Spectrum Presents New York Progressive and Experimental Festival, 7/12-14

Spectrum Presents New York Progressive and Experimental Festival, 7/12-14

Spectrum presents NYX II: New York Progressive and Experimental Festival celebrating the historical interaction between the genres of classical Experimental Music and Progressive Rock since their beginning and into the 21st century.

Since the last century, these two genres have shared a number of key features: the free use of emerging technologies by way of synthesizers & electronics, ambitious musical structures, asymmetric time signatures and, notably, virtuosic performance involving "traditionally-amplified" instruments (electric guitars, synthsizers, etc.) as well as "traditionally-acoustic" instruments such as piano, violin and so forth. Now in its second year, NYX II takes place over the weekend of July 12-14, 2013 and has a line-up of accomplished, highly- talented, exciting musicians from NYC and elsewhere. This will be an enjoyable, envelope-expanding experience for participants, both audience and performers alike.

Tickets cost $10 for each individual show; $15 on Chapman Stick night; $25 for a day pass; $50 for a 3 day pass. They are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/410325

Michael Bernier, July 12 at 8 p.m.

NY Multi-instrumentalist Michael Bernier began playing drums at the tender age of 14 in his hometown of Huntington, Long Island, before eventually adding in guitar, Chapman Stick, bass, cello and tablas. Most recently, Michael toured Europe, South America, Japan and the United States with STICK MEN, a project with King Crimson alums Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. He's also played with such luminaries as Eddie Jobson, Marco Minneman, Trey Gunn, Simon Phillips and Greg Howe. Currently Michael is planning a tour of the material from his newest solo release "Leviathan" with drummer David Bodie (Time of Orchids, Kayo Dot, Infantefant) and Bassist Martin Keith.


Greg Howard's AZUL Trio, July 12 at 9:30 p.m.

AZUL is the new improvisational trio formed by Chapman Stick player Greg Howard with John D'earth (trumpet) and Brian Caputo (drums).

Their music is kinetic, pan-cultural improvisation, incorporating elements of jazz, eastern music, progressive rock, funk, space music and electronica. It's also totally spontaneous, but not in a stereotypical "free improvisational" fashion, as they seek out grooves and thematic elements, not afraid to play a major chord now and again.

D'earth is a veteran jazz and Latin trumpeter and composer, who has explored free improvisation with his own band Cosmology, as well as artists like John Abercrombie and drummer Bob Moses. He and Howard have performed in various groups since the late 1980s. Caputo performed in the progressive jazz Thompson-D'earth band for five years before touring extensively with alt-country band Sons of Bill. Howard has released numerous improvisations as a soloist, in duo with guitarist Tim Reynolds, and the groove poetry trio Code Magenta with vocalist Dawn Thompson and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

AZUL marks the first time these three central Virginia-based musicians have performed together. Their explosive chemistry, captured in the studio in May, will mark their debut release this summer.

Dalit Hadass Warshaw, July 13 at 2 p.m.

An internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and thereminist, Warshaw's works have been performed by over twenty-six orchestral ensembles, including the New York and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras (Zubin Mehta conducting), the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Y Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Albany Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Having studied theremin with the renowned Clara Rockmore from an early age, she has appeared as thereminist with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and has also performed in spaces such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

Her CD, INVOCATIONS, was released in January 2011 and is available on Albany Records. Along with providing a diverse representation of her compositional language, this disc integrates the theremin with acoustic ensembles in ways that exhibit the more lyrical, vocal and expressive capacities of this unusual instrument, and that reveal its limitless ways of blending and interacting with different timbral combinations. On it, Warshaw performs on a unique and profoundly historical instrument: Clara Rockmore's theremin, which was built and customized to her specifications by its inventor, Lev Termen, in the early 1930's, and on which she last performed in 1993.

As a pianist, Warshaw has performed widely as soloist, chamber player and improviser, in such diverse concert spaces as Avery Fisher Hall, Miller Theater, the Juilliard Theater, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and The Stone.

Awards and grants include five ASCAP Foundation Grants to Young Composers, a Fulbright Scholarship to Israel (2001-2002), a Fromm Music Foundation Grant from Harvard University, and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1984, she became the youngest ever to win the BMI Award for Student Composers, with her orchestral piece Fun Suite, written at the age of eight.

A full-time composition faculty member at the Boston Conservatory since September 2004, Warshaw is a graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell Artist Colonies, as well as at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

SoCorpo, July 13 at 3:30 p.m.

