March 01, 2006

8th Edition of The ASCAP Foundation's Thru The Walls Showcase

Featured composers Corey Dargel, Douglas Geers and Christopher Tignor perform at the Cutting Room in New York City

The ASCAP Foundation presented its Thru The Walls showcase series at The Cutting Room in Manhattan on December 1. Sponsored in part by Sibelius, the music notation software company, the series is designed to showcase the work of composer/performers whose concert music defies boundaries and genres. Frank J. Oteri, Composer and Editor of NewMusicBox.org, emceed the event, which featured composer/performers Corey Dargel, Douglas Geers and Christopher Tignor.


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Pictured l-r (back row, standing) Steve Griesgraber, Lee Whittier, Steve Walter, ASCAP's Cia Toscanini, David Nadal, Olivia De Prato, Rob Collins, Frank J. Oteri, the ASCAP Foundation's Colleen McDonough and Sibelius's Peter Kirn; (middle row, seated) Chris Tignor, Leanne Darling, Thru The Walls coproducer Martha Mooke, Maja Cerar and Douglas Geers; and (front row) Cesar Alvarez, Corey Dargel, Sheila Donovan and ASCAP's Fran Richard.


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Sponsored in part by Sibelius

Launched in 2001, Thru The Walls was conceived and produced by ASCAP composer & performer Martha Mooke, who continues to co-produce the event with ASCAP Assistant Vice President of Concert Music Cia Toscanini. Past featured composer/performers include Paola Balsamo Prestini, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Nico Muhly and Milica Paranosic of VisionIntoArt, Eve Beglarian, Gregg Bendian, Kitty Brazelton, Kenji Bunch with Nurse Kaya, Tom Chiu, Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome with The Clogs, Jed Distler, Mark Dresser, Annie Gosfield, Fred Ho, Susie Ibarra, Arthur Kampela, Lukas Ligeti, Denman Maroney, Martha Mooke, Ben Neill, Misha Piatigorsky, Bobby Previte, Todd Reynolds and Evan Ziporyn with Ethel, Brandon Ross, Rob Schwimmer, Matthew Shipp, Dave Soldier, Mark Stewart, Randy Woolf, and Pamela Z.

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Featured Composers

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Corey Dargel


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Douglas Geers


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Christopher Tignor

Corey Dargel - composer/lyricist/singer
Performing with Cesar Alvarez and Sheila Donovan (vocals and auxiliary instruments)

Dargel is a composer, lyricist, and singer of songs that "smartly and impishly blur the boundaries between contemporary classical idioms and pop" (New York Times). He has been called "an innovator both challenging and catchy" (Time Out New York) and "an ironic pop icon... dangerously close to commercial viability" (Village Voice). Dargel is also an accomplished new music vocalist and has performed works by Eve Beglarian, Pauline Oliveros, Brenda Hutchinson, k. terumi shorb, Phil Kline, Nicholas Brooke, and Philip Glass. He is presently recording a new album, Less Famous than You, of songs about falling in love with famous (or semi-famous) people. www.automaticheartbreak.com

Douglas Geers - composer/computer musician
Performing with Maja Cerar (violin)

Geers has composed in a wide range of musical styles, including classical concert music, pop songs, television and film scores, and electro-acoustic music. His work focuses on creative utilizations of new technologies and multimedia dimensions, with a continuing emphasis on interactive electro-acoustic works. His music has been described as “fascinating...virtuosic...beautifully eerie" (Jim Lowe, Montpelier Times-Argus), "...expertly showy..." (David Cleary, New Music Connoisseur), "...Powerful..." (Neue Zuercher Zeitung), "virtuosic exuberance" (Computer Music Journal), and have praised its "shimmering electronic textures" (Kyle Gann, Village Voice). www.music.columbia.edu/~geersde

Christopher Tignor - composer/violin/software instruments
Performing with Slow Six (Leanne Darling, viola; Olivia De Prato, violin; Stephen Griesgraber, electric guitar; David Nadal, electric guitar; Lee Whittier, video)

Tignor founded the electro-acoustic multi-media ensemble Slow Six in 1998 in an effort to develop his computer-friendly long-form compositions within a musical context more akin to the rock and roll bands he'd been part of since childhood. Performing on violin and his own software instruments, Tignor's compositions with the group have received honors and support from organizations including the American Music Center, The Society for New Music, and Meet The Composer as well as critical praise from the popular press including Time Out New York, New York Press, and Flavorpill.
www.slowsix.com