with Patrick Higgins, Brian Degraw, Qasim Ali Naqvi & Erin Ellen Kelly, Tyondai Braxton (DJ set), Loni Landon Dance Project & Manuel Vignoulle
Thu August 24th, 2017
Minimum Age: 21+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $15
Day of Show: $20
An immersive evening of music and dance performances in the beautiful, raw setting of Knockdown Center’s “Arizona” room.
Music sets by Tyondai Braxton // Brian Degraw (of Gang Gang Dance) // Patrick Higgins
Dance performances by Loni Landon Dance Project // Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions
Music and dance collaboration by Qasim Ali Naqvi & Erin Ellen Kelly
Seating is first come, first serve.
LPR Presents: FWD>> MOTION
FWD>> MOTION curates the next evolution in presenting performances: an evening for audiences to experience dance and music as separate works, together on one cohesive bill. Furthermore, we have removed the traditional stage setting and placed this performance in the raw, vast and beautiful venue, Knockdown Center. FWD>> MOTION aims to bridge dance and music audiences and invites one to experience this work in a non-traditional space.
Described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist” by TimeOut NY, Patrick Higgins is a New York based composer/performer of experimental music. Higgins has composed works for some of the nation’s leading ensembles, ranging from chamber orchestra works, percussion cycles, and string quartets to smaller ensembles and soloists. He has scored works for television, museum exhibitions, and films both short-form and feature-length. Higgins plays guitar and composes in ZS, hailed by the New York Times as “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.”
As a soloist, he performs both classical acoustic and electric guitar in genre-bending contexts, utilizing extended technique and electronic processing. A work of “visionary […] master-craftsmanship on guitar” (Tiny Mix Tapes), his record of quadraphonic guitar compositions STEREO was named to the Best of 2012 by Impose Magazine, and his electro-acoustic project Bachanalia has received numerous plaudits for its re-interpretation of the Baroque master’s work. A unique double LPof Higgins’ String Quartet No.2 and its electro-acoustic “remix” Glaciais out on Ex Cathedra Records – called “stunning” by Experimedia. Social Death Mixtape – a record of assorted experimental composition, is now available on NNA Records. Zs’ most recent relase Xe was named no.3 avant record of the year by Rolling Stone, and listed as one of the best records of 2015 by the LA Times.
Patrick Higgins’ music has been performed internationally in over 20 countries, including performances at some of the world’s leading concert venues and music festivals: Unsound Festival (Poland), Big Ears Festival, The Queense Museum (NY), Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest), Issue Project Room, Roulette, The Stone, (le) Poisson Rouge, Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, ICA Boston, Hopscoth Festival, le Guess Who? (Holland), Club Unit (Tokyo), Vacant Gallery (Tokyo), Donau Festival (Austria), Incubate (Netherlands), Berghain (Germany), Magazin 4 (Belgium), Sonic (France), Puxian Grand Theater (China), Miami Art Basel, Paula Cooper Gallery, SF MOMA and many more.
Upcoming projects and collaborations include a new record of solo guitar and sampled percussion, a new record featuing Josh Modney of ICE and Wet Ink, a double LP of the TOCSIN cycle, a new long form composition for string orchestra to premiere in Holland, a forthcoming record of Bach’s lute music, some hand-bound editions of scores, and an on-going project of nomadic symphonic/installation works with Wild Dogs INTL.
Brian Degraw is known his work at the centre of the experimental electronic band he cofounded: Gang Gang Dance, with nine releases to their credit, the band has enjoyed critical acclaim and played to audiences across the globe for almost two decades.
In addition to his work in Gang Gang Dance, Degraw has two solo records to his credit: 2005’s Sonic the Warhol (Gavin Brown Gallery) and 2014’s Sum / One (4AD), has remixed the likes of FatyDL, Animal Collective, TV On The Radio and Battles, was a member of the seminal DC band The Crainium, collaborated with Rita Ackerman under the Angelblood banner and cofounded Ssab Songs with filmmaker Harmony Korine.
A multi-disciplinary visual artist Degraw’s work first gained prominence in the late 90s as part of the legendary Alleged Gallery. Currently he is represented by James Fuentes LLC and his work has been the subject of numerous solo and museum shows throughout the world. He has collaborated with fellow artist Spencer Sweeney, created multimedia performance art with Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and more recently created a series of portraits for the band Animal Collective’s 2016 release Painting With.
Qasim Ali Naqvi & Erin Ellen Kelly
“Clone” is an improvisational dialogue between drummer and composer Qasim Naqvi and choreographer and performer Erin Ellen Kelly. Having worked together on a number of site specific projects for close to 17 years, they’ve held a shared interest in slow and restrained development. In the past, purely acoustic instrumentation has been the sonic backdrop for their work, from choral groups to chamber ensembles. This new work goes in a different direction with the introduction of analog modular electronics; a relatively new musical environment for Naqvi which has infinite possibilities. “Clone” is a magnification of a few elements, for a slow synchronicity between sound and movement.
