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matthew_smTHURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2015, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

MATTHEW GOODHEARTBracken Tongues Wept and other works

The Old Stone House

in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue

Park Slope, Brooklyn – Map


Musical Ecologies continues Thursday November 12 with composer and sound artist Matthew Goodheart. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University, Goodheart's diverse body of work encompasses microtonality, immersive sound installations and free improvisation. Tonight he will present several recent works that combine transducer-activated metal percussion, with piano and autonomously sounding 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 a 30-minute conversation with the curator and audience.

About the artist:

Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist currently residing in New York. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a diverse body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener. His creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations – all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies he has developed to bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart’s approach results in a “generative foundation” for exploring issues of perception, technology, cultural ritual, and the psycho-physical impact of acoustic phenomena. His work has been presented internationally in such festivals as MaerzMusik, The International Spectral Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Klappsthulfest, Jazz Ao Centro and many others. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Glenn Spearman, Gianni Gebbia, Vladimir Tarasov, Jack Wright, and Cecil Taylor, and works frequently with the new music ensemble sfSoundGroup. His numerous awards and honors include the 2014 Berlin Prize in Music Composition, and a 2013-14 Fulbright Grant to the Czech Republic where he worked with the historic quartertone pianos designed by Alois Hába. He received his Ph.D. in Music from U. C. Berkeley in 2013, and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.

Upcoming:  Marcelo Toledo (12/10); Antenes (1/21); Ranjit Bahtnagar (2/11)…

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