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The Rhythm Method - Broad Statements

Curated by contemporary feminist string quartet The Rhythm Method, Broad Statements is a celebration of female creativity spanning a wide variety of musical styles, from Venezuelan/Seattleian folk-punk of Yva Las Vegass to psychedelic cowboy soul, from contemporary experimental string quartet music to Carnatic vocal music-influenced free jazz. The event, hosted at The Cell Theatre in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, will consist of six 20-30 minute sets of music with short breaks in between. Between sets, we encourage you to mingle and meet the artists! Drinks and snacks will be available at the bar. 
This event has been made possible through the generous support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Creative Engagement Grant fund. 

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About the performers:

Praised for their uncompromising and unreserved . . . intense, and sensuously gestural performances (, The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary context. Since their founding in 2014, the group has given soulful, spirited performances in New York, Vienna, Paris, and Lucerne, and tackled works ranging from classics by Ligeti and Webern to newer works/premieres by Tonia Ko, Dai Fujikura, Andrew Norman, John Zorn, and other living composers, including members of the ensemble. Through a mixture of thoughtful programming, captivating performances, and collaborations with sound artists, visual artists, and songwriters as well as composers, they present concert experiences that engage and challenge their audiences. 

Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the performance of creative music, from free improvisation and jazz, to experimental bands and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator and ensemble member in groups including Charlie Lookers Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson's Code Girl, Pat Spadine's Ashcan Orchestra and Darius Jones Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Ava Mendoza, Trevor Dunn and many innovators in the New York scene. She has premiered works by composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, William Parker, Robert Ashley, Ben Vida, Oliver Lake and Lea Bertucci. Amirtha leads her own quartet Elder Ones, whose debut album Holy Science was released on Northern Spy Records in 2016. 

Yva las Vegass is a Venezuelan born singer who grew up in the NW taking part in the awful grunge scene of the 1990's, who nevertheless, always has celebrated her roots and continues to cultivate her knowlege of the traditional Venezuelan music of her of  her childhood. Yva Las Vegass weaves magic with her presence, her playing and especially her voice. her album " I was born in a place of sunshine and the smell of ripe mangoes"infuses Venezuelan folk traditions with a punk aesthetic. Currently living in Ridgewood NY with her dog Moonie and her cat Damiana.

Charlotte Mundy is a soprano with an adventurous streak, praised as "mesmerizing" by the New York Times. Her recent performances include David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion at the Metropolitan Museum, Howard Fishman's A Star Has Burnt My Eye in the BAM Next Wave Festival and world premieres by Marina Kifferstein, Erin Gee and Ms. Mundy on the Resonant Bodies Festival. She has given criticaly acclaimed performances of many of 20th century's groundbreaking works for the female voice, including Pierrot Lunaire, Le Marteau sans Maître and Morton Feldman's Three Voices.  Mundy "slays the thorniest material like it's nothing" (WQXR) regularly with TAK Ensemble.  

With a heart - stopping voice & wide - ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn't afraid of bass. Her debut LP 222 -- an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia -- was released on Northern Spy Records in 2015 to critical acclaim. Alongside her partner, sound artist and producer Jack Inslee, Odetta continues to explore the sonic vernacular created by their uncanny collaboration: badass banjos, detuned violins, field recordings, superstitious soundscapes, and vocal stylings ranging from sensual to spooky. Odetta's new album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, is set to be released on Northern Spy Records in early 2018. 

Tickets: $25 general/ $20 student at the door and  $20/$15 in advance at the following link:

Earlier Event: September 30
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Later Event: October 6
Hotel Elefant