ON STAGE NOW:
CONJURE @ INTAR
Tuesday Night Concerts
Second Sunday Workshops/Performances
The Conjure Music Collective announces CONJURE @ INTAR, a performance and
residency series launching in October, 2013 in partnership with INTAR, the historic
Latino theater located at 500 West 52nd St, 4th fl. CONJURE @ INTAR consists of
monthly Tuesday Night Concerts and Workshop/Performances on the second
Sundays of October, November, December, and January.
Tuesday Night Concerts?8pm, $10
Tuesday Night Concerts highlight members of the Conjure Collective?playing together
in the Conjure Ensemble and as individuals leading their own bands.
October 8 Conjure Ensemble Debut! preceded by Solos/Duos/Trios
November 5 J.D. Parran Ensemble, Alexis Marcelo Group
December 3 Cristian Amigo Group, William Hooker (in partnership w/ Hell’s Kitchen
Cultural Center, Inc.)
January 7 Andrew Drury Quartet, Daniel Blake Group
Workshop: $15 ($45 for all 4)?includes performance. Performances: $10, $5 age 7-13, under 7 free, families $20 (limit 4, additions $5), workshop participants free.
Second Sundays of each month feature a noon all ages workshop and a 2pm concert.?Under the direction of eminent musician/composer/educator J.D. Parran, and co-led by?other Conjure members, the workshops give students inspiration and skills in jazz?improvisation and composition. A performance featuring the leaders of the workshop,
other Conjure members, and selected students follows at 2.
October 13 Four More to Go, co-led by J.D. Parran & Alexis Marcelo
November 10 Stretch Out, co-led by J.D. Parran & Cristian Amigo
December 8 Put It Together, co-led by J.D. Parran & Andrew Drury
January 12 All for the Festival, co-led by J.D. Parran, Daniel Blake, & Kevin Ray
For more workshop information visit:
About the Conjure Music Collective
Conjure is a group of creative jazz musicians working together to support, through?collective action, the lives, work, and creativity of Conjure core members, their?communities, and music students.
Conjure Collective Members: Cristian Amigo (guitar) www.cristianamigo.com, DanielBlake (tenor/soprano saxophones) http://danielblake.net, Andrew Drury (drum set)www.andrewdrury.com, Alexis Marcelo (piano/keyboards), J. D. Parran (multi-reeds),Kevin Ray (bass) http://www.1032k.com
INTAR’S MUSIC DEPARTMENT:
COMPOSER – IN – RESIDENCE
Cristian Amigo is an American musician, composer, producer, and writer, an artist who explores sonic and social spaces between contemporary Western art music, popular music (jazz/blues, ambient, afro-diasporic), and emergent technologies. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist with an improvising bent, Amigo creates/performs/produces recordings, avant-chamber and orchestral music, operas, theatre and film music, soundscapes, fierce riffs, and pop songs.
Amigo?s work has been supported by many foundations and public agencies including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
He has a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA and has studied theory, composition, and performance with masters from various world music traditions. Recordings with his ?new music jam band? Kingdom of Jones are available on innova Recordings.
Some new and recent projects include producing a 10 CD anthology of New York new music composers (Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Fred Ho, Joan Tower, + 54 more) set for a fall 2010 release on innova recordings, a new solo CD The Buzzy Garden (innova 2011), and collaborations/works with Eve Beglarian, Corey Dargel, JACK Quartet, Spontaneous River Orchestra, Electric Eel Multimedia Ensemble, and choreographer Jill Sigman.
He is currently composing the music for the play 3 Truths by Naomi Ilzuka (Cornerstone Theatre/Grand Performances-LA), Killing Play by Dave Anzuelo (Rattlestick Theater-NYC), and the opera Picasso:Payaso at INTAR (NYC).
