Iron & Coal
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Iron & Coal

New theatrical concert by Jeremy Schonfeld. Inspired by the memoir of Schonfeld’s father, who spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of ten. In collaboration with Contemporaneous, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, Alexandria Harmonizers, and Strathmore Children's Chours

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So Much Love
Apr
14
8:30 PM20:30

So Much Love

A new evening-length theatrical work from François Sarhan.

  • From the mundane to the sublime
  • musings on b-music to full-out masochistic existential crises
  • Knife-play as scientific method to get to the bottom of the nature of analogies
  • And Angels of Ashes give back your passions.

Performed with Ernst Surberg (Ensemble Mosaïk), Kobe van Cauwenberghe (Zwerm), Frederik Sakham, Simon Florin, and François Sarhan

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So Much Love
Apr
10
to Apr 11

So Much Love

  • Theatre National d'Orleans (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A new evening-length theatrical work from François Sarhan.

  • From the mundane to the sublime
  • musings on b-music to full-out masochistic existential crises
  • Knife-play as scientific method to get to the bottom of the nature of analogies
  • And Angels of Ashes give back your passions.

Performed with Ernst Surberg (Ensemble Mosaïk), Kobe van Cauwenberghe (Zwerm), Frederik Sakham, Simon Florin, and François Sarhan

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Recalibrating: Performance @ Creative Alliance
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Recalibrating: Performance @ Creative Alliance

As part of fellow Creative Alliance resident Adam Davies exhibition Reroutings, I'll be performing in the gallery space in dialogue with Adam's captivating works. Based on Michael Gordon's Timber and XY, I'll be sonically exploring the same relationships between natural and built structures that Adam Davies uncovers with his unique photography.

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10 Minutes Tops and Open Studios @ Creative Alliance
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

10 Minutes Tops and Open Studios @ Creative Alliance

All eight current Creative Alliance artists-in-residence have 10 minutes to do whatever they want on stage. I'll be showing the two extremes of my practice: some Bach on marimba, and some motion sensors made from Wii controllers.

Afterwards, there will be two hours of Open Studios, where you can wander in and out of each artist's live/work space, see their work up close, and have a conversation.

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Opening for Anna and Elizabeth @ Creative Alliance
Oct
16
8:00 PM20:00

Opening for Anna and Elizabeth @ Creative Alliance

I'll be doing a short opening set for celebrated folk duo Anna and Elizabeth at the Creative Alliance. A little hit of experimental wasabi before the hearty Appalachian stew of pure harmonies and poignant lyrics. Anna and Elizabeth will also be joined by gamba virtuoso Liam Byrne and superb hardanger fiddler Cleek Schrey.

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QuaQuaQua presents Awkwardly Social @ Dixon Place
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

QuaQuaQua presents Awkwardly Social @ Dixon Place

A slap in the face – that’s the leitmotif. A plugged ear, thus no voice – that’s the key signature. A raised knife – harmonic development. Three flicks of the tabletop – a fugue subject. Awkwardly Social takes the precision of percussion and puts it in the Black Box. Once inside, it takes a tip from Schrödinger’s cat and assumes a superposition. Both theater and music. Neither theater nor music.

QuaQuaQua presents a program of theatrically-inspired works by Mark Applebaum, Thierry De Mey, and the unconscionable François Sarhan

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Sound and Body
May
18
to May 21

Sound and Body

  • Onassis Cultural Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Joining members of the Ictus Ensemble's academy program for this "revival" of a children's program from 2013. Sound and Body will be presented as part of Zonzo Compagnie's Big Bang Festival in Athens, Greece. Including some classics by Thierry De Mey and Steve Reich, as well as the more "corporeal" and adventurous sides of François Sarhan and Francesco Filidei

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Godly Chaos
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Godly Chaos

A performance conceived, produced, and directed by Adam Rosenblatt. Performed by QuaQuaQua with special guest Jonny Allen.

Program

Steve Reich- Pendulum Music

François Sarhan- Imagination and Home Work

Mark Applebaum- Aphasia (arr. by Adam Rosenblatt)

Alexander Schubert- Laplace Tiger

David Lang- The So-Called Laws of Nature, Mvt. 3

John Cage- Radio Music (arr. Adam Rosenblatt)

Thierry De Mey- Light Music

 

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Godly Chaos
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Godly Chaos

A performance conceived, produced, and directed by Adam Rosenblatt. Performed by QuaQuaQua with special guest Jonny Allen.

