Two upcoming experimental and new music concerts at Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Avenue. All ages welcome.
Mon Apr 25 8 pm $10
with Antithesis (CAPA’s new music ensemble)
Kagel Nacht is a performance event featuring new interpretations of works by the seminal avant-garde composer Mauricio Kagel. Interwoven into a melange of inter-connected and overlapping pieces, this show highlights the most absurd and engaging of Kagel’s prolific output. From the disconnected political ramblings of Der Tribune, to the meticulous puppetry/theater of Repetoire, to the squealing and scratching of Acustica, Kagel Nacht connects to listeners in a way rarely found in the classical music world.
Despite being one of the most radical and revolutionary 20th century European avant-garde composers, Mauricio Kagel’s music has remained relatively obscure, especially here in the US. In an attempt to change this, two musicians from New York City have spent the last 3 years researching Kagel’s massive body of work, seeking out rare scores, recordings, and videos of his bizarre, often hysterically theatrical compositions. Joining them will be a stacked deck of musicians from Brooklyn’s artistic multiverse, performers deeply situated in the theater, performance art, classical, and experimental music worlds. They will be performing a very diverse selection from Kagel’s grand oeuvre, including “classical” works (Music For Rennaissance Instruments), electro-acoustic compositions (Acustica), absurdist ballet (Kontra->Danse), radio plays (Der Tribun), and some of his most daring and hilarious works of “instrumental theater” (Staatstheater, Con Voce).
With interpretations ranging from strict to fully recontextualized, Kagel Nacht breaths new life into these important and underperformed works by joining them into one, multi-stage, panoramic, evening-length event that brings a new meaning to “musical theater.” Kagel Nacht is currently touring the North-East, performing for universities as well as underground venues, art spaces, and other communities, giving people access to the world of classical and avant-garde music through the universal appeal of Kagel’s profound and absurd compositions. In order to limit costs and emissions, they are traveling on a school bus turned tour bus that runs on waste vegetable oil.
Kagel Nacht will feature the musical and theatrical artistry of Rick Burkhardt – orator, accordion; Stephen Cooper – producer, glockenspiel, guitar ; Sam Kulik – trombone;
Jordan Mclean – trumpet, conductor, arranger ; Jason Mears – clarinet, saxophone ; Roberta Michel – flute, piccolo ; Geoff Nosach – lighting, set design ; Sam Sowyrda – producer, conductor, percussion ; Dennis Sullivan – percussion.
Sat Apr 30 8 pm $7
WILL McEVOY’S MUTASM
with Bernabo & Fleming, and Satyr/Elfheim
Improvising chamber-jazz sextet from Brooklyn featuring
Will McEvoy – bass and composition; Cody Brown – drums ;
Dustin Carlson – guitar ; Brad Henkel – trumpet ; Nathaniel Morgan – alto saxophone; Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone (Madison, Wisconsin).
As a performer McEvoy has played in many settings from contemporary jazz and classical orchestras to improvised duets with dancers. In New York City, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, and numerous house parties, artist lofts and small clubs. What sets McEvoy apart from other bassists of his generation is his focus on solo repertoire and performance practice, with particular influence from Dadaism, Surrealism, and modernist composition. His current projects include Mutasm, a revolving cast that performs extended works, duets with dancer Hadar Ahuvia, the New York Jazz Band, and other freelancing performances.