The Velveeta Room (521 E 6th St)
Artists: Gabriel Prokofiev
About: Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, and founder of the NONCLASSICAL record label & club night (www.nonclassical.co.uk). Since he was 10 he has been leading a double life: playing in Rock bands, background in producing dance music & hip-hop, alongside composing Classical music. These two lives have collided in his pioneering nonclassical project for which he makes Remixes of contemporary classical music and DJs classical music in night-clubs. After studying classical music and electroacoustic composition at both Birmingham and York universities, he took a break from classical and formed a band (UK Punk-funk electro act Spektrum) and became a full time producer, making Electro & Hip-hop music under the name Medasyn and a variety of other guises. Then he returned to his classical roots in 2003, composing a critically acclaimed String Quartet No1 ("Stunning" DJ Magazine, "defies comparison" Daily Telegraph) which he released on his own independent label NONCLASSICAL, complete with Remixes of the original Quartet. His compositions include a well received 2nd String Quartet, 'Sleeveless Scherzo' for solo violin & solo dancer commissioned by the Rambert Dance Company; as well as the groundbreaking Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra. This concerto premiered by DJ Yoda & the Heritage Orchestra at The Scala in Kings Cross has been performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Beni G to a packed Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, won Best Comtemporary Classical CD at the 2010 Independent Music Awards, and was recently premiered by the 'Present Music' ensemble in the USA. Other recent works include a book of piano music for Russian virtuoso Pianist GeNIA (recently released on the Nonclassical label), a large scale work 'IMPORT/EXPORT' for percussionist Joby Burgess's group Powerplant, using Junk objects; a collection of songs for cutting edge vocal trio Juice; a concerto for 'dancing' Viola, String Orchestra, Trombones & Percussion; and a 3rd String Quartet premiered by the Ruysdael Quartet to a packed Wigmore Hall in May 2010.