About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:6:30 PM
Show Time:7:30 PM
Billband: “Towards Daybreak” album release concert
All-star octet plays music of Bill Ryan
Composer Bill Ryan is known to many as the force behind the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, the student group that gained widespread praise for recordings of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (2007) and Terry Riley’s In C with remixes (2009). With Towards Daybreak, the sophomore release from Ryan’s ensemble Billband, the focus turns back to his own work. Out Tuesday January 29 on Innova Recordings, the CD is by turns contemplative, roiling, elegaic, and aggressive – a reflection of experiences in Ryan’s life, from the birth of a child to the loss of his parents. His post-minimalist musical language is personal and expressive, poised on a knife edge between lushness and reticence. It is a music that reveals itself gradually, working its way deeper with each listen.
Individually, Billband members have an astonishing list of performing credits, including working with Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Blue Man Group, So Percussion, and the Steve Reich Ensemble, among others. And as a collection, they take no prisoners.
Bill Ryan, composer
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Vicky Chow, piano
David Cossin, percussion
Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet
Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello
Jonathon Nichol, saxophone
Doug Perkins, percussion
Todd Reynolds, violin
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This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s streaming channel, beginning at 7:30pm.
American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New YorkTimes) and “a rising star of her instrument”(Albany Times Union) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer. Her affinity to dynamism drives Bathgate to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditionally perceived voice. Collaborators and fans alike describe her vitality as nothing short of remarkable and magical for all who are involved. Bathgate is a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and is also a founding member of TwoSense,a duo with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet with fellow new music mavens Florent Ghys, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim and Owen Weaver.
Most recently Bathgate gave the world premiere of a new Cello Concerto by Australian composer Kate Moore with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL. She subsequently recorded an album of Moore’s solo cello works which will be released in 2016 on Cantaloupe Music. This past season also brought the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA inCharleston, NC. Bathgate is currently embarking on a collaboration with the Brooklyn-based composercollective Sleeping Giant, who is writing her a six-movement suite for solo cello to premiere next year on the Metropolis Resident Artist Series in NYC. Other upcoming commissions include works by Doug Cuomo, Michael Gordon, Erdem Helvacioglu, Scott Lindroth, Jascha Narveson, Todd Reynolds, and Neil Rolnick. Bathgate’s radio/television appearances include performances on WQXR FM’s Young Artist Showcase, WQXR’s Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota, NPR’s Performance Today, WYNC’s New Sounds Live, SiriusXM, Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Her recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, Nonesuch and Starkland.
Equally at home in both the concert hall and the rock club, Bathgate focuses on presenting concerts thatdraw from a wide range of musical genres. Her dedication to performing traditional music is equally matched by her passion to promote new music by today’s composers. That dedication has led her to work with an esteemed list of composers and musicians such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Nik Bärtsch, Iva Bittova Martin Bresnick, Don Byron, Jace Clayton, Bryce Dessner (The National), Arnold Dryblatt, DJ Spooky, Ben Frost, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Annie Gosfield, Ann Hamilton, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Lang, Lori Lieberman, Meredith Monk, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Questlove and The Legendary Roots Crew, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Trio Mediaeval, Julia Wolfe, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Nick Zammuto (The Books). Bathgate has toured the U.S., South America, Russia, Australia, Europe, and Asia with the Bang on a Can All-Stars and has collaborated with several notable ensembles including the Choir of Trinity Wall Street (Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fieldsat Avery Fisher Hall), Red Fish Blue Fish (Steve Reich’s Musicfor 18 Musiciansat Disney Hall), the Kronos Quartet (Brian Eno’s Music for Airportsat MIT, Cambridge) and eighth blackbird (Reich’s Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextetat Carnegie Hall & TheBarbican).
Bathgate studied at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) before continuing her education at Yale University with renowned cellist Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D). Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. A member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra at the time, Bathgate was also the unprecedented two-time winner of the Lois Lyman Concerto Competition, performing the Saint-Saens and Schumann Cello Concertos with the orchestra at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. While at Bard College, she was invited to perform both the d’Albert and Barber Cello Concertos with the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein and then went on to win Yale University’s Concerto Competition in 2008, performing with the Yale Philharmonia in New Haven’s legendary Woolsey Hall.Bathgate resides in New York City.