Upcoming George Crumb Performances

George Crumb

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From Bridge Records:


October 24, 2014
Sun and Shadow performed by Ann Crumb and Marcantonio Barone
Barge Music
8 pm

October 30, 2014
Music for a Summer Evening
American Modern Ensemble
8:00pm 10:30pm
Merkin Hall

November 16, 2014
PREMIERE: Yesteryear and The Yellow Moon of Andalusia
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Steven Schick, conductor
Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)

November 18-25, 2014
George Crumb American Songbook
Orchestra 2001 Tours Arizona and New Mexico

December 2014
Three Early Songs, Night of the Four Moons, Dream Sequence
Ann Crumb and James Freeman

December 18, 2014
Makrokosmos III
Quantum Ensemble
Tenerife Auditorium (www.auditoriodetenerife.com) Spain

March, 20, 2015
Vox Balaenae
Lakshore Rush
Music Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 21, 2015
Sonata for Solo Cello


Mills Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 22, 2015
Works of George Crumb and Laura Schwendinger
Miranda Cuckson, Nunc
Mills Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 23, 2015
Madrigals 1-4
Due-East, with Greg Byer and Erin Lesser
Morphy Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 27, 2015
Music for a Summer Evening
Gilbert Kalish and James Freeman
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore, PA 7:30 pre-concert talk

March 29, 2015 American Songbook No. 6 Voices from the Morning of the Earth
Ann Crumb, Randall Scarlota, Orchestra 2001
Gould Concert Hall, The Curtis Institute
Philadelphia, PA

March 29, 2015 PREMIERE: Xylophony
Cal Performances Hertz Hall, Berkeley – 7:00 pm (pre-concert talk 6-6:30)

April 4, 2015
Eleven Echoes of Autumn, Vox Balaenae, Mundus Canis, Ghosts of Alhambra
ensemble counter)induction presents a George Crumb 85th Birthday concert
Philadelphia at the Trinity Center on 22nd and Spruce. 4:00PM

April 13, 2015
American Songbooks
Daniel Druckman and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
Alice Tully Hall, New York City

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AKOUSMA @EMPAC on November 1

English: East Entrance of the Experimental Med...

East Entrance of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

From Troy, New York’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center:

An acousmatic music performance in the open spaces of EMPAC highlighting the best works from the annual AKOUSMA festival in Montréal, Quebec. Known as “cinema for the ear,” acousmatic music is a compositional form traditionally presented in the dark to help focus and intensify the audience’s sense of hearing. In this performance, EMPAC will be appointed with dozens of specially placed loudspeakers while the audience is seated throughout the building’s lobby and the public hallways across its nine floors. Composers and performers will jointly manipulate their pieces in real-time, creating an all-encompassing aura as electronic sound moves throughout the building.

This event will include performances by Adam Basanta (CA), Olivia Block (US), Gilles Gobeil (CA), Seth Nehil (US), and Louis Dufort (CA).

Seth Nehil makes sound for listening, performance, and installation. Over the last 15 years he has crafted a unique and unusual sonic world, mixing acoustic and electronic sources, field recordings, granular synthesis, and voice. He has released over 15 albums and has collaborated with dance companies, performers, and video artists.

Olivia Block creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. Her compositions often include field recordings, chamber instruments, and electronic textures. Block creates scores for large ensemble, string quartet, and orchestra. Her solo performances include partially improvised pieces for inside piano, electronics, and amplified objects, presented in a slow and deliberate gestural style that Steve Smith of the New York Times described recently as having “palpable sensations of volition and emotional involvement.” She also creates multimedia works for sounds and video.

Adam Basanta is an award-winning composer and media artist whose work traverses electroacoustic and instrumental composition, audiovisual installations, site-specific interventions, laptop performance, and dynamic light design. His work explores notions of listening and audiovisual perception, the re-animation of quotidian objects, and the articulation of site and space.

