OneBeat 2019
Sep
16
to Oct 9

OneBeat 2019

I’m completely blown away to have been selected as a 2019 OneBeat Fellow!

OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. OneBeat begins with an opening residency, when Fellows collaborate to create original material, record new musical ideas, and incubate their projects. OneBeat fellows then go on tour, performing for a wide array of American audiences, collaborating with local musicians, and leading workshops with youth. During the month, each OneBeat musician also sets out their plans for the future, developing projects in their home countries linked to a mutually-reinforcing network of music-driven social enterprises.

Check out our tour schedule and the amazing group here!

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Resonant Bodies Festival 2019: Charmaine Lee & Conrad Tao, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Jane Sheldon
Sep
3
7:30 PM19:30

Resonant Bodies Festival 2019: Charmaine Lee & Conrad Tao, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Jane Sheldon

I’ll be performing in Jane Sheldon’s incredible poem for a dried up river on the opening night of Resonant Bodies Festival!

In its seventh annual incarnation as New York’s most innovative and wide-ranging presenter of contemporary vocal artists, the acclaimed Resonant Bodies Festival is proudly welcomed back to Roulette. Featuring an international roster of virtuosic singers, world premieres, and an exhilarating mix of genres, the nine vocalists performing over three days will provide an immersive musical experience unlike any other. Opening night of the three-day festival features new and celebrated work from longtime collaborative duo Charmaine Lee and Conrad Tao, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and soprano Jane Sheldon.

JANE SHELDON

Australian-American soprano Jane Sheldon presents an original composition, poem for a dried up river, setting a poem by British poet Alice Oswald (b. 1966). Collaborators include Jeffrey Gavett (conductor), Sarah Brailey (soprano), Elizabeth Gadsby (co-creator/designer), and Danielle Micich (choreographic consultant).

Tickets here!

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Silent Light
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Silent Light

Silent Light is a new Opera based on the film Stellet Licht by Carlos Reygadas.

Set within a Mennonite community in northern Mexico, the opera follows a pious husband and father, Johan, who’s strongly held spiritual obligation to his marriage, family, and community is put to the test when he falls in love with another woman from his faith.

Silent Light provides a glimpse of a society that is often misunderstood and simplified by people outside of the faith and lifestyle, presenting commonalities of human experience.

Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Stage Direction, Scenic and Costume Design by Thaddeus Strassberger
Lighting Design by Jason Hand
Foley and Sound Design by Sxip Shirey

Musical Direction by Christopher Rountree

https://www.banffcentre.ca/events/opera-silent-light/20190704/1930

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Silent Light
Jul
5
7:30 PM19:30

Silent Light

Silent Light is a new Opera based on the film Stellet Licht by Carlos Reygadas.

Set within a Mennonite community in northern Mexico, the opera follows a pious husband and father, Johan, who’s strongly held spiritual obligation to his marriage, family, and community is put to the test when he falls in love with another woman from his faith.

Silent Light provides a glimpse of a society that is often misunderstood and simplified by people outside of the faith and lifestyle, presenting commonalities of human experience.

Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Stage Direction, Scenic and Costume Design by Thaddeus Strassberger
Lighting Design by Jason Hand
Foley and Sound Design by Sxip Shirey

Musical Direction by Christopher Rountree

https://www.banffcentre.ca/events/opera-silent-light/20190704/1930

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Silent Light
Jul
4
7:30 PM19:30

Silent Light

Silent Light is a new Opera based on the film Stellet Licht by Carlos Reygadas.

Set within a Mennonite community in northern Mexico, the opera follows a pious husband and father, Johan, who’s strongly held spiritual obligation to his marriage, family, and community is put to the test when he falls in love with another woman from his faith.

Silent Light provides a glimpse of a society that is often misunderstood and simplified by people outside of the faith and lifestyle, presenting commonalities of human experience.

Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Stage Direction, Scenic and Costume Design by Thaddeus Strassberger
Lighting Design by Jason Hand
Foley and Sound Design by Sxip Shirey

Musical Direction by Christopher Rountree

https://www.banffcentre.ca/events/opera-silent-light/20190704/1930

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No One's Safe
Jun
28
9:00 PM21:00

No One's Safe

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“No One’s Safe” is a workshop performance. The audience will follow a murder mystery in the woods, but won’t find out who the murderer is. That’s part of the fun, and why we are presenting this as a workshop performance free for the public.

Once you choose which character to follow, you will begin an interactive experience that takes you into the complex and intimate world of the Marshalls. You will witness the discovery of a murdered family member, and will follow a character as you wind your way through the Leighton Studios and the lives of this complex group of people.

Composed by Nicole Lizée
Libretto and Stage Direction by Joel Ivany
Scenic and Costume Design by Adriana Bogaard
Lighting Design by Chantal LaBonté

Stage Manager - Kate Porter
Associate Stage Manager - Natasha Bean-Smith

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No One's Safe
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

No One's Safe

“No One’s Safe” is a workshop performance. The audience will follow a murder mystery in the woods, but won’t find out who the murderer is. That’s part of the fun, and why we are presenting this as a workshop performance free for the public.

