Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gérard Grisey’s Le Noir de l’Étoile

Gérard Grisey’s Le Noir de l’Étoile
At the American Museum of Natural History, Hall of the Universe
from 12:30-2pm, enter at 81st St entrance
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Make Music New York is proud to present Gérard Grisey’s Le Noir de L’Etoile, a rigorous and brilliant composition created for six percussionists playing the rhythms of radio signals produced by pulsars. When pulsars were first discovered in 1967, these compact neutron stars were found to emit a beam of electromagnetic radiation that arrives in regular pulses as they spin, with the regularity of a metronome. Some pulse hundreds of times a second, but others are much less rapid and create a steady percussive sound when the radio telescopes are hooked up to loudspeakers.

Conductor Douglas Perkins leads an all-star ensemble in this special program, with a pre-concert talk on pulsars (12:30 pm) by Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Curator, Department of Astrophysics, Division of Physical Sciences at AMNH.


Greg Beyer is a Fulbright Scholar, composer, educator, and “prodigiously talented percussionist” (Chicago Classical Review), who is a contemporary music specialist that blends the disciplines of orchestral, jazz, and world music into a singular artistic voice.





Composer/performer Tim Feeney frequently collaborates with experimental musicians and improvisers including Meridian, pianist Annie Lewandowski; cellist and electronic musician Vic Rawlings; vocalist Ken Ueno, saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar; and banjo and electronic musician Holland Hopson. He was a founding member of the quartet So Percussion, a member of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, and performed with Rinde Eckert in his Pulitzer-nominated Orpheus X.





Percussionist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society and has collaborated with many of the world’s most respected artists.




Eduardo Leandro is the artistic director of the Contemporary Chamber Players, the new music ensemble at Stony Brook University in New York, where he is also associate professor in percussion. He is a guest lecturer at the Peabody Conservatory, regular faculty at Yellow Barn Summer Institute in Vermont, at the Winter Festival in Campos do Jordao, and the Summer Academy at Femusc, both in Brazil. As a percussionist Eduardo Leandro has performed as soloist and with ensembles in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and in music festival across the globe.





Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition. He is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Foundry, and Novus NY.






Doug Perkins has been described as “terrific, wide-awake and strikingly entertaining” by the Boston Globe and declared a “percussion virtuoso” by the New York Times. He founded the percussion quartet So Percussion and the Meehan/ Perkins Duo.  He also performs regularly with Signal, eighth blackbird, and countless others. Doug is on the percussion faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the Director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, served with eighth blackbird as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, and was previously on the faculty of Dartmouth College.

Generously supported by FACE (French American Cultural Exchange)
Presented in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History