Nightcap: Curated by Laurie Anderson

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap

Nightcap: Curated by Laurie Anderson

Location

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Directions
Price Range

$40

Duration

1 hour
no intermission

Date & Times

5

Oct, 2019

Saturday, 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 as Grammy-winning composer, writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson curates a night of spoken word and narrative pieces featuring Ms. Anderson and some of her favorite artists from the New York performance scene.

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

This event follows that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.

Artists

Nadia Sirota

Host

Nadia Sirota

Host

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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.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. Ms. Sirota will also appear as soloist with the New World and Singapore symphony orchestras; premiere works by Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, and Ellen Reid; and embark upon two new residencies — as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit 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). She 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, 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 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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Laurie Anderson

Curator

Laurie Anderson

Curator

Laurie Anderson

Curator

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned — and daring — creative pioneers, known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

Her recording career, launched in 1981 with the song “O Superman,” includes the soundtrack to her feature film Home of the Brave and her album Life on a String. Ms. Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multimedia stage performances, such as Songs and Stories for Moby Dick. She has published seven books, and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world.

In 2002 she was appointed NASA’s first artist-in-residence, culminating in The End of the Moon, her touring solo performance. Other projects include Hidden Inside Mountains, Homeland, Delusion, a retrospective of her work in São Paulo and Rio, her exhibitions Forty-Nine Days in the Bardo, Boat (curated by Vito Schnabel), Habeas Corpus (Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts), and her film Heart of a Dog. She has held residencies at CAP UCLA in Los Angeles and EMPAC in Troy, New York.

When MASS MoCA’s Building 6 opened in 2017, it began a 15-year rotating exhibition of archival and new works, including Ms. Anderson’s and Hsin-Chien Huang’s first collaborative VR works, Aloft and Chalkroom, the latter of which won Best VR Film at the Venice Film Festival. She continues to tour Language of the Future, has collaborated with Christian McBride and Philip Glass on several projects, and works with the activist group The Federation, which she co-founded in 2017.

In 2018 Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet released the Grammy-winning album Landfall on Nonesuch, commissioned by the Kronos Quartet in 2013 and inspired by Hurricane Sandy. All the Things I Lost in the Flood, her book of images and essays about pictures, language, and codes, was released by Rizzoli in 2018.

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Erik Friedlander

Cello

Erik Friedlander

Cello

Cello

Cellist Erik Friedlander is a prolific solo artist, bandleader, and film composer. After years as a studio musician and improviser in New York’s downtown scene, he has become well known for scoring film and television. Most recently, he scored an episode of Matthew Weiner’s recent show, The Romanoffs, in fall 2018. In 2017 he composed the score for Thoroughbreds, a feature film directed by Cory Finley, which garnered great critical acclaim, as well as Oh Lucy!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, which was premiered this summer at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2018 Mr. Friedlander released Artemisia, his latest album, with his new quartet, The Throw, which distills the brain-bending powers of absinthe; this was his 22nd record under his own name. Other recent releases include Rings, featuring Black Phebe, Erik Friedlander’s three-trios-in-one band (2016), and Oscalypso, a tribute to bassist and sometime cellist Oscar Pettiford (2015). He has also composed music for ads, dance, and documentaries, including the score for Nothing on Earth (2013, about the work of landscape photographer Murray Fredericks and his dangerous visits to the Greenland icecap) and the feature film Future Weather (2013).

Erik Friedlander started studying music at age five with guitar, and began cello lessons at age eight. He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as the Mountain Goats, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, and Courtney Love. His desire to participate in the swirl of musical styles he was surrounded by as a child led him to find new ways of playing the cello, and this discovery drives his solo work and compositions.

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Shelley Hirsch

Voice

Shelley Hirsch

Voice

Voice

Born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn, vocal artist, performer, composer, storyteller, and interdisciplinary artist Shelley Hirsch has been pushing boundaries with her vocal art and performance work, drawing on her life experiences, memory, and imagination for decades. Her multimedia performances, compositions, improvisations, electronic music pieces, sound installations, collaborations, and radio plays have been presented worldwide in venues including Alice Tully Hall, Roulette, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, CBGB, Experimenta Festival (Buenos Aires), What is Music? Festival (Melbourne, Australia), Beyond Innocence Festival (Kobe, Japan), City of Women Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Dom Cultural Center (Moscow), Akademie Der Künste (Berlin), Next Festival (Bratislava, Slovakia), Time Festival (Ghent, Belgium), Angelica Festival (Bologna, Italy), All Ears Festival (Oslo Norway), Red House (Sofia, Bulgaria), Taktlos Festival (Bern, Switzerland), New Music America Festival (Helena, Montana), and TBA Festival (Portland, Oregon).

