#24. 10/20/12, 3pm - 5pm. Red Hook Harmony

The Sound Series Brooklyn is pleased to present:

Red Hook Harmony

An outdoor music performance conceived by composer John P. Hastings taking place at the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn.

Saturday October 20, 2012

3pm – 5pm

Pier 44 Waterfront Garden, 290 Conover St. Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. Near the Water Front Museum.

Admission: Free

Websites: www.soundatpresents.tumblr.com / www.johnphastings.org

Directions: B61 bus from Downtown Brooklyn or FREE Ikea Water Taxi from Pier 11 in Manhattan: http://www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/ikea and walk 6 blocks.

Red Hook Harmony is a new musical performance piece created by Brooklyn-based composer and artist John P. Hastings. The Red Hook waterfront serves as a point of mediation as a group of performers, as well as the general public, harmonize with the ambient sounds of the area. This two-hour performance will allow all interested parties to join in the proceedings. Just bring an instrument and you will be given an easy to follow score. The performance is part of the Sound Series Brooklyn (www.soundatpresents.tumblr.com).

John P. Hastings is a composer, sound artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. His current focus is on the creation of unique sonic environments utilizing novel methods to engage the audience. Many compositions and installations include the use of the harmonic series, field recordings, digital sound generation, microtones and aleatoric performance practice. He is a founder of the web-based music journal, The Experimental Music Yearbook, a co-head of the experimental music performance group, Ensemble 303, and a music curator for the Sound Series Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, John has lived in London, UK, Charlottesville, VA, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ulrich Krieger ,Michael Pisaro, Mark Trayle and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. His influences include James Tenney, La Monte Young, and John Cage.

The Sound Series Brooklyn is a music concert and performance series. Performances currently take place at various sites throughout Brooklyn, NY. The Sound Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).


#23. 6/21/12, 7pm. HUM 7 8 9 at the ConEd DUMBO substation

In conjunction with Make Music New York 2012, the Sound Series Brooklyn presents:

HUM 7 8 9 
DUMBO, Brooklyn on Plymouth St. b/w Gold St. & Bridge St. 
Thursday June 21, 2012 7pm – 9pm

From 7pm to 9pm participants can gather near the ConEd Farragut Substation in DUMBO to join in a large group hum-a-long, an homage to both La Monte Young and the late Max Neuhaus. We will use the transformers of the ConEd power station as a drone to create a vibrating, meditative environment while the sun sets over the East River. The event necessitates no musical knowledge, just the ability to hum or sing! A score by John P. Hastings will be included for those who have some musical training and would like to extend the sound of the drone. Feel free to contact johnphastings@gmail.com for more information.

This performance is part of Mass Appeal, Make Music New York’s public music making.
More information: 

#22, 6/15/12, 8pm. Craig Shepard presents On Foot: Brooklyn

On Friday June 15, 2012 at 8pm the Sound Series is proud to host Craig Shepard and his On Foot: Brooklyn project.

Craig Shepard and Beth O’Brien present music and images from _On Foot: Brooklyn_, a 91-day 780-mile trek in New York City on which Shepard composed a piece each of the 13 weeks. O’Brien’s images will be projected while Shepard (trombone), Devin Maxwell (percussion), Katie Porter (clarinet) and Jack Callahan (melodica) perform. At 8pm, Shepard will give a talk about On Foot: Brooklyn and his work with music in public spaces. A performance of pieces from the project will follow.

Craig Shepard

On Foot: Brooklyn

Friday June 15, 2012 


Presents Gallery

64 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11216 b/w Flushing Ave. & Park Ave. (by the Navy Yards)

C or G train to Clinton / Washington

$5 suggested donation


This performance funded in part through New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections program. 

Photo copyright Beth O’Brien.

#21. 5/11/12, 8pm. John P. Hastings presents Recent Works

On Friday May 11, 2012 at 8pm the Sound Series at Presents Gallery is pleased to present John P. Hastings: Recent Works. 

