Broken Chord Spring 2017:

(Not) Water : New Georges : Sheila Callaghan, playwright : Daniella Topol, director : June 2017

TB Sheets : Buran Theatre : Adam R. Burnett, playwright : Adam R. Burnett, director : May 2017

Macbeth : Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC) : William Shakespeare, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : May 2017

UniSon : Oregon Shakespeare Festival : UNIVERSES, playwright : Robert O'Hara, director : April 2017

Electra : Dallas Theater Center : Sophocles, playwright : Kevin Moriarty, director : April 2017

How I Learned to Drive : Cleveland Play House : Paula Vogel, playwright : Laura Kepley, director : March 2017

Bull in a China Shop : LCT3 : Bryna Turner, playwright : Lee Sunday Evans, director : February 2017

The Exponential Festival

Broken Chord Fall 2016:

Party People : Public Theater (NYC) : Universes, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : November 2016

War of the Roses : Delaware Theatre Company : Warren Adler, playwright : Bud Martin, director : September 2016

coming soon...

Katorga: Section 6

an OZET film

directed by Jayce Bartok
story, text and music by Aaron Meicht and Scott Blumenthal
starring Becky Baumwoll and Stuart Rudin
photographed and edited by Andres Karu
costume design by Kathleen Geldard
sound edit by Guy Rosmarin

Based on the June 2014 stage production Katorga
presented at Incubator Arts Project, New York City

more info on the OZET website

or follow us on FaceBook

Broken Chord keeps working. And we just had our first Brodaway gig in March...

Deferred Action : Dallas Theater Center (TX) : David Lozano and Lee Trull, playwrights : David Lozano, director : April 2016

Eclipsed : Golden Theatre (Broadway) : Danai Gurira, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : March 2016

Sorry : LaGuardia Performing Arts Center : Shook Ones, creators : Jesse J. Perez, director : January 2016

more Broken Chord productions in 2015:

When Five Years Pass : Juilliard (NYC) : Federico Garcia Lorca, playwright : Jesse J. Perez, director : December 2015

These Paper Bullets! : Atlantic Theater Company (NYC) : Rolin Jones, playwright : Jackson Gay, director : December 2015

Eclipsed : Public Theater (NYC) : Danai Gurira, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : October 2015

These Paper Bullets! : Geffen Playhouse (LA) : Rolin Jones, playwright : Jackson Gay, director : September 2015

Pride and Prejudice : Centerstage (MD) : Christopher Baker, playwright : Hana Sharif, director : September 2015

Informed Consent : Primary Stages (NYC) : Deborah Zoe Laufer, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : August 2015

Sanctuary Songs : The Working Theater (NYC) : Caridad Svich, Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone, creators/directors : April 2015

Madame Bovary : Barnard College (NYC) : Kyle deCamp, playwright : Kyle deCamp, director : February 2015

La MaMa, NYC

October 2015

cheap & easy OCTOBER

written/directed by Kara Feely
composed by Travis Just
installation by Hannah Dougherty
lighting design by Jeanette Yew
stage managed by Liz Nielsen

performed by Avi Glickstein, Taylor Levine, Aaron Meicht, Tavish Miller,
Daniel Allen Nelson, Fulya Peker, Andie Springer, Deborah Wallace, and Owen Weaver

coming to you from Object Collection

Sanctuary Songs
part of The Working Theater's
Five Boroughs/One City project

Artists Caridad Svich, Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone team up
at the world famous Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Believers, and nonbelievers from all walks of life and faith traditions are
welcome at St. John the Divine. And in the community of this
magnificent cathedral, many people have found home and sanctuary.
But in a world of chaos and injustice, what does that mean?
This unique project weaves interviews, text, and lyrics
with original music by Broken Chord.

Four public performances in April and May 2015.
More info at The Working Theater website.

16 February 2015 - 9pm - $7

Astro Black (sub-underground II)


death drone - fish heads - power electronics - scary peoples

(after Sun Ra)

Silent Barn, Bushwick, NYC

603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

written/directed by Kara Feely
music by Travis Just

performers: Deborah Wallace, Avi Glickstein
Daniel Allen Nelson, Tavish Miller, Paula Matthusen
Taylor Levine, Aaron Meicht

flyer artwork: Hannah Dougherty

coming to you from Object Collection

Just completed a great production (as Broken Chord) at Berkeley Repertory Theatre:

Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacies of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, runs until November 23, 2014.

Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja) and based on dozens of interviews, Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide.

Directed by our long-time collaborator, Liesl Tommy, Party People looks at the triumphant and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords and what happens to those who come after.

Trumpet City is a 60 minute live-installation
of 18 or more trumpets performing outdoors in a public space.

On 2 August 2014 I will be performing it with 91 trumpet players
as part of the NYC Department of Transportation's Summer Streets Program.

We will line Park Avenue from 46th Street at the Helmsley Building to 72nd Street.

Check this out!

Trumpet City by Craig Shepard

24, 26-29 June 2014 - 8pm


Incubator Arts Project Music Series
at St. Mark's Church
131 East 10th Street New York, NY 10003

Daniel Baker: voice, chimes
Becky Baumwoll: the woman
Scott Blumenthal: guitar
Brendan Dougherty: drums, electronics
Paula Matthusen: live vocal processing
Aaron Meicht: trumpet, keyboards
Matt Mitchell: organ, electronics
Britt Plunkett: set
Thomas Dunn: lights
Kathleen Geldard: costumes
Dan Scully: video
Alex Harbaugh, Phillip Peglow: sound
Michael McGee: light assistant
Emily Auciello: sound assistant

With Object Collection I perform Automatic Writing by Robert Ashley and original OC works in London, Birmingham and NYC.

