Tuesday, April 2, 2019
1 Rivington Street / 2nd Floor (Buzzer #1) / New York, NY
6:30pm (doors) / 7:00pm (event)
Tickets: $15 general / $10 students / $100 festival pass/ free for members

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, culminating in the World Premiere of Legion (for 8 flutes and 8 pianos) by Alex Burtzos.

Other composers on the program include Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Paula Matthusen and Mike Perdue.

This concert is part of



Metropolis Ensemble x BLUEPRINTS Piano Series

March 19 - April 21, 2019

1 Rivington Street, New York City

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.


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

RighteousGIRLS / ensemble

As RighteousGIRLS, New York-based flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi “Rattle speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects" (NYC Jazz Record) while continually expanding their creative reach by bringing 21st century music to new audiences and commissioning works that root themselves in classical idioms but draw from other genres.  

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Alex Burtzos/ composer

Alex Burtzos is an American composer and conductor based in New York City and Orlando, FL.  His works, which bristle with "biting contemporary edge," have been performed across four continents.  Alex has collaborated with some of the world's foremost contemporary musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Contemporaneous, ETHEL, loadbang, Jenny Lin, RighteousGIRLS, and many others.  He is the founder and artistic director of ICEBERG New Music, a New York-based composers' collective, and the conductor of the hip-hop/classical chamber orchestra ShoutHouse.

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Andy Akiho/ composer

Described as "mold-breaking," "alert and alive," "dramatic," and "vital" by The New York Times, Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. Recent engagements include commissioned premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW; a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and three concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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Paula Matthusen/ composer

Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker noted as being “entrancing”. Her work often considers discrepancies in musical space—real, imagined, and remembered.

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Ambrose Akinmusire/ composer

During his 15-year career, Ambrose Akinmusire has paradoxically situated himself in both the center and the periphery of jazz, most recently emerging in classical and hip hop circles. He’s on a perpetual quest for new paradigms, masterfully weaving inspiration from other genres, arts, and life in general into compositions that are as poetic and graceful as they are bold and unflinching. His unorthodox approach to sound and composition make him a regular on critics polls and have earned him earned him grants and commissions from the Doris Duke Foundation, the MAP Fund, the Kennedy Center

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Mike Perdue/ composer

Mike Perdue is a composer, percussionist, and operations manager in New York City. His career as a performer spans numerous genres and settings, including chamber music, orchestra, solo percussion, and drum corps. As a chamber player, Perdue has appeared with New York groups Tactus and Ensemble Mise-En, Atlanta’s Sonic Generator, and Alia Musica Pittsburgh. He was a main stage evening concert soloist at the 2005 PASIC convention in Columbus, Ohio. As a composer, he has received commissions from the RighteousGIRLS duo Gina Izzo and Erika Dohi, marimbist She-e Wu, the 2012 Acht Brücken festival in Cologne, and the Norway-based NorthArc Percussion.

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