One of New Yorks most exciting new ensembles, Wes York/Group Music is an astonishing group of cross-disciplinary performance artists who have been highly praised for their path-breaking solo work combining music with theater, dance and the visual arts. They join together to perform the work of composer Wes York, who is currently building his forthcoming full-evening work, Andy Warhol Three Times, on their remarkable performing talents.
Kathleen Supove, piano, keyboards, ranteuse
Acclaimed pianist Kathleen Supove has appeared with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Lincoln Center Festival and Essential Music, among many others. Figure 88, her solo CD, was named one of the ten best classical releases of 1993 by New York Newsday critic Tim Page. Other recordings can be found on the CRI, New World, Neuma, Bridge, Centaur, OO and XI labels. Supove has received numerous commissioning grants from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and Meet the Composer. She has collaborated with Wes York for over ten years and performs on a CD of his music released by New World Records.
Tigger Benford, percussion
Tigger Benford is a versatile percussionist, composer and improviser, specializing in hand drumming. Recent scores include works for choreographer Septime Webre and performances with dance companies in New York City, including the Sean Curran Company. Benford has released several CDs. In 2000, he collaborated with pianist Peter Jones for the CD "The Metal Garden". He is an Associate Professor of Dance, teaching music, at Rutgers University School of the Arts.
Ann Klein, guitar
Ann Klein has established herself as one of downtown New Yorks premiere guitarists. She has performed with numerous recording artists such as Joan Osborne, Ani DiFranco and Toshi Reagon. She is also a prolific songwriter.
Ben Manley: set design/sound installation
Ben Manley creates sound installations that explore unpredictable electroacoustic interactions. With diverse ready-made instruments including bass drums, amplified light bulbs, oscillating fans, radios, etc., his performances and installations highlight the natural variability of vibrating objects in acoustic and electronic environments.
Manley has created sound installations in New York City at venues including the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory, Roulette, Lotus, Momenta Art, Tonic, Generator, La Mama La Galleria, Mercury Lounge and Victory Theater, among others. He has also performed at Rebis Galleries (Denver), Speakeasy (Seattle), Mills College (Oakland), New Music Circle (St. Louis), Festival '96 (Munich), The Loft (Köln), MeX (Dortmund), CUBA (Münster), Logos (Ghent), and at STEIM (Amsterdam).
He has appeared at the Lincoln Center Festival 98 and with Essential Music in New York City in performances of works by John Cage and Robert Ashley.
Sheldon Steiger, production coordinator, technical assistance
Sheldon Steiger was production coordinator for five recent concerts as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. He was keyboard and drum technician for Paul Simon during the 1999 Bob Dylan-Paul Simon tour. Steiger was associate producer for Joe Jacksons Symphony No. 1 (Sony Classical), which won a Grammy for best pop instrumental Album of 2001.
Watch for an announcement of the ensembles new singers!
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