Large Furniture

a double bass quartet
Brooklyn, New York

8 October 2019 at Areté Venue and Gallery
8:00 p.m., 67 West St, Brooklyn NY

Program includes:
Greg Chudzik, Automated Ocean (2017)
Robert Honstein, Alone Together (2012)
Veronika Krausas, Sillages (2013)
Larry Polansky, Movement for Lou Harrison (1976/1988)
Julia Wolfe, Stronghold (2008)

Large Furniture is a group of four human beings that all play bass and decided to do so together, at the same time, in the same place. Committed to exploring the musical and expressive capacity of the double bass quartet through collaboration with innovative composers, performance of adventurous new works, and engaging with curious audiences, Large Furniture is definitely a double bass quartet.

Bassist Greg Chudzik has performed premieres by Steve Reich, Steve Coleman, Brian Ferneyhough, Johnny Greenwood, Mark Appelbaum, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta, Ted Hearne, Anthony Cheung, Dan Deacon, Paula Matthusen, Anna Clyne, and Fay Kueen Wang. In the past he has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Philharmonie, The Village Vanguard, Disney Hall, Darmstadt Summer Courses and Saalfalden Jazz Festival. He performs regularly as a member of Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble as well as the bands Bing & Ruth, Empyrean Atlas, and the Briars of North America. In 2019 he released his second album “Solo Works Vol. 2” for double bass on Panoramic Recordings.

Tristan Kasten-Krause is an upright & electric bassist located in New York City. He has worked and performed with; Steve Reich, David Lang, Alvin Lucier, Irvine Arditti, John Luther Adams, Howard Shore, Caroline Shaw, Kid Millions, Julia Wolfe, Henry Threadgill, Christopher Cerrone and Glenn Kotche, performed with; Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Tigue, Ensemble Linea, Man Forever and Cantata Profana, and been featured on; Lincoln Center Festival, Mozart in the Jungle, Guggenheim's Works & Process Series, Jay Z’s Made in America Festival, Basillica Hudson's 24-Hour Drone and BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Real Loud, half of a duo with harpist Marilu Donovan, member of the avant-rock band Marateck and art-rock band Ecce Shnak, a two-year fellow at the Bang on a Can festival at MassMoCA, and a master's graduate of double bass performance, studying with with Robert Black & Anthony Stoops

American bassist and composer Evan Runyon has performed with Klangforum Wien, The Knights, International Contemporary Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble and Talea Ensemble; appeared alongside Wye Oak and Emily Wells; worked directly with composers including Rebecca Saunders, Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe and George Lewis. He is a member of L'Histoire ensemble Exceptet, founder-director of antiphonal rock band Real Loud, and a prolific session musician; the tracks on which Evan appears have combined streams in the hundreds of thousands. His principal mentor was Robert Black, with whom he earned a postgraduate diploma.

Brooklyn-based bass player Patrick Swoboda plays for a diverse array of ensembles including new music trio Bearthoven, punk-jazz quartet Gutbucket, and the female-led Latin alternative project LADAMA. Bearthoven commissions and presents music for piano trio in unexplored new contexts, featured on series including the MATA Festival, Bang On a Can Marathon, EMPAC's Music/Sound Series, Princeton Sound Kitchen, and the Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. The group’s second album, American Dream, featuring the music of Scott Wollschleger, was released in February 2019. Swoboda has worked with many of New York’s best and brightest contemporary music collectives, including International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble Echappé, and Contemporaneous, as well as Tigue, Exceptet, and JACK Quartet. With LADAMA, Swoboda has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, and will be releasing their second record in 2020.

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