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RighteousGIRLS at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
RighteousGIRLS will be closing out this season for ChamberMusicNY on Saturday, April 29th, 8PM with their debut at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. This event is FREE and open to the public.
We hope to see you there!
Born into Flames Season III presents RighteousGIRLS at Spectrum NYC: Sat., April 2 – 9PM
RighteousGIRLS are performing at Spectrum in New York City on Saturday, April 2nd, 9PM (free wine!) alongside guest artist Kenneth Salters on drums. We will feature a number of newly commissioned works, alongside originals – blending elements of avant-garde, improvisation, and electronics. This concert is part of the ‘Born into Flames’ series hosted by composer/guitarist John King. We hope you can join us!
Spectrum: 121 Ludlow Street, Fl. 2, New York, NY 10002 – $10 students/$15
‘gathering blue’ receives 4.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine!
RighteousGIRLS are happy to announce that ‘gathering blue’ received 4.5 stars in the November issue of Downbeat Magazine! We included the review below, along with selected reviews, interviews, and broadcasts from the past couple of months. We couldn’t be more honored to have such incredible support from our community.
RighteousGIRLS are currently in the process of developing our sophomore album – look out! Exciting things are on the horizon for us – more soon! -Gina & Erika
Downbeat Magazine– Review by John Ephland
RighteousGIRLS ‘gathering blue’ is Revelatory
READ HERE (page 56)
I Care If You Listen – Review by Jackson Cooper
RighteousGIRLS ‘gathering blue’ Breaks Creative Ground
New York City Jazz Record – Review by Fred Bouchard
READ HERE (page 18)
CLASSICALITE – Review by Maria Jean Sullivan
PREMIERE: RighteousGIRLS Perform Pascal Le Boeuf’s “GIRLS” off ‘gathering blue’
WNYC – Radio Broadcast by John Schaefer
Chamber Music With an Electronic Boost
NEW MUSIC BOX – Interview by Emily Bookwalter
RighteousGIRLS Release gathering blue
Highly Selective Music Events
REVIEW: RighteousGIRLS’ Gathering Blue Breaks Creative Ground
A wonderful review by I Care If You Listen – Jackson Cooper
“One of the most adventurous new music debut albums to date”
Joe’s Pub CD Release – Thank You
A special thank you to everyone who made it out to RighteousGIRLS CD release of ‘gathering blue’ at Joe’s Pub with Andy Akiho (steel-pan) & Kendrick Scott (drums). We couldn’t had asked or a better audience.
Gina & Erika
OUT TODAY: RighteousGIRLS ‘gathering blue’ (New Focus Recordings)
gathering blue (New Focus Recordings)
gathering blue, the audacious debut recording by RighteousGIRLS – flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi – was released today on New Focus/Panoramic Recordings. gathering blue features the charismatic 20-something duo in boundary-blurring works by nine new music and jazz composers: Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Carey, Vijay Iyer, producer Pascal Le Boeuf, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf. The album includes trio performances with featured guest artists Akiho (steel pan), Akinmusire (trumpet), and drummer Justin Brown, known for his work with Thundercat, Iyer, Esperanza Spaulding, Terence Blanchard, and many others. Far from being a conventional recital disc, gathering blue integrates improvisation, post-production techniques, and interwoven interludes for a seamless and riveting listen. While a flute and piano duo may seem an unlikely candidate for musical insurrection, Izzo and Dohi bring an unbridled sense of adventure to the medium, along with razor-sharp technique, keen interpretive instincts, and a riveting intensity.
To celebrate the release of gathering blue, RighteousGIRLS will be joined by steel-pannist Andy Akiho and drummer Kendrick Scott on stage at Joe’s Pub in NYC on Friday, August 7 (doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm).
‘gathering blue’ is now available for pre-sale
RighteousGIRLS ‘gathering blue’ is releasing this Friday, July 10 on New Focus Recordings/Panoramic Recordings.’gathering blue’ features nine boundary-blurring works by new music and jazz composers: Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Carey, Vijay Iyer, producer Pascal Le Boeuf, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf. The album includes trio performances with featured guest artists Akiho (steel pan), Akinmusire (trumpet), and drummer Justin Brown, known for his work with Iyer, Esperanza Spaulding, Terence Blanchard, Thunder Cat, and many others.
You can pre-order the album HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/girls/id1011277178?i=1011277196
We look forward to sharing our music with you!
