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Amy X Neuburg, with Cory Smythe

Tuesday, December 13, 2011. 8:00 pm

 

Amy X Neuburg, with Cory Smythe 2011

Amy X Neuburg, with Cory Smythe

Tuesday, December 13, 2011. 8:00 pm

 

$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

Beloved Bay Area techno-songstress Amy X Neuburg returns to Roulette, this
time in collaboration with NYC pianist/improviser Cory Smythe (of ICE), The
evening will consist of new compositions for voice, piano and live electronics,
improvisational duets, and solos from Amy and Cory — including Amy’s
spirited ‘avant-cabaret’ songs for voice and drum-controlled looping, and works
from Cory’s recent release “Pluripotent” for piano with live processing.

The intricate, multi-layered compositions of Amy X Neuburg combine her
interests in poetry, theater, expressive use of music technology, and exploration
of multiple genres using the many colors of her four-octave vocal range. She
has performed at the Other Minds and Bang on a Can festivals, the Berlin
International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals
(NZ), the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, rock clubs, electronic music festivals and
concert venues at home and abroad. Commissions include numerous works for
ensembles with and without live electronics (recently Present Music, Robin Cox
Ensemble, Pacific Mozart Ensemble chorus, Del Sol String Quartet), as well
as for theater, visual media, and modern dance, and she composes regularly for
her Cello ChiXtet — three cellists with voice and electronics. As vocalist Amy
toured Europe and Japan with Robert Ashley’s operas. She is a 2011 recipient of
the Alpert/Ucross prize.

As a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, pianist Cory
Smythe has contributed to numerous premieres, worked with composers
Philippe Hurel, Dai Fujikura, Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Mathias
Pintscher, and David Lang, and performed in venues across the U.S. and abroad;
a forthcoming recording by ICE (Mode Records) will feature Cory as soloist in
Iannis Xenakis’s “Palimpsest.” Equally invested in the classical repertoire, Cory
is a sought-after chamber musician and inventive soloist, appearing at chamber
festivals in Bloomington, IN, and Salem, NY, at the Ravinia Rising Stars series
with violinist Tim Fain, and making his Carnegie Weill Hall debut with violinist
Sung-Ju Lee. As an improviser and jazz musician, Cory has worked with the
Greg Osby Four, Pete Robbins’ Centric, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Beth
Schenk, Kyle Quass, and Anthony Braxton.