Matt Marks on Brooklyn Independent Television

A few weeks ago a video crew came to the apartment to film Matt talking about his music, how he composes and film a bit of  rehearsal. Although I spend most of Matt’s interviews and podcasts hiding in the bedroom, they asked me a few questions about how we had met and started collaborating. The whole piece ends with a modern dance performance of Matt’s “I Pretended” with the Brooklyn Brass Quintet. Totally worth a watch!



Friday Night – Music at First with Lorna Krier and friends

Music at First presents Provocative Vox and Saccharine Synths on March 25th

New York, NY – Brooklyn Heights-based Music at First Series announces its second concert of 2011, featuring sets from vocalist Mellissa Hughes and synthesizer player Lorna Krier. The “dazzling diva” (Time Out New York) Mellissa Hughes will perform works that explore topics such as death, sexuality, and Craigslist, by Jacob Cooper, Corey Dargel, Ted Hearne, Gabriel Kahane, Matt Marks, and Eric Shanfield. Lorna Krier continues to “break down the boundary between new classical and indie rock” (Lukas Ligeti) with Selected Saccharine Songs Without Words for synthesizers and drum machines, featuring special guests Dream Massage and bassist Eleonore Oppenheim.

Accompanied by the critically-acclaimed pianist Timo Andres, the first half of Mellissa Hughes’ set features a love poem by e. e. cummings set in dark tones by Ted Hearne, poems by Matthea Harvey—who enthusiastically endorses Eric Shanfield’s setting—and extractions from Craigslist posts, set by Gabriel Kahane. The second half of Hughes’ set draws inspiration from a Bashō haiku, set by Jacob Cooper for voice and track, the last words of executed offenders, set by Corey Dargel (also for voice and track), and Royce Vavrek’ s snapshots of a woman’ s sexual life, set by Matt Marks for voice and brass quintet.

Lorna Krier, founding member of Victoire and Love Like Doloreans, surrounds herself with electronics and guest musicians to present her genre-bending Selected Saccharine Songs Without Words. Joining Krier are the other two-thirds of LLD, as well as Stephen Greisgraber and fellow Victoire member Eleonore Oppenheim. Videographer Jon Williams complements the new wave-meets-minimalism songs with real-time editing in a Quartz patching environment.

Concert Details:
WHAT: Must at First Series featuring Mellissa Hughes and Lorna Krier
WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2011, 7:30pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights)
124 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY
2/3 to Clark St.; A/C to High St.; R/4/5 to Borough Hall

About Music at First Series
Music at First is an exciting new concert series that takes place at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights. It features a diverse mix of some of New York City’s best new music ensembles, performers, and composers, accessible to a wide audience of both community members and seasoned new music listeners. Concerts take place monthly at First Presbyterian Church and begin at 7:30pm with a $10 admission.