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15-Nov-16

zimmerphone-hotel-room-tubaTHURSDAY DECEMBER 8, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

MARK STEWART: New Music Hootenanny

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday December 8th with Brooklyn-based Multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. Though best known as a guitarist, Stewart is also widely regarded as a prolific inventor of handmade musical instruments. For over two decades he has maintained an instrument workshop and sonic salon known as the “lab” creating a dizzying array of invented instruments out of collected garbage, PVC pipes found on street corners, and latent objects of every sort charged with unexplored musical potential. The evening will focus on these unique creations through a “new music hootenanny” wherein Stewart will introduce and demonstrate many of his instruments and lead the audience in a spontaneous participatory performance. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph, and a reception will follow. 

Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) 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:

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and instrument designer Mark Stewart has been heard around the world performing old and new music. Since 1998 he has recorded, toured and been Musical Director with Paul Simon.  A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the comic duo Polygraph Lounge with keyboard & theremin wizard Rob Schwimmer, Mark has also worked with Steve Reich, Sting, Anthony Braxton, Bob Dylan, Charles Wourinen, Cecil Taylor, Meredith Monk, Stevie Wonder, Phillip Glass, Hugh Masakela, Iva Bittova, Bruce Springsteen, Ornette Coleman, Edie Brickell, Don Byron, Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Cliff, the Everly Brothers, Fred Frith, Alison Krauss, David Krakauer, Bobby McFerrin, David Byrne, James Taylor, The Roches, Aaron Neville and Marc Ribot. He has worked extensively with composer Elliot Goldenthal on music for the films Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Across the Universe, Titus, The Butcher Boy, The Good Thief, In Dreams and Heat, often playing instruments of his own design and construction. He has designed instruments for TFANA's productions of Midsummer Nights Dream & King Lear and is the inventor of the WhirlyCopter, a bicycle-powered Pythagorean choir of singing tubes and the Big Boing, a 24 ft. sonic banquet table Mbira that seats 30 children playing 490 found objects. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music &  a Visiting Lecturer at MIT. Stewart can be heard on Warner Bros., Sony, Sony Classical, Point/Polygram, Nonesuch, Label Bleu, Resonance Magnetique, Cantaloupe and CRI recordings. He lives in New York City making his living playing and writing popular music, semi-popular music and unpopular music.

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Upcoming:  Thomas Buckner (1/12/17); David Grubbs (2/9/17); Teodora Stepačić (3/9/17)…

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i-vnhn262-mTHURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

VICKI RAY: The Art of the Miniature

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday November 10th with Los Angeles-based pianist Vicki Ray. A leading interpreter of contemporary piano music, Ray is known for thoughtful and innovative programming which seeks to redefine the piano recital in the 21st century. Making a rare New York appearance, Ray will present a one-hour program exploring different approaches to the short form, with works by John Cage, Joseph Periera, György Kurtág and Chinary Ung. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph, and a reception will follow. 

Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) 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:

Described as “phenomenal and fearless,” Vicki Ray is a leading interpreter of contemporary piano music. Known for thoughtful and innovative programming which seeks to redefine the piano recital in the 21st century, Vicki’s concerts often include electronics, video, recitation and improvisation. As a founding member of Piano Spheres, an acclaimed series dedicated to exploring the less familiar realms of the solo piano repertoire, her playing has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for “displaying that kind of musical thoroughness and technical panache that puts a composer’s thoughts directly before the listener.” Recent recordings include David Rosenboom’s Twilight Language on Tzadik Records and Feldman’s For Piano and String Quartet with the Eclipse Quartet on Bridge Records. Her 2013 recording of Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things on the Microfest label was nominated for a Grammy. Ms. Ray’s work as a collaborative artist has been extremely diverse and colorful, as a member the California E.A.R. Unit and Xtet, chamber music appearances on the Dilijan, Jacaranda and the Green Umbrella Series, regularly performances on the venerable Monday Evening Concert series, as well as major solo roles with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the Blue Rider Ensemble of Toronto, with whom she made the first Canadian recording of Pierrot Lunaire. She is currently head of the piano department at the California Institute of the Arts, where she has been on the faculty since 1991, and for the past eight years she has served on the faculty at the Bang on a Can summer festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. 

