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Concrete Timbre


Spectacle

March 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The Drawing Room

56 Willoughby Street

(between Lawrence & Jay Streets)

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Program


A Request

Poem by Emma DeGrand

Music by Ann Warren

Voice - Emma DeGrand

Clarinet with electronics - Ann Warren

This is a frustrated letter I wrote to the moon because

I felt I was receiving undeserved and unnecessary special attention from it.

The moon, as a processed clarinet tries to explain.

Jeux d’eau

Music by Maurice Ravel

Piano - Ivy Adrian

Maurice Ravel wrote Jeux D’Eau for his teacher Gabriel Fauré.

It mirrors the musical sounds of water-its cascades, sprays, brooks, and playfulness. Included on the manuscript is text from poet

Henri de Régnier: “Dieu fluvial riant de l'eau qui le chatouille...”

“River god laughing as the water tickles him...”

Czołgi Wojenne (War Tanks)

Music by Ann  Warren

Film by Robert Morton

Flute - Aleksandra Miglowiec, Bass - Stephanie Greig,

Clarinet & Electronics - Ann Warren

Elzbieta monologue - Emma DeGrand

In 1956, Soviet tanks surrounded Warsaw.

Four year old Elzbieta's father is attends a protest, is arrested and disappears.

Elzbieta is haunted by the memory of the tanks.

Amethyst

Film and Soundtrack by Lucas Bass

This film imagines the refraction of a crystal lens as a quasi-crystal

made of light. Within this light is a dimensionless infinity of reflections.

The infinite—focused through a lens—becomes finite.

What You Should Leave and Take

Poem by Emma DeGrand

Water Story

Music by Nasim K

Flute - Aleksandra Miglowiec

Sea waves, water droplets, a river, a water shore,

and heavy rain tell a water story expressed by a solo flute.

The Breeze and I (Andalucia)

Music by Ernesto Lecuona

Piano - Ivy Adrian

The Breeze and I (Andalucia), a favorite in decades past, is a piece from 1930 of elegance

and vibrant rhythms for which Lecuona became famous.

Writing in a light quality with memorable melodies, he became famous both

as a silent film pianist from age 12 on and also in the classical music scene.

The Storm

Music by David Younger

Piano - Ivy Adrian


The Storm was originally performed as an interlude in composer Charles David Younger's opera,

The Girl From Shunem. It engulfs us in the process of storm from winds howling from a distance

in dark arpeggios to full force in foreground.  Before it recedes, a glimpse of the eye of the

storm is at the center of the piece, a calm that floats in celestial C major harmony.

Dreamscape

Music & Visuals by Manuela Lechler

Piano - Ivy Adrian, Bass - Stephanie Greig

Alto Sax & Gong - Manuela Lechler

Dreamscape is a reflection on sound traveling through space.

Space appears to me such a mysterious landscape of sounds and dreams...

Queen Anne’s Lace

Music by Stephanie Greig

Alto Sax - Manuela Lechler, Flute - Aleksandra Miglowiec,

Clarinet - Ann Warren, Bass - Stephanie Greig

Queen Anne's Lace is a common field flower; its shape is a large flat white umbrella made up of tiny white flowers with a single tiny

purple flower in the center. This piece was inspired by the hypnotic sensation of being in a June meadow in restless,

shifting weather: wind and stillness, sun and dark clouds, heat and chill.

Stained

Music & Sound by Milica Paranosic

Based on the speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves

Adapted by Fedly Daniel, Robert Morton, and Ann Warren

In a Mississippi courtroom in February 2015,

three young white men were sentenced for a hate crime:

beating up a black man in a parking lot one June night in 2011,

running over his body with a truck and leaving him to die.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, asked the young men to settle into their chairs before

he delivered their sentence. He had something to tell them.

Seats Two

Original Score by Whitney George

Film by Frans Zwartjes (1970)

Fixed Media - Whitney George

Piano - Ivy Adrian

In the film Seats Two (19 70 ) two women, Zwartjes' regular actresses Moniek Toebosch and Trix Zwartjes,

are sitting side by side \on a couch, looking at a photo of a mountain landscape.

The physical attraction between the two is clearly perceptible, but the two conceal

their mutual craving. Sexuality is suggested through the  odd cuts and splices of the film's editing

and the tactile quality of the images. All is suggested, but nothing happens. Fascinated by the

highly rhythmic nature of the films, and the obscured narratives,

Seats Two is George's 5th re-scoring of a silent film by Frans Zwartjes.


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