SONGS OF LOVE AND VIOLENCE: THE MUSIC OF MATT MARKS

MAY 8, 2016 AT 7PM

Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Hotel Elefant closes out its fourth season with a portrait concert of composer Matt Marks in anticipation of his first acoustic album the ensemble's own full-length recording debut. Songs of Love & Violence is a collection of psychological and dramatic vocal works: first-person stories that explore various facets of the psychologically-bizarre. Each cycle and work touches on accompanying social issue: media violence in This Will Hurt Someone, specifically arranged for Hotel Elefant; sexual identity with song cycle Sex Objects; and criminal mental health issues in The Adventures of Albert Fish. Marks reflects, “On the heels of so many highly–publicized tragic events related to mental health in recent years—from suicides to school shootings—these works are psychological investigations into the warped minds from which seemingly inexpiable tragedies arise, told from their own perspective.”

Matt Marks (featured composer)
Matt Marks is a composer/performer of innovative opera and music-theater works, as well as unique and exciting instrumental and electronic music. A founding member of Alarm Will Sound, he also performs as a French hornist with such acclaimed new music ensembles as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Signal, and ACME. He has recorded for Warp Records, Nonesuch, Cantaloupe Music, as well as many other independent labels. As a composer and arranger, his work has been called “staggeringly creative” by the New York Times, “obsessively detailed” by New York magazine, and “stunning” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Los Angeles Times noted that “His music is bright, catchy and continually turns Broadway clichés on their heads in surprising ways.”

Marks’ music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, The Barbican Center, Bang on a Can Marathon, and live on WNYC radio. His first album, his post-Christian nihilist pop opera, The Little Death: Vol. 1, released on New Amsterdam Records, was described as “cheerily seductive” by the New York Times and “unabashedly boppy, baroquely multi referential, then suddenly sentimental” by Time Out NY. TLDV1 was also one of Time Out New York’s Top Ten Classical albums of 2010 and it contained one of Huffington Post’s Top Ten Alternative Art Songs of the Decade.

Hannis Brown, ukulele
David Friend, piano
Gillian Gallagher, viola
Jeff Gavett, baritone
Mellissa Hughes, soprano
Maria Jeffers, cello
Joshua Jeremiah, baritone
Patti Kilroy, violin
Isabel Kim, clarinet
Taylor Levine, guitar
Matt Marks, composer and performer
Jascha Narveson, engineer

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