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11/14/19 PR

15-Oct-19

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2019, 8:00 PM, $10

BETSEY BIGGS: Music from “MELT”


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

The 2019-20 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, November 14th with Boulder, CO based composer and artist Betsey Biggs. Currently on a fellowship through the University of Colorado where she serves as Assistant Professor of Critical Studies, Biggs will perform a melodic, glitch-ambient soundtrack for her new evening-length multimedia opera and music-film, MELT: The Memories of Ice, weaving field recordings of the soundscapes of Greenland – rushing meltwater streams, crackling underwater krill, whale whistles and clicks, the thunderous boom of calving icebergs, the wails of sled dogs, noisy generator drones, and children’s voices — into a powerful sonic experience.The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Now it its seventh 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 between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Betsey Biggs is a composer and interdisciplinary artist. Her body of work connects the dots between music, sound, visual art, place, storytelling, and technology. By slowing down, clarifying, and reworking sonic and visual fragments of her travels, she recreates her experience of place in poetic ways. Biggs has collaborated with Margaret Lancaster, Evidence, The Now Ensemble, The BSC, So Percussion, Tarab Cello Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, Nick Hallett, Pamela Z, Luciano Chasso, and filmmakers Jennie Livingston and Amy Harrison, among others, and her work has been presented at venues as disparate as ISSUE Project Room, Abrons Arts Center, Roulette, the Conflux Festival, MASSMoCA, Sundance Film Festival, Hong Kong’s Videotage, and on the streets of Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY. She studied at Colorado College and Mills College, and holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Music Composition. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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03-Oct-19

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20-Sep-19

THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 2019, 8:00 PM, $10

JEN KUTLER: Thank You For Listening

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

The 2019-20 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, October 10th with New York-based multidisciplinary artist and performer Jen Kutler. An ingenious inventor of unique interactive electronic media systems, Kutler will present Thank You For Listening, a set of compositions and improvisations for a handmade vibrator synthesizer controlled by a keyboard. All sounds are produced while the instrument is inside of the performer’s body. The sounds are transduced and amplified through an electromagnetic guitar pickup just barely touching the skin on the performer’s abdomen. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Now it its seventh 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 between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Jen Kutler is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments. She has released recordings through Flag Day Records, Never Anything Records, Urban Arts Berlin and others, and performs widely throughout the Northeast and has presented installations and workshops at Outpost Artist Resources, Fridman Gallery, EMPAC, Wave Farm, Cornell University and other venues.

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19-Sep-19

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19-Sep-19

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15-Aug-19

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2019, 8:00 PM, $10

ANASTASIA CLARKE: Crushed Matrices

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

The 2019-20 season of Musical Ecologies opens Thursday, September 19th with New York-based composer and audio technologist Anastasia Clarke. The evening will center around a realization of her ongoing work Crushed Matrices, a piece that incorporates crystal singing bowls, the shards of broken crystal singing bowls, and electronics. First performed in 2017, this will be the sixth iteration of Crushed Matrices. The evening will also include a performance of new work for solo electronics and voice. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.

Now it its seventh 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 between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Anastasia Clarke is a New York-based composer, performer, and audio technologist working in live embodied electronic music performance. Anastasia’s solo and collaborative projects use custom musical instruments and performing systems, functioning as sites for research and meaning-making around the subjects of physical instrument interaction, improvisation, and the healing efficacies of sound and listening work. In addition to performing in venues ranging from galleries and concert halls to DIY venues and intimate house shows across the United States, Anastasia has recently given talks and hands-on presentations of work with electronic hardware and software at NIME 2018, Expo ’74, The School for Poetic Computation, and Barnard College. Anastasia earned an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in 2018. In 2019, she is the recipient of a New Works Grant from the Queens Arts Fund, and will spend time in residence at EMS in Stockholm.

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Photo: Crystal Penalosa

Season VII

30-Jul-19

MUSICAL ECOLOGIES 2019-20 AT THE OLD STONE HOUSE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Musical Ecologies series will return to the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a seventh season of music and conversation hosted by composer and curator Dan Joseph  The upcoming season will include six events – three in the fall 2019 and three in spring 2020, and will include a range of composers and sound artists based in New York, Los Angeles and Colorado.

Opening the season on September 19th, will be New York-based composer and audio technologist Anastasia Clarke performing an iteration of her Crushed Matrices project. On October 10th, New York-based multidisciplinary artist Jen Kutler will perform a work using one of her unique interactive electronic media systems in combination with immersive field recordings. The fall schedule will conclude on November 14th with Boulder, CO based composer and studio artist Betsey Biggs who will offer a new work that weaves field recordings of the soundscapes of Greenland.

