May 5, 2013

Next up Ear Heart Music at Roulette

Tuesday, May 21st:

Ear to Heart Music curated by Amelia Lukas
featuring Iktus+, w/ David Adamcyk, electronics

Sofferte Onde Serene by Luigi Nono
Julia Den Boer, piano

Interstices by Philippe Hurel
Nicholas DeMaison, conductor
Julia Den Boer, piano
Josh Perry, Chris Graham, Piero Guimaraes, percussion

Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Denise Fillion, piano
Chris Graham, percussion

Apr 23, 2013


May 21st: Earheart Music Series at Roulette Brooklyn

music by Nono, Hurel, and Stockhausen

June 7th: Firehouse New Music Series

featuring Hotel Elefant, Ashcan Orchestra, and Iktus+

June 12th and 13th: UNPLAY FESTIVAL at The powerHouse Arena, Dumbo, Brooklyn

music by: Rzewski, Cage, Donato, and Xenakis

July 17th: Drumset and Percussion Camp at Goucher College, Towson, MD


Mar 30, 2013

Panoply Lab + exclusiveOr + Dave Scanlon + Pure Airness @ The Firehouse New Music Series #3

Panoply Lab + exclusiveOr + Dave Scanlon + Pure Airness @ The Firehouse New Music Series #3

Iktus Percussion hosts the third installment of The Firehouse New Music Series featuring:

"Any Size Mirror is a Dictator”, an opera: workshop performance

Sam Pluta: laptop/Jeff Snyder: analog synths/Federico Ughi: drums

guitarist of Killer BOB/Pet Bottle Ningen shreds solo


The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn (L to Graham Ave)
$10 admission

- Iktus Percussion

Mar 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 8pm: Iktus joins Concert Black and ensemble, et al. @ Galapagos Art Space

Tuesday, March 26, 8pm: Iktus joins Concert Black and ensemble, et al. @ Galapagos Art Space

We're psyched to hit up the Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn with the righteous trio Concert Black and fellow percussionists ensemble, et al. This concert will feature stellar works by French spectralist Philippe Hurel, Bang on a Can member Julia Wolfe, and Iannis Xenakis' epic djembe trio Okho. Not to be missed!

Tuesday, March 26
doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St, Brooklyn (click here for a map)
$15 in advance / $20 at the door
Click here to buy tickets! 

Feb 27, 2013


New Music Bake Sale this Sunday!  Swing by our table for some goodies and check out the 2nd performance of Levy Lorenzo's Brainchange for joystick quartet and electronics!

Roulette, brooklyn.

Feb 24, 2013

Friday, March 1, 8pm: Firehouse Series #2 feat. Concert Black, Mariel Roberts, Duo Orfeo & Radical 2

Friday, March 1, 8pm: Firehouse Series #2 feat. Concert Black, Mariel Roberts, Duo Orfeo & Radical 2

Iktus Percussion continues The Firehouse New Music Series with four of New York's most burning new music ensembles including Concert Black, Mariel Roberts, Duo Orfeo, and Radical 2.

Friday, March 1st, 8pm
The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn (click here for a map)
$10 admission

Concert Black formed in Brooklyn in 2011 after bonding over the music of George Crumb and Riskay at the ever unconventional Bang on a Can organization's summer institute. While all the members boast acute classical over-training, Domenica Fossati (flute) is steeped in the NYC Afrobeat scene, Lisa Dowling (bass) is also DJ Lil Miss Dolemite, and Owen weaver (drums) fronts as an electro-acoustic percussion artist and former thrasher. Together, they draw upon their diverse musical backgrounds for their song writing, improvisation, and commissioning of today's emerging composers.

Lisa Dowling, bass
Domenica Fossati, flute
Owen Weaver, percussion 

“Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Sounds) is quickly gaining recognition as a deeply dedicated interpreter and performer of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”. (InDigest Magazine). She holds degrees from both the Eastman School and the Manhattan School of Music, where she specialized in contemporary performance practice while studying with Alan Harris and Fred Sherry. Mariel performs internationally as a member of the Mivos String Quartet, and has performed with a variety of other ensembles in venues around the world as an advocate of living composers.

