Contemporaneous presents Breathe

Start time: 7:30 pm Featured composers Albert Behar (world premiere), Samuel Carl Adams and Dylan Mattingly work extensively in New York, but the cool fog of their common San Francisco Bay Area roots is evident in their music. In his world premiere, the Contemporaneous-commissioned work Beauty in Breathing, Brooklyn-based composer Albert Behar (b. 1991; www.albertbehar.com) uses a device invented by his grandfather to amplify his heartbeats and measure his breathing, providing a live pulse for the piece and a feed for a video projection. The composer himself sings with the ensemble and vocalists Lucy Dhegrae, Margaret Dudley and Sean Christensen in this new exploration of the physical and mental sides of breathing. Samuel Carl Adams (b. 1985; www.samuelcarladams.com) is quickly gaining renown as “a composer with a personal voice and keen imagination” (New York Times) who is deeply at home in several different genres. His work twenty four strings is rooted in the pure sadness of Renaissance music, a gorgeous string sextet that weaves its way through sounds like bells and waterfalls. The show closes with Atlas of Somewhere on the Way to Howland Island by Contemporaneous co-artistic director Dylan Mattingly (b. 1991; www.dylanmattingly.com). Scored for chamber orchestra complete with toy piano, harpsichord, and de-tuned harp, the piece is an emotional depiction of the final flight of Amelia Earhart that traces Earhart’s journey from optimistic beginning to the tragic end, concluding with a jubilant affirmation of her spirit. About Contemporaneous: Contemporaneous is a New York-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of now. Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has played over sixty shows at venues including (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Stone. The ensemble has been featured by MATA Interval Series, Tribeca New Music Festival, Neighborhood Classics, Music with a View, Make Music New York and in California at the Berkeley Arts Festival. Contemporaneous supports the work of new and established composers, encouraging artists to take risks, challenge expectations, and defy constraints. Contemporaneous has performed more than thirty world premieres by such composers as Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, Molly Joyce, and Dylan Mattingly. In April, 2012, Innova Recordings released the ensemble's debut album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly, comprising music written specifically for Contemporaneous by its founding co-artistic director. Contemporaneous often collaborates with musicians from other fields, among them pop and rock artists Jherek Bishoff, Amanda Palmer, Greg Saunier, Jen Goma, Fifth Veil, and Yassou Benedict. For more information, visit www.contemporaneous.org. About Music At First: Music At First is a monthly new music series that takes place at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights. Directed by composer Wil Smith and indie rock artist Meg Wilhoite, it features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s best new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners. The mission of Music At First is to present active, unique artists who primarily perform music either written by or for them, or by composers with whom they have a close collaborative relationship. Taking advantage of First Presbyterian Church's excellent sound for both amplified and acoustic instruments, Music at First began presenting concerts in 2008 in an effort to answer the need for a relaxed yet focused space for new music within the Downtown Brooklyn artistic renaissance. For more information, visit www.musicatfirstsite.com.