RAM Presents: "Groundings & Imaginings"
Celebrating ten years, the New York-based composer and performer group, Random Access Music (RAM), announces its season opening show "Groundings and Imaginings," to take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 8 pm at the Broom Tree Theatre in Astoria (23-35 Broadway; Astoria, New York 11106; N & Q trains to Broadway). The event will showcase enduring trios & duos for reeds, pipes, strings, and keys by RAM composers Guy Barash, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, David Schober, & B. Allen Schulz with performances of music by Edward Schocker and Asha Srinivasan. Performing on the program are the brilliant and energetic RAM Players, this time featuring Laura Falzon on flute, Thomas Piercy on clarinet, Kate Dillingham on cello, and Amir Khosrowpour on piano with special guest violinist Sabina Torosjan. Admission is $15.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: "Groundings & Imaginings"
This season opener brings you lasting works that speak to RAM's signature flavor since its conception 10 years ago, but some of which have never been heard on a RAM program. "Ayre and Earth" for violin and piano by one of the founding members of RAM, Allen Schulz, showcases both instruments' virtuosic abilities while taking the listener on an pulsating ride of driving rhythms and lyrical melodies. David Schober's "Higher Ground" for flute and piano is a short work based on the late-nineteenth century American missionary tune which evokes a church carillon at the end. Gilbert Galindo's "Imagined Passions" for piano trio provides contrasting energies that take one on a journey through expressive, passionate, and lyrical sound. "Septuagenaria" for piano trio by David Fetherolf is an episodic set of fantasy-variations and homage to the great and iconic American composers John Corigliano, Joan Tower, and John Harbison. With "Talkback I" for clarinet and computer, Guy Barash explores new playing techniques, enhanced timbre, and other sonic features that are characteristic of the clarinet by magnifying and amplifying otherwise subtle nuances of the instrument and bringing them to the foreground. And for this program, clarinetist Thomas Piercy and flutist Laura Falzon bring in a couple of their favorite works to add something new to the RAM palate. In "Hymn for Lou and Bill" for flute and hichiriki, Edward Schocker channels the spirit of American composer Lou Harrison and his partner Bill Colvig through investigating Asian and West Coast American identities and Asha Srinivasan's "Dviraag" for flute and cello brings in colorfully animated vigor with folk accents.
The Broom Tree Theater at Astoria First Presbyterian Church (View)
Astoria, NY 11106