Talea Ensemble at the Austrian Cultural Forum, March 4, 2014
The New York Times, March 6, 2014
My report on a Talea Ensemble performance at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, one of many fruitful intersections between those two important institutions. Since there was no Times photographer on hand, I've chosen an older video of Talea's Alex Lipowski playing Pierluigi Billone's Mani.Matta, a feat repeated in the concert at hand.
If you, like me, initially thought that tonight's Talea concert at the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side is a repeat of the Tuesday program, look again: The same three composers — Billone, Bernhard Gander and Olga Neuwirth – are involved, but the pieces are newer ones, written for considerably larger forces. It's free of charge at 8pm, and you can still make reservations online.
For the record, I regret that I was unable to work in a mention of the Suffocation T-shirt Gander was wearing under his sport coat on Tuesday night.