The MATA Festival, now it’s fourteenth year, announced their official line-up for the 2012 season yesterday. The festival that highlights young composer and the most innovative ensembles is an annual highlight of the New York music scene. This year’s festival will take place April 18th through the 20th at Roulette in Brooklyn.
The festival will feature performances from Quartet New Generation, JACK Quartet, loadbang, Kathleen Supové, and the fantastic SIGNAL, all performing some of the most interesting new composers from around the world. Take a look after the jump for the full schedule.
This years festival will also be recorded by WQXR’s Q2 for audio streaming after the performances.
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 PM: Opening Night Party and Salon
Free with a Festival pass, the opening night party and salon at the Paula Cooper Gallery kicks off the 2012 Festival with drinks and live music, featuring live re-mixes of music from this year’s Festival by Preshish Moments’s Michael Carter, and loadbang.
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 PM: Quartet Face Off: Jack Quartet + Quartet New Generation
For the first night of the Festival, MATA pits the “exceptional” and “thrillingly vital” JACK string quartet against Quartet New Generation (QNG), Berlin’s “mind-blowing” recorder collective, First Prize Winners of the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. The cosmopolitan program features two of MATA’s three Festival commissions — 2011 Rome Prize-winner Huck Hodge’s new work for the JACK Quartet, and Shanghai-based Yi Qin’s new piece for QNG — along with Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri’s (Greece/Germany) motorized piece for QNG, and fresh pieces from composer/pianist/improviser Gordon Beeferman, Hugi Gudmunsson (Iceland/Denmark), José Luis Hurtado (Mexico), Oscar Bianchi (Switzerland), Yotam Haber (Israel/USA) and Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri (Greece/Germany). Each night begins with one part of Jacob Cooper’s newly-created hypnotic video series, Triptych.
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 PM: Responsible Parties II: Composer/Performers Today
The second evening of the Festival goes hands-on with performances by a diverse collection of today’s vibrant composer/performers, anchored by two large-scale installations with sculptural elements and massive hand-constructed instruments. Cecilia Lopez (Argentina) presents Mechanical Music for Sheet Metal and Eli Keszler mounts a monumental collection of piano mechanisms taken apart and re-organized as a motorized, whirring, machine for Cold Pin. In both cases, live musicians resonate and play against these giant structures. Matt Marks presents a sneak preview of his new pop opera on love and religion in America, The Little Death: Vol. 2, with Mellissa Hughes; Kate Soper presents her psychoneurotic ten-minute microdrama, Only the words themselves mean what they say; and Lesley Flanigan performs Snow, for speaker electronics and voice. New music’s mixed quartet loadbang serves as house band for the evening. Jacob Cooper presents the second installation of his newly-created video work, Triptych: II. Black or White.
Friday, April 20, 7:30 PM: Signs and Signals
The Festival closes with a tour-de-force of new works for large and small ensembles featuring SIGNAL, called “one of the most vital groups of its kind” by the New York Times, and led by the phenomenal conductor Brad Lubman. MATA presents the final commission of 2012: a large-scale work by Francesco Filidei, a Paris-based Italian composer who is taking Europe by storm. Also featured: the vicious, heart-stopping Viola Quartet by Eric Wubbels, David Coll’s Position, Influence for soprano and electronics based on the speeches of Charles de Gaulle, Alex Freeman’s gorgeous work for solo Kantele (the Finnish plucked zither, played by Finland’s Eva Alkula); and the Spanish-based Mexican composer Ivan Ferrer-Orozco’s glittering, salsa-influenced work for player piano and live pianist, performed by the inimitable Kathleen Supové.