Previous Performances

Martin Creed: The Back Door

June 8–August 7, 2016

“Clever, dumb, smart and stupidly gorgeous. Whatever Creed does …he brings a joyousness, lightness and objectivity to the task.”
–The Guardian (UK)

Turner Prize-winning, British artist Martin Creed continues his ongoing exploration into rhythm, scale, and order in his largest installation in the U.S. to date, a survey of his work from its most minimal moments to extravagant, larger-than-life installations. Crossing all media including painting, drawing, music, dance, theater, film, sculpture, fashion, and more unclassifiable items such as runners or lights going on and off, his practice transforms the everyday into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.

Andreas Scholl & Tamar Halperin

May 21—22, 2016

“It might be a new Golden Age of the countertenor, but few can equal the sheer beauty of tone and dramatic instinct displayed by Andreas Scholl.”
–BBC Music Magazine

Andreas Scholl, who possesses one of the most beautiful countertenor voices of his generation, comes to the Board of Officers Room with a program that explores the poetry and artistic expression of the English Renaissance and Baroque at the height of the voice type’s original popularity.

Conrad Tao & Tyshawn Sorey

May 20. 2016

“ferociously talented”
–Time Out New York on Conrad Tao

Pianist and composer Conrad Tao is joined by multifaceted percussionist and instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey for solo performances and dynamic dual improvisations that blend their unique talents and unparalleled artistic vision, this unique pairing allows both musicians to step outside their disparate styles to share the same space together for an exciting and rarely-heard musical dialogue.


May 18—19, 2016

“The long low sexy beats, the skittering colorful and playful rhythms surround her voice, which is the silky center... She has replaced the stories of abandonment, pain and desire with the biggest issues of our time.”
–Laurie Anderson

Park Avenue Armory and Red Bull Music Academy are proud to present the world premiere of Anohni’s live show for her new album Hopelessness. Featuring original films co-directed by Anohni and Australian artist Lynette Wallworth, the celebrated singer, composer, and visual artist will bring her politically charged masterpiece to audiences in an environment unlike any other.

Confrontational Comedy

May 1, 2016

Kathleen Hanna of the band The Julie Ruin, formerly of Bikini Kill, emcees an afternoon of comedy sets headlined by Hari Kondabolu, featuring Negin Farsad and Leighann Lord, followed by a conversation focused on the power of humor to confront stereotypes and engage audiences around uncomfortable topics.

Kristof Baráti & Klára Würtz

April 27—28, 2016

“Baráti’s performance was, in a word, masterful. Probing, austere, meditative, it rang with a rare sense of authenticity and almost majestic scope.”
–The Washington Post

Having received rave reviews for their recording of Beethoven sonatas, celebrated duo Kristóf Baráti and Klára Würtz arrive at the Armory to interpret a selection of these wondrous works.

Pauline Oliveros & IONE

April 1—2, 2016

“Oliveros’s compositions will enrich your musical imaginations, but she’ll also expand your ears… and maybe even your soul, too.”
–The Guardian (UK)

American composer and accordionist Pauline Oliveros is joined by noted author, director, and dream specialist IONE to present a Deep Listening Intensive, exploring the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening through movement and sonic, interactive meditations.

Roomful of Teeth

March 31—April 1, 2016

“Roomful of Teeth is making some of the most rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive music being made by any ensemble, vocal or instrumental, today.”
–The Nation

Having been heralded as “blazing a new trail” in choral music by The New Yorker, Roomful of Teeth perform a program of works that include Elliot Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap and others that redefine vocal music for the 21st century.

Artist Talk: De Materie

March 26, 2016

Composer Louis Andriessen, director Heiner Goebbels, conductor Peter Rundel, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi discuss the creation of DE MATERIE with dramaturg Cori Ellison.

Four Different Ways: Celebrating Louis Andriessen

March 25, 2016

Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, composer Nathan Michel, and Princeton University Professor of Music Donnacha Dennehy join John Schaefer to discuss the wide-ranging impact composer Louis Andriessen has made on contemporary music.

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Support for Park Avenue Armory’s artistic season has been generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Marc Haas Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and the Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation.