CURRENT SEASON

CONCERTS

DOUBLE TAKE

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
7pm

 

Austrian Cultural Forum

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PROGRAM 

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

Arnold Schoenberg Totel Winkel (1899)
 

Erin Gee Mouthpiece 29 (2016)

Arnold Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht (1899)
 

Erin Gee Mouthpiece 29b (2020) WORLD PREMIERE


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

Argento Chamber Ensemble

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 Verklarte Nacht (translation: transfigured night – 1899) and Erin Gee’s Mouthpiece 29 (2016) by juxtaposing and performing
several iterations of each piece.
 

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NEW PERSPECTIVES

Friday, April 17, 2020
7:30pm

 

Tenri Cultural Institute

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PROGRAM 

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

Argento Joins Erin Gee at Resonant Bodies Festival at Roulette Intermedium


Thursday, September 5, 2019
9:30pm

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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New York, NY 10024