WNYC is currently streaming an in-studio performance with Missy Mazzoli and Victoire, who recently performed at LPR.
Missy Mazzoli, the composer, keyboardist, bandleader and curator from Brooklyn, N.Y., is at the center of a group of emergent musicians who are classically trained, but who've also had experience working in rock bands. Mazzoli plays keyboards (note that I didn't say "piano" -- her keyboards tend to be electronic) and leads an all-female quintet called Victoire. Violin, clarinet, bass and two electronic keyboards add up to a sound that exists somewhere between chamber music and the vaguely defined, mostly instrumental "post-rock" scene. Some of her works include taped sounds of voices, machinery and the like, and her approach to tonality is refreshingly strange.
Head over here to listen to their performance and read the rest.
Missy Mazzoli is also the director of the MATA Festival, which begins tonight with a free event, MATA Sound Works with Matthew Wright, in The Gallery at LPR. We've seen them setting up all day, and it looks awesome. You should come by and check it out.
The MATA Festival runs through Thursday and will feature performances by Calder String Quartet, Lisa Moore, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and L'Arsenale. Head over here to see details on all of the events and purchase tickets!