ensemble mise-en ACOUSTIC+ #3

I’m excited to premiere a work by Chicago-based composer, Christopher Preissing. The piece is called “BLOW” and explores the multitude of meanings contained in the word.

Here are the details (facebook event):

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8PM

678 Hart St 1B, Brooklyn, New York 11221

$15 (https://www.artful.ly/store/events/5595)


This is a new venture for ensemble mise-en, whose programs have typically focused on large ensemble works featuring traditional acoustic media. The small scale of the performing forces needed for the Acoustic+ series’ electronic and multimedia works allows for a great diversity of works on each of the programs rather than being limited to a specific instrumentation or subset of the full ensemble.

Sasha Zamler-Carhart: (US premiere, 2004)
Kala Pierson: Shahida (NY premiere, 2009)
Bryan Jacobs: A new work (world premiere, 2015)
Christopher Preissing: BLOW (world premiere, 2014) *
-Stuart Breczinski: A new work (World premiere, 2015) **
Matthias Kranebitter: Survival of the fittest (courtship songs in late capitalism) (US premiere, 2015)

*featuring Shaun Barlow
**featuring Stuart Breczinski

June, Bugs and Lime Juice Cocktails

1965063_745125495512_1329366163_nIt’s Summer in NYC! How do you know? Well, you begin to catch a hint of trash on the warm evening air, you constantly feel like you’ve left something on the subway because you’re no longer carting around fifteen layers of winter clothing and everybody is gearing up for hour-long underground train rides to Rockaway Beach.

Bah, humbug! Bring on summery cocktails and lazing about on rugs in the park and fireflies.

Gigs in June

I’m mega excited to be having a bunch of “firsts” in June. First off is the premiere of my improv-composition “Halos” for flute, beatboxing and electronics at the NYC Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF). It’s my first appearance as a “composer” in New York and I’m excited to be sharing the bill with so many fabulous folk. I’m also joining the Eastman School of Music-based Switch~ Ensemble for the first time, playing Chris Chandler’s work on the very same NYCEMF program.

Other firsts include debuts with Kills to Kisses (Lisa Dowling) and the fearless and ferocious Ensemble Mise-En. Dates and biz for all of these below. See you out and about!

NYC Electronic Music Festival

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) logo

Tickets here: $18 / $12 students and seniors
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:00PM
at Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse

466 Grand St.
New York, NY
F/M or J/Z to Delancey/Essex; B/D to Grand St.

Molly Joyce, Lean Back and Release + Christopher Chandler, Smoke and Mirrors + Taylan Cihan, Satyricon 4 + Elise Roy, coalescing (Flutescape III) + Louis Goldford, Grand Sepia Taksim intermission + Kari Besharse, The Anemone Fragments + Liburn Jupolli, Ghosts of Saint Malo Vvals + Shaun Barlow, Halos + Barry Sharp, Sonance and Excursus + Devin Maxwell, Bonneville Park + Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy

Kills to Kisses (Lisa Dowling)

641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn
8PM Ellen O’Meara
9PM sullivann
10PM kills to kisses with Matt Evans (percussion), Shaun Barlow (flute) + Equiano Mosieri (spoken word)

Doors: 7:30pm/Show: 8:00pm
Tix: $8 advance/$10 doors
Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1ke7RFz
FB event \\ check out www.killstokisses.com


A Four-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan, NY, June 19- June 22

I’m totally stoked to be working on some radical new chamber works with Ensemble Mise-En. These guys are seriously badass sonic explorers.