Gina & Erika
RighteousGIRLS CD Release Announced !
RighteousGIRLS CD Release Event – JOE’S PUB
Friday, August 7, 2015 – 7:00 PM $15 pre-sale // $20 at door
Purchase tickets: HERE
RighteousGIRLS (flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi) celebrate the release of their debut album gathering blue, with help from guest artists Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Justin Brown. gathering blue draws together RighteousGIRLS and their collaborators in duo/trio settings (drums, steel-pan, trumpet) while integrating improvisation and post-production techniques.
gathering blue, out on July 10 on New Focus Recordings, features music by nine contemporary classical and jazz artists including Akiho, Akinmusire, Pascal Le Boeuf, Christian Carey, Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, and Randy Woolf. Their music incorporates complex meters, improvisation, and nonconventional forms, illustrating the duo’s evolution and the colors they’ve collected.
New Music USA’s sneak peek of ‘gathering blue’ at SubCulture
This past week RighteousGIRLS had the wonderful opportunity to perform as part of the New Music USA Event at SubCulture in New York City. The performance highlighted two works from ‘gathering blue’ including Andy Akiho’s ‘KARakurENAI’ and a world premiere of Pascal Le Boeuf’s ‘GIRLS,’ which is the opening track on the album.
RightousGIRLS will be announcing the album release date and our CD release event shortly, so stay tuned!
Gina & Erika
As RighteousGIRLS, NY-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi continually expand their vocabulary through ongoing commissioning projects and collaborations, inviting some of today’s most prominent composers and artists to create genre-blurring new music. Their debut album “gathering blue” features nine contemporary classical and jazz artists; aiming to expose new audiences to 21st century music, as well as commission, premiere, and record works that root themselves in classical, but pull from other genres.
The album features new works and commissions by:
Featured guest artists include:
Andy Akiho, steel pan
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Justin Brown, drums
For the RighteouGIRLS, “gathering blue,” (inspired by the 2000 science fiction novel by Lois Lowry) is a sweep of personal discovery, a metaphor about gathering colors and weaving them together to create the story of their surrounding community. Since their formation in 2010, RighteousGIRLS have continually explored the artistic community of New York City, and on this album, share their experience. “gathering blue” brings together a collection of composers and performers in duo/trio settings (drums, steel-pan, trumpet, and bandoneon) while integrating improvisation and post-production techniques. The subject matter (odd time signatures, improvisation, and nonconventional forms) is woven together by a series of interludes, illustrating the evolution of the RighteousGIRLS sound and the colors they’ve collected. Over the past year, RighteousGIRLS have worked with each artist and composer featured on the album to help shape each work, turning these ten newly composed pieces into their own unique story.
As part of the album, RighteousGIRLS will include a music video of the opening track “GIRLS” by jazz pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf. The commissioned track will be recorded by videographer Michael McQuilken using a wide range of contemporary video techniques and multi-camera angles. The “experimental film” will display the many theatrical elements written into the score by Le Boeuf including: the use of palms, elbows, and forearms on the piano keys; strumming and plucking inside the piano; and various extended techniques for flute and piano. It is neccessary to provide a visual aid to allow the audience to fully experience both the composition and the asthetic of the album as a whole. This video will give the uninitiated listener a context for the various unconventional acoustic sounds used throughout the album, thus changing the way the RighteousGIRLS’ performance is experienced.
“gathering blue” was recorded at Brooklyn Recording (engineer Andy Taub) and at Oktaven Audio (engineer Ryan Streber). The album is set to be released in 2015 on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby, and will be followed by CD release events in NYC and Japan. Once released, RighteousGIRLS will ask each collaborating composer to include their recorded track on their New Music USA profile.
This debut album acts as an introduction to the ensemble, displaying not only the RighteousGIRLS as instrumentalists, but the rush experienced when they are given the freedom to unleash their own discoveries while “gathering blue.”
“GIRLS” (featuring RighteousGIRLS Gina Izzo, flute and Erika Dohi, piano )was recorded at Oktaven Audio with engineer Ryan Streber on June 9, 2014. This track is a rough mix (unmixed/mastered) and will be included on the debut album “Gathering Blue.”
“GIRLS” includes many theatrical elements written into the score by Le Boeuf including: use of palms, elbows, & forearms on the piano keys; strumming & plucking inside the piano; multi-track layering; & various extended techniques for flute & piano.
Start and End Dates
11/15/2014 — 04/01/2015
New York, New York