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Erin Gee joins Argento at the


Resonant Bodies Festival

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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

Moving Sounds Concert


Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 8pm

Areté Venue and Gallery 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 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



** This program has been cancelled **

The world premiere of Yotam Haber's Bloodsnow took place on April 11, 2022


The world premiere of San Song's

Gretel took place on April 20, 2022

Sounds of Alienation

Friday, April 17, 2020, 7:30pm


Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St, New York

Argento collaborates for the first time with composer/vocalist Bethany Young on her work for voice, ensemble and audience participation 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 Turning Point, a semi-staged work of four Alma Mahler songs juxtaposed with excerpts from a 1901 historic letter from Gustav Mahler.


Bethany Younge - Bodyscape (2015)
for voice and ensemble, with electronics and audience participation

Sang Song - Gretel (2020) for ensemble
World premiere

Yotam Haber - New Work (2019) for ensemble
World premiere

Michel Galante - Turning Point (2019) for voice, piano and narrator
including Laue Sommernacht, Ansturm, Ich wandle unter Blumen and Ekstase by Alma Mahler
Preview performance



Saturday, December 19, 2020
2:00pm Eastern Standard Time 

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Reiko Füting - tanz.tanz (2010)
Doori Na, violin

Allain Gaussin - La chevelure de Bérénice (1990)

Andile Khumalo - Tracing Hollow Traces (2013)
Carol McGonnell, clarinet


Selections from Mystery Variations

Giuseppe Colombi - Chiacona (17th century)
Pascal Dusapin - 50 notes en 3 variations (2010)
Fred Lerdahl - There and Back Again (2010)
Martin Matalon - Polvo (2010)
Magnus Lindberg - Duello (2010)
Michael Katz, cello

Arthur Kampela - Layers for a transparent orgasm (1991)
Karl Kramer, horn

Stephanie Griffin - Un cygne des temps (2016)

Franz Gruber - Silent Night arr. Matthew Greenbaum for seven violas (2011)
Stephanie Griffin, viola

When Argento first presented a concert of featured soloists in December of 2004 at the Italian Academy of New York, we never imagined that 16 years later we would be presenting a similar program in a digital format due to pandemic restrictions. But here we are, and thankfully, there is a wealth of adventurous music written for solo instrument, which we can assemble into a concert format for our audiences to mark the end of this tumultuous year. Please join us as we continue to bring our audiences innovative musical performances!

Argento's 2019-20 season programming has been made possible by the Alice M. Ditson Fund, the Fritz Reiner Fund, and the generosity of individual supporters. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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