About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:6:30 PM
Show Time:7:30 PM
With art song cycles by composers Corey Dargel and Jacob Cooper, Unraveling skillfully, subtly intertwines classical intricacy, cabaret intimacy and pop immediacy.
Backed by a classically trained rock ensemble (featuring James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim and Wil Smith) Dargel premieres the full version of Hold Yourself Together, his “strongly fashioned…lyrically direct [and] instantly relatable” (The New York Times) set of songs about composure and technology.
In Cooper’s cycle Silver Threads, the “riveting” soprano Mellissa Hughes (The New Yorker) sings with microtonal precision over a flickering, quasi-transcendental electronic track, with lighting design by Eric Southern, supertitles/projections by Laura Grey, and poetry by Kristin Kelly, Dora Malech and Zach Savich.
The meditative quality of Silver Threads provides the perfect complement to Dargel’s up-tempo trickster-cynicism.
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Jacob Cooper’s bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered recognition throughout North America and Europe, with performances by the JACK Quartet, the Calder Quartet, Ensemble ACJW, the NOW Ensemble, and the Minnesota Orchestra. His work has recently appeared at Carnegie Hall, the MATA Festival (New York), the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater (New York), Bargemusic (Brooklyn), Music With a View at the Flea Theater (New York), Present Music’s “Around 30” celebration (Milwaukee), and the Choregie Festival (Maribor, Slovenia).
Jacob has earned awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and the American Music Center. Most recently, he was announced the winner of the 2011 Carlsbad Music Festival competition. He has attended the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and he has held residences at the Banff Centre, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Jacob is also the least well-dressed of the six “talented guys” in the composers’ collective Sleeping Giant (The New Yorker).
Timberbrit, Jacob’s “gutsy opera” (Time Out NY) about a fictional reunion between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Believer’s annual music issue. The opera ran at the Incubator Arts Project and was presented in London in March 2012 by Carmen Elektra / Opera Underground. Jacob has recently worked with visual media as well, and his video Alla stagion dei fior was highlighted as a “rumbling, jittering threnody” (The New York Times), while Commencer une autre mort, which “skillfully toys with the audience’s expectations and experience of opera” (Capital NY), was shortlisted for the 2010 YouTube / Guggenheim Biennial of Creative Video.
Also dedicated to teaching and scholarship, Jacob has served on the music faculty at Amherst College. He authors program notes for subscription series concerts at Carnegie Hall and is a doctoral candidate in composition at the Yale School of Music. Learn more at http://www.jacobcoopermusic.com/
Hailed by The New York Times as “ a versatile, charismatic soprano endowed with brilliant technique and superlative stage instincts…indispensable to New York’s new-music ecosystem” MELLISSA HUGHES enjoys a busy career in both contemporary and early music. A dedicated interpreter of living composers, Ms. Hughes has worked closely with Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Neil Rolnick, and has premiered works by Caleb Burhans, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, Jacob Cooper, Matt Marks, and Frederick Rzewski.
Recent highlights include the world premiere of David T. Little’s Am I Born, a work written for Ms. Hughes, commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic for Alan Pierson’s inaugural season as Music Director; rapturously-received performances of David Coll’s Position, Influence for the MATA Festival; the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Liebeslied with George Manahan and the American Composers Orchestra at Zankel Hall for the opening of the SONiC Festival; a Stanford Lively Arts performance of Jonathan Berger’s song cyle Theotokia with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Pedja Muzijevic; a New York City Opera debut in a work by John Zorn. Later this season, Hughes tours with Missy Mazzoli and Victoire and sings Reich on the West Coast with Alan Pierson and Alarm Will Sound, et al.
Corey Dargel is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based composer and singer-songwriter whose gentle assault on pop and classical idioms creates a tension that pervades his music. According to the New York Times, “Dargel [is] one of the more original and consistently provocative artists pushing at the margins of modern classical music and adventurous pop.” New York magazine says, “His ghostly baritone, precise delivery, and transfixing stage presence transform his performances into intimate plumbings of the audience’s psyche.” The New Yorker calls Dargel “a baroquely unclassifiable” composer “of ingenious nouveau art songs.”
Dargel’s most recent commercial album, Someone Will Take Care of Me (2010, New Amsterdam Records), is a double-CD set of song cycles adapted from his critically acclaimed music-theater pieces about hypochondria and voluntary amputation. WNYC’s New Sounds deems the album “a brilliant collection,” and in New Music Box, Frank J. Oteri writes, “Dargel is doing much more than writing extremely well-crafted songs. He is creating larger arcs of meaning, both musically and lyrically.”
Dargel studied composition at Oberlin Conservatory with John Luther Adams, Pauline Oliveros, and Brenda Hutchinson. His music has been the subject of international radio broadcasts including PRI’s Studio 360 and NPR’s Weekend Edition. He earned a tweet from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for his art-song settings of the remarks of Condoleezza Rice.
Dargel is a performer with, and founding member of, the Brooklyn-based experimental theater company, Laboratory Theater. He’s on twitter @dargel and on the web at www.automaticheartbreak.com.
Photo by Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler of New Catalogue
James Moore is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been immersed in New York’s creative music community since 2006, earning the titles of “local electric guitar hero” by Time Out New York and “model new music citizen” by the New York Times. James is is a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither, and performs internationally as a soloist and ensemble player. He has worked with Bang on a Can, Alarm Will Sound, Clogs, and members of the National. Current projects include concerts and recording of John Zorn’s Book of Heads for solo guitar, performances as an onstage musician and actor in Richard Maxwell’s Neutral Hero, and a new collaborative piece for BAM with composer David Lang and choreographer Susan Marshall.
photo credit: Isabelle Selby
Bassist Eleonore Oppenheim is quickly gaining a reputation as both a valued ensemble player and an engaging soloist. She has been called “…quietly virtuosic” by New York Times critic Alan Kozinn, who also noted that she “…played with subtle expressivity.” Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle observed that her performance was “…delivered…with particular eloquence,” and Steve Smith of the New York Times has alternately described her playing as “…warm, round…” and “…plaintive, flutelike…” A tireless champion of new music, Eleonore has built a rich repertoire of solo pieces commissioned from some of the most talented of today’s young composers. Equally at home in a variety of genres, she has performed with a wide range of groups including the Philip Glass Ensemble, “all-star, all-female quintet” (Time Out NY) Victoire, Tyondai Braxton, the Wordless Music Orchestra, Signal Ensemble, Meredith Monk, the pioneering indie rock band the Instruments, and others. Eleonore was a Bang on a Can Fellow in 2006, where she met many of the musicians and composers she now collaborates with. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at SUNY Stony Brook, where she also teaches applied double bass to undergraduate students. She is an alumna of the Yale School of Music and the Juilliard School.
Wil Smith is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer who plays piano, keyboards, pipe organ, and Hammond B3 organ, and is a founding member of the experimental rock band Passenger Fish. Called an “intrepid keyboardist” by the New York Times, Smith is active as a performer on the new music scene. He recently played piano in Cynthia Hopkins’s This Clement World at St. Ann’s Warehouse, performed on keyboards in Corey Dargel’s Hold Yourself Together in the American Composer Orchestra’s Sonic Festival and on the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s Music off the Walls concert, and performed on Hammond B3 organ with Present Music in Milwaukee premiering Jerome Kitzke’s new large-scale theatrical work, Buffalo Nation. In early 2012, he commissioned new works for pipe organ by composers Paula Matthusen, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Corey Dargel, Eric km Clark, Irene Buckley, and Omar Surillo, which he will soon record and release as a commercial album.