Amigo is partial to the Fender telecaster, Messiaen, Miles Davis, Earle Brown, Led Zeppelin, J.S. Bach, Lee ?Scratch? Perry, and tube amps. Although he is a music-geek tech-head, he is averse to dehumanized technological expression, yo.?http://cristianamigo.com/
Marios Aristopoulos?is a composer and sound designer from Athens, Greece. He holds a Master?s degree in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, and a Bachelor?s in Music Technology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work has been performed in the Athens Concert Hall, the 2012 Venice Biennale, the 10th Berlinale Talent Campus, BIOS theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and he has been nominated for an award in best sound design from the Aubagne Film Festival in France. He recently moved to New York and has worked on?Lucy Loves Me?(INTAR),?Will Work For?(IRT Theater), and the?Summer Shorts Festival?(59E59 theaters).?www.marios-aristopoulos.com
MICHAEL GOMEZ (Wormwood, Bootleg Remedy, Hazmat Modine, Greta Gertler & The Extroverts) leads his band from hot jazz and swing to delta blues and early country – mixing the fingerpicking style of a Blind Lemon Jefferson with jazz inflected lines inspired by Charlie Christian, Sun Ra covers and original compositions. Soulful performances of original and traditional roots music.
DOG ADRIFT is a music group led by guitarist Michael Quoma and featuring members of New York’s rock, jazz, and contemporary music scene.? “Part Thrill Jockey, part surf-rocky,” the group plays compositions that wind their way through tempos and timbers, while Telecaster and Nord-driven melodies give way to free improvisations and pedalboard interference.
EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC AND DANCE @ INTAR
Tuesday, June 11 @ 8:15PM
$10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. All ages.
As the third of four concerts in INTAR Theater?s Spring Music Series, MUSIC AND DANCE @ INTAR presents two performances by some of NYC?s leading choreographers/dancers /conceptual/musical artists. It will be a night of original, far-searching movement, music, and energy.
8:15PM Jill Sigman/thinkdance with IMAGINARY PEOPLE (Miguel Frasconi/Cristian Amigo)
9:15PM OVERGROUND PHYSICAL THEATER COMPANY (Music by: Emilio Garzon, Marios Aristopoulos, Xana Villan-Rueda,?Directed & choreographed by Antonia Katrandjieva)
The work of jill sigman/thinkdance exists at the intersection of dance, theater, and visual installation. Described as an artist of “prodigious imagination and intelligence” by The New York Times, Sigman transforms simple actions like walking on eggshells, sliding down the stairs, and eating hot pink roses into complex statements about self, society, and human experience.
Miguel Frasconi is a composer and improviser specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His work was recently featured in the Leonardo Music Journal (#22; Acoustics) and in 2012 The New York Times called his CAGE100 festival ?one of the best observances of John Cage?s birthday.?
Cristian Amigo is a composer, guitarist, producer and educator who writes and performs avant-music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, theater, and film. He is composer-in-residence at INTAR Theater. Time Out New York writes ?during any given performance [by Amigo], Messiaen grapples with Led Zeppelin while Perez Prado teaches Stravinsky to mambo.?
“?profound, subtle, unconventional, Overground Physical Theatre Company is the avant-garde epitome of kinetic intelligence and esoteric vision?” -Theatre Magazine
OVERGROUND PHYSICAL THEATRE COMPANY performs excerpts from X-Stream: a ?kinetic zoom? of dance, video and theatre that views the transience of the human experience through the lives of nine contemporary women living on the edge of uncertainty. Victimized by ecological insanity and mass consumption, they lose their senses and shut off from the outside world, only to rediscover they are a link in the chain between self and other.
Directed & choreographed by Antonia Katrandjieva; Costumes: Hristina Hristova
Music by: Emilio Garzon, Marios Aristopoulos, Xana Villan-Rueda & others; Dramaturg: Vessela Warner
INTAR ELECTRONIC CHAMBER MUSIC NIGHT
Tuesday, June 4 @ 8:15PM
$10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.
9:15PM – HANS TAMMEN & IRON FOUNDRY
String Quartet: Jason Kao Hwang – viola, Sarah Bernstein – violin, Thomas Ulrich – cello, Jonas Tauber ? contrabass, Percussion: Satoshi Takeishi, Live Processing: Hans Tammen
Hans Tammen’s IRON FOUNDRY consolidates tightly woven rhythms and sonic dissonances of the “low string quartet” (violas, cello and contrabass) plus percussion with bizarre textures emerging from the electronic live sound processing from Tammen’s interactive software. All About Jazz called Hans Tammen’s music “nothing short of breathtaking”, and ?masterpiece of musical evocation”.
