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

Friday, May 5, 2017
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.