Touching Extremes Reviews

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From Touching Extremes:

CATHERINE CHRISTER HENNIX – The Electric Harpsichord
FRANCISCO MEIRINO – Recordings Of Voltage Errors, Magnetic Fields, On-Site Testimonies & Tape Tension
JOHN CAGE – Three2 / Twenty-Three / Six / Twenty-Six
JOHN CAGE – 108 / 109 / 110
JAMES TENNEY – Spectrum Pieces
JAMES TENNEY – Music For Violin & Piano

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Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra at REDCAT

From the Los Angeles Times:

Over two aggressively category-defying sets at REDCAT Monday night, Gutbucket worked a jagged yet fertile seam between jazz and rock highlighted by on-a-dime twists in tempo, time signatures and mood — often within the same song. With deep roots in the downtown New York City avant-jazz scene of the early ’00s, Gutbucket bears hints of the klezmer-dusted fireworks of John Zorn in saxophonist-ringleader Ken Thomson’s excursions along with the bent effects-pedal workouts of Sonic Youth that can be traced in guitarist Ty Citerman. But the band’s unpredictable sound is harder to pigeonhole.

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Louie Belogenis Trio – Tiresias (Porter, 2011) ****½
Howard Riley – “The Complete Short Stories 1998-2010” (No Business, 2011) ****
Angelica Sanchez – A Little House (Clean Feed, 2011) ***½
Umberto Petrin – A Dawn Will Come (Leo Records, 2011) ****
Michel Wintsch – Metapiano (Leo Records, 2011) ***
Nicola Cipani – Klavier Massagen (Long Song Records, 2011) ***½
The Dreamers – The Gentle Side (Tzadik, 2010)? **
Peter Evans Quintet – Ghosts (More Is More, 2011) *****

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May 7, 2011
Dominic Lash, Harris Eisenstadt, David Stent, IBeam
David Stent Dominic Lash Harris Eisenstadt

May 7, 2011
Josh Sinton, Matt Bauder, Kamala Sankaram, Cory Smythe, IBeam
Cory Smythe Josh Sinton Kamala Sankaram Matt Bauder

May 6, 2011
Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, Issue Project Room
Pat Maherr

May 6, 2011
Family Underground, Issue Project Room
Nicolas Kauffmann Sara Czerny

May 6, 2011
Paul Flaherty Quartet, Issue Project Room
C Spencer Yeh Paul Flaherty Steve Swell Weasel Walter

May 5, 2011
Edom, Tea Lounge
Brian Marsella Eyal Maoz Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz Yuval Lion

May 5, 2011
Kenny Millions Solo, Issue Project Room
Kenny Millions

May 5, 2011
Starlicker, Issue Project Room
Jason Adasiewicz John Herndon Rob Mazurek

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Anthony Pateras in Chicago Next Weekend

Anthony Pateras

From Lampo:

FRI MAY 20 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Ill.
Admission FREE
Reservations are required; RSVP

Lampo and the Graham Foundation team up to bring you Anthony Pateras in his first Chicago performance. To mark the occasion, AP will present a new 4-channel work made especially for you – an homage to Henri Chopin, using revoxed voice, manipulated Doepfer synthesizer recordings and prepared piano polyrhythms, performed in the dark.

Anthony Pateras (b. 1979, Melbourne, Australia) is a composer and performer from Melbourne, Australia. He is an idiosyncratic pianist, works with the Doepfer A-100
synthesizer and writes works for ensembles, orchestras and soloists. Pateras explores diverse musical interests through his projects: high velocity piano/drums explorations, electro-acoustic improvising ensembles, extended prepared piano pieces and immersive noise. He has performed or recorded with Han Bennink, Valerio Tricoli, Oren Ambarchi, Jim Denley, Paul Lovens, Fennesz, Thomas Lehn and The Necks. Previous groups include a decade-long duo project with Robin Fox, and the
acclaimed free music trio Pateras/Baxter/Brown. He plays regularly throughout the world, and his music is released through the labels Tzadik (New York), Editions Mego
(Vienna) and Lexicon Devil (Melbourne). He holds a PhD from Monash University.

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Highlights from Present Music's 2011-12 Season

From Milwaukee’s Present Music:

Present Music is excited to celebrate 30 years of commissioning and performing new music in Milwaukee. Since 1982, Present Music (PM) has worked closely with many of the world’s most exciting and significant composers while supporting the talents of emerging voices. The 2011-12 Season will continue PM’s dedication to new music by engaging Milwaukee audiences in imaginative and provocative experiences through six concert events.

Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 7pm, Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall – FREE
Focus your imagination on one of the most important resources in our region, Water, and be present at this one-of-a-kind concert experience. Present Music will create a Water concert that will pull together Milwaukee’s artistic, scientific, technological, business and ecological partners in an event that will inspire our community to celebrate and promote Milwaukee’s world-leading water resources. Present Music will perform new music inspired by water and will premiere a new water themed piece by composer, Kamran Ince. Collaboration partners include Danceworks Performance Company, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee and UW Milwaukee’s Visual Art Department. This concert is sponsored by Badger Meter, MillerCoors, A.O. Smith and supported by Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Ince will be present at this concert event.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 4pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Present Music will revive Henry Brant’s Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire. Present Music commissioned and premiered this piece in 2004. This piece features over 100 musicians and singers from Present Music, Milwaukee Choral Artists, PIUS XI High School Choir, Arrowhead High School Choir and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra violinists. Each chorus is assigned text from one of Leonardo Di Vinci’s philosophic-scientific reflections: Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire. The performers will be widely situated throughout the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in a performance that evokes the scale and immensity of the natural world. The Opening Song, Friendship Dance and Closing Song will be performed by the Bucks Native American Singing & Drumming Group.

Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7:30pm at Turner Hall Ballroom

The concert will consist of music from the late 20th Century to the present. In the months prior to the concert, the community will be given the choice of several repertoire options featuring favorites from Present Music’s 30 year history. The community will vote for the program they would like to see performed and be invited to build the rest of the concert with Artistic Director, Kevin Stalheim. Community members will be encouraged to compose music for an audience participation project that will be performed by Present Music. This concert event will also celebrate the Shepherd Express’s 30th birthday with a post-concert party featuring a local musical act.

Around 30
Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:30pm at Turner Hall Ballroom

This concert will feature young composers and artists that most of the world is just finding out about. The concert will spotlight 30 of the best and most exciting young artists, comprised of musicians, choreographers, dancers, visual artists and others from Milwaukee and beyond. By cross-fertilizing creative talents, this concert will engage Milwaukee’s emerging artists in the process of discovering new music.

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