Harold Budd Residency at the Toledo Museum of Art

Source: The Toledo Museum of Art.

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will welcome genre-defying artist Harold Budd to its classical concert hall and galleries for a one-of-a-kind artist residency this fall. Budd’s infrequent public concerts are intimate events that bring together music, visual art and spoken word within unique architectural settings. Considered a founder of minimalist, avant-garde, ambient and electronic music, Budd will give a master class, a rare career-spanning performance with string ensemble and a gallery talk. The master class will take place at Bowling Green State University Oct. 5, and the TMA programs will take place Oct. 6 and 7.

Great Performances: Harold Budd

Saturday, Oct. 6: 6:30 p.m. artist talk/8 p.m. performance, Peristyle

Tickets are $15 for Museum members, $35 for nonmembers and can be purchased in advance at toledomuseum.org or by phone during Museum hours at (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448. This concert is supported in part by Robert and Rose Wagner with additional support from the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Gallery Talk: Harold Budd

Sunday, Oct. 7: 3 p.m., Gallery 1

The event is free but registration is required; first-come-first-served tickets are available at toledomuseum.org. This program is supported in part by Robert and Rose Wagner.


Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Dosis Letalis/Planet Shithead – Split

Burial Ground – Critters

Verhalten – Corrupted Structures v.1

New Tendencies – L5

Charles Razeur/ Vomir – Split

Chier/Kindstid – Chier x Kindstod

Sala – Scare Me Not

Edgetone Records Summer Releases

Source: Edgetone Records.

The Equity & Social Justice Quartet, Argle-Bargle or Foofaraw

This project was created to raise awareness and funds for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state.

Trouble Ensemble

Inspired by the lyrics “Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water,” the musicians of the avant-gospel Trouble Ensemble enter into musical conversation that creates, listens to, reveres and questions, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, (and other songs they inspired). They revel in enjoying, discovering and making trouble. The spirituals always illuminated the spiritual force that troubles the waters of injustice and oppression using the power of African and African American music and spirituality. Originally songs of black American slaves, they are rooted in song, dance and drumming of West Africa, the experience of oppression of an uprooted people, and the teachings of a transformative faith. They troubled the dominant narratives, and their message and tradition continue to trouble unjust systems today. Composers and experimenters like Sun Ra, Charles Ives and Pauline Oliveros troubled the musical establishment and its conventions as they envisioned radical new ways of making and listening to sound. Their traditions are a separate musical “voice” from African American spirituality and the two voices cannot merge into one. Instead, they must converse. Listen to one another. Learn from one another. Discover harmony. Enjoy dissonance. Each with our own distinct voices, we create, listen to, revere and question, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, and other songs they inspired, we revel in our own ways of enjoying, discovering and making trouble.

Bill Noertker, Mark Oi

Guitarist Mark Oi and bassist Bill Noertker first met in Northern California in the mid-90s when Oi was playing with John Tchicai and Noertker was playing with the After the End of the World Coretet. When Tchicai moved to France in 2001, Oi moved to Seattle. That was the same year that Noertker formed his working ensemble Noertker’s Moxie. By 2013 Oi had returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then Oi and Noertker have been meeting weekly to hone their unique musical lexicon through the use of non-standard compositional techniques, improvised harmonic textures, cell structure pieces, juxtapositions of incongruent melodic lines, neo-classical formations, telepathic improvisational dialogues, and the blurring of standard electric guitar/electric bass roles.

Fluid Radio Reviews

Source: Fluid Radio.

Sergio Merce – Three Dimensions of the Spirit

Sam Slater – Wrong Airport Ghost

Richard J Birkin – the Last Outpost of Empire

Caroline Park – Live your Best Factory Life

Machinefabriek – Engel

Julia Kent and Jean Dl – The Great Lake Swallows

Tape Loop Orchestra – Return to the Light

Thomas Shrubsole – Themes and Variations

Hekla – Á

Julien Boulier – a Film Not Yet Made

AMN Reviews: Wilhelm Matthies – Curtains-Live at Jefferson Park 3-3-18 [Pan y Rosas pyr255]

Milwaukee, Wisconsin experimental musician and visual artist Wilhelm Matthies is well-known for creating graphic scores of elegant design and legibility; these often feature fine brushwork and a grisaille palette that recalls East Asian ink painting. He also is the creator of a family of string instruments he calls mosesa, which he has been developing since 2012. The mosesa resembles something along the lines of a minimalist zither with flexible planking and resonating materials of various types, originally, plastic bottles; Matthies usually plays with a violin or erhu bow but the instrument can also be played directly with the hands. The mosesa featured on Curtains is the mosesa 9-CedarPlate, an instrument that employs cedar as its resonating material and features a single bridge (earlier versions of the mosesa had two bridges); in addition, Matthies augmented the basic sound of the mosesa with a chain of guitar pedals.

For the Jefferson Park set, Matthies interpreted his graphic score GC 1-19-18 (3). The most striking thing about the performance is the range of voices Matthies is able to elicit. Timbre predominates over pitch—the latter is rarely fixed and generally appears as a continuous gamut of microtonal shades, which Matthies produces through string-bending and bow articulation. At times this gives the mosesa a vina-like sound (the compass is reminiscent of the vina as well); at other times, it recalls the scratch and whine of the erhu. There is a vocal quality to much of the sound, a waxing and waning of range and intensity that mimics the dynamic cycle of an emotion; the electronic pedals serve to alter the textures and enhance the already considerable color variety inherent in the instrument alone.


Daniel Barbiero


This Week in New York


Alarm Will Sound performs Alex Mincek’s Chimeras (excerpt), Zosha Di Castri’s Phonotopographie, and King Britt / Chris Stark’s The Intention.
Wednesday, August 15 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors, $50 festival pass
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Yarn/Wire gives the world premiers of Alex Mincek’s Images of Duration (In homage to Ellsworth Kelly).
Friday, August 17 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors, $50 festival pass
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

JACK Quartet and the SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg present Felipe Lara’s Tran(slate), a new work by Sabrina Schroeder, and Georg Friedrich Haas’s String Quarter No. 7.
Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors, $50 festival pass
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Unheard-of//Ensemble opens their 2018-19 season at Spectrum performing works from their forthcoming album, Unheard-of//Dialogues. The concert will feature premieres of works by Christopher Stark and Margaret Shedel. Unheard-of will also perform Reiko Füting’s procession- process: peace (dona nobis pacem), Erin Rogers’s family picnic 2008, and Tonia Ko’s Hum Phenomenon.
Saturday, August 18 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY