Erik Friedlander’s Black Phebe
David First & The Same Animal Band
Thursday November 17, 2016, 8pm
Two ubiquitous New York composer/performers present new music for new ensembles with long-time collaborators.
Cellist Erik Friedlander presents music from his recent CD “Rings”, featuring his new trio Black Phebe, with Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion, electronics) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion). This eclectic music is one of the rare occasions where one can hear Friedlander incorporating electronics and looping – a central theme in the title work ‘Circles’. Various pieces on this program find the group operating as more of a chamber ensemble, a accordion-heavy world music band, or a jazz piano trio – but whatever the context the trio finds itself, the results will always include the unexpected.
David First (Vietnamese vong co guitar, overtone sitar, harmonica), Jeanann Dara (viola), Sam Kulik (trombone), Danny Tunick (percussion) will present new works exploring First’s concepts of gestural improvisation—a set of hyper-minimalist procedures that release various species of psychoacoustic phenomena through subversive micro-tuning, overtone isolation, fricative noise production, slippery poly-rhythms, and the elevation of the imperceptible to the highest level of foregrounded significance. Dara, Kulik and Tunick have been working extensively as a unit with First for the past four years in the development of these ideas.
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