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Fall 2018

15-Mar-18

Musical Ecologies will resume in fall 2018. Stay tuned for details!

Pause

15-Aug-17


After five busy seasons, the Musical Ecologies series is taking a pause. Thank you to all the artists who have participated to date, and to everyone who has attended our events at the Old Stone House. Click on these links for audio, images, flyers and videos from all past events, and I invite you to  join our email list for updates on the series and related projects. Sincerely, Dan 😀 👍 🎵

5/11/17 Flyer

04-May-17

5/11/17 PR

18-Apr-17

THURSDAY MAY 11, 2017, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution, $10

ALEXANDRA GARDNER: Music for Solo Instruments with Electronics

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 concludes Thursday May 11th with Baltimore-based composer Alexandra Gardner. Drawing inspiration from sources such as mythology and contemporary art forms, and her training as a percussionist, Gardner composes for a variety of instrumental settings, and often mixes acoustic instruments with electronics. Tonight she will present four works: Juniper for solo shakuhachi, New Skin for alto flute and computer, electric blue pantsuit for amplified violin and computer sound, and Bloom for cello and electronics. Joining her will be performers Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi & alto flute), Cornelius Dufallo (violin) and Evelyn Wadkins (cello), and the evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph

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:

Praised as "mesmerizing" (The New York Times), and "pungently attractive" (The Washington Post), the music of composer Alexandra Gardner have been featured at festivals and venues throughout the world, including performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, MATA, Beijing Modern Festival, Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Look & Listen, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, and The Kennedy Center. Her music has been commissioned and performed by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as SOLI Chamber Ensemble, cellist Joshua Roman, Percussions de Barcelona, NOW Ensemble, pianist Jenny Lin, the Chicago Composer's Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. She has been a composer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harvestworks, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and The MacDowell Colony. Her music is recorded on the Innova, Ars Harmonica, and Naxos labels. Gardner holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (M.M.) and Vassar College (B.A.). 

Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1921852001378294

4/13/17 Flyer

10-Apr-17

4/13/17 PR

30-Mar-17

THURSDAY APRIL 13, 2017, 8:00 PM, $10

MICHAEL PISAROTransparent City

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday April 13th with Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer Michael Pisaro. A leading figure of the international Wandelwieser collective, Pisaro is known for pieces of long duration with periods of silence. However, in the past fifteen years his work has branched out in many directions, including work with field recording, electronics, improvisation and various types of large ensembles. Appearing as a soloist this evening, he will perform transparent city (2) for electric guitar and pre-recorded accompaniment. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph

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:

Michael Pisaro (born 1961 in Buffalo, New York) is a guitarist and composer. A longtime member of the Wandelweiser collective, his work has been called “patient, unpredictable, exceedingly beautiful” by the New York Times. Recent portrait concerts of his music have been given in London, Paris, New York, Santiago, St. Petersburg, Lille, The Hague, Tokyo, Glasgow, Moscow, Chicago, Wrocłow, Munich, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Brussels, Montpelier, Caracas, Boston, Berlin, Houston, Bologna, Trondheim, Amsterdam, Nantes, Mexico City, Seattle and elsewhere. Recordings of his work have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, New World Records, another timbre, slubmusic, Cathnor, Senufo Editions, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro's own imprint, Gravity Wave. Before joining the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, he taught music composition at Northwestern University. In 2005/6 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was Fromm Foundation Visiting Professor of Music Composition at in the Department of Music at Harvard in the Fall of 2014. 

Photo by Chiyoko Szlavnics

Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1936158373338120

Upcoming:  David Grubbs (3/29), and Alexandra Gardner (5/11)

3/29/17 Flyer

23-Mar-17

Rescheduled from February 9th:

3/29/17 PR

10-Mar-17

WEDNESDAY MARCH 29, 2017, 8:00 PM, $10
(Rescheduled from February 9)

DAVID GRUBBS: Records Ruin the Landscape

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

Musical Ecologies continues Wednesday March 29th with writer and musician David Grubbs. Currently Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, Grubbs is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press) in which he argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill-suited to be represented in the form of a recording. Despite this, present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artifacts of composers and musicians who largely disavowed recordings. The evening will include a presentation by the author about the book, and will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph

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:

David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.  At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing.  He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press), which has appeared in French, Italian, and Japanese translations. Grubbs has released thirteen solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings, the most recent of which is Prismrose (Blue Chopsticks, 2016). He is also known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.

Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1692906771001621

Upcoming: Michael Pisaro (4/13) and Alexandra Gardner (5/11)

3/9/17 Flyer

02-Mar-17

3/9/17 PR

13-Feb-17

THURSDAY MARCH 9, 2017, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

TEODORA STEPANČIĆ: New Piano Music from The Hague

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday March 9th with Brooklyn-based pianist and composer Teodora Stepančić. A native of Serbia and a recent arrival to New York City, Stepančić seeks works for the piano that speak in the voice of the outsider, a hushed voice, that does not try to draw attention to itself, and that stresses generosity, attentiveness, intimacy, spirit and focus. This focus also informs her own compositions, into which she often incorporates theatrical and visual elements. She will perform a one-hour program of piano works by Assaf Gidron, Hollas Longton, Tom Aldrich and her own For pianist and helperformer. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph

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:

Teodora Stepančić was born in 1982 in Belgrade, Serbia and is currently based in Brooklyn. She is a core member of Ensemble Modelo62 (NL), Ensemble Studio6 (RS), Stepančić-Gidron duo (US), and frequently collaborates with different new music ensembles as pianist and composer. She regularly performs in Europe, Middle East, North and South America and appeared on festivals such as BBC Proms (London), Gaudeamus Music Week (The Netherlands), Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Zwei Tage Zeit (Zurich), Hawler International Theater Festival (Erbil). Teodora holds master's degree in piano and composition from the University of Art in Belgrade and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She also graduated from the ballet school in Belgrade.

Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1398583240191832/

Upcoming: David Grubbs (new date TBA), Michael Pisaro (4/13) and Alexandra Gardner (5/11)

1/12/17 Flyer

09-Jan-17

1/12/17 PR

19-Dec-16

THURSDAY JANUARY 12, 2017, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

THOMAS BUCKNER: Music for Voice and Electronics

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday January 12th with baritone Thomas Buckner. A major figure in the New York avant-garde, Buckner has been a steadfast advocate of new and improvised music for over four decades. Tonight he will present a one hour program of works for voice and electronics by Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, and a collaborative work with Annea Lockwood.  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:

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival the, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including 6 solo albums, the most recent being “New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble,” which includes works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. Buckner also appears in the newly released CD/DVD “Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet)” filmed at the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, which hoses the Monet’s celebrated Water lilies murals. For the past twenty-five years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City, and continues to produce recordings on the Mutable Music label, introducing current artists and repertoire, as well as presenting important historic material, previously unavailable in CD format..

Photo by Stefan Falke

Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1396763123676978/

Upcoming:  David Grubbs (2/9/17); Teodora Stepačić (3/9/17)…

12/8/16 Flyer

05-Dec-16

12-8-16

12/8/16 PR

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)…