"I look like a casual, laid-back guy, but it's like a circus in my head." –Steven Wright
For Immediate Release - New York, NY - On September 24th at 4pm, at the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Composers Concordance reunites two exceptional guitar quartets to premiere new compositions and to celebrate the centennial of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mel Powell. Featured on the program are the ensembles Bodies Electric: William Anderson, John Chang, Adam Negrin, and Kyle Miller - electric guitars, and My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama: Bruce Arnold, Greg Baker, Jane Getter, and Gene Pritsker - electric guitars. This event is part of the The Village Trip, a two-week-long festival celebrating arts and activism in Greenwich Village.
Brand new compositions by Gene Pritsker, William Anderson, and others will be premiered. Also featured on the program are Dan Cooper's 'Doozy' for amplified flute, electric guitars, and percussion; and Jane Getter's 'Evanesce' - a commission made possible by New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
The concert will be live streamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook page.
Composers Concordance Presents
8 Electric Guitars
Mel Powell Centennial
Part of The Village Trip Festival
Co-Presented with Marsyas Productions
Sunday, Sept. 24th, 2023
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
131 E. 10th St (2nd Ave) NYC
$20 in advance
$30 at the door
William Anderson, Bruce Arnold, Dan Cooper,
Jane Getter, Patrick Grant, Kyle Miller,
Mel Powell, Gene Pritsker, Dave Soldier
William Anderson, John Chang,
Adam Negrin, Kyle Miller - guitars
My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama:
Bruce Arnold, Greg Baker, Jane Getter,
Gene Pritsker - electric guitars
Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Gene Pritsker and Shanan Estreicher. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
"Composers Concordance..a veritable New York new music institution of concerts, album production and multiple ensembles under a sweeping, tenacious brand, thriving on the emulsion of contemporary classical, free improv, jazz and rock, overt humor and fearless political statements, all very much in evidence..The ensemble..was masterful throughout.”- John Pietaro, The New York City Jazz Record
"An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance” - The Brooklyn Rail
"The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way....ingenious fun" - Classical-Modern Music Review
“Enterprising new music organization” - The New York Times
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