Please join us at the Art Center of the Capital Region this Friday as our visiting artists Michael Harrison, Payton McDonald and Victoria Putterman and joining Troy-based Tilted Arc and Boston-based Vanitas for a free concert during Troy night out!
Sets include composer/pianist Michael Harrison and Norwegian violinist Victoria Putterman performing music by Harrison and Philip Glass, Payton MacDonald singing traditional Dhrupad, ambient electronic music by Tilted Arc, and experimental/free jazz from Vanitas.
This will be a unique experience you do not want to miss!
Composer/pianist Michael Harrison’s work has earned him the label of, in the words of Philip Glass, an “American Maverick.” His albums have been were chosen by The New York Times, Boston Globe, and NPR among the Best Classical Recordings of the Year. A protégé of composers La Monte Young and Terry Riley, Harrison is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship.
Dr. Payton MacDonald sings Dhrupad, the ancient music of India. He is a senior disciple of the legendary Gundecha Brothers. MacDonald has performed on many major festivals including Dhrupad Mela in Varanasi, India, and the Ragas Live Festival in New York City.
Victoria Putterman is a Norwegian-American violinist who has been closely mentored by Itzhak Perlman. An avid recitalist since her international debut at the age of nine, she has performed extensively across the US and Europe, and has been a first prizewinner at numerous international and national competitions.
Tilted Arc is a musical project from Sophia Subbayya Vastek and Sam Torres. Based in Troy, NY, they write, produce, and perform ambient electronic music on synthesizers, pianos, bass, and electronic instruments.
Vanitas is a duo comprised of Steven Long (harmonium, synths, found objects) and Brittany Karlson (bass, voice, rebec). The duo takes its name from a line from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes: vanitas vanitatum omina vanitas (vanity of vanities, all is vanity). Their performances create real and imagined acoustic spaces which are interrupted by aspects of everyday life such as cellphone interference, digital refuse, and prerecorded material. They seek to hold up a musical mirror for contemplation.