25
Oct 21

Credo: A Surveillance Mass

October 30th at 8PM, Ekmeles is presented by Qubit New Music at Riverside Church Theater

CREDO envisions a contemporary mass celebrating our technoreligion, as we congregate by algorithm, confess through our phones, and put our memories and hopes in the Cloud. This collaboration between composer Alec Hall, video artist Bernhard Fasenfest, and poet Vanessa Place draws upon user data and harvested media.

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  • Alec Hall – CREDO (2021) World Premiere

Personnel for concert

  • Charlotte Mundy, soprano
  • Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano
  • Timothy Parsons, countertenor
  • Steven Bradshaw, tenor
  • Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director
  • Steven Hrycelak, bass

Ekmeles’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


22
Oct 21

Primo Libro

November 20th at 7:30PM, Ekmeles returns to live performance at Our Saviour’s Atonement, with a program of microtonal music. Vaccination and masks required. The concert will then be repeated at Bowling Green State University November 22nd.

James Weeks – Primo Libro

The program includes a world premiere by Shawn Jaeger, playing with the boundaries between words and their meanings. James Weeks’s Primo Libro explores the origins of the madrigal through engagement with Arcadelt’s first book of madrigals, setting them in a 31-tone division of the octave. Nirmali Fenn’s Pokój w pokoju takes a different approach to microtonality, setting each half of the ensemble in a different tuning system. Stuart Saunders Smith presents a jewel of a miniature with the duet Light. Finally, Anthony Braxton’s Composition no. 255 presents a rich and monumental environment for performance, blurring lines between interpretation and improvisation.

  • James Weeks – Primo Libro (2017)
  • Shawn Jaeger – love is (2021) World Premiere
  • Anthony Braxton – Composition no. 255 (2000)
  • Nirmali Fenn – Pokój w pokoju (2018)
  • Stuart Saunders Smith – Light (2007)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


09
Sep 21

John Luther Adams – Veils and Vesper

October 21 at 7:30PM at the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place, Ekmeles performs as part of John Luther Adams’s Veils and Vesper.

Experience an immersive sound installation within the Winter Garden palm trees as part of Brookfield Place‘s annual music series, New Sounds Live, curated by John Schaefer of WNYC.

The installation titled, Veils and Vesper, is a composition of synthetic sounds by John Luther Adams that is formed by the interactions of a mathematical algorithm and prime numbers to create a sensuous, ever-changing soundscape.

We will sing for one hour during this six-hour installation work for electronics that loops from October 16-24.

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  • John Luther Adams – Veils and Vesper (2006) World Premiere of version with live performers

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


03
Sep 21

Undoing Language

Brian O’Doherty, Structural Play: Vowel Grid, 1970. Performance, Grianan Aileach, Donegal, Ireland, 1998. 
Courtesy of the artist and Brenda Moore-McCann.

October 8 at 7PM at the Kitchen, we’re honored to participate in a program honoring Brian O’Doherty through the presentation of his early performance works. While we won’t be dressed as fashionably as the performers of the Vowel Grid above, we will be giving the very first performance of his Vowel Chorus for Five Voices!

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  • Brian O’Doherty – Vowel Chorus for Five Voices (1968) World Premiere

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


27
Apr 21

A Time for Everything (second time)

Last May, this was the first show we had to cancel. Now, masked up and remote, we’re excited to bring it to you! The show will go live at 5:30PM on May 8th, and stay up for a week following.

The first notes of the score of Julius Eastman's Our Father
Julius Eastman – Our Father (excerpt)

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First off, we’ll have an opening set by composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, from whose work our concert takes its title.

Then we move to Ekmeles’s portion of the show: Wolfgang Rihm’s Sieben Passionstexte is a wrenching set of seven Latin texts relating to the biblical Passion, or crucifixion story. Weaving between evocations of renaissance polyphony and stirring dissonance, the piece exists in a unique stylistic world. Courtney Bryan’s A Time For Everything, written for Ekmeles, is a set works on biblical texts drawing from the composer’s experience as a New Orleans-born jazz pianist and church musician. The works range in harmonic language from austere atonal shimmers to rich chorales. Shades of Aka pygmy music via Herbie Hancock, funeral wails, and groans mix with more traditional classical vocalism in an expression of the composer’s diverse musical interests. Finally, the late radical gay Black American composer Julius Eastman is represented with his 1989 work Our Father. Built on a sacred text of his own devising, the work echoes ancient plainchant traditions while reaching towards the future.

