Concrete Timbre

Todays Date: 10/18/19
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Concrete Timbre is a composer-driven performance collective that creates interdisciplinary theatrical productions featuring live contemporary music. Our mission is to stay ahead of the curve to be a driving force in fostering opportunities for composers and theatrical creators to collaborate and nurture new talent (of any age) in our productions. We focus on sharing cultural perspectives through the exchange of artistic and historical ideas through high quality public performances that combine original music and texts, with elements of dance, imagery, and design. www.ConcreteTimbre.com


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

VOYAGE DE OUF (PERFORMED IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH TITLES)  | Open: 10/17/19 Close: 10/19/19
Voyage de Ouf by Sylvaine Hinglais is an inventive theatrical production with a mosaic of allegorical skits, each with its own color, humor and emotion. The music is live, original, and contemporary, evoking the magic of soaring dreams. 

The word OUF is French verlan (a cool Francophone slang) for the word FOU (crazy) that is pronounced backwards! 

Ouf are on the train. Ouf wait for a bus, a truck, a boat. Ouf walk straight ahead. They come from everywhere, without knowing where they are going. Ouf feel violence and the need for love intimately intertwined. Some sleep at a beach campsite, others at refugee camps. Some dream of a lost face, others of being able to eat. All hope to find a place in the sun. In the sun? But as the earth turns, the sun moves constantly. So, when do we get there? 

Performed in French with English titles.

 


About the Company: Concrete Timbre

Concrete Timbre is a composer-driven performance collective that creates interdisciplinary theatrical productions featuring live contemporary music. Our mission is to stay ahead of the curve to be a driving force in fostering opportunities for composers and theatrical creators to collaborate and nurture new talent (of any age) in our productions. We focus on sharing cultural perspectives through the exchange of artistic and historical ideas through high quality public performances that combine original music and texts, with elements of dance, imagery, and design. www.ConcreteTimbre.com

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Production History

A/K/A Benj (Franklin's Women)  | Open: 08/24/19 Close: 08/25/19
Franklin was a man of letters. In more ways than one. But in some sense you can say he was a woman of letters too.  As a voracious writer, he created several heteronyms (imaginary female characters with their own history and experiences) as well as stories about women (e.g. Silence Dogood, Polly Baker, Sidi Mehmet Ibrahim, a Witch Trial at Mount Holly, and Madame Brillon). To disguise himself, he imagines just about everything in his life is different. His empathy was deep. It allowed him, eventually, to see other people in a profound way.

To disguise himself, he imagines just about everything in his life is different. His empathy was deep. It allowed him, eventually, to see other people in a profound way.

Original music is composed by Franklin’s Women - Ana Paola Santillán Alcocer, Whitney George, Stephanie Greig, Jinhee Han, and Ann Warren. Each composition takes as its starting point a different creation of Ben Franklin's imagination.

The words of Benjamin Franklin are woven into a timely script by Nancy Greening. Choreography is by Johari Mayfield.

A/K/A Benj (Franklin's Women) is performed by Aleksandra Venancio (Narrator), Johari Mayfield (Dancer), Rose Kow Xiu Yi (Violin), Jasper Davis (Bass Trombone), and Thomas Feng (Piano).

Running time is approximately 70 minutes without an intermission.

Concrete Timbre is proud to announce our two performances of A/K/A Benj (Franklin’s Women) at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House:

Performances are on:

Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 25 at 4:00 pm

(running time is approximately 75 minutes, no intermission)

 


About the Company: Concrete Timbre

 

Concrete Timbre is a composer-driven performance collective that creates interdisciplinary theatrical productions featuring live contemporary music. Our mission is to stay ahead of the curve to be a driving force in fostering opportunities for composers and theatrical creators to collaborate and nurture new talent (of any age) in our productions. We focus on sharing cultural perspectives through the exchange of artistic and historical ideas through high quality public performances that combine original music and texts, with elements of dance, imagery, and design. www.ConcreteTimbre.com

 

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Dziewczyna (Polish for "girl")  | Open: 12/09/11 Close: 12/10/11
 

Dziewczyna (Polish for "girl") is an 80 minute theatrical concert that tells the story of a Polish girl named Elzbieta.

It begins in August 1956 as Sopot, Poland hosts its first ever Jazz Festival. Jazz was emerging from the underground and seen as a symbol of freedom and liberation. Four-year-old Elzbieta watches her father’s counterculture jazz ensemble play at the festival. Later, in October 1956, Maksymilian Jach and band member Janusz Tumas travel to Warsaw to protest, demanding the government release the jailed Cardinal Wyszynski. Maks is arrested and disappears, sending Elzbieta on a lifelong quest for her father shaping her role as a family member, woman, and citizen, her Polish identity, and a way to tell her story.

