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Long Island Composers Alliance Concert Will Focus On Percussion

Originally Posted: April 25, 2011

George Cork Maul One. (Courtesy Photo: Parrish Art Museum)

Southampton - The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) will present The Parrish Percussion Project: Process, Polyrhythm, and Performance Art, an evening of new music by contemporary composers, on Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., at the Parrish Art Museum. Organized by composer George Cork Maul, The Parrish Percussion Project will feature works by five composers: Herbert A. Deutsch, Julie Mandel, Alexander Nohai-Seaman, Marga Richter, and Maul. The composers will be present at the concert to discuss their work.

According to Maul, "For me, percussion is at the beginning of music. Before there was music there was rhythm; it is basic to our species. No other animal spontaneously moves to rhythm the way that we do." The instruments will include marimba, vibes, cymbal, synthesizers, drums, and piano. "It should be remembered that the piano is a percussion instrument," adds Maul.

Six compositions will be performed by Sinopia Quartet, a two-piano, two-percussion group comprising Julia Den Boer, Nick Gleason, Andrea Lodge, and Nick Woodbury. The four musicians met while in the graduate program in music at Stony Brook University. Another Stony Brook percussionist, Ryan Nestor, will join the group on one piece.

The evening will end with a "Paint and Play" collaboration between painter Alan Bull and the musicians. In this piece, the painter paints what he hears and the musicians play what they see; the two mediums feed off each other. Bull regularly teaches painting and drawing workshops throughout the East End of Long Island and the North Shore of Massachusetts, where he currently resides.

Herbert Deutsch, current president and co-founder of LICA, was a pioneer in electronic and multimedia composition. In 1964 he collaborated with Robert Moog on the design of the first Moog Synthesizer, and a year later he gave the first live concert performance on the Moog at Town Hall in New York City. Julie Mandel writes chamber music and music for theatre. Her chamber pieces have been performed numerous times at Queens College and Hofstra College and by the American Chamber Ensemble in New York City. Her theatre works have been produced by such prestigious organizations as the National Theater for the Performing Arts, Theatreworks, and the National Music Theater Network. Alexander Nohai-Seaman has a doctorate in Composition from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He currently teaches at Suffolk Community College and directs its Contemporary Music Ensemble. Marga Richter has bachelors and masters degrees from The Juilliard School. Her music has been performed by eminent soloists such as Jessye Norman and Daniel Heifetz and by more than 60 orchestras. More than 20 of her works have been released on LPs and CDs, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, to name a few. Maul is an East End composer, pianist, and performance art specialist. He studied music composition with Isaac Nemiroff at Stony Brook, where he earned a B.A., and went on to do graduate work in electronic music with Bulent Arel and classical style with Charles Rosen. His compositions have been performed in Italy, Ireland, Canada and the United States.

Tickets are $10 for Parrish members, $12 for nonmembers and may be purchased online at www.parrishart.org.

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