Sunday, May 5, 2024 @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm (EDT)
Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1), New York, NY, United States
Online and in-person
Lynn BechtoldSesame Mucho
Stefania de KenesseyCrossing Forty
Gene PritskerAli Baba & The 40 Thieves Haikus
Joseph PehrsonBleepy
Tom Blatt — Selected works
David Claman — Selected works
Luis Clavijo — Selected works
Dan Cooper — Selected works
Adam Holzman — Selected works
Velizar Iordanov — Selected works
Tim Mukherjee — Selected works
Anton Rovner — Selected works
Mark Svenvold — Selected works
Ted Sabety — Selected works
Rodrigo Sigal — Selected works
Roger Trefousse — Selected works
Robert Voisey — Selected works
Joseph Martin Waters — Selected works

On May 5th at Rockwood Music Hall, the "CompCord @ 40" festival concludes with an electronic music event tilted "Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves." Taking on this Arabic folk-tale, that uses the number 40 in its titled, CompCord challenged composers to make electronic music inspired by the story.

The program will consist of 17 electronic or electroacoustic music compositions by an eclectic array of composers. Featured compositions include Sesame Mucho by Lynn Bechtold, Crossing Forty by Stefania de Kenessey, Gene Pritsker's Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves Haikus based on Haikus by 8 living poets, and Composers Concordance founder Joseph Pehrson's Bleepy.

All four festival concerts will also be live-streamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook Page. Celebrating the Big Apple's most eclectic new music series with a myriad of brazen new compositions, The "CompCord @ 40" festival is not to be missed!

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, Di.J.

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)

Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)

196 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
United States