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Bermel Shows Another Side
February 2, 2001
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
and "Peace by Piece"
for a New Man (1996-97)
Bermel, voice, keyboards, caxixi
Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan.
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American Composers Orchestra
Puts "Composers Out Front" in Three Concerts at Joe's Pub
February 2, 2001, 8:30 pm-Derek Bermel & "Peace by Piece"
9, 2001, 8:30 pm-Jin Hi Kim & Quagmire
April 19, 2001, 8:30 pm-David Raksin, Hollywood Cabaret
American Composers Orchestra will present three concerts featuring
composer-performers in its second season of "Composers Out
Front" at Joe's Pub. These innovative performances, created in
association with Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, puts composers on
stage, making connections between their eclectic musical roots as
performers and their works for the concert hall-breaking down
barriers between jazz, pop, experimental and "classical" music.
begins with composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel, a young Guggenheim
Award-winning composer/multi-instrumentalist, who is a familiar name
to ACO audiences. Called "a truly exceptional talent" by
the New York Times, his clarinet concerto, Voices was commissioned
and performed by the ACO at Carnegie Hall in 1998. In addition to his
activities as a composer, Mr. Bermel also performs actively around
New York City as a clarinetist, vocalist and percussionist with his
band, "Peace by Piece"-a four-member Brooklyn-based band
whose songs combine funk, rhythm & blues, and West African
music-that will appear with him at Joe's Pub on Friday, February 2nd
Bermel's program will include a set of songs for baritone and six
players conducted by the composer, entitled Old Songs for a New Man,
and a solo piano work, Turning, which will be performed by pianist
Marylin Nonken. During the second half of the program Mr. Bermel will
perform as a member of "Peace by Piece." Formed in the
summer of 1999, the band has played at various venues in New York,
including the Izzy Bar, the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Living Room,
and the Sidewalk Cafe. Members include Mr. Bermel on vocals,
keyboards and caxixi; Mat Deveau on drums; Bobby Roe on bass and Mark
Tewarson on guitar.
composer, clarinetist, conductor
versatile Derek Bermel-clarinetist, composer, and jazz and rock
musician-has been widely hailed for his creativity and theatricality
as a composer and his virtuosity as a performer. He has been featured
at numerous international music festivals, and commissions have
included the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fabermusic
Millennium Series, American Composers Orchestra, Albany Symphony, De
Ereprijs (Netherlands), Birmingham Royal Ballet, Pittsburgh New Music
Ensemble, New York International Fringe Festival, and cellist Fred
Sherry. He has also been awarded many of today's most important
prizes, including Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and
residencies at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Tanglewood, Banff,
and Yaddo. As clarinetist, he has appeared throughout the U.S. and
Europe, including recitals in New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles,
Detroit, Jerusalem, The Hague, and Paris, and in radio broadcasts on
both sides of the Atlantic. As clarinetist, he has premiered dozens
of new works, including his clarinet concerto, Voices, which created
a sensation when it was premiered at Carnegie Hall and later
performed at the 2000 American Symphony Orchestra League Conference.
Upcoming are an orchestral commission from the Westchester
Philharmonic, his "hip-h'opera" Rhyme (a music-theater
collaboration with librettist Wendy S. Walters), and a disc of his
chamber music for CRI records. Derek Bermel is the founding
clarinetist of Music from The Copland House and co-founder, music
director, and co-artistic director of the Dutch-American
interdisciplinary ensemble TONK.
performances in ACO's "Composers Out Front" series at Joe's
Pub include Korean composer and komungo (traditional Korean zither)
player Jin Hi Kim. Ms. Kim is the ACO's 2000-01 Fellowship Composer.
On Friday, March 9, 2001 at 8:30 pm Ms
Kim will be performing komungo and electric komungo solos, and Nong
Rock for string quartet and komungo. The program will also feature
"Quagmire", Ms. Kim's improvisational trio with
experimental jazz greats William Parker on bass and Oliver Lake on saxophone.
Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 8:30 pm,
composer-pianist David Raksin will perform a Hollywood Cabaret,
complete with reminiscences about the heydays of the Hollywood
Studios. Best known for his film scores such as Laura, Forever Amber,
Force Of Evil, Carrie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Bad And
The Beautiful, and more than 300 television shows, Raksin, at 88
years old, is now the grand old man of Hollywood music. Special
guests include Francis Thorne and Ronny Whyte.
Tickets & Info:
for each performance in the "Composers Out Front" series is
$20, and seating is limited. Tickets to these events at Joe's Pub,
located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street and Astor
Place), can be purchased at The Public Theater box office
Tuesday-Saturday from 1:00pm to 7:30pm; Sunday and Monday from 1:00pm
to 6:00pm or via Tele-charge, 212-239-6200, or online at www.telecharge.com.
support of the American Composers Orchestra is from Alliance Capital
Management L.P., Americans for the Arts, Mr. Thomas Buckner, the Mary
Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation,
Booth Ferris Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund
for Music, Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, Jean and Louis
Dreyfus Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith
Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Christian Humann Foundation,
Meet The Composer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, J.P. Morgan &
Co., New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Times Co. Foundation,
Virgil Thomson Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund. ACO
programs are also made possible with public funds from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a
state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
ACO's "Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices"
project is supported by the Animating Democracy Initiative, a
program of Americans for the Arts funded by the Ford Foundation.