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News and Events (Scroll down for Reviews!)
Fuse Ensemble presented our 2019 Season Nimbus, which included music by Caroline Shaw, Kevin Puts, Alexis Bacon, Ethan Foote, and Marc Mellits, with a premiere of Gina Biver's Nimbus, a collaboration between Gina Biver, poet Colette Inez and video artist Ethan Jackson this 2019 Concert Season, starting with two performances in DC on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Georgetown University's Friday Music Series and at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 6, 2019. You can watch the live performances on our Listen/Watch page and see the description below!
This season, Fuse Ensemble premiered Nimbus by composer Gina Biver, a set of seven movements for electroacoustic chamber ensemble based on the poems of American Poet Colette Inez, the lovechild of a Roman Catholic Priest and the French scholar assigned to assist him. Audio recordings of Colette reading her poems for Nimbus from her residence in New York City and additional audio captures of church bells, city sounds, and the interiors of churches were captured live in the town of Nerac, France and its environs in August 2018. This artistic collaboration between Colette Inez (1931-2018) and Composer Gina Biver began in 2017 and continued even after Ms. Inez’s passing, thanks to the kind assistance of her husband Saul Stadtmauer, until his death in August of 2018. Through Saul and the generosity of Jean-Jacques Dulong (Colette’s cousin), Gina was able to compose the music to Nimbus in the Dulong family estate—the river house in Nerac, France that Colette mentions in her memoir The Secret of M. Dulong (University of Wisconsin Press). The concerts begin with works by composers Caroline Shaw, Alexis Bacon, Kevin Puts, Marc Mellits and a premiere of The Accusing Shadow by Fuse Ensemble bassist/composer Ethan Foote. Interactive video by artist Ethan Jackson. Concerts are free and open to the public.
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Join Fuse Ensemble at our Album Release Party! Come raise a toast with us as we celebrate the release of Fuse Ensemble 3, The Music of Gina Biver on Ravello Records AND our ten years of being together! No performance this time, just a party so we can meet and hang with everyone. Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, VA, Sunday, October 14th, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Gina Biver has spent the past two weeks composing Nimbus (to be premiered by Fuse Ensemble in early 2019) in Nerac in southwest France, and at VCCA France (Moulin a Nef in Auvillar). The ensemble will be performing the work for chamber ensemble, spoken word by Colette Inez and audio in DC, Baltimore and New York. Check our facebook.com/fuseensemble page for more details and photos. Concert dates to come soon!
So much to report! It was a busy fall spent rehearsing and recording in Gina's studio (LeftBank Studios), and at studio341. PARMA Recordings offered us a deal that would take the raw tracks we recorded through the mastering, producing, and artwork stages all the way to digital downloads, wallet-CD with booklet and international distribution on Naxos. We needed a KICKSTARTER campaign to help finance our portion of it and now PARMA will do the rest. Our KICKSTARTER succeeded on December 22, 2017. Woohoo! Check it out here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/943723707/fuse-ensembles-new-music-release-on-parma-recordin
The final tracks from Scott Deal's performance on We Meet Ourselves for marimba and triggered audio were finished just last week and Gina is getting them prepared for delivery to PARMA. We will keep you posted on our progress.
We are currently selecting music for our spring 2019 performance season which will include a premiere of Gina's new work Nimbus, a collaboration with poet Colette Inez and video/visual artist Ethan Jackson.
We are hoping to present How to Make It Rain, a live score/performance for Edgar Endress's short film of the same name. It's a gorgeous film whose live percussion score will premiere at an upcoming concert of ours. Fuse Ensemble is once again thrilled to be working with percussionist Scott Deal, and showing work by artist Edgar Endress for this coming season.
Please see our Live Performances page for upcoming dates!
Fuse Ensemble is preparing for a several months-long recording project beginning in July, when five new pieces will be recorded, including Gina Biver's No Matter Where for piano, violin, clarinet, and fixed audio, We Meet Ourselves for marimba and triggered audio, Cellar Door, for piano, cello and 4-channel audio, Mirror, for Piano, Violin and spoken word, Girl, Walking, for flute, electric guitar, contrabass and found percussion.
Fuse Ensemble will be performing at The Firehouse Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday June 5th at 5:00 p.m. Its a great place to hang, watch a performance and have some wine or beer! What could be better than that? Percussionist Scott Deal will join us again, this time to premiere “We Meet Ourselves” for marimba and triggered audio, and will be performing works by Eve Beglarian, Linda Dusman, Steve Antosca and Gina Biver. Come on out!! Check out the Firehouse Space here. www.thefirehousespace.org
The second week of June 2016 will see Fuse Ensemble pianist Ina Mirtcheva and cellist Pam Clem perform Gina Biver’s The Cellar Door (2011) for piano, cello and 4-channel audio, at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival on Thursday June 16th at the Abrons Arts Center Playhouse in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Check out the festival at www.nycemf.org and the venue at www.abronsartscenter.org
We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of our former percussionist Marshall Maley, who passed away after a short illness on July 28, 2015. Marshall worked with us from 2008 - 2013, performing many of our concerts around the US and bringing his warmth and humor to performances and rehearsals. Rest in peace, Marshall.