June 19 @ 8PM: ensemble mise-en @ Korean Cultural Service
460 Park Ave # 601, New York
Jaeseong You: Dance Music 5 (2013)
SukJu Na: “< >” (2010/11)
Gideon Gee-Bum Kim: Kangkangsullae (1999)
Kyong Mee Choi: Tender Spirit I (2013)
Moon Young Ha: scène v (2014)
Su Lee: Soundless Cry (2012)

Admission: FREE for everyone. RSVP Required. (rsvp@mise-en.org)
FREE Limited Seat Reservation Service for mise-en music festival Pass**

June 22 @ 4PM: New Music Marathon (ensemble mise-en / The Momenta Quartet / Ensemble Paramirabo) @ Tenri Cultural Institute
43 W 13th St, New York

ensemble mise-en, The Momenta Quartet and ensemble paramirabo

Works by Kirsten Volness, Sebastian Hilli, Edo Frenkel, Chun Ting Pang, Nina Young, Yoon-Ji Lee, Christopher Danforth, Anne Goldberg, Balint Bolcso, Bofan Ma, Christopher Preissing, Kari Besharse, Timothy Johnson, Scott Rubin, TsenFang Lin, Veronika Mayer, Rodrigo Bussad, Kyle Rowan, Aaron Gervais, Karen Keyhani, Bernhard Eder, Nicholas Omiccioli, Benjamin Oliver.

Admission: FREE for mise-en music festival Pass**
$10 for Students with valid ID.
$20 for General Admission

You can learn more about the festival and about ensemble mise-en at http://festival.mise-en.org

**To get a festival pass, please visit the following website:

March Beatbox Workshops in Australia

It’s always exciting to fly home for a few weeks but this time I’m extra thrilled to be visiting Australia to present some mega exciting beatbox workshops. Dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and the NSW Central Coast are all ready to roll with a few surprises to come.

Click the links for info on each workshop. Like to host a beatbox workshop? Drop me a line at sb@shaunbarlow.com.

Central Coast Conservatorium Workshop

WHERE: 45 Mann St, Gosford
WHEN: Sunday March 16th from 1pm to 4pm
HOW: Limited places available. Please book by Friday 7  March
COST: $15 each
BRING: Flute players are encouraged to bring their flute with them and all attendees are asked to bring a clear plastic water bottle Bookings are through the Conservatorium website at www.centralcoastconservatorium.com.au
OR for more information contact the Conservatorium on 4324 7477.

electroflutebeatbox solo set – Friday Feb 7th 8pm @ MUCHMORE’S, Brooklyn

snow heart credit Shaun BarlowRoll up, roll up. Loopy-laptop madness unveils at 8pm sharp this Friday under the hallowed peaks of Muchmore’s hiphop/flutebox/chamber pop/electro evening!
I’m way excited to open the evening’s sonicisms for such a killer bill – spleen, all boy/all girl, stray phrases, Eartheater and Dillon Kondor with Aiden Moore.

WHAT KINDS OF SOUNDS WILL YA BE MAKIN, BOY? I’ve been cooking up a bag of grooves and licks complete with a sachet of hot mustard. There’s a looper in the mix but not your Grandma’s garden variety. Noisy and sinister. A little bit one-leg-longer-than-the-other. Also, this flute might be infested with robotic jumping beans.

WHERE? 2 Havemeyer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L train to Bedford Ave // G train to Metropolitan Ave

Shaun plays 8pm-9pm. Further splendor until 1am.

Check the facebook event here.


A mammoth thanks goes out to all those who braved the dreary weather on Friday, Dec 6 and came out to The Firehouse Space to see Lisa “Kills 2 Kisses” Dowling and myself play some tunes. Twas wonderful to share music with so many smiling friends.

The above is a little snippet from my set. “Halos” is a piece for flute, beatboxing and live electronic processing. I wrote it whilst thinking about the way sunlight plays on icicles, shifting and catching glimpses of spectra as the sun peaks up at dawn.

Kills 2 Kisses + Shaun Barlow @ The Firehouse Space [Dec 6, 8pm]

Come get some much needed love and kisses from 2 Aussie exports! Original music + fluteboxing/bass looper madness mashup of TLC/50 cent!
If you have been good girls and boys Australian Santa may just show up with some ginger/chocolate cookies! More info on facebook.

Music starts at 8PM
$10 at the door.
Beer/wine for purchase.

Firehouse Space is located at 246 Frost Street in Williamsburg, BK.

