Newsbits: Dunn / Priester / Tactus Ensemble


English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

An Oakland Trevor Dunn performance is reviewed.

Trombonist Julian Priester is interviewed.

The recent Ecstatic Music Festival is reviewed.

A review of the Tactus Ensemble’s playing of Boulez and Stockhausen is available.

The Baltimore Electronic Music 2012 Parlor Night Concert will take place February 18th.

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Monsieur Délire Reviews


English: Peter Hammill onstage solo at Nearfes...

From Monsieur Délire:

BASSX3 / Transatlantic (Leo Records)
OREN AMBARCHI / Audience of One (Touch – merci à Dense Promotion)
URAL UMBO / Delusion of Hope (Utech Records – merci à Dense Promotion)
PETER HAMMILL / PNO GTR VOX BOX: 3. “What if knew this was the last show I would ever do?” (Fie)
DE TYPE INCONNU / De Type Inconnu (Ora Productions)
BART VAN ROSMALEN & ANTO PETT / PlayWork (Leo Records)
ROBERT TURMAN / Flux (Spectrum Spools/Editions Mego – merci à Dense Promotion)
PETER HAMMILL / PNO GTR VOX BOX: 1. “What if there were no piano?” (Fie)
MIKE COOPER / Distant Songs of Madmen (Room40)
ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE / Gift Fig (Kendra Steiner Editions)
IVO PERELMAN, JOE MORRIS & GERALD CLEAVER / Family Ties (Leo Records)
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN / Generators (editions Mego – merci à Dense Promotion)
ANNE-JAMES CHATON & ANDY MOOR / Transfer/3: Flying Machines (Unsounds – merci à Dense Promotion)
TIRUDEL ZENEBE / TESFAYE TAYE / Ililta! New Ethiopian Dance Music (Terp Records – merci à Dense Promotion)
SKIKS / Compulse (Split-Notes)
PETER HAMMILL / PNO GTR VOX BOX: 1. “What if I forgot my guitar?” (Fie)

Luigi Nono Concert Series in New York


From EMF Productions:

Electronic Music Foundation presents MUSIC BY LUIGI NONO
A series of two concerts and one performance-lecture featuring one of the most prominent Italian avant-garde composers of the 20th century

FEBRUARY 26, 27 & 28, 2012
Electronic Music Foundation is bringing to New York some of the close partners, collaborators, and performers of Italian composer Luigo Nono for a three-day celebration of his music and ideas. Nono is known for his stunningly beautiful sounds and innovative use of space, but also for his political message of justice and humanity. Through the 1950s and 60s, he equated musical revolution with social revolution, and his signature pieces are often characterized by political activism. In the 1970s, his thoughts were more on relating the performed sounds of acoustic instruments with electronic transformations, time displacements and synthesized sounds.

The first concert, presented in collaboration with NYU Interactive Arts at NYU Frederick Loewe Theater (February 27), will feature some of Nono’s signature works, such as La Fabbrica Illuminata (The Illuminated Factory, 1964) and Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz (Remember what they did to you in Auschwitz, 1965). The second concert, to take place at Judson Church (February 28), will highlight a rarely performed composition for violinista caminante (walking violinist) and display Nono’s creative use of electronics and space in performance: La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura — Madrigal per più “caminantes” con Gidon Kremer (The distance nostalgic utopian future — Madrigal for other “walkers” with Gidon Kremer).

Performers include vocalist Stacey Mastrian; pianist Stefan Litwin; and electronics performer Alvise Vidolin, among others. The series will also include a lecture-performance, Music as Resistance: Luigi Nono, to be presented at Greenwich Music School (February 26) by Stefan Litwin.