30 March 2014 - London - Cafe OTO - New York Girls and Automatic Writing

3 April 2014 - Birmingham - Frontiers Festival - Automatic Writing

15 April 2014 - NYC - The Stone - Red Night

I scored a feature film that premiered at

First Time Fest in NYC on 5 April 2014.

Fall to Rise by Jayce Bartok

more Broken Chord productions from 2013/2014:

When We Were Young and Unafraid : Manhattan Theatre Club (NYC) : Sarah Treem, playwright : Pam MacKinnon, director : May 2014

These Paper Bullets! : Yale Repertory Theater (CT) : Rolin Jones, playwright : Jackson Gay, director : March 2014

Appropriate : Signature Theatre (NYC) : Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : March 2014

Pride and Prejudice : People's Light (PA) : Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, playwrights : Samantha Bellomo, director : March 2014

Row After Row : Women's Project (NYC) : Jessica Dickey, playwright : Daniella Topol, director : January 2014

A Christmas Carol : Dallas Theater Center (TX) : Kevin Moriarty, playwright : Kevin Moriarty, director : November 2013

Appropriate : Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (DC) : Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : November 2013

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many : Roundabout Underground (NYC) : Meghan Kennedy, playwright : Sheryl Kaller, director : October 2013

Charles Ives Take Me Home : Rattlestick Theater (NYC) : Jessica Dickey, playwright : Daniella Topol, director : May 2013

an OZET event

3 August 2013


The Silent Barn 603 Bushwick Ave.

$8 at the door

OZET makes its first appearance at auto-didactic cooperative performance space The Silent Barn with OzetSet: two hours of soundscapes, grooves, songs, films, and rituals.

23 May 2013 - 8pm - $12 advance / $15 door

[The] servant (cleaning up in the next room) cannot make music.

Incubator Arts Project Music Series at St. Mark's Church
131 East 10th Street New York, NY 10003

Aaron Meicht - trumpet
Scott Blumenthal - guitar, singing
Daniel Baker - singing
Sean Hagerty - mandolin, violin, singing

A new OZET piece.

Broken Chord productions from early 2013 include:

A Raisin in the Sun : Huntington Theatre Company (MA) : Lorraine Hansberry, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : March 2013
The Lying Lesson : Atlantic Theater Company (NYC) : Craig Lucas, playwright : Pam MacKinnon, director : February 2013
The Dance and the Railroad : Signature Theatre (NYC) : David Henry Hwang, playwright : May Adrales, director : February 2013
King Lear : Dallas Theater Center (TX) : William Shakespeare, playwright : Kevin Moriarty, director : January 2013

I have been scoring some films lately. Here is the trailer for a short that was just completed:

Sunburn by Jayce Bartok

20 December 2012

OZET Katorga: Workshop no.2

Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark's Church

131 East 10th Street New York, NY 10003

For twelve days each year, the OZET is dark. The Pioneers nest in their beds. The children are in the haylofts, drugged with syrup and warmed by the animals crowded in the barn below. Underground, the chain begins grumbling.

An eleven hour performance, followed by a party.

an OZET event

Valerie and I had another child!
Dorothy MorelMeicht.
7 December 2012.

an OZET event

21 October 2012

OZET Drinking Ritual

At The Dumbo Spot in Dumbo, Brooklyn

160 Water Street

OZET will be performing OZET Drinking Ritual this Sunday night as part of Fresh Ground Pepper's FUTURE event in Brooklyn.

More theater productions in 2012 with Daniel Baker as Broken Chord:

The Language Archive : Fordham University Theatre (NYC) : Julia Cho, playwright : Tamilla Woodard, director : November 2012
Him : Primary Stages (NYC) : Daisy Foote, playwright : Evan Yionoulis, director : September 2012
King Lear : Trinity Repertory Company (RI) : William Shakespeare, playwright : Kevin Moriarty, director : September 2012
Harrison TX : Primary Stages (NYC) : Horton Foote, playwright : Pam MacKinnon, director : August 2012

1 August 2012

OZET Katorga Kick-Off Event

Incubator Arts Project at St. Mark's Church

131 East 10th Street New York, NY 10003

We are very excited to announce that OZET is beginning a two-year residency at Incubator Arts Project to develop a new piece, OZET Katorga, tentatively scheduled to premier in 2014. Please join us at IAP on August 1 to kick off the new work with a little party. The OZET band will be playing some songs, and we'll give you a glimpse of what's in store. Hope to see you there!

an OZET event

OZET at IAP 2012-2014

The Incubator Arts Project is excited to announce a new two year partnership
with OZET as part of a new Development Residency. Over the course of two
years OZET and the Incubator will work together to develop the company's
audience and infrastructure. Alongside this company development support
Incubator will provide space for OZET to develop and present new work which
will culminate in a full production at the end of the two year Development Residency.

