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Mode Benefit Marathon News
updated November 19, 2009
A brief intro and thanks
I am amazed at the good will shown toward Mode Records for this Benefit event. From the generosity of the musicians and the Abrons Arts Center to the generosity of the businesses that are donating goods to the event.

As it turns out, the Abrons Arts Center is an appropriate venue for this Benefit because in the early 1950s John Cage worked there when the Henry Street Settlement, of which the Abrons is a part, was under the direction of the choreographer Alwin Nikolais. Small world!

- Brian Brandt

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What do you get with the Benefactor's Balcony Ticket?
See both Early and Late Shows in the comfort and good acoustics of the Abrons' balcony. You will receive a complimentary "Mode 25-Years" T-shirt or single CD or DVD of your choice, wine and refreshments, and have the opportunity to meet some of the musicians, who may mingle on the balcony between sets.

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The Program
As the artists confirm their programs, we will list them here. The order of the Late Show will also be posted as it is developed. Program is subject to change.

David Behrman
Long Throw

Andrew Culver
Tensegrity Sound Source # 5
Live electronics performed simultaneously

John Cage
Concert for Piano
& Orchestra with Aria (perfomed simultaneously)

Isabelle Ganz, voice
Stephen Drury, piano
Andrea Centazzo, conductor
Ari Streisfeld & Chris Otto, violins *
John Pickford Richards, viola *
Kevin Mcfarland, cello *
Josh Rutner, clarinet **
Joe Giardullo, baritone sax
Eli Asher, trumpet **
James Hirschfeld, tuba **

* member of the JACK Quartet
** member of the Respect Sextet

Marco Cappelli, guitar

John Zorn
Etude n. 5 (from "The Book of Heads")

Anthony Coleman
The Buzzing in My Head

Elliot Sharp

Tom Chiu, violin

Giacinto Scelsi
L'ame Ailee for solo violin

Stephen Drury, piano

John Cage
Variations III

Charles Ives
Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord": The Alcotts

Joe Giardullo & Andrea Centazzo
Improvisations for saxes and percussion, as a preview to their upcoming Mode/Avant release in 2010

Philip Glass
Metamorphosis II, III and IV

The Jack Quartet

Iannis Xenakis

Salvatore Sciarrino
String Quartet no. 7

Margaret Leng Tan, piano

John Cage
Music For Marcel Duchamp (1947)
for prepared piano

Toby Twining
An American in Buenos Aires (2001)
A Blues Tango for toy piano and piano (NY Premiere)

George Crumb
Makrokosmos II (1973):
Twelve Fantasy - Pieces After the Zodiac for Amplified Piano

From Part Two:
1. Gargoyles/Taurus
2. Tora! Tora! Tora! (Cadenza Apocalittica)/Scorpio
3. A Prophecy of Nostradamus/Aries

Joe McPhee & John Heward
Improvisations for saxes/trumpet and percussion, showcasing their Mode/Avant release, "10 Improvisations"

Respect Sextet

Sun Ra
Shadow World

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Set Sail for the Sun

Sun Ra Saturn / Stockhausen Capricorn (medley)

Respect Sextet

Respect Sextet
The Red Thang

Roger Reynolds: The Image Machine
Live electronic composition

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Alex Ross gives Mode "Label of the Year"
A nice write up for Mode and the Benefit event by Alex Ross in The New Yorker.

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Mode Store at the Benefit
Mode will have it's complete in-stock catalog displayed and available at the Benefit. This is a novel opportunity in this day of dwindling physical stores to browse the Mode catalog all in one place. Everything will be sale priced for the evening, We will also have bins of special open, seconds, and used Mode items, specially discounted.

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Mode "25 Years" t-shirt
This limited edition T-shirt will be available at the event, commemorating our 25th year. In 2 colors and various sizes. Our thanks to American Apparel who donated the shirts.

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The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street,
on the corner of Pitt Street.


F train to Delancy
D or B trains to Grand Street
J, M or Z trains to Essex

M14A to Grand and Pitt
M9 to Grand and Clinton
M15 to Grand and Allen
M22 to Montgomery and Madison
B39 to Essex and Delancy

From FDR Drive Southbound: exit at Grand Street
From FDR Drive Northbound: exit at Houston Street (there is no Grand Street exit in this direction)

Lots are available on Suffolk Street between Broome and Delancy, and East Broadway and Clinton Streets

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