October 28, 2010   |   224 Washington Avenue   |   Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

7pm Members Reception   |   7:30pm Doors   |   8pm Concert

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The Composer

Jakub Ciupinski


The Performers

Andrew Cyr

Artistic Director

Kristin Lee


Sean Lee


Emily Smith


Ashley Bathgate


Bridget Kibbey


Britton Matthews


Luke Rinderknecht


Lance Suzuki


James Austin Smith


Brad Balliett

Electric Bassoon

What would a house sound like if it could sing?

Join Metropolis Ensemble and Artistic Director Andrew Cyr for a one-of-a-kind, season opening concert-event on Thursday, October 28.

Brownstone is a site-specific electro-acoustic composition/installation by Jakub Ciupinski and will be performed throughout an entire three-story Brooklyn brownstone.

Musicians will be scattered throughout all three floors while audience members freely wander, explore, and chose their own experience of the piece. An electronic soundscape will fill halls and stairways creating a rhythmic and colorful sonic tapestry, blending with the various instruments in different ways depending on your location.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, with many opportunities to interact with Metropolis Ensemble artists and other audience members. A selection of contemporary art will be also installed throughout the house, curated by the gallery On Stellar Rays. Brownstone promises to be a musical experience like no other.

Mr. Ciupinski, whose own musical styles range from traditional classical forms to nontraditional genres and live electronics, will use a technique that enables the composer to introduce randomness and freedom into synchronized elements. Learn more...

The Soundscape

The source material for the electronic music layer will be derived from the BBC Nature Sound Effects Library provided by Pro Sound Effects. There are no synthesizers or other samples, only original recorded animal sounds, transformed into music by pitch shifting, time stretching, and other audio effects. Listen to samples of this transformation technique:

Use the arrows to navigate between the different tracks.

The Production

Brownstone is the inaugural production of Friends of Metropolis and is a true collaboration between Friends members and Metropolis artists. The concept and its execution was conceived by members of the Friends group, including Jenny Salomon, and produced by artistic director Andrew Cyr, composer Jakub Ciupinski, and the gallery On Stellar Rays.

This will be the first of many future Friends events, which are meant to inspire and engage arts enthusiasts in the creative process. Friends of Metropolis is a group of talented and enthusiastic supporters who contribute their time, talent, and resources towards the mission of Metropolis. Get involved...

Metropolis Ensemble is a nonprofit professional chamber orchestra dedicated to emerging the next generation of performers and composers. Learn more...

Brownstone is collaborative production of Metropolis Ensemble, On Stellar Rays, and Friends of Metropolis. Select sound effects from the BBC Nature Sound Effects Library provided by Pro Sound Effects.