2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival

The 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival is coming in October.

The 2011 Bowling Green New Music Festival – our 32nd – takes place October 12 –15, 2011. This year’s festival will feature David Lang as special guest composer and guest ensemble Mantra Percussion, as well as performances by BGSU ensembles, faculty, students and guests. Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the College of Musical Arts, the festival has hosted John Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky and more than 350 other guest composers and musicians since 1980.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 12

Residency: Tony Malaby‘s Tamarindo Trio

Avant-jazz giant Tony Malaby and his Tamarindo Trio (William Parker, bass and Tom Rainey, drums) will conduct a one-day residency at the College of Musical Arts, culminating with a 7 p.m. performance at the Clazel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green. Tamarindo’s residency is sponsored in part by the Department of Jazz Studies.

Thursday, October 13

Composer Talk: David Lang, 2:00 p.m, Bryan Recital Hall

Featured Guest Composer David Lang discusses his works and compositional style.

Workshop: Christopher Azzara, “Inspiration and Meaning Through Improvisation,” 4:00 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall”

Innovative music educator and performer Christopher Azzara presents a workshop on creativity and improvisation in the classroom.

Concert 1: “Laws of Nature” 7:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)

A concert featuring the BGSU Percussion Ensemble performing the music of David Lang, plus other works.

Dark Waves (2007, two pianos & electronic sounds): John Luther Adams
Oyster (2008, chamber orchestra): John Orfe
The So-Called Laws of Nature (2002, percussion ensemble): David Lang
Concert 2: “Downtown Music” 9:30 p.m., Cla-Zel Theatre (free)

A special “after hours” performance of works with and without film at the historic Cla-Zel Theatre in downtown Bowling Green, featuring DMA students, faculty performers from the College of Musical Arts and guest performers.

Decantations III (2011, variable ensemble, sruti boxes and electronics): Ravi Kittappa
this was written by hand (2003, piano): David Lang
wed (1997, piano): David Lang
Black (2008, two bass clarinets): Marc Mellits
How to Pray (2002, chamber ensemble): David Lang
Heroin (2008, cello and voice): Lou Reed, arr. David Lang
In and Out of the Game (2010, four trombones and electronic sounds): Eve Beglarian
Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986, piano version): John Adams/John Orfe
Dance Music (2000, saxophone and electric guitar): David Smooke
Friday, October 14

Concert 3: “One” 10:30 a.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)

New Work (2011, nine trumpets, world premiere): Matthew Roddie
Press Release (1991): David Lang
Trapset (2000, solo flute): Harold Meltzer
Memo 8 (2000, solo oboe): Bernard Rands
Jonah (2011, world premiere, nine bass clarinets and narrator): Brad Balliett
Concert 4: “E pluribus unum” 2:30 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)

Fantasmi (2005, eight saxophones): Marilyn Shrude
Swarm (2011, brass ensemble, world premiere): Christopher Dietz
La bocca, I piedi, Il suono (1997, 104 saxophones): Salvatore Sciarrino
Concert 5: “Messages” 4:00 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)

Long Path (2004, piano and electronics): Kevin Ernste
Five Songs of the Von Seggerns (2010, soprano and chamber ensemble): Chin Ting Chan
Once Again to the Light (2011, saxophone and electronics, world premiere): James Mobberley
The Starry Messenger (2010, chamber choir, world premiere): Jeffrey Brooks
Concert 6: Mantra Percussion: “Timber” 8:00 p.m., Kobacker Hall (free)

Hailed by The New York Times as “…finely polished…a fresh source of energy,” Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion repertoire by commissioning and performing new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both prominent and emerging composers to breathe new life into the art. Their aim is for most of these works to engage cross-discipline collaborations to produce evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision. Their performance consists of only one work – the U.S. premiere of Michael Gordon’s Timber for six percussionists.

Timber (2011, U.S. premiere): Michael Gordon
Saturday, October 15

Concert 7: MACCM Institute, 10:30 a.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)

Mantra Percussion performs works by students from the Toledo School for the Arts, the culmination of a year-long composition and creativity project sponsored by the Center – the MACCM Institute – followed by a discussion with festival guests about programs cultivating young composers.

