ABOUT MATA 2018: MATA celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its internationally recognized Festival of New Music with “ear-opening, satisfying music for every contemporary taste and philosophy” (Brooklyn Rail), on April 2 (Church of the Epiphany, Upper East Side) 10-14 (The Kitchen, Chelsea), and 21 (Imagine Swimming, Tribeca). Composers from every inhabited continent, twelve world premieres, including five MATA-alumni commissions, eleven American premieres, five New York premieres, singing apples, showering sopranos, a MATA’s Greatest Hits event, and the return–after 20 years–of Randy Hostetler’s P(l)aces. Performers include Mexico’s Liminar (in their East Coast debut), Sandbox Percussion, FOM: The Friends of MATA, and Contemporaneous, as well as a dream team of soloists.
Saturday, April 14: Contemporaneous: Stop Motion
On Saturday, April 14th, Contemporaneous brings the 20th MATA Festival’s mainstage series to a close with a celebration of the future directions of new music, from the theatrical fantasy of Lasse D. Hansen’s (Denmark) Face the Music, the choreographic precision of Andreas Eduardo Frank’s (Germany/Switzerland) Samouraï Progressif, the recontextualized folk music of David Kirkland Garner’s (USA) DwnByThRckyMntns to the placid beauty of William Dougherty’s (USA) a stillness of zero sensation. The evening also features the world premiere of a new arrangement of MATA alumna Jennifer Higdon’s (USA) (MATA 1998) DASH, as well as a newly-commissioned work by Jenna Lyle (USA), whose choreography combines performers gestures and interactions with sound-emitting fans.
8PM at the The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC
Tickets available at The Kitchen
Andreas Eduardo Frank (Germany / Switzerland): Samürai Progressive (2016) WP
Lasse D. Hansen (Denmark): Face the Music (2016)
David Kirkland Garner (USA): DwnByThRckyMntns (2016) NYP
William Dougherty (USA): a stillness of zero sensation (2015) AP
Jennifer Higdon (USA): DASH (2018) WP new arrangement MATA Alumni Commission
Jenna Lyle (USA): New Work (2018) WP MATA Commission
David Bloom, conductor
Ashley Tata, stage director