Cygnus Ensemble Concert Tonight! 4/3/12

Cygnus @ Amphibian: works by Greenbaum, Rakowski, Babbitt, Suzuki, Claman & Biscardi 4/3 @ 8pm


Cygnus Ensemble Photo: Jeffrey Hornstein

Cygnus Ensemble
performing Venerable Canons featuring works by

Greenbaum, Rakowski, Babbitt, Suzuki, Claman & Biscardi
featuring Re’ut Ben Ze’ev, mezzo-soprano


Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 8pm, Hi Art! Gallery



AMPHIBIAN concert series presents New Music & Video featuring Cygnus Ensemble performing Venerable Canons, works by Matthew Greenbaum, David Rakowski, Milton Babbitt, Shoko Suzuki, David Claman and Chester Biscardi on Tuesday, April 3rd at 8pm.  Mezzo-soprano Re’ut Ben Ze’ev will be a special guest.  The performance will be at the Hi Art! Gallery, 227 West 29th Street, Studio 4R in New York.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hi Art! Gallery
227 West 29th Street
Studio 4R
New York, New York
Tickets:  $15; $10 for students

About the Program


Venerable Canons, for flute & violin
by Matthew Greenbaum

Sho gyo mu jo for theorbo & baritone
by Shoko Suzuki

gone for foreign, for tutti Cygnus
by David Claman

Resisting Stillness, for two guitars
by Chester Biscardi

Soli e Duettini, for two guitars
by Milton Babbitt

Zyg Zag, for tutti Cygnus
by David Rakowski

Rope and Chasm,
for mezzo, electronic sounds and video
by Matthew Greenbaum

About Cygnus Ensemble

Critically acclaimed Cygnus was founded in 1985 by guitarist and composer William Anderson. The group’s core instrumental formation consists of winds and strings in pairs, as well as a pair of plucked string players who, together, cover classical and electric guitars, theorbo (a giant Baroque lute), mandolin, and tenor banjo. The instrumentation has roots in the Elizabethan “broken consort” (combining instruments from different families), but Cygnus moves freely from the Baroque sound world into newgrass, electronica, and world music.

Cygnus proudly celebrates its unflagging commitment to a great number of diverse American composers, and has had numerous key modernist and postmodernist works composed especially for them including Milton Babbitt’s Swan Song No. 1, David Lang’s Warmth and Sebastian Currier’s Broken Consort. The ensemble has produced many CDs, and has given concerts in the US, Europe and Latin America. The ensemble’s recording of American composer Harold Meltzer’s “Brion” (Naxos 8.559660) received accolades as one of the best recordings of 2010. Cygnus is currently in residence at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. In February/March, 2012 Cygnus was in residence at the Library of Congress to inaugurate the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Music Fund concerts there. For more information, please go to


Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Robert Ingliss, oboe
Calvin Wiersma, violin
Susannah Chapman, ‘cello
Oren Fader, guitar
William Anderson, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo