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James Falzone and group will play Quartet For The End Of Time Mar. 30th + Apr. 1st in Chicago.
On April 28, at Montgomery County Community College, Philadelphia saxophonist/bandleader Bobby Zankel’s big band the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound will premiere a new piece written expressly for the ensemble by legendary pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, who will conduct the ensemble. Ars Nova Workshop has the second of a series of articles about the event.
Ottawa’s Stretch Orchestra is profiled.
Recent Chicago performances of MusicNOW and Dal Niente are reviewed.
Michael Rother of Kraftwerk and Neu! is interviewed.
From the ISSUE Project Room:
C. Spencer Yeh: I’ve worked some ‘structured improvisations’ into my project Burning Star Core when it involved other band members, but without any micro-level direction of their sounds. I knew the players pretty well, and knew what they could do, so the structured improvisations were definitely shaped with that in mind. I suppose that selecting players is a composition unto itself.
From the Harvard Crimson:
Curran co-founded the avant-garde group Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome in 1966. He has created over 150 compositions and sound installations, and his pieces incorporate everything from synthesizers and taped natural sounds to rock and classical instrumentation. He was born in Providence, R.I., and attended Brown University, then studied under composer Elliott C. Carter, Jr. ’30 at the Yale School of Music. Curran now teaches privately in Rome and continues to conceive new pieces.