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES:

* Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.
STEFAN LITWIN: MUSIC AS RESISTANCE
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street
Admission: $10 Suggested contribution at the door

Performance and lecture on Luigi Nono and political activism
Stefan Litwin, pianist/lecturer

* Monday, February 27, 8 p.m.
SIGNATURE COMPOSITIONS BY LUIGI NONO
Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West 4th Street, NYC
Admission free but reservations are strongly advised. Email: events@emf.org

Alvise Vidolin, artistic director
Thomas Beyer, technical director

La Fabbrica Illuminata (The Illuminated Factory, 1964)
For voice and recorded sounds
Stacey Mastrian, voice

Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz
(Remember what they did to you in Auschwitz, 1965)
For fixed media

… sofferte onde serene … (… suffering quiet waves … ,1977)
For piano and recorded piano sounds
Stefan Litwin, piano

Con Luigi Dallapiccola (With Luigi Dallapiccola, 1979)
For six percussionists and live electronics
NYU Percussion Ensemble; David Fein conducting; Jonathan Haas director; Alvise Vidolin, electronics

* Tuesday, February 28, 8 p.m.
Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South
Admission: $10 Suggested contribution at the door

La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura — Madrigal per più “caminantes” con Gidon Kremer
(The distance nostalgic utopian future — Madrigal for other “walkers” with Gidon Kremer, 1988)
For walking violinist and eight places of sound
Conrad Harris, violin
Alvise Vidolin, artistic director and electronics performance; Thomas Beyer, technical director; Daniel Neumann, audio engineer

Dusted Reviews


English: Eyvind Kang, moers festival 2010

From Dusted:

Artist: Eyvind Kang
Album: Visible Breath
Label: Ideologic Organ

Artist: Simon H. Fell
Album: Frank & Max: Bass Solos 2001-2011
Label: Bo’Weavil

Artist: Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker
Album: Kanal GENDYN
Label: Editions Mego

Artist: Alan Wilkinson
Album: Practice
Label: Bo’Weavil

Artist: Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason
Album: SÓLARIS
Label: Bedroom Community

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


From NYTimes.com:

Jim Black Mystery (Wednesday) As a drummer, Jim Black’s spirit of polymorphous propulsion draws equally from noise rock, electronic music and free jazz. Here he leads an acoustic trio with an old compatriot, the multireedist Chris Speed, and a compatible stalwart, the bassist Ben Street; the name of this ad hoc group may refer to the musical admixture it’s likely to produce. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Kris Davis Quintet (Thursday) An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Kris Davis has made herself indispensable on New York’s left-of-center jazz scene in recent years. She works here with a top-shelf crew: Mat Maneri on viola, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Trevor Dunn on bass and Tom Rainey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15 cover, $10 for members in the first set; $10 cover, $5 for members in the second set. (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day (Saturday) A venturesome jazz drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt walks the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition with Canada Day, featuring the trumpeter Nate Wooley, the saxophonist Matt Bauder, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the bassist Garth Stevenson. For this concert, the ensemble previews material from two forthcoming albums, “Canada Day Octet” and “Canada Day III.” At 8 p.m., LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 482-5151, wix.com/laguardiaperforming/laguardiaperformingartscent; free, but reservation required by e-mail, at rsvp-lpac@lagcc.cuny.edu. (Chinen)

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Friday) With “Deluxe” (Clean Feed), released in 2010, the bassist Chris Lightcap delivered a righteous dispatch from the New York jazz grid, full of streamlined rhythm and stark, suggestive harmony. He explores the same concept with the tenor saxophonists Chris Cheek and Jeff Lederer, the pianist Andy Milne and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

‘A Love Supreme’ (Tuesday) In what has become an annual tradition, John Coltrane’s most beloved album receives a spirited Valentine’s Day interpretation, courtesy of Exuberance, a group consisting of the trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr., the tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis, the drummer Michael Wimberly and the bassist Hilliard Greene. Joining their worshipful effort are the pianist Uri Caine and the vocalist Beth Anne Hatton. At 8 p.m., Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East Seventh Street, East Village, (212) 477-0666, middlechurch.org; $15 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Roswell Rudd Quartet (Friday) Roswell Rudd is a spirited and wide-open trombonist, just as happy with a free-form rustle as he is with rambunctious swing. He seems likely to draw here from “Keep Your Heart Right” (Sunnyside), with a quartet that includes Lafayette Harris on piano, Ken Filiano on bass and Sunny Kim on vocals. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $15, or $10 members and students. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