Season VII will continue on February 13, 2020 with composer Paula Matthusen. Currently Associate Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, Matthusen will present new works, including a piece for recorder written for and performed by Canadian musician Terri Hron. Appearing on March 12th will be  avant-garde cellist and musicologist Alex Waterman  The season concludes on April 9th with Los Angeles-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Corral  Currently on the composition faculty at CalArts, Corral will present a microtonal electronic work using a Launchpad Pro MIDI controllers.

Founded in 2012, 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 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 between the artist and curator.

Season at a glance (Thursdays):
September 19, 2019 – Anastasia Clarke
October 10, 2019 – Jen Kutler
November 14, 2019 – Betsey Biggs
February 13, 2020 – Paula Matthusen
March 12, 2020 – Alex Waterman
April 9, 2020 – Daniel Corral

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

All events begin at 8pm. Admission is $10

Contact: Dan Joseph, info@danjoseph.org, 718-930-2286

Summer Break

27-Apr-19

Season six of Musical Ecologies has concluded. Stay tuned for details about our upcoming season by joining our email list here, or follow our Facebook page here. We look forward to seeing you next September!

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4/18/19 Flyer

16-Apr-19

4/18/19 PR

29-Mar-19

THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2019, 8:00 PM, $10

NATE WOOLEY: Coyote

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

The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies concludes Thursday, April 18 with composer and trumpeter  Nate Wooley. Originally from Oregon, Wooley has been based in New York City since 2001 where is is active in a range contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music as an interpreter, improviser, and composer. On this evening, Wooley will perform a version of his long-form solo trumpet work Coyote, which takes its initial impulse from Joseph Beuys’s I Like America and America Likes Me performance, in which the artist is locked in a gallery space with a live coyote. In Coyote, Wooley acts as the ritual performer through a series of slow, subtle and deliberate movements involving the entire body, with the trumpet being the mechanistic other.  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 between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Nate Wooley grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began his professional music career at age 13 performing in big bands with his father, and studied jazz and classical trumpet at the University of Oregon and University of Denver. He settled in New York in 2001, and maintains an active schedule in jazz and experimental music in the U.S. and abroad. He has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Yoshi Wada, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, and others. Mr. Wooley has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer internationally and has been an artist-in-residence at London’s Cafe OTO and Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of a Grants to Artists award in Music / Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In addition to his composing and performing career, Wooley is the editor of Sound American, an online journal intended to demystify contemporary experimental music with the intention of expanding and perpetuating a base audience for the radical and avant-garde. He is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) and teaches at The New School for Social Research. Photo by Frank Scheemmann.

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3/28/19 Flyer

25-Mar-19

3/28/19 PR

01-Mar-19

THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2018, 8:00 PM, $10

JACK CALLAHAN: Toward Agave Expressionism

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, March 28 with New York based composer Jack Callahan. Well known as the founder of the influential underground cassette label Bánh Mì Verlag, Callahan is also a respected composer of instrumental and electronic music. His works often investigate the boundaries between experimental and popular, and the tensions between high and low culture. On this evening, he will perform 106 Kerri Chandler Chords for voice and computer, a work derived from his project Housed, an archive of (currently) 850 chords from classic House tracks Callahan collected in 2016, which was released on NNA Tapes and is currently being turned into an online archive. 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 between the artist and curator.

About the artist:

Jack Callahan (b. 1990) is a composer and sound engineer based in New York. He received a BA in Music Composition & Theory from Hampshire College in 2012. In 2011 he studied privately with Jürg Frey in Aarau, CH. Since 2013 Callahan has been primarily working under the moniker die Reihe, taken from the journal edited by Herbert Eimert and Karlheinz Stockhausen. With this project he has toured the both the U.S. and Europe multiple times and has released music with labels such as Anomia, Ascetic House, NNA Tapes, Salon. In 2013 he founded Bánh Mì Verlag, an imprint dedicated to contemporary experimental music and culture. As a composer his music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the S.E.M. Ensemble, the Wet Ink Ensemble, So Percussion, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dog Star Orchestra. He currently curates the concert series Pennies from Heaven in collaboration with Control Synthesizers and Electronic Devices in Brooklyn. In 2018 he coauthored the manifesto Toward Agave Expressionism with Alec Sturgis. This lead to the establishment of the festival Neo-Pastiche: Changes in American Music which will take place in Asheville, NC in April 2019.

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Upcoming: Nate Wooley (4/18/19)