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International Contemporary Ensemble performs world premieres by Kate Gentile + Fay Victor

Friday, January 21, 2022. 8:00 pm
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International Contemporary Ensemble performs world premieres by Kate Gentile + Fay Victor

Friday, January 21, 2022. 8:00 pm

International Contemporary Ensemble performs world premieres by Kate Gentile (commissioned by the Ensemble) and Fay Victor at Roulette Intermedium.

Kate Gentile: biome ii (2021, World Premiere)
Commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble
Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion
Kate Gentile, drumset
Matt Mitchell, piano
Jennifer Curtis, violin

Fay Victor: SIRENS AND SILENCES (2020)
Commissioned by the Jazz Coalition
Patrick Holmes, clarinet
Kalia Vandever, trombone
Mazz Swift, violin
Marika Hughes, cello

PROGRAM NOTES
Fay Victor’s Sirens & Silences (2020) is a ‘memory document’ composition created to represent a specific place, space, and time. April–May 2020 to be exact when New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, the global ground zero for the burgeoning pandemic.

The city went into lockdown or ‘pause’ on March 20, 2020, New Yorkers did what we always do – we hunkered down for the common good. Some fled the city but most of us stayed inside to stem the tide of this new NEW malaise that swooped in and found many of us helpless. We stayed inside. Many of us died. The quiet was deafening, punctuated for days only by the sound of sirens. Far and near. On repeat.

I started recording those sirens. I recorded as many variations of sirens I heard then – police, fire, ambulances, ambulances from various city hospitals. Later on in 2020, I transcribed these recordings and those tones became the basis for Sirens & Silences. As a composer, I’m thinking a lot about recreating memory through sound from a place of actuality.

To put it another way, these tones are really what I heard during that time and space. What we all heard as the players also lived through this time in New York City. Sirens & Silences aims to portray this sonic environment and the mood of this specific time for New York City, where it sounded like a place that didn’t exist in the same space before. As a lifelong New Yorker, I never heard the city sound the way it did then. Let these sounds be a reminder of what was and what should never be again.
—Fay Victor (Brooklyn, May 2021)


Fay Victor is a sound artist that uses performance, improvisation, and composition to examine representations of modern life and blackness while honing a unique vision for the vocal role in jazz and improvised music. Victor has an ‘everything is everything’ aesthetic, using the freedom in the moment to inform the appropriate musical response, viewing the vocal instrument as full of possibilities for sound exploration. The voice, a vocal conduit for direct messages in an improvising context. Victor embraces all of these ideas in real-time, aiming to push the vocal envelope to forge greater expression. On Victor’s 11 critically acclaimed albums as a leader one can hear the through-line of this expansive expression including Victor’s current release, WE’VE HAD ENOUGH on the ESP-Disk label is the 2nd outing from Victor’s improvising quartet, SoundNoiseFUNK.

Victor’s work has found light in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine & The Huffington Post; Victor’s performed with luminaries such as William Parker, Roswell Rudd, Dr. Randy Weston, Nicole Mitchell, Misha Mengelberg, Myra Melford, Archie Shepp, Marc Ribot & Tyshawn Sorey to name but a few; Performance highlights include The Museum of Modern Art & The Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Hammer Museum (LA), The Kolner Philharmonie (Germany), De Young Museum (SF), Symphony Space (NY), The Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), The Winter Jazz Festival (NYC) and the Bimhuis (Netherlands). As a composer, Victor has been awarded prizes such as the 2017 Herb Albert/Yaddo Fellow in Music Composition and a 2018 AIR in Composition for the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Marine Headlands in Northern California. As an educator, Victor is currently on the Faculty at the New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music, chairs the Advisory Board for the Jazz Leaders Fellowship via the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music a new initiative to fund and support black female and non-binary jazz artists. Fay continues to give talks, lectures and masterclasses on Jazz, Creative Improvisation, Political engagement through artistic expression and more at institutions around the world. https://www.fayvictor.com/

Kate Gentile is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. As a leader, Kate released Mannequins (Skirl Records) in 2017 with Jeremy Viner, Matt Mitchell, and Adam Hopkins. Her current band, Find Letter X, features Mitchell, Viner, and Kim Cass on bass.

Snark Horse, a band in which Kate co-leads and shares compositional duties with pianist Matt Mitchell, released a 6-CD box set on Pi Recordings in July 2021 featuring Kim Cass, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Davy Lazar, Mat Maneri, Ava Mendoza, Matt Nelson, and Brandon Seabrook. Kate also co-leads Secret People, the cryptic jazz/noise rock trio with guitarist Dustin Carlson and saxophonist Nathaniel Morgan, with an album to be released in 2022. Kate has composed for and recorded with International Contemporary Ensemble and has a septet recording of her 13-movement composition biome ii to be released early 2022. She has also been commissioned by Adult Swim. Kate also plays in Matt Mitchell’s projects Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi Recordings 2019) and A Pouting Grimace (Pi Recordings 2017), Dustin Carlson’s septet Air Ceremony (Out Of Your Head Records 2018), and Will Mason’s Happy Place. Kate has also worked with Michaël Attias, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Miles Okazaki, God Is My Co-Pilot, Helado Negro, Chris Speed, Chris Tordini, Anna Webber, and John Zorn. https://kategentile.com/

PROGRAM NOTES

FAY VICTOR: SIRENS & SILENCES
Sirens & Silences (2020) is a ‘memory document’ composition created to represent a specific place, space and time. April-May 2020 to be exact, when New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, the global ground zero for the burgeoning pandemic.

The city went into lockdown or ‘pause’ on March 20, 2020, New Yorkers did what we always do – we hunkered down for the common good. Some fled the city but most of us stayed inside to stem the tide of this new NEW malaise that swooped in and found many of us helpless. We stayed inside. Many of us died. The quiet was deafening, punctuated for days only by the sound of sirens. Far and near. On repeat.

I started recording those sirens. I recorded as many variations of sirens I heard then – police, fire, ambulances, ambulances from various city hospitals. Later on in 2020 I transcribed these recordings and those tones became the basis for Sirens & Silences. As a composer, I’m thinking a lot about recreating memory through sound from a place of actuality.

To put it another way, these tones are really what I heard during that time and space. What we all heard as the players also lived through this time in New York City. Sirens & Silences aims to portray this sonic environment and the mood of this specific time for New York City, where it sounded like a place that didn’t exist in the same space before. As a lifelong New Yorker, I never heard the city sound the way it did then. Let these sounds be a reminder of what was and what should never be again.
–Fay Victor (Brooklyn, May 2021)

This performance is a co-production with Winter JazzFest, Roulette Intermedium, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.