Program

Steve Reich- Pendulum Music

François Sarhan- Imagination and Home Work

Mark Applebaum- Aphasia (arr. by Adam Rosenblatt)

Alexander Schubert- Laplace Tiger

David Lang- The So-Called Laws of Nature, Mvt. 3

John Cage- Radio Music (arr. Adam Rosenblatt)

Thierry De Mey- Light Music

 

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HALCYON STAGE @ DOCK 5: STRAVINSKY RAVE/RITE OF SPRING DANCE PARTY / EXPERIENTIAL ORCHESTRA
Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

HALCYON STAGE @ DOCK 5: STRAVINSKY RAVE/RITE OF SPRING DANCE PARTY / EXPERIENTIAL ORCHESTRA

Audience members are invited to dance and experience the physicality of this famously riot-inducing ballet. Curated DJ sets blending electronica and classical styles complete a night of shock, awe and musical rebellion.

Igor Stravinsky stunned the world when his Rite of Spring Paris premiered in 1913, accompanied by Nijinsky’s iconoclastic choreography.  The savage power and brilliance of the music feels revolutionary again in the Rite of Spring Dance Party, where you can bust your best moves to the Glorification of the Chosen One and dance to exhaustion in the Danse Sacrale. The 77-member Experiential Orchestra — comprised of some of New York and D.C.’s top musicians and conducted by James Blachly — will provide the Stravinsky, and the audience will provide their own impromptu choreography.  The evening includes DJ sets and a specially commissioned dance performance.

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QuaQuaQua @ Rhizome DC
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

QuaQuaQua @ Rhizome DC

Part gesture, part performance art, part electroacoustic music, but all amusing. Pieces by Mark Applebaum, François Sarhan, Thierry de Mey, and Alexander Schubert.

QuaQuaQua will be part of a line-up featuring the Jeff Cosgrove Trio and Noelle Tolbert.

Rhizome DC is a nonprofit community arts space dedicated to promoting creativity as a force for personal empowerment and community engagement, and strives to provide a home for non-mainstream programming.

http://www.rhizomedc.org/new-events/2017/1/27/performances-quaquaqua-francisco-benvanides-jeff-cosgrove

 

 

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Ghost Notes
Nov
22
11:00 AM11:00

Ghost Notes

Dance along in this challenging performance, brimming with sound and movement

Midway between concert and choreography, Ghost Notes is a performance for a cellist, a drummer, two dancers and an audience. The challenge: to discover the mystery behind the murmur, the growl and the crack of the cello, to see up close how the drummer can make a sound without touching his drums, or how a dancer chases sound through space and gets entangled in the audience. It’s an elusive performance, in which the audience are given a number of keys, but are also manipulated, until, finally, they themselves become the sound. Two musicians and two dancers introduce the audience to the latest music without using any words. Sound and movement are the performance’s only tools. Warning: only suitable for an audience that can stand, walk, jump, breathe, pant, talk, shout and listen.

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Ghost Notes
Nov
20
2:00 PM14:00

Ghost Notes

Dance along in this challenging performance, brimming with sound and movement

Midway between concert and choreography, Ghost Notes is a performance for a cellist, a drummer, two dancers and an audience. The challenge: to discover the mystery behind the murmur, the growl and the crack of the cello, to see up close how the drummer can make a sound without touching his drums, or how a dancer chases sound through space and gets entangled in the audience. It’s an elusive performance, in which the audience are given a number of keys, but are also manipulated, until, finally, they themselves become the sound. Two musicians and two dancers introduce the audience to the latest music without using any words. Sound and movement are the performance’s only tools. Warning: only suitable for an audience that can stand, walk, jump, breathe, pant, talk, shout and listen.

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QuaQuaQua @ Capital Fringe
Sep
3
3:00 PM15:00

QuaQuaQua @ Capital Fringe

In Capital Fringe’s first ever Chamber Music Series, each program will feature musical innovators of the past colliding with unexpected new music from composers of the present, as DC musicians perform everything from Bach and Beethoven to Britten, Ives, Adès and much more.

Performance Three: QuaQuaQua

Baltimore-based trio QuaQuaQua explores the ambiguous terrain at the intersection of musical and theatrical performance. Since its founding in 2015, the group has performed in Baltimore at the Red Room and as part of the 2016 New Music Gathering held at the Peabody Conservatory, making itself known in the city’s thriving experimental music scene. It also recently worked with French composer François Sarhan at a residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where Sarhan developed new repertoire for the group’s unique aesthetic. Made up of percussionists Terry Sweeney, Adam Rosenblatt, and Tatevik Khoja-Eynatyan, QuaQuaQua is likely to be the most envelope-pushing act in Fringe’s Chamber Music Series.

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