Make Music Winter: December 21, 2015

Decantations | Ravi Kittappa

Composer Ravi Kittappa and pianist Karl Larson invite the public to perform the New York premiere of Decantations III, Kittappa’s piece featuring the sound of sruti boxes (easily playable Indian drone instruments).

Beginning at 3:00 pm at Athens Square Park, performers split into three groups and walk divergent paths around Astoria, playing a variety of sustaining instruments and electronic devices, while interacting with the sounds of the neighborhood. After 30 minutes everyone converges in Athens Square to create a large and varying drone resolving to a finish.  You can learn more about the background of this piece in an interview MMNY conducted recently with Kittappa and Larson.

To join, please fill out this form and we’ll assign you a group and a starting location.  Below are the parts and audio files for performing the piece:

Performance notes – for Instrumentalists or for Electronic Playback

Red GroupInstrumental Part and Audio Files (for non-instrumentalists)

Blue GroupInstrumental Part and Audio Files (for non-instrumentalists)

Yellow GroupInstrumental Part and Audio Files (for non-instrumentalists)

Athens Square Park, 3:00pm

Athens Square Park, 4:00pm

How to Join
Fill out this form to be assigned to a group; on Dec. 21, bring a sustaining instrument or download the drone files to your phone or playback device.

Ravi Kittappa is a composer currently living in Oakland, CA. The Janacek Philharmonia’s recent premiere of his work, exordium, was described as “an enticing work of pulse and counterpoint” (New Music Box). Ravi has been commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, percussionist Owen Weaver, and Talea Ensemble among others. He has been honored to be selected as a participant at international festivals like World Saxophone Congress, Ostrava Days, Bowling Green New Music Festival, MATA Festival, and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. In Spring 2012, Ravi founded the bi-coastal new music series, Permutations, which he co-curates with pianist, Karl Larson. He is currently a Ph.D fellow in music composition at University of California, Berkeley.

Brooklyn based pianist Karl Larson is a specialist in the music of our time. Consistently presenting adventurous programs, Karl has premiered many solo and chamber works by notable composers including David Rakowski, Ken Thomson, Robert Honstein, Chris Cerrone, and David Lang. A sought after collaborator, Larson has worked with many notable musicians from around the country, and has been featured on a number of highly regarded new music series including the Bang on a Can Marathon, the MATA Festival, and the Frequency Series. Larson is also a founding member of Bearthoven and the curator of the Permutations NYC Concert Series.


Make Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley