Hotel Elefant is a flexible roster of twenty musicians dedicated to the music of innovative, living composers. As the availability of our roster changes from project to project, the nature of any final works and potential participants is an evolving, creative process. In addition to its own residency period, Hotel Elefant will be featured in several curator/artist in residency concerts in Featured Dates: January-May 2016.
January will feature a recording of a 15 minutes piece by Matt Frey entitled One-Eleven Heavy-a short opera that explores the relationship of humans to air travel for singers, 8-16 instrumentalists, and electronic track.
May will feature Hotel Elefant’s first album release concert of Matt Mark’s music for 4 vocalists and 8 instrumentalists. Vocalists include: Melissa Hughes, Jeffrey Gavett, and Matt Marks.
“Songs of Love & Violence” (working title) is a collection of psychological and dramatic vocal works: first-person stories that explore various facets of the psychologically-bizarre. Each work touches on an accompanying social issue: media violence, sexual identity, and criminal mental health issues. Marks reflects, “On the heels of so many highly-publicized tragic events related to mental health in recent years – from suicides to school shootings – these works are psychological investigations into minds from which seemingly unexplainable tragedies arise, told from their own perspective.”
Founded by composers Leaha Maria Villarreal and Mary Kouyoumdjian, Hotel Elefant brings an awareness of today’s music to the general public through commissions, performances, and moderated discussions between composers, performers, and audiences. Committed to modern sounds and sonic explorations, this “audacious and unafraid” (New Music Box) ensemble highlights living composers who are blurring lines, pushing boundaries, and fostering creativity. With a flexible roster of more than twenty musicians, Hotel Elefant works closely with a broad spectrum of progressive artists including John Luther Adams, Richard Carrick, Michael Gordon, David T. Little, Angélica Negrón, and Chinary Ung. Past performances include Lincoln Center, Look and Listen Festival, and the Bang on a Can Marathon; collaborations with Kronos Quartet and The Nouveau Classical Project; partnerships with BalletCollective, Experiments in Opera, and Ear Heart Music; and a debut Carnegie Hall performance praised by The New York Times as “deeply felt.”
The ensemble has enjoyed the attention of such outlets and publications as Alex Ross’ blog The Rest is Noise, radio station Q2 Music, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Time Out New York hails Hotel Elefant as “one of New York’s fastest rising new-music outfits.”