A wisp of cigarette smoke in the soft lamplight, the tinkle of a glass, a hushed whisper…and music for lovers only. This is love’s entrancing setting. For music, in a thousand ways, describes each glowing facet of romance.
Join us in the low lights of the Red Room and share the sentimental magic of contemporary composed music for cello and keyboard. The program, with Ian (IP) and Mariel (MR) performing their own work and others’ will consist of:

Ian Power – Push 4 cut 2 bell (a) (IP)

Ian Power – reveni ad me (IP)

Ian Power – Push 4 cut 2 bell (c) (IP)

Klaus Lang – Tehran Dust (IP & MR)

Ian Power – mahrem bir eser | a private work (MR)

Cenk Ergün – Aman (MR)

Mariel Roberts – Shift (MR)

Doors at 8:30, show at 9

“Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Music) is widely recognized as a deeply dedicated interpreter of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”. (InDigest Magazine). Roberts’ work emphasizes expanding the technical and expressive possibilities of her instrument through close relationships with innovative performers and composers of her generation. Her passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to premiere hundreds of new works by both emerging and established artists.
Roberts has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across four continents, most notably as a member of the Mivos String Quartet, as well as Wet Ink Ensemble and Ensemble Signal. She performs regularly on major stages for new music such as the Lincoln Center Festival (NYC), Wien Modern (Austria), Lucerne Festival(Switzerland), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Klang Festival (Denmark), Shanghai New Music Week (China), Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), and Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK). Roberts has been featured as a chamber musician on recordings for Innova, Albany Records, New World Records, New Amsterdam, Carrier Records, New Focus, and Urtext Records.

Ian Power is a composer and performer in Baltimore. He studied at Harvard and UC San Diego with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, and John Luther Adams, and his work has been performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Nikel, hand werk, Heather Roche, Gleb Kanasevich, and many others in the US, UK, Germany, Israel, and France. His music has been described by the New York Times as having “resolute ooze and elemental graininess,” and by the late Pauline Oliveros as a “tough act to follow.” Power writes a discrete, occasionally severe music that takes as its starting point the performers’ relationship to their instruments and craft, as well as their social arrangement on stage. He uses clear sounds and elongated repetitions which accumulate into a space of warmth, in which both listener and performer can be made open to and hyper-aware of their environment, and themselves.
Power is a writer on new music, genre, music and politics, and music perception and has given talks at the American Studies Association, American Musicological Society, and several other conferences and universities. He performs Greek and Turkish music on the oud, and is Assistant Professor and Director of Integrated Arts at the University of Baltimore. You can find more information at ianpower.net, or on Soundcloud and Twitter at @ianpowerOMG.

Event location:

The Red Room at Normals Books and Records 425 E. 31st Street Baltimore, MD 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.