Composer/pianist David Borden and Mother Mallard (Borden’s all-synthesizer ensemble, consisting of Borden and keyboardist Blaise Bryski) are joined by avant-pianist Kathleen Supové for the premiere of Borden’s new evening-length electroacoustic composition, Heaven-Kept Soul. The title Heaven-Kept Soul is an anagram derived from the name Kathleen Supové, for whom this piece was composed. Known for her boundary-breaking ways of dissolving the wall between performer and audience.
David Borden founded Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. in 1969 with the generous support of Robert Moog. The group became the world’s first synthesizer ensemble. As a composer, his work spans both worlds of “high and low” culture. Borden’s music is available on the Cuneiform, New World Records, Lameduck and Arbiter labels. He recently retired after eighteen years as Director of the Digital Music Program at Cornell University. He has received commissions from Tafel Music, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Duo Cristofori and Daniel Goode, among others. With Mother Mallard, he has performed at a variety of venues ranging from the Barbican Centre in London, the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen to many of the downtown avant-garde concert spaces in New York City including The Kitchen, The Knitting Factory, the Intermedia Foundation, the Alternative Museum, the Dance Theater Workshop, Danceteria and the Paula Cooper Gallery. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the New York State Arts Council and Meet the Composer.
Supové is an award-winning pianist whose concert series, The Exploding Piano, incorporates performance art, staging, and collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She has received grants from Meet The Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Greenwall Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and American Composers Forum, among others and has appeared with The Philip Glass Ensemble, in the Bang On a Can Marathon, at Music at the Anthology, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Composers’ Collaborative, Inc., and at many other venues, ranging from concert halls to theatrical spaces to clubs.