Areté Venue & Gallery in June

Source: New York’s Areté Venue & Gallery.

big dog little dog Album Release Show
with Special Guest Travis LaPlante
6/3/19, 7:00pm
Join big dog little dog (composer/violinist Jessie Montgomery and bassist/composer Eleonore Oppenheim) for the release of their debut album on New Amsterdam Records.
big dog little dog is the mild-melding duo project of violinist/composer Jessie Montgomery and bassist/composer Eleonore Oppenheim. Their music has been described many ways, but perhaps the most apt so far has been “post-minimalist groove americana.” The pair use an improvisational composition technique that draws on many genres and their experience as native New Yorkers to create lush, cinematic soundscapes that are by turns sweeping and achingly intimate. Saxophonist and composer Travis LaPlante (Battle Trance) will open with a special solo set.

Urs Leimgruber / Hans Tammen / Shoko Nagai / Satoshi Takeishi: Music From Silence
6/4/19, 8:00pm
Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, currently touring the US, has advanced into one of the most masterful representatives of a form of European music that is delicately sophisticated and often quite abstract. Together with Hans Tammen, Shoko Nagai and Satoshi Takeishi the quartet allows much space for the expression of the quiet – a sort of contemplative essence perfectly suited for Arete’s sonic habitat.
Urs Leimgruber – reeds
Hans Tammen – Buchla Shoko Nagai – piano
Satoshi Takeishi – percussion

Jay Vilnai – Thorns All Over Release Party
6/6/19, 7:00pm
Composer Jay Vilnai celebrates his new album “Thorns All Over”, contemporary murder ballads penned by poet Rachel Abramowitz, with acoustic performances and tracks from the album. Mezzo Augusta Caso will perform Vilnai’s “There’s a Bluebird in My Heart” for voice and tape, based on the poetry of Charles Bukowski, with new video art by artist Bill Mazza.

Sly Horizon – ‘The Anatomy of Light’ CD Release
6/6/19, 9:00pm
SLY HORIZON is a brand new group founded by a trio of well-seasoned New York based creative musicians: Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string electric guitar and electronics), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums/electronics).

6/7/19, 8:00pm
Desdemona is a New York City-based ensemble devoted to creating unique and inventive performances. Founded by Adrianne Munden-Dixon (violin), Carrie Frey (viola), Julia Henderson (cello), and Margarita Rovenskaya (piano), the group presents repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to world premieres in a variety of formations, from duos to piano and string quartets. Described by the New Yorker as an “excellent young quartet,” Desdemona has performed at Spectrum, 1 Rivington, Cornelia Street Café, the CUNY Graduate Center, Princeton’s Unruly Sounds Festival, as well as at numerous home gatherings through Groupmuse.

Piano+ #15
6/9/19, 8:30pm
piano+electronics -new works by Laura Cetilia, Eugene Kim, Young Eun Kim, Matt Lau and Cecilie Arditto
Piano+ is a concert series dedicated to new and recent music for piano with other instruments and media.An intimate listening experience, a space for sharing sounds, a place for open minds and ears. Curated by composer and pianist Teodora Stepančić

6/9/19, 6:00pm
Shepherdess is a duo based in New York City, featuring violinist, Hajnal Pivnick, and mezzo soprano, Kayleigh Butcher. Hajnal and Kayleigh are both contemporary classical performers dedicated to commissioning and disseminating new works by living American composers. For this concert, Shepherdess will be showcasing a few new works from NYC based composers Lester St. Louis and Mary Prescott as well as some pieces by Bethany Younge, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Annika Sokolofsky, Luis Amaya, and more!

One-Eleven Heavy: Album Release Event
6/11/19, 7:00pm
Composer Matt Frey celebrates the release of his conceptual operatic EP album, One-Eleven Heavy, about the 1998 plane crash of Swissair Flight 111. Please join us at 7:00pm Tuesday, June 11th 2019 for a listen-through of the album accompanied by refreshments, conversation with the artists, and live music from soprano Jenny Ribeiro and Grammy Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman.

