Mariel Roberts

Cellist Mariel Roberts, who you probably know from an awesome performance of the Andy Akiho composition “21” (setting an incredible precedent for cellists by multi-tasking her performance with percussion AND looping; it also got fellow cellist Ashley Bathgate upping her game as well when she played it), had a few minutes to talk about her new CD Nonextraneous Sounds and her CD release party on September 26th at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn at 8 PM. The CD is wonderful, please check it out! And you can purchase it at the show, you can purchase it up here, or on the link on the bottom. Continue reading

Heavy Hands, 40 Digits

Just a way to get this to more people rather quickly since the clock is ticking, this is yet another group that needs your contributions, THIS time, however, the group known as Heavy Hands, is comprised of double-bassists, and it consists of Lisa Dowling, Gregg August, Greg Chudzick, and Brian Ellingsen.
This upcoming concert is featuring the music of Robert Honstein and Tristan Perich

Heavy Hands is a modern string quartet featuring 4 inventive, innovative, versatile, virtuoso young Bass players: Gregg August, Greg Chudzick, Lisa Dowling and Brian Ellingsen. After finding common ground and shared ideas at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, our goal was obvious – to create a new kind of String Quartet and commission composers who will make a valuable, exciting and lasting contribution to much needed Double bass repertoire, to give our instrument a vehicle for its unique capabilities, and to challenge and educate modern day listeners of concert chamber music.

Promo video for Heavy Hands campaign

If the group’s goal of $3,000 is met, not only will the composers receive the commissioning fee that they deserve, their works will enjoy a documented live performance at The Gershwin Hotel on May 10, 2012, that can then be recorded, promoted and added to the list of new Double bass repertoire for others to enjoy!

Heavy Hands Indie a GoGo drive

Vicky Chow

Vicky Chow, a pianist who is well known as a member of the Bang On a Can All-Stars, is another great example of the hard-working, highly active new music community laden with creative artists and composers. Along with the All-Stars, Vicky has also been performing solo concerts regularly featuring the works of various modern and living composers, is one of the founding members of a Bang On a Can offshoot–the trio Typical Music, and is also the curator of a series of new music concerts held at the Gershwin Hotel called Contagious Sounds (which, by the way, she also participates in). In the coming year, Vicky will be releasing 2 new CDs: the new Bang On a Can All-Stars double CD to be released in February, and her second solo CD. She had a small break in her activities to chat with me about her work and her career. Continue reading