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• Adrianna Mateo •

violinist, ambivert, aesthete

singing increasingly outside the shower since 2013

• UPCOMING SHOWS, FALL 2014 •SO! I’ve been flying under the radar ‘cause it’s Fall crazy time. After filming the commercial, I’ve been performing for the former president of Georgia, premiering pieces by Yale composer Natalie Dietterich, conducting three ensembles (one of which is full orchestra + choir woo ), teaching more at the Kaufman Center, plus venturing into more *dramatic* territory with the wonderful actor Richard Thieriot & The Group Lab.
It’s been a tad busy.Before it gets too late in the season, though, here are some upcoming shows. Come out if you’re free!  <3 = more info soon.• 9 OCT, 6-8 PM, SOCIAL MEDIA PANEL // Co-heading this talk with Sana Ahmed (of Kinetic Social/Sprinklr) at Playwright Celtic Pub, courtesy of the Townsend Harris Alumni Association. Come with questions and big ideas. <3• 10 OCT, 8:30 PM, NEW SONGS // Splitting a set with fellow Bang on a Can Marathon alum Brooks Frederickson. We’ll be preceded by the explosive REAL ADULT project of Cory Bracken. INFO: Adrianna Mateo, Brooks Frederickson, and REAL ADULT at The Firehouse Space• 14 OCT, 6:30-8:30 PM, FRANCOPHONE VIOLIN  // Performing my super-ultra-favorite works by Debussy, Ravel and [not-so-francophone composer] Britten at Ayza West Village, with pianist Manon-Hutton Dewys and other talented colleagues, courtesy of Five Senses Tastings. INFO: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-age-of-decadence-tickets-13084597383• 25 OCT, 6 PM, NEW MUSIC // Performing with the likes of Glenn Cornett, Lester St. Louis, and other talents in an electrified ensemble at the LES’s Spectrum. <3
• 7 NOV, 6:45 PM, FAIRLY NEW MUSIC // Performing with Anita Hollander and ensemble at The Village Temple. (Disclaimer: this may or may not involve Fiddler on the Roof licks & antics.)
• 10 NOV, 8 PM, NEW MUSIC // Performing Alex Weston's newest song cycle at Cameo Music-Gallery. Because song cycles belong in rock clubs. <3

• 14 NOV, 7:30PM NEW SONGS // Performing with singer-songwriter and bundle of loquaciousness Gregory C Brown at Spectrum. Electric guitars, scrumptiously vivid lyrics, and buckets of quirkiness abound. <3
• 29 NOV, 8PM, NEW SONGS & NEW MUSIC // Singing and performing multiple instruments in a triple-set threat with composer-pianist Paul Kerekes & Joseph Martin’s Rachmanihop project in its debut performance. Extravagant? Mmmyes, decisively so. <3
Always yours (and panickedly waltzing towards a practice room),<3 a
—Photo by Summer Czajak for ALL:EXPANDED

• UPCOMING SHOWS, FALL 2014 •

SO! I’ve been flying under the radar ‘cause it’s Fall crazy time. After filming the commercial, I’ve been performing for the former president of Georgia, premiering pieces by Yale composer
Natalie Dietterich, conducting three ensembles (one of which is full orchestra + choir woo ), teaching more at the Kaufman Center, plus venturing into more *dramatic* territory with the wonderful actor Richard Thieriot & The Group Lab.

It’s been a tad busy.

Before it gets too late in the season, though, here are some upcoming shows. Come out if you’re free!  <3 = more info soon.

• 9 OCT, 6-8 PM, SOCIAL MEDIA PANEL // Co-heading this talk with Sana Ahmed (of Kinetic Social/Sprinklr) at Playwright Celtic Pub, courtesy of the Townsend Harris Alumni Association. Come with questions and big ideas. <3

• 10 OCT, 8:30 PM, NEW SONGS // Splitting a set with fellow Bang on a Can Marathon alum Brooks Frederickson. We’ll be preceded by the explosive REAL ADULT project of Cory Bracken. INFO: Adrianna Mateo, Brooks Frederickson, and REAL ADULT at The Firehouse Space

• 14 OCT, 6:30-8:30 PM, FRANCOPHONE VIOLIN  // Performing my super-ultra-favorite works by Debussy, Ravel and [not-so-francophone composer] Britten at Ayza West Village, with pianist Manon-Hutton Dewys and other talented colleagues, courtesy of Five Senses Tastings. INFO: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-age-of-decadence-tickets-13084597383

• 25 OCT, 6 PM, NEW MUSIC // Performing with the likes of Glenn Cornett, Lester St. Louis, and other talents in an electrified ensemble at the LES’s Spectrum. <3

• 7 NOV, 6:45 PM, FAIRLY NEW MUSIC // Performing with Anita Hollander and ensemble at The Village Temple. (Disclaimer: this may or may not involve Fiddler on the Roof licks & antics.)

