TwoSense is the New York-based chamber duo and commissioning venture, established in 2010 by the Bang On A Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and founding alumna pianist Lisa Moore -“All Stars from the All Stars” (The New York Times). The duo have been described as “the daring and impressive cello-piano duo” (The New Yorker), the “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine), an “excellent duo” and “eloquent new-music interpreters” (New York Times). TwoSense have performed at Bargemusic, National Sawdust, (le) poisson rouge, Rubin Museum, Spectrum, Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Marathon (World Financial Center), Roulette, Detroit Institute for the Arts, The Presidio San Francisco, MIT, Wesleyan and Yale Universities as well as at festivals in Saratoga NY and Columbia SC. TwoSense have commissioned 13 new works by composers Samuel Carl Adams, Martin Bresnick, Ryan Brown, Paul Dresher, Stephen Feigenbaum, Daniel Felsenfeld, Paul Kerekes, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, Ingram Marshall, Kate Moore, Jack Perla and Daniel Wohl – with funding from Meet the Composer, Barlow and Fromm Foundations. TwoSense have released recordings on Albany, Starkland, Minmax Music and Bandcamp. Of their Starkland recording “Prayers Remain Forever” (by Martin Bresnick) Fanfare wrote “both dig deeply into their material…building to a rock-solid conclusion…they give a powerhouse rendition.”
TwoSense performs in two pieces by Martin Bresnick in the NWEAMO 2020 video concert.
As You Said
Composed by Jack Bruce & Cream
arranged by : Martin Bresnick
Prayers Remain Forever
Composed by Martin Bresnick
Performed by TwoSense – Lisa Moore piano/voice and Ashley Bathgate cello.
Described as “brilliant and searching… beautiful and impassioned…lustrous at the keyboard” by The New York Times, Lisa Moore’s performances combine music and theatre with expressive and emotional power – whether in the delivery of the simplest song, a solo recital or a fiendish chamber score. Pitchfork writes “She’s the best kind of contemporary classical musician, one so fearsomely game that she inspires composers to offer her their most wildly unplayable ideas”.
Born in Australia and raised in Canberra, London, and Sydney, Lisa Moore has lived in the USA since 1980. Based in New York City since 1985, she has released ten solo discs (Cantaloupe, Orange Mountain Music, Irreverence Group Music, Tall Poppies) with music ranging from Leoš Janáçek to Philip Glass as well as individual solo recorded tracks on Bandcamp. Gramophone writes of her 2015 Mad Rush Philip Glass disc (Orange Mountain) “what becomes abundantly clear from listening to almost any bar on this recording is Moore’s highly developed, intuitive and nuanced approach to this music, one which has been allowed to evolve and refine over a number of years”. Her 2016 CD The Stone People (Cantaloupe), featuring the music of John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli, Kate Moore, Frederic Rzewski, and Julia Wolfe, made The New York Times Top Classical Albums of 2016 and the 2017 Naxos Critics’ Choice. Lisa has recorded over thirty collaborative discs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi). Her Steve Reich Music for Eighteen Musicians (Harmonia Mundi) with Ensemble Signal made The New York Times Top Classical Albums of 2015 list.
Ashley Bathgate, cello
American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer. Dynamism drives her to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditionally perceived voice. For the past ten years Bathgate was a member of the acclaimed sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is a member of the chamber music group HOWL, TwoSense with pianist Lisa Moore, and Bonjour, a low-strung, percussive quintet. Bathgate’s recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, New Amsterdam, Nonesuch, Starkland, and Uffda Records.