"...intoxicating, deepening experience.
I am blown away by this compelling occurrence.”
— Das Klienicum
"...makes me very excited for Joyce’s future output..."
— Zak Hait
Interview: Indie-Classical Composer Molly Joyce
Explores Hidden Collaborations
— Michael Hamad, Hartford Courant
New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce the release of composer Molly Joyce's debut recording, Lean Back and Release. The work is a digital EP featuring two tracks for solo violin with live and pre-recorded electronics performed by violinists Adrianna Mateo and Monica Germino. The recording has already received press from multiple outlets, including being praised as an "intoxicating, deepening experience" by Das Klienicum and an interview with Joyce by the Hartford Courant, which proclaimed that "with 'Lean Back and Release,' Joyce's music will likely receive even more acclaim."
The EP is now available for purchase from Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon.
Additionally, the EP will be celebrated with a FREE release show on March 6, at Metropolis Ensemble's new pop-up venue 1 Rivington and co-presented by New Amsterdam. The event will feature performances by Metropolis Ensemble concertmaster Kristin Lee, along with Joyce premiering a new work on her vintage toy organ. Boutique wine will be served, sponsored by Miro Cellars. More info and RSVP for the event here.
The title track of the EP, "Lean Back and Release", acclaimed for being written to "superb effect" by The Wire, was first performed professionally at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon by violinist Adrianna Mateo, for which Mateo was praised as "triumphant" by Time Out New York. The piece is driven by a very gradual descent for the violin in range, imagining the violinist steadily “leaning back” and finally “releasing” the distinct low register of the violin. Two accompanying pre-recorded violin tracks accompany the live violin in order to propel this descent. The recording was engineered and mixed by Andrew McKenna Lee, and mastered by Greg Kalember.
The title track is followed by a more recent work, "Shapeshifter", originally written for the Dutch duo of violinist Monica Germino and sound engineer Frank van der Weij. Premiered in April 2015 in The Hague and Amsterdam, "Shapeshifter" is motivated by the concept of control and losing it. It is driven by the fact that with the duo, Frank is typically not seen visually, and therefore the idea of him controlling Monica’s sound and gradually letting go of that control is highlighted throughout the piece, and for Monica to gradually “shape-shift” to a new and divergent sound. The recording was engineered by Frank van der Weij, Krišs Veismanis, and mixed by Michael Laurello, and mastered by Greg Kalember.
Molly Joyce on both works:
"'Lean Back and Release' and 'Shapeshifter' represent some of my first explorations into composing for acoustic instruments with accompanying electronics, and specifically how these instruments' sounds can transform electro-acoustically. With both works I was striving for a clear form that is driven by the changing range of the solo violinist, and how that change can be driven by an electronic backing track that is also derived from the acoustic violin.
Both pieces are also very much inspired by the violinists they are written for, and were written to challenge and showcase Adrianna and Monica's talents in new and unexpected ways."
1. Lean Back and Release
Feb. 4, 2017: Claremont, CA @
Ussachevsky Festival at Pomona College
(featuring violinist Sarah Thornblade) LINK
Mar. 6, 2017: EP Release show
New York, NY @ 1 Rivington
presented by Metropolis Ensemble and New Amsterdam (featuring violinist Kristin Lee and toy organist Molly Joyce) LINK
Mar. 9, 2017: Rotterdam, NL @ De Doelen (featuring vioilnist Isa Goldschmeding) LINK
Molly Joyce: Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “impassioned” (The Washington Post), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “vibrant, inventive music that communicates straight from the heart” (Prufrock’s Dilemma). Her works have been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles including the New World Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon and VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival. Learn more at www.mollyjoycemusic.com.
Adrianna Mateo: Adrianna Mateo merges the best of classical music with the down and dirty pleasures of rock. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. Her performances have garnered high praise from TimeOut New York (“Triumphant”) and The New York Times. Adrianna successfully crowdfunded her debut album with the support of luminaries including Nico Muhly, David Lang, and ETHEL. Learn more at www.adriannamateo.com.
Monica Germino: Amsterdam-based, American/Dutch violinist Monica Germino is on the cutting edge of new music. Hailed by The Sunday Times (UK) as a ‘striking presence’ whose ‘virtuosity was exhilarating’, she has collaborated with such composers as Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Heiner Goebbels, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti and Julia Wolfe. Together with sound engineer Frank van der Weij, she has presented revolutionary multimedia programs worldwide. Her performances often feature singing and playing. Monica plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin, on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, and a custom-made 'Violectra’. She co-founded the international ensemble. Learn more at www.monicagermino.com.