© Peter Gannushkin
© Peter Gannushkin
Music for Contrabass by Braxton, Gosfield, Masaoka, Thirlwell, & Sharp
- $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 General Admission
- $5 Student
- James Ilgenfritz, contrabass
Contrabassist James Ilgenfritz celebrates the release of his second solo CD with a concert of solo works written for him by Annie
Gosfield, Miya Masaoka, JG Thirlwell, and Elliott Sharp, plus music from his first CD, featuring the music of Anthony Braxton. From hypnotic drone works involving Just Intonation and use of multiple bows to astounding feats of technical virtuosity, this collection of works brings hyper-complexity, improvisation, and lyrical beauty together into a deeply personal tour-de-force of musical invention.
James Ilgenfritz is an active composer, improviser, and educator who has composed music for dance, jazz groups, and chamber ensembles, as well as appearing over twenty-five recordings. He leads the pan-stylistic experimental new music group The Anagram Ensemble, featured on his 2015 CD, the William Burroughs –inspired opera The Ticket That Exploded. He has performed throughout the US, as well as Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, and Switzerland. In New York he has performed with The SEM Ensemble, The Either/Or Ensemble, The Ghost Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, and his own group The Anagram Ensemble, at The Czech Center, The Kitchen, The DiMenna Center, Incubator Arts Project, Issue Project Room, Miller Theater, Roulette, and The Stone.
As an improviser, solo contrabassist, and ensemble player, James has worked with musicians/composers Anthony Braxton, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Nicolas Collins, Annie Gosfield, Ted Hearne, Petr Kotik, Lukas Ligeti, Pauline Oliveros, Miya Masaoka, Roscoe Mitchell, Rufus Reid, Elliott Sharp, JG Thirlwell, John Zorn, and many others. As a composer he has worked with the guitar quartet Dither, the violin duo String Noise, multimedia artist Sabisha Friedberg, vocalist M Lamar, The Ostravska Banda, Holographic, and many of his own ensembles, notably The Anagram Ensemble and MiND GAMeS.
In 2012 James released his first solo album, "Compositions (Braxton) 2011", featuring the music of Anthony Braxton. In 2017, James will release his second solo CD, featuring works composed for him by Annie Gosfield, Miya Masaoka, JG Thirlwell, and Elliot Sharp. He is also a member of Hypercolor (with Lukas Ligeti and Eyal Maoz), who released their debut CD on John Zorn’s label Tzadik in January 2015.
In 2015, James published the essay "Sound Identity" in Arcana VII, edited by John Zorn (Hips Road). James has received grants from New Music USA and American Composers Forum. As New York City's first Suzuki bass teacher, James directs the bass studio at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.