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mjlWEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2014, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

Mary Jane Leach:  Piano, Pipes and Tears

The Old Stone House

in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue


Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map

718-768-3195

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, April 17 with Hudson Valley-based composer/performer Mary Jane Leach. Known for her otherworldly atmospheres and spacious textures, often in works for multiples of the same instrument, Leach will offer three mixed-media works that explore rich timbres and subtle acoustic phenomena.  The program will include Piano E-Tude (2009) for piano, voice and electronics performed live by the composer, and video presentations of Pipe Dreams (1989) for organ and Dowland’s Tears (2011) for solo and nine taped flutes, both with original visualizations.

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 a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience and a reception follows the performance.

About the artist:

Mary Jane Leach is a composer/performer whose work reveals a fascination with the physicality of sound, its acoustic properties and how they interact with space. In many of her works Leach creates an other-worldly sound environment using difference, combination, and interference tones; these are tones not actually sounded by the performers, but acoustic phenomena arising from Leach’s deft manipulation of intonation and timbral qualities. The result is striking music which has a powerful effect on listeners. Critics have commented on her ability to "offer a spiritual recharge without the banalities of the new mysticism" (Detroit Free Press), evoking "a visionary quest for inner peace" (Vice Versa Magazine), and "an irridescent lingering sense of suspended time." (Musicworks Magazine) Leach’s music has been performed throughout the world in a variety of settings, from the concert stage to experimental music forums, and in collaboration with dance and theatre artists. Recordings of her work are on the Lovely Music, New World, XI, Starkland, Innova, and Aerial compact disc labels.

"People say that Leach's music is hard to listen to. Well, Beethoven's music is hard to listen to – at first." —Otto Luening


Upcoming on Musical Ecologies: Shem Guibbory (5/22), TBA (6/12)

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