spans the spectrum, from solo-acoustic to evening-length electronic works. Since 2009, she has been working on the design of The Wonder Suit, a collection of wireless sensors that she straps onto her body to control things in her electronic pieces. Follow her on Twitter @esandresky. For more information visit: www.esandresky.com, www.facebook.com/ChoreographicPianist, www.youtube.com/user/chorpiano13/videos.
Lisa Maree Dowling, Composer/Bassist/Vocalist/Songwriter: Lisa Maree Dowling (IN D) is a bassist, vocalist and songwriter. Her playing has been described as 'energetic and precise' by the New York Times and her compositions have been celebrated for their 'sublime, lovely and exotic quality' (Downtown Music Gallery). Lisa enjoys exploiting the unconventional, surprising and lyrical nature of the bass and often experiments with weird scordaturas and extended techniques to create her version of pop music. Her solo project, "kills to kisses", was recently praised as 'Bjork-like' and 'innovative' by Steve Smith of the New York Times. She is currently recording her debut "kills to kisses" album with Ryan Streber of Okatven Audio. www.killstokisses.com
David Borden, Composer: A pioneering composer and performer on synthesizers, David Borden (IN Eb) is the retired founding director of the Cornell University Digital Music Program. He holds advanced degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University. After meeting Robert Moog in 1967 his entire concept of music composition and performance changed. The two became lifelong friends. Mr. Borden's music can be heard on the Cuneiform, Arbiter, FRKWYS, New World, and Fabric labels. In addition to his electronic and electroacoustic works, he has composed many pieces for two pianos. Writing in Chamber Music America, Kyle Gann describes Borden's work as "...music with a kind of joyful, bopping ecstasy." www.mothermallard.com
Gene Pritsker, Composer/Guitarist/Rapper/D.J.: Composer/guitarist/rapper/D.J. Gene Pritsker (IN E) has written over four hundred ninety compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader of the eclectic ensemble: Sound Liberation, as well as being the co-director of Composers Concordance. Gene's music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. The New York Times described him as "...audacious...multitalented." www.genepritsker.com