Date & Time
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
Glass Box Performance Space
The Mannes College of Music
The New School
55 West 13th Street
New York City
The Flute on its Feet with Zara Lawler
A workshop/concert featuring:
Zara Lawler, flute
Paul Fadoul, percussion
Jessica Meyer, composer
Choreography by Neil Parsons and Melissa Riker
Admission: Free to NYFC members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students and seniors (65+) at the door.
Flutist and performing artist, Zara Lawler, has made it her mission to explore and celebrate the interconnectedness of life and the human experience through innovative solo and chamber music performances. Lawler creates and performs programs that integrate music, dance, theater and storytelling raising a new standard of virtuosity for the 21st century. For her New York Flute Club event, Ms. Lawler offers a combination performance and workshop which will reveal the craft behind her signature interdisciplinary style. Opportunities for Club members to take to their feet, move and play will alternate with performances of Lawler's current repertoire.
Guest artists to include percussionist Paul Fadoul; choreographers Neil Parsons and Melissa Riker, and composer Jessica Meyer. Fadoul will perform with Lawler on Dust Jacket: their inventive set of three works which is based on the blurbs inside flaps of books. This will alternate with their tongue-in-cheek take on a modern consumer culture, Hedonic Treadmill. Choreographer Neil Parsons will join Lawler for two works including TimeFrame, their collaboration work based on Berio's Sequenza and Fantasies, a new take on Telemann's classic solo works. Composer Jesssica Meyer and choreographer Melissa Riker will be on hand for a "work-in-progress" showing off their new collaboration, ...the air in between...(The air... and TimeFrame are both part of Ms. Lawler's one-woman show, Like Dancing About Architecture.)
Sound intimidating? Don't be fooled. Lawler's workshops are friendly and inviting and take the fear out of trying something new. In fact, many flute club members have participated in her massed flute events including Sciarrino at the Guggenheim and E Pluribus Flutum in Central Park. This performance/workshop will be of interest to anyone who wants to try moving with the flute, stretch their creativity, and see the flute in a whole new way.
Zara Lawler (www.zaralawler.com) has been a soloist with the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies and was the assistant principal flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. Her work has expanded to include dance, theater and storytelling elements. She has collaborated with the innovative chamber groups Asterisk, Full Fathom and Tales & Scales, a national touring ensemble with which she performed over two-hundred shows a year combining music, theater and dance for children and family audiences. She has also been a contributor in several collaborations with choreographer C. Neil Parsons. Lawler is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Paul Fadoul's (www.paulfadoul.com) career as a performer, composer, and teacher has deep roots in both the concert and marching percussion community. Since 2003, he has performed in the groundbreaking duo, Lawler + Fadoul with flutist Zara Lawler. Mr. Fadoul is also a founding member and principal composer/arranger of Dark by Five, the ensemble-in-residence at Canada's Gros Morne Summer Music Festival in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jessica Meyer (www.jessicameyermusic.com)is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. Meyer's compositions explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques. Recent premiers include performances by the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner.
C. Neil Parsons (www.cneilparsons.com) has been pioneering interdisciplinary performance practices for over 15 years. As a performer, choreographer, director, playwright, composer, teaching artist, and performing coach, Neil possesses the rare ability to approach the creative process from any angle and collaborate effectively with a variety of performing artists.
Melissa Riker (www.kinesisproject.com) is a freelance modern dancer, aerialist, choreographer and the Director of Kinesis Project dance theater. Ms. Riker has created dances for film, theater, operas and circus. Her text work has been commissioned and produced by multiple organizations and residencies. Ms. Riker is a founder of the Movement Salon on 3rd Avenue and 17th Street in NYC and Manhattan Theater Source in the West Village of NYC.