Noted Composer Joined by Pianist Marilyn Crispell, Cellist Leila Bordreuil & Improviser Miguel Frasconi
Greenwich House Music School
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:00 PM
The revamped Creative Music Studio™ will present an evening with the pioneering composer and electronic musician Richard Teitelbaum in a rare NYC performance on Saturday, April 8 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker Street) in Greenwich Village at 8:00 PM. Tickets, available at the door, are $20.
The CMS™ concert will feature an extraordinary combination of improvisers playing together as a quartet for the first time. Several pieces will be debuted, providing the group ample room to improvise in duos, trios and as a quartet. Pianist Marilyn Crispell has performed with Teitelbaum for four decades, the two having first met at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock in the 1970s. Glass instrument player Miguel Frasconi studied with Teitelbaum at Toronto’s York University, also in the 1970s, and cellist Leila Bordreuil studied and worked with Teitelbaum at Bard College. At Greenwich House Music School the quartet will explore and expand the sonic possibilities of electronic and acoustic improvisation.
Underwriting support for this performance is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Richard Teitelbaum was born in NYC in 1939. After graduating from Haverford College, he went on to get a Master of Music degree from Yale in 1964. Teitelbaum studied with composers Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi in Italy on a Fullbright scholarship, after which he brought the first Moog synthesizer to Europe. Teitelbaum performed hundreds of concerts with it, and co-founded the pioneering live electronic music group Musica Elettronica Viva with Frederic Rzewski and Alvin Curran. This group was also instrumental at the Creative Music Studio where all three composers taught and worked. Teitelbaum’s opera, Golem, was performed at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria (1991), and Teitlebaum himself has performed throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe. His music is heard on Cantaur, Hat Hut, Tzadik, and other labels. Besides making music and working with interactive computer systems, Teitelbaum has taught electronic music and composition at New York’s Vassar College, and Bard College where he has also been Director of the Electronic Music Studio. He was also instrumental in the development of the Creative Music Studio, having taught a variety of master classes on experimental and electronic music, further expanding the palette of sounds and musical experiences CMS has offered.
Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978. For ten years, she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble, and she has performed and recorded extensively as a soloist and with players on the American and international jazz scene, also working with dancers, poets, film-makers and visual artists, and teaching workshops in improvisation. She has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust composition commission. She has been deeply involved in the Creative Music Studio since she first came there as a student in the 1970s. Her debut recording with Anthony Braxton kicks off CMS Archive Selection Series Vol. 2.
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. Leila’s collaborative projects include duos with Michael Foster and Tamio Shiraishi, a trio with Sean Ali and Joanna Mattrey, and the no-wave band “Signal Break”. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, The Stone, MoMA PS1, Issue Project Room, All Ears Festival (Oslo, NO), Cafe Oto (London, UK), Ausland (Berlin, DE), Ftarri (Tokyo, JP) , and many basements across the U.S.
Miguel Frasconi is a composer and improviser specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, analog electronics, laptop, and hybrid constructions of his own design. He has composed chamber music, operas, and numerous dance scores. His opera, Hand To Mouth, was premiered in northern California in 2015, and a new short opera will be premiered at Symphony Space, NYC, in May 2017, as part of Experiments in Opera’s spring season. Miguel has worked closely with composers John Cage, James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including Alonzo King and modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. In September 2012 the New York Times called his CAGE100 Festival @ The Stone “one of the best observances of John Cage’s 100th birthday” and included performances by his Noisy Toy Piano Orchestra and John Cage Variety Show Big Band. Miguel’s music has been released on New Albion, Porter Records, clang.cl, and recordings of his string quartets will soon be released on the Tzadik label.
Greenwich House Music School (GHMS) has been providing high-quality music education to the people of New York City since 1905. The school has occupied its current location since 1914 and has played an important part in the careers and lives of tens of thousands of students. The distinguished faculty works to ensure students of all ages have the opportunity to experience music through classes and performances, and being at the center of New York’s downtown arts scene allows for an array of renowned artists to become active at the school. Past guests have included John Cage, Jorma Kaukonen, Henry Cowell, Edgar Varèse, Morton Subotnick, Joan La Barbara and Meredith Monk. The school continues to serve the musical needs of students of all ages with private lessons, group classes, ensembles and regular student and faculty recitals. In addition to educating its students, GHMS serves the community with a wide spectrum of concerts and readings in its Renee Weiler Concert Hall, hosts education workshops and meetings for local civic and cultural organizations, and provides rehearsal and performance space for local musicians.
The Creative Music Studio engages musicians and listeners from all backgrounds and traditions, deepening and transforming their personal experience, understanding and expression of music as a universal language by illuminating its shared elements in workshops, residencies, performances, recording and archival projects throughout the U.S. and around the globe. The Creative Music Studio™ and CMS ™ are trademarks of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1971 that receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), among others. www.creativemusic.org
Events in Manhattan and the Catskill Mountains Feature Mary Halvorson, Nels Cline, Billy Martin and others
CMS will present an expanded series of concerts and workshops in Manhattan and upstate New York throughout 2017, featuring a diverse line up including Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Min Xiao Fen, Billy Martin and many others.
