Tribeca New Music to Continue 2016-17 Festival Season with THE DEBUSSY EFFECT and EX MACHINA
Tribeca New Music continues its 2016-2017 Festival season with a doubleheader concert featuring pianist Kathleen Supové and composer Neil Rolnick as they perform works from their new CDs The Debussy Effect (Supové) and EX MACHINA (Rolnick).
The concert takes place at Nancy Manocherian's - the cell, 338 West 23rd Street (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.) in NYC, on Sunday, December 4 at 4PM. Tickets range in price from $10 to $30. For details and to buy tickets, go to Tribeca New Music.
The Debussy Effect and EX MACHINA
The Debussy Effect showcases new works written for pianist Kathleen Supové. The composers bring their own sense of and personal relationship to Debussy in a collection of 21st century works for solo piano and electronics.
Joan LaBarbara's Storefront Diva (for piano and sonic atmosphere) takes several fragmentary quotes from the writings of Joseph Cornell, American artist and sculptor, as inspiration for her sound paintings.
Matt Marks's Dr. Gradus vs. Rev. Powell is a play on the famously virtuosic movement of Debussy's Children's Corner, "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum."
In his Layerings 3, Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark builds a kaleidoscopic texture from several recordings of Supové playing the same material.
Randall Woolf's What Remains of a Rembrandt engages with aspects of Debussy's legacy that go beyond his harmonic or rhythmic nuts and bolts.
Annie Gosfield's Shattered Apparitions of the Western Wind for piano and electronics is inspired by Debussy's piano work What the West Wind Saw. Toggling between pre-recorded fragments of the Debussy, musique concrète recordings of Hurricane Sandy, and Supové's live piano, Gosfield creates a musical landscape that seems to track the dramatic experience of living through a powerful natural event.
Daniel Felsenfeld's Cakewalking for solo piano deconstructs Debussy's famous, and controversial, Golliwog's Cakewalk.
The final work of the set is Jacob Cooper's La plus que plus que lente, a title that describes the process through which he most frequently engages the material from Debussy's original work, La plus que lente - that is, he slows it down against an ambient electronic background.
Composer Neil Rolnick's EX MACHINA is a electroacoustic "tour de force" written specifically for cellist Ashley Bathgate, wind player Andrew Sterman, pianist Kathleen Supové, and the composer himself on keyboard and electronics.
In Silicon Breath, Andrew Sterman (the Phillip Glass Ensemble) uses the alto saxophone to coax the computer into sounds luscious and swinging. Kathleen Supové in Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand trades control of the computer back and forth with Rolnick while romping through a cornucopia of piano styles.
Ashley Bathgate (of the Bang on a Can All-Stars) integrates her cello with the laptop, taking control of the processing to create a performance of orchestral proportions in Cello Ex Machina. Rolnick is alone with his machine in WakeUp and O Brother! - mashups that spin and shape alternative narratives from familiar samples.
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