The Brooklyn based experimental composer John P. Hastings showcases two recent compositions. The performance will include Terce, for percussion trio and Negative Space, a score in graphic notation. Terce was premiered in San Francisco, CA at the LAB by the Rootstock Ensemble as part of the Other Minds Festival 17. The East Coast premiere will include the composer as well as Travis Just (Object Collection) & Andrew C. Smith. With the score, a system of numbered grids creates the movement that the players use to navigate the work. The performers construct the materials themselves, giving them a role in the creation of the work. The violist and composer Cat Lamb will realize the graphic score Negative Space. The score consists of four drawings and was inspired by the artist Michael Heizer and his use of the man-created space between nature and art.


John P. Hastings: Recent Works

Sound Series at Presents Gallery #21

Friday, May 11, 2012


Presents Gallery

64 Washington Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11216 b/w Flushing  Ave. & Park Ave. (by the Navy Yards). G Train to Clinton / Washington

$5 suggested donation




John P. Hastings is a composer, sound artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. His current focus is on the creation of unique sonic environments utilizing novel methods to engage the audience. Many compositions and installations include the use of the harmonic series, field recordings, digital sound generation, microtones and aleatoric performance practice. Minimalist art theories and artists, especially Barnett Newman, Donald Judd and Michael Heizer, also heavily inform his music and practice. The formalist tendencies of these artists are projected into a musical landscape creating a logical and rationally satisfying whole. He is a founder of the web-based music journal, The Experimental Music Yearbook, a co-head of the experimental music performance group, Ensemble 303, and a music curator for the Sound Series at Presents Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He was recently named a Fellow as part of the Other Minds 17 Festival 2012 in San Francisco, CA. More information can be found at johnphastings.org.



#20. 4/13/12: 8pm. James Ilgenfritz & Richard Kamerman

James Ilgenfritz & Richard Kamerman

JAMES ILGENFRITZ plays experimental music in Brooklyn. Recently he has
worked with Lukas Ligeti, Pauline Oliveros, Elliott Sharp, and Anthony
Braxton. In 2011 James is Artist-In-Residence at Issue Project Room in
Brooklyn, where he produced his first opera, The Ticket That Exploded,
based on William Burroughs’ 1962 novel.

RICHARD KAMERMAN prefers small sounds to large sounds but that doesn’t
mean they are always performed as quiet sounds. He also likes
accidental sounds and collecting his instruments from people’s trash
on the street. He has no time for cigar breaks.

Sound Series at Presents Gallery #20
Friday, April 13, 2012, 8PM
Presents Gallery
64 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

$5 suggested donation.



#19. 3/10/12, 8pm. Stephen Vitiello with Taylor Deupree

Stephen Vitiello with Taylor Deupree

This will be Stephen and Taylor’s third collaborative performance. The two combine layers of electronics with field recordings and electric guitar. While nothing is scripted or scored, there has been a development of shared interests and language, of quiet sounds, texture and repetition with sparse moments of melody from guitar. Stephen and Taylor recently collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto on a track, “Up Through The Trees” for Sakamoto’s Kizuna World project, to benefit victims of Japan’s recent environmental disasters.

Following the concert will be a Q&A and discussion with the artists.

Sound Series at Presents Gallery #19 
Performance: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8PM
Presents Gallery
64 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
$5 suggested donation.

This concert funded in part through New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections program.


photo: Stephen Vitiello

#18. 2/24/12, 8pm. Scott Cazan & Kara Feely + Travis Just

Sound Series at Presents Gallery #18
Scott Cazan & Kara Feely + Travis Just with Avi Glickstein and Eric Magnus

Noted Los Angeles-based sound artist and composer Scott Cazan makes a rare East Coast appearance.

Appearing with him, Travis Just, Avi Glickstein, and Eric Magnus (from Object Collection) scatter, sketch, and defile text, sounds, and things. Excerpts from Kara and Travis’ upcoming performances in Italy.

Friday February 24, 2012
$5 suggested donation.


