i like classic things with a ∞ twist


• Adrianna Mateo •

violinist, ambivert, aesthete

singing increasingly outside the shower since 2013

Backstage at @lamamaetc. thanks to all who made this an awesome run.
Aaaand that’s a wrap.  Thanks to all who made this a great run!
Backstage at La MaMa, L-R: yours truly, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Jihae, Vong Pak, Miriam Parker, Rami Seo.
Special thanks: Billy Clark and CultureHub, Kevin Hourigan, La MaMa ETC, SeoulArts, CalArts, the Korea Society, Sozo Media Group
riverside guitaring. slowly getting a new song into my fingers. sunshine, water, music, sweetness.
Finally able to log back into my Tumblr!  :)  Yaaaaay.  And just in time!
Announcing a change in performance lineup: I won’t be performing with my SMS kids tomorrow, since they’ve gotten so good on “In C” that my director said she didn’t need me to play with them (guess who’s a proud coach?? ;).  Instead, I’m performing a three-night run with a collaborator and friend, DJ Spooky, at La MaMa.
I’ll be singing and playing violin, improvising over Spooky’s riffs and beats while collaborating with Seoul musicians in real-time over the internetzzz.  There’ll be dancers, traditional Korean instruments, and even a choir…
It’s going to be pretty awesome.  :)
April 11-13, La MaMa (Ellen Stewart Theatre)66 East 4th St, New York, NY 100037:30 pm-8:40 pmMusic video screening after Friday night’s showTickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/933130
New vocal demo is up. Check it out :) soundcloud.com/adriannamateo/even

Check it.

Hey guys.  I’ve been holed up in rehearsal, three concerts this week.  No rest for the weary!  @_@

Before heading to bed, I wanted to give a shoutout on behalf of my new music compadres, Sugar Vendil and nouveauclassical.  The high-fashion-meets-new-classical ensemble is putting on a ballet this Spring at BAM, and they need help reaching their production stretch goal.  Feel free to watch the [beautiful, captivating, and brief ;] video up on the page… If you dig what you see, there’s a few hours left for you to help them out.  Check it! :)

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Been a whirlwind lately. This past week&#8217;s concerts with ensemble mise-en and Composer&#8217;s Voice Concert Series were intense and muy muy bueno 

Here are a few other shows coming up - hope to see you there!

2 APRIL • 8PM // Leading a quartet performance of &#8220;Dry Bones&#8221; with the Sydney Schiff Dance Project. Really excited for this one - it&#8217;s awesome to play anything Cheryl Krugel-Lee is involved with, and her score is damn exciting. *PLEASE NOTE: this event is women only. Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1411737602417363/


6 APRIL • 3PM // Performing solo new music by Elisenda Fabregas, Rain Worthington, and Nailah Nombeko. The marvelous Adrienne Patino Dunn will be singing as I play many notes. Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/230070207177439/

11 APRIL • TBA // Performing the mesmerizing &#8220;In C&#8221; at The Juilliard School with Special Music School students. I LOVE coaching these kids… they are brilliant.
&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;-On the recording side of things, I&#8217;ve been laying down tracks with Mitchell McCarthy, Justin Stein, and a few more producer friends. Really looking forward to tomorrow&#8217;s session with The Deconstructive Theatre Project! We&#8217;re starting work on the score for their latest project, &#8220;Searching for Sebald.&#8221;

It&#8217;s been a lot of violin, but stay tuned: a new vocal track may be creeping its way onto the internets very soon 

Hugs.
 a

Been a whirlwind lately. This past week’s concerts with ensemble mise-en and Composer’s Voice Concert Series were intense and muy muy bueno 

Here are a few other shows coming up - hope to see you there!

