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  • Resident HARP artist’s new album release - Sep. 20, 2016

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    Paul Pinto

    Album art for minis/Trajectories

    Album art for minis/Trajectories

    Come support a new record by a HARP Artist on Sep. 20.

    When I'm not working on Thomas Paine in Violence, I'm creating work for and with my now-ten-year-old ensemble, thingNY. To celebrate the release of thingNY's new album, the HERE Arts Center will be hosting an album release party featuring live covers of the works on the album by a slew of great guests including: visionary composer and toy pianist Jerome Kitzke, Latin synth-star Helado Negro, theatrical-electro-percussion duo Radical 2, and cast members from the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Tickets are available with pre-purchase of the album. All the info is below.



    a new album featuring the music of HARP Artist Paul Pinto and composer Erin Rogers

    Featuring Gelsey Bell, Hristina Blagoeva, Andrew Kozar, Will Lang, Andrew Livingston, Pat Muchmore, Josh Perry, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Dave Ruder, Jeffrey Young

    Engineered, mixed and mastered by Joseph Branciforte

    Preorder now at

    Sep. 20, 2016 - Album Release Party
    HERE Arts Center
    145 Sixth Ave.
    New York, NY
    thingNY w/ Jerome Kitzke, Helado Negro, Radical 2 and cast members of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 

    Gold Bolus Recordings GBR024

    The versatile multi-instrumentalists in composer collective thingNY, “one of New York’s most daring young opera companies” (Time Out New York), have worked a decade to hone a unique style of energetic and poetic music. That style reaches its fullest expression in their new album minis/Trajectories, comprising music written by two of thingNY’s core members, Paul Pinto and Erin Rogers. It will be available digitally and on CD on September 20, and in a special 12” vinyl edition on October 22.

    thingNY has a penchant for creating unusual, intricately crafted objects. Their first full-length album, ADDDDDDDDD, a “rapid-fire…pulse-racing...all consuming” electronic opera, was released as a CD tucked inside a colorful, quirky comic book libretto. Their next physical release was TIME: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts, a music-theatre piece documented in a 300-page hardcover tome complete with scores and cut-out tarot cards. To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of thingNY’s first show, the online and CD releases of minis/Trajectories will be supplemented on October 22 by 200 Special Limited Edition 12” Records, complete with audiophile 180g vinyl and beautifully engraved 12” x 12” scores of all the compositions.

    The album contains two works by saxophonist/composer Erin Rogers. Trajectories is a dynamic four-movement piece for six speaking-singing instrumentalists about life’s trajectories, combining improvisation and hyper-rhythmic composition, while Chronolinea is a subtle extended-technique concerto for soprano Gelsey Bell. thingNY founder, vocalist, and percussionist Paul Pinto offers up eight minis, scored for a melange of quick-tongued instrumentalists, and based on short, stream-of-conscious experiences of his own struggles with poverty, consumerism, sexual issues, food, jokes, and teaching children piano.

    2016 has been a banner year for thingNY, in which the group received awards from the Copland New Music Fund, the Amphion Foundation, New Music USA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and Chamber Music America.

    minis/Trajectories was created in partnership with engineer/co-producer Joseph Branciforte, who has worked on over 150 releases for artists including Tim Berne, Vijay Iyer, Ben Monder, Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Steve Lehman, Mark Dresser, Tyshawn Sorey, Jen Shyu, Tom Rainey, and Matt Mitchell. The record is being released on Dave Ruder’s Gold Bolus Recordings, a label that works across genres and media to depict the creative output of NYC’s most inspiring oddballs.



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