#17. 1/27/12, 8pm. G. Douglas Barrett presents HENCE WHERE LABOUR

The Sound Series at Presents Gallery #17
G. Douglas Barrett presents HENCE WHERE LABOUR

HENCE WHERE LABOUR is part of an ongoing series of text settings of an English translation of Marx’s 1858 manuscript Grundrisse der Kritik der politischen Ökonomie. Stretched horizontally across the floor of the gallery, a solo performer sings a subtly developing musical setting of the text "hence where labour in which a human being does what a thing could do has ceased"—composed entirely through the use of a computer algorithm. Marx’s fragment—designated in historian Moishe Postone’s analysis as outlining the material conditions for the full development of all of humanity—is layered against the inert labor of a single performing body occupying the time and space of the musical frame. Performed by Fahad Siadat.

G DOUGLAS BARRETT's work considers music as part of a critical arts practice in which performance and conceptuality figure as integral components. Drawing equally from the contemporary gallery arts and the performing arts traditions, he has exhibited, performed, and published throughout North America and Europe: Diapason Gallery (New York), the Wulf (Los Angeles), Theater Perdu (Amsterdam), Universität der Künste Berlin, Phoebe Zeitgeist Teatro (Milan), Université de Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée, Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast, UK) and Neutral Ground (Canada). BARRETT's writings on music and art are published in the interdisciplinary literary journal Mosaic and Contemporary Music Review. A recent discussion of his work appears in an essay by eldritch Priest in the journal Postmodern Culture.
For more information please contact G Douglas Barrett at gdouglasbarrett@gmail.com

Sound Series at Presents Gallery #17 
Performance: Friday, January 27, 2012, 8PM
Presents Gallery
64 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

$5 suggested donation

#16. 12/9/11, 8pm. Cat Lamb presents.

The Sound Series at Presents Gallery #16

Cat Lamb presents two new works: tone/layer and tone/noise
Friday December 9, 2011

tone/layer, tone/noise are two related pieces exploring the interaction of tones emerging from an environment, transparent bodies layering and coloring the other (2011)

Catherine Lamb is a music composer and violist, working from the traditions of American Experimentalism, Just Intonation, and Indian Dhrupad. She is interested in delicate attention to layers of sound and their shadows. She intuitively works through mathematical forms, typically involving the opening from a centered pitch. Her most influential teachers have been James Tenney, Michael Pisaro, and Mani Kaul. She is currently living in New York, NY where she composes, performs, and teaches music.

$5 suggested donation

http:// soundatpresents.tumblr.com/

#15. 11/11/2011, 8pm. A Phonography Meeting.

The Sound Series at Presents Gallery #15
Phonography Meeting
Friday, November 11, 2011

Phonography Meeting - unprocessed field recording concert with:

Kala Pierson
Scott Sherk
Civyiu Kkliu
Bruce Tovsky

Gill Arno
John P Hastings
Ben Owen
Carver Audain

$5 suggested donation

Flyer:: http://seasonalbk.net/phonographymeeting/N11.pdf


#14. 10/15/2011, 8pm. Jessie Marino presents: “will you sign my yearbook?”

On Saturday October 15, 2011 the Sound Series at Presents Gallery has its 14th presentation.

Jessie Marino presents:

"will you sign my yearbook?"
-can i sign by my picture??
yes, but don’t write too big-


Jessie Marino Solo 102011for transducer, can, crotale, snare, and lights|| crack, mask, unmask, beat ||
Alvin LucierCharles Curtis for cello and slow sweep pure wave oscillator

www.soundatpresent.tumblr. com

$5 suggested donation at the door.

This concert is presented in conjunction with the 2011 Experimental Music Yearbook series of concerts.

Now in its third year, The Experimental Music Yearbook is a repository for composers, performers, and the public to glean the methods and styles of various artists working in the experimental music tradition. As the modes of experimentation in the arts change from year to year, the Experimental Music Yearbook’s annual issues will build into a comprehensive, and varied, database of experimentation in music/sound.

