Sun February 10th, 2013
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Show Time: 7:30PM
Event Ticket: $13
Day of Show: $15
free for members
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 York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (Washington Post) 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, the chamber music group HOWL and is also a founding member of TwoSense, a duo with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet. In 2014 Bathgate premiered a new Cello Concerto by Australian composer Kate Moore with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL. Subsequently she recorded an album of Moore’s works for solo cello, entitled Stories For Ocean Shells, which was released as her debut solo album on Cantaloupe Music. In 2015 she also gave the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, NC. Most recently, Bathgate commissioned the composer collective Sleeping Giant to write her a six-movement suite for solo cello entitled “ASH”, which was premiered in 2016. Both ASH and her latest album, 8 Track, featuring new multitrack works by Alex Weiser and Emily Cooley as well as a new version of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint, will be commercially released this coming season. Bathgate’s radio/television appearances include performances on BBC Radio 3, WKCR, WMHT, 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, Starkland and Uffda Records. 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. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D). Bathgate resides in New York City. (www.ashleybathgate.com)