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1.8.15_duoTHURSDAY JANUARY 8, 2015, 8:00 PM, Admission by contribution ($10 suggested)

CONNIE CROTHERS & TOM HAMILTON:  Improvisations for Piano and Electronics

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

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday January 8th, 2015 with pianist Connie Crothers and guest, electronic artist Tom Hamilton for an evening of improvisations for piano and electronics. Performing together for the first time, these two longtime veterans of the New York improvised music scene will present an improvised set, exploring sonic possibilities from combinations of purely electronic and purely acoustic sounds. Their intention is to fathom both contrasting sound and sound merge. There will be no pre-set parameters or strategies, and from the interplay of sound the piece will emerge.

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 artists:

Pianist Connie Crothers has lived her musical life as performer, recording artist and teacher, releasing feeling—her source—into the music which realizes her range of expression, her virtuosity based in her love of the instrument and her desire to discover everything she can hear and imagine through spontaneous improvisation. In a career that spans over 30 years, she has performed  and recorded extensively as a soloist and with many collaborators including Max Roach, Jemeel Moondoc, Richard Tabnik, Pauline Oliveros, Roy Campbell, Carol Tristano, Andrea Wolper, Steve Dalachinsky, Henry Grimes and many others. She has appeared at the Village Vanguard, Brooklyn Acedemy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Jazztage and Jazz at Middleheim festivals, Roulette, The Stone, and many other venues. Early in her career Connie studied with and taught in association with pianist Lennie Tristano who, for the liner notes of her first record, Perception wrote: "Connie Crothers is the most original musician it has ever been my privilege to work with."

Tom Hamilton has composed and performed electronic music for over 40 years, and his work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, participating in a residency at the foundation’s center in Umbria. Some of Hamilton’s performing and recording colleagues have included Peter Zummo, Bruce Gremo, Bruce Arnold, Bruce Eisenbeil, Rich O’Donnell, Thomas Buckner, Al Margolis, and id m theft able. Hamilton has released 15 CDs of his music; his CD London Fix received an award in the Prix Ars Electronica, and a 2 CD set of his electronic music of the 1970s was named one of The Wire’s Top 50 Reissues of 2010. Since 1990, Hamilton has been a member of composer Robert Ashley's touring opera ensemble, performing sound processing and mixing in both recordings and concerts. His audio production work can be found in over 60 CD releases of new and experimental music.

Upcoming: Laura Ortman (2/12);  Chris Mannigan & Danny Tunick (3/12);  Acoustic Ecology Festival (April 16-18)…

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