Summer Labs: Sugar Vendil, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, GLMMR (David T. Little + David Adam Moore): Book of Dreams

Thursday, August 24th @ 7pm


About the Show

Sugar Vendil

For National Sawdust’s Summer Labs, Vendil will show a work-in-progress of “Islander” (working title), a music and movement suite scored for various keyboards, kulintang (indigenous Philippine gongs), and electronics. From the lens of a second generation Filipino American, the work examines the residue colonialism has left behind through centuries and generations, and explores the tension that exists within one’s identity. Vendil’s longtime collaborator, composer Trevor Gureckis, will design electronic elements. Performed by Vendil and collaborators: pianists Melinda Faylor and Mary Prescott, and weaver Cynthia Alberto of Weaving Hand.



Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis

Philadelphia-based Vervet Dance director Loren Groenendaal  and New York City-based pianist Melinda Faylor present structured improvisational compositions from the past decade of their collaboration. All of the pieces on the program explore the themes of metamorphosis and change. Also on this concert will be work by special guests NYC composer and saxophonistCharles Waters with bassist Luke Stewart and Philadelphia-based contemporary modern dance artist and University of Arts Professor Curt Haworth. Vervet Dance’s ensemble will be completed by percussionist Julius Masri, violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood, and several area contemporary dancers.
Semi-Composed: Metamorphosis will have TWO PERFORMANCES 
1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia, PA 
Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. 
$15 student/artist/senior, $25 general
at the door $20/$30
The venue is wheel chair accessible and the show is kid-friendly.
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About the works:
Groenendaal and Faylor will be presenting two larger works SWARM! (2012) and … of changes (2012) and a solo dance work accompanied by prepared piano, 0.03 grams Cantharidin (2009). This duo, 0.03 grams Cantharidin, takes its inspiration from the “Spanish Fly” beetle, whose secretions have been distilled to create aphrodisiacs – sometimes with fatal consequences. … of changes comes to life through the use of the I Ching, the Chinese “Book of Changes”. The choice of the I Ching character to be used is determined though audience participation by coin tossing, resulting in one of the 64 evocative I Ching characters to then be interpreted by the performers. Metamorphosis is explored in a more literal sense in their work SWARM!, an improvisational game between dancers and musicians which explores ideas of swarm intelligence in choice making and leaderless movements. These longtime collaborators develop a creative vision together for each work, but they don’t hold on to it tightly; they allow themselves and their ensemble members to take some liberties in the moment, resulting in fresh and unique performances each time.


Listening to Ladies


Gallery MC
549 W 52nd St, Fl 8th, New York, New York 10019

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6 PM – 9 PM

We are thrilled to announce that the 3rd Listening to Ladies concert will happen thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of brass and wind collective Vent Nouveau.

It will take place Saturday April 1st at 6:00 pm at Gallery MC in Manhattan, will boast FREE ENTRANCE (donations welcome) and will feature works by 10 women-identifying composers. The program was chosen through a blind call-for-scores that received over 200 works from 143 composers. It will include works by:

Gila Carcas
Akshaya Tucker
Makiah Heinzmann
Rona Park
Germa Adan
Elizabeth Lain
Nadin Polyakova de Zuniga
Jessica DiMari
Kirsten Johnson
Annie Pasqua


“Making the Rounds”

Collaboration with Loren Groenendaal and Vervet Dance
Mascher Space and Rigby Mansion
Philadelphia, PA
March 10-13, 2017, various times



J.S. Bach Complete Preludes and Fugues, Book II

The Italian Academy, Columbia University
Feb 10, 2017 @ 7PM



Solo concert of contemporary piano music at the Firehouse Space

The Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, New York
November 18, 2016, 7PM



Fresh Juice

With Loren Groenendaal
Mascher Space, Philadelphia, PA


2nd Mini Sound Improv Festival

The Cannery at South Penobscot
August 21, 2016 – August 22, 2016
Aug 21, 2016 at 6 PM to Aug 22, 2016 at 10 PM



Frantasia Festival of Out Music and Arts

Performances with Loren Groenendaal and others
Livermore Falls, ME
August 17, 18, 19,  2016



Paysages: French Songs in the Night



Opera: The Yellow Wallpaper, with the Curiosity Cabinet

Presented by Fresh Squeezed Opera
DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018. By Whitney George.
June 10 & 11, 2016, 7:30PM




produced by Concrete Timbre
Theater For the New City
Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater
155 First Avenue between (9th & 10th St.)
New York , New York 10003

4 Wars is an interdisciplinary production that shows a progression of people struggling to create social change in 4 countries in 1968: from Poland, in which a young woman tries to convince her parents to let her take part in the student protests; to Alexander Dubček defending to Brezhnev his social changes in Czechoslovakia; to a young protester in the midst of the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico; to a group of Yippies in the East Village on the day after Nixon winning the Presidency determining what their next move should be.

