Thursday, June 21, 2018

Concertos for Buildings

Concertos for Buildings
Greene St, between Grand & Broome from 5-6:30pm

Back by popular demand for a third straight season, Concertos for Buildings is so big this year that we had to add an “s” to the end of its name. Taking over the entire block of Greene St. between Grand and Broome, historic buildings with hollow, cast-iron facades will serve as the resonant instruments for percussionists to perform five newly commissioned and re-imaged compositions. This unique program stars both professionals and students from Mantra Youth Percussion and the Rahway High School Wind Ensemble.

“Concerto for Buildings” by Daniel Goode
A reworked version of the composition that launched the series in 2015. Daniel is an American composer and clarinetist whose works are influenced by several sources, including bird song, Cape Breton fiddling, drone, Indonesian gamelan music, and minimal music. He served as Director of the Electronic Music Studio of Rutgers University from 1971 to 1998 and is co-director of the DownTown Ensemble, which he co-founded in New York in 1983. His most recent project is the Flexible Orchestra.

“Cloud Noodles” by Lainie Fefferman
A World Premiere. Lainie is a Brooklyn-based composer known for exploring the personal and idiosyncratic aspects of music-making. Her other most recent commissions have been from So Percussion, Experiments in Opera, string quartet ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, JACK Quartet, and Dither. She teaches composition at Mannes Conservatory and will join the faculty of Music & Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall of 2017.

“Going Up” by Miguel Bolivar
Miguel is a composer, saxophonist and educator in the tri state area.  He has been the Director of Bands at Rahway High School since 2014 and has had compositions commissioned at venues including the NafMe All Eastern Conference , the Vivre Musicale concert series, and the Con Vivo concert series. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at Rutgers University.

“Quit While You Exist” by Devon Cupo
Devon is a percussionist and composer active in the tri state area.  He has been playing for over eleven years and has performed works with numerous ensembles spanning a variety of styles and instrumentations. He has studied with Peter Saleh, Joe Bergen, Mike Truesdell, Matt Smallcomb and Geoff Summers and is currently studying with Dr. Larry Alan at the Hartt School

“When I See You Again” by Christian Rivera
Christian is a sophomore horn player in the Rahway Public School District. Alongside his ensemble work, he has been working on composition with his band director, Mr. Bolivar, and is excited to debut his first musical work at Make Music New York Festival 2017.

“Drumming Part 1” by Steve Reich and “Marimba Quartet” by Daniel Levitan Mantra Youth Percussion closes out the program with these repertoire works.
Hailed by the NY Times as “ear opening,” Mantra Youth Percussion seeks to foster the next generation of performers through masterclasses, one on one instruction, collaborations with professional composers, high-level ensemble playing, and diverse performance opportunities with an emphasis on creativity and artistry. Directors: Joe Bergen and Jim Bogert.

Rahway High School Wind Ensemble is an audition-only curricular performing ensemble in the Rahway Public School System. Rahway, NJ is an urban city with a diverse community and a rich history that proudly promotes the arts. Director: Miguel Bolivar.