Gilles Gobeil has been focusing his work on acousmatic and mixed music since 1985. His works fall close to what is called “cinema for the ear.” Many of his pieces have been inspired by literary works and attempt to let us see through sound.

The music of Montréal composer Louis Dufort ranges from a cathartic form of expressionism mostly found in his early works to organicism focusing on the inner structure of sound matter in his latest works. Although he first developed his style through electroacoustic music, he quickly delved into mixed music and multimedia music, which drew attention from a number of extremely diverse Montréal-based organizations.

Along Came Ra Fest in Washington DC

A 3-day celebration of Sun Ra, featured in CapitalBop:

October 31, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Sun Ra Arkestra, feat. Bernie Worrell (‘Along Came Ra’ fest) @ Lincoln Theatre | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
No one, no thing, no idea in jazz was more extravagant and paranormal and perfectly suited for Halloween than Sun Ra. This weekend, the Along Came Ra festival celebrates the jazz pianist, composer, bandleader…

November 1, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Sun Ra Artists Talk (‘Along Came Ra’ fest) @ Pop-up Ra Gallery | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
As part of this weekend’s “Along Came Ra” festival marking the 100th centennial of Sun Ra’s terrestrial landing, a panel of artist-experts will weigh in on the legacy of jazz’s ambassador to the cosmos.

November 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Burnt Sugar Arkestra & OOO (‘Along Came Ra’ fest) @ Liv Nightclub | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In the closing jamboree of this weekend’s “Along Came Ra” festival celebrating the 100th birthday of Sun Ra, the Burnt Sugar Arkestra will bring its ecstatic meld of Afro-futurism, absurdist groove and spontaneous togetherness…

Nels Cline & Julian Lage on Tour

Nels Cline

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Guitarists Nels Cline and Julian Lage are touring to support their new recording, Room:

Nels Cline & Julian Lage Tour:
11/18 – Baltimore, MD – Patterson Theatre
11/20 – Albany, NY – The Egg
11/21 – Burlington, VT – The First Unitarian Church
11/22 – Portland, ME – Space Gallery
11/25 – New York, NY – Subculture

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Eliane Radigue

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From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

THU, OCTOBER 23 – 8:00PM
Werner Dafeldecker & Valerio Tricoli: Williams Mix Extended
Italian composer Valerio Tricoli, known for his dynamic reel-to-reel improvisations, returns to ISSUE Project Room with esteemed German electro-acoustic artist Werner Dafeldecker. Both artists perform solo, and together they present the NY premiere of their collaborative work Williams Mix Extended, a new interpretation of John Cage‘s Williams Mix. Approaching Cage’s 1952 score from a contemporary perspective, Williams Mix Extended, reimagines the classic tape work within the context of digital audio and live instrumental performance. To complete Williams Mix Extended, a library of over 2000 sounds is used, all recorded by Dafeldecker and Tricoli. This performance also celebrates the October release of the work on Quakebasket.

FRI, OCTOBER 24 – 8:00PM
Carol Robinson & Nate Wooley: Works of Eliane Radigue & Denis Dufour
Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give American and World Premiere performances of new works by iconoclastic French composers Eliane Radigue and Denis Dufour. The program opens with Dufour’s fascinating Cinq forms d’appel for bass clarinet and trumpet, and continues with three of Radigue’s Occam pieces. Part of a substantial set of new instrumental works composed in conjunction with a small group of the world’s finest contemporary musical voices, this event offers a rare opportunity to hear new French works played by the performers they were made for.

SAT, OCTOBER 25 – 8:00PM
SUN, OCTOBER 26 – 8:00PM
Kye Showcase
This two-night series highlights artists of the Kye imprint, an esteemed experimental record label founded in 2001 by Graham Lambkin. Kye’s artists create atmospheric and evocative pieces often through the use of electronics, analog tape, field recordings, and sound collage. A range of artists from the imprint perform, with distinct approaches to organized sound, weaving together the sonic and visual arts, and sounds of the everyday. With Call Back the Giants, Malcolm Goldstein, Matt Krefting, Vanessa Rossetto, James Rushford & Graham Lambkin— who also presents a work by Henning Christiansen.

