Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, February 24th: The REGGIE SYLVESTER Double Header:
6pm: ED KELLER / REGGIE SYLVESTER – Guitar & Drums Duo!
7pm: RETROGRADE ESP CD Set: MATT LAVELLE & REGGIE SYLVESTER!

Sunday, March 3rd:
6pm: AVANT-GARDE WORKING CLASS: JOE DALEY & JESSE DULMAN – Tuba Duet!
7pm: KAREN NG & HENRY FRASER – Sax & Clarinet / Bass!

Sunday, March 10th:
6pm: JESSICA / TONY JONES – Sax Duo – Two CD Releases Celebration!
7pm: THOMAS HEBERER / JOE HERTENSTEIN – Trumpet and Drums!

Sunday, March 17th:
6pm: SARAH BERNSTEIN VEER QUARTET: SANA NAGANO / LEONOR FALCON / NICK JOZWIAK!
7pm: JARVIS EARNSHAW / DANIEL CARTER / ZACH SWANSON – Sitar & Loops / Woodwinds / Bass

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

OUT-Standing New Things from:

Anthony Braxton GTM 12 CD Box Set! Eric Dolphy’s Musical Prophet 3 CD Set! Cleric performs Zorn! A Couple of Dave Douglas/Greenleaf Gems! Rudy Royston Quintet! Moppa Elliott 3 Band/2 CD set! Nick Didkovsky & Tom Marsan Chord II! Two from Leap of Faith & Metal Chaos Unit!

Two from Elsewhere: Michael Pisaro 5 CD Set & Gil Sanson/Lance Austin Olsen! Biliana Voutchkova Trio! Cecilia Lopez! Russ Lossing Trio! The Ace of Cups! The Sleaford Mods! Back in stock: More Amalgam! Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra w/ Evan Parker & Marilyn Crispell! More & More All the time!

Chicago Scene: February 23 – March 1, 2019

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, February 23rd 2019

2:00PM at Illinois State Museum, 201 W 10th St, Lockport IL, 815.838.7400 (Free)
Tim Daisy, Katie Ernst, Russ Johnson — performance accompanying art from the Browne Goodwin Collection

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
International Contemporary Ensemble : Alice Teyssier, Isabel Gleicher, Joshua Rubin, Campbell MacDonald, Ryan Muncy, Ross Karre, Levy Lorenzo — music by Annea Lockwood, Seth Cluett, Wojtek Blecharz

Sunday, February 24th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Viola Yip, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Ted Hearne

Monday, February 25th 2019

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, February 26th 2019

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Rempis/Cunningham Residency
Dave Rempis, Jeremy Cunningham, Mars Williams, Ayanna Woods, Tyler Damon

Wednesday, February 27th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
The Chicago Composers’ Big Band : Jim Barbick, Alex Blomarz, Natalie Lande, Aaron McEvers, Jenna Przybysz, Michael Nearpass, Nick Roach, Thom Schwartz, Josh Torrey, Ryan Adamsons, John Dorhauer, Jon Rarick, Justin Woodward, Ariel Glassman, Carl Kennedy, Jon Wenzel

Thursday, February 28th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Josh Berman, Paul Giallorenzo, Jason Roebke
Dave Rempis, Matt Piet, Tim Daisy

Friday, March 1st 2019

8:00PM at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan, 773.837.0145 (Free, RSVP)
Ryan Packard & Flux Bikes
Improvisation and Fluxus Events led by Ryan Packard, Ben LaMar Gay, Rob Frye

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Roadtrip!
Collect/Project : Frauke Aulbert, Eva Zöllner, Shanna Gutierrez, Francisco Castillo Trigueros — music by Christopher Trapani, George Lewis, Lisa R Coons, Christopher Biggs, Matthias Leboucher, Neo Hülcker

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Nate Wooley Interview

Source: PopMatters.

Trumpeter/composer Nate Wooley takes a “Romantic” approach to his latest album, Columbia Icefield. An encounter with the title structure, a massive icefield in the Rocky Mountains, provokes an experience of the sublime, of awe in something natural we’re unable to appreciate fully. The idea of the Columbia Icefield takes on the resonance here, perhaps more than the thing itself, in Wooley’s search for expressing something large and intensely other. His work on these three pieces works to map a psychic landscape inspired by a natural one, and he achieves that goal with something icier than simple cool. The three musicians who join him make sense. Electric guitarist Mary Halvorson, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and drummer Ryan Sawyer don’t show any more interest in using their instruments in normal ways than Wooley does.