More theater productions this Spring with Daniel Baker as Broken Chord:

Party People : Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR) : Universes, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : July 2012
A Wrinkle in Time : People's Light (PA) : John Glore, playwright : Samantha Bellomo, director : April 2012
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom : Huntington Theatre Company (MA) : August Wilson, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : March 2012
The Whipping Man : Hartford Stage (CT) : Matthew Lopez, playwright : Hana Sharif, director : February 2012

an OZET performance

Three hundred years after leaving Earth, on the eve of the Festival of the Fifteenth Generation,
the Pioneers of Village 20 gather to watch The Council's official broadcast. The vodka is free,
the band plays anthems and local favorites, and the villagers wonder "Will the soil recover?
Are the men in the corner really here to help?" Before the celebration ends,
a shocking interruption will expose a fissure in the OZET's Utopian facade,
and the Pioneers will face the beginning of a new, troubled age.

26 January - 4 February, 2012

at Incubator Arts Project (131 E. 10th St., NYC)

Created by Aaron Meicht and Scott Blumenthal
with Daniel Baker

Liesl Tommy : DZIDZIA
Brendan Spieth : TAMAZ
Daniel Baker : NIKOLOZ
Scott Blumenthal : MALKHAZI
Brendan Dougherty : THE DRUMMER

Paul Zimet : COUNCILOR
Jesse Perez : SUBVERSIVE #1
Paula Matthusen : SUBVERSIVE #2
David Hopkins : SUBVERSIVE #3

Britt Plunkett : SETS
Kathleen Geldard : COSTUMES
Thomas Dunn : LIGHTS
Dan Scully : VIDEO
Daniel Kluger : SOUND
Brandon Wolcott : SOUND

with Object Collection I will perform chamber music of Robert Ashley

3 November 2011 - 7pm - Trio with Nate Wooley and Travis Just for two trumpets and 5 gongs
4 November 2011 - 9pm - Automatic Writing
5 November 2011 - 7pm - Trio with Nate Wooley and Travis Just for two trumpets and 5 gongs
5 November 2011 - 9pm - Automatic Writing

Incubator Arts Project, NYC
St. Mark's Church in the Bowery (131 E 10th St.)

I did another Fall season of theater productions:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer : Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (MO) : Laura Eason, playwright : Jeremy B. Cohen, director : October 2011 (composition)
American Buffalo : Centerstage (MD) : David Mamet, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : November 2011 (sound design)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer : Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY) : Laura Eason, playwright : Jeremy B. Cohen, director : October 2011 (composition)
The Tempest : Dallas Theater Center (TX) : William Shakespeare, playwright : Kevin Moriarty, director : September 2011 (composition)
The Seagull : Lake Lucille (NY) : Anton Chekhov, playwright : Brian Mertes, director : August 2011 (trumpet playing)

20 July 2011
Cousin Dave's Basement:
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

synth, vocals by Daniel "The Smuggler" Baker
guitar, vocals by Scott Blumenthal
trumpet, synth, vocals by Aaron Meicht
sound by Daniel Kluger

In a crowded basement, Aaron, Scott, and Daniel (Space Monkey) Baker joined forces for the first public performance by OZET Band. The set list (in full below) included songs from previous performances, transmissions, and brand new additions to the ever-expanding OZET Songbook.

OZET Band: Premier
an OZET performance

I did sound and music for a production of Balm in Gilead that was organized by Beau Willimon.

The one performance was on 5 June 2011 in Brooklyn.

There was a great article about the work in the New York Times.

I will be performing in the Music at First Series in Eric km Clark's The Deprivation Choir.

Friday 20 May 2011 - 7:30pm

First Presbyterian Church (124 Henry St, Brooklyn)

Eric's deprivation music is incredible.

I had another batch of theater productions featuring my music.
As always, the projects were completed in collaboration
with Daniel Baker as Broken Chord.

Gem of the Ocean : Hartford Stage (CT) : August Wilson, playwright : Hana Sharif, director : May 2011

Ruined : Berkeley Repertory Theatre (CA) : Lynn Nottage, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : February 2011

Kidnapped! : People's Light (PA) : Ernie Joselovitz, playwright : Samantha Bellomo, director : January 2011

Snow Falling on Cedars : Hartford Stage (CT) : Kevin McKeon, playwright : Jeremy B. Cohen, director : January 2011

Ruined : Huntington Theatre Company (MA) : Lynn Nottage, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : January 2011

Ruined : La Jolla Playhouse (CA) : Lynn Nottage, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : November 2010

Object Collection Performance-Party-Benefit

4 April 2011
Issue Project Room - 7pm-Midnight
232 3rd St. (3rd Floor) Brooklyn

A special version of the musical Oklahoma!
performed by
Kara Feely, Avi Glickstein, Travis Just, Aaron Meicht

MATA Interval Concert
Interval 4.2: In One

13 January 2011
Issue Project Room - 8pm
232 3rd St. (3rd Floor) Brooklyn

A laptop orchestra piece by Paula Matthusen
called "lathyrus" performed by Scott Blumenthal, Erik DeLuca,
Michael McCurdy, Aaron Meicht, James Moore, Wil Smith,
Aleksei Stevens, and Spencer Topel.

Valerie and I had a child.
Leon MorelMeicht.
29 September 2010.

a concert with G. Douglas Barrett - 20 August 2010 - 10:00pm

A Few Silence, A Place or Two, Some Applause is a program of experimental performance curated by G. Douglas Barrett at the Incubator Arts Project

Revolving loosely around the meeting of post-conceptual and discursive practices with those developed by the experimental music tradition,
A Few Silence, A Place or Two, Some Applause is an evening-length program of performance works which considers the concert situation as
technologically mediated site for embodied, social and institutionalized listening. Works by G. Douglas Barrett, John Cage, Bill Dietz and Adam Overton.

