About Lost Dog
Lost Dog New Music Ensemble
Lost Dog is the longest-running new music ensemble in Queens, New York, and is proud to be an ambassador for contemporary music in the borough’s burgeoning scene. Over the past ten seasons, the ensemble has presented over 35 world premiere performances of music by American composers, as well as many US and East Coast premieres by major international composers. With an eponymous emphasis on unexplored and neglected repertoire, Lost Dog is dedicated to discovering and performing the greatest music of our time.
In 2019, Lost Dog will release Chamber Music of Philippe Bodin, the first in a multi-disc series of composer portrait albums, intended to raise the profile of composers it has championed, including Philippe Bodin, Jeremy Podgursky, and Michael Hersch. Notable past projects by Lost Dog include a dance-theater production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic and controversial Vesalii Icones with choreographer Dora Arreola at historic Judson Church; the US premiere of Robert Simpson’s magnificent Horn Quartet; and the New York premiere, and only the second-ever complete performance of Michael Hersch’s epic, 3-hour The Vanishing Pavilions. Lost Dog’s most recent projects are ‘Nørgård in New York’, a multi-concert Festival celebrating the great Danish composer Per Nørgård, and 'The UK Commotion!' exploring the flourishing new music scene in the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1995, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble has performed across the United States and Europe. In 2003 Lost Dog became a member ensemble of the Astoria Music Society in Astoria, New York. The core ensemble is comprised of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and ’cello, and is led by Artistic Director and composer Garth Edwin Sunderland.
CHRISTINE PEREA (flutes) specializes in New Music, particularly electro-acoustic, avant-garde repertoire, and free improvisation. She has performed extensively in the New York area, presenting contemporary repertoire at Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall, the Knitting Factory, the Flux Factory, Tonic, the Frederick Loewe Theatre, Galapagos, and the A.R.T. Space in Brooklyn. A passionate supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Perea has collaborated with composers and has performed numerous New York premiers of works by Allen Schulz, JoAnne Maffia, Julie Harding, Philippe Bodin, Marco Oppedisano, and George Brunner.
VASKO DUKOVSKI (clarinets) is a New York-based multi-instrumentalist, playing clarinets, Saxophones, Duduk, Balkan Pan Pipes, Bag Pipes, Chinese Hu Lu Si, and various Middle-Eastern percussion instruments. An avid performer and advocate of Avant-Garde Free Style and Contemporary music, Dukovski has collaborated with some of today’s leading composers such as John Corigliano, John Adams, Gunther Schuller, Georg Friedrich Hass, Helmut Lachenmann, and many others. Born in Ohrid, in the Republic of Macedonia, Dukovski began playing with sound at age five. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters from the Julliard School, where was a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.
JACOB RHODEBECK (piano) is known for his tremendous command of the instrument and his enthusiasm for performing new and little known music. Recently, Mr. Rhodebeck's performance of Michael Hersch’s 3-hour solo piano work, The Vanishing Pavilions was described as "astounding" (David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer) and “a searing performance” (New York Times). Mr. Rhodebeck has also given performances, lectures, and masterclasses at many universities, including Hamilton College, Vanderbilt University, and the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, Mr. Rhodebeck is the pianist for the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble and is the Choral Accompanist at the Riverdale Country School and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
BRITTON MATTHEWS (percussion) is active in contemporary chamber music across the United States, especially throughout New York and New Jersey. She specializes in keyboard and contemporary orchestral percussion and piano. Currently, Britton is Professor of Percussion on faculty at Molloy College and is a resident artist with New York City’s Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Recent notable performances include Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival with conductor/composer Tan Dun, MATA Festival, and Meet the Composer Festival. In addition, Britton is a recording artist with both the NAXOS and Nonesuch labels. She is regularly featured at the historic Players Theatre in New York, with the Literally Alive Musical Theater Company.
Britton received her Master of Music degree from Rutgers University, and her Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University.
Esther Noh (violin) fuses her classical uptown sensibility with her alternative downtown aesthetic. She has performed in virtually every major venue in New York City, from Miller Theater, Merkin Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall to Le Poisson Rouge, The Jazz Standard, and The Stone. She has been a featured artist at the Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum. Recent collaborations include Meredith Monk, Savion Glover, John Zorn, Lou Reed, ETHEL string quartet, eighth blackbird, ICE, Either/Or, and Signal.
Ms. Noh hold degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook and is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She is a Suzuki-certified violin teacher and presents outreach concerts under Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program.
Garth Edwin Sunderland
GARTH EDWIN SUNDERLAND (Artistic Director) is an Interdisciplinary Artist whose work encompasses the fields of music, dance, and theater. He has held residencies at the International Center for American Music and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, received support from Meet The Composer, and holds degrees in composition from the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. As a performer he has wide-ranging experience in Butoh and contemporary Commedia Del’Arte technique, as well as modern dance, performing at Dance Theatre Workshop, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and the New York Butoh Festival. He is Vice President of Project Development and Senior Music Editor for the Leonard Bernstein Office, supervising performances of Bernstein’s work on Broadway and in such venues as the Bayerisches Staatsoper in Munich, New York City Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and Shiki Theatre Company in Tokyo. Mr. Sunderland lives in New York City and is artistic director of the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble.