Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photos of "Music With a View 2011" - Part 3 of 3 at The Flea Theater, NYC

Friday night, April 1, 2011 was the last nighty I was able to attend this year's Music With a View festival at The Flea Theater. It was a very pleasant early spring evening, so I walked from my office in midtown Manhattan to White St. in Tribeca. Along the way I discovered the very recently erected, and temporary Andy Monument. Located just north of Union Square on Broadway at  E. 17th St., I was amused enough to stop and watch people looking at this temporary - more than 15 minutes but in the big picture, not much more - monument to Andy Warhol. I'll come back soon and post some picture I took there that day and later on in April, of people stopping to look at the sculpture.

The program at the Flea Theater consisted of works presented by three musicians. The first was a piece for small orchestra and solo voices by Peri Mauer. She was followed by Adam and Atau performing an original work for 4 hands iPhone. The evening's performances concluded with Phyllis Chen on toy piano and chessboard, and Rob Dietz on electronics.

The post-performance discussion was hosted by Alan Pierson.

I'm eager to see and hear what Kathy Supové brings next year. It was nice to see she got some pre-festival coverage in the Wall Street Journal.
This is the program in the order of performance.
Friday, April 1 @ 7PM
HOST: Alan Pierson
-Peri Mauer
-Adam + Atau 4 hands iPhone
Click on the picture for a full sized version




Friday, May 27, 2011

Photos of "Music With a View 2011" - Part 2 of 3 at The Flea Theater, NYC

On Saturday, March 26, I went back to the Flea Theater to see and hear Dafna Naftali's piece, performed by her and the LEMUR Robots. I enjoyed the piece, a vividly colorful work accompanied by a slide show of images from nab early illuminated manuscript - visible in some of the pictures - and the robots, which she controlled with Wii controllers.

She was followed by a very introspective work by Jonathan Chen.
Ted Hearne and Philip White ended the show with several short works for voice and computer. Their sound was a physical assault on my ears. I was anything but charmed, but I truly liked what I was hearing. The dynamic range went from loud to louder, White's electronics enhanced and amplified the electrifying effect of Hearne's emotionally charged performance. I was unfamiliar with Hearne and White. I'm glad I got to see and hear them.

Randall Woolf moderated the post-performance conversation with the artists.

As usual, click on the photos for a larger view.

This is the program in the order of performance.
Saturday, March 26 @ 7PM
HOST: Randall Woolf
-Dafna Naphtali + LEMUR Bots
-Jonathan Chen
-Ted Hearne + Philip White

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