Tue April 17th, 2018
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:00PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $15 / $20
Day of Show: $20 / $25
Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show
TwoSense: Ashley Bathgate, cello and Lisa Moore, piano
“All Stars from the All Stars” (The New York Times)
TwoSense, the New York Bang on a Can All Star derived powerhouse duo, featuring cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore, return to (le) Poisson Rouge for the first time since their duo debut in 2011. This “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine) have commissioned 13 new compositions for the beloved combination of cello and piano. TwoSense will bring their tour-de-force laser focus to unique repertoire as they perform “Spun” – a concert of five recently commissioned chamber works – including three New York premieres.
Persistence of the Blues*+ (2013) by Jack Perla
spun*^ (2013) by Amy Beth Kirsten
1. come into my room
2. down comes the rain
4. song without words
5. night weaver (text by Emily Dickinson)
The Balladeer* (2013) by Ingram Marshall
Prayers Remain Forever (2011) by Martin Bresnick
As You Said (1968) by Jack Bruce (arr. Bresnick)
* denotes New York premiere
+ The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition commission
^ Fromm Foundation, Harvard University commission
All works commissioned by TwoSense:Ashley Bathgate and Lisa Moore
Program length 63’
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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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)
Pitchfork writes: “The New York-based Australian pianist Lisa Moore is a tightrope-walker, a daredevil. She’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas. She can play them all.” The New York Times writes ‘Lisa Moore has always been a natural, compelling storyteller’. TimeOut New York describes her as ‘the wonderfully lyrical pianist’. Lisa has ten solo discs (Cantaloupe, Orange Mountain Music, Tall Poppies, Bandcamp) ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass. Her latest disc The Stone People (Cantaloupe), featuring the music of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Frederic Rzewski and Julia Wolfe, made The New York Times Top Classical Albums of 2016 and the 2017 Naxos Critics’ Choice. Lisa Moore has recorded over thirty collaborative ensemble discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi). She has performed with a diverse range of musicians and artists – the London Sinfonietta, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City Ballet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Steve Reich Ensemble, American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, Ensemble Signal, Australian Chamber Orchestra, TwoSense, Grand Band and the Paul Dresher Double Duo. Moore’s festival performances include Lincoln Center, BAM, Big Ears, Tanglewood, Gilmore, Chautauqua, Huddersfield, Paris d’Automne, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, BBC Proms, Southbank, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne Metropolis,Graz, Vienna, Israel and Warsaw in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, La Scala, Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein. As featured soloist Moore has performed concertos with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany, La Jolla, Sydney, Tasmania, Thai, Monash MAPA and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Virtuosi,Wesleyan Orchestra and Sumarsam Gamelan, and the Queensland Philharmonic – under the batons of Bradley Lubman, Steve Schick, Benjamin Northey, Richard Mills, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jorge Mester, and Angel Gil-Ordonez. From 1992-2008 Lisa Moore was the founding pianist for the electro-acoustic sextet The Bang On A Can All-Stars – winner of Musical America’s 2005 Ensemble of the Year Award. Lisa has worked with over 200 composers – ranging from Iannis Xenakis, Elliot Carter, Philip Glass and Frederic Rzewski to Ornette Coleman, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore, Hannah Lash and Martin Bresnick. Moore teaches at the Yale-Norfolk Summer Festival. Lisa Moore is a Steinway artist.