Qasim Naqvi is a drummer, composer, and member of the group Dawn of Midi. When he is not touring with D.O.M., he composes music for film, dance, theater and chamber ensembles domestically and abroad. Qasim’s soundtracks and arrangements for film have appeared on HBO, PBS, The New York Times, The Academy Awards, The Sundance Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, dOCUMENTA 13 and 14, The Guggenheim Museum, Vice TV and others. His concert works have been performed by the yMusic Ensemble, The Now Ensemble, The Contemporary Music Ensemble of NYU, The Crash Ensemble, The Stargaze Ensemble, The Helsinki Chamber Choir, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW Season, The Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, TEN PEN CHii, Nimbus Dance Works and others. He is a 2016 N.Y.F.A Fellow in Music and Sound and has received other fellowships and awards from Chamber Music America, Harvest Works, S.T.E.I.M., LMCC and Art OMI. Presently, Qasim writes chamber and electronic music in Brooklyn, New York and works on a variety of projects as a freelance composer and drummer. He is represented by Erased Tapes Publishing.
Erin Ellen Kelly constructs ways of moving, ephemeral collages and performance pieces in gardens, galleries, warehouse spaces, gutted stores, boats, bombed out buildings, theaters and by the side of the road. Her live performances have been presented at Danspace, Serpentine Slacker Gallery, The Queens Museum, Temporary/Contemporary: Bass Museum of Art, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Theatre Utopia and other venues. She has been awarded residencies through Movement Research, The Camargo Foundation, LMCC, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Schloss Brollin, and Thanksgiving Farm. She has collaborated with Christian Holstad, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, and Bisan Toron. The video series “Performed Places,” which was produced in partnership with Mariam Ghani and scored by Qasim Naqvi, has been presented at Documenta 13, Sharjah Biennial 09, Anchorage Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art and St. Louis Museum of Art.
Tyondai Braxton (DJ set)
Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and electronic musician. He has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively, under various group titles, since the mid 1990’s. His music incorporates electronic and modern orchestral elements, ranging from solo pieces to large-scale symphonic works.
The former front man of experimental rock band Battles, Braxton has since focused on his own work, including his critically acclaimed album Central Market – which has been performed by world-renowned orchestras such as London Sinfonietta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, Braxton collaborated with legendary composer Philip Glass – performing as a duo for the festival series All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as remixing Glass’ work for the REWORK remix album.
In 2013, Braxton premiered HIVE – a multimedia piece that is part sound installation/part live performance – at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He has given subsequent HIVE performances at Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, as part of the Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary celebration at The Barbican in London, and at Sydney Opera House.
HIVE1 – Braxton’s first new album in six years – was released on May 12, 2015 on Nonesuch Records. And Orange Out EP, with proceeds benefiting the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence, was released June 2016.
Photo credit: Grace Villamil
Loni Landon Dance Project
Piece Title: SHIFTING SHADOW
Company: Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions
Choreography: Manuel Vignoulle
Dancers: Isaies Santamaria & Manuel Vignoulle
Music: Alva Noto
Theme: Inspired by a man scared by his own reflection and shadow, this piece explores the truth behind the illusion of the self and its multi-dimensional shadows that project both on the self and others.
Manuel Vignoulle, formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), has been assistant choreographer for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland) and State Theatre (South Africa).
He has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’him, Makers Dance Company, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Ballet Arkansas, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Periapsis Music & Dance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Steps Repertoire Ensemble and others.
Manuel has performed his own work with Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions at Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park (New York), Monterrey International Ballet Gala (Mexico), (Mexico), Summer Heat International Dance Festival (Tulsa, OK), The Dance Gallery, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, WestFest and The Latin Choreographer and in France, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and USA.
To see more of his work: www.manuelvignoulle.com‘
About Isaies Santamaria:
Born in France, Isaies Santamaria, started studying dance in Paris at « Latin and Tropical Dance School » where he learned Afro Caribbean styles including Salsa, Bachata, Mambo and Cha-cha. He has graduated as a teacher and been chosen to be part of the school’s company. After that, Isaies Studied at Rick Odums School of Ballet Jazz and performed pieces by choreographers as Geraldine Armstrong, Rick Odums,Millard Hurley and Pascalina Noel. Also, he has been part of the top16 in “You Can Dance,” the French television version of “So You think you can dance”.
For the past 4 years, Isaies moved to New York to broaden his horizon and vision to study 2 years at Peridance Capezio Center and performed pieces from choreographers as Igal Perry, Manuel Vignoulle, Bryan Arias, Enzo Celli and Ephrat Asherie.
As a freelancer, He is been working with New York companies such as the Dash Ensemble (Gregory Dolbashian), Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions, Mettin Movemen, Vivo Ballet (Enzo Celli), Seymour Collective, Zvidance and BrynCohn+Artists
He performed at Fire Island Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Booking Dance Festival at Jazz Lincoln Center, Bryan Park Modern Dance Festival, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Bam Fisher, Bam Next Wave Festival, Monterrey International Ballet Gala, Massmoca, Jack Crystal Theater at NYU, ADI Dance Festival, Kaatzbaan and many others.
As a choreographer He set a solo on students from Hartford University and Peridance Capezio Center as well a dance piece on NYU Tish School’s students for the summer intensive.
He is been assisting Gregory Dolbashian for many projects as « Intenso » by Daniil Simkin, NYU residency at Tish School and Manuel Vignoulle for the piece « Break through» for Ailey II.
He also worked in Fashion Models with Charlie Wan (Lean on me), Jeff Mikkelson (And Men Magazine) and Mark Shaw.