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The Pierrot Project

Alejandro Acierto, clarinets/ Nicole Camacho, Flutes/ Joshua Modney, vln + vla./ Anne Rainwater, piano/ Mariel Roberts, cello/ Megan Schubert, Soprano

To detangle, re-tangle and rediscover Pierrot, Jay Rattman and his jazz combo will take their own direction with the work.

Megan Schubert, voice

Megan Schubert’s most cherished classical music experiences have involved living composers.  A collaborator with over 40 premieres to her credit, she is a devoted ambassador of new and experimental music. Versatile and sensitive to style and context, she has been heard singing everything from jazz standards to Webern to solo works of Meredith Monk.  Schubert has shared the stage at Zankel Hall and Merkin Hall with such luminaries as Meredith Monk and the Bang on a Can All Stars, and Schubert’s recent solo show at John Zorn’s venue The Stone was listed as “Critic’s Pick” in Time Out New York Magazine.  Schubert has been heard singing Stockhausen in Sakura Park; world premieres at Carnegie Hall; with ENSEMBLE ROBOT while locked inside a Van de Graaff Generator at Boston’s Museum of Science; on a bike flying by the audience for the doppler effect in an installation piece at McCarren Park Pool; with up and coming experimental jazz composers at the Brooklyn Lyceum; and with many New York-based ensembles championing music of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Schubert holds degrees from Bennington College and Manhattan School of Music.

Nicole Camacho, flute

Known for her vibrant performances of contemporary works, Nicole Camacho has dedicated her time as a soloist and chamber musician to working with living composers such as Andy Akiho, Charles Griffin, Dillon Kondor, Stan Link, Ronen Shai, David Utzinger, and Ashely Wang.   Her inspiration for doing such is to participate in expressing the new ideas of composers whose thoughts are reflective of our evolving society.  This experience with composers is constantly evolving for Ms. Camacho, especially in her joining with “The Kjersti Kveli Group” led by singer/ songwriter Kjersti Kveli and the band “Mutha Wit” led by singer/ songwriter Boston Fielder.  Pulling dance, the sister art form of music, into a big part of her work Ms. Camacho is an avid improviser for dancers and has collaborated with choreographers Stormy Brandenburg, Nancy Allison, Megan Shaw, Pearl Marasigan, and Rebecca Miller.  Ms. Camacho was a part of the first class to graduate with a Masters in the new degree program of Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in Spring of 2009 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University.

Alejandro Acierto, clarinet

Born and raised in Chicago, clarinetist, composer, improviser, and educator Alejandro T. Acierto has performed extensively in the USA and toured Europe as a chamber and orchestral musician. He began his musical studies at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and received his BM in clarinet performance and composition with a minor in Asian American Studies from DePaul University. While there, he studied with clarinetists John B. Yeh, Julie DeRoche, Wagner Campos and composers Kurt Westerberg and Juan Campoverde. Currently, Alejandro studies with David Krakauer and is working towards a Master’s Degree in the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

In addition to his studies, Alejandro performs regularly with the ai ensemble, Loadbang, ensemble dal niente, Opera Cabal, TACTUS, ThingNY, and improvising groups Preclear and STEREO. He has performed as a guest with the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Low Firm, and Yes A World and has worked alongside sopranos Tony Arnold and Lucy Shelton. He has also performed in several festivals such as the International Ensemble Modern Academy Festival and the Sonic Impact Festival in Chicago.

Committed to performing new works by young emerging composers, Alejandro has worked with several composers and given numerous local and world premieres to date. He has worked with composers Jason Eckart, Lee Hyla, Liza Lim, Johannes Maria Staud, Martin Matalon and Kirsten Broberg along with several other young, emerging composers whose pieces he has premiered. He was recently a winner in the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music competition and was also awarded the Sidney and Mary Kleinman Prize in Composition in 2007 for his work “strangers in our own land.”

