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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 😢 ❤️
 

 

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8.18.16THURSDAY AUGUST 18, 2016, 8:00 PM, $10

Object Collection
Minerals Trio
Dan Joseph
dinMachine

Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave
Bushwick, Brooklyn – Map

Musical Ecologies, the monthly series in Park Slope, Brooklyn, presents a special summer session featuring Object Collection, Minerals Trio, diNMachine and Dan Joseph.  Each of the four sets feature artists previously presented on Musical Ecologies which is currently on summer break, and presents an opportunity to revisit some of the series highlights in the alternate universe of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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.

About the artists: 

Object Collection was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. Based in Brooklyn, the group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, experimental music and theater. The group will perform a mashup of two recent works, and cheap&easy  with Taylor Levine (guitar), Andie Springer (violin), Owen Weaver (drums), Just and others.

Minerals was started by Zach Layton (guitar) and Bradford Reed (drums) in 2009. The project is an ongoing exploration of their mutual obsessions with metric phasing, modular improvisation, resonant states of consciousness, alternate tuning systems and rhythmic hypnosis. Erdem Helvakioglu (laptop) modulates and remixes the group through real-time signal processing, using live input from the percussion and guitar.

Led by Michael Schumacher (electronics) and Nisi Jacobs (bass), diNMachine creates amoebic electro-rock that fuses Indian, African & South American styles with jazz and avant-garde, set upon a bed of field recordings, drones and an urban sensibility. Their latest album The Opposites of Unity is now available from Greedy Dilettante Records.

Dan Joseph is a composer, writer and curator based in New York City. In his solo performances on electroacoustic hammer dulcimer, he constructs slowly unfolding contemplative soundscapes with roots in early minimalism, ambient music and acoustic ecology. Applying a mix of traditional and experimental instrumental hammer dulcimer techniques in combination with electronics, Dan gives this ancient instrument an entirely new and contemporary identity.

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Upcoming:  SUMMER BREAK. Season Five begins Thursday September 8th.

Summer Break

24-May-16

Thank you to everyone who made our fourth season a great success! We return to the Old Stone House in September and we hope to see you then. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution: 

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12-May-16

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21-Apr-16

chiu1THURSDAY MAY 19, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

TOM CHIU's ENSEMBLE METRIX: Analytics Meet Sound  

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

The 2015-16 season of Musical Ecologies concludes Thursday May 19 with the debut of Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix, a new mixed-instrumentation group dedicated to adventurous music in diverse genres and styles. Featuring Rachel Golub, Meaghan Burke and Chiu on strings, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon;  Danny Tunick on percussion, Ensemble Metrix is a vehicle for Chiu's vision of the performative party band, replacing DJ's and turntables with live musicians who spin extended jams, morphing melodic fragments and motivic riffs from specific bands or genres from the pop/rock idiom. Framed by Chiu’s pre-composed sonic design, these long-form structures are infused with improvisatory flair from each individual performer. 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: 

A dedicated champion of new music and recipient of the 2014 Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, violinist/composer Tom Chiu has performed over 200 premieres worldwide by influential musicians including Muhal Richard Abrams, David First, Oliver Lake, Alvin Lucier, Michael Schumacher, Henry Threadgill, and the late Ornette Coleman. His extensive discography includes recordings for the Innova, Koch, Mode, Sombient, and Tzadik labels. His original works, dedicated to artists such as Joan La Barbara, Bobby Few, Max Mandel, the Downtown Ensemble, and the OpenEnded Group, have been premiered at experimental venues such as Mount Tremper Arts, EMPAC, Roulette, STEIM Amsterdam, Walker Art Center, Museum of the Moving Image, and Anthology Film Archives. As founder of the FLUX Quartet, he has led a pioneering new-music group which has become “legendary for its furiously committed, untiring performances.” (Alex Ross, therestisnoise.com). Chiu holds degrees in chemistry and music from Yale and a doctorate from Juilliard.

Photo by Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET

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Upcoming:  Summer Break. Season V begins September 8, 2016

Radio Hour #8

20-Apr-16

Program #8 of The Musical Ecologies Radio Hour featuring saxophonist John Ingle. Originally aired 4/14/16 WXGC 90.7-FM. More info: wavefarm.org/wgxc/schedule/00rnqq

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18-Mar-16

ghost-playing-cropTHURSDAY APRIL 14, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

GHOST ENSEMBLEOf Pebbles, Dust and Dharana 

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday April 14th with the New York-based experimental new music group Ghost Ensemble. Founded in 2012, Ghost Ensemble draws from a wide range of contemporary and historical performance practices that emphasize the primacy of listening and the pursuit of altered states of consciousness. Comprised of regular members Sky Macklay (oboe), Ben Richter (accordion), Lester St. Louis (cello), and Joshua Morris (contrabass), and joined by guest accordionist Lucie Vitkova, the ensemble will perform works by Giacinto Scelsi, Klaus Lang, Marc Sabat, Pauline Oliveros, and Vitkova. 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 ensemble: 