An annual festival will accompany the online portion of the
Experimental Music Yearbook.

More information at http://www.experimentalmusicyearbook.com/

#13. 9/23/11, 8pm. Object Collection presents Actua 1

The new season of the Sound Series at Presents Gallery begins on Friday September 23, 2011 at 8pm.

Object Collection presents:


a new performance piece from Object Collection

Written by Kara Feely and Travis Just, Performed by Eric Magnus, Tavish Miller, Kara Feely and Travis Just

ACTUA 1 constructs an event that both happened and did not.  An exercise in futility and concentration, the piece is named after Actua One, a lost film—Godard’s favorite—from a lost non-revolution. Performers pace restlessly in the narrow confines of the hallway, adjacent to Presents Gallery as they spout slogans for a missing revolution. Actors propel themselves out of stagnation and boredom through complex object procedures and mental tasks. Speeches, music, activities, and radio are projected into the gallery space via video cameras and microphones. The action is both intimately proximal and telepresent.  ACTUA 1: an absent performance for four performers—the soldiers from “Les Carabiniers” performing Allan Kaprow on public access.

Object Collection comprises theater director and playwright Kara Feely and composer/performer Travis Just. Since their founding in 2004, the group has been authoring, directing, and performing large-scale productions conceived as multi-media operas, performance installations, and evening-length concerts. Coming out of traditions of the experimental performing arts, the group’s background includes substantial knowledge of the work of Robert Ashley, Christian Wolff, and Richard Foreman, though they cite equally as influences the Volksbühne Berlin, John Cage, the Situationists, and Swiss-German visual artist Dieter Roth. Superfluities Redux/George Hunka states: “Object Collection is a rarity, marrying cutting-edge new music with cutting-edge theatrical performance practice.” About their most recent opera Innova the Huffington Post wrote “…this is work that eviscerates itself in front of you, and doesn’t apologize for the blood that stings your eyes. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is for those tired of being tired at the theater.”


#12. 6/23/11, 8pm: milligram office and John P. Hastings present an homage to Mies van der Rohe

On Thursday June 23, 2011 at 8pm, the Sound Series at Presents Gallery is pleased to present:

A performance/installation/homage to Mies van der Rohe by milligram office and John P. Hastings.

Mies van der Rohe is certainly one of the 20th century’s most influential architects, a leading proponent of what became known as the “International Style.” His use of highly refined raw materials (steel, glass, marble) and his functional aesthetic — the “functionality” of which will be put to the test through these musical and architectural interventions — would arguably place him in the line of later Minimalist artists and composers.

The duo of Meredith Miller and James Graham (milligram office) will turn the space at Presents Gallery into a room-sized conceptualized reworking of one Mies’ most esteemed and curious design contributions: the cruciform column. Mr. Graham will give a presentation on “Mies van der Rohe and the Rhetoric of Structure,” while composer John P. Hastings will use the structural and proportional theories behind Mies’ buildings to create a tonal accumulation, an aural edifice to wrap the environment; this performance will be accompanied by series of visual interludes.

#11. 5/22/11, 8pm: Eric KM Clark & Christine Tavolacci

The Sound Series at Presents Gallery is pleased to present Eric km Clark (violin) and Christine Tavolacci (flutes) performing a series of experimental solos and duos, from Tenney to Steenberge.

The program will include:

Anastassis Philippakopoulos: song 2
Eric KM Clark: duo for bass flute and voices
James Tenney: Koan
Laura Steenberge: Sheep
Anastassis Philippakopoulos: Tragoudi
Antoine Beuger: Dedekind Duos


Also on view will be Madison Brookshire's THIS GOES OUT featuring drawings, audio recordings and “The Casual Drift” by Mark So, a slide projection.