Performed by G. Douglas Barrett, Kara Feely, Travis Just, Francesco Gagliardi, David Kant, Aaron Meicht and Quentin Tolimieri.

Alberts I-V
an OZET performance

5-8 August 2010
5-7pm (preshow), 7-8pm (performance)

at HERE (145 6th Ave, NYC)

Created and Performed by Aaron Meicht and Scott Blumenthal

Live electronics by Paula Matthusen
Sound by Broken Chord and David Thomas
Film by Jayce Bartok and Andres Karu
Light by Thomas Dunn and Jeff Englander
Set Design consulting by Anya Klepikov
Video Consulting by Dan Scully

Alberts: Jayce Bartok, David Hopkins,
Scott Blumenthal, Daniel Baker, Aaron Meicht

Veksler Training Complex Scientists:
Paula Matthusen and Wil Smith

Ten years before the historic launch of the Collective Sphere OZET,
five men endure eight grueling months of astronautical training in a
secret facility three miles west of Zhytomyr. Two pioneers make the cut.
A new chapter in the evolving OZET saga,
featuring live acoustic and electronic music, dialogue,
film, scientific exposition, boxing, duct tape, pickles and vodka.

I had an amazing year of designing music and sound for theater productions around the country.
The projects were completed in collaboration with Daniel Baker as Broken Chord.

The Emperor's New Clothes : People's Light (PA) : Richard Hellesen, playwright : Abigail Adams, director : June 2010 (with Dan Kluger)

Lascivious Something : Women's Project (NYC) : Sheila Callaghan, playwright : Daniella Topol, director : May 2010

Tom Sawyer : Hartford Stage (CT) : Laura Eason, playwright : Jeremy B. Cohen, director : April 2010

Ruined : Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR) : Lynn Nottage, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : March 2010

The Americans, Part I : Juilliard (NYC) : Sam Shepard, playwright : Brian Mertes, director : February 2010

Eclipsed : Yale Repertory Theater (CT) : Danai Gurira, playwright : Liesl Tommy, director : October 2009

A Midsummer Night's Dream : Dallas Theater Center (TX) : William Shakespeare, playwright : Kevin Moriarty, director : October 2009 : (with Ryan Rumery)

Richard III : New School Drama Theater (NYC) : William Shakespeare, playwright : Stephen Fried, director : October 2009

The Piven Monologues : Joe's Pub (NYC) : Alena Smith, playwright : Alex Timbers, director : September 2009

Thunder Above, Deeps Below : Second Generation (NYC) : A. Rey Pamatmat, playwright : Pat Diamond, director : September 2009

Oohrah! : Atlantic Theater (NYC) : Bekah Brunstetter, playwright : Evan Cabnet, director : August 2009

A Lifetime Burning : Primary Stages (NYC) : Cusi Cram, playwright : Pam MacKinnon, director : July 2009

Monstrosity : 13P (NYC) : Lucy Thurber, playwright : Lear deBessonet, director : July 2009

End Days : People's Light (PA) : Deborah Zoe Laufer, playwright : Jackson Gay, director : June 2009

portable for radios, suitcases, and feedback by
Paula Matthusen - 2 May 2010 - 3:00pm

Music With A View at the Flea Theater.

Kara Feely, Travis Just, Michael McCurdy, Aaron Meicht, James Moore,
Wil Smith, Yvonne Troxler, and Christa Van Alstine.

6 March 2010 - 10pm

at the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator (131 E 10th St)

Koba / OZET Songbook

We present a spec-fi mystery with Soviet overtones
for seven musicians and three actors.
After the break, a rock band performs
official and unofficial selections from the OZET Songbook.

- performers include -
LeeAnne Hutchison, Steven Rattazzi
Darius Jones, Seth Meicht
Matt Bauder, Josh Sinton
Wil Smith, James Moore, Mike Pride
Scott Blumenthal, Aaron Meicht

the music of Paula Matthusen 13 February 2010 - 10:00pm

Experimental Music at the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator

The first live-performance of "portable" for vintage radio suitcases
picking up radio interfence patterns and generating feedback will be performed.
Performed by Kara Feely, Travis Just, Aaron Meicht, James Moore, Wil Smith, and Yvonne Troxler.

two jazz shows

Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble

26 January 2010 - 10pm - The Stone

Matt Bauder - alto saxophone ; Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone
Charlie Evans - baritone saxophone ; Aaron Meicht - trumpet
Herb Robertson - trumpet ; Steve Swell - trombone
Adam Lane - bass ; Mike Pride - drums

The Seth Meicht Quartet

28 January 2010 - 10pm - Le Grand Dakar

Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone ; Aaron Meicht - trumpet
Adam Lane - bass ; Mike Pride - drums





MATA Interval Concert

Interval 3.1: Architectures of Sound

13 January 2010
Issue Project Room - 8pm
232 3rd St. (3rd Floor) Brooklyn

I am playing trumpet on works by G. Douglas Barrett and Mike Winter.
The concert is curated by David Kant and Cameron Hu.

