Thank you, Duo Cortona! (…and Alex Ross)

So it’s been awhile and I’m going to try to be more diligent about these news updates.(Honestly, it’s easier to do it on Facebook but alas, many of my friends quit the site or never had a profile—this is for you, _____!) On September 11, a sobering date, I witnessed the premiere of my piece If only after you then me at Roulette in Brooklyn on Night 3 of the 2015 edition of the Resonant Bodies Festival. The performance was given by the fantastic and virtuosic Rachel Calloway and Ari Streisfeld, also known as Duo Cortona. This trip east also marks the VERY FIRST TIME I HAD BEEN TO NEW YORK CITY. Yes, it’s true; why? — because I’d never had the occasion or reason to go…until now. The performance was a high-intensity showcase which was received well (hoots! hollers!) by both the audience and the performers. I am truly grateful.

Check out Duo Cortona here.
Check out the Resonant Bodies Festival here.

Ari & Rachel performing "If only after you then me" PC: Dominica Eriksen
Ari & Rachel performing “If only after you then me”
PC: Dominica Eriksen

Ari & Rachel performing "If only after you then me" PC: Dominica Eriksen
Ari & Rachel performing “If only after you then me”
PC: Dominica Eriksen

The piece was performed again on October 18 as part of the JACK Out-of-the-Box Marathon Concert at Merkel Hall in NYC as a part of the SONiC Festival. I was so stoked to find out that New Yorker critic Alex Ross even mentioned me by name (I got two whole sentences!!) in the New Yorker magazine:

On Oct. 18, the JACK Quartet, having performed Mincek’s piece, will host a six-hour marathon, which is likely to deliver a few transitional jolts. The lineup includes Amadeus Regucera’s “if only after you then me,” for voice and violin, whose text is compiled from writings by William S. Burroughs, Jean Genet, Georges Bataille, and Antonin Artaud, with instrumental savagery to match.

“…instrumental savagery to match!!!!” Swoon. As I write this, I smile out of disbelief and delirium (it’s been a long day…a story for another blog post). Thank you, Rachel and Ari for a fantastic opportunity and for your dedication and brilliance. Bravo, brava.