PULSOPTIONAL PRESENTS puls::plus
- March 2, 2:00 PM: Composition Student Readings, Campus Auditorium
- March 3, 7:30 PM, Concert, Campus Auditorium
- March 9, 7:30 PM, Concert, Concert Hall
- March 10, 10:00 AM: Composition Student Readings
- March 10, 8:00 PM: Concert
In their first NYC appearance in 4 years, the band of composers, pulsoptional will present puls::plus on Sat., March 10th at 8:00pm in the DiMenna Center’s lovely Mary Flagler Cary Hall located in midtown Manhattan at 450 West 37th St. (corner of 37th and 10th avenue) easily accessible from Penn station.
puls::plus extends pulsoptional’s commitment to exploring the boundaries around the conventional concert experience. Integrating music, film and interactive video in live performance, and bringing together work by pulsoptional’s composer/performers with contributions by others, puls::plus should prove to be a unique and rewarding
The concert highlights music from nearly a decade of pulsoptional’s activity, from early pieces that have not been publicly performed in several years to recent works currently in preparation for their next recorded release.
In addition to these staples of the group’s repertoire, puls::plus features two premieres: Sidney Boquiren’s ritualistic soundtrack for Cuttlefish by filmmaker Jane Pickett; and a collective arrangement of O Superman (for Massenet), Laurie Anderson’s enduring 1981 classic.
†What Hath God Wrought (post-minimal morse code-2003)
Film by Eric Souther
†Kid Sparkle and the Parliament Prince (the organized disorder of playful chamber funk-2003)
*O Superman (for Massenet) (1981)
arr. John Mayrose and marc faris (2011)
‡Bell Chimes and Drums (candle light tintinnabulation and free improv drum drones-2009)
‡Fastest Land Animal for Short Distances (jungle breakbeats for chamber ensemble-2008)
Film by Jane Pickett
‡Smile and Nod Knowingly (math-rock sensibility/drum and bass aesthetic all in a whirlwind-2008)
‡Tapout (digital delay lines for live players-2009)
†What Chaos Received Bounds (Lightning Bolt meets Zs-2004/2007)
* world premiere † from debut release available here ‡ from upcoming release
pulsoptional, the band of composers, is internationally renowned for its engaging, adventurous, high-energy performances. With a hybrid rock-classical instrumentation, an aesthetic that transcends genre and resists easy classification, and a reputation for daring but polished programming, this collective of composer/performers has cultivated a broad and enthusiastic audience of listeners attracted to innovative yet accessible new art.
pulsoptional has offered performance and composition residencies at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Adelphi University, Greensboro College, Tufts University, Lawrence University, East Carolina University, Indiana University South Bend and Duke University. Hailed by Trianglerock.com as “one of the best local releases of 2007, regardless of genre,” pulsoptional’s debut self-titled CD has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds hosted by John Schaefer. The group has received grants and awards from The Independent Weekly, The Alliance for Improvised Music, The American Music Center’s Henry Cowell Performance Incentive, The Durham Arts Council, The North Carolina Arts Council, The Duke University Department of Theater Studies and The Duke Institute of the Arts.