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Upcoming:  Mark Stewart (12/8); Thomas Buckner (1/12); David Grubbs (2/9/16)…

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andrea_sqTHURSDAY OCTOBER 13, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

ANDREA PARKINS: Oneroomafteranother

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday October 13th with New York-based composer and sound artist Andrea Parkins. Widely regarded for her improvisational electroacoustic performances, Parkins will perform her solo project, with electronically processed accordion, amplified objects and small instruments. A subtle sonic and embodied exploration of objects and surfaces, the work explores the layering of extended accordion techniques with electronic feedback and live-sound processing through her self-designed virtual instruments. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph, and a reception will follow. 

Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) 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:

Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer and electroacoustic improviser engaging with interactive electronics as compositional/performative process. She is especially known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach on her electronically-processed accordion and self-designed virtual sound-processing instruments. Described as a “sound-ist,” of “protean,” talent by critic Steve Smith, Parkins creates sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift. Her works include sound installations, ensemble pieces, electronic compositions, and live sound design for dance, film, and intermedia performance. She has collaborated with Nels Cline, Stephen Vitiello, George C. Lewis, Matthew Ostrowski, Rova Saxophone Quartet, choreographer Vera Mantero, filmmaker Abigail Child, and many others. Parkinsʼ work has been presented internationally, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Mexico Cityʼs 1st International Sound Art Festival, Kunsthalle Basel, Cyberfest (St. Petersberg), and Q-02 Workspace for Experimental Music and Sound Art (Brussels). Parkinsʼ recordings are published by Important Records, Atavistic, Henceforth Records, and Creative Sources. In 2016, XI Records will release Parkinsʼ long-form electroacoustic composition, Two Rooms from the Memory Palace, and her duo with drummer Brian Chase will receive its debut release on Confront Recordings.

Photo by Hopek Quirin

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Upcoming:  Vicki Ray (11/10); Mark Stewart (12/8); Thomas Buckner (1/12)… 

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JWP_PeterGordon-1whiteTHURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

PETER GORDON: The Ten of Wands (a Tone Poem)

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

The 2016-17 season of Musical Ecologies opens Thursday September 8th with composer and musician Peter Gordon. A longtime veteran of New York’s Downtown music scene, Gordon will present Life, The Remix, a self described “solo tone poem” with saxophone, keyboards, laptop and spoken word. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph, and a reception will follow. 

Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) 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: 

Peter Gordon is a composer, saxophonist, arranger, producer. Born in New York City, he spent his childhood in Virginia and Munich, Germany, before moving to LA when he was 17. After attending UC San Diego and Mills College, Gordon moved to New York in 1975, where his Love of Life Orchestra (including Jill Kroesen) first gained attention at downtown venues such as the Kitchen, CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Mudd Club. He was music producer for Robert Ashley’s video opera Perfect Lives, as well as the recent Spanish-language version, Vidas Perfectas  (presented at The Whitney in 2014.) A composer of scores of scores for theater, dance, film and video projects, he has been recognized with both an Obie Award and a Bessie Award. His music for film and television include Joe Versus the Volcano and ABC-TV’s Desperate Housewives, and the New York Philharmonic performed his orchestrations for Michael Tilson Thomas’ Thomashefsky Project. A friend and frequent collaborator of the late Arthur Russell, Gordon has recently been touring Arthur Russell’s INSTRUMENTALS, directed by Peter Gordon in the US, Europe and Australia. As educator, Gordon is Professor of Music at Bloomfield College.

Photo: Jesse Winter

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Upcoming:  Andrea Parkins (10/13); Vicki Ray (11/10); Mark Stewart (12/8)… 

Connie Crothers

15-Aug-16

Musical Ecologies remembers the amazing Connie Crothers who passed away on Saturday August 13th. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to host her with collaborator Tom Hamilton for a wonderful evening of music and conversation iIMG_4659n January 2015…Rest in peace Connie 😢 ❤️