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River to River Festival 2013 in Lower Manhattan

Featuring Arts Performances from June 15 through July 14, 2013

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Please keep in mind that the items listed on this page are not a full list of all events offered through River to River but rather a listing of merely those that are music-related.  Please have a look at the bottom of this page for a related map.

  • River to River - All YearsMusic:
    BANG ON A CAN
    MARATHON
    June 16, 1–10 pm
    Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
    Co-presented with Pace UniversityThe Bang on a Can Marathon is a non-stop, nine-hour super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. Experience an astonishing range of musical styles including contemporary sounds, fresh voices and an unmatched diversity of performances all in one place. This year’s marathon includes compositions by Hans Abrahamsen, Derek Bermel, Jeffrey Brooks, Caleb Burhans, Peter Evans, Michael Gordon, John King, David Lang, Lukas Ligeti, Annea Lockwood, Nico Muhly, Tamar Muskal, Angélica Negron, Charlie Piper, Kendall Williams, Julia Wolfe, Shara Worden, Tatsuya Yoshida, Tom Ze and many more. Performers
    include Alarm Will Sound, Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Maya Beiser with the Provenance Project Band, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Le Cabaret Contemporain, David Cossin& Ben Reimer, Peter Evans, Monica Germino, Hotel Elefant, Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov, NYU Steel Pan Ensemble, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Talk Normal, TILT Brass and Shara Worden, with more to be announced.
  • Music: DANA LEONG TRIO
    June 18 at 5:30 pm
    Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey Street
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield
    Bringing together an exciting blend of jazz, classical and pop, the Dana Leong Trio is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive oeuvre. Leong’s enterprising spirit, prolific compositions and arrangements, and energetic performances have garnered him critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world.
  • Music, Literature/Spoken Word:
    LAURIE ANDERSON
    THE LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE

    • June 18 & 19 at 7:00 pm
      Rockefeller Park
      Co-presented by LMCC and Battery Park City Authority
      Tags:
      One of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers, Laurie Anderson joins guest writers and musicians on stage for two singular events exploring themes of transportation, politics, money and love:
    • June 18 at 7 pm: STORIES
      Laurie Anderson with Gerry Leonard (guitar), Doug Wieselman (horns) and Eyvind Kang (viola), with more guests to be announced.
    • June 19 at 7 pm: SONGS
      Laurie Anderson with Richard Devine (electronics), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), Jacob Garchik (horns) and Yuka Honda (keyboards), with more guests to be announced.
  • Music: SO PERCUSSION
    WHERE (WE) LIVE
    June 18, 20, 21 & 23, see below for schedule
    South Street Seaport, storefront end of Pier 17
    Presented as part of LMCC Open Studios
    So Percussion opens up their creative process to the public as they develop their new piece Where (we) Live. Directed by Ain Gordon, Where (we) Live invites artistic colleagues working in various mediums to participate as both co-collaborators and muses in the creative process and performance.

    • June 18:
      Open Rehearsal with Kaoru Watanabe, 1 pm–4 pm
      Work-in-Process showing with Kaoru Watanabe, 5 pm–6 pm
    • June 20:
      Open Rehearsal with Cenk Ergun, 3 pm–6 pm
      Work-in-Process showing with Cenk Ergun, 7 pm–8 pm
    • June 21:
      Make Music New York, schedule TBD
    • June 23:
      Open Rehearsal with Angelica Negron, 1 pm–4 pm
      Work-in-Process showing with Angelica Negron, 5 pm–6 pm
  • Music & Film:
    SAM GREEN + THE QUAVERS + yMUSIC
    AN EVENING OF LIVE MUSIC AND CINEMA
    June 20 at 9:00 pm
    East River Esplanade, Pier 15
    Presented by LMCC as part of R2R’s Laurie Anderson-curated track in partnership with Rooftop Films
    Curated by Laurie Anderson
    Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) teams up with two local musical outfits, the Quavers and yMusic, to create a night of outdoor music and cinema. Green will screen two new pieces exploring the sublime, fate and the human experience.
  • Music: MANTRA PERCUSSION
    CORNELIUS CARDEW’S THE GREAT LEARNING
    June 21, 12:00–9:00 pm, check website for locations
    Presented as part of Make Music New York
    As part of the seventh annual Make Music New York celebration, Mantra Percussion presents Cornelius Cardew’s 1970 masterpiece The Great Learning, which travels between six locations over nine hours in Lower Manhattan. The feast of “varied sound-theater” includes a pipe organ, percussive sounds, and more.
