Coming to Bowerbird

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From Philadelphia’s Bowerbird:

Venue: International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Friday, September 5, 8pm

The complete Berio Sequenzas (staged)
Venue: First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
September 18 – 20

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Chris Corsano Summer Residency at Café Oto Reviewed

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Chris Corsano is a remarkably adept American drummer who zips round his drums with studio-precision timing and an iron sense of purpose. His four-day summer residency in London ranged from intimate duos to a full-on orchestral blast, and in every situation, his powerful, loose-skinned chatter stood out.

Boulez’s Piano Solos in Taka Kigawa’s Hands


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A hall helps create the impression of a piece of music almost as much as the player or the piece itself. It is doubtless largely because the pianist Taka Kigawa’s recital on Monday evening was held at Le Poisson Rouge, the basement club in Greenwich Village, that his program had such a bewitchingly suave, intimate effect. Yes, implausibly enough, the complete solo piano works of Pierre Boulez sounded, in Mr. Kigawa’s hands and with the low-ceilinged Le Poisson Rouge acoustics, glasses tinkling at the bar, like nothing so much as a collection of unusually experimental cabaret music.

September in Portland

From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Outset Series Programming
September 2014
Revival Drum Shop (at its new location)
2045 SE Ankeny
All shows begin 8 PM (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15. All ages.

September 3 – Liew Niyomkarn (Los Angeles), TBA
September 17 – Consumer and Halfbird

Liew Niyomkarn is a Bangkok-born dreamer who love to manipulate organic sound, work with electronic circuits and sound sculpture. Her work is known for its ecstatic, whimsical and unpredictable event. often expresses a sensory of flexibility and euphoric momentum behavior. Liew seeks to capture the wisdom and free energy of sound and discover new ways to engage psyche and sense thru space. Liew received her MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from Calarts and currently live in Los Angeles. (

Consumer is the solo project of electronic musician Matt Palenske. Systematically doodles on machines to map his confrontation with infinity and to help rattle restless traditions. Having remained acousmatic in Chicago for 5 years, he has manifested physically in Portland, OR offering savage live loops.

Halfbird is a very noisy trio of Grant Pierce (Not Bitter, Pinkish) on drums, Brandon Conway on guitar and Ben Kates (Thicket, It’s OK, Girl) on saxophone. This is their first show as a trio. Wear earplugs.

Oliver Lake New York Performances

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Legendary Alto Saxophonist & Doris Duke Performing Artist, Oliver Lake To Play Iridium With His Big Band September 13, 2014 and Curate A Retrospective Week At The Stone October 21-26th, 2014

In the Spring of 2013, legendary alto saxophonist Oliver Lake configured a big band to record his original large-ensemble compositions, which resulted in The Wheel, a record lauded for its originality and compositional vitality. Lake has re-configured this ensemble for a special one night performance, September 13, 2014, at The Iridium in Midtown Manhattan at 8 & 10 PM.

The Oliver Lake Big Band:
(All sets at 8 and 10 PM)

Oliver Lake – alto saxophone
Terry Greene – trombone
Alfred Patterson – trombone
Aaron Johnson – trombone
Robert Stringer – trombone
Darius Jones – alto sax
Marty Ehrlich – alto sax
James Stewart – tenor sax
Mike Lee – tenor sax
Alex Blake – baritone sax
Josh Evans – trumpet
Greg Glassman – trumpet
Nabate Isles – trumpet
Nathan Eklund – trumpet
Yoichi Uzeki – piano
Robert Sabin – bass
Chris Beck – drums

Oliver has also been given the opportunity to curate a retrospective week of his career at the East Village club, The Stone, in October 2014. His bands for the evenings are as follows:

10/21 – 8 PM – The Lakes Oliver Lake (sax) Gene Lake (drums) Jahi Sundance Lake (turntables) Kim Lake (vocals)
10 PM – William Parker (bass) and Oliver Lake (saxophone)

10/22 – 8 PM – Oliver Lake, Vernon Reid (guitar) and Gene Lake (drums) ;
10 PM – Oliver Lake, Santi Debriano (bass), and Andrew Cyrille (drums)

10/23 – 8 PM – Oliver Lake, Orrin Evans (piano),
Nasheet Waits (drums) and Luques Curtis (bass);
10 PM Oliver Lake with Two Drummers
Bill McClellan (drums) Reggie Nicholson (drums)

10/24: 8 & 10 PM – Oliver Lake Octet “Flow”
Oliver Lake, Bruce Williams (alto sax), Mike Lee (tenor sax), Josh Evans (trumpet), Terry Greene (trombone), Robert Sabin (bass), Chris Beck (drums), Brandon McCune (piano)

10/25 – 8 PM Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
Oliver Lake (sax) Freddie Hendrix (trumpet) Chris Beck (drums) Jared Gold (organ);
10 PM Organ Quartet with Billie Harper

10/26 – 8 PM Oliver Lake & Flux String Quartet
Oliver Lake, Tom Chiu (violin), Conrad Harris (violin), Max Mandel (viola), Felix Fan (cello)
10 PM : Alto Madness
Darius Jones, Bruce Williams, Anthony Ware, Oliver Lake (alto saxes) Pheeroan AkLaff (drums)

Ensemble Dal Niente’s Fall 2014 Season

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:30pm
2014 Season Opener: Coming Together
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
$25/$15 (General Admission/Students)
George Lewis (b.1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
Philip Glass (b.1937): Music in Contrary Motion (1969) for unspecified instruments
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): The Dream of Innocent III (1987) for cello, piano and percussion
Patricia Alessandrini (b.1970) Nachtgewachse (2014, USA premiere) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard, piano, percussion, melodica, and electronics
Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): Coming Together (1973) for unspecified instruments and narrator