  • Courtney Bryan – A Time for Everything (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Wolfgang Rihm – Sieben Passions-Texte (2001-2006)
  • Julius Eastman – Our Father (1989)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


01
Feb 21

Quartet

Following a string of shows performed in isolation and brought together with innovative video and technology, Ekmeles comes together as a distanced and masked quartet, marking their first in-person performing since last January. The show will go live on February 27th at 8PM and stay online for a week following.

Excerpt from Kaija Saariaho’s Nuits, adieux

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Two microtonal world premieres – one from a composer living down the street, and one writing in Calgary, one with electronics and one without. Then a classic of live electronics and voices by Saariaho, a gossamer web built of two Emily Dickinson poems by Carolyn Chen, and a uniquely flexible soundworld written on graph paper by Nomi Epstein.

  • Jeff Myers – Advice to a Migraineure (2020) World Premiere
  • Rebecca Bruton – i n s t i t u (2021) World Premiere
  • Kaija Saariaho – Nuits, adieux (1991)
  • Carolyn Chen – fly blue between light (2015)
  • Nomi Epstein – Four Voices (2014)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


07
Jan 21

Guide

Ekmeles returns to live-streaming with another free event creatively mixing live and pre-recorded elements, with an opening audio/visual set by Phong Tran. The performance will go live on January 16th at 8PM, and will stay online for a week following.

Excerpts from Phong Tran’s Away Message and Cassandra Miller’s Guide

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Phong Tran’s Away Message is an ambient visual mixtape about a breakup via AOL instant messenger.

  • slowdrift
  • ican’t(part1)
  • talkforasecond
  • ireallywanna
  • moodylyricposting
  • try
  • howdidyougethere
  • ifyoudon’t(part2)

Cassandra Miller’s Guide brings together two trios and a duo of mixed live and pre-recorded performers from across the country, Jessie Marino’s SOTU is a wild collage of choreography and word, Martin Iddon’s hamadryads features wine glasses and five live performances synchronized online, and finally Kayleigh Butcher and Bethany Younge’s Her Disappearance features voices filtered through PVC pipes.

  • Cassandra Miller – Guide (2013)
  • Martin Iddon – hamadryads (2010)
  • Kayleigh Butcher and Bethany Younge – Her Disappearance (2015)
  • Jessie Marino – SOTU (2019)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


07
Oct 20

Alphabet, Grammar, Litany, Macle

Ekmeles returns to live-streaming with another free event creatively mixing live and pre-recorded elements. The performance will go live on October 16th at 8PM, and will stay online for a week following.

Watch the concert here!

Charlotte Mundy and Elisa Sutherland will perform a work of Saariaho with both live and pre-recorded video elements; Steven Hrycelak and Jeffrey Gavett recorded a performance in Fort Tryon Park near their homes; Steven Bradshaw and Tim Keeler perform Cage live from Philadelphia and San Francisco respectively; and Gavett Hrycelak Mundy and Sutherland will meet online from Manhattan and Brooklyn for live online Eastman.

  • Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • John Cage – Litany for the Whale (1980)
  • Agata Zubel – Alphabet of the Ars Brevis (2016)
  • Julius Eastman – Macle (1970-71)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


07
Jul 20

In the Sky I Am Walking – Online

Ekmeles’s core female vocalists perform a special live-stream edition of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In the Sky I am Walking and a November 15th 2019 recording of a live performance of Raven Chacon’s Asdzaa Nádleehé & Yoolgai Asdzaa. Artists maya + rouvelle have created video elements for this special event, streamed from the singers’ home in Brooklyn.

Stockhausen’s theatrical work is based on English translations of poetry from the Chippewa, Pawnee, Nootka, Teton Sioux, Ayacucho, and Aztec nations. Chacon’s work is titled for two powerful goddesses in the Navajo tradition, Changing Woman and White Shell woman. The text draws on important elements of the Diné Bahane’ (Navajo: Story of the People). Pianist Steven Beck joined the singers for this work.

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – In the Sky I Am Walking (1972)
  • Raven Chacon – Asdzaa Nádleehé & Yoolgai Asdzaa (2016)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.


14
Oct 19

A Time for Everything

Ekmeles performs sacred music in the atmospheric crypt of Church of the Intercession. The program features two Ekmeles commissions and one world premiere, representing a wide range of styles and influences.

  • Courtney Bryan – A Time for Everything (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Shawn Jaeger – New Work (2019) World premiere
  • Wolfgang Rihm – Sieben Passions-Texte (2001-2006)
  • Julius Eastman – Our Father (1989)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.