Accomplished violinist, composer, and improviser Eric KM Clark is a devout interpreter of new and experimental music. He has worked with many of the world’s most innovative artists and ensembles, including James Tenney, Jurg Frey, Michael Gordon, Antoine Beuger, Guy Maddin, Wadada Leo Smith, Christian Kesten, Michael Pisaro, and Butch Morris. Mr. Clark is a member of the genre setting new music ensemble California E.A.R. Unit, Tavolacci/Clark duo, and the Kadima String Quartet. His playing has been released on Innova, New World, Tonehole Music, and Sundialtech. The New York-based electric guitar quartet Dither recently released his work exPAT on Henceforth records. Mr. Clark also co-founded and co-directs “the wulf.”, a 501(c)3 non-profit experimental performance venue located in downtown LA, that provides free experimental concerts to the general public.



Christine Tavolacci is a flutist who has devoted much of her time and study to the performance of contemporary and experimental music. Christine has traveled across the United States and Europe to study and perform, and has had the pleasure of working with many great 20th and 21st century composers, such as Christian Wolff, James Tenney, Steve Reich, Michael Finnissy, Clarence Barlow, Jurg Frey, Larry Polansky, Stefano Scodanibbio and Gavin Bryars. She has been involved in the premieres of many new works, including those by James Saunders, Michael Pisaro, Chiyoko Slavnics, Catherine Lamb, Eva Maria Houben, Michael Winter and Mark So. Christine has performed with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, the Cold Storage project in 2006, and the Difficult Music series at Machine Project.

Currently she is actively involved with the Dogstar Orchestra, the Tavolacci/Clark duo and The New Brutalists, an experimental noise group of which she is a founding member. Additionally, Christine has given many performances at California Institute of the Arts, where she received her BFA in flute performance in 2006. In June of 2008, Christine received her Diplôme de Specialisation with ‘mention trés bien’ from the Conservatoire National de Region Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France, where she studied flute with Mario Caroli. She currently lives and performs in Los Angeles, CA while simultaneously pursuing her doctorate in contemporary flute performance at the University of California, San Diego.

#9 & #10, 5/12/11 7pm: works by Madison Brookshire and opening reception concert with Barry Chabala, Dominic Lash & Katie Porter

Presents Gallery is pleased to present:


new work by Madison Brookshire, curated by John Hastings

Opening Thursday, May 12, 7-10 pm

with a concert by Barry Chabala (guitar), Katie Porter (clarinet) & Dominic Lash (double bass) performing works by John Cage and Antoine Beuger at 8pm

Viewing hours:  Saturdays 1-5pm: May 14, 21 and June 4, 11 and by appointment.

Madison Brookshire is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited his work widely, including a residency at the Hammer Museum in 2008-9, performances at the wulf., Betalevel and REDCAT and screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Los Angeles Filmforum. He had his first solo show, nothing is accomplished, at Parker Jones in January and will be included in a group show at the Torrance Art Museum in May. He studied cinema at Binghamton University and the California Institute of the Arts and currently works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. For more information, please visit madisonbrookshire.com

Featuring drawings, audio recordings and “The Casual Drift” by Mark So,a slide series.

“There are holes in the walls of the studio; the glass is cracked. Light and sound enter and, like dust, settle on things. With a few simple rules, arbitrary but for the necessity of a limit, an image or a composition forms, but they are porous records at best. Failing to contain time, they are simply in it.” —MB

Barry Chabala (b.1961) - NJ guitarist taking cues from influences such as John Cage, Morton Feldman and Taku Sugimoto, Barry’s music has continued to evolve, reduce, and focus, reaching ever closer to the essence of his intention. His work with composer Michael Pisaro has yielded several critically acclaimed recordings: ‘an unrhymed chord(for 25 acoustic guitars) for Confront Recordings, and ‘black, white, red, green, blue (voyelles)’ for Winds Measure, and most recently “Close constellations and a drum on the ground” with percussionist Greg Stuart and “Asleep, street, pipes, tones” with clarinetist Katie Porter on Pisaro’s own Gravity Wave label.

Presents Gallery is a multi-use performance and arts space directed by George Spencer. For more information, please visit http://soundatpresents.tumblr.com/ or telephone 718.797.9167.