002 / January 11, 2015

003 / January 16, 2015

004 / January 18, 2015

Morton Feldman’s
Piano and String Quartet

Taylor Deupree/Marcus Fischer

Joseph Branciforte, piano


Christopher Otto, violin

Pauline Kim Harris, violin

John Pickford Richards, viola

Mariel Roberts, cello

Morton Feldman's 80-minute late masterpiece, performed by Joseph Branciforte (piano) and members of JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, and String Noise.


Written two years before his death in 1987, Morton Feldman's Piano and String Quartet is a shimmering, pristine musical event. Contrasting widely-spaced piano arpeggios with extended chords, Feldman allows lingering sounds from either the piano or the strings to haze over many of the piece's near-silences. By the time Feldman composed this piece, he was deeply committed to extended works--chamber pieces that could telescope motifs and worry their tonality so that it warbled between hauntingly atonal and familiarly tonal singing. This is a powerful, evening piece, one that can set an extravagantly crystalline musical mood.


Morton Feldman (1926-1987) was an American composer born in New York City. A major figure in 20th-century music, Feldman was a pioneer of indeterminate, a development associated with the experimental New York School of composers also including John Cage, Christian Wolff and Earle Brown. Feldman's works are characterized by notational innovations that he developed to create his characteristic sound: rhythms that seem to be free and floating; pitch shadings that seem softly unfocused; a generally quiet and slowly evolving music; recurring asymmetric patterns. His later works, after 1977, also begin to explore extremes of duration.

Judith Berkson presents new music for keyboards and voice exploring microtonal tuning.


Mezzo soprano, pianist and composer Judith Berkson uses voices along with analog and digital keyboards to create pieces that cross the boundaries of classical, electronic and experimental music.


From the age of five she studied classical piano. As a teenager she was drawn to the experimental composers, “the avant-gardists and the people working with extended technique. I liked the challenge of that“ but also worked at singing art songs from Schubert to Schoenberg. Singing and playing in jazz and experimental bands through the late 1990s, she curtailed much of this activity in the early 21st century to concentrate primarily on solo performance, looking anew at the possibilities for voice with keyboard accompaniment, and has come up with an approach entirely her own, and one which can encompass the full range of her musical interests.


Her solo album "Oylam", released on ECM Records, reflects a variety of musical directions and was described as "Standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences, a beautiful Satie-like piece to open and close the record. I can't get enough of it." (New York Times).  Her debut album “Lu-Lu” was released by Peacock Records in 2008.

Legendary sound artist, and founder of 12k, Taylor Deupree in a rare duo performance with labelmate Marcus Fischer, utilizing tape loops, surround sound, piano, and electronics.


Taylor Deupree (b. 1971) is a sound artist, graphic designer, photographer, and founder of 12k, an independent record label based in the rural area north of New York CIty


Started in 1997, 12k has pioneered a form of experimental ambient music involving delicate hybrids of digital technology and acoustic instrumentation. In its 17 years of existence, 12k has released over 100 albums from an international roster of artists and has become one of the most respected small sound-art labels in the world for this captivating and minimalist niche of electronic music. Many share with Deupree an interest in stark minimalism, but the label has also found room for, located a common ground with, the acoustic avant-garde, the instrumental derivations of post-rock, and the synthetic extremes of techno.


Deupree is an accomplished sound artist whose recordings, rich with abstract atmospherics, have appeared on numerous record labels, and well as in site-specific installations at such institutions as the ICC (Tokyo, Japan) and the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (Yamaguchi, Japan). His music today emphasizes a hybrid of natural sounds and technological mediation. It’s marked by a deep attention to stillness, to an almost desperate near-silence. His passion for the studio as a recording instrument is paramount in his work, but there is no hint of digital idolatry. If anything, his music shows a marked attention to the aesthetics of error and the imperfect beauty of nature, to the short circuits not only in technological systems but in human perception.


He is also a prolific collaborator, having worked with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, Stephan Mathieu, Stephen Vitiello, Christopher Willits, Kenneth Kirschner, Frank Bretschneider, Richard Chartier, Savvas Ysatis, Tetsu Inoue and others.


