Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wed Dec 8: Love Songs and Monkey Lab at The Tank Tonight!


December 8th, 2010 [New York City]: Alphabet Soup Productions brings NO PIANOS ALLOWED to The Tank for a night of acoustic and electroacoustic, vocal and chamber music. In a nostalgic, tree-clubhouse fashion, we highlight the creation of new works without the iconic, Romantic instrument. The result is a concert with an eclectic mix of music with live electronics, guitars, vocals, computers, and acoustic orchestral instruments featuring works from living composers: Composer in Residence David Morneau, Camila Cano, Matt Frey, Yotam Haber, Marie Incontrera, Rob Voisey and Rain Worthington.

Described by Molly Sheridan as a "flashing beacon" of inspiration, David Morneau's eclectic output is best exemplified by 60x365, his "ambitious yearlong musical project" for which he composed a new one-minute composition every day; which was highlighted on "The Year of Musical Thinking, A Minute
At A Time" for NPR's All Things Considered.

Morneau has been selected as this season's composer-in-residence with Alphabet Soup Productions, which will feature selections from Love Songs Project. The project is a collaboration with eleven poets that combines Shakespeare's sonnets with contemporary poetry in genre-crossing songs.

Robert Voisey who has been described around the world as "mad" for his 60x60 project. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. In David Cutler's book The Savvy Musician, he describes Voisey as "an artist who knows how to create opportunities where they don't exist"

His collaboration with David Morneau in "Monkey Lab" describes a journey to reach the monkey lab from a labyrinth of catacombs below - nothing less than madness for Robert Voisey's Birthday!

Marie Incontrera was awarded the Meet the Composer's Metlife Creative Connections to be a featured guest composer and speaker at the Hartford Women Composers' Festival. This performance will feature Two American Poems, a short cycle comprised of contrasting poetic texts: the first, Requiem, is Mark Twain's adaptation of Robert Richardson's poem Annette; the second Little Orphant Annie, by James Whitcomb Riley, a humorous, popular children's poem about the importance of being good and obedient.

"The rhythmically thoughtful works of Rain Worthington take ideas of American musical style to a new place - like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park." -- Kyle Gann, Chamber Music,

Yotam Haber has received the Frederic A. Juilliard/ Walter Damrosch Rome Prize. He also won the second bi-annual ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for the wind ensemble work, Espresso, which was performed at Carnegie Hall.

Alphabet Soup Productions is a female-run opera company based in New York City that focuses on works by living composers. The Board of Directors is comprised of talented and dedicated musicians, each of whom exhibit a strong investment in premiering new works. During their first season (2009-2010), ASP proudly celebrated many successes, including the full production of a night of new electro-acoustic opera, High Voltage Opera, at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY. High Voltage Opera was featured on the international television network Noticias Culturales Iberoamericanas. In addition to producing operas, ASP also hosts the Alphabet Soup Concert Series, which features guest artists and chamber musicians.

Dec 8, 2010 9:30 PM
The Tank
354 West 45th Street
New York, New York 10036

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Reprinted from Press Release Email, Dated: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:15 AM, From: David Morneau

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