This World Is Too _____ For You

This World Is Too _____ For You

Emily Wells — This World is Too ______For You
NYC Premiere and Album Release Show featuring Metropolis Ensemble

Thursday, February 28, 2019
House of Yes / 2 Wyckoff Avenue / Brooklyn, NY
7:00pm

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Ballet Prismatique

Ballet Prismatique

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

BALLET PRISMATIQUE

as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series


4:00pm David Kaplan, piano
New Dances of the League of David

4:30pm Qing Jiang, piano
Ophelia’s Last Dance by Oliver Knussen
Selections from Partita no. 1 in B-flat Major by J.S. Bach

5:00pm Vicky Chow, piano
Rave by Molly Joyce

5:30pm Mikael Darmanie, piano
Piano Sonata by Béla Bartók

7:00pm Dan Tepfer, piano

Sunday, April 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
3:30pm (doors) / 4:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / free for members / $100 festival pass


Dance music of all kinds, from Baroque to contemporary to improvisation, will form a kaleidoscopic ballet without stylistic limits. Featuring pianists Vicky Chow, Mikael Darmanie, Qing Jiang, David Kaplan, and Dan Tepfer, performing works and old by J.S. Bach, Molly Joyce, Oliver Knussen, Robert Schumann, Samuel Carl Adams, Timo Andres, Marcos Balter, Martin Bresnick, Caleb Burhans, Michael Brown, Mark Carlson, Mohammed Fairouz, Ryan Francis, Michael Gandolfi, Ted Hearne, Gabriel Kahane, Hannah Lash, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Augusta Read Thomas.


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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CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Points of Departure

Points of Departure

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

POINTS OF DEPARTURE

as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series


5:00pm Kathleen Supove, piano
Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos by Missy Mazzoli
A Face In The Crowd by Randall Woolf

5:30pm Erika Dohi, piano

6:00pm Xak Bjerken, piano
Variations on a Fiddle Tune by Jesse Jones

6:30pm Daniel Anastasio, piano x Suliman Tekalli, violin
Sonata for Violin and Piano by Steven Stucky
1. Calmo - Vigoroso
2. Interlude: Largo
3. Scherzo-Finale

7:00pm Anthony de Mare, piano
The Garden by Rodney Sharman
Into the Woods by Andy Akiho

7:30pm Kris Davis, piano

8:30pm Gabriel Zucker, piano x Adam O’Farill, trumpet

Saturday, April 20, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / free for members / $100 festival pass


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, Rodney Sharman and Steven Stucky, with improvisations by Kris Davis, Erika Dohi and Gabriel Zucker.


Performers: Daniel Anastasio, Xak Bjerken, Kris Davis, Anthony de Mare, Erika Dohi, Suliman Tekalli (violin), Adam O’Farill (trumpet), Kathleen Supove and Gabriel Zucker

Works by Andy Akiho, Kris Davis, Erika Dohi, Jesse Jones, Missy Mazzoli, Rodney Sherman, Steven Stucky, Randall Woolf 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

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

SYNESTHETIC VIBRATIONS

as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

7:00pm Xak Bjerken, piano  
Piano Sonata no. 9 (“Black Mass”) by Alexander Scriabin

7:30pm Daniel Anastasio, piano x Kristina Bachrach, soprano
Chants de Terre et de Ciel (Songs of Earth and Heaven) by Olivier Messiaen

8:00pm David Kaplan, piano x Catherine Gregory, flute x Josh Roman (to be confirmed)
Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) by George Crumb

8:30pm Vicky Chow, piano
Vick(i/y) by Andy Akiho

9:00pm Cory Smythe, piano
Improvisations and works by Cory Smythe

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 / free for members / $100 festival pass


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 improvisations by Cory Smythe, this colorful program is framed by a dialogue between natural and supernatural themes.

Performers: Daniel Anastasio x Kristina Bachrach (voice), Xak Bjerken, Vicky Chow, David Kaplan and Cory Smythe   

Works by Andy Akiho, George Crumb, Olivier Messiaen, Alexander Scriabin and Cory Smythe


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

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

IN THE MISTS

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 / free for members / $100 festival pass


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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CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Legion

Legion

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

LEGION

as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

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 / free for members / $100 festival pass


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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CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Mark Dover, clarinet & Guy Mintus, piano

Mark Dover, clarinet & Guy Mintus, piano

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

MARK DOVER AND GUY MINTUS

as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

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 / free for members / $100 festival pass


Virtuoso improvisers Guy Mintus (piano) and Mark Dover (clarinet) unite for the first time in public for an evening of fertile cross-stylistic collaboration, including improvisations and the presentation of new, original works. Their collective influences span jazz, world, electronic, gospel, and classical music.


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

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

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

PIANO AS MACHINE: TIMBRE AND TECHNOLOGY OF A MOST FAMILIAR INSTRUMENT

as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

Thursday, March 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / free for members / $100 festival pass


An artist talk featuring composer Patrick Higgins and pianist Conrad Tao in which the surprising history of the keyboard will be examined from a contemporary and creative perspective — Tao and Higgins will engage their own theories of the piano as a timbral and gestural mechanism against the historical literature for the instrument and within the context of creating new innovative works for one our most overtly established “classical” machines.


This talk will be presented in anticipation of the  upcoming premiere of Higgins’ work “Toccata and Fugue” written especially for Tao and developed in close conversation between the two artists.


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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Americana

Americana

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

AMERICANA

Celebrating a diversity of 20th-century American music from ragtime to today, with a special emphasis on improvisation, as part of In Visible Roads, Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

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


Composers on the program include George Gershwin (arr. Jasha Heifetz), J.J. Johnson (arr. Jeremy Ajani Jordan), Scott Joplin (arr. Jeremy Ajani Jordan), John Novacek, Kevin Puts, and Jonathan Ragonese.


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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CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

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

Argus Quartet

Argus Quartet

ARGUS QUARTET PERFORMS WORKS BY CHRISTOPHER CERRONE, TED HEARNE, AND JURI SEO, AS PART OF CERRONE’S REITERATIONS SERIES WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

December 3, 2018

Diana's Hunt: Songs of the Bestiary

Diana's Hunt: Songs of the Bestiary

ELLIOT COLE AND ALKEMIE PERFORM NEW ARRANGEMENTS OF STUNNING 14TH-CENTURY MUSIC AND NEWLY-COMPSED REPERTOIRE INSPIRED BY THE MEDIEVAL BESTIARY

November 9, 2018

The Light Princess

The Light Princess

AN ORIGINAL MUSIC AND MOVEMENT PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

November 3, 2018

12th Season Debut: Folia

12th Season Debut: Folia

CELEBRATING THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN BAROQUE AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

October 24, 2018