Robert Dick’s Glissando Headjoint and Other Inventions

From, a piece on weird instruments and new ways of playing old ones.

To create the required resonance for a Boulez sonata, for example, the pianist Marc Ponthus connected two grand pianos with a two-by-four, allowing him to work the sustain pedal of the second from his seat at the first. At the same Manhattan concert — the opening program of the Mannes College the New School for Music’s new-music festival in June — the flutist and composer Robert Dick played works he wrote for a flute outfitted with what he calls a glissando headjoint, an extension of the mouthpiece that lets him shape his instrument’s lines by sliding from note to note, when that strikes him as desirable.

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Upcoming Shows in Los Angeles

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From Los Angeles New Music:

Open Gate Sunday evening concert:Listen Hear and Emily Hay (solo)
September 12, 2010 from 7pm to 9:30pm – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
From the Facebook event page: featuring LISTEN HEAR Ben Rosenbloom -piano Vinny Golia (woodwinds), Bruce Friedman (trumpet), Anthony Shadduck and Jeff Schwartz (basses), …and EMILY HAY (solo). Flu…

ResBox 9.16
September 16, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm – Steve Allen Theater @ The Center for Inquiry
From the Facebook event page: featuring CHIARA GIOVANDO + PLOTZ!
Organized by ResBox | Type: performance

September 26, 2010 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm – Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
From the event web page: 1-4pm (set-up at 12:30pm and out by 4:30pm) FREE! We will provide tables and chairs. Bring your own audio cables, power cords, multiple boxes, and amplification. There will…

Henry Grimes and Friends
October 2, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm – REDCAT
Party of the Angel City Jazz Festival.

Dirty Baby (Nels Cline, Ed Ruscha, David Breskin)
October 7, 2010 from 7:30pm to 10pm – LACMA – Bing Theater
Featuring: Nels Cline, ensemble leader and composer Ed Ruscha, art David Breskin, Ghazals Part of the Angel City Jazz Festival

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Classical Music Listings from the New York Times


Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday) This weekend this intimate floating concert hall is presenting its Labor Day Festival, devoted to new and recent works by James Nyoraku Schlefer, Justin Dello Joio, Adam B. Silverman, Scott Wheeler, Tom Chiu, Elizabeth Adams, Ben Johnston, Iannis Xenakis and Jeff Lederer. A few of the composers — Mr. Schlefer, Mr. Chiu and Mr. Lederer (with his Sunwatcher Quartet) — will perform their own music. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m., Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn , (718) 624-2083,; $25, $20 for 65+, $10 for students. (Allan Kozinn)

Moving Sounds (Friday through Sunday) A collaboration of the Austrian Cultural Forum and the enterprising Argento New Music Project, this festival offers concerts and symposiums at the forum and other halls around town. At the Czech Center New York on Friday, the Argento Chamber Ensemble offers two performances: the first devoted to new works by Victor Adán and Georg Friedrich Haas as well as Strauss’s “Metamorphosen,” the second substituting a new electronic keyboard concerto by Edmund Campion for the Adán. (Jennifer Chao is the keyboard soloist.) The Saturday schedule at the Austrian Cultural Forum includes a morning new-music symposium moderated by the composer Brian Kane. That night at Le Poisson Rouge there is a triple bill, with the new-music performers Due East, Soap and Skin, and Fennesz. Back at the forum on Sunday, the Argento group plays music by Mr. Haas and Steven Takasugi in an afternoon concert, and the Jack Quartet closes the festival with Mr. Haas’s String Quartet No. 3 (to be performed in the dark) in the evening. Friday at 7 and 8:30 p.m., the Czech Center New York, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan; Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, for the symposium (free); and at 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 555-3474;, $20. Sunday at 1 and 8 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum, (212) 319-5300,; $5 suggested donation for the Friday and Sunday concerts. (Kozinn)

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


Joey Baron (Friday and Tuesday) Mr. Baron, an irrepressible drummer, programmed the music at the Stone this month, along with the new-music percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky. On Friday at 10 p.m., they dig in with another drummer, Tyshawn Sorey, who plays a preceding set with his trio (see below). On Tuesday at 8 and 10 p.m., Mr. Baron plays in a quieter duo with his former bandleader and longtime kindred spirit, the guitarist Bill Frisell. (Arrive early for that one.) The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)

Chicago Underground Duo (Wednesday) The cornetist Rob Mazurek and the drummer Chad Taylor make up this longstanding electro-acoustic entity, which pursues texture and atmosphere as aggressively as melody and rhythm. “Boca Negra” (Thrill Jockey) is the duo’s most recent album, a carefully considered product of the studio and of 21st-century technologies. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, at Third Avenue, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 330-0313,; $10, $9 in advance, $8 for members. (Chinen)