• 10 NOV, 8 PM, NEW MUSIC // Performing Alex Weston's newest song cycle at Cameo Music-Gallery. Because song cycles belong in rock clubs. <3

• 14 NOV, 7:30PM NEW SONGS // Performing with singer-songwriter and bundle of loquaciousness Gregory C Brown at Spectrum. Electric guitars, scrumptiously vivid lyrics, and buckets of quirkiness abound. <3

• 29 NOV, 8PM, NEW SONGS & NEW MUSIC // Singing and performing multiple instruments in a triple-set threat with composer-pianist Paul Kerekes & Joseph Martin’s Rachmanihop project in its debut performance. Extravagant? Mmmyes, decisively so. <3


Always yours (and panickedly waltzing towards a practice room),
<3 a


Photo by Summer Czajak for ALL:EXPANDED

among this week&#8217;s purchases: rock &#8216;n&#8217; roll + feminist lit, mallowmars, debussy sonata urtext, little cow loofah. 🐄🚿💕

Grandma, Me, and Brain: Phone Call CliffsNotes

GRANDMA: You’re sister’s still seeing that boy, right? How about you?
[Translation: You still don’t have a boyfriend?]

ME: Uh, I’m not really seeing anyone…
[BRAIN: I mean, being a feminist and a workaholic tends to filter out a large fraction of the population I could theoretically procreate with.]

GRANDMA: Don’t worry about the rest of them, don’t worry about what your parents or sister say. Keep doing what you need to do to be successful.
[Translation: Keep doing you.]

ME: Thanks, Grandma.
[BRAIN: Translation Grandma, you speak paraphrased words of wisdom. I dig it. Though technically speaking, it would be nice to do someone else.

…But yeah, okay. I’ll keep doing me.]

time to get my sweat on. *sigh* *pulls on gym clothes*
#panicatthedisco xoxo
browsing the stacks at kinokuniya books 😇 #wishlist
Midnight sailboating adventures courtesy of @ethancohennyc #nofilter
KOONS #nofilter
new lower east side preconcert ritual? #mmmyesplease

Anxiety: The New York Times, Danish philosophers, and Lilo & Stitch (3/7)

“Anxiety may be compared with dizziness. He whose eye happens to look down the yawning abyss becomes dizzy. But what is the reason for this? It is just as much in his own eye as in the abyss, for suppose he had not looked down. Hence, anxiety is the dizziness of freedom…”
- Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, “The Concept of Anxiety”

I was bathed in a strange, intoxicating cocktail of emotions. Vacillating between excitement and dread, I wasn’t sleeping well (somewhat typical for me before a big performance). When I saw my friends, I asked them, “What if a critic tears my career apart before it, like, ACTUALLY begins?” Whatever their comforting answers were, I was too worried to absorb them. It’s unexpectedly paralyzing to see the things you’ve dreamed of – a solo performance alongside the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a The New York Times review by Zachary Woolfe - get unstoppably closer and closer.

I did what I could to feel more centered. I took an Alexander Technique lesson. I practiced (duh), though I couldn’t stop ruminating on a shift or phrase when I was physically away from my violin. I sometimes played Stitch – what a former classmate dubbed my “birthdaycaster,” the gorgeous baby blue electric guitar I’d been sleeping next to every night since I picked it up on the 18th. (It was a real exercise in self-control to stop playing before my fingertips became sore.) When I could give myself a longer break - a factor of free time and Kleenex availability - I’d watch Lilo & Stitch. (I mean, I do love Truffaut and the Nouvelle Vague and all, but that movie makes me weep. Kinda like how Mozart will always feel like home but Panic! At The Disco makes my body convulse in an approximation of dance moves.)

All this helped, nominally. I still felt like I was on a train shuttling too rapidly towards a mountain I’d been preparing to climb for years, deliberately seated facing the opposite direction.

Looking backwards as I hurtled forwards, I started to recall memories and conflicting feelings towards professional success. I vividly remembered sitting at the very back - [3/7] »


Photo: Das me :) Performingat the Bang on a Can Marathon at Arts Brookfield. Many thanks to BoaC for this.

Obligatory plug: For a marathon mix tape (available until this Monday, actually), email music@bangonacan.org.

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