Two-Way Street perform “The Reinvention of Romance” by Sarah Hennies

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05/13/2019 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Two-Way Street perform “The Reinvention of Romance” by Sarah Hennies

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement
Phone:(267) 888-4099
Address: 1542 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
Co-presented with Mutual Irradiation
Two-way Street:
Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, Two-way Street is a collaboration between Adam Lion (percussion) and Ashlee Booth (cello.) The duo collaborates on a multitude of interdisciplinary projects, exploring ideas such as experimentation, technology, and socio-political concerns. Two-Way Street is very active within the Knoxville music scene, and works closely with its local community to present innovative musical ideas in an accessible manner.
In addition to their commitment to local community, the duo maintains an active presence in contemporary music communities across the United States. Recent engagements include an artistic residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and performances at the Black Mountain College {RE}Happening Festival, the New Music Gathering at Boston Conservatory, the University of Chicago, and the Red Room (Baltimore.) Their most recent project with composer Sarah Hennies will be released through the Astral Spirits label in 2020.
“The Reinvention of Romance” by Sarah Hennies is a new work for percussion and cello that examines the care and empathy that emerge when two lives share space. Over 90 minutes, a series of repeating patterns creates a peculiar kind of harmony in which two musicians are rarely “playing together” but are nonetheless intimately bonded. The Knoxville-based duo Two-Way Street (Ashlee Booth and Adam Lion) commissioned Hennies to compose “a very long piece;” for this performance they step into its two intertwining roles.
About the composer:
Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer based in Ithaca, NY whose work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love, intimacy, psychoacoustics, and percussion. She is primarily a composer of solo and chamber works, but is also active in improvisation, film, performance art, and dance. She presents her work internationally as both a composer and percussionist.  As a composer, she has received commissions across a wide array of performers and ensembles including Bearthoven (NYC), Bent Duo (NYC), Cristian Alvear (Santiago), Claire Chase (NYC), R. Andrew Lee (Denver), LIMINAR (Mexico City), The Living Earth Show (San Francisco), The Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto), Two-Way Street (Knoxville), and Yarn/Wire (NYC).
She is the recipient of a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, a 2016 fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has received additional support from New Music USA, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.
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