AM/PM is only a few weeks away from our multimedia show at Red Room! We just had a great rehearsal weekend and can’t wait to share all the music we’ve been working on. Our program is a blend of “classic” pieces and newer works. They range in topics from Jerry Springer (hence the Red Room / Jerry Springer image, haha) to prison riots to conspiracy theories. We are also excited to bring in guest performers Karin Kilper, Domenica Romagni, Esther Hae-In Choi, and Martha Morrison. Here’s the full concert details:
Saturday, March 12 @ 9pm
Red Room (Normal’s Books and Records)
425 E. 31st Street
Thom Limbert: Numbers/Dates (quartet and audio)
Matthew Burtner: Incantation S4=X (quartet and audio)
Jacob Ter Veldhuis: Heartbreakers (quartet and audio/video)
Paul Leary: “I Have A Past Life Memory From The War That Blew The Fifth Planet Into The Asteroid Belt” and other stories from AM Radio (quartet and audio)
Kati Agócs: Hymn (quartet and commissioned video by Eli Stine)
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (ensemble and audio/video)
We hope to see you there!
We had a great time playing at Metro Gallery last Saturday. Many thanks to everyone who braved the cold weather to be there! Baltimore-based mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen wrote a very kind blog post about the concert. For those who missed it, we performed:
Thom Limbert: Numbers/Dates
Kati Agócs: Hymn
Jacob Ter Veldhuis: Heartbreakers
Matthew Burtner: Incantation S4=X
Paul Leary: “I Have A Past Life Memory From The War That Blew The Fifth Planet Into The Asteroid Belt” and other stories from AM Radio
With the exception of Hymn, each piece includes prerecorded electronics that the quartet performs with. We will be performing these pieces again as part of a larger program at Red Room (Baltimore, MD) on March 12th @ 9pm, so you’ve got another chance to check them out.
Thanks to a Peabody Career Development Grant, we were finally able to get the equipment that we needed for our first JamLinks rehearsal on Friday. I had a school event in Baltimore, Miguel had another rehearsal, and Zach came straight from teaching in New Jersey, and we were still able to have an hour and a half of rehearsal on an otherwise busy night. Jeremiah and I took a while to set up the equipment, but were really proud that when we plugged everything in and logged on to musicianlink.com, we were able to hear Zach and Miguel! It took a long time to get the levels set correctly, but we were able to play through Jacob Ter Veldhuis’ “HeartBreakers,” and tried a little of Paul Leary’s piece, and it sounded just like we were in the same room together. You can see what our Baltimore rehearsal looked like up above. Maybe we need to check those mics again, because apparently things in New Jersey were going a little differently than how we thought they were…
Traveling in our quartet has become a theme of ours in the past few years after our Peabody days. We travel to concerts, shows, tours, and now rehearsals due to our newly found central locations after school. In trying to save time and money for our rehearsals, Zach introduced us to “Jam Links” which are these great online devices that let us play through the internet with virtually no delay! We test ran them in NJ as part of one of our rehearsal weekends and they worked fantastically.
We applied for a Peabody Development Grant to help fund this new chapter in our online rehearsal venture and we got it! If this all works, we’ll be able to rehearse more frequently and without accumulating too many Amtrak Guest Rewards points. We are in the process of ordering all of the gear to make this happen so we’ll keep you posted on how it all turns out….
Images from .J.e.n.n.y.’s Flickr Photostream and MusicianLink.com.
We’ve been preparing Hymn by Kati Agócs for our next program. This afternoon we met with Kati in NYC to rehearse the piece. It was great to work with her, ask questions, and hear what she had to say about the piece. Kati pushed us to go after the extremely quiet opening and hold the very slow tempo. It’s a challenge, but makes for a powerful buildup to the climax!
Walking to rehearsal last Saturday I can across “peace, loving”, one of the many HighJinx that are part of Baltimore’s High Zero festival of experimental improvised music. Performers were members of Boston’s Whitehaus Collective.
AM/PM spent last weekend rehearsing in Baltimore (and enjoying lunch at Koffee Therapy). We’ve been working on some great music by Rzewski, Agócs, JacobTV, Burtner, Leary, and Limbert in preparation for winter concerts. As soon as the dates are set we’ll post all the info online!
We’ve finally made ourselves an official website! Take a look around, be sure to check out our event listings and media samples. We plan to use the blog to post info about rehearsals and upcoming projects as they develop. Enjoy!