Kitchen House Blend celebrates its 30th commission with
world premieres by Elliott Sharp, Joe McPhee, and Geraldine Celerier
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, November 19 & 20, 8pm
WHERE: The Kitchen 512 West 19th Street, New York City (
Between 10th & 11th Avenues)
TICKETS: $15 ($12 for students and senior citizens)
BOX OFFICE: Open Tu-Sat, 2-6pm (8pm on show days) 212.255.5793 x11 www.thekitchen.org
Kitchen House Blend celebrates its 30th commissioned work and 10th installment with a concert featuring new works by composers Elliott Sharp, Joe McPhee and Geraldine Celerier. A 21st century experimental ensemble, KHB invites composers from equally far-flung backgrounds to each write a premiere for a ten-piece band comprised of some of downtown's finest performers/improvisers.
Mexican/French guitarist and vocalist Geraldine Celerier, who has been critically acclaimed for her "hypnotic voice and acrobatics on strings and lips" (Ciclo Mas Jazz, Mexico), makes her first U.S. appearance with the premiere of three movements, Canto Atlante, Rumbos, and Osidiana. Geraldine Celerier is appearing as part of Mexico Now, a citywide festival of contemporary Mexican arts and culture (www.mexiconowfestival.org).
Joe McPhee, a multi-instrumentalist and free-jazz innovator whose "magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene" (Time Out New York), will perform A Song for Beggars. A work for improvisers directed by instructions and a graphic score, A Song for Beggars is based on a prophetic poem written by the composer and dwells with the future power of disenfranchised people.
Experimental guitarist Elliott Sharp, hailed as "the definitive Downtown New York musician" (BBCi Music), premieres Ripples and Heats. Dedicated to musician and former KHB member Sam Furnace, Ripples and Heats uses operational syntax and vocabulary evolved from algorithmic processes featured in Sharp's 1986 work, Tessalation Row, and most recently in his Calling, Coriolis Effect, and Radiolaria.
Kitchen House Blend's musicians include Marlene Rice (violin), Nioka Workman (cello), J.D. Parran (woodwinds), Rudresh Mahanthappa (woodwinds), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Russ Johnson (trumpet), Jim Pugliese (percussion), Tony Lewis (drums), Kevin Ray (bass), and Kathleen Supove (piano).