Co-produced and Curated by Gisburg
On Sunday May 13th at 8:30 PM we are happy to celebrate a true Mother’s Day with Composers and Artists, all who are Mothers.
Among the ensembles with which Ms. Griffith has appeared are: WNC, L’art pour l’art Ensemble 13, Musikfabrik, Collegium Vocale K^ln, Paris Nouvelle Orchestra Philharmonique, Pocket Opera Nuernberg, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, London New Music, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and New York’s DownTown Ensemble.
“The singer Beth Griffith has trained her voice to the utmost virtuosity in vocal acrobatics, and, in addition, is in command of a phenomenal theatrical talent.”(KÃ¶lner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne, Germany) “Beth Griffith is a musician of such versatility the word “singer” is totally inadequate.”(The Cue, Grahamstown, South Africa)
Janene Higgins’ videos and digital media have been presented internationally at numerous festivals and galleries worldwide. Her latest work, “Through My Fingers” premiered at The 2006 New York Video Festival. She developed a technique for live video performance, and has collaborated with many of New York’s pre-eminent composers and improvisors of new music, including duo performances with Elliott Sharp, Ikue Mori, Alan Licht, Okkyung Lee, Aki Onda, Nurit Tilles, and Zeena Parkins. She is a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center, and is a recent recipient of their Electronic Arts grant. She has given workshops on video performance at A.I.R. Gallery and the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC, and at the Watson Festival at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mari Kimura: Hailed by The New York Times as “a virtuoso playing at the edge,”composer/violinist Mari Kimura is widely admired for her revolutionary extended technique “Subharmonics” and for the solo performances of diverse programs including her works with interactive computer music. She has won numerous awards both in her native Japan and in the U.S., and has been invited to give solo performances in international festivals around the world including Spring in Budapest, Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, International Bartok Festival, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, ISCM World Music Days, and at IRCAM, Paris. Ms. Kimura’s works have been supported by grants including Jerome Foundation, Arts International, Japan Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation of the Arts. Since September 1998, Ms. Kimura has been teaching a graduate class in Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School in New York City. http://www.marikimura.com
Kyoko Kitamura Born in NYC, raised partially in Tokyo. Studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music prep division but later chose to become a TV reporter with Fuji Television, a national network in Japan. Was based in Paris for many years as their French news correspondent. Quit job, moved back to NYC in 1997, worked as a freelance magazine writer for a few years before getting back into music after a hiatus of close to 15 years. Honed craft as a sideperson-vocalist with NYC musicians such as bassist Reggie Workman, saxophonist Steve Coleman, Argentinean composer/conductor Laura Andel, while taking lessons whenever possible with various musicians/singers including pianist Marc Copland and vocalist Jay Clayton. Have frequently appeared in downtown venues such as the 55 Bar, Sweet Rhythm, the Roulette series, the Downtown Music Gallery. Currently working with the improvising chamber trio ok|ok with Mike McGinnis on reeds and Khabu Doug Young on guitar.
Ursel Schlicht (www.urselschlicht.com) is an internationally active pianist,composer, improviser, scholar and educator. She has played improvised music, jazz, new music and world music throughout Europe, North America,Russia, Mexico and Australia. Schlicht has written for large and small ensembles, dance theater and improvisational scores for silent film. Current projects include her ensemble Ex Tempore, duos with Robert Dick, Reuben Radding and more. She has recorded on Leo, Cadence, CIMP, Hybrid, Konnex, Muse-Eek and Nemu Records. Ursel Schlicht holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg and is currently teaching at Ramapo College.