The second annual Manifold — A Festival of Musical Diversity is all set to launch a series of performances displaying aesthetic and cultural diversity in contemporary music. The concerts will feature the creative work of the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) faculty. All shows will be held at the NYUAD Arts Center and tickets can be purchased online.
Carlos Guedes & Laetitia Morais: Music for Visuals. Visuals for Music: Sunday, Apr 1 @ 8pm
This concert marks the beginning of the collaboration between composer Carlos Guedes (NYUAD), and video artist Laetitia Morais (Portugal), with saxophonist Emil Sein (NYUAD), flutist Cristina Ioan (NYUAD), and qanun player Mahsin Basalama from Zanzibar. In a setting that combines music improvisation, instrumental interpretation, and real-time composition, this concert will feature several works in which live performance, live video, and live electronic music interact in eclectic ways drawing influences from minimalism, dance music, classical contemporary music, and noise, creating a rich and lush audiovisual environment.
This performance will feature the world premiere of “Three Insomnias — music for a dark room” by this creative collective
Sherine Tohamy & Al Sharq Ensemble: Traditional Arab and International Music: Monday, Apr 2 @ 8pm
Acclaimed oud player Sherine Tohamy presents her own compositions in addition to a collection of traditional Arab and international musical pieces with some of the finest musicians from Egypt and the Arab world. Sherine Tohamy is the first female graduate of Bait Al Oud at the Cairo Opera House, where she received first class distinction. She is now oud instructor at Bait Al Oud Abu Dhabi. She has released two albums and performed in many concerts all over the world as a soloist or with international bands.
Clare Lesser, David Lesser & Laura Chapple: An Epigram and a Madrigal: Tuesday, Apr 3 @ 8pm
Soprano Clare Lesser and pianist David Lesser are joined by guest cellist Laura Chapple for a recital of regional premieres. The concert will include André Previn’s haunting ‘Vocalise’ and his ‘Four Songs’, setting texts by Toni Morrison, Hans Joachim Hespos’ experimental music theatre ‘Wei?schatten’ written for Clare and David Lesser, Ned Rorem’s intense settings of Wallace Stevens and Jürg Wyttenbach’s surreal take on the madrigal repertoire.
Emil Sein & Kiori Kawai: The Gathering : Saxophone, Clarinet, Video, and Performing Arts: Wednesday, Apr 4 @ 8pm
An innovative contemporary concert. Saxophonist-clarinetist Emil Sein mixes music, dance, film, and interactive technology in this innovative contemporary concert, developed in collaboration with acclaimed performer/choreographer/installation artist Kiori Kawai. In The Gathering, each element explores its own boundary that is bent, blurred, dissolved, and merged into other elements.
Ticket booking opens on Wednesday, Mar 21 @ 3pm. For more info visit nyuad-artscenter.org.