Duo Orfeo draws their repertoire largely from hidden and under-explored byways of western musical tradition both past and present—ranging from Renaissance lute and French Baroque harpsichord music to compositions by such modern masters as Arvo Pärt, Federico Mompou and Valentin Silvestrov—an ever-expanding body of music that includes many of their own arrangements of works written for other instruments as well as works written for the ensemble of guitar duo. They play this unique repertoire on classical guitars with an approach inspired by the tradition of Andres Segovia (which they learned from Phillip de Fremery, a guitarist and teacher who studied with Segovia and a true curator of his legacy) and also on vintage electric guitars through tube amplifiers, creating a new sound that is all their own by playing these instruments (normally associated with styles outside of classical music) with the finesse, clarity and focused touch of classical musicians.

Jamie Balmer, guitar
Joseph Ricker, guitar

Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan (Radical 2) are an irrational, classification-defying duo that explores the intersection of theatric, percussive and electronic mediums. March 1 will feature compositions by Rick Burkhardt, Alexander Schubert, and custom electronics designed by Radical 2.

Feb 19, 2013

Friday, February 22, 8pm: Iktus presents solo sets at Outpost Artists Resources

Friday, February 22, 8pm: Iktus presents solo sets at Outpost Artists Resources

[rescheduled from February 8 due to snow conditions]

Iktus presents an evening of six solo sets featuring experimental electronic musician Lesley Flanigan and Iktus affiliates Sean Statser, Nick Woodbury, Cory Bracken, Chris Clarino, and Vasu Panicker.

Friday, February 22, 8pm
Outpost Artist Resources, 1665 Norman St, Queens [click here for a map]
$7 admission at the door

Lesley Flanigan is an experimental electronic musician living in New York City. Inspired by the physicality of sound, she builds her own instruments using minimal electronics, microphones and speakers. Performing these instruments alongside traditional instrumentation that often includes her own voice, she creates a kind of physical electronic music that embraces both the transparency and residue of process — sculpting sound from a pallet of noise and subtle imperfections. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals internationally, including Sonar (Barcelona), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), ISSUE Project Room (Brooklyn), The Stone (New York), TransitioMX (Mexico City), CMKY Festival (Boulder), the Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art (Denmark) and .HBC in Berlin.

Jan 30, 2013

 Iktus+, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and New Morse Code this Friday, February 1st at The Firehouse Space

Iktus+, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and New Morse Code this Friday, February 1st at The Firehouse Space

Iktus Percussion kicks off The Firehouse New Music Series with Cadillac Moon Ensemble, New Morse Code, and Localized Corrosion, a Philippe Hurel quartet featuring members of Iktus+.

Friday, February 1st, 8pm
The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn (click here for a map)
$10 admission

Cadillac Moon Ensemble has commissioned and premiered over fifty works from talented, emerging composers. The group’s first full CD was released on the New Dynamic Records label in September 2012, and a release of Zack Browning’s music on Innova Records was released earlier this year. The group was recently featured on John Shaefer’s New Sounds program on WNYC. Described as a “commission-crazed young group” (Time Out NY) “with excellent ensemble awareness and phrasing” (The Examiner), other 2011-2012 season highlights included: a residency at Indiana University Southeast, collaborations with Blind Ear Music and Random Access Music, Rutgers University graduate composers, and seventeen commissions. This season will include performances in Portland, Maine, Baltimore, and New York, with upcoming premieres by Caleb Burhans, Osnat Netser, Alex Weiser, Nicholas Deyoe, Rick Burkhardt, and Daniel Felsenfeld

Patti Kilroy, violin
Roberta Michel, flute
Meaghan Burke, cello
Sean Statser, percussion

New Morse Code is dedicated to enriching contemporary culture by advocating for new expressions in music and art.  New Morse Code strives to present bold, engaging performances of new works while catalyzing collaboration with instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and visual artists. During the 2011-2012 season, New Morse Code worked with composers Paul Kerekes, Robert Honstein, and Andy Akiho on premieres of new works and new arrangements at venues such as 92Y Tribeca, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Dwight Chapel at Yale University. NeMoCo has worked with renowned composers David Lang and Kaija Saariaho on performances of their works and shared the stage with pianist/composers Timo Andres and Paul Kerekes.

Hannah Collins, cello
Michael Compitello, percussion

Members of Iktus+ will present Localized Corrosion, a sophisticated spectralist work of high energy and intensity for chamber quartet by French composer Philippe Hurel. Performers include:

Andrea Lodge, piano
Jay Sorce, electric guitar
Scott Litroff, saxophone
Chris Graham, percussion
Piero Guimaraes, conductor

Jan 15, 2013

Jan 9, 2013


13 concerts just added!  Check out the upcoming events section for more info.  Hope to see you!

