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Sarah Bob‘s carefully curated New Gallery concerts are an inspiring riot of visual art and music, held strongly together by a unifying concept.”
Trill’s Pick of the Week 
by Curator Sarah Darling, May 2015

 

January 2015: Short video about New Gallery Concert Series featured on Musicovation.com here!

 

October 2014: New Gallery Concert Series featured on Musicovation.com here! 

 

Supové’s not-so-everyday piano performance

By Jeffrey Gantz

GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  FEBRUARY 10, 2014

Kathleen Supové’s performances are as unique as her wardrobe choices.

ROBIN HOLLAND

Kathleen Supové’s performances are as unique as her wardrobe choices.

Pianist Kathleen Supové has described herself as a fan of 1950s variety shows. And to judge by the opening selection in her New Gallery Concert Series recital at the Community Music Center of Boston Thursday evening, her enthusiasm extends to the commercials. Dutch composer JacobTV’s “The Body of Your Dreams” (2004) pits its pianist against spoken-word samples from an American television informercial about the Abtronic Pro. “Now you’re ready to hear about the latest evolution in the fitness phenomenon,” the voice started off, and to the insistent strains of “Oh my gosh!” and “That’s amazing!,” Supové’s fingers bounced about the keys of her Mason & Hamlin, conveying the frustration, the exhilaration, and the tedium of weight loss before turning lyrical for “the body of your dreams.” The piece is, as JacobTV acknowledges, a workout for the pianist; Supové has the technique to burn off any amount of calories, and she coordinated perfectly with the soundtrack, responding to its every ooh and ahh.

Supové, who studied in Boston with Russell Sherman but now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., likes to push the boundaries of what the piano can do. She’s duetted with the Yamaha Disklavier and with laptops; she’s performed with a bass drum sitting in the body of her instrument. She plays with the New York art-rock band Doctor Nerve. Her latest CD is titled “The Exploding Piano.”

So though the evening was titled “Everyday Things,” Supové is hardly an everyday artist. Her outfit, a fuchsia leopard-print catsuit trimmed in black, lived up to the Wall Street Journal’s description of her performance wardrobe as “hooker-chic vinyl and leather.” Judy Dunaway’s “For Piano With Balloons” (2012) found her standing at the piano and playing the strings directly — now slapping, now caressing — with two long balloons to create spooky tremolos. In Neil Rolnick’s “Digits” (2005), she was accompanied by audio and video (the latter by R. Luke DuBois) versions of herself playing the same piece she was playing live, the video splintering into 288 tiny images as she intimated a jazzy fugue on the plainchant “Dies irae.”

With their copious literary asociations, the two Debussy-inspired pieces — Randall Woolf’s “What Remains of a Rembrandt” and Daniel Felsenfeld’s “Cakewalking (Sorry, Claude)” — were more interesting to read about than to listen to. That was also true of the miniatures by Mohammed Fairouz and Matt Marks. Supové offered a fair bit of banging and hammering and not much in the way of coloring or phrasing. And Missy Mazzoli’s “Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos” (2007), a tribute to the Swiss author who left Europe for North Africa, suffered by comparison with its quotation from the wistful Andantino of Schubert’s D.959 sonata, music that suggested there’s life in the piano’s past as well as in its future.

Kathleen Supové, Presented by New Gallery Concert Series

Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., Boston MA 02116 617-482-7494.

Date of concert:
Thursday, Feb. 6

Jeffrey Gantz can be reached at jeffreymgantz@gmail.com.

 

 

 

New England Theatre Geek
Review of January 31, 2013 Concert performance
by Kitty Drexel

“Ellen Mandel sets poetry to music so naturally it is as if Yeats had intended her to set it.

Her Boston New Gallery concert with Daniel Neer was a joy to experience! They share an ensemble that is as expressive as it is technically strong. Together, using the spectrum of colors in Neer’s beautiful voice, they paint a landscape of music and words. Theirs is a recital to be relished.  It made me nostalgic for classical music. I don’t feel that way often.”