Douglas Street Music Collective presents a NOWT@NITE concert

19 December 2009 - 8pm

295 Douglass St., Brooklyn

We are featuring new compositions by David Kant, Wil Smith,
and a new work of mine called Fuck That Guy.
Amanda Tabor will join us on French Horn.





AB Duo + dancers

Jared Gradinger, Matan Zamir, Angela Schubot, Nicola Mascia.

Brendan and I are joined by four fantastic movers in an exciting new work at Jesus Club in Berlin

and on the same night is music by Werner Dafeldecker's group

Jesus Club
9 Dec 2009 - 20:00h

Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin:
An der Schillingbrucke
(side-entrance at the river terrace)












four concerts upcoming at the Stone - corner of avenue C and 2nd street





15 November 2009

Craig Shepard

Dan Joseph (guitar), Aaron Meicht (trumpet), Katie Porter (clarinet), Harvey Weissman (speaker).

We are presenting compositions and readings from Craig's book 'On Foot'. The book documents Craig's 250 mile walk across Switzerland. Every day he composed a new piece, wrote it down and performed it on the pocket trumpet at 6 pm. The compositions are fantastic and the whole concept of the work is very exciting to me.

17 November 2009

Travis Just

Travis Just (composition/electronics/ woodwinds/objects), Kara Feely (voice/recordings/objects), Devin Maxwell (percussion/inside piano), Aaron Meicht (trumpets), James Moore (guitar)

Travis is doing fantastic work. He and Kara created Object Collection which is one of the most envelope-pushing companies working in NYC. (Their last music/theater work 'Problem Radical(s)' was presented at PS122 this past year.) We are doing two pieces of Travis' at the Stone: 'I-Fraction (vox nihili)' and 'The only way to reform modern lettering is to abolish it'.

19 November 2009

the wulf in NYC

the wulf is a performance space in LA run by Eric km Clark and Mike Winter (and named for the late Harris Wulfson). I am participating in their giant 3-hour set (!) starting at 8pm in Harris' Live Score project and a piece by Laura Steenberge called 'Lucifer in the Shadow'.

24 November 2009

AB Duo +
Paula Matthusen and Jeremy Woodruff

Brendan Dougherty (drums, percussion, electronics), Aaron Meicht (trumpets, electronics), Paula Matthusen (laptop), Jeremy Woodruff (flutes)

Brendan and I are presenting some AB Duo music (always exciting). And then we will be joined by composer/performers Paula Matthusen and Jeremy Woodruff in improvisations and the premier of Jeremy's piece 'Becoming Music 3 - The Package Store'.

a live concert to be recorded by C.I.M.P. Records for a future release:

Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble

19 September 2009

Caplan Hall, Terra Building
University of the Arts
211 S. Broad St. 17th floor

Darius Jones - alto saxophone ; Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone ; Charlie Evans - baritone saxophone
Aaron Meicht - trumpet ; Herb Robertson - trumpet ; Steve Swell - trombone
Adam Lane - bass ; Mike Pride - drums

8pm - $10

Brown Grant

11 August 2009 at The Tank - 9:30pm - $5

45th Street Theatre in Hell's Kitchen
354 W. 45th St.
(btwn 8th and 9th Ave.)

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Possibly the way to aid the use of a country (zone) is necessary in an extension of, often below the capital, the
Indian government. Successive controls vary also. They escape with the work inside according to the instruction
that finishes two presidents. Before 1848 the children of the escaped Taylor, the marine sender, select four years.
The expedition of the pilot program was impressive, around the marine sender of the negotiated party,"
Ulysses S. Grant said.

Matt Mitchell and I make this music as Brown Grant.

Feely / Just / Matthusen / Meicht

21 July 2009 at The Tank - 9:30pm - $5

45th Street Theatre in Hell's Kitchen
354 W. 45th St.
(btwn 8th and 9th Ave.)

Ensemble improvisations by Kara Feely, Travis Just, Paula Matthusen, and me.


Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble

24 July 2009 at the Tea Lounge, Brooklyn - 9pm

Darius Jones - alto saxophone ; Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone ; Alex Hamlin - baritone saxophone
Aaron Meicht - trumpet ; Jacob Wick - trumpet ; Steve Swell - trombone
Adam Lane - bass ; Mike Pride - drums

I have two shows on Saturday 13 June 2009

Vision Festival - 2pm

Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble

Matt Bauder - alto saxophone
Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone
Charlie Evans - baritone saxophone
Aaron Meicht - trumpet
Jacob Wick - trumpet
Steve Swell - trombone
Adam Lane - bass
Mike Pride - drums

Roulette - 8:30pm

the music of Paula Matthusen

Lots of her music will be featured
and I am playing on one of them.

A busy couple of months in the theater.
I wrote music for the following productions
(as always in collaboration with sound designer
Daniel Baker as the Broken Chord Collective):

Instructions for Breathing by Caridad Svich (directed by Daniella Topol) at the Passage Theater in Trenton
The Wild Inside by Cusi Cram (directed by Jackson Gay) at Fordham University
10 Things To Do Before I Die by Zakiyyah Alexander (directed by Jackson Gay) at Second Stage Theatre
Night Sky by Susan Yankowitz (directed by Daniella Topol) at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

And I helped out on these productions:
The Good Negro at the Public Theater
Chasing Manet at Primary Stages

Sunday 29 March 2009 - 10:00pm

Coco 66
66 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn New York

The Seth Meicht Quartet
Seth Meicht (saxophone)
Aaron Meicht (trumpet)
Adam Lane (bass)
Mike Pride (drums)

followed by the Andrew D'Angelo / Mike Pride Duo

for slide show, two singers, audience
6 March 2009 at the Object Collection Benefit Concert at Listen/Space (195 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211)
written and performed by Scott Blumenthal and Aaron Meicht
[continuing the Bernal Project...]