  • Music:
    THE JAZZ SAXOPHONE
    June 21 at 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm
    15-min. performances simultaneously at three locations:
    Brookfield Place Plaza, One New York Plaza, Zuccotti Park
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield as part of Make Music New York
    Arts Brookfield celebrates Make Music New York 2013 with an afternoon honoring the jazz saxophone. Some of the hippest voices of NYC’s jazz scene shine over three 15-minute solo sets at three different Downtown locations. Bring a lunch, join the musical journey and experience a unique adventure that could only happen in New York City.
  • Film/Mixed Media, Music
    CHASSOL
    INDIAMORE
    June 21 at 9:00 pm
    Pier 15
    Presented by LMCC as part of R2R’s Laurie Anderson-curated track in partnership with Rooftop Films
    Curated by Laurie Anderson
    Filmed in Calcutta and Varanasi, INDIAMORE combines arresting imagery of local sitarists, dancers, children and the chaotic city with harmonized voices, music and sounds, creating an unforgettable multimedia, multi-sensory documentary. Experience Chassol’s INDIAMORE while immersed in the panoramic views of New York Harbor at Pier 15, one of Lower Manhattan’s newest waterfront surprises.
  • Music, Technology:
    NEW YORK ELECTRONIC ART FESTIVAL:
    JG THIRLWELL WITH THE MANOREXIA PROJECT
    PAULINE OLIVEROS
    SUSIE IBARRA & ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
    June 23 at 7:30 pm
    Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
    Co-presented with Pace University and Harvestworks
    In two evenings of concerts and performances (June 23 & 30), The New York Electronic Art Festival provides audiences with an opportunity to experience cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum. This Festival within a Festival brings talent into Lower Manhattan from around the globe to showcase new technologies and new artistic practices, and celebrates the transformational intersection of the two. Program:

    • JG Thirlwell with the Manorexia Project: Dinoflagellate Blooms & Plastic Island in the Pacific
      JG Thirlwell’s chamber ensemble version of his Manorexia project perform selections from the acclaimed surround-sound album Dinoflagellate Blooms, plus other pieces from the Manorexia oeuvre including the premiere of a new arrangement of Plastic Island In The Pacific.
    • Pauline Oliveros: Along the Way
      “Along the way there are many diversions that may lead to unexpected locations and the Way is not necessarily familiar or unfamiliar; It is the Way.” Embark on the journey of Along the Way, a solo improvisation by Pauline Oliveros using the V-Accordion.
    • Susie Ibarra & Roberto Rodriguez
      Electronic/percussion duo Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez’s music has been profoundly influenced by the interconnection of nature and cities. At the intersection of indigenous and urban ecologies Ibarra and Rodriguez invite cultural dialogue through music.
  • Music:
    JAMES MADDOCK
    June 25 at 5:30 pm
    Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey Street
    June 27 at 12:30 pm
    One New York Plaza
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield
    British-born James Maddock, a mainstay on non-commercial and satellite radio, gained notoriety and accolades for his work with the band Wood and as a solo musician. His Americana sound won him praise at the 2010/11 NY Music Awards and WFUV’s 2011 Listener’s Poll.
  • Music:
    ANGELIQUE KIDJO
    June 25 at 7 pm
    Rockefeller Park
    Co-presented with Battery Park City Authority
    Once deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time magazine, Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo is known for her dynamic and uplifting music, and her thrilling live performances.
  • Dance & Music:
    CAPTURE/RELEASE: A CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF LAR LUBOVITCH
    June 25 at 7:30 pm
    Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
    Co-presented with Pace University
    Produced by VisionIntoArt
    Tags: Dance, Music
    An evening of five composed works—including two music and dance world premieres—with Lar Lubovitch and his Dance Company in honor of the 45th anniversary of the company and Lubovitch’s 50th year in dance. The evening will feature live performances by Ransom Wilson’s group, Le Train Bleu, and special musical guests.
