Make Music Winter: December 21, 2016

Decantations | Ravi Kittappa

Composer Ravi Kittappa and pianist Karl Larson invite the public to perform Kittappa’s piece featuring the sound of sruti boxes (easily playable Indian drone instruments). Performers will split into three groups and walk divergent paths around the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, playing sruti boxes and a variety of sustaining instruments and electronic devices, at its end converging to create a large and varied drone resolution. This will be the second annual iteration of the event, having made its NY premiere in Astoria in 2015. You can learn more about the background of this piece in an interview MMNY conducted last year with Kittappa and Larson. Meet-up: 5:00 pm, 271 Columbia Street (Stumptown Coffee roasting), unofficial afterparty at The Ice House (219 Van Brunt St.). To join, please fill out this form so we can assign you a group, keep you posted on any updates and save you a cup of joe from Stumptown! Of course if you areunsure of your availability you can always walk right up… Below are the parts and audio files for performing the piece: Performance notes – for Instrumentalists or for Electronic Playback Group AInstrumental Part and Audio Files (for non-instrumentalists)
Start at Stumptown (corner of Van Brunt and Commerce)
Walk down Van Brunt to the corner of Coffey and Van Brunt
At the corner of Van Brunt and Coffey, turn around and walk to the corner of Van Brunt and Pioneer
Group BInstrumental Part and Audio Files (for non-instrumentalists)
Start in Coffey Park (under the big tree in the center of the walkway)
Walk down Pioneer, cross Van Brunt (passing Pioneer Works)
Left on Conover
Left on Sullivan
Right on Van Brunt, continue to the corner of Coffey and Van Brunt
Walk back to the corner of Van Brunt and Pioneer along Van Brunt Street
Group CInstrumental Part and Audio Files (for non-instrumentalists)
Start at Van Brunt and Coffey
Walk down Van Brunt towards Pioneer
Left on King Street
Right on Conover
Right on Pioneer
Arrive at the corner of Van Brunt and Pioneer
219 Columbia Street (Stumptown Coffee roasting) 6:00pm

Corner of Van Brunt and Pioneer, 7:00pm

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.


Karl Larson




Make Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley