February 21, 2003 at 7pm
Turn Me Away
The debut of Soup, a new group comprised of gospel/jazz/soul singer/composer Tyrone Henderson, co-composer Randall Woolf on keyboard, Wayne DuMaine on trumpet, and guitarist Ann Klein.
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Friday, February 21, 2003 at 7:00 pm
American Composers Orchestra launches its third season of "Composers Out Front" concerts at Joe's Pub with music by the Brooklyn-based downtown eclectic composer-performer Randall Woolf on Friday, February 21, 2003 at 7:00 pm. Created in association with Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, "Composers Out Front" put composers on stage, making connections between their musical roots as performers and their works for the concert hall.
Mr. Woolf's program will showcase the distinctive mix of electronica, gospel, jazz, alternative rock, country, and concert music that make him one of the most intriguing young composers working today. The opening set features twisted tutu, an electronic duo featuring Eve Beglarian and Woolf's wife Kathleen Supové, performing Turn Me Away (a country/alt. rock love song); &ldots;missing&ldots; played by pianist Margaret Kampmeier and John Ferrari on vibes and marimba; and The Trick Is To Keep Breathing for string quartet, turntables, and singer Christina Wheeler. The second half features the debut of Soup, a new group comprised of gospel/jazz/soul singer/composer Tyrone Henderson, Wayne DuMaine on trumpet, guitarist Ann Klein, and Woolf on keyboards.
About Randall Woolf
Randall Woolf studied composition at Michigan State University and at Harvard, where he earned his Doctorate degree. His composition teachers have included David Del Tredici and Joseph Maneri. Additionally, Woolf studied in Paris and at Tanglewood, where he won the coveted Paul Jacobs Commission. That commission led to the creation of his White Heat, a dynamic work that ACO performed at Carnegie Hall in 1998. Last season, ACO performed Woolf's techno-country chamber orchestra work Hee Haw as part of its Orchestra Tech conference. Woolf is a member of the Common Sense Composers Collective, and in 1999-2000 was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
Among his other recent projects, Woolf composed a new ballet, Where the Wild Things Are, a 1997 collaboration with Maurice Sendak and Septime Webre, that has been performed by the Washington, Colorado, Georgia and Louisville ballet companies. In March 2003, the string quartet Ethel will premiere his quartet Gorillas. Next season he will compose a work for flute and electronic soundtrack for Ransom Wilson's solo recital at Lincoln Center, a string quartet with electronics for Ethel, and multi-media work for the Akron Art Museum and Symphony. Woolf is also composing new dance music for Heidi Latsky and for Lava. He works frequently with writer and director Valeria Vasilevski, having composed six works with her over the past three years. He has also collaborated on several film scores with John Cale, including American Psycho, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
In addition to his performances by ACO, Woolf's music has been performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New Millennium Ensemble, the EOS orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Seattle Symphony, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Bang On A Can/SPIT Orchestra, California EAR Unit, and others. He has also arranged music for John Cale (of the Velvet Underground), Kronos Quartet, Siouxsie Sioux, the Mediaeval Baebes, Atau Tanaka, and David Lang. CRI has recorded a CD of his works, entitled Rock Steady on its Emergency Music label. Also on Emergency Music are Dancétudes (Kathleen Supové), My Insect Bride (Common Sense Ensemble), Your Name Backwards (twisted tutu), and Where the Wild Things Are. Ransom Wilson and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two are planning to record a CD of his works for chamber orchestra in the coming year.
About the Evening's Guest Artists
Composer/vocalist/performance artist Eve Beglarian and pianist/keyboardist Kathleen Supové are the co-collaborators of twisted tutu, which uses composing, singing, interactive electronics, stage movement, keyboard virtuosity, improvisation, and sound design, breaking the boundaries between high and popular culture. Their stated goal: "to remain at the forefront of physicality, spirituality, and sexuality in music making." Beglarian has been called "one of new music's truly free spirits". Her music has been performed by the California EAR Unit, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Orchestra X, Dinosaur Annex, and New York Festival of Song. Sopové is acclaimed for her virtuosic and provocative solo performances, including her ongoing series entitled The Exploding Piano, in which she has premiered countless works by new composers, crossing boundaries into multimedia and performance art.
Founded in 1977, American Composers Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. Through its concerts at Carnegie Hall, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, Whitaker New Music Readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today's brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. [find out more...]
Tickets & Information
Tickets for the Composers Out Front series at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater are $20 and are available at the Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street, or from Telecharge by calling (212) 239 6200. For further information, call (212) 977 8495 or visit www.americancomposers.org.
Major support of American Composers Orchestra is from Alliance Capital Management L.P., Amphion Foundation, ASCAP, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Bodman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, BMI Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Citigroup Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, The Estate of Francis Goelet, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Henfield Foundation, Geoffrey Hughes Foundation, Christian Humann Foundation, Jephson Educational Trust, The Jerome Foundation, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JPMorganChase, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The New York Times Co. Foundation, the Virgil Thomson Foundation, Oakleigh L. Thorne Foundation, and The Helen F. Whitaker Fund. ACO programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.