8:15PM – CRISTIAN AMIGO & KINGDOM OF JONES
Cristian Amigo – electric guitar, Izzi Ramkissoon ? laptop, Theo Metz – drums
INTAR composer-in-residence Cristian Amigo brings a new incarnation of his “new music jam band” Kingdom of Jones to INTAR. Extended guitar sounds, laptop densities, memories, birds, quantum flavors, and rituals will be invoked and evoked. Applegate Guitar Blog writes, ?Amigo makes music that expresses a something that might not be defined in words to good advantage. It is the multiplicity of the modern experience.?
INTAR EVENING OF EXPERIMENTAL GUITAR
Tuesday, May 21 @ 8:00PM. doors open @ 7:45pm
10:00pm. BRANDON SEABROOK TRIO/ALLISON MILLER- drums/JOHNNY De BLASE – bass
9:00 pm. JOEL HARRISON/CRISTIAN AMIGO/ANDREW DRURY TRIO
8:00p, TRIOKA:TOR SNYDER/BILLY CUMMINGS/KEITH MACKSOUD
INTAR Theater. 500 W. 52nd Street, 4th Floor. 212. 695. 6134
$10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.
As one of four concerts in INTAR Theater?s Spring Music Series, INTAR EVENING OF EXPERIMENTAL GUITAR features some of NYC?s leading avant-guitarists in various musical settings. Brandon Seabrook (voted best guitarist 2012 by the Village Voice) brings his trio and his hard-edged guitar/banjo attack to the INTAR stage. NYC Alternative Guitar Festival founder/guitarist/composer Joel Harrison (Nels Cline, Norah Jones, Uri Caine, Dewey Redman), guitarist/composer Cristian Amigo (Elliot Sharp, Eve Beglarian, Wadada Leo Smith), and drummer/composer Andrew Drury (Jason Kao Hwang, Steve Swell Trio) team up for their first improvised collaboration in a bass-less trio that is sure to reimagine world/roots music. Guitarist Tor Snyder (Bob Moses, Kenwood Denard, John Medeski) brings his singular, from-another-planet sound that he channels through a Moog guitar. It will be a night of far-searching music and energy as the musicians look to both epitomize and transcend the nature of the guitar.
1st INTAR ROOTS & NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
INTAR THEATER Presents The 1st INTAR ROOTS & NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday and Saturday, November 16-17, 2012. 6.30 pm ? midnight.
INTAR Theater. 500 W. 52nd Street, 4th Floor.
Cover charge: $10 for one night/$15 for both nights
Tickets available at
The INTAR Roots & New Music Festival is a forum for some of NYC?s leading and emergent composers, performers, and genre-bending musicians.
INTAR Theater will kick-off its third season (2012-2013) of concerts with our first INTAR Roots & New Music Festival on Friday and Saturday, November 16-17, 2012. Performers include guitarists Elliott Sharp and Cristian Amigo (guitar duo), Miguel Frasconi (glass instruments), The Guidonian Hand (trombone ensemble), violinist/composer Jason Kao Hwang, The Izzi Ramkissoon Ensemble, Gerard Every (Sephardic song), Rami El-Aasser (Arabic percussion), guitarist/composer Patrick Grant, and many others (see full list below).