Sunday 15 February 2009 - 10:00pm

Scrapple Records European New Release Show

at Ausland
Lychnerstr. 60, 10437, Berlin

AB Duo
Aaron Meicht / Brendan Dougherty

featuring Tunebooks by Jeremy Woodruff
Chris Heenan, winds
Andrew Hamilton, violin
Ranjit Prasad, bass/e-bass
Kamila Marcinkowska, baroque bassoon
Jan Terstegen, e-guitar and fx
Martin Krause, percussion
Brian Mitchell, e-guitar

buy the new Scrapple Records here

I am in Berlin in January as a featured performer in this exciting festival:

Politics of Ecstasy

It is hosted by Meg Stuart, Jeremy Wade, and Brendan Dougherty.
Performances take place at all three of the HAU theaters in Kreuzberg.
I am specifically involved in four events that are part of the Improv-Series.

23 Jan 2009 - Laughing & Silent Dinner

Music: Brendan Dougherty, Guido Hennebohl, Aaron Meicht

24 Jan 2009 - Task Factory

Dance: Ami Garmon, Jared Gradinger, Adam Linder, Stephanie Maher, Anja Muller, Anja Sielaff, Meg Stuart, Frank James Willens
Music: Greg Haines, Aaron Meicht, Jeremy Woodruff
Video: Andreas Deinert
Light: Jan Maertens
Costume: Nina Gundlach, Sasa Kovacevic
Set Design: Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton

27 Jan 2009 - Ron Athey's Auto da Fe

performance: Ron Athey, Alexandra von Bolz'n, Didi Bruckmayr
Music: Brendan Dougherty, Aaron Meicht

30/31 Jan 2009 - OURSONGISLONG

Dance: Jared Gradinger, Maria F. Scaroni, Meg Stuart
Music: Brendan Dougherty, Aaron Meicht

Monday 12 January 2009 - 7:30pm - $10

Vision/RUCMA series presents:

The Seth Meicht Quartet

Seth Meicht (saxophone)
Aaron Meicht (trumpet)
Adam Lane (bass)
Mike Pride (drums)

at Yippie Cafe
9 Bleecker St (btwn Bowery and Elizabeth)

19 Oct 2008 : 8pm : Free
Harris Wulfson Tribute Concert
at the Brooklyn Lyceum
I will be performing Harris' Durations with an ensemble of his friends

4 Nov 2008 : 7pm : Free
Object Collection performs Cornelius Cardew's graphic-score classic from 1968 Schooltime Compositions
for the Ontological Theater Experimental Music Series
I will be realizing part of the score along side many other composers/performers

19 Nov 2008 : 8pm & 9:30pm : $10
Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble
at the Brooklyn Lyceum

Thursday : 2 October 2008 : 8pm

I am doing a new work at the SINTESI/dogpile festival at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater (131 E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave., NYC).

The new work is called There's a distance at which control returns to us.

The piece will feature Scott Blumenthal, Seth Meicht, and me (and maybe some others). It is part of a great festival of cool 5-minute works October 2-4. Each night is $17 adults/$12 Students. Check out the link above for more info on the other people involved.

As a member of the Broken Chord Collective I was composer
and music director for the currently running production of Romeo and Juliet
at the Washington DC Shakespeare Theater Company.
The production was directed by David Muse. Daniel Baker was the sound designer.

There is a lot of music in the production,
almost all of which is performed live by the actors in the company.
And, it is a fantastic production of the play!

Try to see it if you are in DC sometime before 10 October 2008.

Sunday : 31 August : 8pm

Brecht Forum

451 West Street (btwn Bank & Bethune Sts)
West Greenwich Village

Seth Meicht Quartet
Seth Meicht (tenor saxophone)
Aaron Meicht (trumpet)
Adam Lane (bass)
Mike Pride (drumset)

Listen/Space and Rattlestick New Music Series
MiniFest of Experimental Music

16 July 2008 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place, New York, NY, 10014)

18 July 2008 at Listen/Space (195 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211)

these concerts start at 8pm and are FREE and open to the public

G. Douglas Barrett : Derivations (XI and XII)

Brendan Dougherty : Gestural Theater 1

Joseph Kudirka : Grey

Devin Maxwell : Duo

John Mark Sherlock : Republic of Canada

Jeremy Woodruff : Tunebook

performers include : Devin Maxwell, Aaron Meicht, James Moore,
Katie Porter, Quentin Tolimieri, Harris Wulfson

9 May 2008 - 7pm - $10

Object Collection
Experimental Music Series
at the Ontological Theater (131 E 10th St)

A new section of my Bernal Project will be performed.

