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Experiments in Opera to Premiere VIDEO OPERAS at Anthology Film Archives This MayExperiments in Opera to Premiere VIDEO OPERAS at Anthology Film Archives This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Building on the pioneering work of composer Robert Ashley, who believed that the America of his time was a culture of TV, the fun and fearless composer collective Experiments in Opera presents VIDEO OPERAS, a collection of five premieres created specifically for the video screen (no live performers or musicians). (more...)

Miller Theatre to Present Composer Portrait of Romanian Spectralist Iancu DumitrescuMiller Theatre to Present Composer Portrait of Romanian Spectralist Iancu Dumitrescu
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues its Composer Portraits series with Bucharest's Iancu Dumitrescu, leader of the little-known movement Romanian Spectralism, which will be on rare display the entire week. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

On October 23 & 24, Persona, a new opera from composer Keeril Makan and adaptor / librettist / director Jay Scheib, will make its world premiere at National Sawdust. Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and National Sawdust, and adapted by Scheib from Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name, Persona is a provocative, highly cerebral, and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. These world premiere performances—which represent the first opera staged at National Sawdust—feature music direction by Evan Ziporyn and music by the ensemble Either/Or. (more...)

William Burroughs' CUT-UP Experiments Inspire 11 Composers' New Vocal Works, 10/16 at The StoneWilliam Burroughs' CUT-UP Experiments Inspire 11 Composers' New Vocal Works, 10/16 at The Stone
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Experiments in Opera -- the composer-driven collective with an air of mad scientists in the lab -- opens its 2015-16 season with the premiere of 11 new commissions for ensemble and voice in The Travel Agency is On Fire: Burroughs Cuts Up the Great Bards, presented Today, October 16, 2015 at the East Village avant-garde haven The Stone. Two sets take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Each set features different songs. (more...)

Experiments in Opera Presents THE TRAVEL AGENCY IS ON FIRE: BURROUGHS CUT UP THE GREAT BARDS TonightExperiments in Opera Presents THE TRAVEL AGENCY IS ON FIRE: BURROUGHS CUT UP THE GREAT BARDS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Experiments in Opera—the composer-driven collective with an air of mad scientists in the lab—opens its 2015-16 season with the premiere of 11 new commissions for ensemble and voice in The Travel Agency is On Fire: Burroughs Cuts Up the Great Bards, presented tonight, October 16, 2015 at the East Village avant-garde haven The Stone.Two sets take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Each set features different songs. (more...)

Keeril Makan & Jay Scheib's Adaptation of PERSONA to Premiere at National SawdustKeeril Makan & Jay Scheib's Adaptation of PERSONA to Premiere at National Sawdust
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

On October 23 & 24, Persona, a new opera from composer Keeril Makan and adaptor / librettist / director Jay Scheib, will make its world premiere at National Sawdust. Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and National Sawdust, and adapted by Scheib from Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name, Persona is a provocative, highly cerebral, and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. These world premiere performances-which represent the first opera staged at National Sawdust-feature music direction by Evan Ziporyn and music by the ensemble Either/Or. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

On October 23 & 24, Persona, a new opera from composer Keeril Makan and adaptor / librettist / director Jay Scheib, will make its world premiere at National Sawdust. Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and National Sawdust, and adapted by Scheib from Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name, Persona is a provocative, highly cerebral, and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. These world premiere performances—which represent the first opera staged at National Sawdust—feature music direction by Evan Ziporyn and music by the ensemble Either/Or. (more...)

Experiments in Opera Presents THE TRAVEL AGENCY IS ON FIRE: BURROUGHS CUT UP THE GREAT BARDS, 10/16Experiments in Opera Presents THE TRAVEL AGENCY IS ON FIRE: BURROUGHS CUT UP THE GREAT BARDS, 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

Experiments in Opera—the composer-driven collective with an air of mad scientists in the lab—opens its 2015-16 season with the premiere of 11 new commissions for ensemble and voice in The Travel Agency is On Fire: Burroughs Cuts Up the Great Bards, presented Friday, October 16, 2015 at the East Village avant-garde haven The Stone.Two sets take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Each set features different songs. (more...)

William Burroughs' CUT-UP Experiments Inspire 11 Composers' New Vocal Works, 10/16 at The StoneWilliam Burroughs' CUT-UP Experiments Inspire 11 Composers' New Vocal Works, 10/16 at The Stone
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2015

Experiments in Opera -- the composer-driven collective with an air of mad scientists in the lab -- opens its 2015-16 season with the premiere of 11 new commissions for ensemble and voice in The Travel Agency is On Fire: Burroughs Cuts Up the Great Bards, presented Friday, October 16, 2015 at the East Village avant-garde haven The Stone. Two sets take place at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Each set features different songs. (more...)

