2015 look and listen

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The 2015 Look & Listen Festival


Friday, May 1 @ 8 PM
BRIC House
647 Fulton St., Brooklyn


Saturday, May 2 @ 8 PM
Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome St., Manhattan


Sunday, May 3 @ 7 PM
Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome St., Manhattan

Friday, May 1, 2015 at BRIC HouseMiya Masaoka
Doors open @ 7:30 PM, Concert @ 8 PM

For our opening night of this year’s festival we’re thrilled to return to the phenomenal art venue BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn for an evening hosted by Helga Davis. L&L alum So Percussion will be playing Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings; Miya Masaoka will premiere her own work, Prelude, Bones for koto, voice, temple blocks, and electronics; lastly the Brothers Balliett Ensemble will present the world premiere of the cantata Jezebel the Proud for voice, two English horns, bassoon, cello, and guitar written by the identical twin Balliet brothers. The evening will also feature interviews with the performers and visual artist Jennifer Maravillas.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Whitebox Art CenterBill Schimmel
Doors open @ 7:30 PM, Concert @ 8 PM

This marks our first collaboration with the singular Whitebox Art Center – we’re thrilled to bring the Festival to the Lower East Side! The Daedalus Quartet will be performing Anna Weesner’s The Space Between and Luke Carlson’s Edges; virtuoso accordionist William Schimmel will perform his own work, Parousia; and the percussion group Talujon will give the New York premiere of Daniel Fawcett’s Riotous Thrashing, winner of the Look & Listen 2015 Composers Competition, as well as Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aura – three sides of the same being. Evening host Fred Sherry will lead interviews with several of the composers as well as visual art curator Maximillian William.


Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Whitebox Art CenterThe Tyshawn Sorey Trio
Doors open @ 6:30 PM, Concert @ 7 PM 

We round out the Festival with a packed evening hosted by Terrance McKnight at Whitebox. Violinist Miranda Cuckson will be playing Mikka S by Iannis Xenakis, Nocturne by Kaija Saariaho, and Inscriptions by Shulamit Ran. Cuckson will be joined by pianist Cory Smythe performing Franco Donatoni’s Ciglio III. Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and percussionist Jason Treuting will perform Paola Prestini’s Quiet and will offer the world premiere of Jason Treuting’s Block and Line, the Look & Listen 2015 Commission. Tyshawn Sorey Trio will present excerpts from Alloy and Minutiae by Tyshawn Sorey. The evening will also feature interviews with Jason Treuting, Miranda Cuckson, visual artist Slvstr©, and Tyshawn Sorey.


photo of Miya Masaoka by Lori Eanes; photo of Bill Schimmel by Paul Crisanti; photo of the Tyshawn Sorey Trio by John Rogers