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The Progression Ensemble

     

The Progression Ensemble  specializes in the performance of contemporary classical music.  We invite  composers to write new works which we premiere in a variety of settings: concert halls, libraries, churches, movie theaters and New Music venues.  Our performances reach a broad spectrum of the population:  not only discriminating academic audiences, but elementary and high school students and the general public from metropolitan as well as rural backgrounds.  We are committed to working with composers so that their music can be disseminated to as broad an audience as possible, and we do our best to give many performances of their works.  

Our performances are enhanced by Progression Ensemble member, Shawn Lawson,  who live codes real time computer graphics for each piece.  His entrancing video work captures the attention of even the youngest members of the audience.  The Progression Ensemble musicians include Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion/Bayan,   Eric Despard, Guitar and Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello.

To Composers and Music Venues,  please reach out to us to discuss future projects:  Rocco Anthony Jerry,  rajerry@juno.com

We have just completed our April tour with concerts at Time & Space Limited (Hudson), Troy Public Library,   Albany Public Library,  Our Lady of Grace Church-Ballston Lake, and Spectrum-Brooklyn.

Come to our next performance at:

Sunday June 10, 2018  8:15 PM,  ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn:

We will be performing new works by Chistopher Cook, Eric Despard, Michael Dilthey, Gene Pritsker and Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred,  a new arrangement of Dan Cooper,   two world premieres:  David Rothenberg’s “And One Day We’ll Know Why Whales Sing”  for accordion,cello, guitar and pre-recorded whale, and Gene Pritsker’s “Traffic Signals II” for accordion and cello.

Saturday October 13, 2018,  Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art,  Main Street, Peekskill.

Gene Pritsker’s “If Her Waters Flow Not in Perpetual Progression” , performed by Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble

Gene Pritsker – “If Her Waters Flow Not In Perpetual Progression” (2017) for Accordion, Guitar and Cello

Video by Eddie Papetti

Performed by Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble:
Shawn Lawson, live-coded graphics
Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion
Eric Despard, Guitar
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello

Composers Concordance “Art of Sound Festival” – Art of the Trio

Sunday April 22, 2018
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn

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Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred’s “The Thin Line”, performed by Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble

April 22, 2018 Composers Concordance “Art of Sound Festival”, “Art of the Trio” concert, Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred “The Thin Line” (2017) for Accordion, Cello and Guitar
performed by and written for
Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble
Shawn Lawson, real time live-coded computer graphics
Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion
Eric Despard, Guitar
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello

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Michael Dilthey “Trio” performed by Shawn Lawson and The Progression Ensemble

April 22, 2018 Composers Concordance “Art of Sound Festival”, “Art of the Trio”, Spectrum 70 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn
Michael Dilthey “Trio” for Accordion, Cello and Guitar
performed by and written for The Progression Ensemble
Shawn Lawson, real time live-coded computer graphics
Rocco Anthony Jerry, Accordion
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello
Eric Despard, Guitar

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