Down in the Lower East Side, I heard three performers from the Red Light New Music ensemble play to a full Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night. The concert’s theme was Dimensions of the unaccompanied, and I was able to catch an excerpt of each of the four pieces on the program, which you can hear in the video above.

Works by two of Red Light’s composer/directors, Christopher Cerrone and Scott Wollschleger, were featured on the program.

Christopher’s piece, Hoyt-Schermerhorn, inspired by night-time NYC, and named after the subway station, combines warm, mournful chords in the lower register of the piano with jarring, sharp outbursts in the higher register. Having also spent quite a bit of time waiting in that particular station, I can say that Christopher’s piece captures beautifully the sense of desolation inherent in a sleepy local stop in Brooklyn.

Scott’s piece, In Search of Lost Color, also for piano, is comprised of four short movements, each of which explore the resonant capabilities of the piano—splashes of tones wash over a large expanse of the keyboard, creating at times a dense sonic texture. The musical effect is that of free-flowing, coruscating gestures.

Red Light New Music is a contemporary music series and ensemble. Their next show happens at Roulette on Monday, December 13th, 8pm.