Fuse Ensemble recently performed SKETCH, Musical explorations of identity, image, and the art of becoming at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC on November 7, 2014. The show included three premieres: Pazyryk for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, contrabass, piano and percussion by Rahilia Hasanova; Girl, Walking, for electric guitar, contrabass, flute and found percussion by Gina Biver; and a new video work by Edgar Endress with a vocal performance by Victoria Andreotti and audio by Gina Biver. Projected images of the haunting paintings by Dana Brotman were also part of our exploration of identity. We were very excited to have Scott Deal as our special guest on percussion!!
Fuse Ensemble performed Voices of the Depths, Musings on CG Jung's Red Book with works by Eve Beglarian, Patrick Burke, Gina Biver, Adam Kendall and poetry by Colette Inez at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Click the link to watch! http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/videos/?id=M5307&type=A
We had a fabulous time performing at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn New York. Browse Gina's youtube channel to watch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ginasplash
Read on about Voices of the Depths, Musings on CG Jung's Red Book: Inspired by the release of C. G. Jung’s Red Book, this new work by Fuse Ensemble contains music created by contemporary classical composers Steve Antosca, Eve Beglarian, Fernando Benadon, Gina Biver, Patrick Burke and Adam Kendall, as well as the poetry of Colette Inez. Central to the theme of the program is the element of water, a universal symbol of the unconscious. Along with acoustic and electric instruments -- waterphones, recorded tracks of water pipes and other water instruments create an electronic soundscape. Jung’s theories of the Collective Unconscious, the Archetypes and the Process of Individuation seep into this watery world in music and the live projected videos by videoist Adam Kendall create an amazing visual element to the concepts.
Fuse is excited to be working with videoist Adam Kendall for Voices of the Depths, Musings on CG Jung's Red Book.
From the New Music Website I Care If You Listen
“Biver creates a playground for internal exploration that is both fascinating and deeply effective….The best of Biver’s music lies in the layers; the moments where one instrument feels too close, or too separate, or where the listener questions whether the tapping and clicking audio tracks are coming from the album or from somewhere outside. Fuse Ensemble’s 3: The Music of Gina Biver demonstrates the enormous possibilities that come with composer-engineer crossovers–and it is just so much fun to listen to.” -Hannah Rosa Schiller
GRAMOPHONE REVIEW! “Gina Biver is a musical force of nature…”
Review for 3 from Review Graveyard online, awarding the album 7 out of 10 stars:
Review from Textura:
Review for 3 from Cinemusical online, awarding the album a perfect score for both the recording and performance:
Feature spot for 3 on the Classical Music Discoveries podcast. I've linked the podcast episode below:
Review of our new album on Midwest Record, Entertainment News, Views, Reviews July 18, 2018
FUSE ENSEMBLE/3 The Music of Gina Biver: She doesn't look like an art chick that would show up in a dress made of meat but I guess looks can be deceiving. A highly personal and unusual album that goes way beyond even hippie, drug fueled experiments of the 60s, it just show to go you that you'll never know where someone can have a dark side that pops out unexpectedly. A progressive classical side to shoe gaze pop, this is certainly not a date for the feint hearted. Prepare for a sonic walk on the wild side. (Ravello 7993)
Reviews for Previous Albums and Events
To learn more about the ensemble, check out this interview Gina did on Crowdfunding Cast: https://vimeo.com/246598881
French New Music Blogger Dionys reviewed L'Usina Mekanica here:
The Cellar Door, 2011 for piano, cello and electronics, which will be performed again during Fuse Ensemble's upcoming season, was premiered by the amazing Verge Ensemble at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Read the Washington Post Review here: www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/verge-ensemble-ends-season-with-typical-imagination/2011/04/18/AFWRvf1D_story.
The Washington Post on the Kennedy Center Cross Currents Contemporary Music Festival: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/30/AR2009043003907.
The Washington Post on Alt-Classical:
Reviews on Sonic Circuits DC 2010:
Fuse Ensembleʼs first CD was critiqued in a French blog by blogger Dionys. It was a great review on a fantastic blog about modern music. Check it out here (you can try a google translation) inactuelles.over-blog.com/article-gina-biver-le-fuse-ensemble-sur-l-aile-de-la-musique--43796774.
Fuse Ensemble was featured in a new film entitled: “Alt-Classical.” The Video, created by Mike Kravinsky, can be seen here: www.youtube.com/nextnik#p/a/u/0/deYxo15uVP0.Type your paragraph here.