Memory Palace

Memory Palace

IAN ROSENBAUM, SOLO PERCUSSION

Monday, November 20
Caveat / 21 Clinton Street / New York, NY
7:00pm (doors) / 7:30pm (event)

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STATIONS AND RESONANCES

STATIONS AND RESONANCES

PAULA MATTHUSEN WITH AVANT MEDIA
Solo, chamber, and electro-acoustic music and visuals by sound artist and composer Paula Matthusen

Wednesday, June 28
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)

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Elliot Cole: Bloom

Elliot Cole: Bloom

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

Elliot Cole:
Bloom


I couldn’t really work with music the way I thought about music until I learned to code. It was so exciting — I felt like I could think clearly for the first time.
— Elliot Cole, composer

Tuesday, May 23
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30pm (event)
Tickets: $10 General / $5 Student

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars,
with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.


For five years Elliot Cole has been developing Bloom, a music practice and software tool based in deep listening, chance, and pattern.  His related compositions range from virtuosic guitar music to haunting bowed vibraphone quartets, and are some of his most popular, garnering over 300 performances in 20 countries.  

Metropolis Ensemble presents them together for the first time, illuminating their shared roots in Bloom

Elliot is also devoted to amateur and communal music-making, and will lead a group sing with the audience.


Elliot Cole is ‘a charismatic contemporary bard.’
— New York Times

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Surge

Surge

IN PARTICIPATION WITH

Surge

Featuring the World Premiere of Surge* 
by composer/saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor
with animations by artist JJ PEET

Friday, May 5
On Stellar Rays / 213 Bowery
Performances on the 1/2 hour: 6:00-8:00pm
Free — RSVP required

A festive cocktail event in collaboration with the gallery On Stellar Rays

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars,
with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.

Participating members of Metropolis Ensemble:
Jessica Han, flute
Sean Statser, vibraphone
Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet
Matthew Evan Taylor, alto saxophone/composer

*2017 Metropolis Ensemble commission


Insistent and defiant music... envelopingly hypnotic..
— Alan Young, Lucid Culture

“I was immediately drawn to the discursive and improvisatory nature of JJ Peet's animations. When we spoke, JJ confirmed that he saw these animations as complete pieces, something I liken to a late Coltrane solo: seemingly chaotic spinning out that solidifies into surprising forms or figures. To capture this spirit, I wrote 'Surge,' a piece that combines guided improvisations that sporadically congeal into through-composed chamber music.”
- Matthew Evan Taylor

We are beyond excited to introduce Matthew Evan Taylor as a new member of the Metropolis community. Over the coming seasons we are looking forward to many new collaborations and commissions.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

 
 

Caprice Mutations

Caprice Mutations

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

SEAN LEE & JOHN ROBERTS:
CAPRICE MUTATIONS

Violin virtuoso Sean Lee ("breathtakingly beautiful," New York Times) and electronic musician/composer John Roberts construct a unique dialogue between Paganini’s Caprices and a selection of Roberts’ own Mutations.

 

Friday, April 28
&
Sunday, April 30

1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
Friday: 6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Sunday: 6:00pm (doors) / 6:30pm (event)

Tickets: $20 General / $10 Student

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars,
with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.


Roberts operates with a sense of personal and artistic style that can make it seem like his peers are just out there peddling 12’s.
— Andrew Gaerig, Pitchfork

Metropolis Ensemble is proud to present for the first time, a collaborative performance between internationally renowned violinist Sean Lee and acclaimed electronic musician/composer John Roberts. Using Niccolo Paganini’s notoriously difficult Caprices as a jumping off point, Roberts and Lee will engage in a unique dialogue between violin and sampler.

Both musicians will focus on pushing the technical and musical boundaries of their respective instruments through these rich, 19th Century character pieces and a selection of Roberts’ own forward-thinking compositions, using sampled source material from Lee’s interpretations of Paganini’s works.


We are beyond excited to introduce John Roberts as a new member of the Metropolis community. Over the coming seasons we are looking forward to many new collaborations and commissions.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

 
 

Interactive Shakespeare

Interactive Shakespeare

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

The Brothers Balliett
Interactive Shakespeare

Julius Caesar, a dark story of a populist demagogue who is ousted
by his closest circle of political cronies, is one you get to play….

