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Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open - Mivos Quartet plays New WORKS - May 11

Connection Works, Inc.

Aug 2007

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May 11, 2013
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Connection Works, one of the leaders in the growing movement of artist-run organizations, proudly announces the 2012-13 season of Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, the distinguished concert, dialogue and workshop series. Now in its sixth season, the series takes place at the Brooklyn Conservatory in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

58 7th Ave (at Lincoln Place) in Park Slope, Brooklyn,
Tel 718.622.3300

Saturday, May 11, 2013

$10 admission

Mivos Quartet plays NEW WORKS
Three World Premieres by
Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, and Rob Garcia

Olivia De Prato - violin
Joshua Modney - violin
Victor Lowrie - viola
Mariel Roberts - cello

also performing will be:
Jean Rohe - voice
Michel Gentile -flute
Rob Garcia - percussion

Phi (by Michel Gentile) is inspired by Mario Livio's book "The Golden Ratio", this five movement piece grows out of the very essence of time and sound.

Nebulae (by Daniel Kelly) is influenced by the compositions of Krzysztof Penderecki and photos taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Reflections from the Middle (by Rob Garcia) is a suite of songs and interludes exploring concepts of "the middle" such as Buddha's "the middle way"; the struggle between two opposing forces that threaten each others existence; and the space in between thoughts.

Stay tuned for Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open's 2013-14 season!

Notes on the artists:

May 11 -
Mivos Quartet
The Mivos Quartet, an “accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet” (The New York Times), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's beginnings in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; Mivos has performed works by emerging and established composers including Alex Mincek, Helmut Lachenmann, Anna Clyne, Wolfgang Rihm, Samson Young, Luke DuBois, Philip Glass, Huang Ruo, Felipe Lara, Sam Pluta, Tristan Perich and Kirsten Broberg.  They have appeared at venues including The Guggenheim Museum, Kennedy Center, Zankel Hall, MoMA, The Stone, Issue Project Room, and Roulette, and have appeared on concert series including Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt, Germany), Asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany), Concerti Aperitivo (Udine, Italy), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), and Aldeburgh Music (UK), where Mivos was invited to work with the Arditti Quartet and Helmut Lachenmann.  Mivos returned to Aldeburgh Music in January 2013 for a two-week residency, where they performed two concerts featuring repertoire by British and American composers, and recorded their debut solo album, featuring works by Alex Mincek, David Franzson, Felipe Lara, and Wolfgang Rihm (Carrier Records, Spring 2013 release). The quartet will return to perform at the Aldeburgh Summer Festival in June 2013.  Mivos was one of five groups selected for the Young Ensembles Fellowship at the 2012 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, where they were awarded a Fellowship Prize for Interpretation and invited back for the next Darmstadt Festival in 2014.

In addition to their international performing activities, Mivos is active in education, and has conducted workshops at CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), the Hong Kong Art Center and MIAM University in Istanbul (Turkey).  The quartet also runs the annual Mivos/Kanter String Quartet Composition Prize, established to support the work of emerging and mid-career composers and to encourage continued interest in new compositions for string quartet.  The winning composer, selected from over one hundred applicants, receives a performance of their work in New York City on the Mivos Quartet concert season and a cash prize.

Beyond expanding the string quartet repertoire, Mivos is committed to working with guest artists and exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics. Improvisation is also an integral part of their performances and has led to collaborations with artists such as Dan Blake, Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed, Timucin Sahin and Nate Wooley. Mivos’ performance of Ned Rothenberg’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, “played with spontaneity and dexterity” (The Strad Magazine), was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.

 The members of Mivos are: violinists Olivia De Prato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Mariel Roberts, each of whom are recognized individually as extraordinary voices in contemporary music, and perform frequently with leading new music ensembles including Ensemble Signal, Victoire, and Wet Ink. They are all graduates of the Master's in Contemporary Performance degree program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Michel Gentile
Flutist and composer Michel Gentile is an active member of the New York jazz scene.  He received his Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Holland, Geri Allen, Mick Goodrick, and George Garzone.  Michel has recorded and performed with Fred Hersch, Anthony Braxton, Dave Kikoski, Bobby Previte, Jane Ira Bloom, Harvie Swartz, Michael Formanek, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joseph Jarman, and many others.
Michel has worked extensively with dance, theater, and film and has been featured on national radio and television throughout North America and is a member of the performance ensemble, Strike Anywhere.
Daniel Kelly
Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly is an innovative musical voice in the New York City jazz and improvised music scene. He has collaborated in performance and on disc with a wide range of artists, including Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Don Byron, Lauryn Hill, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Joseph Jarman, Harvie S, Bobby Sanabria, David Binney, Donny McCaslin, Joel Harrison and many others.  He has recorded four highly acclaimed CDs as a leader.  Daniel has performed several totally improvised solo piano concerts in front of audiences of up to 1000 people.

He is the co-founder and assistant director of Connection Works, an artist-run non-profit organization based in Brooklyn. Daniel was recently awarded a grant by NYSCA to compose a new concert-length work titled Rakonto: A Sounding of Community Voices that incorporates the voices and stories of people living in Flushing, Queens. His group received the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award.
Daniel has exhibited his commitment to arts education and young audiences by performing in schools and in creating works for families. With collaborator David Gonzalez, he has performed in hundreds of schools and performing art centers throughout the U.S., Canada and the Royal National Theatre in London. Their work has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award. They have also been Lincoln Center Institute Repertory artists since 2002.