    Program:

    • As Sleep Befell is a world premiere dance with music by composer Paola Prestini and choreography by Lar Lubovitch (choreography commissioned by VisionIntoAart). The dance features vocalist Helga Davis, Cornelius Dufallo, Pablo Rieppi, and Jeffrey Zeigler with a large ensemble, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. As Sleep Befell is inspired by the adhan, both a Middle Eastern call to prayer sung by muezzin to summon people to the mosque and a song that Islamic fathers sing to their newborns.
    • LIgNEouS 1 for Marimba and String Quartet by composer Andy Akiho and featuring marimba player Ian David Rosenbaum, re-imagines the marimba through a woody assemblage of no-headed mallets. Described by the The New York Times as “moldbreaking” and “vital,” this quartet is not to be missed.
    • Lar Lubovitch’s Crisis Variations with music by composer Yevgeniy Sharlat is an awardwinning and chillingly psychological work that the choreographer describes as an “action painting.”
    • Capture/Release is a new work and world premiere commissioned by VisionIntoArt for the River To River Festival. Composed by Daniel Wohl, this work explores the concept of music captured and dance released.
    • Listen, Quiet is a world premiere dance with music by composer Paola Prestini and choreography by Katarzyna Skarpetowska (choreography commissioned by
      VisionIntoArt). The dance features Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, percussionist Pablo Rieppi, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. This work consists of two parts. Listen uses pre-recorded private conversations between a friend and an artist. Through their recorded dialogue, it is slowly revealed that the cyclical nature of emotional pain and organic elements of nature mirror the cyclical happenings of everyday life. The voices, combined with the cellist as narrator and percussionist as the driving life force, journey through a frenzied soundscape to the calm quietude of their surroundings. Quiet is a mother’s hymn of childhood memories. The piece tells a story of magic and the memories that shape us.
  • Music, Poetry/Spoken Word:
    1959
    TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, VALERIE SIMPSON AND GUESTS
    June 26 at 7 pm
    Rockefeller Park
    Co-presented with Battery Park City Authority
    1959 celebrates a turning point in contemporary American culture, music and spoken word artistry. 2012 Grammy Award-winning percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington will be joined by lead vocalist and R&B legend Valerie Simpson (Ashford and Simpson) and an all-star jazz ensemble including Gerald Clayton, Nir Felder, Matthew Garrison, Antonio Hart, Gregoire Maret, Jeremy Pelt and Chris Potter.
    They will perform new arrangements of music from Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’s Mingus Ah Um, plus music of Billie Holiday and Sidney Bechet. Award-winning poet and author Ed Sanders and spoken word artist Shay Rose will perform works from and reflecting the Beat generation’s influence.
  • Dance & Music:
    STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
    LIKE LAZARUS DID (LLD 6/29)
    June 29 at 7:30 pm
    St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway
    Co-presented with The Joyce Theater with additional project support from Trinity Wall Street
    Inspired by the mythology of resurrection, Petronio and his powerhouse dancers explore notions of transformation and rebirth in Like Lazarus Did (LLD 6/29), specially sited for River To River in Lower Manhattan’s oldest surviving church, St. Paul’s Chapel. Petronio’s work has been described by The New York Times as delivering a trademark “visceral thrill unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers.” Featuring his rich, kinetic movement language, LLD 6/29 is created in collaboration with renowned visual artist Janine Antoni and composer Son Lux. The original electro-acoustic score, including live performance by members of The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, draws from a range of spiritual music and texts including early American slave songs and meditative drones of Eastern mysticism.
  • Music:
    ECSTATIC™ SUMMER
    June 29 & 30 at 5 pm
    Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey Street
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield
    The second annual Ecstatic™ Summer, organized by New Amsterdam Presents in association with Kaufman Music Center, features two full sets of newly commissioned, collaborativelybased music, one for brass and the other for percussion. Composers will include Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra and Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), with ensemble musicians including members of Bon Iver, Mantra Percussion, the National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and many more. Additional composers and performers to be announced.
  • Music & Technology:
    NEW YORK ELECTRONIC ART FESTIVAL:
    MARCO DONNARUMMA
    JURAJ KOJS & CARLOTA PRADERA
    MARI KIMURA WITH TOMOYUKI KATO
    June 30 at 7:30 pm
    Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
    Co-presented with Pace University and Harvestworks
    In two evenings of concerts and performances (June 23 & 30), The New York Electronic Art Festival provides audiences with an opportunity to experience cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum. This Festival within a Festival brings talent into Lower Manhattan from around the globe to showcase new technologies and new artistic practices, and celebrates the transformational intersection of the two.