From NYTimes.com:

Avant Music Festival (Friday, Saturday and Wednesday) This ambitious grass-roots celebration, programmed by the composer Randy Gibson and the soprano Megan Schubert, honors past innovators while advancing new sounds. Friday’s opening concert features the admirable vocal ensemble Ekmeles in one of Mr. Gibson’s trance-inducing Minimalist reveries. Saturday’s program focuses on John Cage, with performances of his music and a composer round table about his influence. On Wednesday, Ms. Schubert performs Schoenberg’s century-old “Pierrot Lunaire” alongside works by Jenny Olivia Johnson. (The festival runs through Feb. 18.) Friday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., the Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, (212) 228-1195, thewildproject.com; advance tickets $12, or $8 for students; at the door $15, or $10 for students. (Steve Smith)

Face the Music (Monday) This fine ensemble of young musicians who specialize in new music offers fresh performances of Angelica Negron’s “Gran Caleidoscopio,” Kenji Bunch’s “String Circle” and Philip Glass’s “Glassworks.” At 6:30 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $10, or free for children under 16. (Kozinn)

Bruce Levingston (Monday) For 10 years now, this intrepid pianist has enriched the repertory with a steady stream of diverse new works funded by his nonprofit organization, Premiere Commission. Marking his first decade, Mr. Levingston celebrates with the soprano Lisa Bielawa and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, performing music by Ms. Bielawa, Christopher Tignor, John Corigliano, Augusta Gross and William Bolcom. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $25 for guaranteed seating, $15 for standing room. (Smith)

Transient Glory (Thursday) Carnegie Hall, in partnership with the Young People’s Chorus of New York — directed by Francisco J. Núñez, recently named a MacArthur Foundation fellow — presents three Transient Glory programs offering new works written by leading composers for young voices. The concerts follow three days of workshops in which young conductors worked with the singers, composers and others performers, including the JACK Quartet. The first program on Thursday, presented at Le Poisson Rouge, has works by Michael Gordon, Derek Bermel and Paquito D’Rivera. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, carnegiehall.org; $20. (Tommasini)

Xperimental Love Festival 2012 (Tuesday through Thursday) Roulette hosts a polyamorous five-night love-in, during which seemingly odd bedfellows like contemporary classical music, avant-garde rock and free improvisation cuddle up cozily. David Behrman and Fast Forward are among Tuesday’s suitors. Gabrielle Herbst, a composer and vocalist, unveils collaborative creations on Wednesday. And Thursday brings the premiere of “Micropatronage,” a new string quartet by Sam Mickens. (The festival runs through Feb. 18.) At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $10, or $35 for a five-night pass. (Smith)

Los Angeles / SoCal Scene


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From Open Gate Theatre:

Friday, February 10, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents The Moose Herd: SOUND, MOVEMENT and LIGHT – Drama / dance / music improvisations, featuring the LA Collective and Open Gate players. The LA Collective features Ellen Burr (flute, conduction), Laura Osborn (flute), Ken Luey (clarinets), Robert Leng (sax), Alexander Vogel (sax), Steve Lockwood (keys), Oz (Chapman stick), Jeff Schwartz (double bass), Owen Green (electric bass), Charlie Lowrey (percussion), Tom Steck (drums, percussion), and Nicole Strafaci (poetry), with special guests Cheryl Banks-Smith and Roxanne Steinberg (movement), Kio Griffith (live video art), and Anet Ris-Kelman (performance art). The Open Gate players include Will Salmon (flute, voice, performance), Vinny Golia (winds), Brad Dutz (percussion), Jie Ma (pipa), and special guests Anet Ris-Kelman (performance art), Carmina Escobar (voice and performance), and Antony DiGennaro (prepared guitars). Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From REDCAT:

Friday, February 10, 8:30pm
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). Friday is “Noise Night” featuring L.A.’s own Damion Romero and the pairing of noise pioneers Zbigniew Karkowski and Xopher Davidson. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 / $10

From the wulf:

