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The New Yorker’s Alex Ross listed thingNY as part of the city’s burgeoning avant-garde classical music scene “striking an attitude of resistance to mainstream culture.” Comprised of composer-performers, thingNY revels in creating and performing unrelenting experimental new works with passion and enthusiasm, oscillating between the “sweeter sounds” and the “punishingly loud.” Since its first performance in October 2006, thingNY has produced four seasons of experimental music including a radio play by Beckett, a collaboratively-created opera, and over a hundred premieres. thingNY is Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Dave Ruder, and Jeffrey Young.
In 2016, thingNY released the album minis/Trajectories



Varispeed is a newly formed collective of composer-performers from experimental theatre group Panoply Performance Laboratory, ensemble thingNY, and Why Lie? that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events. Founded by Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle, and Gelsey Bell, Varispeed came together in June 2011 to perform a twelve-hour celebration of Perfect Lives Brooklyn before they were invited to perform the critically-acclaimed version in November as part of Performa ’11. Their new arrangements in Perfect Lives Manhattan made Time Out New York and New York Times’ critic Steve Smith’s “Best of 2011” list.

The Chutneys

Improv trio!
Fast Forward – percussion.
Gelsey Bell – vocals.
Chris Cochrane – guitar.


Ghost Quartet

Ghost QuartetGhost Quartet is
Brent Arnold (vocals, cello, guitar, erhu, dulcimer, percussion)
Brittain Ashford (vocals, autoharp, keyboard, percussion)
Gelsey Bell (vocals, metallophone, Celtic harp, accordion, percussion)
Dave Malloy (vocals, piano, keyboard, ukulele, percussion)

Ghost Quartet is also a show by Dave Malloy, developed and arranged by the band.



crashThe final opera by Robert Ashley. It premiered at the Whitney Biennial weeks after his death in 2014, and presented again in 2015 at Roulette, where this recording was made. Featuring the original cast: Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, Dave Ruder, and Aliza Simons. Music Director: Tom Hamilton.

The album of the opera was released on Lovely Music in 2017.

Other Recordings include

Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Original Broadway Cast Recording (2017)
Panoply Performance Laboratory’s Institute_Institut (2014)
Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Original Off-Broadway Cast Album (2013)
Cage, Unlocked works by John Cage (2012)
Jay Vilnai’s Shakespeare Songs (2011)



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