Once you choose which character to follow, you will begin an interactive experience that takes you into the complex and intimate world of the Marshalls. You will witness the discovery of a murdered family member, and will follow a character as you wind your way through the Leighton Studios and the lives of this complex group of people.

Composed by Nicole Lizée
Libretto and Stage Direction by Joel Ivany
Scenic and Costume Design by Adriana Bogaard
Lighting Design by Chantal LaBonté

Stage Manager - Kate Porter
Associate Stage Manager - Natasha Bean-Smith

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No One's Safe
Jun
27
9:00 PM21:00

No One's Safe

  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“No One’s Safe” is a workshop performance. The audience will follow a murder mystery in the woods, but won’t find out who the murderer is. That’s part of the fun, and why we are presenting this as a workshop performance free for the public.

Once you choose which character to follow, you will begin an interactive experience that takes you into the complex and intimate world of the Marshalls. You will witness the discovery of a murdered family member, and will follow a character as you wind your way through the Leighton Studios and the lives of this complex group of people.

Composed by Nicole Lizée
Libretto and Stage Direction by Joel Ivany
Scenic and Costume Design by Adriana Bogaard
Lighting Design by Chantal LaBonté

Stage Manager - Kate Porter
Associate Stage Manager - Natasha Bean-Smith

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No One's Safe
Jun
27
5:00 PM17:00

No One's Safe

  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“No One’s Safe” is a workshop performance. The audience will follow a murder mystery in the woods, but won’t find out who the murderer is. That’s part of the fun, and why we are presenting this as a workshop performance free for the public.

Once you choose which character to follow, you will begin an interactive experience that takes you into the complex and intimate world of the Marshalls. You will witness the discovery of a murdered family member, and will follow a character as you wind your way through the Leighton Studios and the lives of this complex group of people.

Composed by Nicole Lizée
Libretto and Stage Direction by Joel Ivany
Scenic and Costume Design by Adriana Bogaard
Lighting Design by Chantal LaBonté

Stage Manager - Kate Porter
Associate Stage Manager - Natasha Bean-Smith

https://www.banffcentre.ca/events/opera-no-ones-safe/20190627/1700

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Moonlite by Wally Gunn
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Moonlite by Wally Gunn

The artists of Variant 6 and Mobius Percussion, and Veronica Jurkiewicz, join hands for the New York Premiere of a new original work by Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski:

MOONLITE, an oratorio for voices, percussion, and viola based on the true crime queer love story of the 19th-century Australian bushranger Andrew George Scott, known as “Captain Moonlite.”

Music by Wally Gunn
Libretto by Maria Zajkowski

Variant 6, voices
Mobius Percussion feat. Víctor Pablo
Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola

Captain Moonlite—a rogue, a brigand, a criminal, and a queer—is an outsider who chafes at the constraints of Victorian-era society. He dreams of founding a utopia for himself and the lover he met in prison, James Nesbitt. Unable to make a life in society upon their release, Scott and Nesbitt resign themselves to living outside it, and in pursuing this end, the pair, by misconduct and misfortune, fall foul of the law. Banding together with some other misfits, they set off on a grueling trek through Australia’s arid outback and find themselves in a series of increasingly desperate situations which culminate in a stand-off and shoot-out with police. An officer is shot and killed, and Nesbitt, also shot fatally, dies in Scott’s arms. Scott, stricken and defeated, is imprisoned and sentenced to death by hanging for his crimes. In his cell, he writes heartrendingly of his love for Nesbitt, his terrible loss, and his hope that he will be reunited with his lover in the next world.

https://pregonesprtt.org/2019/05/03/moonlite-ny-premiere/

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Moonlite by Wally Gunn
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Moonlite by Wally Gunn

“Bowerbird is pleased to present Moonlite, a new work by composer Wally Gunn and librettist Maria Zajkowski performed by Variant 6, Mobius Percussion and Veronica Jurkiewicz. Moonlite is a concert-length oratorio is based on the true story of the 19th-century Australian outlaw Andrew George Scott, known as “Captain Moonlite.” Captain Moonlite—a rogue, a brigand, a criminal, and a queer—is an outsider who chafes at the constraints of Victorian-era society. He dreams of founding a utopia for himself and the lover he met in prison, James Nesbitt. Unable to make a life in society upon their release, Scott and Nesbitt resign themselves to living outside it, and in pursuing this end, the pair, by misconduct and misfortune, fall foul of the law. Banding together with some other misfits, they set off on a grueling trek through Australia’s arid outback and find themselves in a series of increasingly desperate situations which culminate in a stand-off and shoot-out with police. An officer is shot and killed, and Nesbitt, also shot fatally, dies in Scott’s arms. Scott, stricken and defeated, is imprisoned and sentenced to death by hanging for his crimes. In his cell, he writes heartrendingly of his love for Nesbitt, his terrible loss, and his hope that he will be reunited with his lover in the next world.”