The CMS™ 2017 season begins with the first workshops it has conducted in New York City in over twenty years, from March 31 – April 2, at the Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow St.) in Greenwich Village. The workshop features two master classes per day with guiding artists guitarist/bandleader/composer Nels Cline (Wilco) and percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra, along with CMS co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso leading CMS ‘basic practice’ as well as improvisers’ orchestra sessions. Bassist Ken Filiano and other musicians work with participants on a more personal level, informally coaching, playing and tutoring daily. Details and registration are here.
Also at Greenwich House Music School CMS will present two evening concerts. “The Music of Richard Teitelbaum” with noted composer Richard Teitelbaum (electronics), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Leila Bordreuil (cello) and Miguel Frasconi (glass object instruments) on Saturday, April 8 at , 8:30 PM. The next month CMS will present “The Music of Karl Berger” with Karl Berger (piano), Steve Gorn (bansuri flutes, clarinet), Sana Nagano (violin), Jason Hwang (viola), Tomas Ulrich (cello), and Ken Filiano (bass) on Saturday, May13 at 8 PM.
In June CMS heads upstate to Big Indian, NY in the Catskill Mountains for an expanded workshop intensive at its upstate home, Full Moon Resort. The workshop will be split into two parts. The first will take place June 12 -16, featuring Warren Smith, Peter Apfelbaum, Min Xiao Fen on Chinese modes, Joe McPhee, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ken Filiano, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and others. The second part will take place June 19 – 23, featuring Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, Mark Guiliana, Gil Olivera, Allen Herman, Adam Morford and others. Musicians and non-musicians can sign up for either part, and if they register for both workshops, they will receive a 25% discount.
CMS will be back in Manhattan for a series of concerts by the CMS Improvisers Orchestra at the El Taller Cultural Community Center 215 East 99th Street. The concerts will take place on three Saturday evenings, April 29, May 27 and June 10 and will feature special guests composer/violinist David Soldier (4/29), poets Papoleto Melendez and Bernardo Palumbo (5/27) and percussionist Valerie Naranjo (6/10), along with CIO regulars Peter Apfelbaum, Warren Smith, Graham Haynes and Ken Filiano, among many others.
On Labor Day weekend, on Saturday, September 2 at 8:00pm, CMS will be at Woodstock’s legendary Maverick Concerts to present “In the Spirit of Don Cherry,” a septet led by Karl Berger and featuring CMS associate artistic directors Steven Bernstein and Peter Apfelbaum, Mark Helias, Tani Tabbal, Bob Stewart and Ingrid Sertso, exploring musical themes from Cherry’s 50 year-old landmark recordings Symphony for Improvisers and other recordings.
CMS’ Fall 2017 Workshop will take place at the Full Moon Resort from October 2-6, featuring composer/guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Billy Martin, Omar Tekbilek on Turkish music, bassist Ken Filiano, Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso and additional performers to be named.
The CMS 2017 season will conclude with a second concert series at El Taller on four Saturdays: September 30, October 28, November 25 and December 9. Special guests and artistic collaborations will be detailed at a later date.
Woodstock, NY – World-class musicians taking part in the Creative Music Studio’s Fall Workshop, including composer/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, Moroccan Gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, drummer/percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph, along with CMS™ co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, are participating in four concerts Monday, June 6 through Thursday, June 9 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. The concerts start each night at 8:30 pm in The Roadhouse, an intimate setting to see artists who often play large concert halls or festivals. A donation of $20 to CMS is suggested at the door. Seating in the Roadhouse is limited.
These concerts will also feature Ken Filiano on bass, Harvey Sorgen and Tani Tabbal on drums, Angelica Sanchez on piano, Omar Tamez on guitar, and other special guest artists soon to be named. The Creative Music Studio™ Fall Workshop performance line up is scheduled to be:
Monday June 6: Adam Rudolph (percussion), Hassan Hakmoun (sintir, vocals), Karl Berger (piano, vibes), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), Harvey Sorgen (drums), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar)
Tuesday, June 7: Meshell Ndegeocello (bass/vocals), Adam Rudolph (percussion), Hassan Hakmoun (sintir, vocals), Karl Berger (piano, vibes), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), Harvey Sorgen (drums), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar)
Wednesday, June 8: Adam Rudolph (percussion), Hassan Hakmoun (sintir, vocals), Karl Berger (piano, vibes), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), Hamid Drake (drums), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar)
Thursday, June 9: Adam Rudolph (percussion), Hassan Hakmoun (sintir, vocals), Karl Berger (piano, vibes), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Ken Filiano (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Omar Tamez (guitar)
CMS Workshop Guiding Artists and concert performers in 2013 – 15 included Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Henry Threadgill, Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich, John Hollenbeck, Amir elSaffar, Warren Smith, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Apfelbaum, Tony Malaby, Cyro Baptista, Marilyn Crispell, Steven Bernstein, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wessel, Steve Gorn, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey, Thomas Buckner, Judi Silvano, Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Ken Filiano, Badal Roy, Omar Tamez, and John Menegon, in addition to Creative Music Foundation co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso.