contact: Marios Aristopoulos @ INTAR ? Maristopoulos@intartheatre.org ? 347.206.3065
Lou Moreno, INTAR Artistic Director, Cristian Amigo, INTAR Composer-in-Residence, Festival Director, Marios Aristopoulos, Associate Music Producer, Irmaris Sanchez Diaz, Lighting designer, Sergio Cruz, Stage Manager
SCHEDULE 2012 INTAR ROOTS & NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL :
Friday, November 16
7:00 – 7:30 Concetta Abate & Rauh 7:40 – 8:10 Patrick Grant 8:20 ? 8:50 Jason Kao Hwang (solo violin) 9:00 – 9:30 Izzi Ramkissoon Ensemble 9:40 ? 10:10 Miguel Frasconi 10:20 ? 10:50 Elliott Sharp/Cristian Amigo 11:00 ? 11:30 Dan Cooper & Erbium 11:40 ? 12:10 Dom Minasi/Blaise Siwula
Saturday, November 17
6:20 ? 6:40 David Omar Davila 6:45 – 7:15 Jody Cristofferson Green Card Wedding with David Anzuelo 7:15 – 7:45 Rami El-Aasser (Arabic) 7:55 – 8:25 Gerard Edery (Sephardic) 8:35 – 8:55 Marios Aristopoulos & Octafuzz Quartet 9:05 – 9:50. Gotham Roots Orchestra 10:00 ? 10:30 Gene Pritsker/Trio Amalgamate 10:40 ? 11:10 Isabel Castellvi & Guests 11:20 ? 11:50 Guidonian Hand 12:00 ? 1:00 PARTY
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16: NEW MUSIC NIGHT
“This is music for folks who like things a little different–exploratory and sometimes rather free but expressing also a structural knack that melds the two personalities into a compositional-improvisational singularity.” – Gregory Applegate Edwards (Author of Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog)
Improvisational chamber duo Charlie Rauh and Concetta Abbate have swiftly established themselves on the NYC scene since their formation one year ago. Combining influences from 12th century plainchant, folk, free, and baroque, their concise guitar/violin pieces have been featured in a variety of venues ranging from Cornelia St Cafe to The Rubin Art Museum.
Patrick Grant is a composer, performer, and producer based in NYC. His music is informed by his experience and work with contemporary-classical and popular music (John Cage, Philip Glass, Quincy Jones, Kid Creole), the communal music of the Balinese Gamelan, and recently with his incipient work in the Guitar Circles of Robert Fripp. He has written scores for theatrical visionaries Robert Wilson, The Living Theatre, and companies in Brazil, London, and Dublin (2013). He is a recent recipient of the Con Edison – Exploring the Metropolis Musician Residency for the creation of a new work for multiple guitar ensemble.
Jason Kao Hwang (composer, violin/ viola) has created works ranging from jazz, classical, ?new? and world music. Stories Before Within (2008, Innova) featuring his jazz quartet EDGE, was chosen as one of the Top Ten CDs of 2008 by Coda Magazine. Mr. Hwang?s chamber opera, The Floating Box, A Story in Chinatown (New World Records), presented by the Asia Society in 2001, was named one of the ?Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2005? by Opera News. Commitment, The Complete Recordings, 1981-1983, from a collective quartet that was Mr. Hwang?s first band, was voted as ?2010 Reissued Recording of the Year? by All About Jazz / New York. His octet Burning Bridge, commissioned by Chamber Music America / New Jazz Works, recently premiered at the Chicago World Music Festival.Mr. Hwang has also received support from US Artists International, the American Music Center, Meet the Composer/New Residencies, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and others. Spontaneous River, Mr. Hwang?s orchestra of string improvisers, performed in Vision Festival XIV and will release the recording of Symphony of Souls in early 2011. As violinist, Mr. Hwang has worked with Reggie Workman, William Parker, Anthony Braxton, Vladamir Tarasov, Henry Threadgill and many others.
Izzi Ramkissoon is an award-winning electro acoustic multimedia composer, performer, and sound artist. He has written works for a variety of media including theater, dance, installations, alternative controllers, and interactive multimedia. His compositions deal extensively with the use of technology in composition and have been featured at SEAMUS, NYCEMF, SPARK, Look and Listen Festival, Black Maria Film + Video Festival, World Maker Faire, MATA and numerous other venues and festivals, both nationally and internationally. The Izzi Ramkissoon Ensemble fuses media, technology, IDM, hardcore, classical, musique concrete and various other resources to perform interactive, improvisatory, and experimental works. Info visit www.izzilive.com
Miguel Frasconi uses electronics and an instrumentarium of glass objects to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition. His glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed, and otherwise coaxed into vibration. Miguel has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including Alonzo King and modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. He was a founding member of The Glass Orchestra, the internationally renowned new music ensemble featuring all glass instruments. Frasconi is a member of Ne(x)tworks, one of NYC?s leading new music ensemble, and teaches at Bard College where he directs the Bard Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk).
