I am very proud of flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi. Their duo, known as Righteous Girls, performs twice in Japan this week. They are presenting their Gathering Blue project, recorded on New Focus Records, at Horie Arte, 1-18-17 Kita-Horie, Osaka, Japan, on June 3rd and 5th at 7:30 PM.
Gathering Blue features composers Ambrose Akinmusire, Andy Akiho, Dave Molk, Jonathan Ragonese, Pascal Le Bouef, Randy Woolf, and Vijay Iyer. Gina and Erika have also included my duo “For Milton:” an homage to Milton Babbitt that mixes serial outer sections with a slice of swing in the middle.
I’m excited to have my music visit Japan: I hope to get there myself someday!
Composer Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble visits New York on Sunday and Monday with a free concert in Brooklyn and a modestly priced one in Manhattan.
Good new music ensembles have a programming ethos. Brouwer’s curation is decidedly eclectic encompassing, on one end of the spectrum, some of the more intricate lieder by Johannes Brahms and, on the other, contemporary works for electronics by Mario Davidovsky and Andrew Rindfleisch. Somewhere in the middle of this stylistic orbit are pieces by Chen Yi and John Harbison.
So, refreshingly, stylistic features or agendas aren’t an issue when it comes to programming. One might say that Brouwer celebrates the old saying, “variety is the spice of life.” This allows us to enjoy a diverse program unified by the talents of persuasive performers Sarah Beaty, Erika Dohi, Kimia Ghaderi and Haruka Fujii.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 3:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church
139 St. John’s Place
(Near the 2, 3, B, Q, and R lines)
Free admission, no tickets required.
Monday, July 13, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Marc A. Scorca Recital Hall, 7th floor
330 7th Avenue (at West 29th St.)
New York, NY
(Steps away from the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, and R lines)
Tickets are $15 in advance through Eventbrite
, and $20 at the door. Student tickets are half price. Price includes a wine reception following the performance.
Margaret Brouwer: Declaration, for mezzo soprano, violin and piano (East Coast premiere)
Clint Needham: On the Road for violin and piano
Andrew Rindfleisch: Listen, for electronic playback
John Harbison: Two Arias from The Great Gatsby
Huang Ruo: Sound of Hand for percussion (July 13 only)
Chen Yi: From Old Peking Folklore, for violin and piano
Johannes Brahms: Von ewiger Liebe, Mädchenlied and Ständchen, for mezzo and piano (July 12 only)
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 for solo violin and electronic sounds
Haruka Fujii, percussion (July 13 only)
Sarah Beaty, mezzo soprano
Kimia Ghaderi, violin
Erika Dohi, piano
This Sunday at Stony Brook University: Erika Dohi plays my “Solo for Piano” in a recital at 8 PM (free event).
Today Righteous Girls went into the studio to record my flute/piano duo “For Milton.” An homage to Milton Babbitt, it was first recorded by John McMurtery and Ashlee Mack and released by Perspectives of New Music/Open Space Magazine. I am thrilled that there will be a rendition released by Righteous Girls too!