‘Improvisations’ Concert Series Unites Subversive Musicians


From NYTimes.com:

Joe Morris makes no apologies for his anarchic streak. The New Haven-born guitarist and bassist has, during the four decades in which he has toiled in the minefields of avant-garde music, purposely tripped a wire or two, challenging concepts widely associated with the music, prime among them free improvisation. “There is no such thing,” he said recently. “There are only ways of putting things together that appear to be free.”

AMN Picks of the Week: Scott Amendola / Banabila & van Geel / Wallace, Arkin & Evangelista / Ceccato, Babin & Chris Golinski / Furniss & Medbře


English: Scott Amendola live at Saalfelden 200...

Scott Amendola

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Scott Amendola – Fade to Orange (2015)
Michel Banabila / Oene van Geel – Music for Viola and Electronics (2015)
Eli Wallace / Jon Arkin / Karl Evangelista – Cabbages, Captain, & King (2015)
Drew Ceccato / Tommy Babin / Chris Golinski – Tor (2015)
Peter Furniss / Haftor Medbře – BitterTogether (2015)

Extended Techniques May 2015 NYC Calendar


From Extended Techniques:

SUNDAY, May 3
7PM: A World in Trance Festival: Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez/Alash, Tuvan Throat Singers
http://roulette.org/events/robert-browning-associates-presents-world-trance-festival-ned-rothenberg-glen-velezalash/
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $20-$30

MONDAY, May 4
6:30 PM: Nate Wooley – Solo Trumpet
DMG 24th Anniversary/Celebration!
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery
ADMISSION: Donations suggested

TUESDAY, May 5
6:30 PM: Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways with Tim Dahl & Max Jaffe
DMG 24th Anniversary/Celebration!
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery
ADMISSION: Donations suggested

WEDNESDAY, May 6 – FRIDAY, MAY 8
8PM: ICP ORCHESTRA
http://roulette.org/events/instant-composers-pool-icp-orchestra-misha-menglessberg-orchestra-w-han-bennick/
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-$30

THURSDAY, May 7
8PM Works by Nate Young & Mario Diaz de Leon, Klaus Lang, Morton Feldman & Annea Lockwood
http://issueprojectroom.org/event/tectonics-ny-2015-1
VENUE: First Unitarian Congregational Society
ADMISSION: $12-$15

THURSDAY, May 7
6 PM Meredith Monk: 50 Years in New York City
http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/212153?show_date=2015-05-07%2018:00:00
VENUE: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
ADMISSION: Free, RSVP

SATURDAY, May 9
Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain V with Colin Stetson
http://issueprojectroom.org/event/tectonics-ny-2015-3
VENUE: Abrons Art Center
ADMISSION: $12-$15

MONDAY, May 11
8PM: Chuck Bettis, Sylvie Courvoisier, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Helias, Ikue Mori, Chris Pitsiokos, Ned Rothenberg, Steve Swell, Nate Wooley
24th Anniversary Celebration of DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

MONDAY, May 11
7:30 PM CONTACT!: New Music from Italy
http://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/1415/contact-new-music-from-italy
Berio, Montanli, Sciarrino, Francesconi
VENUE: SubCulture: 45 Bleecker Street
ADMISSION: $25-35

MONDAY, May 11
8PM: Silent Cranes: The Music of Mary Kouyoumdjian, Performed by Kronos Quartet and Hotel Elefant
http://roulette.org/events/jerome-residency-silent-cranes-music-mary-kouyoumdjian-performed-kronos-quartet-hotel-elefant/
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-$30

WEDNESDAY, May 13
8:30 PM: Miranda Seilaff, Solo Viola
Ligeti Viola Sonata
VENUE: Seeds
ADMISSION: $10

THURSDAY, May 14
8PM HUEI
VENUE: Barbes
ADMISSION: $10

SATURDAY, May 16
8:00 PM Sofia Rei: vocals, JC Maillard: saz, guitar
John Zorn’s Masada Book Three
https://www.facebook.com/events/664747813625442/
VENUE: Subrosa
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, May 17
8:00 PM Laurie Anderson, Yuka C. Honda
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, May 19
8:00 PM: Autophysiopsychic
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mat Maneri (viola) Aram Bajakian (guitar)
A night of music inspired by Dr. Yusef Lateef
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

