Jun 16, 12:00am
Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West Street #103
This program dives into the hope and discomfort of dreams, the moments when we let go and imagine a thing wouldn’t name when we’re awake. When we started thinking about this program, we began with Houtaf Khoury’s “Apres un reve” (2008), a modern nightmare reacting to the terror of relentless war in the Middle East: a dream of hope amidst the fatigue of fear. Hasan Ucarsu’s “…the city of anachronistic nostalgia, Istanbul…” (2003) celebrates his and Derin’s hometown of Istanbul, a city rich in contradictions and layers. Our adaptation of Claude Debussy’s “Bilitis”, a collection of 12 sensual poems attributed to Sappho, dreams of desire. Finally, Michael Fiday’s “Nine Haiku” (2007) is one of our favorite pieces to perform and sets works by 8th century poet Basho with flashes of powerful images, dreams that come into focus for only a moment before they vanish.
Raised in Austin, TX, flutist Alice Jones is known for giving performances that are “lively” (New York Times), “superb” (Carole Farley, soprano), and “delicate and passionate with beautiful articulation and dynamics” (Eleanor Cory, composer). Mario Davidovsky described her as “the flute player who could really play” and Fanfare Magazine called her 2017 album with Ensemble 365 “pretty much faultless.” She has been a featured soloist and chamber musician at the Composers Now Festival at Symphony Space in New York City (2010 and 2011), the Yale-China Music Exchange in China (2007 and 2008), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (2010), and Chamber Music Campania in Italy and Sarasota, FL (2013-2016). Alice graduated from Yale University (BA), SUNY Purchase (MM, AD), and the CUNY Graduate Center (DMA, 2015). In addition to coordinating institutional giving and curating the chamber series Parlour Room Sessions at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at CUNY Queensborough Community College, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, and SUNY Purchase College, and she teaches flute in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. When she’s not musicking, she’s likely walking her dog or making ice cream.
Born in Istanbul and residing in Brooklyn, Derin Öge brings a worldly and eclectic view to the music that she plays. With a classical and contemporary training, she is at home on the concert stage and in the club. Derin was trained at Mimar Sinan University, and holds a masters degree from Purchase Conservatory under the tutelage of Paul Ostrovsky, where she later served on piano faculty. She has played extensively with Piano Music Trio, a chamber ensemble that performs arrangements of Impressionist and Romantic songs for trumpet, piano, and cello. Derin is also a founding member of Occasional Noise Trio with William Lang, trombone and Cesare Papetti, percussion. She has played internationally and locally at such venues as Cornelia Street Café, Mozarteum University, Peter de Grote Festival, The Stone, Flushing Town Hall, 92nd street Y, Carnegie Hall, Barbes, the Roerich Museum, and Symphony Space among others. Her performance of Mozart’s Sonata in B flat Major has been recorded for the European Broadcast Union. Derin’s recent recordings are distributed by System Dialing Records.
Christiana Cole moved from Austin, Texas to New York to study opera at the Manhattan School of Music. But while she was in school, Christiana began sneaking into composition classes, and convinced the registrar to let her cross-register at Columbia University, where she studied creative writing. Christiana studied composition with Dr. Mark Stambaugh and Christopher Cerrone. Christiana is a classically-trained opera singer who learned how to belt, and has performed at venues all across New York. The New York Times called her “top-notch,” and she has performed at the York Theatre, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, 54 Below, Musical Theatre Factory, the Queens Theatre, The Labyrinth Theatre Company, the O’Neill Theatre Center, with the Transport Group, and she cantors four Catholic Masses a week at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (plus all the weddings and funerals). She was recently seen as Big Alison in Fun Home at TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR). She can currently be seen as one of Tony-winner Joanna Gleason’s three backup singers in her cabaret show “Out of the Eclipse.” Christiana has taught voice lessons for over a decade. In addition to her private studio, Christiana has been a guest lecturer on performance and public speaking at Columbia University and on the private voice faculty at the New York Film Academy Musical Theater Conservatory. Christiana’s Christmas album “A Cozy Christmas with Christiana Cole” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major streaming platforms. She has a chihuahua/dachshund mix (aka “chiweenie”) named Millie and a husband named Aaron Phillips.Categories