Classical Music in N.Y.C. This Week

Source: The New York Times.

NYFOS NEXT at the DiMenna Center (March 28, 7:30 p.m.). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 and a crafter of “playful, thoughtful, befuddling, enchanting” music, as my colleague Zachary Woolfe has put it, Kate Soper curates this concert under the New York Festival of Song umbrella. She sings two excerpts from her next opera, “The Romance of the Rose,” as well as “The Understanding of All Things.” There’s also music by Kaija Saariaho, Natacha Diels and Alvin Lucier. Charlotte Mundy and Charmaine Lee are the other featured vocalists; Sam Pluta is in charge of the electronics.

TYSHAWN SOREY at Miller Theater (March 28, 8 p.m.). Sorey has had such success in the past few years that he barely needs one of the Miller’s important composer portraits to spotlight his art, but any opportunity to hear his music is a welcome one. Here there’s a world premiere, “Autoschediasms,” for “creative chamber orchestra,” as well as five other pieces. The International Contemporary Ensemble and the JACK Quartet are on hand to play.

AMN Reviews: Pat O’Reilly – Three Sheets to the Wind (2019; Gold Bolus)

Despite its title, there is nothing inebriated about Pat O’Reilly’s Three Sheets to the Wind EP. Instead, it falls into that winning category of short bursts of energy – an album that says its piece with authority then steps aside.

O’Reilly has a storied history that probably is worthy of further exploration in the future. For now, it suffices to say that he is a composer and improviser who currently works for the New York Philharmonic, and has played punk, rockabilly, world, and modern classical music.

Three Sheets to the Wind consists of four deceptively complex tunes centered around O’Reilly’s compositions, but includes improvisational elements as well as post-recording manipulations. O’Reilly plays drums, keyboards, and amplified berimbau, David Whitwell is on trombone, Adam Forman contributes vibraphone, Joe Fee provides bass, Chad Walther is on tuba, and Max Alper supplies electronics.

Two of the pieces, Dehydrated Doom Jazz and Belligerent Extension, are layered free improvisations that ultimately have a composed feel – perhaps due to post-hoc studio processing. On the other hand, Trio TBD Remix features O’Reilly, Whitwell, and Walther playing in a structured fashion that is both intricate and catchy. Whiplash for Dads rounds things out with the full group playing chamber jazz that explores tonalities.

At right around 15 minutes, O’Reilly’s offering is a tease of what we might eventually hear more of on a longer release. And such a follow-up would be welcome given the unusual and compelling qualities of this album.

Alvin Lucier Interview

Source: Tape Op Magazine.

Alvin Lucier is one of the most influential composers in the post-John Cage era. Having authored over 172 pieces for film, theater, television, and dance companies, it is fair to say that he is prolific. At the age of 87 he continues to produce new works, his latest involving sending his heartbeat to the moon. His experiments and compositions with speech and acoustics over the past six decades have changed the way we hear and utilize sound. His 1969 sound art composition, “I Am Sitting in a Room,” famously utilizes re-recording of a spoken text into a room or space, and continues as the recording quality, speakers, mics, and room resonances mutate the material and sound into something new and fascinating. The piece remains the gold standard for this type of project.

Chicago Scene: March 23-30, 2019

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

Saturday, March 23rd 2019

3:00PM at the Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone, 773.241.5458
5th Wave Collective with Angel Bat Dawid — music by Florence Price, Clarice Assad, Augusta Read Thomas,

7:30PM outside Bohemian National Cemetery, 3969 W Bryn Mawr ($20)
Beyond The Gate
Huerco S
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Ryan Packard Solo
Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, Charlie Kirchen, Julian Kirshner

Sunday, March 24th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)

Monday, March 25th 2019

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Lisa Mezzacappa with Jason Levis, special guests TBD

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

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Timothée Quost Solo
Boneshaker : Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, PN-L — Album release

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

6:45PM-8:30PM at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd ($10)
Teiku : John Lindberg, Jonathan Taylor, Josh Harlow, Peter Formanek

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein, Mike Reed, Lisa Mezzacappa
Sarah Clausen, Jacob Heinemann, Emerson Hunton

Wednesday, March 27th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Schlippenbach Trio : Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton
Jason Stein, Joshua Abrams

8:30PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527
Splice Series
Jayve Montgomery
Lisa Mezzacappa, Keefe Jackson, Julian Kirshner, Peter Maunu

Thursday, March 28th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($30-$25)
Schlippenbach Trio : Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton
John Dikeman Solo

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Shane Parish Solo
Eric Krouse, Ted Moore, Emerson Hunton

Friday, March 29th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Yes, and…Music for Nine Improvisers
Geof Bradfield Nonet with John Wojciechowski, Nick Mazzarella, Russ Johnson, Tito Carrillo, Joel Adams, Scott Hesse, Clark Sommers, Dana Hall

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Erica Dicker, Dana Jessen, Katherine Young, Ted Moore
Ben LaMar Gay, Ritwik Banerji

Saturday, March 30th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project, with Mwata Bowden, Coco Elysses, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Jamie Kempkers, Kioto Aoki, special guests Tsukasa Taiko

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