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“An Index of Possibility” by Robert Honstein


“An Index of Possibility” by Robert Honstein

Performed by TIGUE

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Celebrated for his “roiling, insistent orchestral figuration” (New York Times) and “glittery, percussive pieces” (Toronto Globe and Mail), composer Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music.

His works have been performed throughout North America by ensembles such as the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Ensemble ACJW, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Mivos quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, Concert Black, TIGUE, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others. He has received an Aaron Copland Award, multiple ASCAP awards and other honors from SCI, Carnegie Hall, and New Music USA. He has also received residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Copland House, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Robert co-produces Fast Forward Austin, an annual marathon new music concert in Austin, TX and is a founding member of the New York based composer collective Sleeping Giant. Upcoming projects include commissions from cellist Ashley Bathgate, Doug Perkins, and the Utah Arts Festival. In May 2014, New Focus Records released his debut album, the chamber cycle RE: You. He is also composer-in-residence, along with his Sleeping Giant colleagues, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as part of a Music Alive grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. He studied composition at the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick, Chris Theofanidis, and David Lang.

For more information on Robert Honstein visit his website – www.roberthonstein.com

Purchase the score and parts for An Index of Possibility here



One half new music ensemble, one half avant-pop band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones through process and improvisation. Uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively on original and composed music for nearly half a decade. Acclaimed as “one of the premier young percussion-based groups in Brooklyn right now.” (Dayton City Paper) the percussion-charged trio will release their debut full-length album, “Peaks”, this fall alongside collaborative performance projects with Adrian Knight and Man Forever. Formed in 2012, following their concurrent studies at both the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University, TIGUE has crystalized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA.

TIGUE has been featured in festivals around the country including the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), the Color Field Festival (Madison), the Frieze Festival (NYC) and the New Music Bake Sale (Brooklyn). They perform frequently in New York City, including performances at The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, the Knitting Factory, and Roulette. They have been guests on a number of local music series including Vicky’ Chow’s Contagious Sounds, guest concerto soloists with Contemporaneous on P.S. 142’s Neighborhood Classics, and So Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound. TIGUE often works with young composers including a 2013 residency position at Dartmouth College working with graduate students on new pieces for percussion trio. To put it simply, TIGUE is dedicated to the proliferation of the percussive arts through outreach, education and the creation of new work.

In 2014, TIGUE collaborated extensively with John Colpitts (Kid Millions), Thrill Jockey Records artist and drummer of Brooklyn psychedelic rock band, Oneida. In support of his latest album, Ryonen (recorded with So Percussion) TIGUE joined Colpitts as Man Forever, embarking on a U.S. tour that included over 40 shows around the country. In 2015, Colpitts and TIGUE will again join forces in the creation of a new album of music for percussion and voice, supported generously by New Music USA.

TIGUE continues to perform newly composed works and has premiered over 10 new works for percussion trio since their formation. Having commissioned the Sleeping Giant composer Robert Honstein in 2012, the trio looks forward to releasing the definitive recording of his 30-minute work An Index of Possibility in 2015. The 2015/16 season will include a new evening-length collaborative work with composer/performer Adrian Knight at the 2015 Avant Media – Tangents series and new original work by the groups three members.

In collaboration with Make Music New York, the trio has led two 10-week music education programs with inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility, featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Working with inmates in both men’s and women’s facilitates, the trio shared a general understanding of the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming all culminating in performances for the Rikers population.

TIGUE proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets and sometimes wears sweat t-shirts.


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