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“Gone, Dog. Gone!” by Mark Applebaum


“Gone, Dog. Gone!” by Mark Applebaum

Performed by Fisher/Lau Project
Abby Fisher & Matthew Lau

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Gone, Dog. Gone! (2012) by Mark Applebaum showcases two percussionists sharing one set of found sounds and performing a series of hand gestures. Applebaum states that Gone, Dog. Done! is “a companion piece to Go, Dog. Go! (1997) and Aphasia (2010). From the former, it borrows the idea of rapidly juxtaposed tempi and rhythms extracted from extant popular music recordings. From the latter, it employs a nonsense sign language of hand gestures synchronized to sound.” The work’s title refers to the precursor piece Go, Dog. Go!, which itself is a reference to P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book. The instrumental material, derived from pop and rock songs, changes often and abruptly, and the hand gestures “represent a kind of alien, pre-verbal, and rhythmicized sign language.”


Abby Fisher is a versatile percussionist based in New York City. She is very interested in performing and supporting continued growth of new music; in 2013, she co-led an international consortium in commissioning a vibraphone and speaking-voice work from composer Lawton Hall.

Highlight performances include winning the 2013 New York University Steinhardt Concerto Competition, performing with the NYU Contemporary Ensemble at the 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon, performing Sam Shepard’s Tongues at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), composing the score and performing as the featured musician in the production of The Secret Paris Project at the Secret Theatre (NYC), and performing with Julie Spencer at PASIC 2009.

Abby is pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, where she studies with Eduardo Leandro and serves as a teaching assistant. She received her Master of Music in Percussion Performance from NYU and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Lawrence University. Abby’s teachers have included Dane Richeson, Beverley Johnston, James Saporito, Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, Michael Spiro, Nani Agbeli, Joe Ludwig, and Janet Cramer.

Visit www.abbyfisherpercussion.com



Hailed by the Aspen Times for his “soulful and technically impressive solo” at his concerto debut at the Aspen Music Festival, Matthew Lau, was fascinated by the different tone colors of percussion instruments and started learning at the age of 10. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Matthew is currently candidate of Doctor of Musical Arts in Stony Brook University, studying with Eduardo Leandro. He performed in venues in New York and around the world such as Zankel at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The Firehouse Space, Spectrum, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, KBS Hall in Seoul. He was also associate faculty at the Hong Kong International Percussion Festival

Matthew obtained his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at NYU Steinhardt, under the tutelage of Professor Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, James Saporito and Josh Quillen. Prior entering NYU, he holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Music in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Hong Kong Baptist University, studying with Dr. Heung-wing Lung, and timpani under James Boznos. Matthew was first runner-up in the concerto competition at HKBU in 2009 and was given Audience Choice Award. He also holds the Licentiate Performance Diploma from the Trinity College of Music of London with distinction in 2009.

Matthew was accepted into the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2011 studying with Thomas Stubbs and Douglas Howards. With the direction of the new artistic director Robert Spano, he has worked with artists such as Jane Glover, Tomas Netopil, Colin Currie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Robert McDuffie, Sarah Chang, Isabel Bayrakdarian and Sasha Cooke. Matthew participates with the NYU Symphony Orchestra, NYU Wind Ensemble and he was the timpanist for Music Trailer Live! Orchestra in New York.

As a classically-trained orchestral percussionist, he toured extensively with the Asian Youth Orchestra in the summers of 2008 and 2009, under the batons of Richard Pontzious, James Judd and Matthiaus Bamert, sharing the stage in China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong with soloists such as Alisa Weilerstein, Jian Wang, Elmar Oliveira and Jean-Louis Steurman.

Matthew is a proud endorser of Cadeson Instruments.

Besides music, Matthew is also an avid knitter and freelance knit wear designer. As of 2012, he is a certified Level 1 Master Knitter.

For more info, please go to www.matthewlaumusic.com



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