Hi in 2015! So far the new lustrum is much the same as old. But new this quinquennium are amazing shows in New York and Boston: thingNY is collaborating with indie-pop-en-español singer/songwriter Helado Negro on the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall this Wednesday, then Friday at the Advent Library Music Series in Boston. The Ecstatic Music Festival is a pretty big deal in both the avant-garde/experimental classical and the indie rock scenes, which, ya know, is where I live. So please please come out and support!
For our collaboration, Helado Negro (Roberto Carlos Lange) is leading a type of performance he’s dubbed The Brain Finger, in which he interprets his songs using yarn tied between his hands and live musicians’ bodies; with a flick of the finger, he can summon any of us to play or stop via this uniquely physical kind of conducting. It’s a really cool way to get into his music, which he usually performs live with backing tracks. We’ll also perform our own set, including music by Paul and Erin and from our opera This Takes Place Close By, and Roberto will give a taste of his more typical style of solo performance.
I’ll just give a quick summary of what’s coming up in the weeks ahead: First, I’m back performing with folk rocker Bill Steely in Westchester the last Wednesday of the month, and look out for a rebroadcast of a live radio show he and I taped as a duo a few weeks ago, February 24th at 2pm on WVOX New Rochelle. I’m very excited to be joining the dynamic ensemble Ne(x)tworks and their incredible, influential singer Joan La Barbara to perform a new opera-in-progress by Paul Pinto called Thomas Paine in Violence at HERE on March 6 and 7. I’ve been joining Rachel Mason the past few weeks to accompany her in performance along with her really cool new film The Lives of Hamilton Fish, and I’m looking forward to doing that again in Hudson, NY and at the Queens World Film Festival. And finally in March and April thingNY has more very exciting shows coming up – our first performance at the New Music Bake Sale, and the first look at Gelsey’s new Rolodex Opera on the excellent Experiments in Opera series.
Also, I ate my first hamburger ever and turned 30 last month. It’s ALL happening!