February 27, 2012 at 7:30pm
La MaMa and CultureHub Presents
Featuring: Manu Delago (Björk’s percussionist and Hang player), Graduale Nobili (Bjork Choir), Peter Gordon, Kit Fitzgerald and special guests.
A mix of La MaMa veterans, newcomers, and a choir perform together in celebration of La MaMa’s 50th Season with video, saxophones, synthesize and sitar.
Manu Delago was born in Tyrol, Innsbruck, and took music lessons as a child in accordion and piano. As a 14-year-old, he played drums for various rock bands, and in 2003 his rock band HotchPotch won the Austrian Band Contest. During the same period, Delago was also drumming for Austrian pop idol Starmania winner Michael Tschuggnall. After graduating from the Mozarteum, Innsbruck, in classical percussion, Delago moved to London and studied jazz drums at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, beginning his focus on the Swiss instrument Hang. He took arranging and orchestration lessons with Scott Stroman and Matthew King which led him to study composition at the Trinity College of Music in London. After completing his studies, he worked as a composer, ensemble leader and musician. Since 2007 he has performed internationally in more than twenty countries on five continents and provided music for film. Manu Delago is the percussionist and hand player for the Björk Biophilia residencies in 2011 and has performed in Manchester and Reykjavík. http://www.manudelago.com/
Graduale Nobili was founded in the autumn of 2000. The choir comprises 24 girls who have been selected from among those who have sung with the Langholtskirkja Graduale Choir. All the members of the choir have pursued musical studies, and many aim for a career in music. The choir was immediately well received and after its first independent concert, critics heaped praise upon the new choir. “I declare that no Icelandic choir has sprung up fully-formed at its first concert like Jón Stefánsson’s new girls’ choir. This is not lightly said, but here everything came together: vocal discipline was perfect, the quality of the voices indisputable, and musical singing far more polished than one is accustomed to. These girls were, literally, wonderful.” (Morgunblaðið review, Bergþóra Jónsdóttir) The choir participated in the European Youth Choirs Competition at Kalundborg, Denmark, in April 2001, where it was placed second. The choir’s conductor from it’s foundation has been Jón Stefánsson.
Peter Gordon is an American experimental composer and musician, whose music draws from influences as diverse as jazz, opera, rock and world music. He has released several albums, and has also composed film and theatre scores. Gordon earned a BA in composition at University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Kenneth Gaburo and Roger Reynolds; he earned an MFA at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, where he studied with Robert Ashley and Terry Riley. In addition to his own work, and that with his Love of Life Orchestra, he has appeared on or composed music for albums by Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, David Johansen, The Flying Lizards, David Van Tieghem, Lawrence Weiner, and Arthur Russell. In 2008 an excerpt of his opera (with artist Lawrence Weiner) “The Society Architect Ponders the Golden Gate Bridge” was issued on the compilation album Crosstalk: American Speech Music (Bridge Records) produced by Mendi + Keith Obadike. Most recently, Gordon wrote the scores for the serial mystery drama “The Necklace”, presented by The Talking Band. He also worked on the soundtrack to Desperate Housewives. Peter Gordon currently resides in New Rochelle, New York. In 2007, James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem used Gordon’s classic Downtown tracks “Beginning of the Heartbreak” and “Don’t Don’t” to open their highly-acclaimed dance mix Fabriclive 36. In 2010, DFA Records released remixes by Gordon of “Beginning of the Heartbreak/Don’t Don’t” and “That Hat,” cowritten with Arthur Russell. petergordon.com
Kit Fitzgerald Combining what she terms the “cool, electronic art of video and the warmer, naturalist arts of painting and music,” Kit Fitzgerald creates gestural works that suggest vibrant moving canvases. Working with the Fairlight Computer Video Instrument (CVI), Fitzgerald generates and orchestrates imagery in real time, creating vivid compositions of color, form, light, time, and sound that unfold by the artist’s hand. Since 1985, she has applied this technique of improvisational “video painting” to live music/video performances with musicians, including Peter Gordon, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Max Roach. Fitzgerald trained as a painter, and her video drawings, with their lush palettes and rich textures made kinetic by electronic manipulation, display an evocative visual sensibility. Modelling her pictorial aesthetic on musical composition, she builds visual rhythm through theme and variations. Her tactile manipulation of the medium — the physicality of the gesture — results in what she terms “technology with a humanness.” Prior to her work with the Fairlight CVI, Fitzgerald won acclaim for her innovative body of video works produced in collaboration with John Sanborn. Fitzgerald is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Program. She was artist-in-residence at the Television Laboratory at WNET/Thirteen from 1977 to 1982, and has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980. She was a 1989 Fellow of the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women. Fitzgerald’s work has been broadcast around the world, and exhibited at festivals and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Gallery Watari, Tokyo; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Bonn Videonale; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She lives in New York.