The Creative Music Studio’s Improvisers Orchestra, conducted by Karl Berger, will perform two concerts at the El Taller Cultural Community Center at 215, East 99th Street in Manhattan, on Saturdays, May 21 and June 18 at 8:30pm (with a rehearsal open to ticket holders at 7:00). Since its inception in 2011, the Improvisers Orchestra, comprised of 30 or more professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists who turn improvisational ideas into fully formed concerts, has performed 85 times.
Conducted in Karl’s inimitable style developed over decades at the legendary Creative Music Studio™, the Improvisers Orchestra explores original compositions by Karl Berger as well as melodies from the world’s folk traditions, and themes written by visionaries such as Don Cherry or Ornette Coleman, creating a platform for musical ideas to arise spontaneously in solo/duo/trios among the orchestra’s musicians. Karl’s conducting blends and harmonizes improvised sounds and rhythms in constantly shifting instrumentations and dynamics. One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso’s unique vocalizations and poetry.
The CMS™ Improvisers Orchestra has received numerous critical reviews. In a glowing review, the Wall Street Journal, said the orchestra’s sound “draws on lush harmonies and a well-defined relationship between foreground soloists and background.” The arts blog Lucid Culture remarked that “the camaraderie and warmth of the repartee between the orchestra and conductor – and among the orchestra itself – was visceral,” and acclaimed jazz critic Howard Mandel wrote that the orchestra “can expand on simple themes paying utmost attention to dynamics and each other through ‘intuited communication.’”
Musicians featured in these CMS™ performances include: Jason Hwang, viola, Sana Nagano, Leonor Falcon, Richard Carr, violins, Graham Haynes, cornet, Peter Apfelbaum, Ras Moshe, flute and tenor sax, Sylvain Leroux, fula flutes, Haruna Fukazawa, Gene Coleman, Nick Gianni, flutes , Andy Laties, shakuhachi, Lee Odom, Don Payne, clarinets, Michael Lytle, Christoph Knoche, bass clarinet, Richard Keene, oboe, Jason Candler, soprano sax, Rocco John, alto sax, Bill Ylitalo, baritone sax, Yasuno Katsuki, euphonium, Rick Maurer ,Westwood Johnson, trombones, Michael Gassmann, Ted Orr guitars, John Ehlis, mandolin, Ken Filiano, Max Johnson, Nicolas Letman, basses, Warren Smith, Aaron Latos, Hollis Headrick, John Pietaro, percussion, Ingrid Sertso, vocals.
Composer/bassist/vocalist and educator Meshell Ndegeocello, Moroccan gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, and percussionist/composer/bandleader Adam Rudolph join Creative Music Studio Artistic Directors/Co-founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso as Guiding Artists for the CMS Spring 2016 Workshop intensive, June 6 – 10, at the ear-inspiring Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.
This workshop, during long spring days and short nights, features one Guiding Artist(s) working with participants in two workshops each day, creating multiple opportunities for artists to work directly with participants as individuals or in ensembles. As in the past, there will be daily CMS basic practice (body movement, breath work, rhythm and vocal training), as well as 90 minutes each day with Karl Berger leading orchestra of improvisers. Additional Guiding Artists will be on hand to work with participants on a more personal level, informally coaching, playing and tutoring daily. These will be named soon.
The revamped Creative Music Studio will present the debut of its new Improvisers Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Berger with a premiere performance on Saturday, April 16 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker Street) in Greenwich Village. An 8:30 pm performance will follow a 7:00 pm rehearsal that’s open to concert ticket holders.
Performers include: Ingrid Sertso, vocals, poetry; Steven Bernstein, trumpet; Graham Haynes, cornet; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax, flute; Steve Gorn, bansuri flutes; Sylvain Leroux, flute, fula flute; Kenny Wessel, guitar; Ken Filiano, bass; Hilliard Greene, bass; Billy Martin, drums, percussion; Warren Smith, drums, percussion; Lee Odom, clarinet; Yasuno Katsuki, euphonium; Sana Nagano, violin; Ernesto Llorens, violin; Jason Hwang, viola; Tomas Ulrich, cello; and Karl Berger, conductor.
The Improvisers Chamber Orchestra, consisting of professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists, turns composed and improvisational ideas developed during a workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed chamber orchestra performance. A 7:00 pm workshop/rehearsal is open to concert ticket purchasers, who will also receive a CMS Archive Project compilation CD.
Berger developed his distinct and imaginative way of conducting at the legendary Creative Music Studio, the 45 year-old nonprofit Berger and Sertso co-founded with the late Ornette Coleman. The Improvisers Chamber Orchestra will explore original themes by Berger and other composers, melodies from the world's folk traditions and musical ideas that arise in spontaneous improvisations by the ICO’s musicians. Berger's conducting blends and harmonizes improvised sounds and rhythms in constantly shifting instrumentations that highlight individual soloists. The ICO features CMS artistic directors Berger and Sertso, along with its new associate artistic directors Bernstein, Martin and Apfelbaum.