Marcus Fischer (b.1977) is a musician & multimedia artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. Field recordings, chance, and DIY instruments, coupled with acoustic instrumentation and visual art, define what has become Marcus’s minimal signature.


Fischer curates vision+hearing, a series of audio/visual events that bring musicians and filmmakers together for collaborative performances. He is also the co-curator of SIX, an annual six-speaker surround sound performance series, and has had the opportunity to score various short films and multimedia performances. In recent years he has also been involved with projects and performances for Art organizations such as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, SASSAS and DubLab.


Throughout 2009, Marcus kept a “thing-a-day” blog, a self-inflicted experiment in time and productivity where Fischer tasked himself with completing one creative project a day for one year and documenting it daily on dustbreeding.com. The projects took many forms: photography, video, music, sound experiments, printmaking, graphic design and diy electronics. The blog project allowed him to grow creatively by the constant momentum created through daily expression.

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a concert series at spectrum nyc

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001 / January 9, 2015

Ben Monder

Guitarist/composer Ben Monder presents a solo guitar performance, featuring original works from his recordings Flux, Dust, Excavation, and Oceana.


A musician in the New York area for 30 years, “guitarist’s guitarist” and composer Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Guillermo Klein, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory from 2002-2005. He was also the recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2014.


Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. His most recent compositions are unique in their complexity, unusual voicings, dissonance, and lyricism, and are written for trio with multiple voices. He has appeared on more than 140 albums as a sideman, and has released five as a leader: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines, 1995).

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Trailblazing violin duo String Noise presents new works for violins and electronics by composers Christopher Botta, Paul Marquardt, and Eric Lyon.


Consisting of classical avant-garde violinists Conrad Harris (Flux Quartet) and Pauline Kim Harris (S.E.M. Ensemble), String Noise has expanded the two violin repertoire to include over 40 new works written for them since their debut at the Ostrava Days in 2011. String Noise was highlighted in Performa 2011 and was the featured ensemble for the launch of composers collective Index 0. Premieres include works by Christian Wolff, Elizabeth Hoffman, John King, Phill Niblock, Annie Gosfield, Caleb Burhans, Spencer Topel, David Lang, John Zorn, Bernhard Lang, among others. String Noise has performed at Issue Project Room, Roulette, EXAPNO, Rockwood Music Hall and the Stone and has been heard on WNYC and WKCR.


First feature album to be released this Spring [2015] of music by Eric Lyon.

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Saxophonist/composer/electronic musician Neil Leonard presents works from his new Mil Maneras recording, featuring guitarist Oren Fader. Plus, an opening set by guitarist William Anderson.


Neil Leonard is a Boston-based composer, saxophonist and transdisciplinary artist. Leonard has collaborated with Joanne Brackeen, Richard Devine, Vijay Iyer, Phill Niblock, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Robin Rimbaud, Stephen Vitiello. His compositions/performances were featured by Carnegie Hall, Musicacustica (Beijing), Sharjah Art Foundation, Moscow Autumn, Museo Reina Sofia, Jazz Plaza International Festival (Havana). Leonard's performances and installations with artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons were presented by the 11 Havana Bienal, 49th and 55th Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum. Leonard score for Tony Oursler’s Relatives was featured by the Whitney Biennial. Leonard is the Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music's Interdisciplinary Arts Institute. In 2014-15 he was a Research Affiliate at M.I.T. Program in Art, Culture and Technology.


Oren Fader is highly regarded as a performer of classical and electric guitar repertoire, solo and chamber, traditional and contemporary. Mr. Fader is well known for his performances of contemporary music. He has premiered or recorded over 400 solo and chamber works with guitar, many as a member of the Award-winning new music group Cygnus Ensemble, including compositions by Babbitt, Wuorinen, Machover, Biscardi, Currier, Naito, and many others. He has worked closely with composers such as Babbitt, Boulez, Carter, Davidovsky, and David Lang.  Recent performance highlights include two seasons at the Tanglewood Music Festival, performing works of Carter, Davidovsky, and Chin, and tours around the globe with his chamber group Poetica Musica, performing in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Copenhagen, Iceland, Gayana, Jordan, and Tajikistan.


