Pierre Boulez’s Life in Service to Music -

Pierre Boulez in 2004

Pierre Boulez

From NYTimes.com:

Few musicians in history have been as influential within their lifetimes as Pierre Boulez. As a composer and theorist, he shaped the path of modernism in postwar Europe. As a conductor, he redefined concert programming. As an educator and administrator, he oversaw the creation of groundbreaking music facilities. Celebrations around Mr. Boulez’s 90th birthday this season reveal his omnipresence. The Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival in Britain, the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris and the Staatskapelle Berlin are just some of the institutions to have included homages to Mr. Boulez in their programs.

The Spectrum in April

From New York’s Spectrum:

- Diderot String Quartet (April 1)

– Acoustic Frontiers Michael Lytle, Denman Maroney & Robert Dick (April 2) Free-improvisation series

– Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic presents Spectral Interzone – Jazz for the eminently civilized (April 2) Guillermo Gregorio & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic present a live recording of INTERSECTION, with Scott Tixier, Frederika Krier, Matt Maneri, Daniel Levin, Todd Capp & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic.

Richard Carrick‘s Friday Night Loud series continues with Chris Cochrane & Stuart Popejoy (April 3)

– Desmadrados Soldados (Manchester) (April 3)

– Wood River (April 3)

– Melissa Tong & special guests (April 4)

– Jason Hardink & Jacob Greenberg (April 4)

– Jason Hardink (April 5)

– Carlo Guaitoli (April 5)

– Toomai String Quartet (April 9)

– Gabriel Zucker presents Thursdays on the Spectrum (April 9) Naomi Woo; Leffert Lefferts with Bryan Qu, Gabriel Zucker, David Halpern & David Su

– Marilyn Nonken’s Voluptuous Virtuosity series continues with Mayuko Yamashita (April 10)

– Us, Today (April 10)

– Eleonor Sandresky’s Retes series returns with a collaboration with Martha Mooke (April 11)

– Charlotte Mundy & Stuart Breczinski (April 11)

– Complexity of Simplicity (April 12) Carlos Cordeiro

– Seth Gilman’s Early/Late series (April 12)

– Viola Yip, Ellery CG Trafford & Max Murray (April 12)

– Curious Chamber Players (April 15)

– Aaron Roche’s Guitar/etc. series (April 15)

– Irene Gomez (Columbia) (April 16)

– Daniel Levin Quartet (April 16) Daniel Levin, Nate Wooley, Matt Moran & Pedro Strom

– Mareike Wiening Jazz Quintet (April 17) Jerome Sabbagh, Alex Goodman, Angelo Di Loreto, Lars Ekman & Mareike Wiening

– Elizabeth Weinfield’s Spectrum HP series (historical performance) (April 18)

– John King’s Born into Flames series featuring Mary Rowell (April 18)

– Ramin Arjomand’s Reinterpretations series with Julianna Mateyko (April 19)

– Guy Barash’s Eavesdropping series featuring Xenia Pestova (UK) (April 19) Highlights include a world premiere by Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett & a world premiere for ROLI Seaboard by Canadian composer Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.

– Earth Day Concert curated by Madeleine Shapiro (April 22) She will present works from her new release, SoundsNature.

– Joe Fee, Jesse Krakow & Tom Shad: Music for Glockenspiel and Bass(es) (April 23) Fee, Krakow & Shad with Adam Forman, Kathleen Supove, Fred Trumpy & Ray Carega

– The French Correction: A Celebration of Pierre Boulez (April 23) Curated by The Brothers Balliett, this 2 day, 3 concert festival marks Boulez’s 90th birthday in grand style with a presentation of rare and beautifully complex works.

Seattle Scene: April 2-18, 2015

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences. All ages are welcome. All shows 8 PM, $5 – $15 sliding scale at the door unless otherwise noted (check individual listings).

Daria Binkwoski, solo flute
Thu. April 2, 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Flutist Daria Binkowski performs Salvatore Sciarrino’s seminal work for solo flute, L’Opera per Flauto, a 75-minute journey through the threshold of silence and sound. At once a work that is experimental, meditative and virtuosic, Sciarrino’s music might be described as “breathed intimacy”. This work is one of the foundations of contemporary flute music and rarely performed in its entirety in a live setting.

Mayumi Tayake, solo piano
Sat. April 4, 6:30 PM; $12 general, $5 students

Seattle-based pianist Mayumi Tayake plays Makrokosmos Volume II for amplified piano by George Crumb, followed by Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt (with violinist Sharyn Peterson). The performance will be accompanied by projected images to enhance the listening experience.

FRI. 4/10 – Oliver Groenwald’s NewNet

SAT. 4/11 – Seattle Modern Orchestra with Australian violinist Graeme Jennings

FRI. 4/17 – pianist R. Andrew Lee performs music by Adrian Knight and Nat Evans

SAT. 4/18, 7:00 PM – pianist R. Andrew Lee performs Randy Gibson’s 3+ hour work The Four Pillars Appearing from the Equal D

AMN Interviews: Nhung Nguyễn (Sound Awakener)

Nhung Nguyễn composes and performs experimental music that straddles the lines between ambient and electroacoustic. Based in her home country of Vietnam, she has recently released a series of recordings on her Bandcamp page. She recently took some time to answer a few questions.

How did you get started in music composition, in particular, the type of music that can be found on your Sound Awakener releases?

I started composing and improvising music in 2009, after discovering experimental music at the end of 2007. In 2011, I formed my solo project Sound Awakener and eventually released my stuff in 2014.

What are your influences? I hear some GRM and maybe Robert Scott Thompson as well. Am I close?

Honestly, I have to say I don’t really have a certain musical influence and I usually have no interest in finding out the answer for that. It may be confusing, but personally I tend to focus on creating music more than thinking about one.

What is the scene like for experimental music in Vietnam?

It is a small scene but pretty active one. In Hanoi, where I live, there are about 20 – 30 artists working on experimental music, ranging from electronic, noise to free improvisation (to see an almost complete list of experimental artists, festivals and venues for experimental art in Vietnam, click here).

I have just finished my energetic March with 2 live performances. One was part of World of Sounds tour, including both performance and workshop with two artists I really admire – Vũ Nhật Tân and Nguyễn Hồng Giang. The other was curated by The Onion Cellar/Moon Gramophone at CAMA ATK in Hanoi. I admire their energy and enthusiasm a lot to organize the show and bring an upright piano for me. It was really nice to share the stage with thisquietarmy and Glitter Troff.

From your Bandcamp page, it appears that you are releasing music every month or so. Some of this music is several years old. Are you working through a backlog of recordings, as well as new material?

Yeah I love to release tracks that I have done a while before. I am now listening to the material done in 2013 and 2014 and considering release some of them, as well as working on new tracks

Outside of experimental music, what do you listen to?

My taste is wide. I still listen to pop, rock, jazz etc as well as traditional Vietnamese music. It is always good to discover the hidden beauty inside every genre.

What projects do you have coming up in 2015?

In 19th April the new album of me and Linear Bells will be released by Soft recordings (digital and CD). The album is titled Belonging to the Infinity and the material is mainly ambient. I also have other collaboration going on, upcoming shows (including playing on the opening day of Hanoi Soundstuff 2015) and lots of experiments to be worked on.

Read our reviews of Ms. Nguyễn’s recordings:
September Traveler



March 26, 2015
Kresten Osgood Duo, IBeam
Kresten Osgood Martin Philadelpy

March 26, 2015
Kresten Osgood Quintet, IBeam
Eliot Cardinaux Mat Maneri Kresten Osgood Randy Peterson Ed Schuller

March 25, 2015
Raphael Malfliet, Todd Neufeld, Sarah Bernstein, Flin van Hemmen, IBeam
Sarah Bernstein Flin van Hemmen Raphael Malfliet Todd Neufeld

March 25, 2015
Fay Victor, Achim Kaufmann, Ratzo Harris, IBeam
Ratzo Harris Achim Kaufmann Fay Victor

March 24, 2015
Kresten Osgood Quartet, IBeam
Michael Blake Max Johnson Kresten Osgood Herb Robertson

March 24, 2015
Kresten Osgood Duo, IBeam
Kresten Osgood Herb Robertson

March 24, 2015
Carl Ludwig Hübsch Solo, Downtown Music Gallery
Carl Ludwig Hübsch

Big Ears Festival Stars the Avant-Garde

From NYTimes.com:

The avant-garde is a notion shaped by discomfort, as well as defiance. No music gets that designation unless it makes people feel uneasy or threatened. Tanya Tagaq, a singer from Nunavut, the northernmost territory in Canada, gave an exemplary lesson in assuaging worry here on Saturday afternoon at Big Ears, an ambitious three-day festival of experimental music in a place without much of a history of nurturing it.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Morton Feldman/Lenio Liatsou – For Bunita Marcus
The Residents – Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?/The Census Tak
Allerseelen – Frühgeschichte I – Schwartzer Rab
Glaciation – Sur les Falaises de Marbre
Disgorged Faeces & Light Collapse – Collaboration
Various – When I Reach That Heavenly Shore : Unearthly Black
Robert Curgenven – They tore the earth and like a scar it
Automating – Bereitschaftspotential
Skullflower – Draconis