DARMSTADT: “Classics of the Avant Garde” presents its second annual ESSENTIAL REPERTOIRE festival

This year’s festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the seminal New Music New York concerts curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen (then on Mercer Street), which put the still-burgeoning Downtown Scene – at the crossroads of minimalism, interdisciplinary performance, and various strains of post-punk – under a mainstream spotlight and redefined the presentation of experimental music.

DARMSTADT’s cross-section of composers involved in the original festival includes “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Connie Beckley, David van Tieghem, Jill Kroesen, Jon Gibson, Ned Sublette, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, Petr Kotik, Phill Niblock, and a performance of Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music by the M6. Invited composers have been asked to present compositions of theirs from the 1970s, if not the actual pieces presented at the original Kitchen concerts. The festival will be held from December 3 through 5 at ISSUE Project Room. All concerts begin at 8pm. Tickets will be $20 at the door/$15 advance (available online at http://www.issueprojectroom.org or for cash purchase at Other Music.)

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), “The White Night Riot” (1979); Electronic sound pieces prepared by the composer (in attendance), special guest performers TBA

Petr Kotik – Excerpt from There is Singularly Nothing (1973); Performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble with special guests

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; Mustapha 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.lovely.com/bios/gordon.html


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


Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde” is the Brooklyn-based contemporary music series led by composer-musicians Zach Layton and Nick Hallett which presents the best of New York City’s live experimental music and multimedia. Darmstadt began as a “listening party” of avant-garde recordings before quickly evolving into a live performance series, and in 2007 was included in the New York Times Best of New Music rundown. Darmstadt regularly hosts its concerts at ISSUE Project Room and Galapagos Art Space, while its founders both create and curate work for such institutions as PS1, The Kitchen, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Stone. This past spring, Darmstadt mounted its first INSTITUTE of premieres, workshops, video screenings, and lecture-performances. Darmstadt’s memorable DJ sets have been rendered at Performa’s Metal Ball, the Brooklyn Academy of Music for Steve Reich’s 70th birthday and at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival.

Special Thanks to The Kitchen


(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

http://www.darmstadtnewmusic.org, http://www.issueprojectroom.org, http://www.othermusic.com