William Anderson began playing chamber music at the Tanglewood Festival at age 19. He now plays solo recitals at guitar festivals and new music festivals in the US and abroad. Anderson has performed with many of New York City's finest ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, Sequitur, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players.He founded the Cygnus Ensemble in 1985. Cygnus has built a substantial repertoire of chamber music with plucked strings.

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Guitarist/composer/sound artist Terrence McManus presents an evening of original works in a trio setting with longtime collaborators John Hébert (double bass) and Billy Mintz (percussion).



McManus, a composer noted for his practice of combining new music compositional techniques with extended communal improvisation, presents a program combining brand new material and new arrangements of older works. The music will combine elements of new music, jazz and rock, with a focus on through­composition, extended forms, odd­meters and sonic texture.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, guitarist/composer/sound artist Terrence McManus has been called "... one of New York's latest guitar heroes ..." (All About Jazz), and that he has "... hit on an entirely new language." (Gambit), and "... possesses the goods to impart a significant impact ..." (jazzreview.com). Time Out New York calls him a "Texture-minded guitar abstractionist ..." and the NY Times times has described him as a "guitarist drawn to abstract texture".


Terrence’s previous ensembles include Transcendental Numbers, with Mark Helias and Gerry Hemingway, which has a recording entitled Transcendental Numbers (NoBusiness Records) that Time Out New York calls "... a set of subtle, highly textural trio improvisation." He also lead a chamber ensemble that included Ellery Eskelin, Mat Maneri, Russ Lossing and Gerry Hemingway, which performed a sixty minute, multi-sectional, through-composed work titled The Machine; the piece has also been performed in a trio configuration and in a solo guitar setting.


Terrence is also a member of multiple NYC groups including The Cellar and Point and Bryan and the Haggards, and he has been a guest musician with the new music group Ensemble Pampelmousse.


An accomplished solo guitarist, Terrence performs his own works on electric and classical guitar and has developed a unique style of improvisation, drawing on extended technique and prepared guitar. His solo recording Brooklyn EP was described as having "... visceral, stimulating fabrics." (The New York City Jazz Record).

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008 / May 26, 2016 / 9pm

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A rare U.S. performance of virtuoso Belgian keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin. Jozef will perform a solo concert on Fender Rhodes and electronics, continuing the explorations found on his 2014 album A Fender Rhodes Solo.



One of the most inventive pioneers in his genre", "piano wizard", "a keyboard magician" or "a Fender Rhodes specialist", are some of the quotes describing Jozef Dumoulin.


He has developed his unique sound on the Fender Rhodes, combining it with electronics. Using this setup, he has joined forces with a number of existing formations, such as the Magic Malik Orchestra, Reggie Washington Trio Tree, Octurn, Dre Pallemaerts group, Othin Spake, Benzine, Narcissus Quartet, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Toots Thielemans, Aka Moon, Belmondo brothers, David Lynx.

In the last years he released three CDs on the Bee Jazz label:
Trees are always right with his belgian band Lidlboj, Rainbow Body, with his trio made up of Eric Thielemans on drums and Trevor Dunn on bass, and A Fender Rhodes Solo - the first Fender Rhodes solo album in the history of the instrument. All three CDs were critically acclaimed. At the end of 2013 Jozef got a FAJE-grant to write for and play with Ellery Eskelin on saxophone and Dan Weiss on drums. The trio is called 'The Red Hill Orchestra' and their first CD Trust was released on the french label Yolk in 2014.Other ongoing personal projects include a series duos; one with singer Lynn Cassiers, one with guitarist Nelson Veras and one with pianist Benoît Delbecq.

He shared the stage and/or recorded with Mark Turner, Bill Carothers, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jaime Torres, Sekouba Traore, Skoota Warner, Trevor Dunn, Daniel Humair, Hilmar Jensson, Andrew D'Angelo, Nate Wooley, Ron Miles, Joseph Bowie, Nelson Veras, Marc Ducret, Ronny Jordan, Robin McKelle and T.N. Seshagopalan, Jef Lee Johnson, Kartet, Soo Bin Park, Rick Margitza, among others.