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Originally posted on September 25, 2010

Music-makers and -lovers gathered for baked goods and a night of eclectic performances at the Second Annual New Music Bake Sale in Brooklyn on Saturday (see kleineKultur’s review of the first one here.)

Yours truly caught two sets out of ten: Dither with special guests Mantra Percussion, and pianist Kathleen Supové, with a cameo by singer Corey Dargel.

Dither and Mantra performed—along with “The Garden of Cyrus” by Eve Beglarian and “Metal Vacation” by Ches Smith—some of Eric km Clark’s Deprivations pieces, in which the performers experience visual-deprivation (achieved with headbands), as well as aural-deprivation via headphones through which piped a combination of white noise (to block out the other musicians) and pre-recorded instructions from the composer.  Check out an excerpt of this protean set here.

Kathleen Supové took the stage next, starting with Missy Mazzoli’s expansively passionate “Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos,” for piano and pre-recorded track.  Corey Dargel then joined her in a couple selections from his eccentric piece Removable Parts (be prepared to have the end of “Sincerely Yours” stick in your head for awhile—in a good way).  Supové closed with the athletic “On Track”  by Anna Clyne.  Check out Supové’s set here.

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Originally posted on April 17, 2009

Would you like a cookie with that new music?
The first annual New Music Bake Sale, an unusual combination of baked goods and music performances, drew a large crowd of composers, performers, and new music enthusiasts Friday night.  

Held in the dining hall of First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, several groups set up tables displaying their concert schedules, CDs and Frankenberry-inspired baked goods, to be perused in between performances.  Starting off the festivities, Loadbang‘s performance of Matthew Hough‘s “Silhouette,” a blast of sound followed by quiescent suspense, literally jolted the audience to attention (one audience member admitted to having inadvertently screamed as the piece exploded into existence).

The raucous styling of Newspeak—an experimental ensemble with rock-rebellious overtones—was featured later on in the evening, followed up by the electric guitar quartet Dither, whose set engulfed the audience in increasingly louder and louder interweaving guitar threads.