Anne Rainwater, piano

Originally from San Francisco, pianist Anne Rainwater is multi-talented artist known for compelling and committed interpretations of music from Bach and Stockhausen. She holds a passion for chamber music and is currently an active freelance musician and teacher in the New York area. Highlights of 2008/2009 included a world premiere concerto appearance at the University of California, San Diego, a radio appearance on KZYX’s “The Mind of the Composer,” and recital appearances with the Mendocino Music Festival and the Nevada County Composers Cooperative. The 2009/2010 season includes performances as Le Poisson Rouge and the Rose Studio, as well as numerous commissioning projects for her piano-percussion duo futureCities with Jude Traxler.  Past collaborations have included work with such artists and composers as David Cossin, Ted Atkatz, and David Lang. Anne trained at the Oberlin Conservatory, University of Miami, and the Manhattan School of Music, where she is completing a masters in contemporary piano performance. She has also participated in internationally renowned festivals such as the Bang On A Can Festival and the Aspen Music Festival, and her teachers have included Alvin Chow, Joseph Kalichstein, Tony de Mare, and Christopher Oldfather.  When not at the piano, Anne can be found playing with her cat, Henry, training for her first marathon, or experimenting with things other than music, usually in the kitchen.

Joshua Modney, violin + viola

Joshua Modney has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member throughout the United States and Europe.  He has appeared at venues in New York City including Zankel Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, The Kitchen, Merkin Hall, The Stone, Le Poisson Rouge, Tenri Cultural Institute, and Roulette.  In a recent performance of Alban Berg’s Kammerkonzert for violin, piano, and wind ensemble, the New York Times lauded,  “Joshua Modney, the violin soloist, was superb.” Joshua was a fellow at the 2009 Lucerne Festival Academy under the direction of Pierre Boulez in Lucerne, Switzerland, and recently returned to Europe on tour as ensemble member and soloist with the Talea Ensemble.  In addition to MIVOS quartet, Joshua performs with Wet Ink Ensemble, Columbia Composers, Signal Ensemble, and You Can Just Park Right Here.  As a specialist of contemporary music, Joshua has had many compositions dedicated to him, including several unaccompanied works a concerto by Robert Pierzak.  Joshua was a member of the first class to graduate from the Masters Degree in Contemporary Violin Performance at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Curtis Macomber.  Joshua holds a B.M. from Ithaca College, where he studied with Susan Waterbury.

Mariel Roberts, cello

Originally from Denver, CO, Mariel Roberts is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Fred Sherry. Mariel graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music, where she was a regular performer in the Musica Nova ensemble and the Ossia new music ensemble.

At Eastman Mariel was also the recepient of a Professional Studies Grant, which she used to commission a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics. She continues to work hard championing the music of living composers, and has premiered numerous works by both young and seasoned composers. Mariel is currently in the process of commissioning several more works for cello solo or cello and mixed ensemble. In addition to her love of contemporary classical music, Mariel has also remained a devoted student of ethnomusicology, and has played and performed with many diverse ensembles including Balinese Gamelan, Zimbabwean mbira ensemble, a Mariachi band, a Celtic Fiddle group, and several Jazz groups.

In 2008 Mariel was a participant in the Bang on a Can Summer Festival held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and in September of the same year was a featured player with the Eastman BroadBand Ensemble at the Chihuahua International Music Festival.  This past summer she attended the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO.  Recent projects in the New York area include appearances with the New York Chamber Players, TACTUS ensemble, and a recording project with SIGNAL ensemble for New Amsterdam Records.

Jay Rattman, saxophone

Jay Rattman, 22, from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania maintains an active schedule as a freelance woodwind artist and creative musician in and around New York City.

At an early age he was mentored by saxophone greats Phil Woods and David Liebman. He received a bachelor’s degree in alto saxophone performance in three years from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dick Oatts, Steve Slagle, Steve Wilson, Joe Temperley and David Krakauer. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree there. At the school, he has performed in every ensemble in the jazz department in addition to numerous classical chamber ensembles.

He has performed in venues as varied as Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, the Mercury Lounge, the Bitter End, and numerous jazz venues in Pennsylvania including the Deer Head Inn and the Celebration of the Arts (COTA) jazz festival, in addition to appearing with Nellie McKay’s Aristocrats on the National Public Radio show “The Sound of Young America” taped live at WNYC.

He gigs on occassion with Bob Dorough, the originator of “School House Rock” in addition to having performed with musicians as drastically varied as David Liebman, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, and the José Limón Dance Company. He can be heard playing bass clarinet on vibraphonist Stefon Harris’s Grammy-nominated CD, “Urbanus.” Rattman is a member of  the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet, Drew Nugent’s Midnight Society, and Phil Woods’s Festival Orchestra. His talents have been recognized by the NFAA ARTS awards and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards.

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