w/ Abigail Fischer , NOW Ensemble , films by Stephen Taylor , and special guest Aaron Roche
About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:7:00 PM
Show Time:8:00 PM
Come celebrate the release of the original cast recording of Missy Mazzoli’s new opera, Song from the Uproar, on New Amsterdam Records, with performances by mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, NOW Ensemble, projections by Stephen Taylor, and a special opening set by noir songsmith Aaron Roche (recently back from tours with Sufjan Stevens, Mike Watt and Ariel Pink). Inspired by the life and writings of early 20th-century Swiss adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt, Song from the Uproar premiered in a sold-out run at New York venue The Kitchen in a Beth Morrison Projects world-premiere production last February.
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Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times), “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) and “one of the new wave of scarily smart young composers” (sequenza21.com), Missy Mazzoli’s music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble, New York City’s NOW Ensemble and many others. She is currently Composer/Educator in residence with the Albany Symphony, a position funded by the Mellon Foundation, and the Detroit Symphony recently awarded her the 2011 Elaine Lebenbom Award.
2012 will include many exciting new projects, including the February premiere of Missy’s first multimedia chamber opera Song from the Uproar at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. Excerpts of this new work, based on the life and writings of Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, were previously performed by New York City Opera as part of their VOX series, and by students at the Bard College Conservatory under the direction of Dawn Upshaw. As part of Missy’s 2011/2012 residency with the Albany Symphony, the orchestra will premiere a new work in May 2012, and the Detroit Symphony will premiere a new orchestral work in Fall, 2012. October 2012 will also see the premiere of SALT, Missy’s new multimedia collaboration with cellist Maya Beiser and writer Erin Cressida-Wilson, based on the biblical story of Lot’s wife. 2012 will also include performances by the Britten Sinfonia and Kronos Quartet at London’s Barbican Centre.
Equally expert at music from the Baroque era to contemporary work, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer has performed with American Bach Soloists, New York Collegium, Early Music New York, the Rebel Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Pops, and has given world premieres of music by John Zorn, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Bernard Rands, Elliot Carter, and the Bang on a Can artists.
Hailed as “a deft young group gaining attention” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) and “a smart young chamber group that straddles a line between contemporary classical music and indie rock,” (John Schaefer, WNYC), NOW Ensemble is a collection of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute (Alex Sopp/Andrew Rehrig), clarinet (Sara Budde), electric guitar (Mark Dancigers), double bass (Logan Coale), and piano (Michael Mizrahi), NOW Ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with a blend of musical influences that reflects the diverse backgrounds and listening experiences of their members. NOW has premiered over 50 works, including those by composer-members Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, and Judd Greenstein, along with many more by a cross-section of the top young voices in contemporary composition, such as Ryan Brown, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and dozens more. NOW Ensemble has performed at a wide variety of venues, such as the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua, Pittsburgh’s Music on the Edge, the Carlsbad Music Festival, Sarasota’s New Music New College, Wordless Music, and Look & Listen; in New York, they can regularly be heard at diverse venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, Galapagos Art Space and the Chelsea Art Museum, as well as on WNYC radio. Their first album, NOW, was released in 2008 to rave reviews around the country, including on AllMusic.com (five stars): “a first-class debut…more of this is demanded, not requested.” Newsweek’s Seth Colter Walls wrote, “NOW… imports a catchy inflection to classical forms… Striking a balance between the old and the new has rarely sounded this good.”Their self-titled debut album is available now through New Amsterdam Records.