TUESDAY, May 19
8:00 PM: International Contemporary Ensemble and JACK Quartet Jason Eckardt’s “Subject”
Jason Eckardt’s new CD “Subject” (Tzadik Records) and music by Tzadik founder John Zorn, including the world premiere of Autumn Rhythm. These two groups join forces with soloists Tony Arnold, soprano; Jay Campbell, ‘cello; and Jordan Dodson, guitar performing works off the new record as well as John Zorn’s string quartet Necronomicon and the world premiere of Autumn Rhythm
http://roulette.org/events/ear-heart-presents-international-contemporary-ensemble-jack-quartet-jason-eckhardts-subject-tzadik-cd-release-party/
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-$30

FRIDAY, May 22
8:00 PM: Live, Improvised film Scores with Bakia Quartet
Bakia Quartet – Asher Kurtz (Guitar) Kenji Herbert (Guitar) Zack Nestel-Patt (Bass) Charlie Van Kirk (Percussion)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1609488745971570/
VENUE: Videology Bar
ADMISSION: $10

SATURDAY, May 23
10 PM: Selections from Aram Bajakians Kef with Frank London.
Aram Bajakian (guitar) Tom Swafford, Jake Shulman Ment (violins) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Frank London (trumpet)
Aram Bajakians 2011 Tzadik release Aram Bajakian’s Kef and Sasna Tser, a new collection of pieces based on the Armenian epic, David of Sassoun.
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

WEDNESDAY, May 27
10 PM: Jones Jones
Larry Ochs (saxophones) Vladimir Tarasov (percussion) Mark Dresser (bass)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

THURSDAY, May 28
8 PM Ned Rothenberg and Mark Dresser
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $15

THURSDAY May 28
07:30 PM Clemens Gadenstätter: American Immersion
http://www.acfny.org/event/clemens-gadenstaetter-american-immersion/
Performers: JACK Quartet, Members of the Talea Ensemble
VENUE: ACFNY
ADMISSION: Free, RSVP

SATURDAY, May 30
1:30PM and 3:30PM: John Zorn’s Sacred Visions | The Cloisters
https://www.facebook.com/events/324852714375381/
The program features the world premiere of The Remedy of Fortune, a composition for the indomitable JACK Quartet, composed specifically for The Cloisters; the New York premiere of Pandora’s Box, featuring acclaimed vocalist Tony Arnold with JACK Quartet; and The Holy Visions, performed by Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Mellissa Hughes, Abigail Fischer, and Kirsten Sollek.
VENUE: The Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters
ADMISSION: $50

A New-Music Concert by the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble Reviewed


From NYTimes.com:

“Reductio ad absurdum!” Thomas Buckner pronounced, in stentorian voice, at one point in “AACM50,” a momentous new-music concert on Wednesday night at the Bohemian National Hall. It was just one of many lines of text, most of them sung, in the premiere of “Kingmaker,” by Roscoe Mitchell. But the phrase — best known as a rhetorical device — bore sly implications for the piece, composed for baritone (Mr. Buckner), saxophone (Mr. Mitchell), orchestra and choir.

Chicago Scene: May 2-16, 2015


Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...

Joëlle Léandre

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, May 2nd 2015

2:00PM at Corbett vs Dempsey, 1120 N Ashland, 3rd Fl, 773.278.1664
Joëlle Léandre Solo

7:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
Bridge #1 : Concert and Roundtable Discussion
Douglas Ewart, Michael Zerang, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, with Benjamin Waltzer, Alexandre Pierrepont

7:00PM Rhythm Room Bar and Bistro, Evanston
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, featuring pianist Dan Pierson and bassist Charles Kirchen

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$22) (wheelchair-accessible)
Nicole Mitchell

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
ICP : Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink

Sunday, May 3rd 2015

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$22) (wheelchair-accessible)
Sunyata : Towards Absolute Emptiness
Renée Baker : Creative Music Summit

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
ICP Orchestra : Small Groups
Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Mary Oliver, Tristan Honsinger, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink

Monday, May 4th 2015

7:00PM at Black Cinema House, 7200 S Kimbark (Free)
Sonic Communion
The Bridge #1 with guests — live soundtrack of home movies and found footage

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5)
Peep Show
Ben Wardell/The Cambrians, Joel Valentin-Martinez, Michael Moore

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt, special guests from The Bridge

Tuesday, May 5th 2015

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Ratchet 3.0 #1
Haley Fohr, Ben Billington
Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson
Moon Bros.