In a series of flashback vignettes, live jazz, classical and electronic musical selections, Elzbieta recounts her life in communist Poland and missing her lost father. Through videos and historical photography, we witness her scarring memories of soviet tanks outside Warsaw in 1956; share in her poignant reminiscences as she grows from a young girl to a young woman; and observe as she chronicles searching for her father, the deaths of family members and friends, protests met with violence and repression, and a life that is constantly threatened by the regime whose official image directly opposes the rapidly developing political and artistic movements. It is through this turmoil that Elzbieta develops the desire to stand up for liberty and for Poland. 

As the Solidarity movement spreads, our story comes to a close. In December 1981, Elzbieta revisits her horrible memories when tanks return to the streets as martial law is declared, but this time she is ready to stand up and fight for freedom. In an act of solidarity with our audience, we present a montage of the events that will shape Poland in the 1980s and the future republic. Where Dziewczyna ends, the modern Polish journey begins.

Original Music & Sound composed by Ann Warren, Chris Kadis Moscato, Christopher Dickson

Dramaturge - Nancy Greening

Projections and Original Videos by Robert Morton

Additional Video by Allan Markowitz

Setting, Screen & Equipment Design - Richard Sage;

Lighting Design - Milim Sung

Costume Designer - Catherine Siracusa

Fashion Advisor - Colleen Fletcher Miller

 

performed by concrete timbre

Ian J. Baggette – Bass

Angelo Di Loreto – Piano

Manuela Le Chler - Alto Sax; 

Aleksandra Miglowiec – Flute;

Robert Morton – Projections

Chris Kadis Moscato – Computer

Mauricio de Souza – Drums;

Ann Warren - Computer, Electronics

Keiji Yoshino – Guitar; 

Michael Stebbins - Voiceovers

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Dziewczyna (Polish for "girl")  | Open: 12/16/11 Close: 12/17/11
 

 

Dziewczyna (Polish for "girl") is an 80 minute theatrical concert that tells the story of a Polish girl named Elzbieta.

It begins in August 1956 as Sopot, Poland hosts its first ever Jazz Festival. Jazz was emerging from the underground and seen as a symbol of freedom and liberation. Four-year-old Elzbieta watches her father’s counterculture jazz ensemble play at the festival. Later, in October 1956, Maksymilian Jach and band member Janusz Tumas travel to Warsaw to protest, demanding the government release the jailed Cardinal Wyszynski. Maks is arrested and disappears, sending Elzbieta on a lifelong quest for her father shaping her role as a family member, woman, and citizen, her Polish identity, and a way to tell her story.

In a series of flashback vignettes, live jazz, classical and electronic musical selections, Elzbieta recounts her life in communist Poland and missing her lost father. Through videos and historical photography, we witness her scarring memories of soviet tanks outside Warsaw in 1956; share in her poignant reminiscences as she grows from a young girl to a young woman; and observe as she chronicles searching for her father, the deaths of family members and friends, protests met with violence and repression, and a life that is constantly threatened by the regime whose official image directly opposes the rapidly developing political and artistic movements. It is through this turmoil that Elzbieta develops the desire to stand up for liberty and for Poland. 

As the Solidarity movement spreads, our story comes to a close. In December 1981, Elzbieta revisits her horrible memories when tanks return to the streets as martial law is declared, but this time she is ready to stand up and fight for freedom. In an act of solidarity with our audience, we present a montage of the events that will shape Poland in the 1980s and the future republic. Where Dziewczyna ends, the modern Polish journey begins.

Dziewczyna is a part of HEREstay, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

Original Music & Sound composed by Ann Warren, Chris Kadis Moscato, Christopher Dickson
Dramaturge - Nancy Greening
Projections and Original Videos by Robert Morton
Additional Video by Allan Markowitz
Setting, Screen & Equipment Design - Richard Sage;
Lighting Design - Milim Sung
Costume Designer - Catherine Siracusa
Fashion Advisor - Colleen Fletcher Miller

performed by concrete timbre
Ian J. Baggette – Bass
Angelo Di Loreto – Piano
Manuela Le Chler - Alto Sax; 
Aleksandra Miglowiec – Flute;
Robert Morton – Projections
Chris Kadis Moscato – Computer
Mauricio de Souza – Drums;
Ann Warren - Computer, Electronics
Keiji Yoshino – Guitar; 
Michael Stebbins - Voiceovers



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LAST SATURDAYS SALON #2 - MIX 1, 2, 3, 4  | Open: 02/28/15 Close: 02/28/15
The second of an eight-concert series of new music, sound, words, & images by artists wanting to develop their art by working outside their comfort zone to create challenging new compositions, all in an intimate setting.

