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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)