 

The Boston Music Intelligencer
May 6, 2011
“Excellent Collection of Engaging Works by David McMullin “… an excellent collection of engaging works that complemented each other well, performed to the highest standards….”
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Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
“An evening of exploration from a master cellist”
by Jeremy Eichler
“Contemporary visual art and contemporary classical music often inhabit strangely distant universes, even though connections between them are numerous. The New Gallery Concert Series aims to make these connections explicit by presenting the two arts in dialogue …. Choosing [Matt] Haimovitz for a benefit program sends a distinct message, as this Montreal-based cellist is one of the most adventurous classical musicians out there, and his recital was heavily tilted toward the new…”
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South End News
January, 2006
“New Gallery Concert Series to feature Christina Memoli’s art”
by Christina Memoli
“…It has been an honor to work with all of the creative individuals involved in the production of the New Gallery Concert Series.  They are a dynamic group of people whose creative scope, depth of artistic comprehension, and willingness to take risks has led them into another successful season. ….”
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New Music Connoisseur
January, 2005
The Idea of Two: New Gallery Concert Series
by David Cleary
“This event by the New Gallery Concert Series focused solely on duos for various instruments. It’s a tribute to this spunky, vital presenter that the program offered music of remarkable contrast and, in several instances, profound depth and strength….”
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Letter of Support
November, 2004
Elena Ruehr, Composer in Residence
Boston Modern Orchestra Projec
“…The New Gallery Concert Series is one of the best of a group of new, youthful and powerful arts groups that is bubbling in Boston’s underground arts scene. It’s an exciting time for Boston, and I encourage you to be a part of it.”
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American Composers Forum of New England
October, 2004
New Gallery Concert Series:
Featured Group of the Month
“Experience the direct collaboration of musicians and visual artists at the New Gallery Concert Series! New Gallery Concert Series presents new pieces along with their composers, new visual works along with their artists and devoted performers who are excited to show a side of music left too often to the unknown…”
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Northeast Performer
April, 2003
Reviews: New Gallery Concert Series
by Katie DeBonville
“Pianist Sarah Bob is a trailblazer when it comes to championing the works of modern composers and combining art media in the process. When Bob founded the New Gallery Concert Series, her vision was to have musicians perform new music in a setting that showcased new works of visual art. Now in its third season, The New Gallery Concert Series continues to accomplish this mission…”
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Boston Globe
November 3, 2002
New Music, New Home, New Attitude
by Lynne Feibelmann
“The next generation of new music may have found a niche…”
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South End News
October 17, 2002
Music Center Home to Two Wonderful Series
by Stephen Marc Beaudoin
“…Speaking of programs both cohesive and diverse, what does that fiery pianist Sarah Bob have in store for us on this year’s New Gallery Concert Series, also housed at the CMCB? ‘The 2002-2003 Series season is rich and exciting not just because of the diverse programming, but also the intense commitment from all of its participants AND audience members,’ enthused Bob. ‘The energy is real and the devotion is infectious. World premieres are a norm, especially for the October 17 concert, ranging from the beautifully choreographed performance of Jennifer Stasack’s ‘Six Elegies Dancing’ to ‘The Backbone Flute,’ a piece for tape and seven string electric violin, performed and composed by Adam James Wilson. The truth is, there is no limit to what defines ‘new music’ (or ‘new art’ for that matter) and that exploration is exactly what the New Gallery Concert Series is all about.’”

21ST CENTURY MUSIC
February, 2002
New Gallery Concert
by David Cleary
“It can be great fun to critique the younger, lesser known performers and series that present new music. The New Gallery Concert Series is one such venture, and their most recent event contained much worth hearing…”
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South End News
January 31, 2002
Bob and a Universe of Music
by Lynne Fiebelmann
“It’s been a year and the New Gallery Concert Series at the Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) has grown…”
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South End News
May 24, 2001
Spotlight: Starting a new groove
by Lynne Fiebelmann
“Sarah Bob could not contain herself. Her eyes shone and her words tumbled over themselves. Bob was describing the incredible opportunity she has to
accomplish a dream of hers: to establish a musical series…”
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