Thursday, May 18, 2023 @ 7:00pm – 9:30pm (EDT)
Gallery MC, New York, NY, United States
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$20 in advance, $30 at the door

Arthur Kampela — Selected works
Bernhard Philipp Eder — Selected works
Carlos José Castro Mora — Selected works
Dan Cooper — Selected works
Shanan Estreicher — Selected works
Ford Fourqurean — Selected works
Patrick Grant — Selected works
Adam Holzman — Selected works
Velizar Iordanov — Selected works
Joseph Martin Waters — Selected works
Howie Kenty — Selected works
Lukas Ligeti — Selected works
Florian Magnus Maier — Selected works
Natasha Bogojevich — Selected works
Otto Castro — Selected works
Gene Pritsker — Selected works
Quincy Jones — Selected works
David Rothenberg — Selected works
Zachary M. Seely — Selected works
Roger Trefousse — Selected works
Vladimir Ussachevsky — Selected works
Aleksandra Vrebalov — Selected works
Randall Woolf — Selected works
Amy X Neuburg — Selected works
Carolyn Yarnell — Selected works
Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin — Selected works

On May 13th Composers Concordance presents "A to Z Electronic," the third concert of its 11th annual festival, entitled 'What's In a Name?.' This event, to be held at Gallery MC, features twenty-six composers of electronic music: Arthur Kampela, Bernhard Philipp Eder, Carlos Castro, Dan Cooper, Shanan Estreicher, Ford Fourqurean, Patrick Grant, Adam Holzman, Velizar Iordanov, Joseph Martin Waters, Howie Kenty, Lukas Ligeti, Florian Magnus Maier, Natasha Bogojevich, Otto Castro, Gene Pritsker, Quincy Jones, David Rothenberg, Zach Seely, Roger Trefousse, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Randall Woolf, Amy X Neuburg, Carolyn Yarnell, Lev Zhurbin. The event will be mostly electronic, with some electro-acoustic music presented as well.

The four-concert festival features new music compositions inspired by names of fictitious characters, names that are dear to individual composers, and nicknames, plus a concert of 26 composers presented alphabetically, a trio of musicians named Jay, and other imaginative ways composers choose to play upon the event titles and festival theme. The concerts will be presented at an array of NYC venues, with numerous fun premieres, virtuoso performances, and an eclectic range of styles, presented in quick tandem, encouraging our favorite composers to play on the phenomenon of names.

The event will also be live streamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook page.

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About Composers Concordance

Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene.

Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead.

Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

About Gene Pritsker, DJ

Composer/musical polymath Gene Pritsker has written over nine hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. His compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles, that are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation, an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble. He also Co-Directs Composers Concordance. Gene's music is performed all over the world at internationally recognized festivals and by highly respected ensembles and performers.

He co-founded the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble with Kristjan Jarvi and has been a composer in residence and guitarist since its creation in 1993. He worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including Cloud Atlas, for which he wrote additional music and composed his Cloud Atlas Symphony. He is also the lead orchestrator for such TV series as Babylon Berlin, Jett, Netflix's Sense8, and Messiah. Gene is the lead orchestrator and has additional music in the 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections.

"My music is extremely eclectic, for me music has no bounds – I view the world of music as one big genre. My motto for my art is ending the segregation of sound vibration."

Gene is also a guitarist/rapper/Di.J./ and producer he incorporates each of these musical attributes to create music that is "not designed for easy listening or to melt into the background. It is insistent. It demands attention and curiosity." (New York Newsday) "Mischief-maker and cultural blender-in-chief, Pritsker is a serious artist, yet much of his work is witty and irreverent. Anyone can draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa, but few musicians draw it as artistically and creatively as Gene Pritsker." (Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine)

About Adam Holzman, piano

Keyboard player Adam Holzman was a member of the Miles Davis Band from 1985 to 1989. He performed with the trumpet legend in more than 200 concerts worldwide. He can be heard on the albums Tutu, Live Around the World, Rubber Band, and The Complete Montreux box set (all on Warner Bros.). In 1988 he became Miles's musical director. For his session and live performances, Adam was praised by The New York Times for his "innovative keyboard work," and by Keyboard magazine as "one of the most promising synth soloists."

Adam has also toured and recorded extensively with Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, Steps Ahead, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, Michel Petrucciani and many others.

Adam currently tours and records with British rocker Steven Wilson. Adam is featured on Steven's acclaimed albums The Raven That Refused To Sing, Hand.Cannot.Erase, 4 1/2, To The Bone and The Future Bites, as well as appearing in the full-length concert videos Get All You Deserve and Home Invasion: Live at Royal Albert Hall.

Adam has released 11 albums as both a solo artist and with his band, Adam Holzman & Brave New World. His most recent studio album of hard-edged jazz-rock is titled Truth Decay. The album features many guest artists, including appearances by members of the Steven Wilson band and Adam’s longtime New York-based group, Brave New World. A follow up live album, The Last Gig, was released in 2021.
Adam also has a new project with Nick Beggs and Craig Blundell called ‘Trifecta.’ Their first album Fragments was released on Kscope to great critical acclaim. A follow-up titled The New Normal is coming soon.

Adam has been nominated for "best electric jazz keyboard player" several times by Keyboard Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded by the Jazz Journalists Association for his work co-producing the Miles Davis box set The Cellar Door Sessions (Sony). Adam is now getting attention in the rock world, placing high in the "Best Keyboard Player" category in Classic Rock/Prog Magazine polls for the past 10 years.

Gallery MC

549 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
United States