NakedEye Ensemble Returns to Ware with Kathleen Supové

NakedEye Ensemble Returns to Ware with Kathleen Supové

— information provided by The Ware Center

Season favorite NakedEye Ensemble brings innovative pianist Kathleen Supové to share the stage at Steinman Hall for an evening of hybrid music featuring acoustic, electric, and robotic instruments. The concert takes place Friday, April 8, 2016, at 7:30 PM at The Ware Center, 42. N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA.


 For this special concert with pianist Kathleen Supové, NakedEye presents new works by East Coast composers, including four world premieres. The traditional two-piano format is revisited with a contemporary twist and a childlike exploration of new sounds. In music by Lois Vierk, Randall Woolf, Zack Browning, Rusty Banks, Richard Belcastro, and Missy Mazzoli, instruments, both large (marimba, xylophone, timpani, drum set, grand pianos) and small (toy piano, melodica, bells, pieces of wood, and mischellaneous bits) take part in a revelry of fantastical noise.

The music is inspired from many places: astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and subatomic particles, Nassim Taleb’s idea of anti-fragility, Isabelle Eberhardt’s shift from aristocratic life in Switzerland to nomadic life in North Africa, the Vietnam War, the sounds of a bicycle, the combination of classical and blues-rock music, and meditation practices. Taking revelations from everyday life and study, the music arrangements for NakedEye experiment with sound and music like few other ensembles.


NakedEye Ensemble consists of Christy Banks (clarinet), Chad Kinsey (guitar), Paul Murr (percussion), Jude Traxler (percussion guest), and Ju-Ping Song (piano and toy piano).

NakedEye was founded in 2009 and is directed by pianist Ju-Ping Song. Based in Lancaster, PA, it moves forward with a mission to promote, commissionand present works by living composers throughout the world.

NakedEye’s commission of Rusty Banks’ “Babbling Tower to Tower” is a winner of New York City’s 2011 UnCaged Toy Piano Composition Competition, and its commission of Randall Woolf’s chamber concerto for piano “Punching the Clock” was a recipient of New Music USA’s 2014 commissioning grant. The ensemble has more than 80 works in its repertoire, including a growing number of commissions, and will release its debut album this summer. NakedEye believes in the power of new music to surprise, uplift, and change.


In May 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” She is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is in today’s world. Supové presents solo concerts under the title of THE EXPLODING PIANO. Recent and upcoming projects include recording the complete PIANO MINIATURES by Mohammed Fairouz; a performance at Southbank Centre, in London, of URBAN BIRDS by Arlene Sierra for the UK’s New Music Biennial; a multi- composer commissioning project entitled DIGITAL DEBUSSY to be recorded for the Innova label in 2015; and a CD on the Starkland label.


Tickets are reserved seating: $15 Adult | $12 Senior | $5 Student