In 2018, decades of Ms. Hirsch’s work were acquired for The Fales Library archive as part of New York University’s Downtown Collection. Her other honors include the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition; Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists; Creative Capital Grant; New York Foundation of the Arts in Music / Sound, Multidisciplinary / Performance, Music Composition, and the New Forms Category; NYSCA Grants in Vocal Music and Electronic Music; DAAD Residency Grant in Berlin; and a record six Artist in Residency Grants at Harvestworks Digital Media Center.

In 2019 Shelley Hirsch was artist-in-residence at Queenslab; a collection of the writing and images she produced during her residency was published this summer. She can be heard on more than 70 recordings, including on the Tzadik, FMP, InTakt, Nonesuch, Sound Aspects, Tellus, Apollo, Innocent Records, and Don Giovanni labels. She leads the workshop Explore Your 1000 Voices internationally.

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Elena Pinderhughes

Voice / Flute

Elena Pinderhughes

Voice / Flute

Voice / Flute

Elena Pinderhughes is a vocalist and flutist from the Bay Area, California, who began singing and playing the flute at age seven. By nine she was performing and recorded her first CD, Catch 22, and at eleven she was featured in The Music in Me, an HBO special about young musicians. Fluent in many styles, she has won numerous “best soloist” awards at festivals and from Downbeat magazine. A 2013 YoungArts Gold Award recipient, US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and Downbeat’s 2016 “Rising-Star Flutist,” she was a member of the Grammy Band, San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Young Musicians Choral Orchestra.

Ms. Pinderhughes has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Kennedy Center; at festivals and clubs throughout Europe, Japan, Africa, and South America, including Coachella, Monterey Jazz Festival, Marciac Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival; and with Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Kenny Barron, Christian Scott, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Common, and Future.

She appears on Herbie Hancock’s upcoming album, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes), Ambrose Akinmusire’s The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note), and Common’s Black America Again. She is currently performing and recording with a range of musicians as well as with her own group, and touring internationally with Herbie Hancock, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Common.

In 2015 Ms. Pinderhughes signed with SRP Music Group — responsible for signing Rihanna, among others — and began her journey as a solo artist. She is working on her debut project, which will showcase her voice and songwriting, and bring together her musicality, harmony, rhythm, and culture to create a specific sound all her own.

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Samora Pinderhughes

Voice / Piano

Samora Pinderhughes

Voice / Piano

Voice / Piano

Samora Pinderhughes is a composer / pianist / vocalist known for large multidisciplinary projects and for using music to examine sociopolitical issues. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Sundance Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, and MoMA, and has toured internationally with Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Common, and Emily King. He is the first-ever Art for Justice + Soros Justice Fellow, in support of his upcoming The Healing Project, and a 2019 Creative Capital grantee. 

Raised in the Bay Area, Mr. Pinderhughes moved to New York to study jazz at The Juilliard School with Kenny Barron and Kendall Briggs. In New York he met his mentor, playwright Anna Deavere Smith. He is director / creator of The Transformations Suite, which combines music, theater, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African Diaspora. Other projects include The James Baldwin Essays: Examining the American Dream Narrative, The Migration of Protest: Meditations on Jacob Lawrence, and Billy Strayhorn: The Sutherland Period. He has collaborated with Common, Herbie Hancock, Glenn Ligon, Sara Bareilles, Daveed Diggs, and Lalah Hathaway, and he was artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub / The Public Theater.

A Sundance Composers Lab fellow, Mr. Pinderhughes scored the award-winning documentary Whose Streets? and the Field of Vision film Concussion Protocol, and he has written songs for films including The Tale, Burning Sands, and All About Nina. He is a member of Blackout for Human Rights, the arts and social justice collective founded by Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, and was musical director for its #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events. 

This year, Samora Pinderhughes began pursuing his PhD at Harvard University in the Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry program under the direction of Vijay Iyer.

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