There has been much recent talk of the woes of freelance musicians and the rapidly decreasing number of performance opportunities available to classically-trained performers. Rather than lament the current econonmic state, cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore are sharpening their entrepreneurial skills and taking matters into their own hands.
Together known as TwoSense, the Bang on a Can and Cantaloupe Music recording artists presented their New York City debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge on January 4 featuring works by Stephen Feigenbaum, Andy Akiho, Jerome Kitzke, Paul Kerekes, Kate Moore, Leos Janacek and Iva Bittova.
TwoSense, a concert series and commissioning project intended to pair new works with mainstream repertoire, is dedicated to expanding the duo repertoire through developing close working relationships with composers and commissioning pieces specifically for the cello and piano.
Though a brand new ensemble, having performed their first formal concert at Firehouse 12 in October 2010 in New Haven, Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate are veterans of the contemporary music scene. They have collaborated with many of today's foremost composers including John Adams, Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, Terry Riley and have performed with the likes of the London Sinfonietta, the American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, Signal and the Steve Reich Ensemble.
Don't forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes. (L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Noriko Okabe.
Leos Janacek: Pohadka (Fairytale)
Stephen Feigenbaum: Suspended Animation*
Paul Kerekes: Hail with Kelli Kathman flute*
Andy Akiho: 21 for cello and steel pans with Andy Akiho, steel pans*
Jerome Kitzke: Bringing Roses With Her Words for vocalizing pianist^
Kate Moore: Velvet^
Iva Bittova: Trio Set with Bathgate, Moore and Bittova