Sunday 9/13 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9/15 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9/16 6:30 pm
Thursday 9/17 6:30 pm
Saturday 9/19 5:00 pm
Sunday 9/20 5:00 pm




6th Annual Fall Experimental Music Festival (Nov 7)

John Cage / Morton Feldman / John Adams
Maximal/Minimal Piano
November 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10- $20 sliding scale (available at the door)
thefidget space (1714 N Mascher Street, Philadelhia, PA)

Please join us on Saturday November 7 for a very special evening featuring performances by three young new pianists, each known for their precision and intensity of performance style. The works you’ll hear span four decades of experimentalism in piano music, yet share an approach to the instrument which is perhaps most perceptible in these pieces’ commonality of mood and feeling.

Melinda Faylor tackles the monolithic, rippling, minimalist arch of John Adams‘s 1977 work Phrygian Gates. Her performance will be accompanied by a responsive video projection created with the use of MAX and Jitter. Melinda holds a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music (2005) and a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory (2002). An enthusiastic performer of new music, she has performed with the TACTUS, Delancey, Lunatics at Large, Tenth Intervention, Ensemble 212 and Mimesis Ensembles, and has performed solo and chamber music at numerous venues in New York.

Guam-born pianist Michael Tan will perform three early works by John CageIn a LandscapeA Room, and Dream. Cage composed these works in the 1940s, during a period of his compositional output when he hadn’t yet separated himself from music as emotional expression or representation of affect. These three piano works reveal Cage’s personality at the time as wistfully romantic. Tan specializes in modern and contemporary music, and has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician both in the US and abroad.

Adam Tendler will perform Palais de Mari by Morton Feldman.  London critic Frances Wilson described Tendler’s performance of Palais de Mari as “a concentrated listening experience… meditative, intense and beautifully poised,” and his skill as a pianist has been heralded by the Los Angeles Times (“exuberantly expressive”) and the New Yorker (“intrepid… outstanding”). Feldman’s work of this kind is notoriously difficult to memorize, and Adam’s mastery of it was no small feat: see one page of his coded memory “map” of the score, pictured above. Read more about Adam’s journey with this project in this excellent article.


Devil’s Night

with the Curiosity Cabinet


South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
(Between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Oct 25, 2015 @ 7PM

A multimedia concert featuring the dark, somewhat Halloween inspired music of Whitney George, Chris Cerrone, Pat Muchmore, and a performance of George Crumb’s Madrigals.

Includes a repeat performance of The Tell Tale Heart, a silent film scoring inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s famous work.




Halloween Concert: Pierrot Lunaire

with Tenth Intervention
R&D Studios
345 Eldert St, Bushwick
October 31@ 7:30 pm



Performance with Emery LeCrone Dance

Steps Performance Lab
2121 Broadway @ 74th St., NY, NY 10023
Sept. 27th, 2015 @ 7PM




Ballet Festival: Emery LeCrone

the Joyce Theatre
175 8th Ave, NY, NY
August 13 and 14, 2015 @ 8PM
From the NY Times:

J.S.Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

July 28th, @7PM
Spectrum121 Ludlow, NY NY
On the 265th Anniversary of J.S. Bach’s death, Spectrum proudly presents the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, featuring twenty-four of Gotham’s most fascinating and accomplished pianists in new music. Limited seating will sell out quickly, so advance tickets are recommended:
Blair McMillen
Yegor George Shevtsov
Michael Schumacher
Eleonor Sandresky
Mayuko Yamashita
Kathy Supove
Nicholas Pavkovic
Melinda Faylor
Joan Forsyth
Jessica Osborne
Joe Kubera
Nurit Tilles
Cheryl Seltzer
Marcus Ostermiller
Cristina Altamura
Emily Manzo
Anthony de Mare
Adam Tendler
Taka Kigawa
Sandra Sprecher
Phyllis Chen
Jed Distler
David Holzman
Lisa Moore


with Stephanie Susberich, soprano
Cornelia Street Café
July 23rd, 2015, 6PM


June 20th and 21st, 2015
Concerts are at 4:00 and 7:30 on the 20th and 7:30 on the 21st
246 Frost St, Brooklyn
Two-piano festival organized by myself and Sandra Sprecher of the Firehouse Space.
On the 20th at 4:00 I will be playing works by some great emerging composers: Whitney George’s Circles, Ian Dicke’s Deja, Scott Ordway’s Snow Elegy. Also on that concert is John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction and Fearful Symmetries and Sunny Knable’s Bartok in Brooklyn.
For the 20th at 7:30 I am playing Luciano Berio’s Linea- a beautiful “ballet” for two pianos, marimba, and vibraphone. With pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys, and percussionists Ellery Trafford and Joe Tucker. Also, notably on that program are world class pianists Steven Beck and Eric Huebner, of the New York Philharmonic, playing the Stravinsky Concerto and Phillip Glass’ Four Movements, as well as the incredible Manon Hutton-DeWys and Stephen Olson playing the beloved masterpiece Bela Bartok’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion.
For the 7:30 concert of the 21st there is a cool Telematic performance of an Icelandic Hymn for bowed piano ensemble (bowing the piano strings with nylon fishing line), bowed vibraphone, and SATB choir to be projected from different locations. Pray to the technology gods for us.
There are also many other very exciting pieces on that concert, including some Reich, Feldman, Sprecher (with electronics!), and Timo Andres.
Check out the full schedule here:

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