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18-Oct-18

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2018, 8:00 PM, $10

DAVID WATSON: Listen Faster!

The Old Stone House

in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue

Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map

718-768-3195

The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, November 15 with experimental musician David Watson. Originally from New Zealand, Watson has lived and worked in New York City since 1987 where he is active in a wide variety of contexts as an improvisor, composer, and presenter. For the last 25 years Watson has used the highland bagpipe as a tool to explore space and sound, and on this evening he will engage with the pristine acoustics of the Old Stone House using both the Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish small-pipes in a suite of compositions and improvisations with the superbly creative and idiosyncratic bass trombonist Sam Kulik titled Listen Faster! This will be a first meeting for these two musicians, and the title comes from a retort by the late composer and poet Chris Mann. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Now it its sixth season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist:

David Watson is an experimental musician – a guitarist, bagpiper and advocate for intelligent listening. Having co-founded the experimental label Braille Records in New Zealand and organized several music festivals there in 1980’s, he settled in New York and into the scene around the Knitting Factory and A-mica Bunker music series. His guitar playing has been featured in many combinations, notably for John Zorn’s Cobra, and in groups with Ikue Mori, Christian Marclay, Zeena Parkins, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Tipple. In the early 90’s he began playing Highland bagpipes and has worked to create a new vocabulary for the instrument, pushing the limits of space, sound and timbre, the results of which can be heard on his double-CD release Fingering an Idea on Phill Niblock’s XI Records label. Watson also has an ongoing project creating processions – new music in the context of walking and the outdoors. This has led him to making pieces for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, for the Tasmanian Police Band in Australia, and for a large ad hoc ensemble in a parking lot in Los Angeles. In 2015 Watson founded and the Brooklyn/Queens based music performance series WOrK predicated on exploring what “experimental” means today.

Photo by Andrea Callard

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21-Sep-18

THURSDAY OCTOBER 18, 2018, 8:00 PM, $10

LUCIE VÍTKOVÁ: Composition, Improvisation and Sonification

The Old Stone House
in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map
718-768-3195

The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, October 18 with composer, improviser and performer Lucie Vítková. A native of the Czech Republic, Vítková is currently a visiting scholar at New York University where she is researching the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life. In her compositions she is focused on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while in her improvisation practice she explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. On this wide ranging program she will present four works: Invisible Scores for hichiriki, ryuteki, sho and accordion; Hyojo Choshi, a traditional Japanese Gagaku arranged for 5 Japanese hichirkis; and 2 pieces from her post-apocalyptic series in which she repurposes ordinary trash to build sonic costumes.

Now it its sixth season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist:

Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, synthesizer, voice and tap dance) from the Czech Republic. Her compositions focus on sonification, while in her improvisation practice she explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. She was nominated for the Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in 2017, and was commissioned by the Roulette Intermedium in 2017. She is the creator of two ensembles:  NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on music behavior); and OPERA Ensemble (for singing instrumentalists). During the 2017 Mentor/Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), she studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and has been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble. As an accordion player, she collaborated with New York based TAK Ensemble, S.E.M. ensemble, String Noise, Du.0, Argento Ensemble, CU Raaga, Ghost Ensemble and Wet Ink. Vitková is a graduate of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), and has been a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (D), Columbia University in New York (USA) and New York University.

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20-Sep-18

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22-Aug-18

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, 8:00 PM, $10

CHERYL E. LEONARD: Music from the Ice

The Old Stone House

in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map
718-768-3195

The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies opens Thursday September 20 with San Francisco-based composer, performer, and instrument-builder Cheryl E. Leonard. Making a rare New York appearance, Leonard will present a set of music that investigates how climate change is transforming polar environments and ecosystems. Performing with an array of amplified stones, wood, water, sand, seaweed, shells, and bones, in combination with field recordings of natural soundscapes, she will perform works from Antarctica: Music from the Ice, a series of compositions developed from her experiences on the Antarctic Peninsula in 2008-2009 as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Also included will be music inspired by a 2011 residency in Svalbard, an archipelago in the High Arctic north of mainland Norway. Her performance will be accompanied by videos from visual artists Oona Stern (Brooklyn) and Genevieve Swifte (Australia). The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Now it its sixth season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist:

Cheryl E. Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer, and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments, and often feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments and field recordings from remote locales. Fascinated by the subtle textures and intricacies of sounds, especially very quiet phenomena, she uses microphones to explore micro-aural worlds hidden within her sound sources. Her musical forms frequently reflect on or model themes connected to natural phenomena and processes, and most of her recent projects relate to climate change in the polar regions or California. In addition to creating solo work, Leonard has produced numerous installations, videos, and multimedia works with visual artists; composed for film, video, dance, and theater; designed sounds for exhibits in science museums; and worked with climatologists, oceanographers, and biologists. Leonard’s music has been performed worldwide, and her instruments, installations, and graphic scores have been exhibited in art galleries in the U.S., Norway, Australia, Mexico, and Argentina.

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Sila (excerpt) from Cheryl Leonard on Vimeo.

Season Six

19-Jul-18

Musical Ecologies 2018-2019 Schedule:

September 20, 2018 – Cheryl Leonard

October 18, 2018 – Lucie Vitková

November 15, 2018 – David Watson

February 28, 2019 – Pamela Z

March 21, 2019 – Jack Callahan

April 18, 2019 – Nate Wooley