GalloFlórez Duo: Algo Más Melódico CD Release Party
6/12/19, 7:00pm
Ricardo Gallo, piano
Alejandro Flórez, tiple and bandola
In this new release by GalloFlórez the clear allusions to Colombian Andean musical folklore from the previous album are artfully shrouded by layers of rhythmic and harmonic richness, rendering the music more expansive and visceral. Lyricism is present throughout, whether in the angular twists of Emisarios or Algo Más Melódico, the colorful and irregular phrases of Hermetismo (inspired by Hermeto Pascoal’s similarly virtuosic melodies and harmonies), the unlikely, dystopian soundscape of Acueducto or their heartfelt rendition of Andrew Hill’s Nefertiti, the only cover of the album, which ironically reminds the listener of the primary influences of the duo. This is a mature effort by a team of composers/improvisers who move effortlessly in the worlds of jazz, contemporary and South American music, creating an intriguing and enchanting aesthetic.

Sarah Bernstein VEER Quartet
6/12/19, 8:30pm
Sarah Bernstein – violin/compositions Sana Nagano – violin
Leonor Falcón – viola
Nick Jozwiak – cello
The VEER Quartet presents compositions by Sarah Bernstein for improvising string quartet. Four inventive and soloistic musicians create a sound that cuts across jazz and chamber music to avant-free expression. With Sarah Bernstein, violin, Sana Nagano, violin, Leonor Falcón, viola, Nick Jozwiak, cello.
SARAH BERNSTEIN is a New York-based composer and violinist whose work incorporates vocals, electronics, improvisation and original text. She is known for her fiery multidisciplinary performances, and has garnered international acclaim for her distinctive recordings. She leads bands, performs solo, and collaborates with numerous artists in avant-jazz, chamber music, experimental pop and noise. Nominated “Rising Star” in the DownBeat Critics Poll for the past four years, Bernstein is a recognized innovator in forward-thinking jazz. Her approach merges post-tonal and polyrhythmic melody with sonic exploration and raw emotion. In addition to live performance, Bernstein’s music is featured on radio programs, podcasts, and film scores. Her poetry has been published by Red Ceilings Press and Sensitive Skin Magazine. She is originally from San Francisco, CA.

Ken Thomson Sextet//Bearthoven
6/16/19, 5:00pm
“Few musicians travel as assuredly and meaningfully between jazz and new music as saxophonist Ken Thomson.” – Chicago Reader. Ken Thomson’s (Bang on a Can, Gutbucket, Asphalt Orchestra) Sextet performs a rare Brooklyn show featuring music written since the group’s debut CD, released Fall 2018, which was listed as Best of 2018 by Second Inversion and AnEarful, and of which WNYC writes, “they manage to create a sound much bigger and juicier than the sum of their parts” and the NYC Jazz Record calls “immensely enjoyable, thrilling.”

In Dreams
6/16/19, 8:00pm
This program dives into the hope and discomfort of dreams, the moments when we let go and imagine a thing wouldn’t name when we’re awake. When we started thinking about this program, we began with Houtaf Khoury’s “Apres un reve” (2008), a modern nightmare reacting to the terror of relentless war in the Middle East: a dream of hope amidst the fatigue of fear. Hasan Ucarsu’s “…the city of anachronistic nostalgia, Istanbul…” (2003) celebrates his and Derin’s hometown of Istanbul, a city rich in contradictions and layers. Our adaptation of Claude Debussy’s “Bilitis”, a collection of 12 sensual poems attributed to Sappho, dreams of desire. Finally, Michael Fiday’s “Nine Haiku” (2007) is one of our favorite pieces to perform and sets works by 8th century poet Basho with flashes of powerful images, dreams that come into focus for only a moment before they vanish.

Either/Or Ensemble
6/18/19, 8:00pm
Winner of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Either/Or is a flexible chamber ensemble based in New York City that presents a repertoire of new and recent chamber music informed equally by American Experimentalism and European avant-garde practice, with special emphasis on artists outside the institutional mainstream and on works exploring nontraditional ensemble formations. Directors Richard Carrick (conductor/piano) and David Shively (percussion/cimbalom) curate its programming, drawing on a broader collective of 17 regular soloists (and guests) to realize the unique requirements of each project. Since its founding in 2004, Either/Or has premiered more than 125 works (as well as dozens of student compositions), toured throughout the US and Sweden, and recorded for labels such as New Focus, New World Records, Starkland, and Sterling Classics.