Collective Language (Friday) This exploratory four-piece band — with the drummer Gregg Bendian, the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the bassist Peter Brendler and the pianist Adam Kromelow — usually plays compositions by its members. Here, in a coffeehouse setting, the group homes in on music by Thelonious Monk, which is almost always a good idea. At 8 p.m., Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones Street, West Village , (212) 691-7538,; no cover. (Chinen)

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio (Wednesday) Mr. Crump, a bassist, has led his Rosetta Trio for several years, making the most of a two-guitar frontline, with Liberty Ellman on nylon-stringed acoustic and Jamie Fox on electric. The group’s new album, “Reclamation” (Sunnyside), is a collection of intimate, engrossing originals likely to crop up again here. At 7 p.m., Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, near Houston Street, Lower East Side , (212) 477-4155,; $5 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow, Billy Drummond (Tuesday through Thursday) Three members of this all-star band share a bit of history: the pianist Steve Kuhn, the multireedist Dave Liebman and the bassist Steve Swallow all worked together in the early 1980s. Their average age now is 68, which makes the drummer Billy Drummond the youngster in the group. (He recently turned 51.) (Through Sept. 11.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30 side seating, $40 center seating, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Malaby, a saxophonist given to intelligent bluster, leads three separate bands this weekend, each a slightly different outlet. Apparitions, which plays on Friday at 9 p.m., includes two venturesome drummers — Tom Rainey and John Hollenbeck — along with a bassist, Drew Gress. Novela, performing on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:30 p.m., features the same two drummers along with a substantial cohort of horns, conducted by the pianist Kris Davis. And Paloma Recio, playing Saturday at 9 and Sunday at 10 p.m., explores postbop terrain with the subtlest of Spanish accents, abetted by the supple harmonies of the guitarist Ben Monder. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; $10 or $15 covers, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman, Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith (Tuesday) Ms. Scheinman, a violinist, and Ms. Halvorson, a guitarist, share an attraction to plain-spoken timbres and an aversion to bland sentimentality. Strong, intuitive improvisers both, they have recently worked together in duo settings; here they welcome Mr. Smith, a ruggedly assertive drummer who has worked often with each of them, separately. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey Project (Friday) Mr. Sorey can play the drums with explosive physicality, but also with a sense of scale and equipoise. He works here with the same creative partners as on an excellent recent album, “Paradoxical Frog” (Clean Feed): the keyboardist Kris Davis and the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)

Steve Swell’s Nation Of We (Wednesday and Thursday) As the name implies, this is an ensemble of many voices, wedded to an ideal of collectivity. Mr. Swell, a trombonist, is the ringleader and instigator of a lineup that includes the saxophonist Darius Jones, the trumpeter Roy Campbell and the cellist Daniel Levin. (Through Sept. 10.) At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15, $10 for students and under 30; members free. (Chinen)

Trio X / Trio Caveat (Tuesday) Trio X, led by the saxophonist Joe McPhee, is a rough-and-tumble free-jazz trio, sharpened by experience and mutual conviction. (Its other members are the drummer Jay Rosen and the bassist Dominic Duval.) Trio Caveat — the bassist James Ilgenfritz, the saxophonist Jonathan Moritz and the guitarist Chris Welcome — is a younger ensemble pursuing similar ideals. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, at Third Avenue, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 330-0313,; $10, $9 in advance, $8 for members. (Chinen)

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Neu! is 'cool' 35 years after revolutionizing rock


Michael Rother says he’s not enough of a sociologist to explain the explosion of creativity in German underground music during the early ‘70s, when a host of innovative bands emerged: Kraftwerk, Faust, Amon Duul, Cluster, Can, and Neu!, the duo Rother formed with Klaus Dinger. “I’m just a musician, but this push to create a new personal identity was everywhere in Germany – in art, cinema, music,” Rother says. “Change was the virus of the times, and it was set loose by the huge disaster of World War II. I don’t want to sound cynical, but there is nothing like a disaster for creating art. The end of Nazi Germany, the reconstruction, the conservative structures that came into place as a reaction to the Nazis, it all came to a head during that time. I was born in 1950, and by the time I was 19 my focus was the future. The elder generation, our parents and teachers and government officials, were still in shock from what came before. We wanted a new start, to wipe away everything and start over.”

Rother will be playing next week in Chicago.

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