Argento New Music Project: The Voices of Erin Gee

Friday, February 8, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: One composer, 10 works, myriad voices: witness the evolution of an essential voice within the current landscape of experimental concert music in Argento New Music Project’s portrait of Erin Gee.
When: Friday, February 8, 2019
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $18 presale, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: http://roulette.org/event/the-voices-of-erin-gee/

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette is pleased to present Argento New Music Project’s composer portrait of vocalist Erin Gee. Named among the most influential composer-vocalists of the 21st century by The New Yorker, Erin Gee is quickly emerging as a singular compositional voice of her generation. Argento New Music Project presents selections of Gee’s vocal works spanning from 2000 to 2016, performed by the composer herself alongside the stellar musicians of Argento’s ensemble—including the NYC premiere of Mouthpiece 29 and Mouthpiece 25—creating an opportunity for audiences to engage with her fascinating sonic tapestry and witness the evolution of an essential voice within the current landscape of experimental concert music.

In the Mouthpieces—a series consisting of intricate and detailed works for voice and ensemble—the voice is used as an instrument of sound production rather than as a vehicle of identity. In the works, the articulatory possibilities of the mouth are often mapped onto the instruments, mirroring and expanding the vocal sounds to form a kind of “super-mouth” that can move beyond the physical limitations of a single vocal tract. Merging the voice with both the instruments and with breath, and repeatedly returning to formlessness This has been the main idea behind the entire Mouthpiece series, which began in 1999 and consists of about 30 works for solo voice, voice and ensemble, choir, voice and orchestra, string quartet, opera, and other combinations.

Erin Gee, voice
Carol McGonnell, clarinet
Oren Fader, electric guitar
Michael Haas, cello
Tristan Kasten-Krause, bass
Margaret Lancaster, bass flute
Elissa Cassini, violin
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Sean Statser, percussion
Michel Galante, conductor

Argento New Music Project is New York City’s premiere virtuoso chamber ensemble dedicated to innovative musical performance and the discovery of daring artistic paths. Championing contemporary cutting-edge composers and framing classical repertoire in new contexts, Argento inspires musical inquiry through artistic collaboration and education. Argento has built an international reputation since its founding in 2000. With a firm commitment to intellectually rigorous interpretations, the nine-member ensemble regularly expands to thirty musicians to deliver technically demanding performances. The ensemble collaborates with leading and emerging composers, produces internationally acclaimed recordings, and brings pressing concerns of contemporary music to the forefront.

Contact: argentoproduction@gmail.com