photo: Rogelio Nobara

> Past concerts: 2014/15 Season

“nail-biting focus” – Bruce Hodges, Music Web International

2015/16 Season

August 28, 7:30pm: Argento Chamber Ensemble on Southern Exposure
USC School of Music Recital Hall
Columbia, SC

The Argento Chamber Ensemble performs Michel Galante’s chamber reduction of Mahler’s Symphony no. 10 and music by Jesse Jones, Tristan Murail, Debussy and Bartok.

September 13, 7pm: Matt Lavelle's The 12 Houses CD Release
Shapeshifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

7pm set: Sumari (Jack DeSalvo, Tom Cabrera and Matt Lavelle Trio)
8pm: The 12 Houses “Solidarity” CD Release (with Matt Lavelle, Art Baron, Jack DeSalvo, Ras Miguel, Francois Grillot, John Pietaro, Claire De Brunner, Anaïs Maviel, Brafmatic, Charles Waters, Mary Cherney, Lee Odom, Gil Selinger, Chris Forbes, Ryan Sawyer, Tom Cabrera and me)

Admission: $10 for both sets

September 18, 7pm: Moving Sounds Festival
With the Argento Chamber Ensemble
Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73 Street, New York

Tristan Murail:
C’est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une source scellée, une fontaine close…
(1976) for solo viola
Les ruines circulaires (1998) for violin and clarinet
Feuilles à travers les cloches (1998) for flute, violin, cello and piano
Giacinto Scelsi: Anahit with violin soloist David Fulmer
Georg Friedrich Haas: Introduktion und Transsonation US Premiere

Admission free, reservation required

September 19, 5pm: Light into Night, A Benefit for the Omi International Arts Center
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

I am honored to be a part of this event, bringing together visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers for a rare and exclusive evening of installations, performances and delicious locally sourced food against the striking backdrop of the Omi Studio Barns on the autumn equinox in idyllic Ghent, New York. I will be performing in the silo with fellow Omi alumni Michael Evans and James Lewis during the 5pm cocktail hour. The event helps support Omi’s wonderful residency programs for creative musicians, dancers, writers and visual artists from all over the world. So please come see Omi for yourself on September 19 and support this worthy cause by ordering your ticket here.

September 30 - October 4: Momenta Festival at Tenri
Four nights – each one curated by a different member of Momenta
All concerts take place at 8pm

The Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
43A West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

September 30: Americana
Curator: Adda Kridler; Guest violinist: Greg Fulkerson
Philip Glass’ Music in Similar Motion and music by Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman, Charles Ives, D.J. Sparr and Dan Visconti

October 1: The Concert from Hell
Curator: Emilie-Anne Gendron; Guest pianist: Gil Kalish
George Crumb’s Black Angels and music by Eugène Ysaÿe, Julián Carrillo, Philip Glass and Charles Ives

October 3: Memory Palace
Curator: Michael Haas; Guest cellist: Marcy Rosen
Music spanning five centuries by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Luigi Boccherini, Claude Debussy, George Crumb and Michael Small

October 4: All Blade
Curator: Stephanie Griffin; Guest artists: Wilfrido Terrazas (flutist/composer) and Gordon Beeferman (pianist/composer)
Arthur Kampela’s Uma Faca Só Lâmina (‘A Knife All Blade’), a posthumous world premiere by jazz legend Yusef Lateef, and three premieres by Wilfrido Terrazas, Borey Shin and Gordon Beeferman (commissioned by Peter Pohly)

Each night will have its own special custom beer created for the occasion by Sam Burlingame of BrewHeister!

Admission: $15 for a single concert, $50 for the full festival pass
Tickets and passes will be available at the door half an hour before the show, but we recommend making an online reservation ahead of time on Brown Paper Tickets.

October 2, 8pm: Soup and Sound with Wilfrido Terrazas, Peter Zummo, Chuck Ver Straeten and Andrew Drury
292 Lefferts Ave (b/n Rogers & Nostrand)
Brooklyn, NY 11225 (2 or 5 train to Sterling Street)

$20 suggested donation
RSVP:  917.828.4951

Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear Mexican flutist and improvising monster Wilfrido Terrazas, who will be in New York City for only a few days. On this unique concert series at Andrew Drury’s home, he and I will be joined by the uniquely creative scat singer from Albany, Chuck Ver Straeten, and New York veteran and superstar improvisers Peter Zummo (trombone) and Andrew Drury (drums).In addition to fresh music made right before your very ears, there will be Andrew Drury’s celebrated homemade soup!

October 11, 7pm: Ursel Schlicht and Friends at Whynot Jazz Room
14 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
Cover Charge: $10

Ursel Schlicht – Fender Rhodes
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Catherine Sikora – soprano and tenor sax
Francois Grillot – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

Pianist Ursel Schlicht has united four outstanding musicians she has long-standing relationships with for a night of exciting and varied improvisations in small and larger formats. Stylistically, the music reflects the variety of areas the musicians are traveling in from jazz to chamber music, moments of folklore or post minimalism, and free improvisation. Expect sudden changes and surprises!

Ursel Schlicht currently lives in Germany and is in New York for a week of performances and workshops.  This is her last performance during this trip – do not miss it.

October 12, 7:30pm: Eric Nathan CD Release at (Le) Poisson Rouge
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St.

The Momenta Quartet joins Samuel Rhodes, Peggy Pearson, Mei Rui, Laura Weiner and Hugo Moreno in a celebration of music from Eric Nathan’s debut album Multitude, Solitude.

October 18, 7pm: Eric Nathan CD Release in Boston
St. Paul’s Church
15 St. Paul Street
Brookline, MA

The Momenta Quartet joins Samuel Rhodes, Peggy Pearson and Mei Rui in a celebration of music from Eric Nathan’s debut album Multitude, Solitude.

October 23, 12 noon: Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico

Homage to Julián Carrillo
The Momenta Quartet gives the world premiere of Julián Carrillo’s String Quartets numbers 6 and 13, alongside music by Arthur Kampela and Charles Ives

Salón del Consejo Universitario
Lascurain de Retana 5 Centro Guanajuato

October 24, 8pm: Momenta Quartet at Bucareli 69, Mexico City
Tonality in Crisis
Music by Julián Carrillo, Arthur Kampela and Charles Ives

Bucareli 69
Mexico, D.F.
Admission: $100 (pesos)

November 22, 7pm: The Tri-Centric Orchestra at Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Admission: $25/$20 at the door ($20/$15 in advance)

World premieres for creative orchestra by Michael Attias, Dan Blake, Joseph Daley and Jessica Pavone.

November 27, 8 and 10pm: Steve Swell 60th Birthday Celebration at The Stone
The Stone
Corner of Avenue C and East 2nd Street, NYC
Admission: $15 per set

The Nation of We with Embedded String Quartet:
Steve Swell, trombone/compositions; violins: Jason Hwang, Rosi Hertlein, Sarah Bernstein; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Jake Sokolov Gonzalez, cello; Darius Jones/Chris Pitsiokos, alto sax; Dave Sewelson, baritone sax; Lewis Barnes/Matt Lavelle, trumpet; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Joe Daley, tuba; Todd Nicholson, bass; Chad Taylor, drums

December 6, 4:30pm: Schubert's Trout Quintet at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study
Wolfensohn Hall
The Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540

Members of the Momenta Quartet will join pianist Molly Morkoski and bassist Tony Flynt in Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet and Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C Minor

February 7, 3pm: Las Américas en Concierto
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Admission: $15 (tickets are sold at the door)

Music by Alba Potes, Elizabeth Brown, Carlos Francisco Johns-Dávila, Juan Camilo Hernández Sanchez, César Ivan Potes, Ursula Mamlok, Julián Carrillo and Manuel Ponce.