The Groundbreaking Women Composers of Big Ears 2019

Source: Big Ears Festival has a nice piece up on women composers represented in this year’s events.

In recent years, a long-overdue discussion about the lack of representation for female composers has entered the mainstream conversation. Big Ears is proud of its tradition in this realm, from presenting Pauline Oliveros a decade ago to offering Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields and Jenny Scheinman’s Kannapolis only last year, among many others. These pieces are the profound works of visionary artists—our booking criterion, since the start.

This year, we’re upping the ante, from Rhiannon Giddens’ riveting work on Lucy Negro Redux to Mary Halvorson’s meticulous compositions with her Code Girl band. Rachel Grimes will present the second full performance of her folk opera, The Way Forth, following its world premiere with the Louisville Orchestra this weekend. Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara, Carla Bley, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Carla Kihlstedt, Aurora Nealand, Jlin, Clarice Jensen: They’re all performing at Big Ears 2019, too. We’ll also present a series of three concerts by the International Contemporary Ensemble featuring the works of four emerging women composers and a performance by Nate Wooley featuring the works of the great Eliane Radigue and Annea Lockwood.

Daniel Corral in Santa Monica, March 20

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library marks its 50th event with the world premiere of “Unknown Summits,” a major work by acclaimed L.A. composer Daniel Corral, on Wednesday March 20, 2019, at 7:30pm in the Main Library Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

“Unknown Summits” is a song cycle based on texts from summit logs found in the Sierra Club archives. Summit logs are guest books kept at mountaintops for climbers to record their accomplishments and reflections. Corral was especially drawn to books whose original locations are no longer known, thus “Unknown Summits.”

His settings of these texts will be brought to life by vocalist Joanna Wallfisch, who has toured with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and now teaches on L.A’s Skid Row with the Urban Voices Project, joined by the Koan Quartet (Eric KM Clark and Orin Hildestad, violins, Cassia Streb, viola, and Jennifer Bewerse, cello) and Corral on accordion.

Originally from Alaska, Daniel Corral is one of L.A’s most acclaimed young composers. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA, and his work has been performed at REDCAT, Pianospheres, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, USC, Cal State Northridge, the wulf, the Hammer Museum, and Santa Monica’s GLOW festival, among other venues. He has worked with Timur and the Dime Museum, The Industry opera company, the Sonic Open Orchestra, EAR Unit, Wild Up, Opera Povera, and numerous other ensembles.

Soundwaves is a concert series featuring composers and performers who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

AMN Reviews: Ni – Pantophobie (2019; Dur et Doux Records)

The cover of Pantophobie is a cross between the surrealism of M. C. Escher and technological horror of H. R. Giger. Thus it is no surprise that the accompanying music demonstrates similar eclecticism. Indeed, Ni is a dual-guitar driven rock quartet from France that lands somewhere between King Crimson, post-rock, and metal with a tad of Mr. Bungle thrown in. Most tracks feature angular riffing over jagged rhythms with a shifting base. The pieces are highly structured and the group rarely deviates from their pre-defined path.

Nonetheless, there is plenty of variety throughout, with gritty textures, open-string chording, complex bass lines, and the occasional indecipherable yelling. Guitarists Anthony Béard and François Mignot trade off riffs, atmospherics, and short motifs. But the overall approach is modern – the guitar is not an avenue for extended solos, but instead a co-equal instrument to the others. Indeed, each piece moves from idea to idea so seamlessly, that the entire album can be enjoyed as if it were one extended track. While the album and track titles explore various types of fear, the feel therein is not of overwhelming anxiety or distress, but rather of a lurking darkness around the edges.

This is not Ni’s first go-around. Pantophobie, which comes out on March 1, is their fourth release overall, following a previous full album in 2015 and two earlier EPs. The group displays an elevated level of comfort and mastery in their quirky style, and this latest effort is well worth a listen.