Ned Rothenberg & Mivos Quartet
- $15 (Rothenberg with Enseco $25 total) General Admission
- $5 Student
- Ned Rothenberg, composer/clarinet
- Olivia de Prato, violin
- Joshua Modney, violin
- Victor Lowrie, viola
- Isabel Castelvi, cello
"Ned Rothenberg is absolutely phenomenal.. (He has) opened up new and unheard expressive possibilities for wind instruments." -- Jochen Metzner, Tagespiegel (Berlin)
Rothenberg performs his monumental Clarinet Quintet #1 with the Mivos Quartet at KCH - a midwest premiere. Commissioned by Roulette through the New York State Council on the Arts, the Quintet was recorded in 2009 at the Brecht forum in NYC. Rothenberg combines his passion for the clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms with his abundant improvisatory skills.
The MIVOS quartet, recently praised by Time Out New York as an "excellent ensemble", is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's inception they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding cadre of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; MIVOS has performed works by emerging and established composers including Kirsten Broberg, Juan Calderon, Anna Clyne, Luke DuBois, Wayne Horvitz, Sam Pluta, Wolfgang Rihm and Huang Ruo. They have appeared at venues including The Stone, Issue Project Room, The Tank NYC, Monkeytown, CUNY Graduate Center, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette and the Brecht forum, and were featured performers for the 2008 American Music Center Annual Meeting at the Chelsea Art Museum. Beyond expanding the string quartet repertoire, MIVOS is committed to working with guest artists and exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics. Improvisation is also an integral part of their performances and has led to collaborations with artists such as Chris Speed and Mark Feldman.
Tickets to Edgefest are $10 - $15 for individual ticketed events, with a limited number of student tickets ($5) available for most performances. An Edgepass ($135) is available, which allows for admission to all events, as well as a special dinner with our Edgefest artists. A Saturday daypass is available for $50.
This concert is funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program. Edgefest is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 30 years in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He performs primarily on the alto saxophone, clarinet , bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. He leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla. Recent recordings include Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), Inner Diaspora, The Lumina Recordings and Ghost Stories, all on Tzadik, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, Are You Be and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.
Olivia de Prato
Internationally recognized as a soloist as well as a chamber musician, Austro-Italian violinist Olivia De Prato has been described as "flamboyant...convincing" (New York Times) and an "enchanting violinist" (Messaggero Veneto, Italy). After moving to New York City she has quickly established herself as a passionate performer of contemporary and improvised music. Her chamber music activities include appearances at the Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble Modern Festival, "June in Buffalo" and the Ojai Festival with Steve Reich. Olivia is a member of the new music ensembles Signal directed by Brad Lubman and Victoire founded by composer Missy Mazzoli. Olivia has closely collaborated with composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Chaya Czernowin, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gordon, Helmut Lachenman, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Ned Rothenberg, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn. Olivia studied at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna and received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated with her M.M in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Hailed as "superb" and "flamboyant" by The New York Times, violinist Joshua Modney has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. As a specialist in contemporary music, both notated and improvised, he is committed to presenting performances that make the music of our time enlightening for all concertgoers. Joshua is violinist and personnel director for Wet Ink Ensemble, and also performs frequently with Signal, Talea Ensemble, and Columbia Composers. He has recorded for Carrier, Tzadik, and New Amsterdam Records. Joshua graduated with a Master's Degree in Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music, and a B.M. in Violin Performance at Ithaca College.
Victor Lowrie is a versatile violist and composer living in New York City. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with groups including Signal, Wordless Music Orchestra, Either/Or, Kavak Trio and Argento Chamber Ensemble. His compositions include an award-winning trio a landscape (viola, bassoon, piano), Runaway (viola & electronics), Question (for Kavak Trio) and an upcoming string quartet to be premiered by MIVOS in 2011. He can be heard on recordings from New Amsterdam, Kill Rock Stars, Quiet Design, Sunnyside and Tzadik Records. As an educator, Victor has given masterclasses and guest lectures at Brooklyn College and the EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia. Victor grew up on the idyllic central coast of California and received his Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University. He earned his Master's degree in Contemporary Viola Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Isabel Castellvi is a versatile musician performing and composing a broad range of music including classical and contemporary classical, experimental, world, free-improvisation, electro-acoustic, folk, rock, hip-hop and avant-garde performance art. Isabel received her Masters Degree in Contemporary Music Performance at Manhattan School of Music and her B.M. from DePaul University. Currently she is the cellist for the contemporary classical ensembles ai ensemble, MIVOS quartet, ThingNY, and Wet Ink Ensemble. She tours and performs with her bands The Bell Cycle, CelloVox, and Copal. Expanding beyond music multidisciplinary collaboration is an integral part of her work, which has led to various projects with composers, dance, theater and visual artists. In addition to an active performance career as a cellist she is studying North Indian classical music and is active as a singer/songwriter. Isabel is dedicated to sharing music with diverse audiences, expanding consciousness and promoting peace.