Permutations presents an evening concert of new and recent works performed by the artists for whom the works were written. Composer Robert Honstein’s Re: You and An Index of Possibility will be performed, respectively, by Concert Black and TIGUE, and the premiere of Ravi Kittappa’s Shelter will be performed by the two ensembles together.

8pm sharp | Saturday, September 27, 2014
The DiMenna Center | Benzaquen Hall
450 W. 37th St. New York, NY 10018

Tickets at the door $15 // $10 for students

RE: You (2011)
by Robert Honstein, performed by and written for Concert Black
I. Better find those little blue pills if you plan on giving her more than lip service II. Halfway?
III. I am hidden my dear for you!!!!!!!

An Index of Possibility (2013)
by Robert Honstein, performed by and written for TIGUE

I. Repose
II. Flicker
III. Flow
IV. Repose
V. Burst
VI. Repose

Shelter (world premiere)
by Ravi Kittappa, performed by and written for Concert Black and TIGUE

Ravi Kittappa’s Shelter explores the intersection of composed and improvised music, and of chamber and rock music – specifically the first 41 seconds of The Rolling Stones recording of “Gimme Shelter” (from the album Let it Bleed).

Shelter is different than most of my pieces,” Kittappa explains. “It is an open form piece that requires the performers to improvise collectively while working within its given boundaries and trajectories. I wrote the piece for the combined forces of TIGUE and Concert Black after talking to TIGUE and Owen Weaver of Concert Black while in Madison, WI last September for the Color Field Festival. Together these ensembles are a perfect fit for the piece as they are all improvisers, composers, and interpreters,” he says.

Re: You was commissioned by Concert Black from Robert Honstein in 2011, and was recently released on a New Focus Recordings album of the same name. The album was hailed by Frank Oteri of NewMusicBox for its idiomatic integration of indie-rock vernacular with contemporary chamber music.

The percussion work An Index of Possibility explores the potential and unnoticed or unheard sounds of everyday objects. Commissioned by TIGUE, Smoke and Mirrors, and Sonore Percussion in 2013, the work uses basic percussion instruments in conjunction with found objects, homemade constructions, and inexpensive toys.


Concert Black is a Brooklyn-based trio that draws upon its members’ diverse musical backgrounds for their song writing, improvisation, and commissioning of today’s emerging composers. The group has fashioned an individual sound through surprising instrumental combinations: layered loops and bass harmonics are interwoven with flute melodies, punctuated by drums, and tied together with ethereal three-part vocals Concert Black is the new music ensemble-in-residence at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and has been featured on concert series and music festivals throughout the country, including Contagious Sounds, Music With a View, Ear Heart Music, Berkshire Fringe, Color Field Festival, and Wild Shore Festival for New Music. In addition to their classical training, flutist Domenica Fossati is a veteran of the NYC Afrobeat and Indie Rock scenes (Underground System, The City and Horses), bassist/turntablist Lisa Dowling is an active hip hop DJ and singer/songwriter (Lil Miss Dolemite, kills to kisses), and percussionist Owen Weaver performs as an electro-acoustic soloist and rock drummer (MATA Interval Series, Glenn Branca Ensemble).

With inspiration by artistic contemporaries, TIGUE works through a lens of percussive elements to generate music that represents their affinity for both pop and the avant-garde. TIGUE has presented shows of originally and commissioned music around the country including the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), the Color Field Festival (Madison) and the Rite of Summer and Frieze Art Festivals (NYC). Hailing from Ohio, they currently reside in Brooklyn, where they perform frequently and have been seen at such venues as The Kitchen, (le) Poisson Rouge, the Knitting Factory, and New Amsterdam Presents, among others. They have been guests on local series including Vicky’ Chow’s Contagious Sounds, concerto soloists with Contemporaneous on P.S. 142’s Neighborhood Classics, and will be featured on So Percussion’s new studio series this fall. Recently, TIGUE has embarked on a number of fresh endeavors including a collaboration and extensive U.S. tour with Kid Millions (John Colpitts). Additionally, TIGUE collaborates annually with Make Music New York bringing a 10-week hand drumming program to select inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Featured in both The New York Times and Rolling Stone, the program culminates each year in a concert for fellow inmates and Rikers population.