2022 MATA Festival

Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 8:00 pm
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2022 MATA Festival

Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 8:00 pm

2022 MATA Festival

Curated by Darius Jones

Combining word and sound is an ancient practice. The subject matter and sonic environment may vary but it is always compelling. We will ruminate about home, make the mundane more meaningful, witness an imagined dialogue between two Black geniuses, and experience how sound becomes communication. This evening will also feature a World Premiere by one of our esteemed composers.

Michele Cheng: Doyennes Diaries
Fernanda Navarro: NEW WORLD PREMIERE
Nyokabi Kariũki: The Colour of Home
Laura Brackney: Knots
Shara Lunon: Why I Believe Womyn
Nina Fukuoka: Sugar, Spice, and All Things Nice
Chris Ryan Williams: Of Yours
Hakan Ulus: Auslöschung II*

*This work will be presented as a sound installation in the Roulette lobby, come early to listen!

International Contemporary Ensemble

Chris Ryan Williams, trumpet
Shara Lunon, voice
Lester St. Louis, cello
Luke Stewart, bass

Supported by The Alice M. Ditson Fund, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

The International Contemporary Ensemble’s performances and commissioning activities during the 2021-22 concert season are made possible by the generous support of our board of directors and many individuals as well as The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc., MAP Fund, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The International Contemporary Ensemble was the Ensemble in Residence of the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology from 2018 – 2021. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for the International Contemporary Ensemble.