Focus on New York » BRIM: Eve Beglarian and Mary Rowell
During a four-month long, human-powered trip down the Mississippi River in the fall of 2009, the composer Eve Beglarian collected stories, sounds, and songs she encountered along the way. Kayaking with an assortment of electronics, she kept a photo, text, and sound blog, interacting with friends and fans who followed her travels. BRIM (Eve Beglarian, composer/performer, and Mary Rowell,violinist) performs an evening of music inspired by her journey that elegantly combines cutting-edge technology and post-minimalist coolness with a heartfelt appreciation of natural beauty and personal identity.
Considered by critics to be one of the most important and exciting performers on the contemporary scene today, the innovative violinist Mary Rowell cannot be classified. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL of which she is co-founder. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers as soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as violin and electric violin soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and has stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in the “Avante-Pop” and is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM with composer/performer Eve Beglarian. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is currently the concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Palm Beach Pops.’
Eve Beglarian "is a humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist." "One of new music's truly free spirits," and a "remarkable experimentalist," she is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music is "an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements." She recently completed a four and a half month journey down the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle, which is documented on her RiverBlog. Her chamber, choral, and orchestral music has been commissioned and widely performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the American Composers Orchestra, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the California EAR Unit, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Relâche, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Sequitur, and individual performers including Maya Beiser, Lauren Flanigan, Sarah Cahill, and Marya Martin. Highlights of her work in music theater includes music for Mabou Mines' Obie-winning Dollhouse, Animal Magnetism, Ecco Porco, and Choephorai, all directed by Lee Breuer; Forgiveness, a collaboration with Chen Shi-Zheng and Noh master Akira Matsui; and the China National Beijing Opera Theater's production of The Bacchae, also directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. She has collaborated with choreographers including Ann Carlson, Robert LaFosse, Victoria Marks, Susan Marshall, and David Neumann, and with visual and video artists including Cory Arcangel, Anne Bray, Vittoria Chierici, Barbara Hammer, Kevork Mourad, Shirin Neshat, and Judson Wright. PRESS QUOTE: "Ms. Beglarian kayaked and bicycled the length of the Mississippi River [and] has translated her findings into music of sophisticated rusticity… [Her] earnest new Americana song cycle captures those swift currents as vividly as Mark Twain did. The works waft gracefully on her handsome folk croon and varied folk instrumentation as mysterious as their inspiration." - New York Times www.evbvd.com