"Spring" Directed by Luciano Munhoz
"Nobody balances the duality of simultaneously beautiful and haunting music better than Concetta Abbate"
-Filmmaker Brian Ariotti
THIS IS ME
Concetta Abbate is a NYC based violinist, singer and composer. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. The album was written for mixed ensemble and included original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. Her upcoming 2020 album titled Mirror Touch is written for solo 5 string violin and voice.
She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016 and a composer in residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation in 2019. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company and in 2016 was commissioned to write a piece for Arch Contemporary Ballet. In 2020 she was invited to present her original work, Mirror Touch, at the department of Musicology at the University of Vienna.
As a performer she regularly plays violin and sings with a variety of ensembles in the New York area. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records).
Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from Smith College and a masters degree in Music and Music Education from Columbia University. She has received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, TAKT Berlin, Department of Cultural Affairs, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.
Fleeting sounds scarcely noticed. Paper clips, a dusty book, bright fish in time. Little songs like little shells. Falling in time is a concept album that incorporates poetry, field recordings and instrumentations ranging from String Quartet to Jazz ensemble. The album was released in 2015 on Waterbug Records and was funded through the supportive donations of fans and friends.
Mirror touch is an exploration of empathy. It is a collection of stories told to the composer Concetta Abbate by close friends and family and then retold in the first person. This exercise of perspective switching serves as a way to embody others experiences and help the composer and audience work through their own personal journey. The album is composed for 5 string violin and voice and will be released in 2020. A demo to a single track is available at the link above.
Directed by Vera Comploj, this film is an exploration of age, time and beauty. The film was nominated for an award at the Fashion Film Festival in Milan in October of 2017. Concetta provided sound design for this film which incorporated a combination of synthesizer effects and recordings from ice glaciers scraping the floor of the depths of the ocean.
Concetta Abbate worked in collaboration with choreographer Wendy Osserman as well as Composer/Instrument builder Skip LaPlante to create a music and sound score for the production Undermine. The piece premiered at the Theatre for the New City on the Manhattan's Lower East Side in March of 2018. The score included viola, electronics and found objects as instruments including styrofoam boxes and metal bowls.
IN THE MEDIA
Bach Allemade in G minor for Solo Violin
Video by 024 Films
Lillian Fuchs Caprice 11
for Solo Viola
Abbate's Sunlight to a Spanish Poet
for solo 5 String Violin/ Voice
Online & In-Studio
Teacup Music NYC
Teacup Music is an afterschool class for children offered at the Park Church Co-op in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Students learn the basics of playing an instrument as well as singing, songwriting, rhythms, and note naming. Students build their own instruments in weekly art projects and hear performances from guest instructors. The class culminates in a performance at the end of each semester. Email us at teacupmusicnyc at gmail dot com.
From Mozart to Modern
From Mozart to Modern is a music history program most recently offered at the Garden City Public Library. Concetta curates a performance that takes listeners through various stages in western musical history ranging from renaissance through baroque, classical, romantic and modern periods.
Su Casa Songwriting Workshop
Concetta leads Songwriting and Music Composition workshops for senior citizens. The program is funded by Brooklyn Arts Council, The Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department for Creative Aging in an effort to provide artistic programming for Brooklyn's older population. You can watch the seniors live performance of their original work here .
Concetta offers private lessons for all ages on a variety of instruments including mandolin, violin, viola, cello, guitar, voice, and piano. She also teaches songwriting and music theory. Concetta is an experienced private instructor of 10 years and holds a Masters in Music Education from Columbia University Teachers College.