Elliot Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City since the late 1970s, Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from blues, jazz, and orchestral music to noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He pioneered the use of personal computers in live performance with his Virtual Stance project of the 1980s. He has used algorithms and fibonacci numbers in experimental composition since the 1970s. He has cited literature as an inspiration for his music and often favors improvisation. He is an inveterate performer, playing mainly guitar, saxophone and bass clarinet. Sharp has led many ensembles over the years, including the blues-oriented Terraplane and Orchestra Carbon
Cristian Amigo is an American composer, guitarist, producer, and educator who explores connections between art (classical and jazz) music and American popular and roots musics. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist, and improviser, Amigo writes avant-music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, opera, theater, and film; he composes and performs in various roots and experimental music groups including The Gotham Roots Orchestra and Kingdom of Jones.
His awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Meet the Composer. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Forum, and Innova Recordings, among many others. The 2012 New Grove Dictionary of American Music will contain an entry on Cristian and his music. In 2011, he produced the recording NYFA: 25 Years of New York New Music, an anthology that includes music from Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros, Joan Tower, Elliott Sharp, ETHEL, and hundreds of others.
Erbium was started by composers Dan Cooper and Daniel Palkowski, who met as an undergrad and a prof at Columbia University. On percussion is Cesare Papetti. The instrumentation features 7-string bass guitar, electro-acoustic flute, keyboards, & gesture-controlled electronics. The repertoire includes original compositions as well as arrangements of Liszt, Satie, and Prokofiev, among others. Festival appearances have included the 2011 American Composers Orchestra SoNiC Festival and the 2012 Spectrum NYX Prog Music Festival. Venues have included The Annex, Bar East, Caf? Brama, Drom NYC, Fat Baby, Galapagos, The Gershwin Hotel, Parkside Lounge, Solas, Spectrum NYC, The Stone, and Temple M. This season, Erbium will record a new CD on Composers Concordance Records, distributed by Naxos.
Blaise Siwula and Dom Minasi first met at The Knitting Factory (NYC) in 1996. A few weeks later they started to play together as a trio with drummer John Bollinger. Right from the beginning there was cohesiveness among them a In 1999 they were signed by CIMP Records. Their first CD was titled Dialing Privileges,. Eventually the trio became a duo. While in Tucson they recorded heir first duo CD. The Blaise Siwula * Dom Minasi ?Live at the Matt Bevel Center CD was released in 2009 on re:KonstruK Records which was met with glowing reviews such as: “Siwula?s duo with guitarist and composer Dom Minasi, is an electrifying experience? The NYC Record: Wilbur Mckenzie. Sixteen years later they still rehearse every other week whether there are gigs or not
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17: ROOTS NIGHT
David Davila is a playwright and songwriter from South Texas who dreams of love and enchiladas. His works include the plays, MEN OF GOD, ADAN Y JULIO, CREDO, AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS, and WINE AND THE WAY WE EMBRACE. As half of the song-writing duo Havrilla & Davila, he has written lyrics for the musicals FUCKING BEAUTIFUL, and OCCUPY: THE MUSICAL. He recently completed a year-long songwriting project called 52 Songs, and presented a concert of the highlights called 52 SONGS: ABRIDGED. He is the founder of Lone Star Theatre Co, and a blogger for crazytownblog.com.
Greencard Wedding (Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos) is a 2 person Indie Folk Beatbox Rock Band with Dutch influences. The band plays all original music in Dutch (with English subtitles) and in English (no subtitles). Instruments: guitar, beatbox, vocals, harmonies. Venues played; The Lower East Music Festival (Dixon Place Mainstage), The Parkside Lounge, Bowery Poetry Club, Center Stage, The Exquisite Corpse Festival, Richmod Shepard Theater, The Back Porch, as well as written music for the short film ?Like This? (Winner of the Exquisite Corpse Film Festival 2012), Eschaton Cabaret and written a Voter Awareness PSA for the Eisenhower Presidential Library. Their first CD ?Forced Co-habitation? was released in Aug 2012 and can be found on Itunes and CdBaby.Guest artist: Dave Anzuelo.
Rami plays worldwide with Raquy & the Cavemen, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Zikrayat, Cafe Antarsia Ensemble, and has opened for recording artists including Ani Difranco, K’naan, and Mos Def. He is a regular at NYC’s bellydance parties with local traditional musicians from across the mideast.
