Polyorchard: 3 +1 (with Jason Bivins, Dan Ruccia, and Carrie Shull) will be opening for the ever interesting thingNY at MotorCo Music Hall in Durham on June 2 at 8pm. Free show in the Garage Bar. Bring the kids, we will hopefully warp their little minds.
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More about thingNY’s Patriot project
A night of experimental music from New York and The Triangle, with an improvised set by Polyorchard and a verbose two-man opera about illegal immigration and national identity by New York guests thingNY.
thingNY is a New York-based 501c3 not-for-profit collective of composer-performers who create and perform theatrically charged experimental music, champion the work of avant-garde and contemporary classical composers, and collaborate across disciplines, media and genres. Since their first concert in 2006, thingNY’s projects have included three collaboratively created operas, their yearly SPAM avant-garde variety show, the IN HOUSE site-specific house concert/installation, programs featuring composers from Berio to Globokar to your next-door neighbor, a radio play by Beckett, and over a hundred premieres of new music.
This June, Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto, members of thingNY, are going on a seventeen-city “Election Tour for a Stranger America” with their absurdly titled work, Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, the half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. In …Patriots…, instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with less traditional musical effects.
“Face it. This is why you live in New York”
– Time Out New York
“As avant-garde as anything I’ve seen recently – by which term I inexactly mean that it was more focused on how we live at this exact moment than on the traditional conventions of concert-giving.”
– Kyle Gann (PostClassical)
“Truly a thing of great beauty, and wonder. Thank god there are groups like thingNY (or maybe you’re the only one).”
– Art Jarvinen (composer/author)
“thingNY catapulted a slew of notes and words from the stage and we laughed at snatches of the hysteria.”
– Rebecca Lentjes (Bachtrack)
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