Rob Garcia
For the past decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles; collaborating with stellar artists such as: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Diana Krall, Anat Cohen, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Chris Cheek, Myra Melford, and Vince Giordano among others.
Rob is an inspired composer and bandleader in his own right.  His latest CD, Perennial (BJUR 012; with Noah Preminger, Dan Tepfer, and Chris Lightcap) was listed in the “10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009” by The New York Observer. He has also received grants from Meet The Composer and NYSCA to support his group’s performances. Rob’s other releases include, Place of Resonance (CAP 950), which features Dave Kikoski and Mike Formanek, and Heart's Fire (CWR 101).
Artist-run organizations are a new and successful trend in the jazz world, and Rob has been a major force in this new way for jazz to continue and thrive.  He is the founder and executive director of Connection Works, and a member of the Douglass Street Music Collective, an artist-run rehearsal and performance space, featuring some of New York’s most creative and cutting edge musicians/composers.  He is also a new member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community.

Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and encourage the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

Connection Works’ Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open concert series, provides Brooklyn with events meriting large-scale international attention, maintaining the highest standards in performance and education, presented in a community-based format.  The dialogues provide the audience a rare opportunity to interact with musical icons as they share their experience and artistic processes, while the workshops allow young musicians to perform, and receive feedback from seasoned professionals.  Since 2007, the Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series has presented workshops, master-classes and concerts featuring artists such as Joe Lovano, Fly (w/ Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard), Adam Kolker Quartet with John Abercrombie and Billy Hart, Dafnis Prieto Quartet, Yosvany Terry Quartet, Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, Dave Liebman Quartet, Anat Cohen/Howard Alden Quartet, Steve Coleman and Five Elements and Gene Bertoncini.
Musicians that have performed at Connection Works events include:
Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, John Abercrombie, Scott Colley, Vic Juris, Tony Marino, Marko Marcinko, Matt Darriau, Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Coleman, Gene Bertoncini, Dafnis Prieto, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Dave Valentine, Tony Malaby, Nasheet Waits, John Hebert, Loren Stillman, Bill McHenry, Chris Lightcap, Dan Tepfer, Noah Preminger, Joe Martin, Dan Weiss, Avishai Cohen, Manuel Valera, Hans Glawishnig, Chris Tarry, Massimo Biolcati, Rodney Green, Judi Silvano, Michael Formanek, Gerry Hemingway, Bill O’Connell, Myra Casales, Kyoko Kitamura, Scott Lee, Gary Versace, Jeff Hirshfield, Andrew Rathburn, Jonathan Finlayson, Tim Albright, Jen Shyu, Miles Okazaki, Shane Endsley, Nir Felder, Briggan Krauss, Matt Pavolka, Nate Radley, Roland Schneider, Joel Frahm, Kenny Wessel, Jim Whitney, Yosvany Terry, Osmany Peredes, Obed Calvaire, Vince Giordano, Peck Allmond, Barney McAll, Aaron Diehl, Zaid Shukri, Joel Harrison, Fima Ephron, Jordan Perlson, Tareq Abboushi, Zafer Tawil, Barry Bryson, Herb Gardiner, Jack Stucky, Dave Ambrosio, Matt Renzi, Angelica Sanchez, Anders Nilsson, Nicki Denner, Anton Denner, Jennifer Vincent, Willie Martinez, Jorge Maldonado, Mark Miller, Christelle Durandy, Brahim Fribgane, Tony Romano, Adam Kolker, Joe Fitzgerald, Ben Monder, Adam Rudolph, Matt Wilson, Paul Sikivie, Jeff Lederer, Gilad Heckselman, Marcus Gilmore, Dave Scott, Gary Wang, Peter Apfelbaum, Patrice Blanchard, David Phelps, Ben Kono, Jeremy Viner, Dan Willis, Bohdan Hilash, Rob Hudson, Mike Christianson, Jacob Garchik, Jeff Nelson, Jon Owens, Tony Kadleck, Dave Ballou, Laurie Frink, Kermit Driscoll, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, J.C. Sanford, Chris Dingman, John Replogle, Dave Smith, John McNeil, Howard Johnson, Lolly Bienenfeld, Kenny Pexton, Jeremy Udden, Mark Small, Kenny Berger, Danny Weller, Tyson Stubelek, Ron Horton,Tim Horner, John O'Gallagher, Marc Mommaas, Scott Robinson, Nate Eklund, Alan Ferber, Mark Sherman, Frank Kimbrough, Martin Wind, Jason Lindner, Vincente Archer, Anthony Pinciotti, Daniel Kelly, Michel Gentile, Rob Garcia and many more.
Our advisory board includes Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Woody Allen, Bill de Blasio, Dan Zanes, Joel Thome, and David Gonzalez.
PRESS ENQUIRIES on Connection Works and Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open:
Jason Paul Harman Byrne - Red Cat Publicity
Tel 347 578 7601, Email
Connection Works Contact:
Rob Garcia - Executive Director


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