Saturday, April 14, 2012

NMNY: Walt Whitman and the Beat Generation Concert on June 12, 2012

New Music New York is excited to announce their latest project,
Walt Whitman and The Beat Generation Concert
Tuesday June 12, 2012 at 8 pm
Saint Peter's Church @ Citicorp, located at 54th Street and Lexington Avenue (Manhattan)
Suggested donation is $20

We have done it again! Our next adventure is an evening of newly created vocal chamber ensemble works and songs inspired by the texts of Walt Whitman and his long acknowledged poetic progeny, the American Beat Generation of the 1950's and 60's. On June 12th our intrepid NMNY musicians will unveil seven world premieres:

Alexa Babakhanian: Beat by Beat (DiPrima)
William George: Vigil strange I kept on the field one night (Whitman)
William George: Pull my daisy (Kerouac/Ginsberg/Cassady)
Steve Ebel: Cadillac Rain (Ferlinghetti)
Anthony OcaƱa: Dog (Ferlinghetti)
Ben Schumann: Calamus Poems (Whitman)
David Sisco: TBA

The new works will be accompanied by songs and vocal chamber works by New York composers
Marc Blitzstein, Leonard Bernstein, David Del Tredici, Tom Cipullo, Jerome Kitzke, Charles Naginski, John Musto and more.

We are also cooking up a special event centered around the world premieres - our artists and composers will workshop and discuss the newly created works, and our offsite composers will be beamed in via SKYPE. Interpreters and creators will meet in a virtual face to face, to discuss today's relevance of Whitman, the Beats and the new music they continues to inspire.

Press release, complete list of works, performers and date of special preview concert
will follow shortly.

“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught.”
Walt Whitman

"Write as deeply, fish as far down as you want, satisfy yourself first, then reader cannot fail to receive telepathic shock and meaning-excitment by same laws operating in his own human mind."
-from Essentials in Spontaneous Prose by Jack Kerouac