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
the wulf presents Voice and the Composer – Odeya Nini, Andrea Young, & Denis Kolokol: An evening of experimental solo voice and new instrumental music, performed by Tara Boyle (flute), Elaine Cho (flute), Clarie Chenette (oboe), Christin Hablewitz (clarinet), Derek Stein (cello), Archie Carey (bassoon), Cassia Streb (viola), Nic Salas (violin), and Betsy Rettig (cello). the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 11, 8pm
PiE (People inside Electronics) presents Nothing is Real: psychedelia for piano and electronics, a kaleidoscopic concert of fleeting sonic images, epic journeys and eerie doppelgangers. The program includes works from Shaun Naidoo, Pierre Jodlowski, Linda Bouchard,
Charles Dodge, Alvin Lucier, and Mike McFerron. Performers will include Aron Kallay, Vatche Mankerian, Vicki Ray, Rafael Liebich, Genevieve Lee, and Louise Thomas. Pierre’s Fine Pianos, 11039 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles | $20 / $10 students

From LAFMS:

Saturday, February 11, 12pm (noon)
The Box is host yet again to another ful day of LAFMS and related musical performances in support of the exhibition “Beneath The Valley Of the Lowest Form Of Music: The Los Angeles Free Music Society (1972-2012)”. Performances begin at noon and will conclude by 7pm, featuring Extended Organ (Tom Recchion, Paul McCarthy, Joe Potts and Fredrik Nilsen), Jim Shaw (with Dani Tull & Eddie Rusha), Marnie Weber’s F for Ache/Dolphin Explosion (Marnie Weber, Dani Tull, Doug Harvey…with Colette Weber Shaw and Ariel West), Feedback Waveriders (Antony DiGennaro, Michael Fink, Paul McCarthy, Chas Smith, Brian Walsh), Vetza & Joe Potts, Ace and Duce, and Dinosaurs With Horns. The Box, 805 Traction Ave., downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations appreciated

From REDCAT:

Saturday, February 11, 8:30pm
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival celebrating the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). “Ambient Night” on Saturday features the debut of a new work by Ankersmit created expressly for the historic Serge analogue modular synthesizer, originally developed by Serge Tcherepnin at CalArts in the 1970s. Ankersmit, known for abstract, intensely focused electroacoustic work using hyper-kinetic synth and computer improvisation, kicks off a program that also features work by zerfall_gebiete, the duo of electronic ambient soundscape veterans Thomas Köner and Ulrich Krieger. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 / $10

From SASSAS:

Sunday February 12, 7pm
SASSAS and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock present the Ad Hoc series, having the honor of presenting an evening with Fred Frith. As a songwriter, composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist Fred is best known for the reinvention of the electric guitar. Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $12 advance / $10 for SASSAS and CFAER members / $15 at the door advance tickets available here

From REDCAT:

Wednesday, February 15, 8:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music – some of which is performed for the first time in Los Angeles. The CalArts New Century Players join forces with the CalArts Orchestra to open the festival with a program of large-scale pieces by the American visionary, including Dance/4 Orchestras, Fourteen, Etcetera, Ryoanji, and Renga. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students / $10 CalArts students, faculty, staff

From musicweb UCSD:

Thursday, February 16, 8pm
Violinist Andrew McIntosh and bassist Scott Worthington perform Wolfgang von Schweinitz’s concert-length duo in just intonation, Plainsound Glissando Modulation. University of California San Diego, CPMC Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From REDCAT:

Thursday, February 16, 8:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music – some of which is performed for the first time in Los Angeles. The New Century Players center the festival’s second evening on Cage’s seminal graphic score Fontana Mix – a telling example of the composer’s fascination with the ideas of indeterminacy, chance, and silence. In addition to the original Fontana Mix tape music composition itself, the program consists of instrumental group works composed using the Fontana Mix score by James Tenney, David Behrman, Cornelius Cardew, and others responding to Cage’s benchmark. REDCAT, located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 West 2nd St., downtown Los Angeles | $20 / $16 students / $10 CalArts students, faculty, staff