Jul 23, 2013
from left to right: (Samuel Burt, Nucleo Vega, Wes Crawford, Joanna Huling, Chris Graham, Justin Wolf)
Special thanks to Wes Crawford and Goucher College for having us perform at the Drumset and Percussion Camp. We had a great time hanging out, performing, and chatting with the students!
Jul 9, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
Jun 1, 2013
May 28, 2013
Iktus is thrilled to conclude what has been an excellent concert series this year at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn with an action-packed evening on Friday, June 7 at 8pm featuring the chamber group Hotel Elefant, handbell chior/homemade instrument collective Ashcan Orchestra, piano/percussion duo What Where, and a performance of Cage's Credo in US by members of Iktus+.
Hotel Elefant is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the works of innovative, living composers.
Formed in 2011 by composers Leaha Maria Villarreal and Mary Kouyoumdjian, Hotel Elefant ambitiously presents new music through commissions, performances, and moderated discussions between composers, performers, and audiences. Committed to modern sounds and sonic explorations, this vibrant ensemble brings a keen awareness of today’s music to the general public and highlights those living composers who are blurring lines, pushing boundaries, and fostering creativity.
With a flexible roster of more than twenty musicians, Hotel Elefant has worked closely with such progressive composers as Michael Gordon, David T. Little, Michelle Lou, Angélica Negrón, and Chinary Ung. Future collaborations include partnerships with Experiments in Opera, IKTUS percussion, and Opera on Tap. The ensemble’s debut sparked the interest of Alex Ross’ The Rest is Noise, radio station Q2 Music, and The New Yorker. Of their inaugural season, the online publication I Care if You Listen raved: “Hotel Elefant seems to be carving out their own niche, combining style, versatility, and quality of performance. They are well on their way to becoming a resounding force in the new music world.”
The ashcan “Orchestra” is simultaneously the work of composer Pat Spadine, a large collection of toy and real instruments, and a revolving performance ensemble based in Brooklyn, NY.
What Where is a piano/percussion duo consisting of Julia Den Boer and Piero Guimaraes. They will perform Edges by Franck Bedrossian.
Iktus+ will perform John Cage's quartet for piano, percussion and radio Credo in US.
Steven Sehman, Josh Perry, Piero Guimares; percussion
Andrea Lodge; piano
May 15, 2013
May 5, 2013
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
SEE UPCOMING EVENTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFO.
Mar 30, 2013
Iktus Percussion hosts the third installment of The Firehouse New Music Series featuring:
PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY
"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
"DOCTOR ROCKTAPUS HAS BEEN SHREDDING PURE AIRNESS ON STAGE FOR 9 YEARS AND OFF STAGE SINCE BIRTH. HIS PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN HAILED AS 'UTTERLY ASTOUNDING' AND 'A GLIMPSE INTO HEAVEN'".
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn (L to Graham Ave)
THIS WILL BE POWERFUL AND WEIRD AND REAL
- Iktus Percussion
Mar 19, 2013
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!
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
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
[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
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 9, 2013
Nov 7, 2012
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!