February 12, 7:30pm: Daniel Goode's 80th Birthday Concert
The Cell
338 W. 23rd Street

Tickets: $20

We will be giving the world premiere of his clarinet quintet with the inimitable Moran Katz, and joining in on a larger ensemble piece Tunnel Funnel (1988), which Kyle Gann called “The Tune of the Decade.”

February 21, 2pm: Julián Carrillo Project at Cornell University
Barnes Recital Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Free Admission

As part of its ongoing project with musicologist Alejandro Madrid, the Momenta Quartet will give the US premieres of Julián Carrillo’s String Quartets numbers 4, 6 and 13.

February 23, 7pm: Julián Carrillo Project at the Americas Society, NYC
Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
NY, NY 10065

As part of its ongoing project with musicologist Alejandro Madrid, the Momenta Quartet will give the New York premieres of Julián Carrillo’s String Quartets numbers 4, 6 and 13.

February 24, 7:30pm: St. Urban Salon Series
This St. Urban salon concert explores the Kreutzer Sonata through the music of Beethoven and Janacek and the writing of Tolstoy. Named after the signature Beaux-Arts building on Central Park where the salons take place, St. Urban expands the chamber music experience, inviting audience to engage in dialogue with artists, to share in innovative programs juxtaposing eras and cultures, and to explore musical ideas and their inspirations.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”
with Emilie-Anne Gendron, violon; Lenore Davis, piano
Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Reading from Leo Tolstoy’s short story “The Kreutzer Sonata.”

Tickets and more information will be available at

March 1, 8pm: Amphibian Series: New Music/Visual Music/Improv
The Hi Art! Studio
227 West 29th Street, Studio 4R
New York, NY 10001
Admission: $15/$10

Three Concerts In One!
MUSIC: Elliott Carter’s GRA, Vicente Alexim’s SHADOWS, STAINS, TRAILS

ANIMATION: The four LICHTSPIEL films of Walter Ruttmann (1921-25) scored by Hans Eisler, Max Bunting, and Anthony Ciesielka; Dennis Miller’s VARIATIONS IN BLACK AND WHITE, and Matthew Greenbaum’s LINE STUDY

IMPROV: original compositions involving improvisation by Stephanie Griffin, Hilliard Greene, and Thomas Heberer

AND François Couperin: Les Goûts réunis: Treizième Concert

Vicente Alexim, clarinet
Thomas Heberer, cornet
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Hilliard Greene, double bass
Matthew Greenbaum, recorder

March 10, 8pm: Alvin Singleton's 75th Birthday Concert at Roulette
Interpretations Series
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Admission: $20, $15 for students, seniors and Roulette members

Featuring the US Premiere of “Argoru IV”, a virtuosic work for solo viola, performed by Stephanie Griffin, and two works for string quartet, “Somehow We Can” and “Secret Desire to Be Black”, performed by the Momenta Quartet, as well as three of Singleton’s works for solo piano: “Baked In The Cake”, “Argoru I”, & “In My Own Skin”, performed by pianist Joseph Kubera, and “Be Natural”, for three string players, with Stephanie Griffin, Meaghan Burke, and James Ilgenfritz.

March 11-17: ECCE Residency at Tulane University
Concerts: March 14, 15 and 16, 8pm
Dixon Concert Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans

Female Composer Portraits
Music by Erin Gee, Yu-Hui Chang, Isabel Mundry and Chaya Czernowin
ECCE Ensemble with Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, voice, and Jean-Philippe Wurtz, conductor

March 31, 8pm: World Premiere of my Poem from Exile for seven violas
Flexible Orchestra: “Violas Plus 2”
Ukrainian Restaurant
140 2nd Avenue at E. 9th St
New York, NY

Tickets: $20 (at the door)

Also featuring world premieres by Daniel Goode, Philip Corner, Dean Rosenthal and Gayle Young.