American Opera Projects and Opera on Tap, in association with the Brooklyn Book Festival, present Opera Grows in BOOKlyn! Music based on the works of contemporary Brooklyn writers
Sunday, September 18, 7:00pm
Discussion with Robert Levine, 6:00pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main St. at Water St., DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY
Directions: www.galapagosartspace.com Subway - F train to York Street; A/C train to High Street.
Tickets: Advance: $15; Door: $20 www.galapagosartspace.com
Info: www.operaprojects.org/operagrowsinbrooklyn and www.operaontap.com/newyork
ABOUT OPERA GROWS IN BROOKLYN AND
THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT SERIES
Opera Grows in Brooklyn is an ongoing collaboration between American Opera Projects, "known for bringing cutting-edge vocal production to the masses," (New York ), Opera on Tap, "...raucous and sublime...un-elitist, imperfect, and fun..." (NY Sun ) and Galapagos Art Space, that presents 90 minutes of music from contemporary opera composers in a hip, cabaret-style atmosphere. Audiences have a chance to meet the creator and artists after the performance. www.operaprojects.org/operagrowsinbrooklyn.html
The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events are a series of literary themed programs taking place in clubs, bookstores, performance institutions, restaurants, libraries and other venues. This year the festival organizers plan to build on the success of last year's inaugural Bookend launch by once again igniting a borough wide literary weekend full of robust and unique BBF events. The Bookends programming is curated to fit the festival's creative mission -- hip, smart and diverse literary programming. www.brooklynbookfestival.org
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Guest curator and composer:
Daniel Felsenfeld has been commissioned and performed by a wide array of organizations and ensembles such as ASCAP, San Jose Opera, American Opera Projects, the Da Capo Chamber Players, New York City Opera (VOX), ACME, Redshift, and Opera on Tap, New Gallery, Jody Redhage, the New England Conservatory Philharmonic in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Galapagos Art Space, Jordan Hall, the Kitchen, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Daniel is also the author of eight books and hundreds of articles. He teaches at City College and lives in Brooklyn.
Mohammed Fairouz is one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation. Straddling Eastern and Western idioms and praised by The New York Times as "warmly sympathetic" and "brilliantly handled", his music has been received at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Australia. www.mohammedfairouz.com
Martin Hennessy has written two operas with librettist Mark Campbell and is currently completing a the-atrical song cycle for vocal quartet based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. His music has been pre-sented by New York City Opera's Vox series, American Opera Projects, New York Festival of Song, Guggen-heim Works & Process, Harvard Ballet Company and Mirror Visions Ensemble and has garnered awards from the San Francisco Song Festival, the American Music Center, ASCAP and Meet the Composer.
David Lang is at the same time deeply versed in the classical tradition and committed to music that resists categorization, constantly creating new forms. In the words of The New Yorker, "With his winning of the Pu-litzer Prize for the little match girl passion(one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master." www.davidlangmusic.com
David T. Little's music has been described as "dramatically wild...rustling, raunchy and eclectic," showing "real imagination" by New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini, and his work "completely gripped" New Yorker critic Alex Ross: "every bad-ass new-music ensemble in the city will want to play him." Little's highly theatrical, often political work draws upon his experience as a rock drummer, and fuses classical and popular idioms to dramatic effect.
Raymond J. Lustig is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts Letters' prestigious Charles Ives Fel-lowship, ASCAP's Rudolf Nissim Prize, the Aaron Copland Award from Copland House, the Juilliard Orchestra competition, and the New Juilliard Ensemble competition, and his music has been presented by groups like Metropolis Ensemble, the Juilliard Symphony, the Bowling Green Philharmonia, American Opera Projects, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Blind Ear Music, Duo Noire, Avian Music, and counter)induction.
Gilda Lyons, composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes her Nahuatl Hymn to the All-Mother for tre-ble choir as "hair-raising, yet elegant [with] slides, dips, yips and yelps amid ceremonial intensity."
Matt Marks is a composer/performer of emotionally manipulative pop songs and acoustic works. His music, called "cheerily seductive" by The NY Times and "unabashedly boppy, baroquely multireferential, then sudden-ly sentimental" by Time Out NY, will hug your brain in a creepy-uncle sort of way. www.mattmarksmusic.com
One Ring Zero is led by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, who met in 1996 while working at the Hohner musical instrument factory in Richmond, VA (Joshua was an accordion technician, Michael was a harmonica technician). The band has since released nine albums, including As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), which features lyrics by famous writers, and The Recipe Project, which features recipes by famous chefs, set to music, and sung word for word.
Rachel Peters returns to Opera Grows in Brooklyn after having her opera Prairie Dogs performed there in March. Also with AOP: Jack's Vocabulary (MMNY) and this season's Composers & the Voice workshop; upcom-ing: Lincoln Center Songbook.
Hailed as Top Composer in the World Under 40 by NPR, Paola Prestini is a composer, multimedia artist, and the director of VisionIntoArt Presents. Her music has been commissioned and performed by Carnegie Hall, the Kronos Quartet, and New York City Opera. Upcoming premieres include the Kennedy Center, and the Barbican with the BBC orchestra.
Dennis Tobenski is a vocalist and composer, co-founder of the Tobenski-Algera Concert Series and founder of NewMusicShelf.com, an online digital distribution service for self-published composers. He is currently working on a commission by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra that memorializes a score of gay and lesbian teenagers who took their own lives in the Fall of 2010 across the United States.
Stefan Weisman's music has been described by The New York Times as "personal, moody and skillfully wrought." His opera Darkling, commissioned by American Opera Projects, will be released by Albany Records in November 2011.