Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rhythm on Rikers

TIGUE brings percussion instruction to Rikers Island

Photo: Kris Connor, Getty Images

As part of Make Music New York, Rhythm on Rikers returns for its third year, teaching percussion and cultivating community through music with inmates on Rikers Island. For the first time the program has been focused on working with adolescent men, ages 16-17.

For 10 weeks the percussionists of TIGUE (Amy Garapic, Carson Moody, and Matt Evans) have been meeting regularly with a group of ten students to work on improvisation, time keeping, and ensemble communication.

Using both found objects like buckets, and instruments previously donated by REMO, the ensemble with hold a concert on June 21st for the inmates and their families.

AmyGarapicPercussionist Amy Garapic is an energetic soloist, chamber musician, educator and adventurous producer who continually seeks to explore the role of percussion in todays music and culture. With a strong passion for the creation of new work, her performing is split between the new music powerhouse Contemporaneous and the Brooklyn-based avant-pop percussion trio TIGUE. She has worked closely generating new sounds with composers Robert Honstein, Jason Treuting, and John Luther Adams; has performed alongside So Percussion, NEXUS, Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and pop icon David Byrne; and has traveled to make music in Jordan, Mexico, Paris, and most recently India alongside Grammy award winner AR Rahman.

CarsonMoodyBrooklyn based performer Carson Moody collaborates with a number of multifaceted artists in various fields from pop, to improvisation, to the avant-garde. Carson is a founding member of the music group, TIGUE, with fellow performers and collaborators, Amy Garapic and Matt Evans. He also performs with the NYC based “new music dream team” (TimeOutNY), Ensemble Signal. Performances with Signal have ranged from appearances at Lincoln Center Festival 2013, Big Ears 2014 (Knoxville, TN), and the June in Buffalo Festival. Carson also frequently performs and records with the Brooklyn rock band, Ghostpal.
MattEvansPraised by the New York Times as “meticulous and expressive,” Matt Evans is a percussionist and composer creating work with various projects throughout the country. Currently based in Brooklyn, Matt performs regularly with new music groups Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Signal, while creating material with TIGUE, Rokenri, Man Forever, and Private Elevators. His performances have included acclaimed venues such as the The Kitchen, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Tennessee Theater and New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Evans has worked closely on world premieres of composers Robert Honstein, Adrian Knight, Brooks Frederickson, Fjola Evans and Alex Weiser and performed alongside Tristan Perich, Steven Reker, and members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Eighth Blackbird. As a drummer/percussionist, he has been a featured performer on Q2 Music, the Tribeca New Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, the MATA Festival, the Lincoln Center American Songbook Festival and the Big Ears Festival.

TIGUEOne half new music ensemble, one half art-rock band, TIGUE unites homegrown ethos and conservatory precision. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively on original and composed music for nearly half a decade. Formed in 2012, following their concurrent studies at both the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University, TIGUE crystallized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA.