Con Vivo Quartets at JCAST

String Quartet

A homecoming of sorts: four of Con Vivo Music’s most well-known artists, including 3 founding Artistic Board members, come together to play quartets that were foundational in their development as musicians. From Antonin Dvorak’s beloved “American” Quartet to CVM violinist Mazz Swift’s first work for string quartet, “Fast Stone,” with a stop across the Hudson for Philip Glass’ Quartet #2, “Company,” the program will be an autumnal feast for the senses. Held at JCity Realty Gallery, this event is a collaboration with Drawing Rooms as part of the 2016 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour.

Con Vivo Quartets
Sunday, October 9 @ 3:00-4:00pm
JCity Realty Gallery – 109 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City, NJ
FREE, all ages welcome
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CVM is pleased to present this concert in collaboration with Drawing Rooms and JCity Realty as part of JCAST. Our performance will be in JCity Reality’s gallery space among artwork curated by Drawing Rooms.

Music by Dvorak, Glass, and Swift.
Performed by Mazz Swift (violin), Carmel Raz (violin), Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), Julia Biber (cello).

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Image: Mathew Bajoras on Flickr

The Statuary at the Historic Holland St

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CVM joins The Statuary for a special JC Fridays event at the Historic Holland Street! Our string quartet will perform works by Mozart, Haydn, and Joao MacDowell. Come join us for a wonderful FREE evening of music, art, dance and lights.

The Statuary Moves to the Historic Holland Street – FREE
Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm-10:00pm
Historic Holland Street – corner of Bowers St and Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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Schedule – subject to change:
7:30pm Con Vivo String Quartet
8:00pm International Brazilian Opera Company presents Plastic Flowers (Act 2)
8:30pm Con Vivo String Quartet
9:00pm Performance by modern dancer Jordan Marinov to music written and performed by Walter Parks and additional performances w/ special guests Larry Heinemann, Vivian Sessoms and Jagoda

Visual art & lighting by Jeankarlos Cruz

Sponsored by JC Fridays/Art House Productions, Riverview Neighborhood Assocation, Jersey City Independent, Farms in the Heights, Palisade Liquors, and Jennifer & Laurent Lisimachio.

VVPA Summer Sendoff

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CVM had a wonderful time at the Van Vorst Park Association’s Summer Sendoff event! Local jazz musicians Nabuki Takamen and Eldad Tarmu provided the perfect music for the evening. Thanks VVPA for inviting us to be involved!

A Musical Garden: Takemitsu Portrait Concert

Toru Takemitsu

“My music is like a garden, and I am the gardener. Listening to my music can be compared with walking through a garden and experiencing the changes in light, pattern and texture.”
-Toru Takemitsu, from The Guardian’s A guide to Toru Takemitsu’s music

Con Vivo Music is pleased to present a portrait concert of the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Largely self-taught, Takemitsu is know for incorporating philosophy and musical representations of nature is his compositions. Our performance will be framed as a musical garden, with unique staging, lighting, and arrangements of both performer and audience.

An acclaimed composer and theorist, Takemitsu was influenced by a broad range of music from jazz to Debussy and Schoenberg. Takemitsu was a founding member of the Japanese group “Experimental Workshop”, a varied group of avant-garde artists. He was a professor of composition at Yale University and received a range of awards for his music including the Prix Italia, Glenn Gould Prize, membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Takemitsu is also known for his music for films such as Woman in the Dunes and Ran.

FREE, all ages welcome
Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 7pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
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Program
Toru Takemitsu: And Then I Knew t’was Wind
Toru Takemitsu: Distance
Toru Takemitsu: All in Twilight
Toru Takemitsu: Towards the Sea
Toru Takemitsu: Itinerant

Performed by Dan Lippel (guitar), Laura Cocks (flute), Kallie Ciechomski (viola), and Zach Herchen (saxophone).

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Groove on Grove + grand pianos!

Groove on Grove

CVM returns to Groove on Grove for a special grand piano event! We’ve invited the talented pianist Danica Borisavljevic to perform a program of works by composer giants Béla Bartók, Philipp Glass, George Crumb, and more!