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7-9:00pm (event)
Tickets: $20 General / $10 Student

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars,
with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.


the versatile, eclectic Brothers Balliett
— The New Yorker

There’s no better way to appreciate the power and majesty of Shakespeare’s great drama than by taking a part in the action — which is exactly what happens at The Brothers Balliett’s Interactive Shakespeare.

Metropolis Ensemble composer/performers Brad and Doug Balliett host a performance-party in which you, the attendees, take on the roles of Shakespeare’s immortal play Julius Caesar, reading parts with your fellow concert-goers alongside experienced Shakespearians, all set to live, newly-composed incidental music.

Aided by freely flowing wine and the charming guidance of The Brothers, audience members will rotate every scene, taking on different characters throughout the evening. Choose how much you wish to participate by taking on a large role or simply watching the action unfold.


The Brothers Balliett - twin brothers Brad and Doug - are performers and composers who also lecture together for Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School, as well as hosting concerts and a radio show on Q2 Music. They have composed over a dozen works together, including two evening-length oratorios.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Exceptet

Exceptet

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

EXCEPTET:
SPRING CONCERT

Featuring premieres + acclaimed previous commissions

Friday, May 12
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $20 General / $10 Student

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars,
with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.


Founded on the rag-tag instrumentation of Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, New York-based Exceptet is an ensemble with "vast emotional range and onomatopoetic charm" (I Care If You Listen) dedicated to commissioning today’s most compelling emerging composers. The nascent group has commissioned new works from Scott Wollschleger, Ben Brody, Matt Evans, Brendon Randall-Myers, Fay Kueen Wang, Alex Weiser, Fjola Evans, Brooks Frederickson, Paul Kerekes, Brian Petuch, and Eric Shanfield. Fresh off performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York and The Times Two Series in Boston, Exceptet heads to 1 Rivington to perform music by Finola Merivale and Scott Wollschleger, as well as a smattering of acclaimed previous commissions.


Hunt

Hunt

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE

MAX ARDITO:
HUNT

Recital featuring new long-form percussion trio/installation work

Sunday, May 7
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:30pm (doors) / 8:00pm (event)


FREE — RSVP required

Max Ardito, composer
Noah Hadland, percussion
Luis Jacome, percussion
Brandon Kyle Wong, percussion

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars,
with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.


Emerging composer Max Ardito presents his long-form percussion trio and installation work hunt in partnership with Metropolis Ensemble and NYU’s Music Department. Exploring object fetishism, introjection, and therianthropy through musical ritual, both the audience and musicians will engage in a concert that takes the form of an intimate spectral rite.

Presented in partnership with NYU Steinhardt.


Molly Joyce

Molly Joyce

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

Molly Joyce: 
Lean Back and Release

Celebrate the debut EP of composer Molly Joyce! 
Presented in partnership with New Amsterdam Records.

Monday, March 6, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30-8:00pm (event)
Tickets: Free ($15 suggested donation) / RSVP required

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars, with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.

Molly Joyce, composer / performer
Kristin Lee, violinist

 
 

intense, acerbic...all the more impressive considering that this is Joyce’s debut release...fans of cutting-edge, intense string music would be
crazy to miss this...
— New York Music Daily

Come celebrate the debut EP of composer Molly Joyce, Lean Back and Release. Metropolis Ensemble, in partnership with New Amsterdam Records, will be hosting a FREE EP-release party featuring performances by Joyce and Metropolis Ensemble concertmaster Kristin Lee, “a true artist” (The Strad).

Lee will perform the EP’s title track, a delirious exploration of the violin’s range as it gradually and elegantly falls from the high to low registers. Joyce will also perform a short set and demonstration on her vintage toy organ, including the premiere of a new work for organ and electronics. This album represents some of Joyce’s first expeditions into composing for acoustic instruments with electronics, specifically how the sonic personality of solo the violin morphs and churns in an electro-acoustic texture.

