Collide-O-Scope Music is a new music ensemble with a focus on diverse and innovative media forms. Led by Artistic Directors Augustus Arnone, Lou Bunk, Elizabeth Adams, and Christopher Bailey the group is now in its Ninth Season. Collide-O-Scope Music has offered an eclectic mix of newly composed works and essential classics from the modern repertory. Dedicated to the performance of new musical compositions COSM has commissioned new works from Yotam Haber, Spencert Topel, Elizabeth Hoffman, Christopher Burns, Christopher Arrel, Elizabeth Adams, Jeff Snyder, Christopher Bailey, Ken Ueno, Nathan Davis, James Romig, Aaron Brooks, Michael Klingbeil, and more. The group has experimented with innovative approaches to the concert program itself in the form of immersive productions where fixed compositions give way to episodes of interactive improvisatory music in seamless sets of continuous music. These concerts have often had a strong intermedia component, co-mingling electronic and acoustic media with a variety of visual forms and even the recitation of poetic texts. Among the interdisciplinary artists represented include collaborations with poet Dorota Czerner, and video artists Russell Craig Richardson, Charles Woodman, Greg Kowalski, John Bosch, Kirby Pilcher, and Kichiiro Muto.
Collide-O-Scope Music has been presented by The Issue Project Room, Roulette Concert Space, the cell, The Firehouse Space, Atlas Center For The Performing Arts, and Spectrum. The group has received commissioning awards from the Fromm Foundation For New Music and the Koussevitsky Commissioning Fund, and has received generous support from The Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund For New Music, and The Alice M. Ditson Fund for New Music. Collide-O-Scope Music is currently on sabbatical from performing in order to complete recording projects. For upcoming performances check back during the 2018-2019 Season.
Clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt has distinguished herself in chamber music, orchestral and contemporary music performance on the international stage. Her professional chamber music career was launched when she won the Naumburg Chamber Music award in 1995 as a member of New Millennium Ensemble. Marianne is especially recognized in the fields of electro acoustic music, contemporary chamber music and performance education. She is equally at-home in traditional, contemporary and alternative genres as clarinetist of Talea Ensemble, Zephyros Winds, Collide-o-scope, and SEM Ensemble, and she has premiered many new works written for her. She is Associate Professor of clarinet and head of woodwinds at Brooklyn College, Conservatory of Music and she spent eight years as clarinet and chamber music professor at the University of Delaware where she won the Delaware Division of the Arts established artist award, producing a 4-piece commission project of electroacoustic pieces performed throughout the US and Korea. Ms. Gythfeldt has recorded with CBS Masterworks, CRI, Albany, Koch and Mode Records.
Patricia Spencer is flutist with the Da Capo Chamber Players, and has performed recitals throughout the US and abroad. As a soloist she has toured both in the US and abroad, including solo performances at the International Computer Music Conference in Beijing, China. An exciting repertoire of pieces has been written for her, including title works of her solo CD, Thea Musgrave's Narcissus and Judith Shatin's Kairos (Neuma Records). An earlier CD with pianist Linda Hall, features Boulez's Sonatine, along with works by Carter, Perle, Korde, Talma, Martirano, Kreiger, and Jaffe. Both CDs have been greeted with rave reviews from Fanfare and The American Record Guide. Ms. Spencer has received awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, for her solo recordings and commissioning projects.
Augustus Arnone (piano) is an adventurous pianist who has made a home at the edge of transcendental extremes in the modern repertory. His repertoire includes the complete solo piano works of Milton Babbitt, which he first performed in 2008, at Merkin Concert Hall, and then again in honor of the centenary of Babbitt's birth year in 2016 at Spectrum, both in New York City. Mr. Arnone has also performed Michael Finnissy's complete "The History Of Photography In Sound," as well works by John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Roberto Sierra, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Frederic Rzewski, Elliott Carter, Luigi Nono, Jason Eckardt, and Donald Martino. Mr. Arnone is an ardent advocate of new music and has collaborated with many exciting composers active presently including Roberto Sierra, Jason Eckardt, Edmund Campion, Stephen Gorbos, Christopher Bailey, Yotam Haber, Spencer Topel, Jeff Snyder, Chris Arrel, Michael Klingbeil, and many more. Mr. Arnone received a doctorate in music from Cornell University, where he studied historical performance practice and early pianos.
