Electric Guitar Quartet DITHER and Pitchfork fave Kyle Bobby Dunn Come To Brooklyn
Innovative Canadian composer/performer Kyle Bobby Dunn (www.myspace.com/kbdunn) and electric guitar quartet Dither (www.ditherquartet.com) will open the second season of new music series Music at First on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 7:30pm. The Series is held at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, located at 124 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are $10 at the door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Directions are at www.fpcbrooklyn.org.
MUSIC AT FIRST, curated by Wil Smith (composer who also serves as organist at First Presbyterian), occurs monthly, featuring two performers or ensembles per evening. Smith describes Music at First as "a diverse mix of New York City's best new music ensembles and performers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners." Future performers in the fall series will include bassist Eleonore Oppenheim and special guest TBA on October 8th; pianist Isabelle O'Connell and Flutronix on November 5th; and a double bill of Phithia and Slow/Fast on December 3rd.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, now residing in Brooklyn, 24 year old KYLE BOBBY DUNN has premiered his highly specialized works in live settings, including exclusive outdoor and site specific environments, throughout North America for nearly a decade. His work has been described as "patience incarnate" - (Pitchfork Media) and walks a wide intersection between extended minimalist technique, neo-classicalism, textural processed drone, and post-romantic song crafting. His work examines the inner workings of the human condition in mostly large, emotionally charged and epic pieces for guitar, strings and piano that translate the beauty and horror of our time, memory, feeling, and actions. Dunn's compositions are painterly, haunting, and wanderingly romantic, and can transport the listener to the furthest and most forgotten landscapes.
DITHER, a New York based electric guitar quartet featuring Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Joshua Lopes, and James Moore, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. Formed in 2007, the quartet has performed in the US and abroad, presenting new commissions, original compositions, improvisations, multimedia works, and large guitar ensemble pieces. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, all of Dither's music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. Dither's recent collaborators include downtown bagpiper Matthew Welch, composers Eve Beglarian and David Lang, and guitarist/composers Bryce Dessner, Nick Didkovsky, Marco Cappelli, Elliott Sharp, and Mark Stewart. Recent performances in New York include the Performa Biennial, The MATA Festival Interval Series, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. Dither's debut album was released by Henceforth Records in June 2010. For this concert, Dither will be playing music by composers TEd Hearne, Josh Lopes, Lisa Coons, and Wil Smith.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BROOKLYN (FPC) is committed to supporting the arts in the community, and has been noted by Lucid Culture blog as as "doing double duty as comfortable neighborhood hang and avant garde central for the budget conscious." FPC is an open and intentionally diverse congregation, by race, culture, age, theology, and sexual orientation.