Sound Departures 2017

January 20 - January 22, 2017


The Club

Friday and Saturday at 10PM; Sunday at 6PM

A Weekend of New Music Ideas Featuring Three Artists Each Night

Curated by Gian Marco Lo Forte & Nicky Paraiso

Sound Departures is a new music series featuring cross-disciplinary musicians who explore new genres and known music idioms. The series features upcoming and established musicians each evening that will share new work. Three shows – one weekend: Friday January 20 and Saturday January 21 10pm; Sunday January 22 at 6pm. Featured artists include:
Alt-folk songwriter Ziemba who will present LALA, a new sonic scenes from Ardis; Award-winning musicians and theatre makers Julia Sirna-Frest and Shane Chapman to perform Welcome to the Gun Show: A Chekhovian Song Cycle; Composer and musician Clint Borzoni to present male singers duets from his Queer Opera Antinous and Hadrian; Composer/electronicist Guy Barash’s new project Guy & the Graphics interpreting graphic scores; singer songwriter Gareth Hobbs who blends folk, rock, blues and electronica; musician of Sci-Fi folk songs Rags Parkland (alter ego of songwriter Andrew R. Butler).

Friday, January 20 at 10pm


Clint Borzoni
with Cory Clines, Christopher Sokołowski, Jennifer Peterson,
& Edward Ficklin

Composer and musician Clint Borzoni presents duets from his Queer Opera Antinous and Hadrian with male singers Cory Clines and Christopher Sokołowski.


Gareth Hobbs

Singer songwriter and instrumentalist Gareth Hobbs blends folk, rock, blues and electronica.

Saturday January 21 at 10pm


Gavin Price, John Gasper,
& Jack Frederick

Musicians and multi-instrumentalists perform ONE SMALL STEP an experimental musical of the lunar landing in July of 1969 to incorporate NASA transcript.



Alt-folk songwriter Ziemba (Rene Kaldzyk) who will present LALA, a new sonic scenes from Ardis.

Brittane Rowe

 Brittane experiments with the sounds of gospel music

Sunday January 22 at 6pm


Guy Barash: Guy & the Graphics

Composer/electronicist Guy Barash presents his new project Guy & the Graphics interpreting graphic scores.
Guy Barash's audio and video installation includes an audience participation element: You are encouraged to bring small instruments, toys and other noise-making devices.


Julia Sirna-Frest and Shane Chapman

Award-winning musicians and theatre makers Julia Sirna-Frest and Shane Chapman to perform Welcome to the Gun Show: A Chekhovian Song Cycle



Rags Parkland: Andrew Butler

Musician of Sci-Fi folk songs Rags Parkland (alter ego of songwriter Andrew R. Butler) sings about robots, apocalypse and love, written during his time as an interstellar stowaway, serving a sentence of hard labor on Mars.

About the Artists

Fearless in his quest for uncovering sonic beauty in unexpected places, composer Guy Barash abandons the confines of genre, inventing a sound world that is uniquely his own. Often juxtaposing improvised materials with composed ones, Barash creates multi-metric environments in which he explores the perception of time and memory. He commonly applies electronic processing to acoustic instruments, and employs microtonality to create psychologically disorienting atmospheres.
Award-winning composer Clint Borzoni is the current Composer-in-Residence with Musica Marin, and his compositions have been performed internationally. His lyrical and harmonically driven music has been presented by the American Lyric Theater, the American Opera Projects, Arizona Opera, the Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, Fort Worth Opera, the Mannes Percussion Ensemble, the New York Youth Symphony, the Merola Opera Program, Opera America, operamission, Opera On Tap, and many others."
Andrew R. Butler is a composer, writer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. In Ars Nova's Uncharted writers' group, he wrote music and lyrics for Finn the Fearless with playwright Andrew Farmer. Also with Farmer: Blessing, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons Downtown and developed at Yale Institute for Music Theatre; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, commissioned by TheaterWorksUSA; and American Cryptids in The Civilians R&D Group. He wrote music/lyrics for The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theater Festival); sci-fi folk-musical Rags Parkland; musical-sketch comedy group Political Subversities; and co-music for Jaclyn Backhaus' Folk Wandering. Andrew's works have also received development through the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, The Aspen Theatre Festival, Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround PlayGroup, and The Polyphone Festival at University of the Arts. He is a co-founder of experimental theater company harunalee, currently in residence at BAX. Andrew holds a BFA in Drama from NYU's Experimental Theater Wing.
Shane Chapman (Composter/Performer) is a singer and composer living in Brooklyn. He composed music for William Burke’s Comfort Dogs and Jake Hooker's This is It . He is the lead singer and songwriter for the Brooklyn Americana band, Anacortes and is currently working on their second album.  He also sings and plays guitar in Doll Parts, Brooklyn’s premiere Dolly Parton Cover Band.
Jack Frederick writes and performs with digital sketch team the Season Two Show, PITtv, the St. Fortune Theater Collective, the monthly late night/sketch show This Live Show, and with the indie team Hot Boss. He performs regularly on Maude night at UCB. For more visit
John Gasper is a theatermaker and musician. He has performed with Advanced Beginner Group, Trusty Sidekick, Designated Movement Co. and others. He is currently in pursuit of MFA at PIMA, Brooklyn College.
Gareth Hobbs is a singer songwriter who blends folk, rock, blues and electronica in his work. Gareth brings his unique voice and performance style as a solo performer to The Club stage.
Gavin Price is co-founder of St Fortune and ensemble member of Elevator Repair Service. He also performs with 7 Daughters of Eve, Designated Movement Co., and CabinFever. He is a sound designer and MoCap technician.
Brittane Rowe is so excited to be joining Sound Departures at La MaMA! Brittane has been living in NYC for the past six years working in theatre and as a background singer for various indie bands.  She primarily works at The Flea Theatre where she is a member of the Acting Company “The Bats”.  You can find her performing in “Gemini Stars” at The Exponential Festival and at A.R.T. in “American Mill” with Pioneers Go East Collective this year.
Julia Sirna-Frest (Composer/Performer) is a performer, singer and teaching artist.  She is a founding member of the Obie award winning theater company Half Straddle. She plays ukulele and sings in Doll Parts, Brooklyn's premiere Dolly Parton Cover Band. In addition to her work with Half Straddle she has collaborated with; Mac Wellman, Sibyl Kempson, Erin Courtney and William Burke. 
Ziemba's hypnotic songs provide solace during catastrophic weather events, and frequently grace exotic terrain here on planet Earth, from episodes of Comedy Central's Broad City to the French Institute in Fez, Morocco. Her debut full length Hope is Never provides strong arsenal in the fight against nihilism, with hopeful ballads of decay and the infinite; while her most recent release, LALA, inhabits the psyche of a succubus and smells like juniper berries & dragon’s blood.