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SOLOIST | Hajnal Pivnick

BROOKLYN, NY – ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is pleased to feature violinist Hajnal Pivnick as a part of our annual SOLOIST concert series, in which ensemble mise-en members curate and perform a program that inspires and challenges them as an artist. Pivnick brings an innovative and collaborative program, featuring Pivnick (violin), Alexandra Jones (cello), and Chicago-based Shi An Costello (piano). The concert will be held on October 16th, 2017 at MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, located at 678 Hart Street in Brooklyn, NY.

Pivnick performs an evening of new and recent music for violin by composers from all around the world including Anahita Abbasi (Iran), Sergio Cote (Columbia), Peter Eötvös (Szeklerland, Transylvania), Meredith Glina (NY), and Dorian Wallace (NYC), with guest cellist Alexandra Jones. The program continues with Chicago-based pianist Shi An Costello in a set of works by Keith Kusterer (Chicago), Morgan Krauss (Chicago), and Brian Ferneyhough (British/California). There are two world premiers that were written for Hajnal Pivnik, Meredith Gilna’s Melt for violin and cello, and Dorian Wallace’s Bargaining from Menusa for violin and cello. There is also one New York premiere, Anahita Abbasi’s Situation IV / Io e iO for prepared violin.

The concert begins at 8pm, and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office before the show.

*General Admission $10.00

Meredith Gilna : Melt for violin and cello (2017) +
Dorian Wallace (b. 1985): Bargaining from Menusa for violin and cello (2017) +
Sergio Cote: Concrete Disjunction (2015)
Peter Eötvös (b. 1944): Para Paloma (2015)
Anahita Abbasi (b.1985 ): Situation IV / Io e iO for prepared violin (2016) *
Keith Kusterer (b. 1981): Trivia Surreal (2013)
Morgan Krauss (b. 1985): traipse (2015)
Brian Ferneyhough (b. 1943): Opus Contra Naturam (2000)

+ World premieres * New York premieres

About The Performer
Hungarian-American violinist Hajnal Kármán Pivnick was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She advocates the performance and promotion of music written in the 20th and 21st century, and works extensively as an educator and arts administrator. She is co-founder of Tenth Intervention, a collective of musicians that presents new music in New York City. Hajnal performs regularly with IRIS Orchestra, ensemble mise-en, and Quartet Metadata, and has played with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and the Hungarian New Music Chamber Ensemble (UMZE). In New York, she performs in venues ranging in scope from The Park Avenue Armory to Joe’s Pub to Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, she has performed with the Association for the Promotion of New Music, the New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University, the Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, and the Tribeca New Music Festival. Hajnal is a member of the violin faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp, and maintains a violin studio at Greenwich House Music School, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, and Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center. She is also a chamber music coach with the Face the Music/Kronos Quartet program. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. For more please visit http://hajnalpivnick.com/

Others have described Shi An Costello (世 安) as “a tour de force… a thoughtful and adventurous artist” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), “a precise, engaged, welcoming performer unafraid of deep ambiguities” (Chicago Reader), “trailblazing a path truly unique” (Pianoforte Foundation), “completely unique to the Montréal scene and perhaps the world over” (Innovations en Concert), “finds the depth in every note” (composer Philippe Leroux), “comic but faintly chilling… pointillist luminosity” (Chicago Classical Review). They taught as a visiting artist in the composition department of Boston Conservatory in 2013-14, and joined the adjunct piano faculty of New Music School in 2014. In addition to music, Shi An has steadily developed a career as a writer and actor over the past few years. Since 2015, they performed with TUTA Theater group, The LivingRoom, Northbrook Theatre for the Young, and independent shows at Frequency Festival and Chicago Fringe Festival, at venues such as Victory Gardens, Stage 773, and the Chicago Cultural Center; And as a writer, since summer of 2016, Shi-An has contributed articles to FOCI Arts, chicshifter, Riksha, Performance Response Journal, NewMusicBox, Cacophony Magazine, Family Court Nightmares, and the Media/Communications team at Asian Americans for Advancing Justice-Chicago. As a writer, Shi An is interested in articulating politics, activism and law as performance. Shi An holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College magna cum laude, and an M.Mus from Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Shi An is also trained in Meisner technique and Viewpoints at Chicago Black Box acting studio.

Cellist Alexandra Jones is a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator living in New York City. She holds degrees from New York University and SUNY Purchase; studying with Marion Feldman and Julia Lichten. She performs and records classical orchestral and chamber repertoire as well as contemporary art music, pop, jazz and is a member of ensemble Mise-En, a contemporary chamber ensemble focused new aesthetics and exposing repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences. An avid supporter of music education, she began learning the cello through the community music program in her hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota. The grass-roots nature of the program showed her the importance of string education in smaller communities, and gave her the opportunity to begin teaching at a young age. Most recently, Ms. Jones performed in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Masterclass Series and was awarded a fellowship position in the Atlantic Music Festival’s Contemporary Ensemble.

About the SOLOIST series
While typically performing as an ensemble, the SOLOIST series allows the individual members of ensemble mise-en an opportunity to express and perform their instrumental talent while pushing their musical limits outside their comfort zone, making this project truly experimental. It is a dynamic element mise-en feels is important in the continuous development of each musician, especially in the re-examining of classical orchestral compositions. We wish to promote a discourse between musical audiences and the understanding of the radical effects soloists have on the musical language and how these effects can often promote the discovery of new and extended instrumental techniques of sound.

About The Presenter
MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick is home to ensemble mise-en and a snug concert venue situated in the heart of Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York. MISE-EN_PLACE aims to support and present music that allows us to engage with our audiences through educational workshops and interactive presentations—providing the public with meaningful connections to the incredibly vast, diverse and growing body of contemporary art.

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. ENSEMBLE MISE-EN strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences. As a collective, the multi-national personnel has coalesced around a real aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds. ENSEMBLE MISE-EN performs throughout the U.S. and maintains offices in Brooklyn, NY. Please visit http://ensemble.mise-en.org/ for more information.

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8P

678 Hart Street #1B
Brooklyn NY, 11221