Night of Unique New Music Duos-
This intriguing night of new, original, composed and improvised music will feature performances by:
James Moore & Andie Springer
SLEEPTALK (David Grollman & Natalia Steinbach),
Leah Asher & Natalia Steinbach
Berrow Duo (Thea Merisow & Leia Slosberg)
Tickets are $10 at the door
Proceeds will go to the musicians
Described as "model new-music citizens" by the NY Times, JAMES MOORE & ANDIE SPRINGER enjoy active careers as performers in New York's thriving creative music scene. James and Andie started their duo while on tour with the production of playwright Richard Maxwell's Neutral Hero. Traveling to venues around the world, they would follow up their evening theatrical performances with late-night sets at underground music and art venues. They have since built a a unique repertoire of contemporary music for violin and steel-string resonator guitar, and collaborated with a diverse community of composers, writers, actors, and visual artists. Their critically acclaimed debut album Gertrudes was released on New World Records in 2015, featuring original compositions and pieces written for them by Robert Ashley, Lainie Fefferman, Paula Matthusen, Larry Polansky, and Ken Thomson.
ANDIE SPRINGER is a violinist and performer. Her audio visual album “Dandelion” will be released in the spring of 2018. She is the cofounder and musical director of Wild Shore New Music, now in it’s sixth year as Alaska’s premier new music festival.
She has toured internationally as a company member of the New York City Players and has served as a multi-instrumentalist in theater groups Object Collection and New Paradise Laboratories. Musical collaborations include a duo with guitarist James Moore and new music ensembles Hotel Elefant and Transit. She has performed at LA Opera, The Kitchen, The Pompidou, and Carnegie Hall. Springer is faculty at Larchmont Music Academy and St. Lukes School. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, New Sounds Live, and The Wall Street Journal.
"The best joining of human and machine since RoboCop." - I Care If You Listen
“Right 99% of the time,” - Richard Maxwell, 2018
JAMES MOORE is a UCSC alumnus who has been active on the East Coast since 2004, building an eclectic career in New York as a guitarist, mulit-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. James is a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither, and performs with his acoustic group The Hands Free and the rock band Forever House. James's first solo recording, a new interpretation of The Book of Heads, John Zorn’s bizarre collection of guitar etudes, was released on Tzadik in 2015. Other recent projects include playwright Richard Maxwell’s theater production The Evening; choreographer Susan Marshall and composer David Lang’s collaborative dance work PLAY/PAUSE; and Mason Bates's The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with the Santa Fe Opera.
Violinist/violist, composer, and visual artist LEAH ASHER is an avid performer of contemporary music and creator of new artistic works. Leah has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with artists and ensembles such as Jennifer Torrence, Sanae Yoshida, Mary Auner, AJO ensemble, NOSO Sinfoniettaen, The Arctic Philharmonic, The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, eighth blackbird, ICE, and The Rhythm Method. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with NOSO Sinfoniettaen and Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. A passionate collaborator, Leah has worked closely with composers such as Lewis Nielson, Rebecca Saunders, Frederic Rzewski, Edward Hamel, Phillipe Manoury, and Christian Wolff. Leah formerly served as solo violist of the NOSO Sinfoniettaen and co-principal viola of the Arctic Philharmonic. She joined as a violinist of The Rhythm Method in 2016. As a composer of graphic scores, Leah has been commissioned by ensembles such as andPlay, Chartreuse, NorthArc Percussion group, The Contingency Plan, and solo artists such as Meaghan Burke, Tristan McKay, Kallie Ciechomski, and Jennifer Torrence.
SLEEP TALK is an experimental and improvisational duo formed in 2016 comprised of percussionist/performer David Grollman and violinist, vocalist, and sleep talker, Natalia Steinbach. The two improvise upon a theme composed of an extensive library of Natalia’s sleep talking recordings. Using their instruments, objects, and voices, David and Natalia create an unpredictable, enigmatic, and imaginative performance.
DAVID GROLLMAN is a percussionist from NYC who performs freely improvised music. He performs in art galleries, tiki bars, and venues of curious ambience made more curious by his mongrel sounds. David bows, scrapes, blows, slaps, rubs, caresses, abuses, and generally tests the limits of his instrument. Anything is game. Anything may be a participant if the musical conversation calls for it. Artist, instrument, audience, and environment become ambiguous terms, conspiring in a theatrical exploration of chance dynamics and serendipitous exchanges.
NATALIA STEINBACH is a violinist, vocalist, composer, educator, and visual artist specializing in classical, experimental, contemporary, and improvisatory music. She performs music for solo violin and voice as well as collaborates with other musicians and artists from all over the world. Her recent projects include her solo noir/theatrical/neoclassical works as WaterLynx, experimental/improvisational duo SLEEP TALK with percussionist David Grollman, compositional/improvisational and new music duo with violinist/violist/composer Leah Asher, and the experimental, classical, and performance art duo Naked Roots Conducive with cellist/vocalist Valerie Kuehne. Steinbach recently finished recording her solo album, The WaterLynx EP this past year. The album features Natalia’s melancholic and ferocious pieces, layered intricately with passionate vocals and violin and will include a series of her paintings in the album’s pamphlet. Natalia studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Gregory Fulkerson as well as with Airi Yoshioka at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
BERROW DUO is the dynamic combination of flute and cello committed to the creation of new works. New York City-based performers LEIA SLOSBERG, flute, and THEA MESIROW, cello, bonded over their desire to push traditional playing boundaries with the incorporation of text and extended techniques in instrumental music. Together, they focus on the promotion of women and femme-identified composers and artists to create new works through close collaboration. Berrow Duo is passionate about experimentation, exploration, and the expansion of expression in instrumental music.
Night of Unique New Music Duos-