[SUSPENDED] Citadels & Sanctuaries: Jeremiah Cymerman at 40

Monday, June 8, 2020. 8:00 pm

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To celebrate his 40th birthday and 18 years of musical activity in NYC, composer/clarinetist/sound-alchemist Jeremiah Cymerman brings together many of his closest collaborators for an exciting evening of new electroacoustic music. Solo performance has been a primary aspect Cymerman’s output since the early 2000s and the first set will feature new music for solo clarinet and electronics, followed by the return of the singular and enigmatic trio Bloodmist (featuring Toby Driver and Mario Diaz de Leon) who are celebrating their second release on 5049 Records. Closing the evening is the world premiere of the first in a new series of compositions for ensemble, entitled Automatism #1.

Jeremiah Cymerman Solo (bass clarinet and electronics)
Bloodmist (Toby Driver, Mario Diaz de Leon, Jeremiah Cymerman)
Automatism #1 (premiere)

Jeremiah Cymerman, John McCowen, Josh Sinton (clarinets)
Jessica Pavone (viola)
Christopher Hoffman (cello)
Toby Driver (bass)
Mario Diaz de Leon (guitar/electronics)
Brian Chase (drums)
and more TBA

Jeremiah Cymerman is a New York City-based composer and producer. Since the early 2000s, “the protean composer and improviser has made an indelible mark on NYC’s DIY avant scene” writes the Brooklyn Observer. His recorded output, with multiple releases on Tzadik and his own 5049 Records, has been described by the Wire as “blown out studio creations that merge extended reed techniques with the crushing, airless sonics of black metal.” Since 2013, he has also produced the 5049 Podcast, a weekly program of conversations with contemporary music’s most daring artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Susie Ibarra, Zeena Parkins, Craig Taborn, MV Carbon, Trey Spruance, Ken Vandermark, and more.

Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer, performer, and educator, whose work encompasses modern classical music, experimental electronic music, extreme metal, and improvised music. Noted for their bold combination of acoustic instruments and electronics, his compositions have been documented on many recordings, often produced in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Born in Minnesota, he has lived in New York City since 2004, and received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2013, where he studied with George Lewis and Fabien Levy.

Toby Driver is best known as the frontman and mastermind of the avant-goth band, Kayo Dot (ex-maudlin of the Well). In the past decade, he has masterfully explored the limitlessness of music, from weird metal to beautiful post-rock, from austere ballads to tripped-out 70s fusion and beyond, working alongside the likes of modern geniuses such as John Zorn, Trey Spruance (ex-Mr. Bungle, Faith No More), Mario Diaz de Leon (Oneirogen), and Jeremiah Cymerman. As a solo performer, on guitar, keyboard, and voice, Driver has been exploring dark, austere neofolk akin to Grouper, Michael Gira, Wooden Wand, and others, with a subtle progressive and unsettling edge. Whereas most musicians attach an identity to themselves in terms of scene or style, Driver’s music is the sound of the abandonment of identity, and the refusal to answer the question “Who are you?” Paradoxically, perhaps Driver’s defining characteristic as a composer and musician is this fearlessness of looking into the unknown

Jessica Pavone is a multi-string instrumentalist and composer residing in Queens, NY. While her earliest training was primarily in classical music, after graduating from conservatory, she began exploring other avenues for creative musical expression. As an instrumentalist, she has personally worked with and interpreted new music by Aaron Siegel, Elliott Sharp, Glenn Branca, Henry Threadgill, Matana Roberts, Matthew Welch, Tristan Perich, Anthony Braxton, and William Parker. As a composer, she has released over a dozen albums produced by Tzadik, Taiga Records, Thirsty Ear, Relative Pitch, and Skirl Records. ”

John McCowen is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. His work focuses on extending the possibilities of the clarinet family. John embraces long-form drones, difference tones, and beating harmonics as a means to extrude the dimensions within – treating the clarinet as an acoustic synthesizer. His discography includes releases on Edition Wandelweiser, International Anthem, Astral Spirits, NNA Tapes, and more. Performances include Le Guess Who Festival (NL), Norður og Niður Festival (IS), Hot Air Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, Supersonic Festival, Berkeley Art Museum(BAMPFA), The Stone, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, International Clarinet Festival 2014, and more. He received the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for excellence in music composition in 2016 from Mills College where he received an MA in Music Composition under Roscoe Mitchell. He also holds a BA in Music Composition/Clarinet Performance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studied under Eric P. Mandat.

Cellist and Composer Christopher Hoffman was born in Park Ridge, Il. He studied at the University Of Wisconsin and has lived in New York since 2002. He performs regularly with Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, Dimples & Double Up Ensembles, Tony Malaby’s TubaCello Quartet, Jeremiah Cymerman’s Pale Horse and his own projects Silver Cord, Magic Wells and Company Of Selves.

Brian Chase is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. His diverse range of work includes that with rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York experimental music scene and Drums & Drones – an electro-acoustic project focused on applying principles of Just Intonation to drums and percussion.

Josh Sinton is a Brooklyn-based baritone saxophonist, bass clarinetist and creative musician. He is part of the renaissance of creative activity that has been happening over the past 15 years in Brooklyn that includes musicians such as Mary Halvorson, Nate Wooley, Travis Laplante and Ingrid Laubrock. Currently he leads the band Predicate Trio as well as collaborating with Guillermo Gregorio in a duo and Todd Neufeld and Giacomo Merega in a trio. He founded and led the Steve Lacy-repertory band Ideal Bread as well as the trio musicianer in addition to performing solo material on the baritone saxophone.

Photo: Rowan Renee