This event has been cancelled.

We hope to bring back this

exciting program in the future.


Friday, April 17, 2020


Tenri Cultural Institute

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Bethany Younge Bodyscape (2015)

for voice, video, audience, electronics and ensemble


Sang Song Gretel (2020) WORLD PREMIERE

for ensemble

Yotam Haber New Work (2020) WORLD PREMIERE

for ensemble

Alma Mahler Turning Point 

Alma Mahler's Four Songs staged with (a narrative from) fragments of Gustav Mahler's letters 

for voice, piano, narrator, and ensemble

Michel Galante, conductor

Argento New Music Project

The Argento New Music Project collaborates for the first time with composer/vocalist Bethany Young on her work for voice, ensemble, and audience participation called “Bodyscape,” followed by TWO world premieres. Argento will first premiere Sang Song’s Gretel, a work for ensemble based on the Brother Grimm fairy tale, and then perform a new work by Yotam Haber based on two disparate sources: an exploration into the Jewish community in Rome, and his adventures as part of a dog sled team in Alaska. Finally, Argento will present four of Alma Mahler’s songs, juxtaposed with excerpts from a historic letter that Gustav wrote to her in 1901. This juxtaposition, called Turning Point, is semi-staged.

Past Concerts


Tuesday, February 4, 8pm

Areté Venue and Gallery 

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Wednesday, February 5, 7pm

Austrian Cultural Forum

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Structured improvisation by Charmaine Lee (vocalist) and Carol McGonnell (clarinet)

Arnold Schoenberg Toter Winkel (1899)

Erin Gee Mouthpiece 29 (2016)

Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (1899)


Erin Gee Mouthpiece 29b (2020) WORLD PREMIERE

Erin Gee, voice
Carol McGonnell, clarinet
Charmaine Lee, composer/vocalist

Argento Chamber Ensemble
Mari Lee, violin
Doori Na, violin
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Jocelin Pan, viola
Michael Katz, violoncello
Serafim Smigelsky, violoncello
Tristan Kasten-Krause, bass

Michel Galante, conductor 

The program will run 70 minutes without intermission.

Vocalist/composer Charmaine Lee and clarinetist Carol McGonnell embody the theme of the evening of duality by performing a structured improvisation resulting from collaborating closely over time. Both performers are known for their intensity, and the mix of voice, text, sound, and breath will form the basis of their performance. Argento then performs Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night – 1899) and Erin Gee’s Mouthpiece 29 (2016) by juxtaposing and performing
several iterations of each piece.


Photo Credits clockwise from upper left: Richard Frank, Peter Gannushkin, Jonah Sutherland, self-portrait by Arnold Schoenberg

Argento Joins Erin Gee at Resonant Bodies Festival at Roulette Intermedium

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Erin Gee & Argento at Resonant Bodies Festival

Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn

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Featuring her legendary Mouthpieces, Gee presents two solo works (with her brother and frequent collaborator Colin Gee, movement and visual artist) and a work with Argento Ensemble.


Resonant Bodies Festival—“in equal measures intelligent, playful, ambitious and moving” (New York Times)—is a festival of contemporary vocal music that presents "today's most talented singers" (Feast of Music) performing repertoire of their own choosing. This curatorial carte blanche gives each performance "a happy zealousness, where the singers' enthusiasm for their repertoire [is] contagious" (Sequenza 21).

PROGRAM (All works by Erin Gee)

Mouthpiece: Segment of the 3rd Letter (2007) for amplified voice, bass flute, percussion, viola, and double bass

Mouthpiece 29 (2016) for voice, violin, viola, and double bass

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Argento New Music Project
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New York, NY 10024