Georg Graewe / Carman Moore and The Skymusic Ensemble
February 1 @ 8:00 pm
Music for solo piano and for large ensemble from two composers who inhabit the nexus between improvisation and composition.
Celebrated German pianist and composer Georg Graewe premieres new work for solo piano, plus US premieres of his works Afternoon In Coloured Frames, AusFaltungen, and Rhyme and Discourse.
When & where
Thursday February 1, 2018 @ 8pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets $15 / $20
New York composer/conductor Carman Moore leads his Skymusic Ensemble featuring special guest Mor Dior Bamba (voice), with Martha Mooke (viola), Linda Wetherill (flute), Neil Alexander (keyboard), Eli Fountain (percussion), Dale Kleps (saxophone and flutes), Brian Lee (bass and keyboard), and David Pearl (piano) in a program including his Harlem (Morningside Mystique), The Quiet Piece, Point-Counterpoint (guest Thomas Buckner), Dante Hell Water, and Righteous Heroes.
Georg Graewe has been composing and performing professionally since 1971 and formed his own group, The Georg Graewe Quintet in 1974. He has since been leading a variety of ensembles, ranging from trio to chamber orchestra formats, involving some of the leading instrumentalists in contemporary music. His compositions including chamber music, works for full orchestra as well as scores for films, theater productions, radio drama and video, have been performed and broadcast around the world. He has also written 3 chamber operas commissioned by Oper Köln, Semperoper Dresden, Theater Luzern and Opera Bonn. Graewe has had a long-standing trio with Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger and US-percussionist Gerry Hemingway since 1989 and has also performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, John Tchicai, Phil Minton, Roscoe Mitchell, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Hamid Drake, John Butcher, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, John Lindberg a.m.o. Since 1999 Graewe has been associated with the Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT) at UC Berkeley. From 2002–2007 he taught at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. In 2010 he curated a series of 27 events that presented different aspects of resonance between music, poetry, visusal arts and science as part of the European Cultural Capital RUHR.2010. A catalogue plus DVD edition documenting this project has been published on Graewe’s own Random Acoustics label. Apart from giving solo piano recitals and continuing work with GRH (w/ Reijseger & Hemingway), Graewe performs with the Georg Graewe Trio w/ Peter Herbert and Wolfgang Reisinger and his quartet Frisque Concordance w/ John Butcher, Wilbert de Joode and Mark Sanders.
Carman Moore’s credits include commissions and performances by the N.Y. Philharmonic (Wildfires And Field Songs), Cleveland Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (The Mystery of Tao), the Dayton Opera Company, the Orchestra of the Sorbonne, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (Gospel Muse), among others. Moore was the composition student of Hall Overton and at The Juilliard School of Vincent Persichetti and Luciano Berio. His multimedia Mass for the 21st Century, for which he created both words and music, was commissioned by Lincoln Center and premiered outdoors in 1994 before audiences of thousands. In 2013 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at the Yale University School of Music, Queens and Brooklyn Colleges, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Manhattanville College. He and the Skymusic Ensemble, which he founded and conducts, were long-time Artists in Residence at St. John the Divine Cathedral and in Milan performed Moore’s score to “DEA delle ACQUE,” choreographed by Alvin Ailey for the Ballet Company of La Scala. Mr. Moore has recently co-created with Danish singer Lotte Arnsbjerg the multi-media anti-child abuse song cycle Girl Of Diamond Mountain. His Concerto For Ornette was premiered in 2013 by The New Juilliard Ensemble Orch. In October of 2014 Moore conducted several of his works for the UN General Assembly. His MADIBA, honoring Nelson Mandela, was commissioned and premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in February 2015 at Carnegie Hall and in April 2017 received 3 performances with The Black Iris Ballet Co. at The Kennedy Center. He has recently conducted Skymusic in his DANTE AMONG FRIENDS Inferno tribute to Rauschenberg at MoMA.
Founded by principal composer/conductor Carman Moore in 1980, the Skymusic Ensemble were Artists in Residence at St. John the Divine Cathedral for over 10 years. The Ensemble’s music, while classically-rooted, features stylistic mixes with jazz and world ethnic music and includes improvised passages within its written scores. Over the years its membership has included the late saxophone legend Sam Rivers, violin wizard Leroy Jenkins, percussionist Gordon Gottlieb of the N.Y. Philharmonic, piano virtuoso Marianna Rosett, world music woodwind master Premik Russell Tubbs, and First Moog Quartet synthesizer pioneer Kenneth Bichel. The members tend to also compose and be individually identified with specific styles, though all both improvise and read brilliantly. Guest artists have included the Senegalese master vocalist MorDior Bamba and Japanese dancer Kiori Kawai. The instrumentation of the 6-8 member group is typically 1 or 2 violins, flute, soprano saxophone, piano, synthesizer, and percussion. The group was the “orchestra” for Mr. Moore’s Mass for the 21st Century at Lincoln Center in 1994. The Ensemble has performed world-wide, including for the Ballet Company of La Scala (Milan, choreography by Alvin Ailey) and in Geneva, Switzerland’s Made-in-America Festival and in Ottawa on the Espace Musique Series. They have performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival many times. Having performed in May 2017 at The Studio Museum in Harlem as part of the Look and Listen Festival, the Ensemble played in July at famed Otter Creek in Maine aboard a fishing boat. In September 2017 they performed Moore’s Dante Among Friends at MoMA.