Nightcap Curated by Conrad Tao
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Nightcap Series

Nightcap: Curated by Conrad Tao

Location

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Date & Times

28

Sep, 2018

Friday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. Composer / pianist Conrad Tao curates an evening of “renegade spirituality,” as he puts it, joined by vocal improviser Charmaine Lee and tap dancer Caleb Teicher. Expect synthesizers, field recordings, electronic percussion, and percussive dance.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

This event complements that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring Conrad Tao’s new work, Everything Must Go.

Program

To Be Announced

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Artists

Conrad Tao

Curator / Piano

Conrad Tao

Curator / Piano

Conrad Tao

Curator / Piano

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, is a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and was named a Gilmore Young Artist — an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation.

In the 2019–20 season, Carnegie Hall presents him in a recital of works by David Lang, J.S. Bach, Julia Wolfe, Jason Eckhardt, Carter, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann. He makes his debut in recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents him in works by Copland and Frederic Rzewski. Following his debut at Blossom, The Cleveland Orchestra presents Mr. Tao in Severance Hall in a program featuring music by Mary Lou Williams, Ligeti, and improvisation alongside pianist Aaron Diehl. Concerto highlights in the upcoming season include performances of his own work, The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore, Charlotte, and Pacific symphony orchestras. His summer 2020 appearance with the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail builds on a relationship with the Orchestra that included the World Premiere of his Everything Must Go (a Philharmonic commission) in 2018, and his Philharmonic debut last summer at Bravo! Vail.

Conrad Tao’s evening-length collaboration with choreographer Caleb Teicher, More Forever, will be presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, and makes its West Coast premiere at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, California. His ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with improviser and vocalist Charmaine Lee continued with an opening night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival in New York. In the spring, he tours with the Junction Trio — his ensemble with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell — to Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Ohio, Texas, and New Mexico. He celebrates Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday at 92nd Street Y with Anthony de Mare, premiering a new two-piano take on Move On, from Sunday in the Park with George.

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Nadia Sirota

Host

Nadia Sirota

Host

Nadia Sirota

Host

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Charmaine Lee

Vocalist

Charmaine Lee

Vocalist

Vocalist

Charmaine Lee is a New York–based vocalist from Sydney, Australia. Her music is predominantly improvised, favoring a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Ms. Lee uses amplification, electroacoustic feedback, and microphones to augment and distort the human voice. She has performed with leading improvisers Nate Wooley, id m theft able, and Joe Morris, and maintains ongoing collaborations with contemporaries Lester St. Louis, Zach Rowden, Leila Bordreuil, and Ben Bennett, in addition to Conrad Tao. She has performed at venues such as the Met Breuer, Roulette, the Stone, and Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago). As a composer, Ms. Lee has been commissioned by the Wet Ink Ensemble (2018), and she has a forthcoming commission with Spektral Quartet (2018).

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Caleb Teicher

Tap Dancer

Caleb Teicher

Tap Dancer

Tap Dancer

Caleb Teicher — a 2011 Bessie Award Winner for Outstanding Individual Performance, one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch,” and the 2016 winner of Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” Reader’s Choice Award — has garnered critical and audience acclaim for his work as a performer, choreographer, and director. He began his career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated tap dance company, Dorrance Dance. His other favorite credits include Bernstein’s West Side Story (in the international tour)The Bang Group, The Chase Brock Experience, Here To Stay (with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), and Marguerite Monnot’s Irma La Douce (at Encores!). As the director / choreographer of Caleb Teicher & Company, his concert dance work has been presented at The Joyce Theater, Guggenheim Bilbao, 92Y, DanceCleveland, and many others. This fall his new work will be premiered by CT&Co in Fall For Dance at New York City Center, Works & Process at the Guggenheim (in collaboration with Conrad Tao), and at the Kennedy Center (in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra for Ben Folds’s Declassified series).

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