Bern : scenes 5-7

scene 5.
"There is no doubt that a dog is loyal.
But does that mean we should emulate him?
After all, he is loyal to people, not to other dogs."
scene 6.
"It is the height of ingratitude if a sausage calls a pig a pig."
scene 7.
"When animals yawn, they have human faces."

featuring : Alex Barreto (speaking), Eric km Clark (violin), Kara Feely (speaking), Travis Just (alto saxophone/clarinet), Aaron Meicht (trumpet), Seth Meicht (tenor saxophone/clarinet), James Moore (electric guitar/acoustic guitar), Quentin Tolimieri (keyboards/chimes), Harris Wulfson (violin/acoustic guitar)

There are 3 evenings of music for this mini-festival:

May 8, 7pm : Eric Clark, Christoph Ogiermann, Craig Shepard

May 9, 7pm : Gisburg, Paula Matthusen, Aaron Meicht

May 10, 7pm : Turf Boon, Travis Just, Quentin Tolimieri

Friday 11 April - 8pm - $13

Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble

Matt Bauder - alto saxophone
Seth Meicht - tenor saxophone
Charlie Evans - baritone saxophone
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Aaron Meicht - trumpet
Steve Swell - trombone
Adam Lane - bass
Andrew Drury - drums

at The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City (Queens)

"What has been going on update" for April 2008. On 18 February 2008 the fifth concert in the Rattlestick New Music Series included my Bernal Project (scene 8) and featured Eric km Clark, Seth Meicht, and Harris Wulfson. March 8th had me performing a work at the Diapason Gallery called Filling Vessels by Paula Matthusen. The last Rattlestick New Music Series concert was on March 10 and for that I played in my brother's Big Sound Ensemble. On March 28th I played with the Object Collection ensemble as part of the Experimental Music Series at the Ontological Theater. We did the music of Christian Kesten. On the 29th I performed The Brown Study by eldritch Priest at a conference at Stony Brook Manhattan. And finally, I am doing another Object Collection concert on April 5 that features music by Harris Wulfson. Also, from March 17-24 I participated in the Katharsis Theater workshop for an upcoming production of Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. It features my arrangments and re-compositions of the original score by Jean-Baptiste Lully.

I am composing music for 3 theater productions in early 2008.

by Trista Baldwin
directed by Daniella Topol
at the Women's Project
February 1 - March 2

Lower Ninth
by Beau Willimon
directed by Danny Goldstein
at The Flea
February 14 - April 5

by Morris Panych
directed by Stephen DiMenna
at the Westport Country Playhouse
February 26 - March 15

On 14 January 2008 the Rattlestick New Music Series presents:

Matt Bauder
Day in Pictures Trio
Matt Bauder - saxophone, clarinet ; Shoko Nagai - keyboards ; Tomas Fujiwara - drums

Devin Maxwell

Wil Smith
Restless Drive for banjo and electronics ; Crushed for cello, voice and electronics
James Moore - banjo ; Jody Redhage - cello

On 3 December 2007 the Rattlestick New Music Series presents:

Aaron Meicht
Bernal Project - scene 2
"The superman is a premature ideal, one that presupposes man."
for solo trumpet and computer

Eric km Clark's Hearing Deprivation Orchestra
Deprivation Music no.1 for as many musicians as possible
Deprivation Music no.3 for as many clarinets and saxophones as possible
exPAT (Deprivation Music no.4 / chorale) for as many electric guitars as possible

I will be continuing as composer-in-residence for the 2007-2008 season of the Rattlestick New Music Series.

The second concert will be Monday 8 October. It is a great program!

Problem Radical(s): 2 - Kara Feely (text) & Travis Just (music)
featuring Travis Just (saxophones, clarinets, flute, harmonicas, samples, various objects), Jonathan Marmor (guitar pickups, harmonicas, various objects), Jeremy Woodruff (flute), Kara Feely (text), Daniel Kotter (live video)

3 Part Inventions for any solo treble flexible pitch instrument - Jeremy Woodruff
featuring Jeremy Woodruff (flute)

New Violin Pieces and Trombone Duel - Eric Shim
featuring John Elrod and Brandon Epperson (trombones), Christian Hebel (violin)

Bernal Formula for solo saxophone - Aaron Meicht
featuring Seth Meicht (tenor saxophone)

The are six concert dates scheduled for the series season are September 17, October 8, December 3, January 14, February 18 and March 10.

All concerts are $10 at 8pm at Rattlestick Theater : 224 Waverly Place, New York City.

I will be composer-in-residence for the 2007-2008 season of the Rattlestick New Music Series.

The first concert will be Monday 17 September and will feature the Voice of the City Ensemble performing the music of Eric Shim and the AB Duo featuring Brendan Dougherty and me.

There are six concerts scheduled for the season. Other dates will be October 8, December 3, January 14, February 18 and March 10.

All concerts are $10 at 8pm at Rattlestick Theater : 224 Waverly Place, New York City.

A return to Philadelphia with Brendan and Seth.

Monday 30 July : we will be playing as part of the Bowerbird series.

It is at the Community Education Center at 3500 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia

9:00pm - $5-$10 sliding scale

Brendan Dougherty, drums
Aaron Meicht, trumpet
Seth Meicht, saxophones

Some events in July 2007.

