Piano As Machine: Timbre and Technology of a Most Familiar Instrument

Piano As Machine: Timbre and Technology of a Most Familiar Instrument

AN INTERACTIVE ARTISTIC TALK-PERFORMANCE PRESENTED BY EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC COMPOSER PATRICK HIGGINS AND PIANIST CONRAD TAO (“PROBING INTELLECT AND OPEN-HEARTED VISION”, NY TIMES) TO EXAMINE THE REMARKABLE HISTORY OF THE KEYBOARD WITH THEIR OWN THEORIES OF THE PIANO (ALSO AS PART OF HIGGINS’ CRISIS MUSIC SERIES AND IN VISIBLE ROADS, METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE X BLUEPRINTS PIANO FESTIVAL

March 21, 2019

TOCSIN

TOCSIN

TWO-MOVEMENT PIANO TRIO BY PATRICK HIGGINS FEAT. VICKY CHOW, JAY CAMPBELL, AND MARIEL ROBERTS, AS PART OF HIGGINS’ CRISIS MUSIC SREIES AND METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE X BLUEPRINTS IN VISIBLE ROADS PIANO FESTIVAL

March 20, 2019

Americana

Americana

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE CONCERTMASTER KRISTIN LEE AND PIANIST/IMPROVISER/COMPOSER JEREMY JORDAN CELEBRATE A DIVERSITY OF 20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN MUSIC FROM RAGTIME TO TODAY, WITH A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON IMPROVISATION, AS PART OF METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE X BLUEPRINTS IN VISIBLE ROADS PIANO FESTIVAL

March 19, 2019

American Lyric Theater

American Lyric Theater

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN LYRIC THEATER, ALT ALUMNI: COMPOSERS AND LIBRETTISTS IN CONCERT

March 3, 2019

This World Is Too _____ For You

This World Is Too _____ For You

EMILY WELLS — THIS WORLD IS TO _____ FOR YOU, NYC PREMIERE AND ALBUM RELEASE SHOW FEATURING METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

February 28, 2019

Sandbox Percussion

Sandbox Percussion

SANDBOX PERCUSSION PERFORMS WORKS BY CHRISTOPHER CERRONE, VIET CUONG, AND JULIA WOLFE, AS PART OF CERRONE’S REITERATIONS SERIES WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE, MODERATED BY A CONVERSATION WITH POET G.C. WALDREP AND FEATURING VOCALIST ELSPETH DAVIS

February 24, 2019

Tantric Variations

Tantric Variations

MIVOS QUARTET PERFORMS WORKS BY KATI AGÓCS, EDMUND FINNIS, MATTHEW SCHULTHEIS, AND LÁZSLÓ SÁNDOR, AS PART OF AGÓCS’S A STONE’S THROW SERIES WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

February 13, 2019

Aaron Diehl

Aaron Diehl

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AARON DIEHL

An evening with jazz star Aaron Diehl performing etudes by jazz icon Dick Hyman, alongside improvisations inspired Philip Glass. Aaron is also joined by special guest, pianist/composer Timo Andres, performing his own music and beyond, as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


An evening with jazz star Aaron Diehl performing Philip Glass, Timo Andres, and beyond. Also featuring guest artist, pianist Timo Andres.


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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Soloicity

Soloicity

A NIGHT OF COMPOSER-PERFORMER SETS WITH STYLES RANGING FROM FOLK TO POP TO EXPERIMENTAL, AS PART OF MOLLY JOYCE’S LIGHT SERIES WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

February 7, 2019

Elliot Cole: Nightflower

Elliot Cole: Nightflower

ALBUM RELEASE AND LISTENING PARTY FOR ELLIOT COL'E’S NIGHTFLOWER, ALSO INCLUDING A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY KATIE HYUN (VIOLIN) AND NIGHTFLOWER ARTISTS JORDAN DODSON (GUITAR) AND GAVRIEL CABEZAS (CELLO) PREVIEWING MUSIC FROM COLE’S NEXT RELEASE

January 26, 2019

Ballet Prismatique

Ballet Prismatique

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BALLET PRISMATIQUE

Presenting various kinds of dance music from different periods, forming a kaleidoscopic ballet without stylistic limits, as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
4:30pm (doors) / 5:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


Pianists Vicky Chow, Mikael Darmanie, Qing Jiang, David Kaplan, and Dan Tepfer.

Dance music of all kinds, from Baroque to contemporary to improvisation, will form a kaleidoscopic ballet without stylistic limits. Includes works by Samuel Carl Adams, Timo Andres, J.S. Bach, Marcos Balter, Michael Brown, Molly Joyce, Gabriel Kahane, Oliver Knussen, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Robert Schumann.


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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Points of Departure

Points of Departure

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POINTS OF DEPARTURE

A marathon piano concert showcasing a rich collection of personal stories and transformations by an array of composers, as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

5:00pm Pianists Kathy Supové, Xak Bjerken, Daniel Anastasio and violinist Suliman Tekalli, with works by Jesse Jones, Missy Mazzoli, Steven Stucky, and Randall Woolf

6:30pm Pianists Kris Davis, Anthony de Mare, and Erika Dohi perform works by Andy Akiho, Derek Bermel, Bruce Stark, Kris Davis and Erika Dohi

8:00pm Pianist Gabriel Zucker and trumpeter Adam O'Farill perform works by Gabriel Zucker

Saturday, April 20, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
4:30pm (doors) / 5:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members
This is a marathon concert in three sets. Single ticket purchase grants access to all sets.

