Oct 12

Workshopping: Week 2

We’re coming to the end of our individual workshops with composer Thanasis Deligiannis, who is writing a new work for us for our October 13th performance at Issue Project Room.

After working with Thanasis one-on-one, we’re now starting to join up into duos and trios to see how our parts will fit together. The soundworld of the piece is very dynamic, and we’re working with Thanasis to bring out every little filigree and detail of our parts. As a former classical singer, he has a vocal ability that most composers do not. However, having not studied for years, he now simply adapts his technique fully to whatever project is at hand, rather than maintaing a stable classical core sound like we full-time classical singers must. We’re working on adapting our sounds to fit this very specific aesthetic which he’s devised, shouting and crooning, sounding like reversed tape or doppler effects. The alignment of our parts is often totally visual in its representation, leaving us to shape the specific rhythms and interactions of our lines in these workshops, and develop the piece far beyond the page, with Thanasis’s guidance. It’s an interesting mixture of rote teaching and notation, with most of the timbre and articulation details being communicated verbally, and the pitches left to the page. We’re looking forward to joining all together to work tutti soon!

Sep 12

New York/Netherlands Exchange

Under the auspices of a NYFA/Stichting RIO New York/Netherlands composer exchange, Ekmeles performs a new work by Thanasis Deligiannis, a world premiere by Michael Edward Edgerton, and music by Eve Beglarian.

Concert at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral at the intersection of Henry and Remsen Streets in Brooklyn Heights – temporary home of Issue Project Room.

Personnel for concert

Sep 11

Venue change & hiatus

Just a short hello here to share the exciting news that our October 6th performance at Issue Project Room will in fact be at the new space at 110 Livingston Street, and not the Can Factory at 232 3rd Street as was previously announced! It should be an incredible acoustic for the music we’re singing, and we’re very proud to be presented there.

Also, the blog will be taking a hiatus of a few weeks while I’m away on honeymoon! See you all back here in late September!

Jul 11

Vocal triple bill

October 6th, research-based ensemble for medieval music Ascoli Ensemble and Irish vocal & instrumental new music group Ergodos Musicians will join Ekmeles at Issue Project Room for an evening spanning 800 years of music.

Ekmeles repertoire for concert

  • Peter Ablinger – Studien nach der Natur
  • Pascal Dusapin – Two Walking
  • Johannes Schöllhorn – Madrigali a Dio
  • James Tenney – Hey when I sing… & Rose Round

Ekmeles personnel for concert