Deep Listening: Contemporary Composers of the New York Scene

Tuesdays September 20, 2022 & October 25, 2022 @ 2:30-4:00 PM

Room 303, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)

455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 212-340-0863

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What’s that sound? Music possesses a unique ability to stir our emotions, call forth memories, or even transport us to another realm of being. Explore fascinating and far-reaching associations in music. Appreciate the rich web of meaning that lies below the surface of the music with award-winning composers Haralabos Stafylakis and Itzá Garcia. Open to all levels of interest and expertise. This event series at NYPL is co-sponsored by Guttman Community College and the CUNY Humanities Alliance. Intended for adults 18+ years old. Events are subject to change or cancellation.

This event series is organized by CUNY Humanities Alliance Fellow and pianist Greg Hartmann. Greg is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. An accomplished performer, his doctoral dissertation focuses on the relationship between music performance and music theory, with a particular emphasis on Schenkerian analysis, rhythm and meter, and phrase-level form.

Haralabos [Harry] Stafylakis wears a gray blazer over a blue collared dress shirt, hands in pockets, head turned to the side, looking directly in the camera, in front of a subway station with city lights blurry in the backgroundAward winning composer Haralabos [Harry] Stafylakis, has a unique conception of musical temporality and rhythm, infusing his compositions with a characteristic vitality and drive that “favors doomsday chords and jackhammer rhythms” (The New Yorker). “Dreamy yet rhythmic” (NY Times), with a “terrible luminosity” and “ferociously expressive” (Times Colonist), his concert compositions are classical works that incorporate elements of progressive metal and traditional Greek music.

Composer Itza Garcia looks directly into the camera. She wears a black top with long sleeves but off both shoulders, with pink flowers printed on it. She smiles and has long black hair. She stands in front of a dark-brown background with 4 white dots in a line at head-level.

Itzá García’s music has been performed by ensembles such as the Pink Noise Ensemble, the UANL Symphony Orchestra, the UANL Chamber Orchestra, and the UV Orchestra of Popular Music. She has received prizes and distinctions such as the Composer’s Center of Nuevo Leon Fellowship 2016-2017, the first prize of the “Universidad Veracruzana composition competition 2019”, the CONACYT Grant for Graduate Studies in Mexico 2018-2020, and the 2021 Early Provost’s Research Grant of the City University of New York, Graduate Center.