Metropolis Ensemble Presents - Brownstone, a Season Opening Electro-Acoustic Installation

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Brownstone - Thursday, October 28, 2010 730pm | 224 Washington Avenue | Brooklyn

What would a house sound like if it could sing?

On Thursday, October 28 at 7:30pm Metropolis Ensemble, New York City's exciting and dynamic contemporary chamber orchestra, will present Brownstone, a site-specific electro-acoustic composition conceived for an entire historic Brooklyn 3-story brownstone. This 2010-2011 season opening concert will allow audience members to freely wander, explore, and choose their own experience of the piece.

Composed by Jakub Ciupinski, Brownstone utilizes 10 musicians scattered throughout all three floors as an electronic soundscape fills halls and stairways creating a rhythmic and colorful sonic tapestry. The electronic and acoustic elements of Brownstone will be combined in different ways depending on your location. Mr. Ciupinski, whose own musical styles range from traditional classical forms to nontraditional genres and live electronics, will use a technique called "controlled or limited aleatorism," pioneered by 20th Century Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, that enables the composer to introduce randomness and freedom into synchronized elements.

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, with many opportunities to interact with Metropolis Ensemble artists and other audience members. A selection of contemporary art will also be installed throughout the house, curated by the gallery On Stellar Rays.

The Soundscape

The source material for the electronic music layer will be derived from the BBC Nature Library, courtesy of Pro Sound Effects. There are no synthesizers or other samples, only original recorded animal sounds, transformed into music by pitch shifting, time stretching, and other audio effects.

Brownstone is the inaugural production of Friends of Metropolis. The concept and execution of the concert originated with Friends member Jenny Salomon and is a true collaboration between Friends members and Metropolis artists.

Brownstone is collaborative production of Metropolis Ensemble, On Stellar Rays, and Friends of Metropolis.

Metropolis Ensemble is a professional chamber orchestra and ensemble based in New York City. Dedicated to emerging composers and performers, Metropolis Ensemble has quickly established a reputation for presenting "new music played with the same kind of panache and bravura we usually experience only in performances of standard repertoire" (Esa-Pekka Salonen).

The ensemble, comprised of the finest young artists now performing, is led by Music Director Andrew Cyr. Cyr is a distinctive new voice in the growing contemporary classical music scene. His enthusiasm for connecting musicians and composers of the next generation to today's audiences led him to create Metropolis Ensemble in 2006.

Metropolis Ensemble commissions, premieres and records new works from the freshest voices in classical composition, including Timothy Andres, David Bruce, Anna Clyne, Jakub Ciupinski, Avner Dorman, Ryan Francis, Vivian Fung, Ryan Gallagher, Erin Gee, Raymond Lustig, Ricardo Romaneiro, David Schiff, Adam Schoenberg, Cristina Spinei, and Michael Ward-Bergeman. Since its formation in 2006, Metropolis Ensemble has performed to capacity crowds and has premiered and commissioned over 24 new works. The ensemble's first studio album, featuring the music of Avner Dorman, was released on NAXOS in January of 2010 to critical acclaim.

Metropolis Ensemble - Brownstone
Thursday, October 28, 2010
730pm - 224 Washington Avenue
Tickets: $25 | Students: $15 | Sustaining Members: free


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