Thursday, September 11, 2014
People’s Music School
931 W. Eastwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Education Outreach: New Music Ensemble
Featured Teaching Artist: Chris Wild: Chris Wild

Sunday, October 12, 2014 8:30pm
Ensemble Dal Niente & Anywhen Ensemble
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (students/seniors)
More information & tickets:
Dai Fujikura (b. 1977) PoyoPoyo (2012) for solo horn
Donald Martino (1931-2005) Cinque Frammenti (5) (1964) for oboe and bass
Matthew Golombisky: new work (2014, world premiere) for oboe, horn, and bass

Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00pm
Chou Wen-Chung at University of Chicago
Performance Penthouse
Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
915 E. 60th Street, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL
All Ages venue
Free Admission
Chou Wen-Chung (b.1923): Twilight Colors (2007) for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello
Chou Wen-Chung (b.1923): The Willows Are New (1957) for solo piano
Chou Wen-Chung (b.1923): Ode to Eternal Pine (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965): Density 21.5 (1946) for solo flute

Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00pm
Willams College Residency
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
Williamstown, MA
Free Admission
Alex Lunsqui (b. 1969): Dimensions (2013) for solo percussion
Lee Hyla (1952-2014): Passegiata (2007) for solo violin
Hans Thomalla (b. 1975): Desert Songs (2011) for soprano and piano
Andres Carrizo (1982): Incantation (2012) for voice, piano, percussion
Alejandro Viñao (b. 1951): Hildegard’s Dream (1994) for soprano and electronics
Santiago Diez-Fischer (b.1977): new work (2015, world premiere) for solo piano
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Tre Pezzi (1956) for soprano and tenor saxophone
Ileana Velazquez (b.1964): Del Falso Amor Impuro (2013) for soprano, saxophone, violin, percussion, and piano

Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:00pm
Library of Congress: In Vain & George Lewis
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington D.C.
Free but tickets required
George Lewis (b. 1952): Assemblage (2013) for piano, harp, percussion, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, clarinet and flute
George Lewis (b.1952): new work for violin and piano (2014, World Premiere)
Georg Friedrich Haas (b.1953): In Vain (2000) for 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, saxophone, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trombones, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 1 accordion, 1 piano, 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 bass

Thursday, November 06, 2014
People’s Music School
931 W. Eastwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Education Outreach: New Music Ensemble
Featured Teaching Artist: Chris Wild: Chris Wild

Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:30pm
Dal Niente: Party 2014
Tickets will be on sale October 1st!
Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
All Ages welcome, Beverages & food available
Dal Niente first unveiled The Party in 2012 as a communal experience that casts away some of the concert hall’s conventions in order to bring listeners together in a new way. During Dal Niente: Party 2014, people can sit where and how they want; they can stand, lie down, choose what to listen to at any particular moment, relax, move, talk, drink, eat. Most importantly, they can listen to music together — the experience is the antithesis of listening to music through earbuds plugged into your head as you sit alone staring at a computer screen. Dal Niente: Party 2014 brings together stylistically diverse and uniquely brilliant composers’ music for you to encounter, examine and share in one unforgettable evening.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 8:30pm
Dal Niente Presents: Ben Melsky
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15/$10 (students/seniors)

Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) L’Addio a Trachis (1980) for solo harp
Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Immer Neu from Trilogy (1992) for oboe and harp Kaija Saariaho (b.1952) Fall (1991) for harp and amplified electronics
Eliza Brown (b. 1985) new work (2014, world premiere) for soprano and harp
Tomas Gueglio (b. 1980) new work (2014, world premiere) for harp solo

Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:30pm
Dal Niente Presents:
Austin Wulliman & Katherine Young Album Release
Ages 18+ venue | Beverage available
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
$15 (includes tape)
Katherine Young (b. 1980): Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight (2013) for solo violin and ensemble


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August 22, 2014
Jim Hobbs, Taylor Ho Bynum, Ingrid Laubrock, Josh Sinton, Brandon Seabrook, Ken Filiano, Tomas Fujiwara, Douglass Street Music Collective
Taylor Ho Bynum Ken Filiano Tomas Fujiwara Jim Hobbs Ingrid Laubrock Brandon Seabrook Josh Sinton

August 16, 2014
The Ex with Wolter Wierbos, MIR, Oslo
Arnold de Boer Katherina Bornefeld Ketil Gutvik Terrie Hessels Andy Moor Paal Nilssen-Love Ståle Liavik Solberg Wolter Wierbos

August 16, 2014
Wolter Wierbos Solo, Cappelens Forslag, Oslo
Wolter Wierbos

August 16, 2014
Rolf-Erik Nystrom, Thomas Johansson, Øyvind Storesund, Simo Laihonen, MIR, Oslo
Thomas Johansson Simo Laihonen Rolf-Erik Nystrom Øyvind Storesund

August 15, 2014
Mette Rasmussen Solo, MIR, Oslo
Mette Rasmussen

August 16, 2014
Ketil Gutvik Solo, MIR, Oslo
Ketil Gutvik

August 16, 2014
Emil Strandberg, Sten Sandell, Patric Thorman, MIR, Oslo
Sten Sandell Emil Strandberg Patric Thorman

August 16, 2014
Andreas Backer, Ketil Gutvik, Emil Strandberg, Cappelens Forslag, Oslo
Andreas Backer Ketil Gutvik Emil Strandberg