https://www.bowerbird.org/event/wally-gunn-moonlite/

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The Up:Strike Project + listenbeer
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Up:Strike Project + listenbeer

I’ll be performing and pairing beers alongside my best friend and favorite person in the world, Karen Yu! We’ll be playing Sean Griffin’s Pattycake, alongside works by Sarah Hennies, Matthew Burtner, and more. We’ve partnered with local Hong Kong brewers and breweries for this event, and we both can’t wait to bring listenbeer to Hong Kong.

8pm, Ho Sze Kwong, Kwun Tong

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The Stone Presents: The Music of Lee Hyla
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

The Stone Presents: The Music of Lee Hyla

THE MUSIC OF LEE HYLA
Bryan Hayslett (cello) Marilyn Nonken (piano) Tristan McKay (piano) Jessica Tsang (percussion) Michiko Theurer (violin) Paul Hauer (violin) Hannah Levinson (viola)
Repertoire: Mother Popcorn Revisited, Amore Scaduto, How Was Your Weekend, Winter/Fall, Dream of Innocent III, and Amnesia Redux

http://thestonenyc.com/calendar.php?month=4

https://events.newschool.edu/event/the_stone_at_the_new_school_presents_the_music_of_lee_hyla#.XKAJAOtKhbU

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Listenbeer // Interference Series // Dark Sky Brewing
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Listenbeer // Interference Series // Dark Sky Brewing

Interference Series presents a solo percussion performance by Jess Tsang that is curated to pair with different Dark Sky Beers. Toronto-based cellist and composer Cory Latkovich presents a set  of solo cello works. 

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The pieces I'll be playing are tied together by the idea of a sonic bildungsroman. Each piece feels like a journey of ever-increasing importance, contained within separate sound worlds. Also, I learned how to skateboard.

Huginn by Fjola Evans 

I Is Not Me by Scott Wollschleger

THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS by Jennifer Walshe

Resonance Allloy by Keeril Makan

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Ecstasies of Influence - Concert II
Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

Ecstasies of Influence - Concert II

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Ensemble Ekstasis: Marie Annick Béliveau, Gabriel Dharmoo, Guy Pelletier, Terri Hron, Felix Del Tredici, Elinor Frey, Jess Tsang, with the direction of Sandeep Bhagwati

These three long music performances each started with a question: Can a musical piece be composed with exactly the same process that an artist uses to create their conceptual artworks? Since September, we have worked with three artists to explore new ways of understanding how music can be made out of nothing.

Deborah Carruthers is an artist that explores the various facets of science around the anthropocene to create multi-disciplinary artworks. David Szanto’s work focuses on our personal, intimate relationship to food and eating to create his performances. Angelique Willkie’s choreographies explore personal, autobiographical narratives and minute everyday movements. In their encounters with these artists, the musicians of the Ensemble Ekstasis tried to explore their practice with the ideas the artists gave them: what kind of intimate biological relationship do musicians have with their instruments? How can a musician read another musician’s movements as their score? How can the audience co-create a musical performance with their cellphone cameras? Does your listening change if your tongue senses a different taste? How does our meat and cow culture affect our musicking ? What does really constitute a piece of music – according to the SOCAN?

All these questions led to three exciting, inquisitive, enlightening hour-long performances which will be presented on Dec 16 in two locations at two times: at 14h we will discuss the research-creation project “Ecstasies of Influence” at Le Gésu, and then première the Bee Symphonie by Deborah Carruthers. And at 20h we will perform the two works created with David Szanto and Angelique Willkie in the “Fine Arts Black Box” at Concordia University.

If you have ever asked yourself what the farthest reaches of musical space could be, this day of inter-artistic explorations is for you.

More information here.

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Ecstasies of Influence - Concert I
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Ecstasies of Influence - Concert I

These three long music performances each started with a question: Can a musical piece be composed with exactly the same process that an artist uses to create their conceptual artworks? Since September, we have worked with three artists to explore new ways of understanding how music can be made out of nothing.

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Nov
25
4:30 PM16:30

Hit Match - A Bodysuit Game for two percussionists

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Sunday Nov 25 @ 4:30 pm

JULIAN KLEIN (Berlin): Hit Match - Game Scores for two percussionists, with Jessica Tsang and Noam Bierstone, percussion

Julian was interested in using the body:suit:score as a playing field: the actions of one percussionist act on the body of the other, and become a kind of instruction to play. The interest is not so much the resulting sound, but the game strategies that both players engage in. The action gets quite heated and the two musical combatants need all their keen reaction skills and sharp thinking to come out as the winner of each round.

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