Convergence: Series A (World Premiere)

Friday, April 30, 2021

Time
7:30 PM
Presented By
Night Flight Music Live
Event Type
Performances
Genre
Cross-Genre
Event Contact
Neil Alexander
Contact Email
Description

X Ensemble and Night FLight Music Live presents “Convergence: Series A", a World Premiere of new contemporary chamber music by composer and Newburgh resident Neil Alexander on Friday April 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm. After a pandemic related delay of the premier, originally scheduled for June 2020, the concert is going forward with a new venue secured and the decision to forgo a live audience. The live-streamed event, viewable on several websites including nightflightmusiclive.com, will remain viewable post performance.

Spanning 5 movements, “Convergence: Series A” features strings, winds, synthesizer and percussion, and explores a myriad of styles, genres and textures. The music draws on influences from 20th Century Americana, Minimalism, Jazz, Ambient music, Folk, Brazilian rhythms and electronica. Composer Neil Alexander calls this his “most ambitious work to date”. Convergence: Series A also contains a subtext examining a small community within context of a larger urban setting. Drawn from Alexander’s own experiences living in Newburgh, NY, themes explored are daily images of community, including meals, family, work and celebrations. 

Started by Neil Alexander in 2015, X Ensemble is a chamber music group of flexible instrumentation, reconfiguring for different programs. For this performance the group includes 3 strings, 5 winds, keyboards and 2 percussionists. The musicians for this performance are: 

Fung Chern Hwei (Violin); Daniel Blair-Frankhuizen (Cello); Peter Brendler (Contrabass); Brad Hubbard (Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet); Steven Frieder (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet); Todd Isler (drum set, hand percussion); Angel Michael Lau (percussion) and Neil Alexander (Piano, loops, Synthesizers).

Alexander makes full use of the broad instrumentation, from full ensemble to tender solo, duet and trio passages, all enhanced by a multitude of percussion including hand drums, drum kit, bells, shakers and gongs. 

Pianist and Composer Neil Alexander, born in New York City, relocated with his family to Newburgh in 1999. His career spans 40 years of local and multinational tours, both solo and with various artists, at diverse venues including renowned concert halls and museums.

“Convergence: Series A” premiers on “Night Flight Music Live”, a streaming series started by Alexander and fellow Newburgh resident, saxophonist Eric Person, to address a live music void and profound consequences for performing arts and supportive facilities caused by the pandemic. The Wherehouse restaurant at 119 Liberty St, Newburgh, NY generously supports production of “Night Flight Music Live.”  The X Ensemble concert will stream live from Cassandra Studios in Beacon NY to internet outlets including X Ensemble Facebook page, and Neil Alexander’s and Night Flight Music Live’s YouTube channels. Safe Harbors Green in Newburgh, NY (the canceled June 2020 performance location) will present X Ensemble performing “Convergence: Series A”, July 11, 2021 (rain date July 18). A recording of the April performance will release later this year. Information available at the following websites:

X Ensemble - www.xensemble.org;

Facebook - www.facebook.com/xensemble

Neil Alexander - www.nailmusic.com

Night Flight Music Live - www.nightflightmusiclive.com

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.


Ensemble Name
X Ensemble
Musicians
Fung Chern Hwei (Violin); Daniel Blair-Frankhuizen (Cello); Peter Brendler (Contrabass); Brad Hubbard (Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet); Steven Frieder (Alto Saxophone, Clarinet); Todd Isler (drum set, hand percussion); Angel Michael Lau (percussion) and Neil Alexander (Piano, loops, Synthesizers).
Composers
Neil Alexander
Program

Convergence: Series A (World Premiere)

Movement 1: "Exposition"

Movement 2: "A Day in the Life"

Movement 3: "The Dream"

Movement 4: "The Dance"

Movement 5: "Finale"


Venue
Night Flight Music Live (Online Series)
Location
Beacon, NY