Terry Sweeney


to Mar 26


Commissioned by Peak Performances as part of its new extended residency program, From Scratch, QUIXOTE is a bold re-imagining of the Cervantes classic. With new music by Amy Beth Kirsten and direction by Mark DeChiazza, the team that created Columbine’s Paradise Theater, QUIXOTE lets us experience the mad knight’s hallucinations first hand. A soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto and four singing percussionists provide the voices inside the old man’s head. This simple and gorgeous production is equal parts storefront theatre and expressionistic opera.



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6:30 PM18:30

Sandbox Percussion at the Dominique Levy Gallery

To hear sculptor Joel Shapiro speak about his work as, “the projection of thought into space without the constraint of architecture,” and that “It unfolds in time and space,” one could almost imagine him describing music. Indeed, Shapiro’s minimalist wood reliefs have the playful feeling of John Cage’s “Living Room Music” and deceptive simplicity of Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood.” To sonically consider the color, texture, weight, shape of Shapiro’s work, Dominique Levy Gallery is pleased to present Sandbox Percussion performing Cage, Reich and a selection of new percussion music from their repertoire on December 8th.

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9:30 PM21:30

Ensemble LPR with Ricardo Romaneiro

Ensemble LPR and House of YES invites you to BLACK ANGELS, a haunting and mesmerizing voyage of the soul through sound with music by George Crumb, Hildegard of Bingen (Chants to St. Ursula) and a world premiere of a song cycle by Ricardo Romaneiro (Nocturnal Suite) taking the listener on a journey from dark to light with theatrical performances by Lady Circus. Followed by Leo Leite's live PA improv with guest artists & musicians. 

George Crumb’s Black Angels : 13 Images From the Dark Land for electric string quartet was conceived as a kind of parable on our troubled contemporary world. The work portrays a voyage of the soul. The three stages of this voyage are Departure (fall from grace), Absence (spiritual annihilation) and Return (redemption). It draws from an arsenal of sounds including shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses. 

Vocalist Daisy Press performs Favus Distillans from a song cycle based upon Hildegard von Bingen’s Chants to Saint Ursula. It describes Saint Ursula as an “oozing honeycomb” where she gathers all of the virgins around her (11,000 of them) and they all bloom together like a flowering garden. Daisy’s interpretation of von Bingen’s 12th century sacred music echoes the past with a contemporary re-imagination. 

Paired on the program is the world premiere of Ricardo Romaneiro’s Nocturnal Suite, a multi-movement ethereal song cycle that is evocative of the night with words and vocals by Hannah Sumner, performed by Ensemble LPR and special guest Sandbos Percussion harpist Jacqui Ramin & Justin Abrams, and narrator Tom Shubert. 

Post-concert live PA by Leo Leite featuring select musicians improvising a kinectic performance transforming the atmosphere into a pulsating rhythmic soundscape. 

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7:00 PM19:00

In Situ: On a Sphere

National Sawdust invites you to ON A SPHERE, an ambient meditative exploration of sound worlds by composer Ricardo Romaneiro with live projections by Christian Hannon, in performance with Leo Leite(engineer/electronics), NoisioN/Ravi (analog synthesizers), David Zisa (modular synthesizers),Victor Caccese(percussion), & Terry Sweeney (percussion).

On A Sphere draws inspiration from the ancient philosophical concept of the Music of the Spheres, which incorporates the metaphysical principle that mathematical relationships express qualities or "tones" of energy manifesting in numbers, visual angles, shapes and sounds – all connected within a pattern of proportion. In a theory known as the Harmony of the Spheres, it’s proposed that the planets all emit their own unique hum, a resonance based on their orbital revolution. The movements of the celestial bodies - The Sun, Moon, and planets - as a form of music, the Harmony of the Spheres.

Join us as we take a 1 hour journey through the sounds of the universe interpreted by synthesizers and percussion instruments accompanied by visuals.

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6:00 PM18:00

Ice Cubed Keynote: John Luther Adams and Barry Lopez in Conversation

Stark, icebound landscapes have long proved fruitful and generative subjects for artists who have inhabited them. How have the violence and serenity of such extreme places found their way into artistic expression, whether sonic or literary? In an age of rapid global warming, when does an artist become an activist? John Luther Adams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Become Ocean, and Barry Lopez, author of the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams, reflect on these and other themes in this special event. The evening includes a performance by Sandbox Percussion of John Luther Adams’s “…and bells remembered…,” and a reading of “The Trail: A Short Short Story” by Barry Lopez.

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5:30 PM17:30

Percussion Festival

The 2016 National Sawdust Percussion Festival brings together some of the world’s finest percussionists across all genres for one 5-hour marathon of music. Curated by Andy Akiho and Ian Rosenbaum, the Festival features a wide array of music: classics by Steve Reich, improvisations by Jason Treuting, experimental music by Mark Applebaum, a world premiere by Andy Akiho, and much more. We will also feature a few incredible non-percussionists in their percussive collaborations (former cellist of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Kristin Lee).
Most artists will play 20-minute sets, and this is an informal event where the audience is encouraged to get up close and personal with the artists, and come and go from the Festival as they wish.

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7:30 PM19:30

Sandbox Percussion and Gabriel Cabezas

Sandbox Percussion is headed to LiveConnections for a collaboration with Cellist and Astral Artist Gabriel Cabezas. The quartet and Cabezas will perform a world premiere by composer Alyssa Weinberg, as well as Steve Reich’s “Drumming,” a solo cello work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and Andy Akiho’s “21” for steel pan and cello.

Hailed as “an intense player who connects to music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” by The Oregonian, Gabriel Cabezas is one of America’s most sought after young musicians. 

LiveConnections curates and presents six concerts annually, showcasing collaborative music designed for adventurous music-lovers. Join us for dinner and some of the most engaging new music around!


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7:30 PM19:30

Verboten - Supper Club


Sandbox Percussion & Verboten invites you to SUPPERCLUB: An Evening of Percussive Rhythms Paired with Culinary Compositions.

Sandbox's percussion instruments will take over the main dance floor while audience members seated around the perimeter are taken on a sensory trance-inducing journey of minimalist layering, patterns & repetition. Featuring a 270 degree wall visualizer & projection mapping with music by Steve Reich, David Lang, Ricardo Romaneiro, Victor Caccese, & Jonny Allen.

Supper clubs are considered an "underground destination” where patrons spend the entire evening, from cocktail hour to nightclub style entertainment served with dinner in a casual and social atmosphere. You are invited to an eclectic mix of music, visuals, & food at Verboten, New York’s #1 venue in electronic music.

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