I'm a violinist and violist as well as vocalist (what a mouthful!) and have been performing since childhood. My parents were improvisers and jazz as well as disco musicians in a touring band but they wanted to make sure I got a classical education. So I often find myself between musical worlds-performing mozart one night and an experimental noise show the next. The music that I write and perform is most closely aligned with the "singer songwriter" genre but it draws on a surprising variety of influence. I'm excited to be a composer in residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida this January where I'll be working on my second full length studio album entitled Mirror Touch. Stay tune! Here is my formal bio: Concetta Abbate is a NYC based violinist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records). Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University and has received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.
"Adias" is an adverb derived from an ancient Romance language spoken in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. Duo Adias embodies the meaning of now. The musical ensemble includes Concetta Abbate on five string electric violin using electronic pedals and loops as well as Benjamin Engel on drum set and synth. The duo's compositional style involves loose road maps that take improvisational turns. With each song the listener finds themselves in a cloudy haze ready to navigate their next dreamscape. The venue Animal Church, houses two adorable cats and a small poodle. True to it's name was formerly an active church. It boasts tall 14 foot ceilings providing excellent acoustics for any musical event. Opening acts include... Tidal Channel: Drawing upon regional folklore & situationist exercises, they incorporate psychogeographical elements into most of their individual & collaborative work. Harsh noise & dense harmonies, interrupted by decisive insertions of poetry & desperation. http://www.tidalchannel.com/ Ben Seretan: As a rule, electric guitar. Beard. Minimalism. Guitar pedals. Open tuning, finger style. "Ecstatic Joy" tattooed on chest. Goes swimming in most bodies of water in most weather, generally in underwear. California. New York City. Talks too much in-between songs. Sometimes really loud, sometimes really quiet, sometimes solo, sometimes with a band. http://www.benseretan.com/
This show is BYOB, feel free to bring both food and drink. The music will call for a contemplative atmosphere and listening room. Hosts will provide lively reflection, conversation and a bonfire (weather pending) afterwards.
This is a new artistic experiment and collaboration.