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Essential Repertoire Festival celebrates The Kitchen’s New Music New York 1979
December 3 through 5, all concerts begin at 8pm
Tickets $15 in advance / $20 at the door

This weekend, Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde” presents its annual festival of Essential Repertoire from the canon of experimental music at ISSUE Project Room. The focus this year is on the composers involved in The Kitchen’s historically-important New Music New York concerts of 1979, which captured the energy of Downtown New York’s creative community in unprecedented fashion. Originally curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen’s Broome street location, Darmstadt’s organizers have culled a cross-section of the original lineup in an attempt to represent a number of the important musical and artistic currents that were converging in SoHo at that time. The composers will all be presenting original work from the later 1970s, with the majority performing the pieces they played at the original Kitchen concerts.

Thursday, December 3 at 8pm: “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Connie Beckley, Petr Kotik
Friday, December 4 at 8pm: Jon Gibson, Phill Niblock, and Meredith Monk’s “Dolmen Music” performed by the M6
Saturday, December 5 at 8pm: David Van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen, Ned Sublette, Peter Zummo, and Peter Gordon’s Love of Life Orchestra

$15 advance tickets available online at issueprojectroom.org or for cash purchase at Other Music
ISSUE Project Room is located at 232 3rd Street (at 3rd ave), Brooklyn (F, M, R to 9th Street-4th Ave)

Festival Details:

Thursday, December 3 at 8pm
Connie Beckley – “Sound Split” (1976), “Tiptoe” (1979), “Showdown” (1976); Performed by the composer
“Blue” Gene Tyranny – “Harvey Milk (Portrait from ‘How to Do It’/A circuit to help generate the feeling of meaning)” (1978); Electronic sound pieces prepared by the composer with guest performers Katie Easburn and Danny Johnston. “Letter from Home” (1976) piano variations performed by the composer.
Petr Kotik – “There is Singularly Nothing” (1973); Performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble with guest vocalists Megan Schubert and Fabienne Seveillac.

For more information on Connie Beckley, visit: http://conniebeckley.com/ConnieBeckleyBIO.htm
For more information on “Blue” Gene Tyranny, visit: http://www.bluegenetyranny.com/bio.html
For more information on Petr Kotik, visit: http://www.semensemble.org/pk.html

 

Friday, December 4 at 8pm
Meredith Monk – “Dolmen Music” (1979); Performed by the M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation
Jon Gibson – “Criss Cross” (1979) and other works; Performed by the composer
Phill Niblock – “Four Arthurs” (1978) superimposed with “Two Octaves and a Fifth” (1975); performed by the composer with Leslie Ross (bassoon) and Christa Robinson (oboe)

For more information on Meredith Monk, visit: http://www.meredithmonk.org/monk/index.html
For more information on the M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation, visit: http://www.m6ensemble.com/
For more information on Jon Gibson, visit: http://www.jongibson.net/Bio.html
For more information on Phill Niblock, visit: http://www.phillniblock.com/biography_photos_images.html

 

Saturday, December 5 at 8pm
Peter Zummo – “Minesweeper” (1979), “With Ease She Darts These Bees and Sees” (1979), “Blinded By the Sun” (1979); Performed by the composer with Bill Ruyle (percussion), Mustafa Ahmed (percussion), and Stephanie Woodard (reading)
David Van Tieghem – Excerpt from “A Man and His Toys” (c. 1979); Peformed by the composer
Ned Sublette – Songs TBA; Performed by the composer and guests
Jill Kroesen – Songs TBA; Performed by the composer and the Love of Life Orchestra
Peter Gordon – “Macho Music” (1973), “Extended Niceties” (1976); Performed by the Love of Life Orchestra

With The Love of Life Orchestra (LOLO)
Peter Gordon, saxophone and keyboards; Peter Zummo, trombone; Max Gordon, trumpet; Martha Mooke, electric viola; Ned Sublette, Randy Gun, Zach Layton, guitar; Elio Villafranca, piano; Yunior Terry, bass; Mustafa Ahmed, congas and percussion; Bill Ruyle, mallets and percussion; David Van Tieghem, drums; Jill Kroesen, Nick Hallett, Daisy Press, Rachel Henry, vocals

For more information on Peter Zummo, visit: http://www.kalvos.org/zummope.html
For more information on David Van Tieghem, visit: http://www.vantieghem.com/
For more information on Jill Kroesen, visit: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3ifwxqw5ld6e
For more information on Ned Sublette, visit: http://afrocubaweb.com/nedsublette.htm
For more information on Peter Gordon, visit: http://www.myspace.com/pglolo

Essential Repertoire is a new, annual festival curated by Darmstadt that celebrates the canon of avant-garde music via various means of historical inquiry. Its goal is to create a regularly occurring repertory of cherished performance work. For a video sampler of last year’s festival, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6NN7dSjAp8

“Yes, we’re prone to hyperbole on occasion, but trust us when we say that Darmstadt’s Essential Repertoire series…is one of the most significant musical presentations of the season” – Time Out New York

Special Thanks to The Kitchen.

Essential Repertoire at ISSUE Project Room

(at the Old American Can Factory)
232 3rd Street (at 3rd ave), Brooklyn NY 11215
Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, 2009
All performances begin at 8pm
Tickets $20/at the door, $15 in advance (available online at http://www.issueprojectroom.org or for cash purchase at Other Music)
F, M, R to 9th Street-4th Ave

“Yes, we’re prone to hyperbole on occasion, but trust us when we say that Darmstadt’s Essential Repertoire series…is one of the most significant musical presentations of the season” – Time Out New York

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