SoCorpo is a vocal duo comprised of Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman, whose music stretches the possibilities of the human voice and bridges gaps between contemporary new music, jazz, folk & world music. Their work is often theatrical, incorporating music performance alongside movement & multi-media. They have performed throughout the New York City area in venues like Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Iati Theater, and The Tank. www.socorpo.com

Sasha Bogdanowitsch is a composer, vocalist & multi-instrumentalist whose work ranges from writing live and recorded music for theater, dance and film to cross-disciplinary performance to songs with unusual accompaniments to music for unique ensembles, such as gamelan & early music groups. Sasha has a MA from the UCSC and a BFA from the CalArts, where he studied composition and world musics, later integrating the two into multi-movement, interdisciplinary performances. He has composed music for numerous media, such as SoCorpo's ON BECOMING, a vocal theater work, TV & film scores, GRIMM, a multimedia dance theater work; and HIDDEN CIRCLE, an interdisciplinary work for voice, movement & projections.

Sasha is currently active composing & performing solo as well as with the cross-disciplinary theatre ensemble, Loom, the M6, a vocal sextet, and SoCorpo, a vocal duo. He has worked with artists and companies, such as: Meredith Monk, Lou Harrison, SaReel Project, Hesperus, Just Strings, Sabrina Lastman, Gamelan Son of Lion, Pusaka Sunda, Microfest & the American Festival of Microtonal Music. Sasha has performed throughout the world in such varied countries as Australia, Japan, India and Indonesia to throughout the USA and to local venues like New York's Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, BAM, The Tank, Galapagos, Issue Project Room and the Stone. He is co-founder of arts non-profit, World In One and the Vital Vox Vocal Festival. www.sashabmusic.com

Drawing from jazz, Latin American, and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, New York based vocalist, performer, and composer Sabrina Lastman (Uruguay/Israel) is described as "perennially eclectic and innovative" and as an artist who "embraces the audience with the sweetness of her voice." Sabrina leads the Sabrina Lastman Quartet, and creates and performs interdisciplinary new music projects incorporating voice, sound, movement, and visuals - these include DIALOGUES OF SILENCE, ON BECOMING (SoCorpo, EWO 2009), RIVER OF PAINTED BIRDS, AN ENCOUNTER WITH 'EL DUENDE' and INELEMENT (SoCorpo, EWO 2013). Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sabrina has toured internationally and performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, La Mama, Blues Alley Jazz, ISSUE Project Room, Juilliard, Roulette, New York University, Yale University, Rutgers University, City University of New York and Classical Guitar Association of New York, among others. She has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero (Grammy Award Winner), Bakithi Kumalo, Meredith Monk (Grammy Award Nominated), Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan (Grammy Award Nominated), Emilio Solla, Pedro Giraudo, David Silliman, The M6, Philip Hamilton, Meg Okura, and Leonardo Suarez-Paz. Her album THE FOLDS OF THE SOUL was nominated by the Graffiti Awards 2008 as one of the best jazz albums of the year, and it was considered of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture and Education in Uruguay. Sabrina was awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her new album The Candombe Jazz Sessions with the Sabrina Lastman Quartet was released by ZOHO Music in 2012. Together with Sasha Bogdanowitsch, Sabrina is the co- artistic director of Vital Vox: A Vocal Festival www.vitalvoxfest.com) that explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. She graduated from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. www.sabrina-lastman.com

Marilyn Nonken, July 13 at 5 p.m.

Marilyn Nonken, "one of the greatest interpreters of new music" (American Record Guide), is known for performances that explore extremes of virtuosity and musical expression. Solo releases include AMERICAN SPIRITUAL, featuring works written for her by Michael Finnissy, Jason Eckardt, Milton Babbitt, and Jeff Nichols; TRISTAN MURAIL: THE COMPLETE PIANO MUSIC, MORTON FELDMAN: TRIADIC MEMORIES and VOIX VOILÉES: SPECTRAL MUSIC FOR PIANO. Festival appearances include Résonances and the Festival d'Automne (Paris), When Morty Met John, Making Music, Interpretations, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim (all New York), American Sublime (Philadelphia), Unruly Music (Milwaukee), The Festival of New American Music (Sacramento), Musica Nova Helsinki, Aspects des Musiques d'Aujourd-hui (Caën), New Music Days (Ostrava), Musikhøst (Odense), and ATEMPO (Caracas). She records for New World, Mode, Lovely Music, Albany, Centaur, Metier, CRI, BMOP Sound, Tzadik, Bridge, New Focus, and Kairos. Director of Piano Studies at NYU's Steinhardt School, she is a Steinway artist.

The Moirae Ensemble, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The Moirae Ensemble is a Non Profit Chamber Music Organization that focuses on classical contemporary music while simultaneously awareness and support for women's issues, worldwide. They are currently fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and will be acquiring our 501(c)(3) status soon.

The Ensemble was founded in 2011 by Harpist Caroline Cole, Soprano Catherine Hancock, and Flutist Fiona Kelly. While completing their Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School, Caroline, Catherine and Fiona discovered a mutual love of contemporary music and a desire to serve their community. They have performed at The Tank, The Underground, and at The Juilliard School and are currently scheduling their 2013-2014 Concert Season. A portion of all ticket sales goes towards Women for Women International.