I wrote music for a great play running at the Summer Play Festival (SPF) this week:
Lower Ninth by Beau Willimon, directed by Daniel Goldstein
running through July 15
Kirk Theater, Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street

July 17 (Tuesday) Rattlestick Theater at 224 Waverly Place - 8pm


Kara Feely - vocals
Paula Matthusen - elec
Brendan Dougherty - drums
Travis Just - sax
Aaron Meicht - trumpet / elec

July 22 (Sunday) SHARE @ Reboot Bar at 37 Ave A - 7pm


Paula Matthusen - elec
Brendan Dougherty - elec
Lukas Ligeti - perc
Aaron Meicht - trumpet

I recently wrote music for an off-broadway play
called Stay (written by Lucy Thurber and directed by Jackson Gay).
It is running at the Rattlestick Theater

The Artistic Director of Rattlestick has invited me to present an evening of my
music at their theater. I am very excited about the opportunity to present some
new compositions and improvisations in such a great space! Here is the info:


Music of Aaron Meicht -- Monday 16 April 2007 -- 8pm -- $10

at the Rattlestick Theater : 224 Waverly Place

Matt Bauder, woodwinds
Alex Hamlin, woodwinds
Aaron Meicht, trumpet
Seth Meicht, woodwinds
Matt Mitchell, computer
Valerie Morel, vocals

an Improvisation
(for trumpet, tenor saxophone, computers)

and a new composition, Shelley on War
(for 3 woodwind players, trumpet, computers, and vocals)
setting poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A new composition of mine is included on the new record of my brother, Seth Meicht.

"The Enormous Room" is the last track on Illumine which was released on C.I.M.P. Records. Get it anywhere.

There will be a public reading of a play I co-created

The Drama League Directors Project's
New Directors/New Works Program presents a reading of:


Conceived and Created by Scott Blumenthal, Aaron Meicht and Henry Wishcamper

Friday, October 27th at 8pm and Sunday, October 29th at 1pm.

The Barrow Group Studios, 312 West 36th Street, Studio 6A.


A Living History follows the Community at Eminence, a fictional communistic religious society. The Community has survived from its heyday in the 1840s to the present day, although by the start of the play only two living members remain: Alfred and Priscilla, both of whom are in their 80s. Although they are both robust and independent, they are aware that they are beginning to fail. The society's finances have deteriorated to the point that they now face the imminent threat of foreclosure. The arrival of two outsiders sparks a heated confrontation over the future of the society, the legacy it will leave to history, and the best way for Alfred and Priscilla to spend the remaining years of their lives.

Featuring: Helen-Jean Arthur*, Wilbur Edwin Henry*, LeeAnne Hutchison*, Mitchell McGuire*

Set Design Consultation: Cameron Anderson

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

To RSVP, please call 212-244-9494 x1 and leave a message for Emily

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Let chaos storm!
Let cloud shapes swarm!
I wait for form.

--Robert Frost, Ten Mills

"That mercy towards one set of creatures was cruelty towards another sickened his sense of harmony."

--Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

"Beethoven must have been a fool, with a prodigious talent for that sonorous pantomime which has such unlimited power over the sympathetic nervous system and which so faithfully conjures up the movements and checks, the rushes of enthusiasm and apparently groundless pregnant pauses--the soul's sombre knocking on the door, darkness and illumination in the nervous system--all that devilry which opens up illusory perspectives of thought, depths and wastelands more hollow, more solitary than nature itself. The creator is thought to know the secret of all the abysses produced by him. You have indeed to attribute to him all the boundless, exaggerated nonsense he creates. Is it necessary, for the sake of genius, to obey what is most stupid in oneself? Music makes you understand that emotions, like a way of speaking, can be exaggerated--that the disturbance can carry you away without limit--although any 'cause' may be limited. It turns them into 'things in themselves', creating shame, pride, desire, sadness as autonomous entities--treating anxiety or heavenly repose as though they were colours. But once you realize that understanding fails to follow these developments, you come to look on the workings of music as toxicological effects and deny these contortions any meaningful significance; just as you must deny any meaning to the physiognomic expressions the human face can be forced to make by applying electric currents. So on would be stupid to persist in attributing meaning and mystery to these powerful effects--which are more purgative than profound. Music--art of simulation."

--Paul Valery, Notebooks v.2

"I have searched for doubt in all the arts, have found it there only disguised, furtive, breaking out during the entr'actes of inspiration, rising from slackened impulse; but I have given up searching for it--even in this form--in music; it cannot bloom there: ignorant of irony, music proceeds not from the pranks of the intellect but from the tender or vehement nuances of Naivete, stupidity of the sublime, heedlessness of the infinite... Wit having no equivalent in sound, we denigrate a musician by calling him intelligent. This attribute diminishes him and is not suitable in that languorous cosmogony where, like a blind god, he improvises on universe after another. If he were conscious of his gift, of his genius, he would succumb to pride; but he is not responsible for it; born in the oracle, he cannot understand himself. Let the sterile interpret him: he is not a critic, as God is not a theologian. Limit-case of unreality and the absolute, infinitely real fiction, a lie more authentic than the world, music loses its prestige as soon as, dry or morose, we dissociate ourselves from the Creation, and Bach himself seems no more than insipid rumors; this is the extreme point of our non-participation in things, of our coldness and our collapse. To jeer amid the sublime--sardonic victory of the subjective principle, and one which makes us members of the Devil's brood! Lost is the man who has no more tears for music, who lives now only by the memory of those he has shed: sterile lucidity will have vanquished ecstasy--which once created worlds."

--E.M. Cioran, A Short History of Decay

"...the self which had ceased to exist the day they stopped seeking it alone."

--William Gaddis, The Recognitions