Doors 8pm | Show 9pm
Mario Diaz de Leon presents a performance of the live electronic album “Heart Thread”, in celebration of its recent release on the Denovali label. Across two 20-minute pieces scored for an ensemble of synthesizers, woodwind timbres, and electronic percussion, the music conveys a pilgrimage from the meditative to the kinetic and back, pursuing an immersive, ecstatic sound that encompasses hypnotic minimalism and expansive variations. The evening features lighting design by Nicholas Houfek (of International Contemporary Ensemble), as well as an opening solo set by Michael Beharie, performing new work for voice, acoustic guitar and electronics.
Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer, performer, and recording artist, whose creative work encompasses modern classical music, experimental electronic music, improvisation, and metal. As composer, he has produced an acclaimed series of albums (featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, and Pitchfork), and received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, and TAK. He has released several albums of heavy ambient electronics via the Denovali label, and has presented solo performances at venues including CTM Festival (Berlin), Donaufestival (Krems, Austria), Sacrum Profanum (Krakow), Roulette, and The Kitchen. He has also been active as the principal songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist in the metal band Luminous Vault (Profound Lore Records), and as one third of electroacoustic improvisation trio Bloodmist, with Jeremiah Cymerman and Toby Driver.
Michael Beharie is a musician based in New York City. His work sits at the imagined intersection between sound system culture, pop transmission and free improvisation. MIchael has released records on labels including Astro Nautico, Shinkoyo and Mondoj. “Promise”, his most recent release, is a song cycle that celebrates the possibilities of chamber folk. Michael has presented work at venues including The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Art Basel (Miami), Elastic Arts (Chicago), Switchboard Music Festival (San Francisco) and Café de la Danse (Paris). Michael has toured internationally with Zs and Greg Fox’s Quadrinity, and was in residence at Pioneerworks in 2018.
Nicholas Houfek is a NYC based lighting designer working in music, theater, and dance. Mr. Houfek has worked with So Percussion (Lincoln Center Festival and Carnegie Hall,) The Bang on a Can All-Stars (Carnegie Hall) and ICE (Mostly Mozart, Miller Theater, Roulette, BAC). Tours with Natalie Merchant, Martha Graham, ArmitageGone! Dance, Deborah Hay, 360o Dance, and Jonah Bokaer as Lighting Supervisor. As an Assistant he has worked for New York City Ballet, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center Festival and Fall for Dance at NYCC.
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