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Curated by WNYC’s John Schaefer, the return of this annual music series features an all-star indie rock lineup performing David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy led by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg.
Arts Brookfield presents three live performances of David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” of albums—1979’s Lodger, 1978’s “Heroes,” and 1977’s Low—at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. WNYC DJ John Schaefer and Shearwater singer Jonathan Meiburg curated this year’s New Sounds Live performances, which include past and present members of Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Dirty Projectors, Battle Trance, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. One album will be performed in its entirety each night—Lodger on the 17th, “Heroes” on the 18th, and Low on the 19th—and each concert will open with short programs of music that inspired the trilogy composed by Brian Eno and Klaus Schulze.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Timo Andres (piano, synthesizer) was born in 1985 in Palo Alto, CA. He studied at the Yale School of Music and lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, Andres’s notable works include commissions for Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Concertgebouw, the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia, the Takács Quartet, the Boston Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, and (a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist) The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss. He has collaborated extensively with Philip Glass and Gabriel Kahane; performed solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, Lincoln Center, and elsewhere. Upcoming commissions include the Calder Quartet through the LA Philharmonic and the Orchester Cottbus Staatstheater.
Angel Deradoorian (flute, voice, synthesizer) launched a solo career after making a name for herself with well-known acts such as Dirty Projectors, Avey Tare, and Flying Lotus. In 2009, she appeared on Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, released her first solo EP under the name Deradoorian (Mind Raft, produced by David Longstreth), and lent her vocal talents to LP, the debut album from Discovery (founded by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Wesley Miles of Ra Ra Riot). Since then, she’s appeared on albums by the Roots, Flying Lotus, Matmos, Brandon Flowers, Boots, Hamilton Leithauser + Rotsam, and Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks (a solo project from the leader of Animal Collective). In 2015, she released her long-awaited solo album, The Expanding Flower Planet (2015), recorded and co-produced by Kenny Gilmore. Eternal Recurrence, her second release for Anticon, was released in 2017.
Dan Duszynski (guitar, voice, percussion) runs Dandy Sounds recording in Dripping Springs, TX, where he produces, engineers, and mixes music for local and national artists. He is also the drummer of ethereal rock band Loma (Sub Pop).
Greg Fox (drums) is a New York City born-and-bred drummer, multidisciplinary artist, and teacher. He has played on and released 49 records since 2008, including his work with Liturgy, ZS, Ben Frost, Colin Stetson, Skeletons, Hieroglyphic Being, Man Forever, and others, as well as with his solo work and his projects GDFX and Guardian Alien. Fox has toured worldwide with various groups and collaborations, held residencies at The Clocktower NYC and was named “Best Drummer in NYC” by the Village Voice in 2011. Currently spending most of his time in NYC, he is working on new collaborations and compositions, teaching individual and group drum lessons, and exploring new territory as a solo artist, using a hybridized electroacoustic drum setup to explore new dimensions through the traditional gestures of the modern drummer and the possibilities inherent in electronic and computer music.
Josh Halpern (drums) is a live and session drummer, singer, and producer based in Austin, Texas and is known for his infectiously animated performances. He’s most at home on the road with bands like Shearwater, Still Corners, Marmalakes and Palo Duro (but dreams of becoming a beach bum). His most recent studio recording is Nights and Weekends, a collaboration with songwriter Peter Shults, released under the name Teddy Glass. A great friend to all dogs, he’s managed to make a few feline friends along the way (don’t tell dogs).
Clarice Jensen (cello, electronics) is the artistic director of ACME, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she studied with Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro and has taken master classes with many composers such as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Roger Reynolds. She has collaborated with composers and recording artists, including Jóhann Jóhannsson, Stars of the Lid, Owen Pallett, Max Richter, Tyondai Braxton, and numerous others. Her most recent performances include concerts at The Kings Theatre, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Disney Hall, Benaroya Hall, The Sydney Opera House, Big Ears Festival, Duke Performances, BAM, (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and the Isamu Noguchi Museum. Recording collaborations have been released on Deutsche Grammophone, Kranky, Warp, Matador, Brassland, Domino, Merge, Jagjaguwar, Domino, New World, 4AD and many others.
Eliot Krimsky (synthesizer) grew up in Cambridge MA, where he started composing and improvising on piano at age 6. His early influences—including Public Enemy, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis—led him to make beats and sample collages. After studying jazz at New England Conservatory, he moved to Brooklyn where he was the lead singer and co-founder of the band Glass Ghost. Krimsky has conceived multimedia performances with Performance Space New York, played keyboards with Here We Go Magic and Meshell Ndegeocello, performed with Open House at BAM Next Wave, and composed the score for the documentary Supergirl. He is currently preparing his first solo album, Wave in Time.
