Modern Classical at UC Berkeley

Upcoming performances in Berkeley.

May 18 Monday 1pm
Knuth Hall Creative Arts Building
Admission: FREE

May 19 Tuesday 8pm
Berkeley Chamber Performances
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Admission: $20 General

The relationship between numbers and music has long inspired many composers, from Bach to Wuorinen. ADORNO presents music imbued with the spirit of ratios, puzzles, fractal geometry, and other mathematic theory.

Nancarrow is best remembered for the pieces he wrote for the player piano. He was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines, making them play far beyond human performance ability. His music has a mathematical beauty and elegance that happily coexists with musical expressiveness and a puckish sense of humor. ADORNO features a transcription of one of his “player piano” works for ensemble. Charles Wuorinen’s work Eleven Short Pieces, uses exactly 101 notes and Tamar Diesendruck’s work is inspired by Sudoku puzzles. Iannis Xenakis’s algorithmic work, Morsima-Amorsima, was created with the use of a complex computer program for acoustical instruments.


Tamar Diesendruck Sudoku Variations for solo piano
Iannis Xenakis Morsima-Amorsima for violin, cello, bass and piano
Charles Wuorinen Eleven Short Pieces for Violin and Vibraphone
Charles Wuorinen Spinoff for violin, bass, and congas
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds for solo percussion
Conlon Nancarrow – Player Piano No. 34 arranged for String Trio

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Argue, Bynum, Eisenstadt And Halvorson Nominated For JJA Awards

From Improvised Communications:

We’re pleased to announce that four of our current clients are nominees for this year’s 2009 Jazz Journalist Association Awards.

Darcy James Argue:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Large Ensemble of the Year
Blog of the Year

Taylor Ho Bynum:
Trumpeter of the Year

Harris Eisenstadt:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year

Mary Halvorson:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Guitarist of the Year

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The award ceremony will be June 16th at The Jazz Standard in New York.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Atom™, Liedgut (Raster Noton)
Uwe Schmidt is eccentric in the proper sense of the word – his orbit is irregular and unpredictable. The list of aliases under which he has released music is only trumped by the variety of styles he has imitated, parodied or invented. For Liedgut, he was inspired by the cultural dichotomy of… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:29, 05 May 2009

Subversive Element, Road Trip (Psychosomatic Records)
Jim Goetsch travels the empty roads and big sky country of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico a lot and decided to create music to keep him company. Most important is the big bass you can feel through the seat. Otherwise electronic “abstractions” as he calls them are slathered across an workmanlike beat. … [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:22, 05 May 2009

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The iO Quartet performs Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram in New York

From Brooklyn’s West Nile, coming May 16:

iO Quartet performs Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram
with interludes by Mario Diaz de Leon and Doron Sadja
curated by Mario Diaz de Leon

“The music of Iancu Dumitrescu explores the ultimate sense of sound guiding the listener through new spheres of sonic adventure, a kind of cryptic music…”
Robert Zank, Edition RZ , Berlin

The New York based iO String Quartet perform the works of Romanian composers Dumitrescu (b. 1943) and Ana-Maria Avram (b. 1961). Their work of the last 30 years often finds favor with fans of noise and drone oriented music, given it’s focus on raw intensity and uncovering inner worlds of sound. iO recently performed this music on the Spectrum XXI European tour, where they worked daily with the composers, and performed as part of the 20-person “Hyperion Ensemble” (Bucharest). A rare opportunity to hear these amazing works in the USA, in the intimacy of West Nile – Brooklyn’s donation based center for experimental performance and art.

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Metal Rouge, Mesa Ritual in Albuquerque

From the Spectre Series:

“Métal Rouge is a duo unit, originally formed in New Zealand between Andrew Scott and Helga Fassonaki, now residing in the sea between–concerned primarily with pure thoughtless formless now and its expression through sound.”

Mesa Ritual is the duo of Raven Chacon and William Fowler Collins. If you caught the duo at the Robb Trust Composers’ Symposium show here at ARTS Lab earlier this month then you’ll recall low frequency electronics that shook the architecture, layered field recordings played at a whisper and towering, multicolored walls of sound.

When: Saturday, May 09, 9:00 PM
Where: ARTS Lab Digital Media Garage. 131 Pine Street NE, Albuquerque
How much: $5-10 suggested donation goes to the artists.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Adam Caine Trio – Thousandfold (NoBusiness, 2009) ****

Sunday, May 3, 2009
Musiconspiracy – Do I The In? (Not Two, 2009) ****

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Joëlle Léandre & Quentin Sirjacq – Out Of Nowhere (Ambiances Magnétiques, 2008) ****½

Friday, May 1, 2009
Satoko Fujii & Myra Melford – Under The Water (Libra, 2009) ****

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Nils Petter Molvaer – Hamada (Sula Records, 2009) ***

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