An abundant night of music curated by NYC composer/sound artist Sxip Shirey.
Performances of traditional mbira music arranged for Quintet of the Americas and the band Timbila, featuring UK-based Zimbabwean mbira master Chartwell Dutiro
“Winter Seed” by Rima Fand arranged for Quintet of the Americas
“Hits and Misses” by Mazz Swift, performed by Swift and Marika Hughes
Electronic percussion and digital turntablism with NYC Haitian artist Val Inc.
The multiphonic piece for solo oboe “OH BOY!” performed by Matt Sulivan of the Quintet of the Americas
PLUS: “Latency”, a new piece by Sxip Shirey featuring sound objects that include 5 electronic mechanical reverse disc music boxes and singer/composer Aaron Roche. “Latency” is a David Bowie Tribute.
Chartwell Dutiro has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music.
Quintet of the Americas is one of the longest-running wind quintets in North America. Established in Bogotá in 1976 and based in New York City since 1979, Quintet of the Americas (QOA) has spent over three decades commissioning over 70 works, performing over three hundred concerts throughout the United States, and in Canada, the Caribbean, South America and Eastern Europe, and recording eight CDs.
Val-Inc (Val Jeanty) is a Haitian-born composer, percussionist and turntablist, who uses technology to lead listeners into her dream- like expressionism of Afro-Creole and “Afro- Electronica®” compositions. Her works invite the World of the unseen as she incorporates her African Haitian Musical traditions into the present and beyond, combining acoustics with electronics, and the archaic with the post-modern.
Rima Fand is a Brooklyn-based composer, musician and vocalist with a passion for vibrant sounds of folk music as well as the inventive, new sounds of contemporary music. Her favorite place from which to create is on that edge where the traditional meets the experimental.
Timbila is a New York based Afrodelic group. Timbila reinvents some of the most beautiful music traditions of Zimbabwe and Mozambique with an East Village edge.
Mazz Swift is Violin/Vox/Freestyle Composition artist. She is critically acclaimed as one of America’s most talented and versatile performers today and engages audiences worldwide with her signature weaving of composition and improvisation called MazzMuse. Aside from her work as a performing artist, Ms. Swift is a composer. Her works include commissions by The University of Delaware, Neues Kabarett (through a Meet-the- Composer grant), The New Harmony Music School & Festival, and the Blaffer Foundation. Several of her pieces for atypical chamber ensemble have been performed
live and also replayed on National Public Radio. Mazz is also a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall’s Musical connections program and conducts workshops on free improvisation in the States and abroad; most recently completing a residency in New
Orleans entailing leading professional development sessions for members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and workshops with their students. She has traveled to Suriname, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Albania and Siberia as cultural ambassador sponsored by the United States Department of State.
Sxip Shirey is a composer/producer and performer based in New York City. He most recently toured internationally with the theater/circus arts production “LIMBO” which was developed between Strut N Fret productions in Australia and Underbelly in London with South Bank Center as a co-producer. Shirey teaches at the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrickstad Norway, which Shirey considers “The Black Mountain College of NOW. Shirey has been a featured performer at TED. He wrote the music for the short film “Statuesque”; written and directed by Neil Gaiman and staring Bill Nighy and most recently lead the band at Madonna’s Birthday Party in the Hamptons. Shirey is a 2011 United States Artist Fellow. He is currently working on the music for “Excuse Me, There’s a Faggot in My Closet”, a new musical by writer Craig Harwood and a piece for the Make Music New York to be performed on the Highline in NYC called “The Gauntlet”, a choral performance featuring a walk-through experience for the listeners.