“sometimes haunting sometimes hilarious and consistently mesmerizing” - I Care If You Listen
“otherworldly and uncanny” - The Village Voice
Composer-performer ensemble INVISIBLE ANATOMY (IA) combines diverse musical backgrounds and individual voices to create works of virtuosic physicality and dramatic visual presentation. Practicing composition and performance as interrelated, communal acts, IA has built a repertoire of evening-length, conceptually unified pieces that harness elements from classical, pop, jazz, experimental rock, performance art, and theater.
Formed in 2014 by six graduates of the Yale School of Music, IA was awarded first runner-up in the ‘16 SAVVY Chamber Competition at the University of South Carolina School of Music; a ‘17 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant; a 2017 Avaloch Farms Music Institute residency; a ‘17 National Sawdust Summer Labs residency; and a ‘18 New York State Council for the Arts Grant.
After the group’s 2015 debut concert in New York City, IA was invited to China for three shows, including a featured solo concert at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. IA’s second season opened with a house concert of Body Parts hosted by David Lang, followed by the world premiere of Dissections at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, later featured in a full-length profile in the Village Voice. The group performed Dissections at Pomona College and The Blue Whale in Los Angeles in February 2016, followed by appearances on Heartbeat Opera’s Collaboret Series; at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn; at the Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT; and at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in Manhattan.
On Halloween 2016, IA produced Funhouse, an immersive experience of site-specific installations and performances in a prewar Victorian brownstone in Harlem, featuring collaborators who are recent graduates of the Yale Schools of Drama, Art, Architecture, and Music. In February 2017, IA debuted Transfigure at Roulette Intermedium. Other season activities include a gala performance hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, as well as an appearance on the Detroit Institute of Art’s Friday Night Live series in March.
In November 2017, IA returned to China for shows at Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou, Xixi Arts Center in Hangzhou, and the Beijing Chamber Music Festival at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. The group’s debut album, Dissections, will be released by New Amsterdam Records in March 2018.
IA’s members (cellist Ian Gottlieb, guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers, percussionist Ben Wallace, pianist Paul Kerekes, and vocalist Fay Wang) have been awarded honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, American Composers’ Forum, and the China National Arts Fund. IA is fiscally sponsored by Bang on a Can.
IAN GOTTLIEB (CELLO)
Ian Gottlieb is a composer and cellist whose music grapples with nostalgia, psychedelia, eclecticism, and spirituality. His music has been performed by various ensembles and artists, notably Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble dal Niente, Sandbox Percussion, Triple Helix, Hilary Summers, and Antico Moderno. Recent commissions include works for Contemporaneous and cellist Rhonda Rider. Gottlieb is an avid performer of new music and has also performed with numerous pop artists, including tours with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Air Traffic Controller at major venues such as the House of Blues (Los Angeles), the Coliseum (Hampton, VA), Mohegan Sun (CT), and the Verizon Arena (NH). A Los Angeles native, he holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Boston University. He is a current Fulbright Fellowship grantee in Brazil.
PAUL KEREKES (KEYBOARDS)
Paul Kerekes is a New York based composer whose music has been described as “gently poetic” (The New York Times), “striking” (WQXR), and “highly eloquent” (New Haven Advocate). He has had the privilege of hearing his pieces performed by many outstanding ensembles, some of which include the American Composers Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, and New Morse Code, in such venues as Merkin Hall, (le) poisson rouge, and The Winter Garden. He has also attended notable programs such as the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Young Artists Piano Program at Tanglewood. Kerekes is a member of Grand Band, a six-piano ensemble that has been featured in such events as the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. He has received awards from ASCAP, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was the recipient of the 2015 JFund award from the American Composer’s Forum. Kerekes is a graduate of Queens College and Yale School of Music, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
BRENDON RANDALL-MYERS (GUITARS)
Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist, and the co-founder of composer/performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy and artpunk band Marateck. Described as "fiercely aggressive but endlessly compelling" (The San Francisco Chronicle), his music amplifies the raw physical and emotional power of bodies creating sound together. Randall-Myers has received commissions from the Jerome Fund for New Music, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, the Guitar Foundation of America, and Roulette Intermedium, working with performers such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Omaha Symphony, Friction Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and David Tanenbaum. As a guitarist, Randall-Myers is a member of the Glenn Branca Ensemble and the Dither Big Band. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Ensemble Signal, Opera Saratoga, and Magik*Magik Orchestra; at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Barbican Theatre in London, and the Kennedy Center; on WNYC New Sounds Live, the Detroit Institute of Arts' Friday Night Live series, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the Ellnora Guitar Festival. Randall-Myers grew up home-schooled in rural West Virginia, and holds degrees from Pomona College and the Yale School of Music.
BEN WALLACE (PERCUSSION)
Described as "Brilliant, humorous, and rhythmically complex," (Tacoma Symphony Blog) Ben Wallace is a composer and percussionist hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wallace's music spans a wide range of styles from chamber and orchestral, to disco and samba, and occasionally into the video game remix world. He has worked with organizations such as Musical Theatre Southwest, The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and Grand Band, with his works performed in New York, Tacoma, Utah, New Mexico, New Haven, San Francisco, Switzerland, and Beijing. He is a founding member of DiscoCactus, a VGM remix band. He received his Bachelor of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in both Composition and Percussion, studying with Allen Otte and Joel Hoffman. Wallace received his Masters of Music from the Yale School of Music in Composition, where he studied with David Lang, Chris Theofanidis, Martin Bresnick, and Aaron Kernis. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at the Yale School of Music.
FAY WANG (VOCALS)
Hailed as "rebellious” and “creative" by China Daily, Fay Wang's music is performed throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, including Berliner Philharmonie, Musikverein, Oper Graz, Arnold Schoenberg Center, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Yun Isang Memorial Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Merkin Hall, and Lincoln Center. She has been commissioned by Bang On A Can’s PCF and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Hopkins Center for Arts, Classic Euro Young Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Modern Music Festivals, and has worked with ensembles including China Philharmonic Orchestra, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the RIAS Youth Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Shanghai Quartet, Sinfonia Iuventus, China Youth Symphony Orchestra; and by individuals such as Danish percussionist Gert Mortensen and All-Stars’ cellist Ashley Bathgate. Wang’s work draws on and spans a variety of genres, including avant-garde concert music, theater, film, electronic music, Chinese folk music and experimental pop. She holds degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (BA ’08) and the Yale School of Music (MM ’10/ AD ’12).