Neil Rolnick & Guests

Neil Rolnick & Guests

November 16, 2005 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE ACTUAL START TIME: 7:30 PM Location: West Hall Auditorium. For directions to the RPI campus please access the college website at www.rpi.edu and click on “Visit RPI”. iEAR Presents! will feature artist Neil Rolnick & Guests in concert on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 7:30 PM in the West Hall Auditorium on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Admission is $5 for general seating; free with RPI ID. Continually searching for the edges of progressive, experimental and electronic music, composer/synthesist virtuoso Neil B. Rolnick (co-founder of iEAR studios) and guests Todd Reynolds, Kathy Supové and Peter Eldridge, come together in an evening of new and original work. Join us for what is sure to be a milestone event celebrating 20 years of iEAR programming! For directions to the RPI campus please access the college website at www.rpi.edu and click on “Visit RPI”. For more information please call (518) 276-4829. Check out the Roundtable interview on WAMC radio (Airdate 11/14/05 at 10:30 AM): www.neilrolnick.com/sounds/wamc_interview.mp3 ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES NEIL ROLNICK www.neilrolnick.com Neil Rolnick's career since the late 1970s has spanned many areas of musical endeavor, often including unexpected and unusual combinations of materials and media. He has performed his music around the world, and his music has appeared on 12 CD's. Though much of Rolnick's work has been in areas which connect music and technology, and therefore considered in the realm of “experimental” music, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.” In since 2003 he has completed The Shadow Quartet, for the NYC-based string quartet Ethel, Fiddle Faddle, for violinist Todd Reynolds, Body Work for vocalist Joan La Barbara, The Real Thief of Baghdad for Tyrone Henderson, Ambos Mundos for the Quintet of the Americas, Plays Well With Others for Paul Dresher's Electro-Acoustic Band in San Francisco, Making Light of It for baritone Thomas Buckner, and Digits for pianist Kathleen Supové. His most recent CD, Shadow Quartet, was released in March 2005 on the Innova label. Rolnick teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios. PETER ELDRIDGE Peter Eldridge combines all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing, producing and teaching. He has released three solo recordings - his latest album, 'Decorum', the sophisticated pop of 'Fool No More', a collection of his original music produced by Peter and the multitalented Ben Wittman (Patty Larkin, The Story, Lucy Kaplansky), as well as the bittersweet standards found in ‘Stranger in Town’, produced by Peter and Jean Charles Lignel, featuring an all-star cast of jazz luminaries such as Michael Brecker, Lewis Nash, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. Reaction to Peter's solo projects has been very strong. The internet music service allmusicguide.com said of 'Fool No More', "Eldridge belongs in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Van Morrison: singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal.” Peter is also a member of the Grammy award-winning vocal group New York Voices, which Peter co-founded with Darmon Meader. Peter has worked with a diverse and legendary group of artists, among them Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, David Byrne, Jonatha Brooke, George Benson, Patti Austin, the Roches, Betty Buckley, Joshua Redman, Ivan Lins, Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Christian McBride, Jon Hendricks, Linda Eder, and Bill Charlap. Peter is currently writing English lyrics for one of his heroes, Brazilian composer Ivan Lins, and adding his voice to Bobby McFerrin's newest recording project. TODD REYNOLDS The world seems not to be quite enough for the ever-curious mind and mindblowingly active hands of Todd Reynolds, the hardest working violinist / composer / conductor / lecturer in showbiz, hailed by critics as “New York’s reigning classical/jazz violinist.” He just seems to be everywhere and do everything, making it difficult to believe there is only one of him. For Reynolds, it is not a matter of breaking musical boundaries or bending genres—to him, there are simply no borders. He is a true 21st Century artist. Reynolds had the requisite standard training, studying under the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, and receiving degrees from the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stonybrook. He served as Principal Second Violinist of the Rochester Philharmonic, but his interests began to widen. He wanted a way to reconcile playing the instrument he loved with the catholic musical tastes he was developing: pan-genre improvisation, pop, minimalism, Celtic, Indian, African, indigenous Folk, Rock, Jazz, electronics. He’s played violin in and with orchestras, appearing as a guest artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. On the Broadway stage he fiddled and danced opposite Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire in the award-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun; he is also a member of the Betty Buckley band, featuring Kenny Werner. He can also be heard on innumerable television commercials and film soundtracks (including a collaboration with composer Tan Dun on the soundtrack for Fallen, a picture which stars Denzel Washington). He has appeared or recorded with a huge, diverse list of prominent figures, including Yo-Yo Ma (on the legendary Silk Road), Anthony Braxton, Uri Caine, John Cale, Steve Coleman, Joe Jackson, Dave Liebman, Graham Nash, Greg Osby, Marcus Roberts, Wayne Shorter, Bennie Wallace and Cassandra Wilson (to name a few). Reynolds is also a permanent fixture on New York’s rangy downtown scene, playing with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Steve Reich Ensemble (for which he has been an assistant conductor), and was a founding member of the Mahavishnu Project. As a performer, he has premiered works by dozens of the most dangerous American composers, including the likes of Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, David Lang, John King, Julia Wolfe, Elliot Sharp and Randall Wolff. In Still Life With Microphone, his own ‘theater’ show at Gale Gates, The Flea Theater, and Galapagos, accompanied only by the full orchestra which exists inside his laptop, Reynolds has pushed all available envelopes. These shows are full-fledged happenings, sensate circuses which include animation, video, theater, electronics, and a wide (and ever-expanding) swathe of musical styles. Todd Reynolds plays in, and is co-founder of, the mighty, taking-the-town-by-storm string quartet called Ethel. Garnering nothing but a huge pile of critical raves, and just having released their first record on the Cantaloupe label, Ethel has long been the young girl to watch. One of the pieces they tear up on their self-titled record is Reynolds’ own fascinating composition Uh…It All Happened So Fast. As if all of this wasn’t enough, Reynolds recently returned from a critically successful conducting engagement in Palermo, Sicily, where he led the world premiere of Giovanni Sollima’s opera Ellis Island at the legendary Teatro Massimo. He plans to return there, next time presenting American orchestral music. He also leads master classes, improvisation workshops, delivers lectures, and is an all-around excellent proponent of 21st Century concert music, drawing in potential musical artists and future enthusiastic, enlightened audience members. KATHLEEN SUPOVÉ Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what it means to be a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist in today's world. She annually presents a series of solo concerts entitled The Exploding Piano, in which she has performed and premiered works by a list of established and emerging composers that's a Who's Who of contemporary music for piano. The Exploding Piano is a multimedia experience using electronics, theatrical elements, vocal rants, performance art, staging, and collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She has received commissioning and production grants from Meet The Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Greenwall Foundation, and American Composers Forum, among others. Kathleen has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Bang On a Can Marathon, Music at the Anthology, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Composers' Collaborative, Inc., and at many other venues, ranging from concert halls to theatrical spaces to clubs. Figure 88, her first solo CD on CRI's Emergency Music label, was named one of the Ten Best Classical Releases of 1993 by New York Newsday critic Tim Page. Her latest solo CD, Infusion, was released in June, 2004 on the Koch International Classics label. Besides being a soloist, Kathy is a member of Patrick Grant Group, Dr. Nerve, twisted tutu, and the resident ensemble of The Kitchen, Kitchen House Blend. She is also a member and founder of the consortium, Exploding Music. "What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed." Anthony Tommasini, NY Times "This was classical music played like the best rock'n'roll. It was passionate, earnest, loud and more complex than the gatekeepers of high culture would like to think. Brava." Ben Sisario, NY Press iEAR presents! is a series of public performances, exhibitions and lectures featuring pioneering and emerging artists who explore the boundaries of electronic art. Curated by the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, iEAR Presents! offers a unique local forum for some of today's most world-renowned electronic media artists. For more information, please call (518) 276-4829.
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