Nov 7, 2012

UPDATE! Nov 9 Music at First concert POSTPONED to January 2013

Due to complications in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Iktus and Music at First have decided to reschedule our November 9 presentation to January 2013. Stay tuned for an official date, hope to see you there!

Sep 27, 2012

Just added to the October tour...

Friday October 12th: Grand Valley State University
Performers- Chris Graham, Josh Perry, Piero Guimaraes, Nick Gleason
Piano-Julia Den Boer
Conductor-Nick DeMaison
Works by Franco Donatoni and Philip Glass

Sep 18, 2012

Cage Hop @ The Secret Theatre, Long Island City, Queens

September 29th: The Secret Theatre, Queens NY
"Cage Hop" John Cage Centennial Music Festival
Performers-Chris Graham, Cory Bracken, Christopher Clarino, Steve Sehman, Chris Howard, Joe Fee, Fred Trumpy
Works by John Cage:
The City Wears a Slouch Hat
Living Room Music

Jul 9, 2012

New York Times review: Music of John Cage with Taka Kigawa & Phyllis Chen at (le) Poisson Rouge!

Allan Kozinn of The New York Times provided a great write-up of our debut concert at (le) Poisson Rouge on July 8!  Many thanks to Taka Kigawa and Phyllis Chen for their incredible contributions to a memorable evening of John Cage's music.

Click here to view the article.

Chris Graham (left) and Cory Bracken (right) perform Cage's Double Music

Jun 25, 2012

Upcoming: Iktus joins Taka Kigawa & Phyllis Chen @ Le Poisson Rouge, Sunday July 8!

Upcoming: Iktus joins Taka Kigawa & Phyllis Chen @ Le Poisson Rouge, Sunday July 8!

Sunday, July 8 :: doors at 6:30pm/concert at 7:30pm


For Independence Day weekend, Iktus celebrates the centennial of John Cage, America's everlasting musical iconoclast.  Works include selections of his most endearing percussion compositions including Double Music, But what about the sound of crumpling paper, and along with the fantastic pianist Taka Kigawa, Amores and Credo in US.

Phyllis Chen will share selections of Cage's toy piano music, including Suite for Toy Piano and Music for Carillon #2 (arranged for toy piano and music box).

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Jun 20, 2012

This Thursday:

june 21 : 7pm
central park: naumberg bandshell

iktus pulls music boxes out of the belly of a giant chicken (seriously)

issue project room's darmstadt classics of the avant garde, in association with the goethe institut, presents Karlheinz Stockhausen's Musik Im Bauch at Central Park!

Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s 1975 music-theatre work Musik Im Bauch (“Music in the Belly”) for six percussionists places its audience in an outré fairly-tale dream world. The piece was inspired by a game Stockhausen played with his two-year-old daughter, Julika, in which the composer listened to the sounds in her noisy stomach. Seven years later, Stockhausen conceived Musik Im Bauch during a dream. A loose narrative defines the transformation into humanity of three automatons, who attack a giant bird-man, named Miron, savagely cutting open his stomach and pulling out 3 music boxes which play melodies based on the signs of the Zodiac. All the music throughout the piece is taken from the melodies of the music boxes—a separate work often performed outright, Tierkreis—played in different speeds and fragmentations. Stockhausen challenges the listener’s ability to hear these stretched out melodies stating “if you want to hear it, you need the ears of a giant, and the memory of a giant, otherwise you will not be able to tell if a wrong note is played, or at the wrong time, they are spread so far apart. Future generations will really have to expand their perception in order to be aware of a melody which unfolds over such a long time.” Preceding the Stockhausen, New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum perform new choral compositions by Danish composers. Special thanks to the Goethe-Institut for their support of this concert.

Performers: Chris Graham, Josh Perry, Steve Sehman, Chris Howard, Piero Guimaraes, Dennis Sullivan and Derek Kwan (electronics)

May 21, 2012

Coming up:

8PM, Friday, June 8th, 2012

Symphony Space

Carmina Burana w/ Young New Yorkers' Chorus

Steve Sehman, Cory Bracken, Chris Graham, Josh Perry, Piero Guimaraes

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 (time tba)

Make Music New York Festival @ Central Park Band Shell

Music im Bauch, by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Steve Sehman, Josh Perry, Chris Graham, Dennis Sullivan, Chris Howard, Piero Guimaraes, Derek Kwan (electronics)

May 16, 2012

Just Booked!! Le Poisson Rouge| Sunday, July 8th @ 6:30 PM

Iktus with Taka Kigawa, pianist and Phyllis Chen, toy pianist.  Featuring the music of John Cage.