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 saxophonist Charles 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




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
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with Stephanie Susberich, soprano

Cornelia Street Café

July 23rd, 2015, 6PM



The Firehouse Space Two Piano Festival

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: