An Evening with Angélica Negrón, Caroline Shaw & Raquel Acevedo Klein
Little Island presents NYC FREE
4 weeks. 460 artists. 160 performances.
Music, Dance, Poetry, Comedy, and more!
August 11 – September 5, 2021
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 at 7:30 PM
Composers Raquel Acevedo Klein (voice, electronics), Caroline Shaw (voice, viola, electronics) and Angélica Negrón (voice, electronics), join forces on this evening of new music created in real time in order to tap into the inherent power of natural moments, gestures, sounds, and silences in search of moments of musical surprise, consonance, and dissonance.
Performance runs 45 minutes.
Curated by Raquel Acevedo Klein: Two central questions for conductor, vocalist, and pianist Raquel Acevedo Klein have been, “how do we come together in the face of crisis and what do we do in response?” Klein’s explicit embrace of technology and improvisation as well as her commitment to the democratizing of a musical experience, lead her to curate a program of immersive and layered performances that connect us across distance, hold space for individuals to process and reflect on trauma, and propose new ways to distribute power and responsibility in a collective.
“The role of music in our daily lives, and the heightened need for it as a sign of breath and life in the face of tragedy, cannot be overstated. We have the tools and wherewithal to bring music with us everywhere we go, and that can help us dismantle structures and systems that are actively trying to keep us separate, and hurting.” — Raquel Acevedo Klein
NYC FREE projects curated by Raquel Acevedo Klein:
Pauline Oliveros’s Tuning Meditation
Sunday, August 22 at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12 PM and Sunday, September 5 at 10 AM and 11 AM in The Glade
Raquel Acevedo Klein: Polyphonic Interlace
Sunday, August 29 and Saturday, September 4 at 12 PM in The Glade
More about the artists:
Angélica Negrón, Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist, writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, loadbang, MATA Festival, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sō Percussion, the American Composers Orchestra, and the New York Botanical Garden, among others. Her music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Ecstatic Music Festival, EMPAC, Bang on a Can Marathon and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and her film scores have been heard numerous times at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has collaborated with artists like Sō Percussion, The Knights, Face the Music, and NOVUS NY, among others and is a founding member of the tropical electronic band Balún. Angélica holds a Master’s degree in music composition from New York University and pursued doctoral studies at The Graduate Center (CUNY) under the guidance of Tania León. She's a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program working with young learners on creative composition projects. Angélica has composed numerous film scores, including Landfall (2020) and Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016), in collaboration with filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo. Upcoming premieres include works for the LA Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative. Negrón continues to perform and compose for film.
Caroline Shaw, a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—performs in solo and collaborative projects. She was the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013 for Partita for 8 Voices, written for the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, of which she is a member. Recent commissions include new works for Renée Fleming with Inon Barnatan, Dawn Upshaw with Sō Percussion and Gil Kalish, Seattle Symphony, Anne Sofie von Otter with Philharmonia Baroque, the LA Philharmonic, Juilliard 415, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with John Lithgow, the Dover Quartet, TENET, The Crossing, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Calidore Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, the Baltimore Symphony, and Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry. Caroline’s film scores include Erica Fae’s To Keep the Light and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline as well as the upcoming short 8th Year of the Emergency by Maureen Towey. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Once she got to sing in three part harmony with Sara Bareilles and Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center, and that was pretty much the bees’ knees and elbows. Caroline has studied at Rice, Yale, and Princeton, currently teaches at NYU, and is a Creative Associate at the Juilliard School. She has held residencies at Dumbarton Oaks, the Banff Centre, Music on Main, and the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.
Raquel Acevedo Klein is an active vocalist, conductor, instrumentalist and visual artist born and raised in Brooklyn. Raquel has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall, BAM, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Celebrate Brooklyn!, National Sawdust and elsewhere. She has recorded and performed with the likes of Glen Hansard, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The National, Grizzly Bear, Cory Smythe, NY Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble and Mariinsky Orchestra among others. Raquel has premiered works by Philip Glass, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Shara Nova, and Angélica Negrón, to name a few. She conducts for the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus.