New collaborations from Ahn Trio & Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company,
and Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play & Elisa Monte Dance Company
Join your Mid-Atlantic colleagues in a Monte-Brubeck Art Connect grant proposal for your 2017-2018 season. You will get a great show, interesting outreach, and maybe a bit of money to help your budget.
For information and links email Joanne Rile and/or call (215) 885-6400
Nai-Chen Dance Company & The Ahn Trio: A Quest For Freedom
A Quest for Freedom is a collaboration between the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and the music of Ahn Trio in live performance. Music and Dance are integrated on stage in a poetic and magical way throughout the program. The world-renowned Ahn Trio play music by contemporary composers such as Kenji Bunch, Pat Metheny, David Balakrishnan, Ron Yedidia, Prince and David Bowie, with dancing by seven exquisite dancers in the choreography of Nai-Ni Chen.
Elisa Monte Dance Company & Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play: Monte Dances With Brubeck
Elisa Monte Dance Company joins Chris Brubeck’s band, “Triple Play” for a jazz-inspired collaboration set to the music of Dave and Chris Brubeck. It’s a high energy, fun-filled, joyous fusion of music and dance featuring Brubeck standards such as “Blue Rondo” and “Memphis Hesitation” plus Triple Play opens with “New Stew, Opus 2”. Put this on your dance card, you’ll be happy you did!
In January 2017, Elisa Monte Dance Company under its new, talented artistic director, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and Chris Brubeck, of the famed jazz family, collaborated on a new project. They presented a spectacular showcase at the APAP Conference. When the music and dance ended, the ensembles were greeted with an immediate standing ovation. Monte’s remarkable dancers moved to the Brubeck tunes with a new kind of jazzy and joyful step as Chris and his band, Triple Pl ay grooved wowing the dance audience with each song. We are looking for presenters who want to present a dance program that will wow your audience and make the event worthy of a Mid-Atlantic grant. No time to waste, call Joanne Rile at 215-885-6400.
“Ferocious energy…superb dancers…a performing tour de force.”
—New York Times
“Triple Play was rollicking good fun … led by bassist, trombonist, and pianist Chris Brubeck, the trio stole the show with its flair and virtuosity.”
—Mark Swed, L.A.Times
Congratulations to Caeli Smith who received her master’s degree from Juilliard today and was awarded a special prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
We are so proud of you Caeli!
Mattiwilda Dobbs, a coloratura soprano who was the third African-American to appear as a principal singer with the Metropolitan Opera, died on Tuesday at her home in Atlanta. She was 90.
We were privileged to know Mattiwilda as a warm and gracious human being. She was an artist of remarkable vocal intelligence and beauty. The heavenly choir of angels will welcome her with joy as she joins them in singing some of her favorite Bach and her incomparable version of the Negro Spiritual, Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees.
Rest in Peace, Mattiwilda.
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The PRISM Quartet’s recording, “Heritage/Evolutions, Volume 1” (innova), is under consideration for 2016 Grammy Award nominations in three categories.
Field 10: Jazz
Category 33, Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Entry #249: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (innova)
Field 21: Composing/Arranging
Category 61, Best Instrumental Composition
Entry #164: I Will Not Apologize For My Tone Tonight by Rudresh Mahanthappa
(PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 – innova)
Field 27: Production, Classical
Category 72, Best Engineered Album, Classical
Entry #134: Aaron Nevezie, Karl Petersen, Matthew Levy, Katsuhiko Naito, Engineers
(PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 – innova)
The album features new pieces and guest appearances by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists: Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón. “Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1” charts fresh musical territory, drawing on the saxophone’s cross-cultural heritage to blend jazz with everything from Western and South Indian classical music to Romani and Latin American folkloric music.
NARAS friends, we respectfully invite you to check out “Heritage/Evolution, Vol. 1” as you consider the Grammy nomination entry list.
Acknowledgement: Major support for “Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1” has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support came from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Presser Foundation, and The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.
Violist Caeli Veronica Smith
October 26th, 2015
Alice Tully Hall
Penderecki Viola Concerto
Case Scaglione, Conductor
A new collaboration project Ahn Trio created combines Ahn Trio’s newest program, “Ahn-core Ahn Trio” recital program with a dramatic, beautiful, visually breath-taking lighting created by a lighting designer, Carrie Wood based in NYC.
The idea is to turn each instrumentalist & instrument into a character in a play or a film. Imagine if a concert was a play and with the help of lights, each member of Ahn Trio becomes an actor telling a greater story with their instruments. Every time Ahn Trio saw an opera or a Broadway show or a play, Ahns has always wanted to take that just the nice moody stage lighting to another level for their own concert stages. Drama of the lights add so much to the dramatic aria you’re hearing at the opera, can you imagine hearing it without the perfect light that is capturing the exact mood of the tenor’s character? You can, but, the visual and the aural together enhance each other to create a much more complete, satisfying way of listening to music.
The main works chosen for this collaboration are:
A 6 movement piece describing NYC between dusk & dawn, “Swing Shift” by Kenji Bunch, written for Ahn Trio. This work is brought back on Ahn’s “Ahn-core” program by popular demand. It was recorded on their EMI album, “Grooveboxes”.
And, Rock Suite, consisting of four songs of rock covers transcribed for Piano Trio; Riders on the Storm (Doors), Space Oddity (Bowie), Purple Rain (Prince), & Ziggy Stardust (Bowie) is a truly rock’n collection of Ahn’s favorite rock songs that showcase Piano Trio’s ability as a very complete live band even without vocals nor drums.
Ms. Wood has also worked on a number of Broadway shows including West Side Story, The Three Penny Opera, Cry Baby, and Wicked and Merce Cunningham as well as many artists such as Karen Sherman, Melanie Maar, Luciana Achugar, Reggie Wilson, Walter Dundervill, Sarah Michelson, Daria Fain, Michael Lluberes.
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Join Us For The Showcase!
Sunday, January 12th
From 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Be Sure to Stay for the Grand Finale!!!
Norman S. Benzaquen Hall located at the DiMenna Center in the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Round trip Van Shuttle will be available from the NY Hilton.
Call or email for reservations!
Or visit us at Booth 419 Hall I
*Concert Artists Guild