Lou Bunk is an American composer and improviser inspired by many forms of avant-garde artistic expression. Educated in classical composition, and deeply influenced by the vibrant electro-acoustic improv scene in and around Boston and New York, Lou’s music occupies a space between and among concert halls and fringe performance galleries. His sonically rich and intricate music investigates sound and silence through extended instrumental techniques, microtones, amplified found objects, electronics, and generative approaches to texture and form. In his home town ofSomerville Massachusetts, Lou produces the concert series Opensound, and has chaired the Somerville Arts Council. He co-directs Collide-O-Scope Music, a New York City based new music ensemble, and is Assistant Professor of Music at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where he teaches electronic music and composition. Lou received A PhD in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University
Elizabeth Adams — composer, teacher, organizer, and actor, Elizabeth Adams works at the intersection of music, education, and social change. Her compositions use sound to invoke social and political metaphors, and have been performed throughout Europe and all around New York City. Apart from co-directing Collide-O-Scope Music, with the Orfeo Duo, she runs "Songlines," a collaborative public mapping of a neighborhood through song-writing and performance. With Julie Harting, she produces "Julie & Elizabeth’s Anti-Capitalist Concert Series" as occasions to bring musical affect to our political concerns, and invite musicians and audiences to reimagine their relations of production. As an actor, she co-stared with Brook Celeste in Susan Parenti’s play, Unrequited, which depicts capitalism and socialism as co-dependent lovers. With the Free University NYC, she has helped organize 20 pop-up universities in public spaces on topics ranging from decolonizing climate justice, to resisting mass incarceration, to Kara Walker’s piece, A Subtlety. Free University’s events simultaneously manifest direct action, free public education, and movement-building. Having recently earned her doctorate in composition from the CUNY Graduate Center, she currently teaches music theory at Columbia University as an adjunct. In the past she has taught at Baruch College, and given guest lecturers at The New School, Bard College, The Evergreen State College, and Universidad Iberoamericano. She joined the School for Designing a Society as a student in 2005, and as a teacher in 2010. She holds other degrees in English, Music, Composition, and Musiktheater from Barnard, Stony Brook, and the Hochschule der Kunste, Bern. You can hear her compositions at soundcloud.com/elizabethadamscomposes, and on the Indexical label.
Born outside of Philadelphia, PA, Christopher Bailey turned to music composition in his late ‘teens, and to electroacoustic composition during his studies at the Eastman School of Music, and later at Columbia University. He is currently based in Boston, but frequently participates in musical events in New York City. His music explores a variety of musical threads, including microtonality, acousmatic and concrète sounds, serialist junk sculpture, ornate musical details laid out in flat forms, and constrained improvisation. Recent commissions include Empty Theatre, a piano concerto with string orchestra, commissioned for a portrait concert of his music as part of the Sinus Ton Festival in Magdeburg, Germany (October 2014); a chamber-music version of Mergurs Ehd Ffleweh Bq Nsolst, ostensibly a field recording of denizens of the planet Mercury, featured on MATA’s 2013 festival in New York City; Composition For S#1††¥ Piano, Drum Samples, Concrete Sounds, and Processing, for the Allen Strange Award of the Washington Composers Forum; Harvest Kitchen, commissioned by Harvestworks in New York City; and Out Of, written for Marilyn Nonken. He was a 2nd-Prize recipient in the Seoul 2005 International Composers Competition in Korea (Timelash); Balladei (for piano and ‘tape’) was a finalist at the Earplay competition in 2007; Sand (an interactive computer-music composition) won a mention at Denmark’s 2007 Infinite Composing interactive computer-music competition; Walking Down the Hillside at Cortona, and Seeing it’s Towers Rise Before Me (for 2 pianos tuned to 19-tone-equal-temperament) won a mention in the 2009 Salvatore Martirano Competition at the University of Illinois. Previous awards include prizes from BMI, ASCAP, and the Bearns Prize.
Collide-O-Scope Music's debut album has been completed and is scheduled for release later in 2018. The album features music by Yotam Haber, Jason Eckardt, Robert Morris, and COSM co-director Lou Bunk. The album showcases a number of works composed for the group, including two quintets: Yotam Haber's "Estro Poetico-Armonico II," commisioned by the group through the Fromm Foundation for New Music, and Lou Bunk's "Fortune." Both quintets draw from the music of antiquity, with Haber's re-composing music of Benedetto Marcello, and Bunk's re-composing music of Machaut. Another work of Bunk's on the album is his delicately evocative work for two pianos, "A Shadow On The White," performed here by co-Director Augustus Arnone and the eminent contemporary music champion, Marilyn Nonken. Also on the album will be two works by Robert Morris, "Yugen" and "Foray," the latter of which was composed for Arnone in 2016. Finally, the album will include the darkly provocative "Rendition," for piano and clarinet, by Jason Eckardt. This album will be released on Hanging Bell Records.
Mr. Arnone is currently working on a commercial recording of the complete solo piano works of Milton Babbitt. Arnone first performed this cycle of works in 2008, following it up a second time in 2015/16 in honor of the centenary of Babbitt's birth year. The recordings will be released as a three volume series on the Hanging Bell Records label, a new recording label dedicated to contemporary composition founded by Augustus Arnone. The first volume is projected for release in the Fall of 2019.
COSM has commissioned its second major ensemble work by Yotam Haber through the Koussevitsky Commissioning program. The new work, for soprano and mixed ensemble, will be featured in 2020 in a special concert celebrating COSM's Tenth Season of contemporary music concerts in New York City.
2016 New Focus Recordings
Piano Music of Christopher Bailey, featuring performances by Shiau-Uen ding, Augustus Arnone and Jacob Rhodebeck
Music of Christopher Bailey featuring performances by Sukato, Marilyn Nonken, Gabriela Diaz, Maja Cerar, Shiau-Uen Ding, Jacob Barton, Juri Seo.
Xennia Pestova: Music for toy piano by Scott Wilson, Lou Bunk, Andrew Lewis, Derek Hurst, John Young, and Katharine Norman.
2009 Konnex Records
Carsten Radtke, guitar. Featuring music for guitar by Christopher Bailey, Luciano Berio, and Johann Seb. Bach.
Music for player piano by Bunk, Tenney, Polanski, Adès, Krausas, Current, and more.
Eric Honour: Music for Saxophone and Computer