IN VISIBLE ROADS 

IN VISIBLE ROADS


Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

March 19 - April 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street, New York City

Photo credit: © Pedro Barbeito — James Webb I — 2013 — private collection Washington, D.C.

In Visible Roads is a pan-stylistic festival and musical cartography with the piano at guiding compass. Involving 20 pianists, 28 living composers, and 9 instrumental collaborators, Metropolis Ensemble and the Blueprints Piano Series (co-led by pianists Erika Dohi and Daniel Anastasio) together bring seemingly disparate jazz artists and improvisers, classical and contemporary specialists, revealing hidden paths and meeting places to illustrate new musical landscapes.

Dedicated to creating a future for classical music that is of and for the time we live in, Metropolis Ensemble’s driving force is its founder and artistic director, Andrew Cyr, a Grammy Award-nominated orchestra conductor. Metropolis Ensemble through its unique collaborative process, exists to support ascending contemporary classical performers and composers, often engaging them with other bleeding-edge cultural innovators and artists. Metropolis Ensemble events result through intense small group collaborations between its Resident Artists, Composers, and Artistic Director Andrew Cyr. These collaborations start with the initial conceptualization and don’t end until the last performance. An agile, evolving collective of composers and performers, Metropolis Ensemble thrives in a state of creative flux. Resident Artists and Composers rotate in and out and eventually become Alumni; new talent is constantly brought in; every presentation’s concept and many venues are different; and most of Metropolis Ensemble’s music is new.

Yamaha CF6 premium grand piano provided by Yamaha Artist Services New York.

Americana

Kristin Lee & Jeremy Jordan 

Celebrating a diversity of 20th-century American music from ragtime to today, with a special emphasis on improvisation.

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

 
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Piano As Machine:

Timbre and Technology of a Most Familiar Instrument

Patrick Higgins & Conrad Tao 

An artist talk featuring composer Patrick Higgins and pianist Conrad Tao in which the surprising history of the keyboard will be examined from a contemporary and creative perspective.

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm


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Inner Dialogues

Mark Dover & Guy Mintus 

After a solo set by jazz and world-music improviser and composer Guy Mintus (piano), Mintus will unite with virtuoso clarinetist Mark Dover for an evening of fertile cross-stylistic collaboration, including improvisations and the presentation of new, original works.

Monday, Mar 25, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

 
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Parallax

Kati Agócs & Conor Hanick

Kati Agócs’s A Stone’s Throw composer series with Metropolis Ensemble merges with In Visible Roads to spotlight pianist Conor Hanick (with friends) performing musical paraphrases.

Friday, Mar 29, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

 
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Legion

RighteousGIRLS

RighteousGIRLS, a piano and flute duo who explore beyond the acoustic medium, expand their sonic world with a program that highlights immersive multi-track layering, field recordings, improvisation, and electronica.

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm

 
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In the Mists  

Lisa Moore 

Through forest scenes and horizons complete with mists, hunts, and a healing song by Ishi, this concert links European and American composers with abundant, imaginative imagery. From Robert Schumann to Missy Mazzoli, Lisa Moore presents a blended collection of cinematic piano music, inspired by our natural world, and human yearnings. Composers include: Ludwig van Beethoven, Martin Bresnick, Leoš Janáček, Missy Mazzoli, Frederic Rzewski, and Robert Schumann.

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
7:00pm


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Synesthetic Vibrations 

Pianists Daniel Anastasio, Xak Bjerken, Vicky Chow, David Kaplan, Cory Smythe, soprano Kristina Bachrach and flutist Catherine Gregory

This evening emphasizes the musical voices of composers born with synesthesia, or those for whom specific colors play an important role in their creative process. With works by Andy Akiho, George Crumb, Olivier Messiaen, Alexander Scriabin, and improvisatory interludes by Cory Smythe, this colorful program is framed by a dialogue between natural and supernatural themes. 

 

Friday, April 19, 2019

1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY

7:00pm


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Points of Departure 

Pianists Daniel Anastasio, Xak Bjerken, Kris Davis, Anthony de Mare, Erika Dohi, Kathleen Supove, Gabriel Zucker, violinist Suliman Tekalli, and trumpeter Adam O’Farill

A collection of personal journeys and transformations from Missy Mazzoli's ghostly Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos to Jesse Jones's Handel-inspired Variations on a Fiddle Tune, and Andy Akiho's arrangement of Sondheim's Into The Woods, courageously exploring the process of inspiration, influence, and departure. Additional composers include Randall Woolf, Rodney Sharman and Steven Stucky, with improvisations by Kris Davis, Erika Dohi and Gabriel Zucker.

Saturday, April 20, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY

5:00pm

6:30pm

8:00pm

 
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Ballet Prismatique

Pianists Vicky Chow, Mikael Darmanie, Qing Jiang, David Kaplan, and Dan Tepfer

Dance music of all kinds, from Baroque to contemporary to improvisation, will form a kaleidoscopic ballet without stylistic limits. Includes works by Samuel Carl Adams, Timo Andres, J.S. Bach, Marcos Balter, Michael Brown, Molly Joyce, Gabriel Kahane, Oliver Knussen, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw and Robert Schumann.

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY

5:00pm


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