“Ms. Mazzini, a true, sensual dancer feels everything. Her rare intensity has long emitted a palpable spark from the stage. Watching her over the years has been a gift. She brought real emotion back to modern dance.” –The New York Times
Ear Heart Music presents American Modern Ensemble and Mazzini Dance Collective in a collaborative concert and dance performance, Frantic Gnarly Still.
Works include Lembit Beecher’s dramatic Frantic Gnarly Still (NYC premiere), Pierre Jalbert’s gripping Visual Abstract, Jason Haney’s moody Epigrams (NYC premiere), Tight Sweater, an energetic work by self-proclaimed neo-Baroque composer Marc Mellits, and The Thin Ice of Your Fragile Mind by AME’s house composer and Artistic Director, Robert Paterson. Both the Jalbert and Paterson works will be presented with world premiere choreographies by Annmaria Mazzini, principal of Mazzini Dance Collective.
American Modern Ensemble (AME) is a dynamic, creative force in the American new music scene, noted by The New York Times for its “first-rate” performers and “strong fan base,” coupled with “exceptional energy” (MusicWeb International). Founded in New York City in 2005 by violinist Victoria Paterson and house composer Robert Paterson, AME celebrates and showcases American music, with a focus on living composers. The ensemble is especially devoted to presenting the widest possible repertoire to audiences outside the contemporary music field, regularly presenting premieres, and conducting three annual competitions for young, emerging and professional composers. The group has performed and premiered over 150 works by living American composers in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to Galapagos Arts Space. AME is committed to connecting audiences directly with those composers: 90% of composers whose work has been programmed by AME have attended the concerts and joined in lively discussions, including John Luther Adams, Chen Yi, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steven Mackey, Christopher Rouse, Paul Moravec, Peter Schikele, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower and David Del Tredici. AME is the ensemble-in-residence at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC. In 2009, American Modern Recordings was formed as the in-house record label, which will have worldwide distribution through Naxos by 2014.
The Mazzini Dance Collective was created in 2011 by the distinguished dancer Annmaria Mazzini as a platform for showcasing her choreography and collaborating with other extraordinary artists in the fields of dance, music, film, and art. Annmaria’s original modern dance works explore universal themes of love, loss, desire, and triumph, celebrate the human spirit, and serve as a mirrors between the performers and audience, uniting us in a transcendent and magical exchange of energy, and ultimately affirming that none of us are alone. Annmaria formed MDC after a luminous career as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1999-2011.
Ear Heart Music
“… a feisty contemporary-classical concert series” –The New York Times
“scintillating… phenomenal programming… impeccably curated… truly original… one of our favorite new music series” –Time Out New York
In a golden age of new chamber music, Ear Heart Music is a trusted source for post-genre creative collaboration. A showcase of highly talented and adventurous performers, composers, and collaborative artists, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. The series formed a partnership with Roulette in 2012 and continues to present dramatic and engaging multimedia events in this ideal venue September through June.
Hailed by Time Out New York as “a staple in the New York new music soundscape,” since September 2009, Ear Heart Music has produced over 75 unique concerts with over 60 world premieres. Its thoughtfully-designed programs highlight recent masterworks to stimulate creative thought and instill new avenues of perspective in the listener. The consistent level of intelligent and inspiring music-making resonates in the mind and body. Shows include electronic processing, performance art, visual art, film, and dance, providing deeper context for the music. Unique artist pairings, diverse programming, and the integral incorporation of new work, all contribute to Ear Heart Music playing a major role in reshaping the chamber music landscape for the 21st Century.
Upcoming Ear Heart Music series at Roulette
Sydney Skybetter & Associates – Cold House
Brooklyn-based skybetter and associates presents an evening of contemporary dance repertory with live music: Temporary Matters set to selections from Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Englabörn; Cold House You Kept set to String Quartet no. 2, Quasi una Fantasia by Henryk Górecki, and the New York premiere of Eveningland, Skybetter’s recent commission by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, featuring selections from David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Little Match Girl Passion. The performance will occur in the round with music performed by the Ear Heart Music Ensemble.