    Program:

    • Marco Donnarumma: Ominous
      Marco Donnarumma’s Ominous traces muscle contractions and movement, turning these often invisible impulses into amplified, processed sounds, and providing audiences with a new perspective on the artistic body.
    • Juraj Kojs & Carlota Pradera: Touch Me Hear
      Juraj Kojs and Carlota Pradera’s Touch Me Hear encourages audience members to explore various manifestations of human and machine-induced tactile sensations,
      deepening our understanding of how we experience touch, sound, and movement.
    • Mari Kimura with Tomoyuki Kato, Kyoko Kitamura & the Cassatt String Quartet: One
      Mari Kimura with Tomoyuki Kato’s One invites the audience to explore themes of love, humanity, faith and global solidarity through the vehicle of a high-tech, interactive audiovisual, multi-lingual opera, with music performed by Kimura, the Cassatt String Quartet and vocalist Kyoko Kitamura.
  • Music & Theater:
    TWO-HEADED CALF AND YARN/WIRE
    YOU, MY MOTHER: A CHAMBER OPERA IN TWO PARTS
    June 30 at 3 pm & 8:30 pm
    July 2 at 8:30 pm
    July 3 at 3 pm
    RSVP Required
    South Street Seaport, Pier 17 Storefront
    You, My Mother: a chamber opera in two parts is an elusive investigation into the ever-shifting relationships between mothers and their adult children. Created by two dynamic composer/playwright teams and under the direction of Brooke O’Harra, this play comes to life as performed by a quartet of singer/performers and the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire. Originally presented by La MaMa, E.T.C. in 2012.
  • Music:
    JEFFERY BROUSSARD AND THE CREOLE COWBOYS
    July 2 at 5:30 pm
    Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey Street
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield
    One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard has defined a new style of Creole music incorporating the soulful sounds of R&B into Zydeco music and dance. The Creole Cowboys join Broussard on guitar, bass, scrub board, and percussion.
  • Music:
    PEDRITO MARTINEZ
    July 2 at 7 pm
    Rockefeller Park
    Co-presented with Battery Park City Authority
    Cuban-born, world-class percussionist and singer Pedrito Martínez has recorded and/or performed with distinguished artists including Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eddie Palmieri and Sting. Martinez and his group perform regularly at Guantanamera in NYC, bringing “complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World-Funk” (New York Times).
  • Interactive, Music, Technology:
    CONTROL VOLTAGE
    July 6
    Fair: 3–8 pm
    Performances: 8 pm–12am
    South Street Seaport, Cannon’s Walk
    Co-presented with HarvestworksPart exposition, part block party, Control Voltage is New York City’s annual fair dedicated to celebrating the modular synthesizer. Synth makers share their creations by day, inviting audiences to see, hear, touch and talk about the modular synth. Musicians perform at night celebrating invention, community, creativity, and the inspirational intersection of science and art.
    Produced by Abby Echiverri.
  • Film/Mixed Media, Music, Interactive, Literature/Spoken Word
    PAOLA PRESTINI
    ORIGINAL MUSIC WORKSHOP’S EX-SITU SERIES
    July 7, 9, 10
    Various Locations (see individual listings, below, for details)
    Co-presented with Original Music Workshop in partnership with Arup
    Original Music Workshop (OMW) invites you to attend their new EX-SITU series. These performances take place in unexpected spaces, away from the Williamsburg site where OMW is constructing its heralded future home, set to open in 2014. EX-SITU combines acoustic design, installation work, and auditory experiments from renowned performers and composers. Concerts in found spaces with acoustical design by Dave Rife. Architectural consultant Peter Zuspan. For full descriptions see individual project listings, below.
  • Music:
    MAJA S.K. RATKJE
    EX-SITU SERIES CONCERT
    July 7 & 10, times TBC, see website for details
    South Street Seaport, Cannon’s Walk
    Co-presented with Original Music Workshop in partnership with Arup. Curated by Paola Prestini
    Maja S.K. Ratkje gives a quadrophonic mix of voices in site-specific sets, improvising with the acoustics in the room and using her own voice as a sound source. With the help of samplers and live electronics, she will create unique soundscapes for each set. Concerts in found spaces with acoustical design by Dave Rife. Architectural Consultant Peter Zuspan.
  • Music, Mixed Media:
    CLYNE, DUFALLO, KAUFFMAN AND DORMAN
    EX-SITU SERIES: THE VIOLIN
    July 9, time TBC, see website for details
    Federal Hall
    RSVP Required
    Co-presented with Original Music Workshop in partnership with Arup. Curated by Paola Prestini
    The Violin is a multimedia exploration of music and animation. Anna Clyne, composer-in residence of the Chicago Symphony, has created a suite of seven pieces for multi-tracked violins performed live by violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Amy Kauffman with visuals by Josh Dorman.
    Concerts in found spaces with acoustical design by Dave Rife. Architectural consultant Peter Zuspan.
  • Music:
    ORQUESTA SALSA CON CONCIENCIA
    [FORMERLY KNOWN AS LA EXCELENCIA]
    July 9 at 7 pm
    Rockefeller Park
    Co-presented with Battery Park City Authority
    Best known as the “New Generation of Salsa Dura,” this nine-person salsa ensemble was a crowd favorite at Global Fest 2010 and brings modern vitality and social consciousness to the salsa genre. The band won Best Latin Artist in the 2010 UK Salsa Awards.
  • Music:
    LEON RUSSELL
    July 10 at 7 pm
    Rockefeller Park
    Co-presented with Battery Park City Authority
    Leon Russell has spent nearly seven decades in music as a singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist. A longtime member of the famed studio ensemble The Wrecking Crew, Russell has played with Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, among others. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Music:
    HUNGRY MARCH BAND
    July 11 at 12:30 pm
    One New York Plaza
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield
    Roaring out of Brooklyn comes the Hungry March Band, New York City’s legendary brass ensemble that embodies the spirit of the city’s streets with their inimitable sound and inspired eclectic dance. Their performances have included guerilla art events, European jazz and circus festivals, subway parties, protests, and other forays into the territories of free spirit.
  • Music:
    HAUSCHKA, KOSMINEN AND ZEIGLER
    EX-SITU SERIES CONCERT
    July 11 at 7:45 pm
    East River Esplanade, Pier 15
    Co-presented with Original Music Workshop in partnership with Arup. Curated by Paola Prestini
    This new trio comprises three celebrated experimentalists: pianist Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann), percussionist Samuli Kosminen and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. Together they perform in a dramatic setting overlooking the East River. The evening features a medley of music including prepared piano, electric cello, drums, and an arsenal of live electronics. Concerts in found spaces with acoustical design by Dave Rife. Architectural consultant Peter Zuspan.
  • Music:
    JG THIRLWELL
    CINEMA FOR THE EAR: MANOREXIA
    July 11 at 10 pm
    Tribeca Cinemas, RSVP Required, check website for details
    Co-presented with ((audience))
    Experience cinema-for-the ear as ((audience)) presents JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Bloom. This 5.1 album features 11 compositions composed, produced and performed by Thirlwell, running the gamut from orchestrations and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and chamber music soundtracks.
  • Film, Music:
    BRASSLANDS
    July 13 at 6:30 pm
    Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey Street
    Co-presented with Arts Brookfield
    For one night only, experience the best Balkan Brass this side of Serbia! Four brass bands—
    Zlatne Uste, Slavic Soul Party!, Inspector Gadje and Raya Brass Band—create the experience of being enveloped in the frenetic energy of competing bands, ordinarily possible only in the Balkans. As the sun sets on the Hudson River, watch the much anticipated feature documentary Brasslands by the Meerkat Media Collective, which captures the fiery sounds and incredible sights of Balkan brass music at the world’s largest trumpet competition in a hidden Serbian valley.
  • Music, Mixed Media:
    SO PERCUSSION AND THE JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW
    AMID THE NOISE, IMAGINARY CITY AND WHERE (WE) LIVE
    July 13 at 7:30 pm
    Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street
    Co-presented with Pace University
    So Percussion and legendary performance visualists The Joshua Light Show collaborate to create a River To River event to remember! So Percussion performs works of their own from Amid the Noise, Imaginary City and Where (we) Live along with special guests including Grey Mcmurray (guitar, vocals), Angelica Negron (accordion, toy instruments) and Kaoru Watanabe (flute, taiko drum). May not be suitable for audiences under 18.
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