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge #8
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins, Antonin-tri Hoang, Mars Williams, Samuel Silvant

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

7:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
Contempo
eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet — works by Pierce Gradone, Timothy Page, Jae-Goo Lee

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Chris Weller’s Open Forum Project, with Jason Stein, David Miller, Devin Drobka
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, May 7th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
AACM Presents
Ernest Dawkins‘s Rhythm and Rhyme, with Douglas Ewart, Ben Lamar Gaye, Will Faber

The Bridge #1
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

Friday, May 8th 2015

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $30 series pass)
OUTER EAR 2015: The Bridge #1
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas R Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
John Wiese
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Saturday, May 9th 2015

7:00PM at Transition East, 2548 E 83rd, 1st Fl, 773.221.7748
musicians from The Bridge with Participatory Music Coalition

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Tim Berne’s Snake Oil : Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith

Sunday, May 10th 2015

7:00PM at Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust, Milwaukee WI, 414.263.5001 ($8)
The Bridge #1
Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Douglas R Ewart, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($5-Free)
Frequency Series Presents Project Incubator
Alison Attar, Amy Briggs, Ammie Brod, Winston Choi, Nina Dante, Shanna Gutierrez, Andy Nogal, Katie Schoepflin, Stas Venglevski — music by Iddo Aharony, Alican Camci, Pierce Gradone, Jack Hughes, Jae-Goo Lee, Joungbum Lee, Tim Page, Kate Pukinskis, Igor Santos, Phil Taylor

Monday, May 11th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
3-On-3
Katherine Young with Aaron Zarzutzki and special guests
Molly Shanahan with Damon Green, David Schulman
Ryan Packard

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at the California Clipper, 1002 N California, 773.384.2547 (Free)
Jason Adasiewicz Trio

Wednesday, May 13th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
The David Boykin Expanse : Jim Baker, Alex Wing, Isaiah Spencer, David Boykin
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, May 14th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Israeli Jazz and World Music Festival
Tammy Scheffer’s Morning Bound

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs

Friday, May 15th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Easy Not Easy III
Tomeka Reid, Jim Becker, James Falzone, DJ Earl, Tim Kinsella, Jamal Moss, Adam Vida, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Katherine Young, Parlour Tapes, Jordan Martins, Ryan Ingebritsen, Daniel Wyche, Matt Mehlan, Levy Lorenzo, Alex Inglizian, Natalie Chami, Ryan Packard

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Roulette in May


English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Tyshawn Sorey

From New York’s Roulette:

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Tyshawn Sorey’s Double Trio Tyshawn Sorey is a composer-performer, educator, and scholar working across an extensive range of musical idioms. Sorey performs (percussion, trombone, and piano) nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as with such artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, John Zorn, Misha Mengelberg, Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lehman, Tim Berne, and Myra Melford….

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
ICP ORCHESTRA w/ Ray Anderson + Fay Victor The Instant Composers Pool is a collective of Dutch composer-improvisers-instrumentalists.

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Silent Cranes: The Music of Mary Kouyoumdjian, Performed by Kronos Quartet and Hotel Elefant The program will include the U.S. premiere of a new multi-media work for Kronos Quartet, exploring the idea of the Armenian Genocide Centennial

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
MV Carbon: Long Range-Order and the Telekinesisynth MV Carbon premieres two pieces for electronics, tape machines, piano processing, rotary phones, voice, amplified koto, piano and holographic cello for her Jerome Residency at Roulette…

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Joseph Kubera, New Music for Piano Recent piano works by John King, Christian Wolff, Anthony Coleman, David Mahler, and a few surprises.

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
Ear Heart Music Presents International Contemporary Ensemble and JACK Quartet Jason Eckardt’s “Subject” (Tzadik CD release party) Celebrating the release of Subject, Jason Eckardt’s new record on Tzadik, the JACK Quartet, ICE, and soloists Tony Arnold, soprano; Jay Campbell, cello; and Jordan Dodson, guitar perform works from the new record as well as John Zorn’s string quartets Necronomicon and The Dead Man….

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015 @ 8:00 PM
George Lewis: Afterword, The AACM (as) Opera + International Contemporary Ensemble George Lewis’ “Afterward: The AACM (as) Opera” Featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble and in collaboration with Catherine Sullivan, Sean Griffin and Opera Povera …