Based in New York with roots in Egypt, his repertoire include classical and folk traditions from the following regions: Arabic, Greek, Balkan, Turkish, Ladino, East African, and some North African. Rami’s grooves also can be found on many recordings, soundtracks, and live theatre productions. Rami composes and records the entire percussion section in tracks, playing tabla aka darbuka, riq, deff, clay tiblas, djembe, toumbak, and sagat.
Recognized as a leading musical folklorist and a master singer and guitarist, Gerard Edery has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world. He has been honored with the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs. His musical “Song of the Turtledove,” co-written with Noa Ain, was presented by the Premieres Festival at Lincoln Center. Highlights of Edery?s extensive performing career have included performances at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Merkin Concert Hall , Florence Gould Hall, and The United Nations in both New York City and Geneva, Victoria Hall in Geneva, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Royce Hall in L.A., The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Fez International Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco, the Festival Cervantino in Mexico, the Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam where he also served on the music competition jury, the Vilnius International Folk Festival, the Pax Sacred Music Festival and the Klaipeda Concert Series (with chamber orchestra) in Lithuania; in Poland at the International Folk Music Festival, the Zachor Music Festival in Bialystock and at the Warsaw Music Academy, among others. He has collaborated with some of the brightest stars on the world music circuit including Glen Velez, Ara Dinkjian, Amir Vahab, Alberto Mizrahi, Jamie Haddad, Aruna Sairam, Hamza El Din, Munir Bashir and George Mgrdichian. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he has released 14 CDs on the Sefarad Records label as well as a much acclaimed Sephardic Songbook.
Marios Aristopoulos is a composer and sound designer from Athens, Greece. He has studied in the University of London (Goldsmiths, SOAS) and holds a BA in Music, an MA in Composition, an MA in Ethnomusicology, and is currently studying towards a PhD. He has created sound and music for a variety of films, video games, documentaries, TV series, and plays in Greece and the UK, and has recently visited the States to write music for Dance for a Dollar (INTAR), The One Minute Play Festival (INTAR), and the Summer Shorts Festival (59E59 Theaters). He was selected amongst 4300 applicants for the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus, and he is currently working as an intern for Michael Riesman and Philip Glass. www.marios-aristopoulos.com
The Octafuzz Quartet are: Lead vocals: Irmaris Sanchez Diaz, Guitar: Marios Aristopoulos, Bass & Vocals: Petros Venios, Drums: Adrian Letechipia
Fronted by guitarist/composer/producer (and Guggenheim Composition Fellow) Cristian Amigo and guitarist/composer/visual artist (and karate black belt) Angela Babin, the THE GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA (GRO) uses American roots musics, the blues, bad-ass guitars, and ready-to-stomp beats as a reference point for their ching?n sound.
THE GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA?s self-titled debut EP is a collection of live takes completed in one five-hour recording session, plus the field recording of the final track, Mighty Jesus. From the Band-influenced strains of Goodman Hero, the guitar boogie of Mississippi Bound, the apocalyptic roadhouse cover of Steely Dan?s Black Friday, the bilingual blues-rock of Dark Stone (Ay De Mi), through the battle hymn strains of Mighty Jesus, GRO’s music and lyrics sound out the NOW Americano life.
Isabel Castellvi lives and works in New York City as cellist, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. As a versatile musician she performs and composes a broad range of music including classical, contemporary classical, experimental, world music, free-improvisation, electro-acoustic, folk, rock, avant-garde performance art, and hip-hop. She works regularly with composers developing and performing new works and has premiered hundreds of compositions. Collaborative creation is an integral part of her work, which has led to various projects with composers, dance, theater and visual artists.
Acclaimed by the New York Times for their ?expertly played? performances displaying ?meaty lower brass textures,? the Guidonian Hand is America?s leading modern trombone collective.Tireless advocates for contemporary music, this adventurous ensemble collaborates frequently with living composers, bringing to life compelling new works. They have commissioned many new works and received grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Barlow Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and New Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer). The Hand has premiered works by Eve Beglarian, Conrad Winslow, J. Mark Stambaugh, Galen Brown, and Jeremy Howard Beck. Current commissions include pieces by Mary Ellen Childs, Jeremy Howard Beck, Christian Gentry, and Alex Weiser, the group?s composer in residence for the 2012-13 season.
GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA LIVE @ INTAR