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Marta Topferova
Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 3:00pm

Marta Topferova and her quartet perform new and original fusions of contemporary and folk music traditions of Latin America. Featuring a Cuban tres, cuatro, bass and percussion, Topferova’s music melds Latin American sounds with traditions from her native Czech Republic.

Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 3:00pm

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of contemporary masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. With Artistic Director and cellist Clarice Jensen at the helm, ACME programs are both avant-garde and archetypal, and the dynamic ensemble's concerts are a unique blend of intelligent performance and passionate music making. For this program, ACME perfored J. S. Bach's Art of the Fugue (arranged for a string quartet); Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 3; Mendelssohn's String Quartet in F, Op. 80; and the World Premiere of a new string quartet by ACME violinist Caleb Burhans.

Gamelan Son of Lion
Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 3:00pm

Gamelan Son of Lion, which began performing in 1976, is among the oldest of the approximately 100 active gamelans in the United States. It is also one of the few such groups that are not affiliated with an institution. Using instruments created from steel keys, cans, and hubcaps, among other materials, Gamelan Son of Lion concentrates on new compositions by ensemble members, American composers, and commissioned guest artists. The ensemble has also performed experimental works by Indonesian composers, a number of pieces including gamelan with electronic music, and several theatre works involving opera, multimedia, and dance. The group has premiered more than 100 pieces since its inception.

Taylor Brown
Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 3:00pm

Taylor Brown, whose grandfather was a prize-winning country fiddle player and whose father played the guitar, began making up songs on a plastic guitar at the age of three. In 2006, he earned a degree in classical guitar performance from Vassar College, while also touring with folk musician Kate Taylor. Mr. Brown has performed across the country with Ms. Taylor and as a solo artist, and has appeared with Carly Simon, Dar Williams, Felicia Collins, Levon Helm, and Tom Rush, among others. His first solo album, "What Lies," was released in fall 2006. Mr. Brown, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, currently resides in New York City.

East and West: Between Past and Future
Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 3:00pm

The writer, art critic, and Brooklyn Rail publisher Phong Bui will moderate this panel discussion focusing on the context and form of Asian American art in the 21st century. Art critic Robert C. Morgan and artists Tomie Arai and Yun-Fei Ji will serve as panelists, providing unique perspectives on the future of Asian American art to which Noguchi’s legacy is a part.