Slim Pickings – Shaun Barlow
Halos – Shaun Barlow
Caravan – Duke Ellington arr. Shaun Barlow
Three Beats for Beatbox Flute – Greg Pattillo
Clock Canon – Greg Shapley
Zoom Tube – Ian Clarke
TLC/Nelly mashup – “No cents” – Arr. Shaun Barlow + Lisa Dowling

Kills 2 Kisses will perform her set of all original tunes for Bass, effects and loopers + @Robert Honstein’s beautiful work for Bass + Tape, “Alone Together”

Praised as “Bjork-like” by the New York Times, Kills 2 Kisses (Lisa Dowling) explores the relationship between 4 low strings, electro-acoustic story telling, DJ culture and electronics. Armed with an upright bass, her classically trained voice, loopers, synthesizer and a voice effects box, Kills 2 Kisses evokes a cinematic language that is unlike no other. Equally at home shredding her bass with classically inspired riffs, layering hiphop bass lines over a produced track or telling quirky, pop-inspired stories with her “delicate and pure” (Woodstock Times) voice, Kills 2 Kisses takes you on a intimate journey that will leave you with your lips all wet, warm and fuzzy.

ElectroFlute with Alon Ilsar @ Hyphen Hub

Come on down to the Red Door (Chelsea, NYC) this Thurs, Nov 20 for an experimental evening of words and waves from the future.

FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/329700507171980/

Full details below:
Tix: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hyphen-hub-salon-thurs-nov-21st-alon-ilsar-yucef-merhi-tickets-9304121879

Yucef Merhi is a Venezuelan-born digital art pioneer, hacker and poet. He hacked into late President Hugo Chavez’s email account for six years before turning it into a large-scale artwork, as well as obtaining (and using) the credit card of Damien Hirst. For the salon he will premiere ‘Reactive Poetry” where he will partner with a machine to create a new form of performative poetry. Merhi will then use a hacked Atari console to translate the verse back into 8-bit sounds and visuals.

Alon Ilsar is an Australian instrument designer, experimental percussionist and composer. He merges electronic percussion with percussive gestures for innovative live performances. For the salon, he will reveal his current invention – the AirSticks – a new interface for electronic percussionists to trigger sound simply through gestures in air.

* LIVE PERFORMANCE: The salon will be followed by a special one-off electronic performance compromised of musicians from across the world: Alon Ilsar on AirSticks, Kyle Sanna on guitar, Christian Coleman on drums and Peter Hollo on cello with visuals by Yucef Merhi.

Monday Thursday November 21st, 2013

The Red Door
140 West 24th Street
New York, NY (Chelsea)

7:00PM – Doors Open/Bar/Networking
8:00PM – Hyphen Hub salon: Alon Ilsar and Yucef Merhi
9:00PM – Live electro-acoustic band.

$10 (online)/$15 (door)

Duo Cacophonica concerts – Nov 5 & 7, NYC – flute & percussion

Tis with great excitement that I welcome Asia-based, superstar percussionist Andrew Chan to NYC this week to debut our collaboration of music for flute and percussion – Duo Cacophonica. We’ve been working together-but-in-different-places (namely, the US, Australia, China) this year to create a rocking, winding and rolling journey through Persia, Bali, the blues, beatboxing and wild 20th century rep. We’re playing two concerts during the first week of November in NYC – details below!


Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2013. 8pm – 10pm.
At a secret location in Washington Heights, NYC (RSVP to sb@shaunbarlow.com for address).
$10 suggested donation.
Facebook event here

Thursday, Nov 7th. 2013. 9pm – 10pm.
At Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St, SoHo, NYC.
Facebook event here


Selections from:

David Lang – lend/lease
Peter Klatzow – Figures in a Landscape
Gareth Farr – Kembang Suling
Reza Vali – Persian Folk Songs, Set No. 9 (selections)
Ian Clarke – Zoom Tube
Duke Ellington arr. Barlow – Caravan for beatbox flute
Roderick de Man – Case History
Steven Mackey – Beast