Since 2012, Ghost Ensemble has drawn from diverse contemporary methods to create experimental music that explores the experience of listening. With works and practices ranging from intricate microtonal complexity to intuitive rituals that reach toward unexpected and unexplored sonic locations, the musicians of Ghost Ensemble “use sound to seek an altered consciousness, from a meditative awareness to a look, perhaps, into a different dimension” (George Grella, The New York Classical Review). The group has performed in concert halls, churches, galleries, and chamber music venues across New York City, and explored outdoor soundscapes from the courtyards of Wall Street to the caves at Inwood Hill Park. In 2013 and 2014, Ghost Ensemble inaugurated the release of Pauline Oliveros's Anthology of Text Scores with the composer at Eyebeam and was featured in the East Bank Music Series and Queens New Music Festival; the 2015-2016 season began with a double-header at Pioneer Works in Red Hook with the experimental gamelan group Lightbulb Ensemble.

Upcoming: Tom Chiu’s Ensemble Metrix (5/19)

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Radio Hour #7

18-Mar-16

Program #7 of The Musical Ecologies Radio Hour featuring Ranjit Bhatnagar. Originally aired 3/10/16 on WGXC 90.7-FM. More info: wavefarm.org/wgxc/schedule/00rnqq

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17-Feb-16

john_smTHURSDAY MARCH 10, 2016, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

JOHN INGLE: Solo Saxophone Improvisations

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday March 10th with San Francisco-based saxophonist John Ingle. Known for his unique tone and a virtuosic command of extended techniques, Ingle will perform a solo set of saxophone improvisations interspersed with conversation and stories. Drawing from his long career on the margins of new music, the evening will reflect on his wide-ranging sonic experiences  spanning field hollers and pre-blues fife and drum encounters, the ivy-laced walls of high modernism, Deep-South/Tibetan throat-singing hootenannies, and the underground sounds of the Bay Area improv scene. 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 a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist: 

San Francisco-based saxophonist John Ingle is an improviser, interpreter, composer, and conductor of new music. Known for his unique tone and wide dynamic range, he is an active improviser, interpreter and composer of new music. A founding member of the ensemble sfSound, he has enjoyed a fifteen-year creative role with the group as saxophonist and, more recently, conductor. He is also active in various collaborative projects including duos with percussionist Kjell Nordeson and with composer and hammer dulcimer player Dan Joseph He has been an Artist In Residence at  Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA and has received grants from Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum and New Langton Arts. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Woodwind Performance from the University of Memphis, where he studied with Allen Rippe, and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Glen Spearman. John is also an active open-water swimmer at San Francisco's venerable Dolphin Club. 

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Upcoming: Ghost Ensemble (4/14); TBA (5/19)

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Radio Hour #6

17-Feb-16

Program #6 of The Musical Ecologies Radio Hour featuring electronic artist Lori Napoleon, aka Antenes. Originally aired 2/11/16 on WXGC 90.7-FM. More info: wavefarm.org/wgxc/schedule/00rnqq

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16-Feb-16

Our event with Ranjit Bhatnager on February 11th was reviewed for Hyperallergic by Claire Voon:

hyperallergic.com/275731/for-one-month-each-year-an-artist-builds-an-instrument-every-day/

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22-Jan-16

ranjitTHURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2016, 8:00 PM
Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

RANJIT BHATNAGAR: The Instrument-a-Day Project 2016

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday February 11th with New York-based sound artist Ranjit Bhatnagar. Combining technology, language and found materials, he is known for his ingenious interactive installations and invented musical instruments. Each year since 2008, he has dedicated the month of February to his epic Instrument-a-Day project wherein he creates a new homemade musical instrument on each day of the month. For this event, which falls right in the middle of this annual project, he will demonstrate some of his newest instruments, perform a work with contact mics that explores tiny and unnoticed sounds, and present a live remix of videos found on the web. 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 a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist: 

Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist who works with technology, language, and found materials to create interactive installations and musical instruments.  His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and appeared in performances as far away as Shanghai.  In an annual project, he creates a new homemade musical instrument each day of the month of February — the Instrument-a-day project is now in its ninth year. Recent works have been exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, the Parc d’aventures scientifiques in Belgium, Flux Factory in Queens, in the Artbots series at Eyebeam Atelier and the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Mermaid Show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He recently taught “Mister Resistor” at Parsons School of Design, a studio course and rock band with homemade instruments. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ranjit received a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and was certified carnie trash by the Coney Island Sideshow School in 2002. He lives in Brooklyn next to a nice big park.

Instrument-a-day 2015

Upcoming: John Ingle (3/10); Ghost Ensemble (4/14)…

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Radio Hour #5

20-Jan-16

Program #5 of The Musical Ecologies Radio Hour featuring composer Marcelo Toledo. Originally aired 1/14/16 on WXGC 90.7-FM.
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