Ensemble in Process…

“a fluid approach to presenting new music in fresh contexts and
juxtapositions.” - Steve Smith, The New Yorker

Previously formed as a small chamber ensemble from Nonclassical’s annual Battle of the Bands Competition in January of 2016, Ensemble in Process... is a unique project with respect to innovative programming, global networking, and attraction of new audiences. 2017 was the first year of operation for Ensemble in Process…

This debut concert at the Iklectik Art Lab on 15 May, 2017 featured emerging and established American composers, with performances from leading performers in the London scene, such as violinist Maria Fiore Mazzarini, with Marsyas Trio members Zubin Kanga (pianist), Helen Vidovich (flautist), and Valerie Welbanks (cellist), and composer/vocalist Seth Bedford, currently based in Akron, Ohio, who performed vocals for a UK premiere of three cabaret songs.

Ensemble in Process… will be a rotating vehicle with respect to size, instrumentation, and nature of specific programming. I firmly believe that there is a spark lacking today’s contemporary classical music environment, which has lead to a well-recognized struggle to draw in new audiences. Ensemble in Process... will be distinct from other emerging ensembles as it will also be a collaborative organizational project. Years of experience working with film, this project aims to draw in elements of visuals and/or choreographic disciplines. Ensemble in Process...will programme series that include works specifically written for videos, whether it’s pre-existing, public domain, or new artistic content. This approach will encourage audiences to experience music in a different framework, not governed by the traditional models of classical music production.

Ensemble in Loops was the second concert from Ensemble in Process… since 2017, as this was the US premiere of its curation, which had taken place at 6th Annual Oh My Ears Festival at Phoenix College, AZ, on 2 February, 2019.  The use of a complete pre-existing composition has always been explored in my works, through the use of augmentation, repetition, variations on a theme, and the employment of embellishment.  The role of the digital delay-processing pedal is to create an atmospheric landscape generated by the loops from the pedal. The ‘hypnotic trance’ that the pedal is known for is interesting: it creates another world of sound mass that is unique.  This concert featured 3 of my works in this aesthetic: Fantasia on a Lament; towers, beautiful, mourning, Tuesday; Lucid Dreaming. The video installation of Lucid Dreaming was premiered for the 2019 Oh My Ears Festival and created for this event, which had given the audience an entrancing visual insight to my processed delays.

Ensemble in Process... (Bridge the GAP) will have its NYC debut at the Areté Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on 11 April. The programme will be a concert in 3 short sets: myself on piano, the Peridot Duo's Rose Hegele (soprano) from Boston, and the Marsyas Trio: Helen Vidovich (flute/alto flute), Valerie Welbanks (violoncello), and Olga Stezhko (piano) coming all the way from Great Britain.  This 3 set concert will be called Bridge the GAP, as the curation will include a collaborative mix of British and American composers, since this is a special event with the Marsyas Trio coming from London.

On 25 July, 2019 at the Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, NYC, Ensemble INFUSION joins forces with Cabaret singer/composer Seth Bedford, and NYC based vocalist/pianist Lauren Lee on a collaborative journey for a concert in 3 sets, with styles infused together for a lovely summer evening. I’ll be playing works by LJ White, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, Yann Tiersen, Joseph Gregorio, and yours truly. Tickets available here.

Ensemble in Process… Light of Strings will be a special concert that will take the audience on an intimate journey of faith, spirituality, catharsis, grief, redemption, and light at Spectrum NYC on 14 September, 2019. Brian Mark and violist/violinist Allyson Clare will perform a combination of solo and duet works for piano and violin, viola. Ensemble in Process… also welcomes performing artists Kurt Behnke, Jacob Nordlinger, Lenna Pierce, and Danielle Merlis who will be giving the East Coast premiere of Ryan Brown’s, “The Light by Which She May Have Ascended” for four cellists. Also on the programme are works by Meredith Monk, Erik Satie, Missy Mazzoli, Oliver Messiaen, Michael Gordon, and yours truly.

Photo: W. John Dunnan

Photo: W. John Dunnan

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