METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS

In Visible Roads


Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

March 19 - April 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street, New York City


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


In Visible Roads is a pan-stylistic festival and musical cartography with the piano as guiding compass. Involving 18 pianists, 26 living composers, and 9 instrumental collaborators, Metropolis Ensemble and the Blueprints Piano Series (co-led by pianists Erika Dohi and Daniel Anastasio) bring together seemingly disparate jazz artists and improvisers, classical and contemporary specialists, revealing hidden paths and meeting places to illustrate new musical landscapes.


 
 

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
Kristin Lee, violin & Jeremy Jordan, piano

Celebrating a diversity of 20th-century American music from ragtime to today, with a special emphasis on improvisation.

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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TOCSIN

Two-movement piano trio by Patrick Higgins feat. Vicky Chow, Jay Campbell, and Mariel Roberts, as part of Higgins’s Crisis Music series and Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series.

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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Piano As Machine: Timbre and Technology of a Most Familiar Instrument
Patrick Higgins & Conrad Tao

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.

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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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. 

Monday, Mar 25, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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Parallax

Kati Agócs’s A Stone’s Throw composer series with Metropolis Ensemble merges with In Visible Roads to spotlight pianist Conor Hanick (with friends) performing musical paraphrases.

Friday, Mar 29, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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Legion
RighteousGIRLS (Gina Izzo, flute & Erika Dohi, piano)

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.

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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In the Mists
Lisa Moore, piano

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.

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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Aaron Diehl

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

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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Synesthetic Vibrations

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. 

Friday, Apr 19, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

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Points of Departure

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.

Saturday, Apr 20, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
5:00pm
6:30pm
8:00pm

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Ballet Prismatique

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.

Sunday, Apr 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
5:00pm

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