Travis Laplante (tenor saxophone) is a saxophonist, composer, and qigong practitioner living in Brooklyn, New York, and southern Vermont. Laplante leads Battle Trance, the acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet, as well as Subtle Degrees, his duo with drummer Gerald Cleaver. Laplante has recently performed and recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, So Percussion, Little Women, Michael Formanek, Buke and Gase, Darius Jones, Mat Maneri, and Matt Mitchell, among others. He has toured his music extensively and has appeared at many major international festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Laplante’s music can be found on New Amsterdam Records, NNA Tapes, AUM FIdelity, and Skirl Records.
Emily Lee (musical director, keyboards, voice, koto, violin) is a New York-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. She performs in Shearwater, Loma, and Snake Oil, and plays keyboards with Mutoid Man for the heavy metal talk show Two Minutes to Late Night. She is also a veteran music supervisor, whose many credits include Great Performances, American Masters, and Patti Smith: Dream of Life for WNET, as well as the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary Knife Skills. She can be found on social media as @sfxmaven.
Frank LoCrasto (synthesizer) is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based musician, specializing in piano and synthesizers. He studied music at The New School and has toured and recorded extensively as a sideman and leader since arriving in New York City in 2001. He has also composed and recorded original scores for independent films. In addition to solo projects, LoCrasto has recorded and toured internationally with several established artists including Pat Martino, Jeremy Pelt, Nicholas Payton, Greg Osby, Wallace Rooney, and James Iha. Other collaborations include Lapland, Breastfist, Cass McCombs, Nightlands, and Julian Velard. He has appeared on more than 40 records.
Grey Mcmurray (guitar, bass, voice) has been called “sublimely odd” (New York Magazine), and “the world’s least obtrusive guitarist” (The Guardian). Recently he has been performing as a duo with Beth Orton, Colin Stetson’s Sorrow Ensemble, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), and will be releasing his first solo record in the winter of 2019. He has performed/recorded with a wide range of artists including Gil-Scott Heron, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tyondai Braxton, Alarm Will Sound, Olga Bell, Skuli Sverrissonn, Ali Sethi, Theo Bleckmann, So Percussion, Shahzad Ismaily, and John Cale. He is the co-leader of the duo itsnotyouitsme with Caleb Burhans, with four releases on New Amsterdam Records. He hopes every day to provoke joyful tears in strangers’ eyes.
Jonathan Meiburg (voice, guitar) leads the band Shearwater, which has released six albums since 2006 on Matador and Sub Pop Records. The most recent, 2016’s Jet Plane and Oxbow, was hailed by Pitchfork as “not only their grandest statement to date, but their most grounded as well”; and the band’s live performance of Lodger for the Onion’s A.V. Club inspired them to take on Bowie’s entire Berlin trilogy. Meiburg also performs with Loma, whose self-titled debut was released this year by Sub Pop and is currently finishing a book about South America’s strangest birds of prey. He lives in Brooklyn.
Lucas Oswald (guitar, voice) is a songwriter, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist from Boonville, Missouri. He has toured internationally with Minus Story, Old Canes, Appleseed Cast, Jesca Hoop, and Shearwater. When not on the road, Lucas engineers and produces recording sessions around Austin, TX. He released a critically-acclaimed solo album in 2017 called Whet and is the founder of Podcast Pigeon.
Sadie Powers (bass) is a bassist and composer living in Pittsburgh, PA. She tours with Shearwater and recently toured with Lucy Dacus. Her composition, Wick (for french horn, water glasses, and electronics), was recorded in Spring 2018 by the avant-garde trio How Things Are Made and appears on the trio’s album, HTAM S3E09. Powers currently collaborates with PearlArts Studios on sound design for sym, a dance piece inspired by Octavia Butler’s novel, Fledgling. She comprises half the electroacoustic ambient duo, Triptychs, and was the bassist for the new romantic band Dead Fame, which released albums Frontiers (2011) and Vicious Design (2014).
Ed Rodriguez (guitar) has been around far too long and has played instruments in the bands Iceburn, Gorge Trio, Colossamite, Sicbay, Burmese, xbxrx and The Flying Luttenbachers. He currently plays guitar in Deerhoof.
Jamie Stewart (voice, percussion) was born in 1978 in Los Angeles. He began the musical group Xiu Xiu in 2002 and then wasted his life.
Carlos Alomar (special guest) was David Bowie’s rhythm guitarist and music director for almost thirty years. His songwriting credits include “Fame” with Bowie and John Lennon, as well as “DJ” and “The Secret Life Of Arabia” with Bowie and Brian Eno. He is currently the Distinguished Artist in Residence at Stevens Institute of Technology.