JP Jofre and Alarm Will Sound
JP Jofre is known as one of the world’s foremost soloists on the bandoneon: the soulful, Argentinian instrument that it is the main voice of tango and that Astor Piazzolla catapulted to fame. But Jofre is also a brilliant and pioneering composer whose work transcends nuevo tango to encompass the neo-romantic, indie classical and jazz. JP Jofre and the Hard Tango Chamber Band includes: Ron Wasserman (double bass); Eric Silberger (violin); Amy Kang (cello); Pablo Cafici (piano).
Check out our exclusive interview with JP Jofre here.
ALARM WILL SOUND
The twenty-piece Alarm Will Sound once again bring their engaging, otherworldly sounds to Artpark, playing music with an irreverent charm and daring seldom heard in stodgy halls. This time, their performance will include a previous collaborative work with Queens, NY-based artist Eartheater, who distills foley-filled digital production and classical composition into works suspended between reckless romanticism and detailed sonic tapestries. When Fire is Allowed to Finish, her work with Alarm Will Sound, contains six emotionally charged movements. The music is fearlessly expressive, lush, and emotional — bound to jolt even the most jaded listener.
The music is fearlessly expressive, lush, and emotional, and while harkening back to Romanticism with a capital ‘R’ simultaneously stays rooted in the contemporary by incorporating unusual and unexpected timbres and rhythmic devices. For this project, composers Aaron Parker, Steve Snowden, and Conrad Winslow were enlisted to orchestrate Drewchin’s musical ideas. This work has a duration of 30 minutes and was premiered in May of 2018. We are actually recording this piece now and plan to release it on the label Cognitive Shift possibly later in the fall.
Check out our exclusive interview with AWS's Artistic Director Alan Pierson here.
Alarm Will Sound's setlist:
- Eartheater, When Fire is Allowed to Finish
- Jlin arr. Kim and Thompson, Black Origami
- King Britt and Marcos Balter, Atomic Theory III: “Electron Orbitals”
- Aphex Twin arr. Stefan Freund, T69 Collapse
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Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test are not required for this event. Patrons will just be required to maintain social distance and wear a mask if they are not fully vaccinated.
More about the JP Jofre Hard Tango Band ...
The JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band is based in New York City and was started in 2008 by bandoneonist and composer Juan Pablo (J.P.) Jofre. The quintet focuses on Jofre’s original works as well as authentic interpretations of legendary composer Astor Piazzolla.
After its debut performance at the Public Theatre in NYC in 2008, the group has appeared at Great Performers at Lincoln Center (who touted the Argentinian expatriate as “one of today’s leading tango artists”), Celebrities Series of Boston, and Seattle Town Hall, among many others. Along with Jofre, the band comprises violinist Eric Silberger, cellist Amy Kang, double bassist Ron Wasserman, and pianist Pablo Cafici. Guest pianist Siyi Fang and guest bassist Chris Johnson frequent the quintet as well.
More about Alarm Will Sound ...
Since their earliest days playing together at the Eastman School of Music, they have collaborated with composers, designers, writers, choreographers, videographers — a wide range of compelling experimental artists — in pursuit of undiscovered artistic territory.
More about Eartheater ...
Alexandra Drewchin, aka Eartheater, is a prolific multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, poet, choreographer, and visual/performance artist. Born in North East Pennsylvania, she is currently based in Queens, NY. Her music has been released on Hausu Mountain and PAN.