Featuring compositions of Solos, Duets, Trios, and Quartets for Alto Sax, Viola, Trombone, Flute, and Percussion by Concrete Timbre affiliated artists.

Compositions by: Ivy Adrian,  Chris Dickson, Whitney George, Stephanie Greig,  Manuela Lechler, and Ann Warren.

Performers lined up so far: Manuela Le Chler, Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos, Alice Jones, Joe Tucker, David Whitwell, David Green, and Fedly Daniel.

There are only 30 seats, and tickets are $10 available at https://cti.tixato.com/buy/mix-1234-last-saturdays-salon-2

 

Complete information about the program and directions to The Drawing Room at: www.ConcreteTimbre.com


About the Company: concrete timbre

Concrete Timbre (founded 1999) is a composer-driven performance collective. The foundation of our art is to add bold interdisciplinary performances to the contemporary music canon by creating opportunities for composers to work in multidisciplinary settings that often defy categorization.  www.ConcreteTimbre.com

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Last Saturdays Salon #1 - Reunion  | Open: 01/31/15 Close: 01/31/15
The first of an eight-concert series of new music, sound, words, & images by artists wanting to develop their art by working outside their comfort zone to create challenging new compositions, all in an intimate setting.

Featuring jazz and classical compositions by Concrete Timbre affiliated artists including: Ivy Adrian, Whitney George, Nancy Greening, Manuela Lechler, Kyoko Oyobe, Milica Paranosic, and Ann Warren who perform along with David A. Green, Christopher Hall, Aleksandra Miglowiec, and Joe Tucker.

Complete information about the program and directions to The Drawing Room at:
www.ConcreteTimbre.com

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RED BALLOON SALON FEATURING THE COBALT SAXOPHONE QUARTET  | Open: 08/08/19 Close: 08/08/19
A great way to spend a Thursday evening in August! The Red Balloon Salon features compositions for the Cobalt Saxophone Quartet by Concrete Timbre affiliated composers.

You'll hear nine new compositions inspired by childhood, freedom, curiosity, air, & times gone by (with genres ranging from jazz to classical to folk).

Composers include: tom blatt, Sunhee Cho, Stephanie Greig, Jinhee Han, Seongmi Kim, Sunny Knable, Gene Pritsker, Ann Warren, and Jackie Yang.

The Cobalt Quartet features: Raymond Kelly (Soprano Sax), Anthony Izzo (Alto Sax), Ryan Mantell (Tenor Sax), and Josh Lang (Baritone Sax).

One Night Only!!

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

National Opera Center

330 Seventh Avenue

New York City


About the Company: Concrete Timbre

Concrete Timbre is a composer-driven performance collective that creates interdisciplinary theatrical productions featuring live contemporary music. Our mission is to stay ahead of the curve to be a driving force in fostering opportunities for composers and theatrical creators to collaborate and nurture new talent (of any age) in our productions. We focus on sharing cultural perspectives through the exchange of artistic and historical ideas through high quality public performances that combine original music and texts, with elements of dance, imagery, and design. www.ConcreteTimbre.com

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UN LIEU DE VIE  | Open: 10/26/14 Close: 11/03/14
Un Lieu de Vie is an experiential piece that is loosely based on the 1917 Jean Cocteau - Erik Satie - Pablo Picasso collaboration of the ballet Parade. It represents the collective memory of Erik, an eccentric, memory-starved, and lonely New York artist who seeks glimpses of the past while wandering the streets of Manhattan. Through Erik's rumination, we are transported to specific locales at various stages of his life. We experience Erik's memories through the clamor of sounds, sights, and rhythms that embolden him to fulfill his destiny. Performed in English & French

Producer/Creator: Allan Markowitz and concrete timbre & d'moiselles

Composers:  Chris Chappell, Whitney George, Lillian Redl, Ann Warren, and Erik Satie

Writers:  Carina Beckerman, Terence Diamond, Mark Farnen, Nancy Greening, Sylvaine Hinglais, Ann Warren, and Erik Satie

Projections:  Robert Morton

Director:  Ann Warren

Music Director:  Whitney George

Choreographer:  Michelle Stuckey

Production Stage Manager:  Joanne Schwartzberg

Musicians:  Piano:  Melinda Faylor, Double Bass:  Emilio Guarino, Percussion:  Joe Tucker, Violin/Viola: Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos, Trombone: David Whitwell, and Saxophone:  Manuela Lechler

Performers: Nathalie Bryant, Fedly Daniel, David A. Green, Samantha Grassian, Zilong Zee


About the Company: concrete timbre

Concrete Timbre (founded 1999) is a composer-driven performance collective. The foundation of our art is to add bold interdisciplinary performances to the contemporary music canon by creating opportunities for composers to work in multidisciplinary settings that often defy categorization.  www.ConcreteTimbre.com

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