Sunday, March 3, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm
What: Vocalist-composers Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, and Megan Schubert come together to perform new pieces written for each other in QUARTET.
When: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $18 presale, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Brooklyn, NY – Drawing from a wide array of inspirations, techniques, and genres, four acclaimed vocalist-composers—Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, and Megan Schubert—come together to write new pieces for each other. Each world premiere reflects the individual style of the composer while capitalizing on the collaborators’ flexible voices and improvisational intelligence.
Drawing on her characteristic blend of extended vocal techniques and vocal harmony, Gelsey Bell‘s Within attempts to untangle the ineffable from the corporeal by exploring the interplay between inside and outside. Amirtha Kidambi combines notated materials, graphic score, conduction, and free improvisation to explore vocal textures from polyphony and harmony to microtonality and harsh noise, encapsulating a microcosm of vocal practice from ancient to modern. Anaïs Maviel approaches the liminal spaces between so-called artificial and natural environments. Megan Schubert’s Late Duck, examines her personal experience with performing gender through a theatrical blend of live and pre-recorded sound, samples, stop-motion animation, and video. With a sense of ubiquity, four unique vocal instruments will invoke divine feminine metamorphosis in the face of apocalyptic times.
QUARTET is organized by New York City-based singer, songwriter, and scholar Gelsey Bell. She has been described by The New York Times as an “imaginative” “winning soprano” whose performance of her own music is “virtuosic” and “glorious noise.” She has released multiple albums, including most recently This is Not a Land of Kings, and Ciphony with John King. She received a 2017 Music/Sound Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, has had work included in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York exhibition, and has had both a residency and a commission from Roulette. Her works include Bathroom Songs, Scaling, Our Defensive Measurements, This Takes Place Close By (with thingNY), Prisoner’s Song (with Erik Ruin), Wealth from the Salt Seas (with Anna Sperber), and the acclaimed adaptation of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (with Varispeed). She is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Other performance highlights include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Crash, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s River of Fundament, John King’s Micro-Operas, Yasuko Yokoshi’s BELL, Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, and Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen. www.gelseybell.com
Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, Megan Schubert: QUARTET
Sunday, March 3, 2019