Music At The Anthology March 10 concert
Fri, 20 Feb 1998 18:23:49 EST

Hello Livingroomers! We are gearing up for another MATA concert here in New
York - here is the press release. Thanks again to everyone who came in

music at the anthology

A New Concert Series Celebrating a New Generation of Composers
Philip Glass, Executive Producer
Lisa Bielawa & Eleanor Sandresky, Artistic Directors & Producers

mata announces its fourth and final concert of the season:
Praises: Vocal & Instrumental, Sacred & Secular w/Vocal Ensembles Lionheart &
World Premieres by Pierre-Kresimir Klanac, Jon Gibson
and John Fitz Rogers (mata commission)
American Premiere by Satoshi Minami
Other Music by Peter Herbert, Perotin and others
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, NYC

March 10 at 8 PM

Founded by composer-performers Eleanor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa, MATA offers
a forum for a wide range of ensemble music written by composers in their 20s
and 30s from around the world. After its gala opening concert of the new
concert series Music at the Anthology Paul Griffiths of the New York Times
declared, "Nobody could have left without finding something to remember and
think about." On Tuesday, March 10 at 8 PM, MATA will widen its geographical
and historical scope in its fourth concert of the season, Praises, with
special guest vocal ensembles Lionheart and Cascabel, at the Anthology Film
Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street. The concert will feature: three
world premieres, Pierre-Kresimir Klanac's "Louanges," (Praises), featuring the
Cascabel Vocal Trio, Jon Gibson's Untitled for large ensemble, and this
concert's commissioned work, John Fitz Rogers' "Summum Bonum," (Greatest
Good); Satoshi Minami's "Rokka I" and other music by Peter Herbert, Perotin
and others which explores the many rich traditions of vocal music-making,
around the world
the Western sacred vocal music tradition begins with the
12th-century Notre Dame School; Lionheart will set the historical stage with
chant and selections from the music of PÈrotin. Jon Gibson's "Melody III,"
written in 1975, uses a 15th-century technique, the "mensuration canon," in
which the same theme appears at different speeds. Canadian composer Pierre-
Kresimir Klanac, who began his musical education as a boy chorister at the
Mont-Royal School for Young Singers and now lives in Paris, combines his
response to sacred traditions with an exploration of Eastern European vocal
timbres, resulting in music of great spiritual intensity; in addition to
Cascabel, "Louanges" also features two accordions and sampler, creating a
unique hybrid texture of sacred and folk sounds.

The primacy of language as a structural element in vocal music is at the heart
of John Fitz Rogers' mata-commissioned piece, "Summum Bonum." In this setting
of excerpts from the encyclopedic, 17th-century "The Anatomy of Melancholy" by
Democritus, chains of tempo relationships reflect the linked-together text
excerpts. There is a prayerful incantation, but the praises are sung to "Dea
Moneta" (Goddess Money). Japanese composer Satoshi Minami focuses on language
as a guiding element in a purely instrumental piece; his "Rokka I" for oboe,
accordion and double bass considers the metaphorical richness of a single
Japanese character (Rokka). Austrian composer Peter Herbert's "Muhler"
(Woman), featuring jazz-inspired writing for Cascabel and the composer on
acoustic bass, praises the beauty and virtue of a loved one.

"New York is a place where artists come to work in new and experimental
music," says MATA Executive Producer Philip Glass. "Our series addresses
their needs and is creating a support for this generation of young composers."
MATA takes as its mission three principal goals: (1) to commission and
premiere works by unaffiliated composers and thereby to encourage their entry
into a musical community and American musical lif
ly, (2) to curate
these works in a meaningful context next to recent and older music, and (3) to
create a new community of artists and audience in the East Village.

For reservations call the Anthology Film Archives at 212.505.5181, Monday-
Friday from 1-5 PM. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students and seniors) and must
be picked up 15 minutes in advance or they will be resold. No credit cards.
Space is limited. For more information, call mata at 212.571.6627.