SUN, OCTOBER 26 – 5:00PM
Ne(x)tworks Plays New Works by Paul Pinto, Gelsey Bell, Miguel Frasconi
Paul Pinto’s Unintelligible Response, features renowned vocalist Joan La Barbara as the posthumous spirit of Thomas Paine, in a scene from his forthcoming opera Thomas Paine in Violence. Gelsey Bell’s Weight, written for Ne(x)tworks and for ISSUE’s theater, receives its world premiere this evening. Miguel Frasconi’s Sun Studies, featuring vocalists Bell and La Barbara with instrumental ensemble, interprets the poetic text The Cantilever Rainbow (1965) in auditory events.


11/09 8PM – Marcus Schmickler & Yarn/Wire
11/11-13 8PM – Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self: The Fool
11/15 8PM – Rashad Becker / Eli Keszler
11/21 8PM – Madalyn Merkey / Battle Trance
12/03 8PM – Kim Gordon & Loren Connors / Gary War – GA tix on sale Friday!
12/09 7PM – Matmos perform Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives” -GA tix on sale Wednesday!
12/13 8PM – Paul Clipson and Liz Harris (Grouper): HYPNOSIS DISPLAY



October 19, 2014
Ornament, Death by Audio
Joe Denardo

October 19, 2014
Kid Millions & Jim Sauter, Death by Audio
John ‘Kid Millions’ Colpitts Jim Sauter

October 19, 2014
Arto Lindsay Noise Quartet, Death by Audio
Ofir Ganon Arto Lindsay Greg Saunier William Shore

October 17, 2014
Borbetomagus, ABC No Rio
Don Dietrich Donald Miller Jim Sauter

October 17, 2014
Lea and Leila, ABC No Rio
Lea Bertucci Leila Bordreuil

October 15, 2014
Matt Pavolka, Russ Lossing, Tomas Fujiwara, ShapeShifter Lab
Tomas Fujiwara Russ Lossing Matt Pavolka

October 15, 2014
Charles Evans Quartet, ShapeShifter Lab
Dan Blake Charles Evans Tony Marino Ron Stabinsky

October 15, 2014
Mostly Other People Do the Killing, ShapeShifter Lab
Moppa Elliott Thomas Heberer Bryan Murray Brandon Seabrook Kevin Shea Ron Stabinsky Dave Taylor

Coming to REDCAT

Benoît Delbecq, synthetizers + computers

Benoît Delbecq, synthetizers + computers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Sunday, October 26, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Strings and Serpents
featuring: Andy Milne, Benoît Delbecq, Tsugumi Yamamoto & Ai Kajigano

Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared language of improvisation, jazz pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq (a.k.a. Crystal Magnets) partner with the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO, amid the swirling washes of Saki Murotani’s projected animation. Conceived and composed by Milne—founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York’s downtown jazz scene—the 75-minute epic draws on the myth of the Rainbow Serpent as it opens new multilayered dialogues between East and West, sight and sound.

November 1
David Rosenboom
Zones of Influence

First written 30 years ago, David Rosenboom’s Zones of Influence is a landmark concert-length work for percussion soloist, live computer-generated electronics, and auxiliary keyboard and glissando instruments. At the time a breakthrough in linking virtuoso electroacoustic performance with interactive compositional algorithms, Zones is now fully realized—thanks to new a software instrument called the Touché II that allows the dynamic dimensionality of the music to take full mind-bending, cosmological shape. Rosenboom wrote the five-part epic expressly for superstar percussionist William Winant, who returns to perform on five live-processed percussion setups. He is joined by the composer on the Touché II, piano and violin, while Jinku Kim provides an immersive video environment for the concert. Rosenboom, one of the foremost voices in American composition since the late 1960s, released new double-CD recording of Zones of Influence on the Pogus Productions label this summer.

Performed by William Winant and David Rosenboom.