Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm
What: Pianist Alex Peh collaborates with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, flutist Claire Chase, and the first ever Burmese-American Hsaing Ensemble to perform new works drawing on the musical traditions of Southeast Asia.
When: Tuesday, March 19, 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 – In an event organized by pianist Alex Peh, he is joined by a series of virtuosic collaborators to present an evening of music drawing from the musical traditions of Southeast Asia. In Talking Gong, Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform a new trio inspired by Southeast Asian gong chime music. Talking Gong, written by Ibarra for Peh and Chase, explores traditional Philippine Kulintang cipher scores, reimagined for piano, flute, and mixed percussion. Peh will also perform three new works by Ibarra and Kit Young for solo piano, inspired by their lifetime of work and study in Southeast Asia, as well as two works by composer Phyllis Chen with Chase.
Peh and Naing, a Burmese percussionist and master of the saing waing or pat waing—a unique drum-circle instrument that has roots in Burmese court culture and Buddhist folk traditions— present new improvisations and compositions for piano and pat waing, a traditional combination that developed when the Italian ambassador gifted King Mindon of Burma a piano in the mid-19th century. Additionally, Peh and Naing will perform the world premiere of new works written for piano and percussion ensemble. The concert will inaugurate the first Burmese-American Hsaing Ensemble in the United States, and features Naing, Peh, and SUNY New Paltz community members and students.
Alex Peh, piano
Kyaw Kyaw Naing, percussionist/composer
Susie Ibarra, percussionist/composer
Claire Chase, flutist
Robert Vetri, toy piano, bowl, music box
Pianist Alex Peh is a collaborative teaching artist, assistant professor of music and coordinator of the piano program at SUNY New Paltz in the bucolic Hudson Valley. He engages with a wide range of music, using his classical training to support his work in traditional and contemporary music, experimental works, and improvisation. He commissions composers to write new pieces, explores world music idioms, and experimental processes. From working with LEGO Mindstorm robotic musical instruments to Burmese piano style, Peh has performed in venues such as the DiMenna Center NYC; Carnegie Weill Recital Hall NYC; Kennedy Center, DC; Austrian Embassy, DC, Abrons Art Center, NYC; and Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Recent concerts include performances at BRIC house, Byzantine Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece; Stone Residency at the Glass Box Theater, NYC; Howland Cultural Center, Beacon; and Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center. Alexpeh.com.
Talking Gong: Alex Peh with Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Susie Ibarra, and Claire Chase
Tuesday, March 19, 2019