We are beyond excited to introduce Molly as a new member of the Metropolis Ensemble community. Over the coming seasons we are looking forward to many new collaborations and commissions.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

 
 

Charlotte Mundy and Jordan Dodson

Charlotte Mundy and Jordan Dodson

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

Charlotte Mundy and Jordan Dodson: 
My Beloved Was Like the Moon

An intimate artist-led evening of song on the theme of ecstatic love and longing.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30-8:00pm (event)
Tickets: Free ($15 suggested donation) / RSVP required

Wine reception to follow
Sponsored by Miro Cellars, with special thanks to Mikhail Iliev.

Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Jordan Dodson, guitar


At times her voice glinted like the moonlight on the scimitar that she sang of, and at others it seemed to float out uncannily... remarkably arresting...
— I Care If You Listen

The genre-blurring combination of Charlotte Mundy's "celestial" (The New York Times) voice and Jordan Dodson's warm virtuosity come to 1 Rivington to unveil four world-premiere works on varied perspectives of love, from the rapturous embrace to the excruciating memory. Running the gamut of styles both musically and lyrically, with texts from Rumi and Pablo Neruda, Mundy and Dodson will take listeners into both the thorniest and most sacred corners of ecstatic love.

The duo will perform original arrangements of Arroj Aftab’s sufi- and jazz-inflected Last Night My Beloved Was Like the Moon and Ann Peebles’ Memphis Soul masterpiece Can’t Stand the Rain, new compositions by Forrest Pierce, Lewis Nielson, and solo guitar music by Golfam Khayam. There will also be a few Beatles covers and, of course, free wine!


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

 
 

Emily Wells and Ryan Francis

Emily Wells and Ryan Francis

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

EMILY WELLS and RYAN FRANCIS: 
PROCESS IN A TECHNOCRACY

An evening on the frontier of music-making

Monday, February 13, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30 - 8:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 (general) /  $10 (students)

Reception to follow (sponsored by Miro Cellars)

Emily Wells
Ryan Francis, composer
Francisco Fullana, violin
Jacqueline Kerrod, harp

If I’m interested in what I’m doing, other people will be interested in it.
— John Cale

Join us at Metropolis Ensemble’s new pop-up venue for a night of performance, discussion, and live demonstrations as Emily Wells immerses listeners into her kaleidoscopic and “quietly transfixing” sound worlds (The New York Times). A composer, producer and veritable one-woman orchestra, Wells will demystify her creative process through a live deconstruction of her latest work and reveal their social and technological influences.

With music described as “shimmering”, “focused” and “warmly lyrical” (The New York Times), Ryan Francis will discuss the infinite possibilities of composing for electronics, and present his latest project: pieces for violin (Francisco Fullana), electric harp (Jacqueline Kerrod), and a backpack full of Teenage Engineering built Pocket Operators (a programmable drum-machine, sequencer and synthesizer). 

Francis and Wells are embarking on a  collaboration to be premiered in April. The evening will end with a preview into their developing composition entitled Phase 1.


In anticipation of the upcoming event with Emily Wells and Ryan Francis, we sat down with Emily for Metropolis Radio's very first podcast.

 

Extraordinary, presenting a sort of ambient gospel-folk music that’s immersed in secular desires and experiences.
— NPR on Emily Wells
 
 

Because of the generous support of our followers, Metropolis Ensemble is thrilled to offer our new home at 1 Rivington as a space for new works of music to take shape at little to no cost to our artists. Select artists are given the opportunity not only to share finished works, but to use this space as ideas are crafted into tangible realities.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

 
 

Bridget Kibbey: ATLAS

Bridget Kibbey: ATLAS

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

BRIDGET KIBBEY
ATLAS I: CHALACA

Sunday, January 22, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30pm (show)
Tickets: $20 (general) /  $10 (students)

Reception to follow (sponsored by Miro Cellars)

Bridget Kibbey, harp
Benito Meza, clarinet
Samuel Torres, percussion

“...a Yo-Yo Ma of the harp...Within a few seconds Kibbey has given the harp an outsized personality and ethereal purity, like a piano set free of its hammers and heavy case.”
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLAS

A three-part collaborative touring and commissioning series produced by harpist Bridget Kibbey featuring music spanning the globe and centuries of musical tradition, from today’s Afro-Colombian folk grooves
to the elemental resonances of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier

Ceaselessly expanding the harp’s stylistic boundaries, join us in discovering with Bridget Kibbey music from bossa nova to the baroque, in collaboration with some of today’s most scintillating musicians. 

