September 2022

Cygnus with The Village Trip

Cygnus, with soprano Leah Brzyski

New works by

Allison Loggins-Hull
Carman Moore
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon

and featuring Greenwich Village composer
Akemi Naito

March 2022

Never Ending Artist

Electric guitarist/composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila and visual artist Isabelle Heidl create simultaneously and interactively

“NEA” is an improvisation Performance by Isabella Heigl (Painting) and Agustín Castilla-Ávila (Electric Guitars) within the research project “Never Ending Artist”, inspired by the Bob Dylan philosophy, through the USA and Mexico, proposing a transdisciplinary classification of our artistic practice. The “NEA” performance (45 min. approx.) consists of an improvisation session of painting and music based of topics, thoughts and quotations by Bob Dylan. Our goal is to present not just a multidisciplinary work but also to explore the transdisciplinary possibilities between painting and music and create a theoretic classification based on these performances. “Never Ending Artist” is a seven-weeks research project funded by the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the International Society of Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria. Isabella Heigl, born in 1989, lives and works in Salzburg as a painter and videomaker. She studied Russian at Paris Lodron University and painting and videoart at Mozarteum Salzburg. She’s a member of the feminist performance collective psysisters and founder of the art collective isibank. In her work she tries to think painting at the intersection of action, performance and poetry . Agustín Castilla-Ávila has worked as a composer in Europe, Asia and America. His music has been directed by D. Russell-Davies, J. Kalitzke, T. Ceccherini, A. Soriano, H. Lintu and H. Schellenberger, among others. He has written solo, chamber, orchestra, theater, choreography and five chamber operas. He has published for Doblinger Verlag, Bergmann Edition, Mackinger Verlag, Da Vinci Edition, Verlag Neue Musik and Joachim Trekel. In 2013 he received the Musik Jahresstipendium from the Salzburg Region.


January 2015

Cygnus at Subculture


Bridge Records and Marsyas Productions


The Expanding Guitar

An Evening of Premieres


Yehudi Wyner ♠ Paul Lansky ♠ Michael Starobin ♠ David Starobin ♠ William Anderson

January 16, 2015, 7:30 pm
Subculture, 45 Bleecker St.

The twenty-first century has seen an explosive growth and expansion of plucked instrument repertoire, with the guitar leading the way. The Expanding Guitar showcases the wide expressive range of the instrument, its players and its composers, featuring new instrumental and vocal works. The ensembles Cygnus and Vox 'n Plux, are joined by soprano, Elizabeth Farnum, baritone Thomas Meglioranza, guitarists Jiyeon Kim, Hao Yang.


Yehudi Wyner: West of the Moon (2013)
flute, oboe, mandolin, guitar, violin, cello

Michael Starobin: Blurred (2014)
a set of arrangements of theatrical songs by Stephen Sondheim, Tom Kitt, and William Finn
featuring Vox n Plux --soprano Elizabeth Farnum, with guitarists William Anderson and Oren Fader

Paul Lansky: Talking Guitars (2014)
for two guitars

David Starobin: From Tchaikovsky's Letters (2014)
for baritone & guitar

William Anderson: Eight Rhythms of Djuna Barnes (2014)
for Vox n Plux