FREE
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 6-9pm (CVM at 8pm)
Grove PATH Plaza – 324 Grove Street, Jersey City
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Groove on Grove set list:
6pm – Yukiko Tanaka
7pm – Caberet Sauvignon
8pm – CVM, Danica Borisavljevic
Performing:
Béla Bartók – Romanian dances
Dejan Despić – Nocturno
Philipp Glass: Hours
George Crumb: Makrokosmos 1 (selections)

2016 Cultural Diversity Festival

2016 Cutlural Diversity Festival

We are proud to join JC Families’ 3rd Annual Cultural Diversity Festival! The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community. There will be an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.

Swing by our table and say hi, plus catch CVM director Zach Herchen performing tangos on solo saxophone at 12pm.

FREE
Saturday, July 16 @ 10-2pm
Hamilton Park – 25 West Hamilton Place, Jersey City, NJ
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American Art Song

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Explore the art song through American composers in a program featuring vocalists Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson. The concert will span America’s rich heritage of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.

American Art Song
FREE, all ages welcome
Saturday, July 9 @ 1pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
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Program
Aaron Copland: Selections from Old American Songs I & II
Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me, The Circus Band, The Things Our Fathers Loved, and The New River
Cole Porter: So In Love
George Gershwin: Embraceable You
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers (lyrics by Langston Hughes)
John W. Work This Little Light O’ Mine
Spiritual: Deep River
Henry Thacker Burleigh: Southland Sketches for violin and piano
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue *abridged, arr. by Christopher Cooley
Mazz Swift: Compassion Through LovingKindness Meditation for violin and voice

Performed by Sarah Nelson Craft (mezzo-soprano), Barry L Robinson (baritone), Mazz Swift (violin), and Christopher Cooley (piano).

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Kids Show w/ Toomai String Quintet

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Join us on Mother’s Day for an interactive kids show with The Toomai String Quintet! Toomai will lead an exploration of how improvisation manifests itself in music of different styles, featuring works by Duke Ellington, Cachao, Perapeskaro, and J.S. Bach.

Kids Show with The Toomai String Quintet
Sunday, May 8 @ 2pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
FREE

Toomai has performed in many capacities throughout the United States, with appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd St. Y, Philadelphia Arts Alliance, and for the Miami Civic Music Association, among others. The quintet was a pilot ensemble for Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, and they continue to perform regularly in schools, hospitals, and alternative care facilities throughout New York City. In addition, the Toomai String Quintet has brought its array of educational programs to students in California, Florida, and across the Northeast, and has presented interactive concerts in collaboration with organizations such as California Institute of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

CVM Presents: RAHA Duo

RAHA Duo

CVM founder Amelia Hollander Ames returns for the Jersey City debut of her group RAHA Duo (violist Amelia Hollander Ames and pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni). RAHA will present a wide-ranging program of music by Ginastera, Schumann, and Shostakovich, as well as NYC-based composer Daniel Felsenfeld ​(his “Hooked to the Silver Screen,” based on David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”) ​and Miami-based composer Lansing McLoskey​ (“Wild Bells”)​.

The RAHA Duo is violist Amelia Hollander Ames and pianist Elaine Rombola Aveni. The two met at New England Conservatory, where they collaborated for Amelia’s graduate recital. Flash forward a decade or so: after Amelia returned to Boston, they reunited to play ​a show at Cambridge’s Lilypad Gallery. The show was praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “definitely a quality offering” filled with “poised and accomplished playing.” Now Elaine and Amelia are delighted to bring their program of 20th and 21st century music (along with Robert Schumann’s romantic and whimsical “Fairy Tale Pictures” as a palate cleanser) to Amelia’s hometown of Jersey City, NJ.

CVM Presents: RAHA Duo
Sunday, April 17 @ 5pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church – 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ
Free, $15 suggested donation
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Program:
Albert Ginasterao – Suite de Danzas Criolles, Opus 15
Daniel Felsenfeld – Hooked to the Silver Screen
Lansing McLoskey – Wild Bells
Robert Schumann – Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures)
Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Viola and Piano

Amelia Hollander Ames, viola
Elaine Rombola Aveni, piano