Don’t miss these exclusive interactive previews before they go on tour! 

 

 

ATLAS I: CHALACA

The reputation of the ecstatic and genre-bending trio Chalaca is spreading fast! Formed in 2016 by harpist Bridget Kibbey with Colombian musicians Benito Meza (clarinet) and Samuel Torres (percussion) around their fascination with the musical confluence between African, European and Andean cultures, Chalaca will talk about and perform newly-commissioned works alongside the folk masters that inspired them. 

Following Bridget’s artist residency with Metropolis Ensemble in January, Chalaca travels to The Phillips Collection and Colombian Embassy in Washington D.C. 

 

 

ATLAS II

Bridget Kibbey with The Sebastians (in participation with Emerald City Music)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30pm (show)
Tickets: $20 (general) /  $10 (students)

Come experience a wholly re-imagined concept of Bach’s most renowned keyboard works as Bridget collaborates with one of New York’s premiere early music ensembles, The Sebastians.

 

 

ATLAS III

Bridget Kibbey with Brazilian guitarist João Luiz-Rezende

Thursday, May 18, 2017
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor / New York, NY
6:00pm (doors) / 6:30pm (show)
Tickets: $20 (general) /  $10 (students)

João and Bridget join forces on a new work for guitar and harp, exploring the rich samba and bossa nova traditions in Brazil. Join Bridget and João for an interactive conversation about their evolving collaboration and be the first to preview this exciting new work in process.


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Debut Concert at The Met

Debut Concert at The Met

AL-QUDS: JERUSALEM

FRIDAY / DECEMBER 9, 2016 / 7:00 P.M. / TICKETS: $65.00

Mohammed Fairouz, composer
Naomi Shihab, poetry
Andrew Cyr, conductor
Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano
ModernMedieval Trio of Voices
Axion Estin Foundation
Metropolis Ensemble

One of the most talented composers of his generation.
— BBC World News

 

In conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current major exhibition Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven, MetLiveArts commissioned composer Mohammed Fairouz and poet Naomi Shihab Nye to create a musical response in the form of a new song cycle for mezzo-soprano, strings, and percussion. Members of Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble (led by conductor Andrew Cyr) and mezzo-soprano soloist Eve Gigiliotti will perform the world premiere.

The new work will be "embraced" by two sets of ancient choral music: O Jerusalem by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) performed by ModernMedieval Trio of Voices, and Eastern Orthodox chants in multiple languages performed by the Axion Estin Foundation’s psaltes (cantors) —hymns and psalms include Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:5-11).

A METLIVEARTS Production.


Contributing Artists

LOOP

LOOP

METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

LOOP

Spring Concert

Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Times Center / 242 West 41st Street
7:30pm (doors) / 8pm (event)
Tickets: $20 General / $10 Student

This concert is supported by Smithsonian
Wine reception sponsored by SIMI


Metropolis Ensemble and Artistic Director/Conductor Andrew Cyr present the World Premier performance of Piano Concerto by Metropolis Ensemble’s Wet Ink Composer Resident Ryan Frances (b.1981) featuring pianist Anna Polonsky. Also on the program, three 20th Century masterpieces: Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Five Images from Sappho with soprano Kiera Duffy, and Satie’s Sports et Divertissements, arranged by David Bruce and narrated by Mike Daisey.


CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

Anna Polonsky, solo piano
Kiera Duffy, soprano
Mike Daisy, narrator
Andrew Cyr, artistic director & conductor

Arnaud Sussmann*, violin
Erin Keefe, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Michal Korman, cello
Rachel Calin, bass
Lance Suzuki, flute
Alex Sopp, flute
James Austin Smith, oboe / English horn
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet
Sarah Beaty, clarinet
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Adam Krauthamer, horn
Caia LaCour, horn
Britton Matthew, percussion
Bridget Kibbey, harp
Steve Beck, piano

*Concertmaster