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Tenth Intervention: Colectivo: Music from Cuba and New York

Americas Society

February 12, 2019


(Image: Hajnal Pivnick)

Tenth Intervention: Colectivo: Music from Cuba and New York is a chamber music program including pieces by composers living in Cuba and New York City.


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Tenth Intervention is equal parts presenting organization, music series and artist collective in New York City. As "ambassadors of modern music" (Interlochen Public Radio), they present bold and progressive concerts that explore the intersection of performance, experiential art, and its potential to reflect social issues. Founded in 2012 by violinst Hajnal Pivnick and composer/pianist Dorian Wallace, the group forms with the purpose of creating new work in a hightly collaborative environment. Together with composers, and other artists, the group produces programs that expand the reach of music to be pioneering, diverse, and community focused.

In their Music of the Americas debut, Colectivo: Music from Cuba and New York,  the ensemble will present a chamber music program consisting of pieces by living composers who reside in Cuba and New York City. Among the selected composers and pieces will be:


      Keyla Orozco: "Nengón transformation" 

      Marcos Balter: "á vis" (violin and clarinet)

      Kamala Sankaram Kivalina (voice and violin)

      Julio Estrada: "Yunnohui Ehecatl" (flute and clarinet)

      Bethany Younge: "Speech Factory" (four voices)

      Jose Victor Gavilondo Peon (piece TBA)

      Wilma Alba Cal (piece TBA)


Marcos Balter: "á vis" (2007) for violin and clarinet


About the Artists:

Hungarian-American violinist, Hajnal Pivnick (Co-founder/Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention)  was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She advocates the performance and promotion of music written in the 20th and 21st century, and works extensively as an educator and arts administrator. She is co-founder of Tenth Intervention, a collective of musicians and concert series that presents new music in New York City.

Hajnal performs regularly with IRIS Orchestra, ensemble mise-en, and Quartet Metadata, and has played with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and the Hungarian New Music Chamber Ensemble (UMZE). In New York, she performs in venues ranging in scope from the Park Avenue Armory to Joe’s Pub to Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, she has performed with the Association for the Promotion of New Music and the Tribeca New Music Festival.

Hajnal is a member of the violin faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp, and maintains a violin studio at Greenwich House Music School, Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, and Lucy Moses School. She is also a chamber music coach with the Face the Music/Kronos Quartet program. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.​


Dorian Wallace (Co-founder/Artistic Director of Tenth Intervention) is a composer, improviser, pianist, teacher, and activist. His work explores aspects of conscious and unconscious experiences, politics and theatrics.

His music has been performed worldwide at venues such as The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Pompidou Centre, Palais Jacques Coeur, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, National Sawdust, Universidad de Costa Rica, and GK Arts Center.

He has composed and collaborated with artists including ​10 Hairy Legs, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Robert Ashley, Hernando Bensuelo, Seneca Black, Tiger Chengliang Cai, The Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, Composers Concordance, Cylixe, Experiments In Opera, John King, Dave Liebman, Frank London, LottDance, Matt Marks, Brianna Matzke, Charlotte Mundy, New Vintage Baroque, Periapsis Music and Dance, Paul Pinto, Hajnal Pivnick, RIOULT Dance, John Sanborn, Son Lux, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Pamela Z.

Dorian is a founder and artistic director of the New York City based new music collective Tenth Intervention, director of the improvisational septendectet The Free Sound Ahn-somble, pianist for the surrealist nightclub act Trystero, and a founding member of free improvisational quintet AmmoCake.