Thursdays @ DTH - Free Showings

 

 

Thursday September 25, 2014  |  6:30-7:30pm


Inside Improvisation

 

Explore the Artistic Process in an open showing!

 

Improvisation—how does it work?

Featuring the composer Gregor Hübner, in collaboration with Dance Theatre of Harlem on his new work Shalom.
Join the Composer and host Robert Garland as they explore possibilities, break the rules and find something new. Members of the Harlem Chamber Players and the Professional Training Program assist exploring music through movement improvisation, including an open discussion about the work with the dancers and audience participants.

  

Location; Dance Theatre of Harlem

466 West  152nd Street

Price: FREE


Gregor Hübner

Born in Stuttgart, Gregor Huebner began studying piano and violin at the age of six. After studying in Vienna and Stuttgart, in 1994 he moved to New York to earn his MA degree in jazz piano/composition from Manhattan School of Music and was bestowed with a "President’s Award".

As a member of "Tango Five", a group performing  for over 26 years from 1985-2012, he performed at the World Exhibitions in Sevilla 1992 and Hannover 2000, the Olympic Games in Athens 2004,as well as Tango Festivals in Montevideo and Buenos Aires in 1998.From 1995 - 1999 he was a member of "Philharmonia Virtuosi", the Chamber Orchestra of the Metropolitan Museum.

Since 1996 he collaborates with Richie Beirach.  The last recording of the series Beirach/Huebner/Mraz, "Round about Monteverdi" was released in March 2003. Their previous recordings "Round About Frederik Mompou"(nominated for the Latin Grammy 2002), released in September 2001, and "Round About Bartok", released in March 2000 by the ACT company, were enthusiastically acclaimed by the critics. The latest CD of the Duo Beirach/Huebner, “Duality” was released in 2007 on the label Niveau records.

In the last years Gregor Huebner has appeared on Jazz festivals in Kork (Ireland), Tiblisi (Georgia), Montreux, New York (JVC, Bell Atlantic),Hollywood Bowl LA (Tango Festival) Stuttgart (Jazz Open) and Porto (Portugal). He performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Berlin Philharmonie. Frauenkirche in Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig and traveled to Southeast Asia, Japan, Russia, Columbia, Mexico, Hawaii, Georgia and Spain.

Since 1997 he has worked with Johnny Almendra’s “Los Jovenes del Barrio”, “Eye Contact” and “Son Radical” and played with Randy Brecker, John Patitucci, Billy Hart, Mark Feldman, Smokey Robinson, David Darling, Uri Caine, Tim Hagans and the Absolut Ensemble. He recorded with Joe Zawinul and Diane Reeves and appears to be an important part of the New York music scene with his own ensembles, El Violin Latino, the Sirius String Quartet and the NY-NRG Quartet.

In September 1997 he recorded two of his compositions (“New York Stories and In Memoriam Bela”) with Richie Beirach and the chamber orchestra “Philharmonia Virtuosi”, released by Mediaphon. “New York Stories” was premiered in April 2004 by the “Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra” and “In Memoriam Bela” is also featured on a CD of the “Deutschen Musikrat”: New Music in Jazz in the collection Music in Germany from 1950-2000 with Sony/BMG.  Some of his latest works are “Bach21”, commissioned by the Intentional Bachakademie in Stuttgart, the cello concerto op31 commissioned by the Landesakademie Ochsenhausen, Mayim Mayim a dance production of the theater in Fürth and his string quartet “NYC” premiered at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. In 2009 he scored the movie “Bergwehen” for the German movie channel ZDF together with Gerd Baumann.  This movie was nominated in 2011 for the German TV Awards. Latest  commissions were “Drums and Dance - Rituale” for the Grand Theatre Luxemburg and a "De Profundis for Schumann" for the  Musikfest Stuttgart 2010. Coming up premiers of new commissions are a chambermusic composition for the Tribeka New Music Festival 2012, a piano concerto for Musikfest Stuttgart in 2013 and an orchestral composition for the Radio Symphonie Orchester and the SWR Big Band 2014.

After “Panonien” and "Januschke's time", “In Between”, "No Limits" and Fantasia" he produced in 2007 the CD “NY-NRG Quartet” and " New York Lounge" (Niveau Records),“City Scapes”  and "Racing Mind" with the Sirius String Quartet and Cuban Blues  2012 with Salsafuerte. "El Violin Latino" which focuses on Latin American Music was released in 2011 and won Nr.3 best CD in 2011 on WBGO New York.

In 2009 he released "Exercises, Etudes and Concert Pieces" with Advanced Music und Eric Carle's "Ich habe die Geige klingen sehen" at the Gerstenberg Verlag. In the same year he published his orchestra compositions at Norsk Musikvorlag.                           
In 1998 he received the Jazz award of the State Baden-Württemberg.