The 9th Annual Look & Listen Festival

This’ll be way cool:

Friday, May 7th at 8 p.m., Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Paintings by: Jean Miotte (Insurrection, 1996, Acrylic on Canvas)

WNYC’s John Schaefer hosts a night of premieres, as eighth blackbird performs the World Premiere of Look & Listen’s first commission, Five Memos by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Missy Mazzoli’s Still Life with Avalanche; Jack Quartet presents the NY premiere of Caleb Burhans’ Contritus and the World Premiere of Hannah Lash’s Frayed; and the dynamic and engaging pianist Jade Simmons performs John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy. Mr. Schaefer interviews special guests Caleb Burhans, John Corigliano, Hannah Lash, Missy Mazzoli, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez throughout the evening. The concert is followed by a Champagne & Chocolate reception.

Festival performers Jack Quartet will be guests on WNYC’s Soundcheck on April 28 at 2 pm, and Friday’s concert will be recorded for broadcast on Q2, New York’s home for New Music.

Saturday, May 8th at 8 p.m., Gary Snyder/Project Space, 250 W. 26th St., 4th floor, New York, N.Y. 10001

Paintings by: Beatrice Mandelman (from the New York Series, Selected Works on Paper from the 1950s and 1960s)

Lara Pellegrinelli hosts a dazzling evening that includes Festival favorites So Percussion performing Morton Feldman’s King of Denmark, John Cage’s but what about the sound of crumpling paper, and Jason Treuting’s an imaginary city; vocal ensemble Meridionalis presenting an array of Latin American repertoire; and toy pianist Phyllis Chen performing Fabian Svennsson’s Toy Toccata, Andrian Pertout’s Obstruction, and the World Premiere of Karlheinz Essl’s Whatever Shall Be. Ambient music by So Percussion’s Jason Treuting. Ms. Pellegrinelli interviews the composers throughout the evening.

Sunday, May 9th at 3 p.m., Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Paintings by: Jean Miotte (Insurrection, 1996, Acrylic on Canvas)

WNYC’s Terrance McKnight hosts this special Mother’s Day event that includes stunning percussionist Eduardo Leandro presenting Daniel Almada’s Linde and the US Premiere of a new work by Flo Menezes; the youthful Face The Music presenting Marcelo Zarvos’ Obsessed Milonga, and the winner of the 2010 Look & Listen Festival Composer’s Competition, Dan Visconti’s Love Bleeds Radiant; and pianist Tanya Bannister performs Suzanne Farrin’s this is the story she began, Olivier Messiaen’s Premiere Communion de la Vierge, and Georges Aperghis’ Quatre Pieces Febriles with Eduardo Leandro. Ambient music by Odeya Nini. Mr. McKnight interviews the composers throughout the concert.

Tickets $10 general admission: call 718-622-3005, visit www.lookandlisten.org, or purchase at the door

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