2 APRIL • 8PM // Leading a quartet performance of “Dry Bones” with the Sydney Schiff Dance Project. Really excited for this one - it’s awesome to play anything Cheryl Krugel-Lee is involved with, and her score is damn exciting. *PLEASE NOTE: this event is women only. Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1411737602417363/

6 APRIL • 3PM // Performing solo new music by Elisenda Fabregas, Rain Worthington, and Nailah Nombeko. The marvelous Adrienne Patino Dunn will be singing as I play many notes. Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/230070207177439/

11 APRIL • TBA // Performing the mesmerizing “In C” at The Juilliard School with Special Music School students. I LOVE coaching these kids… they are brilliant.

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On the recording side of things, I’ve been laying down tracks with Mitchell McCarthyJustin Stein, and a few more producer friends. Really looking forward to tomorrow’s session with The Deconstructive Theatre Project! We’re starting work on the score for their latest project, “Searching for Sebald.”

It’s been a lot of violin, but stay tuned: a new vocal track may be creeping its way onto the internets very soon 

Hugs.

 a

Keep doing
Keep doing
Keep doing

Stop asking for permission to aim higher

Summer Fruit (vocal original - demo)

First vocal recording. :)) Please be gentle, I’ve been writing for ~6 months and singing for less. Feel free to download, forward, or post; feedback welcome.

I realize this sounds pretty classical here, but I’m working on electric guitar so I can perform this true to the original sound in my head, à la “Lilac Wine.”

[Summer Fruit]

The afternoon was sultry
Being weighed down by the heat
Wandering into a garden
I laid down, under a mango tree.

Searching in my sleep
Through frantic and strange dreams
Many, dense, and heavy as
The fruits of the mango tree.

The perfume of the fruit it was,
The perfume, it found me
I woke up gasping in the scent
The scent of the fruit of the tree.

Surrounded by the aroma
I left behind my fatigue
I felt the deep hunger ache
As the scent was bathing me.

For the yellow fruit that hung
My desire was awake
What the heavy boughs bent to offer
I wanted – I needed to take.

The hunger gnawing at my gut
Trembling, my hand reached up
And suddenly, the branch released
Suddenly the fruit was plucked.

In the palm of my hand,
The fruit still held the blush of heat
With the fruit held in my hand,
I couldn’t think, I could only eat.

I hold the fruit up to my mouth
I do not stop to peel the skin
I’m standing, bent with my desire
The skin resists - and then gives in.

There is nothing else
But teeth sinking in

There is nothing else
But tender, oozing flesh

Yellow juice trickling
Down my chin

Slowly rolling –
Sweet, vivid sweat…

I feel the breeze
Touch my neck -
Gently, gently
Quiet breath –

Being weighed down by the silence
I ascended from the grove
I held the seed in my hand
Wound my way back home

Now I know what waits for me
The perfume lingers in my mind.
The more I search, the less I see;
I let myself feel the divine.

About the song: written between periods of deep sleep, I wrote a handful of lines at a time, trying to grasp “descending into alpha” - the state of flow, creative pocket, ecstasy, meditation, and a whole bunch of other awesome things that all intersect in your brain. (But, as a friend said to me upon first listening, “Ain’t nobody thinking about the ‘creative state’ the second you sing ‘sultry.’”)

O:)

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Lyrics, music, vocals, and piano: Adrianna Mateo
Sound engineering, mixing, putting up with my neurosis: George Dikun

Adrianna Mateo © 2014

Summer Fruit - Vocal Original (Demo)

In light of this balmy weather, here you go - first vocal track ever:

https://soundcloud.com/adriannamateo/summer-fruit-vocal-original

I’ve been writing for about 6 months and singing for less, so it’s been a process getting recorded material down. If you like this, feel free to download, forward, or post. Feedback is most welcome!

Also: I realize this sounds pretty classical here, but I’m working on learning electric guitar so I can perform this true to the original sound in my head, à la “Lilac Wine.”

Lyrics, music, vocals, and piano: Adrianna ∞ Mateo

Sound engineering, mixing, putting up with my neurosis: George Cornelius Scott Dikun

Thanks to Mitchell McCarthy for patiently ironing out the kinks in my piano arrangement. I owe you gluten-free sweet things.

Adrianna Mateo © 2014