MATA Concert Jan. 19th in New York's East Village
Tue, 5 Jan 1999 23:30:42 EST

New York: Jan. 19, 1998 at 8:00 p.m. MUSIC AT THE ANTHOLOGY (MATA) concert
featuring the exciting collaborative interdisciplinary arts ensemble, TONK,
and six new premieres, including a new work by MATA commissionee Aaron
Stewart, a prominent young jazz musician based in Brooklyn, whose recent
forays into concert composing are breaking new ground. Pre-concert talks with
the composers sponsored by Meet the Composer at 7:15 P.M.

This performance marks the American debut of TONK, a new
Amsterdam/New York-based ensemble comprised of musicians, performers,
composers, visual artists, dancers, and writers. TONK's aims are: to
create ground-breaking, collaborative works that will unite disparate
audiences; to explore the place of contemporary music in our cultures; and
to redefine the borders between disciplines and styles of music.

The pairing of TONK and MATA has led to the creation of a hybrid
theatrical-musical event, THE FENCES SHOW, which focuses a new light on the
concerns of
young artists in various disciplines. The featured composers, who represent
a wide spectrum of styles, were brought together through a joint search by
MATA and TONK, resulting in new works by Dan Worley, Derek Bermel, Toek
Numan, Wiek Hijmans, Lisa Bielawa, and Aaron Stewart. The composers were
presented with the text of an allegorical story written by TONK poet Wendy
S Walters and invited to choose which section they wanted to interperet and
which medium(s) they wanted to use. The result is a performance in which
the story is a throughline, expressed in music, text, and dance. Other music
in THE FENCES SHOW includes works by Duke Ellington and Brian Ferneyhough, and
a U.S. premiere by Maarten Altena.

TONK is: Derek Bermel, clarinets; Mark Haanstra, electric bass/double bass;
Wiek Hijmans, electric guitar; Ned McGowan, flutes; Mark Stone, percussion;
Rona Taylor, director/designer; Kimako X Trotman, vocals; Tanisha Thompson,
actor; Sheron Wray, choreographer/dancer; and Wendy S. Walters, poet.

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 further information call Hillary
Jackson at 212.675.9629.

Music At The Anthology (MATA) was founded last year by composer-performers
Philip Glass, Eleanor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa and is housed at the
Anthology Film Archives in the heart of the East Village. MATA offers a forum
for a wide range of ensemble music, drawing from the increasingly rich
electro-acoustic, jazz, mulitmedia and chamber music traditions, written by
emerging composers and music-makers from around the world. "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."