Church of Betty Celebrates 25 Years with New Record SWIRLED WORLD, Videos, and Shows at The Living Room TonightChurch of Betty Celebrates 25 Years with New Record SWIRLED WORLD, Videos, and Shows at The Living Room Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2015

There are few bands that have been as tenaciously creative, exploratory, eclectic and inclusive as Church of Betty. On Swirled World, their new release, produced by Two-time Independent Music Awards Winner Kenny Siegal (Langhorne Slim & The Law, Chris Whitley, Spottiswoode & His Enemies), frontman Chris Rael's ever-evolving musical palette effortlessly crosses genres (world, rock, pop, folk, classical) and is as fertile and explosive as ever. Rael is at the top of his game as vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. (more...)

Marco Cappelli Set for September Residency at The StoneMarco Cappelli Set for September Residency at The Stone
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2015

The Stone presents guitarist and composer Marco Cappelli's Residency commemorating his 50th birthday celebrations with concerts, film and theater events from September 8th through the 13th. (more...)

Experiments in Opera Announces Its Fifth Anniversary SeasonExperiments in Opera Announces Its Fifth Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

While the world is awash in new opera ventures, Experiments in Opera stands out from the crowd. A composer-driven collective with an air of mad scientists in the lab, EiO is interested in new formulas, not traditional ones, questioning what opera really can be in the 21st Century.  (more...)

Marco Cappelli Set for September Residency at The StoneMarco Cappelli Set for September Residency at The Stone
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

The Stone presents guitarist and composer Marco Cappelli's Residency commemorating his 50th birthday celebrations with concerts, film and theater events from September 8th through the 13th. (more...)

20 Vocal Commissions, 3 Shows at The Stone and 6 Video Operas Set for Experiments in Opera's 2015-16 Season20 Vocal Commissions, 3 Shows at The Stone and 6 Video Operas Set for Experiments in Opera's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

EXPERIMENTS IN OPERA - the curiously refreshing composer collective - announces its Fifth Anniversary Season, featuring 20 commissions of vocal works, 3 shows at The Stone in Alphabet City and 6 new video operas to be screened at Anthology Film Archives. (more...)

Church of Betty Celebrates 25 Years with New Record SWIRLED WORLD, Videos, and Shows at The Living RoomChurch of Betty Celebrates 25 Years with New Record SWIRLED WORLD, Videos, and Shows at The Living Room
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

There are few bands that have been as tenaciously creative, exploratory, eclectic and inclusive as Church of Betty. On Swirled World, their new release, produced by Two-time Independent Music Awards Winner Kenny Siegal (Langhorne Slim & The Law, Chris Whitley, Spottiswoode & His Enemies), frontman Chris Rael's ever-evolving musical palette effortlessly crosses genres (world, rock, pop, folk, classical) and is as fertile and explosive as ever. Rael is at the top of his game as vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. (more...)

Neuroscientist and Composer Dave Soldier Releases Two Collections via Mulatta RecordsNeuroscientist and Composer Dave Soldier Releases Two Collections via Mulatta Records
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

These companion releases of Soldier's solo piano (In Black & White) and quartet music (In Four Color) dissect and explore the two classic forms of the classical tradition. Together they encompass five hours of compositions spanning thirty years. (more...)

The Kitchen Presents Dither Performing John Zorn's GAME PIECES TonightThe Kitchen Presents Dither Performing John Zorn's GAME PIECES Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

New York-based electric guitar quartet Dither will perform a raucous evening of John Zorn's game pieces in conjunction with their forthcoming Tzadik release Dither Plays Zorn, tonight, December 13 at The Kitchen. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Zorn's influential game piece Cobra and the earlier pieces to be presented, dating from the late 70s and early 80s, provide an exciting window into the development of this seminal work. (more...)

Miller Theatre Continues 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with Keeril Makan TonightMiller Theatre Continues 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with Keeril Makan Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits series with two premieres from KEERIL MAKAN featuring Either/Or and Richard Carrick, conductor, tonight, December 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m at Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). (more...)

The Kitchen to Present Dither Performing John Zorn's GAME PIECES, 12/13The Kitchen to Present Dither Performing John Zorn's GAME PIECES, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

New York-based electric guitar quartet Dither will perform a raucous evening of John Zorn's game pieces in conjunction with their forthcoming Tzadik release Dither Plays Zorn, December 13 at The Kitchen. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Zorn's influential game piece Cobra and the earlier pieces to be presented, dating from the late 70s and early 80s, provide an exciting window into the development of this seminal work. (more...)

Japan Society Presents Yumiko Tanaka's Shamisen Accompaniment to CROSSROADS Film TonightJapan Society Presents Yumiko Tanaka's Shamisen Accompaniment to CROSSROADS Film Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Acclaimed traditional gidayu-bushi (specific to bunraku puppet theater) shamisen player and avant-garde musician Yumiko Tanaka provides a thrilling soundscape to the silent film Crossroads (Jujiro, 1928) tonight, November 15th in the second show of Japan Society's 2014-2015 Performing Arts Season multi-month musical program, The Shamisen Sessions. (more...)

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