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


Pianists Daniel Anastasio, Xak Bjerken, Kris Davis, Anthony de Mare, Erika Dohi, Kathleen Supové, Gabriel Zucker, violinist Suliman Tekalli, and trumpeter Adam O’Farill.

A collection of personal journeys and transformations from Missy Mazzoli's ghostly Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos to Jesse Jones's Handel-inspired Variations on a Fiddle Tune, and Andy Akiho's arrangement of Sondheim's Into The Woods, courageously exploring the process of inspiration, influence, and departure. Additional composers include Randall Woolf, Derek Bermel, Bruce Stark and Steven Stucky, with improvisations by Kris Davis, Erika Dohi and Gabriel Zucker.


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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Synesthetic Vibrations

Synesthetic Vibrations

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SYNESTHETIC VIBRATIONS

A colorful program featuring voices of composers with synesthesia, framed by a dialogue between natural and supernatural themes, as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

Friday, April 19, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


Pianists Daniel Anastasio, Xak Bjerken, Vicky Chow, David Kaplan, Cory Smythe, soprano Kristina Bachrach, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and flutist Catherine Gregory.

This evening emphasizes the musical voices of composers born with synesthesia, or those for whom specific colors play an important role in their creative process. With works by Andy Akiho, George Crumb, Olivier Messiaen, Alexander Scriabin, and improvisatory interludes by Cory Smythe, this colorful program is framed by a dialogue between natural and supernatural themes. 


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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In the Mists

In the Mists

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IN THE MISTS

From Beethoven to Bresnick, Lisa Moore, described by The New York Times as “brilliant and searching…beautiful and impassioned…lustrous at the keyboard”, presents a concert connecting European and American composers with fanciful imagery, as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

Thursday, April 11, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


Through forest scenes and horizons complete with mists, hunts, and a healing song by Ishi, this concert links European and American composers with abundant, imaginative imagery. From Robert Schumann to Missy Mazzoli, Lisa Moore presents a blended collection of cinematic piano music, inspired by our natural world, and human yearnings. Composers include: Ludwig van Beethoven, Martin Bresnick, Leoš Janáček, Missy Mazzoli, Frederic Rzewski, and Robert Schumann.


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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Legion

Legion

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LEGION

RighteousGIRLS, a piano and flute duo (Erika Dohi andGina Izzo) who explore beyond the acoustic medium, celebrate the world premiere of Legion (for 8 flutes and 8 pianos) by Alex Burtzos along with works by Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Paula Matthusen, and Mike Perdue

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


RighteousGIRLS, a piano and flute duo who explore beyond the acoustic medium, expand their sonic world with a program that highlights immersive multi-track layering, field recordings, improvisation, and electronica, culminating in the world premiere of Legion (for 8 flutes and 8 pianos) by Alex Burtzos.


Other composers on the program include Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Paula Matthusen and Mike Perdue.


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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Inner Dialogues

Inner Dialogues

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INNER DIALOGUES

Virtuoso clarinetist from Imani Winds Mark Dover joins jazz and world-music young giant, pianist/composer 
Guy Mintus, to present a dazzling concert with original works and improvisation

Monday, March 25, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass / free for members

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C. (detail)


Inner Dialogues: After a solo set by jazz and world-music improviser and composer Guy Mintus (piano), Mintus will unite with virtuoso clarinetist Mark Dover for an evening of fertile cross-stylistic collaboration, including improvisations and the presentation of new, original works. 


 
 

BLUEPRINTS unites pianists from different musical genres for eclectic concerts that present traditional classical music alongside contemporary works (including premieres), jazz and free improvisation. Co-founded by Daniel Anastasio and Erika Dohi, these unusually varied programs are each inspired by an aesthetic theme or blueprint. In Visible Roads, co-created with Metropolis Ensemblerepresents its first major artistic collaboration with another performing organization, with the goal of enriching the community of pianists, composers, and instrumentalists alike through creating and fostering new collaborative relationships.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

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Andy Meyerson

Andy Meyerson

PERCUSSIONIST ANDY MEYERSON PRESENTS A SOLO RECITAL OF ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC WORKS, INCLUDING MUSIC BY SAMUEL ADAMS, CHRISTOPHER CERRONE, SARAH HENNIES, ADRIAN KNIGHT, AND AMADEUS REGUCERA, AS PART OF CERRONE’S REITERATIONS SERIES WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

January 8, 2019

The Living Earth Show

The Living Earth Show

THE LIVING EARTH SHOW PERFORMS WORKS WRITTEN FOR THEM BY COMPOSERS, EACH OF WHOM WAS BORN IN, IMMIGRATED TO, OR UTILIZES THE MUSICAL TRADITIONS CREATED WITHIN THE CURRENT BORDERS OF THE UNITED STATES, AS PART OF CHRISTOPHER CERRONE’S REITERATIONS SERIES WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

January 7, 2019

Companions

Companions

AN EVENING WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE MUSICIANS VIOLINIST SIWOO KIM AND VIOLIST JACK STULZ, TWO ARTIST-ENTREPRENEURS WHO COFOUNDED VIVO, A DYNAMIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN COLUMBUS OHIO, FEATURING A STRING-TRIO CONCERT EVOKING A MUSICAL HOUSE OF MIRROS (ALSO WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE CELLIST MICHAEL KATZ)

December 12, 2018

Furl

Furl

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN COMPOSER COLLECTIVE KINDS OF KINGS AND METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE, AS PART OF MOLLY JOYCE’S LIGHT SERIES

December 9, 2018