Concert 8: “Playthings,” 2:30 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall (free)

Pillaging Music (2005, piano and found object percussion): Nico Muhly
Hard, Hard, Hard! (2011, toy piano and toy instruments, world premiere): Ge Gan-Ru
qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq (2009, three toy pianos and three-channel 1-bit tones): Tristan Perich
the end (2008, soprano, ukulele and spoons): Ruby Fulton
novice trip (2008, chamber ensemble): Andrea LaRose
Photon Clockwork (2005, solo horn): Matthew Roddie
Giraffes (2008, flute and marimba): Harold Meltzer
Douze Mains (2011, piano 12-hands, world premiere of complete version): Mayke Nas
Concert 9: “Method in Madness” 8:00 p.m., Kobacker Hall ($)

Performances by the BGSU Philharmonia, Wind Symphony and Collegiate Chorale

again (after Ecclesiastes) (2005, choir): David Lang
Junk Pop (2011, wind ensemble): Ruby Fulton
Polka Nation (1996, wind ensemble): Evan Chambers
Cheating, Lying, Stealing (1995/2011, world premiere of wind ensemble version): David Lang
Bright Kingdoms (2005, orchestra and elecronics): Ingram Marshall
e.t.e.r.n.i.t.y. (2011, orchestra, world premiere): Amy Beth Kirsten
Grind to a Halt (2004, orchestra): David Lang

The Moore Musical Arts Center houses Bryan Recital Hall, Kobacker Hall and the Kennedy Green Room.
The Cla-Zel Theatre is located at 127 N. Main St. in downtown Bowling Green.

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4-Night Anthony Braxton Festival Previewed

Anthony Braxton
Cover of Anthony Braxton

From JazzTimes:

Energies, Ideas, Intuitions: Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Festival, described as “by far the most comprehensive portrait of the composer/multi-reedist yet presented in the United States,” will take place from October 5-8 at Roulette’s new performance space in Brooklyn. According to a press release, “Energies, Ideas, Intuitions encompasses opera, orchestral, chamber, solo, electro-acoustic, choral, and dance works, performed by leading interpreters of Braxton’s music from both the classical and improvised music worlds.” Braxton will perform or conduct every evening and each concert will include at least one U.S. or world premiere.

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Upcoming Deep Listening Events

From the Deep Listening Institute:

October 1 from 3 to 9 pm – Dream Festival Opening with MARATHON OF DREAMERS and opening reception for La Leona Arts’ 100 Artists/100 Dreams Film Premiere.  In collaboration with Stella May Productions.  Stella May Gallery Theatre, 101 Greenkill Ave, Kingston, NY

October 4 – Pauline Oliveros solo concert, BABEL PRAGUE Festival, Prague

October 8 – Pauline Oliveros’ Rock Piece and King Kong Sing Along at the Kingston Farmer’s Market.  Followed by a performance of Six For New Time at BackStage Productions.  In collaboration with the O+ Festival.  Wall St, Uptown Kingston NY

October 9 from 12 pm to 7 pm – ART/LIFE Counseling with Linda Montano.  Inside the window of X’CLUSIVE BOUTIQUE, Wall St, Uptown Kingston.  In collaboration with the O+ Festival.

October 9 from 3-5 pm – Stone Mountain Dream Group with Robin and Steven Larsen at Half Moon Books, 35 N Front St, Uptown Kingston
October 14-16- A Weekend of Dreams and Dreaming with Jeremy Taylor.  Miriam’s Well, 13 Simmons St, Saugerties, NY.  http://www.miriamswell.org

2nd Annual Dream Stream – October 15 – November 15
An online series of mini-concerts up to 20 minutes long from different locations around the world.  Broadcast live at http://www.deeplistening.org

October 29 from 11-1pm – Kids’ Dream Box Workshop with Sadee Brathwaite.  For artists aged 4 – 12 years.  Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St, Kingston NY

October 28 & 29 – Deep Listening Band Residency, Lawrence University

November 5 from 5 to 7 pm- Art on the Wall Virtual Gallery Opening Reception for “Caren Canier:  Journey in Egypt.”  Preview of Dream Box exhibit.  Deep Listening Space, 77 Cornell St, Suite 303, Kingston NY

November 5 at 8 pm – UNDER THE RADAR concert – String Surprise with James Ilgenfritz and Al Margolis.  Deep Listening Space, 77 Cornell St, Suite 303, Kingston NY

November 11 from 6 to 8 pm – Opening Reception for exhibit – Dream Boxes –  Curated by Ione and the Dream Team.  LOJ (Lift off Judgement) Jury for fun Dream Box prizes.  Performance with Norman and Ezra Lowrey – Remember, Dream.  Gallery One Eleven, The Shirt Factory, Kingston NY.  http://www.galleryoneleven.com

November 12 – In Parallel:  Dreaming into Alternate Universes.  Overnight for Dreaming Avatars in Second Life with Norman Lowrey

Frode Gjerstad Trio in Madison September 2

Han Bennink & Frode Gjerstad
Image by svennevenn via Flickr

From Madison’s Surrounded by Reality Music:

Frode Gjerstad – alto sax and clarinet
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
Jon Rune Strøm – bass

Frode Gjerstad Trio plays at Audio for the Arts on September 2

After two decades of trios with various international musicians, this is Frode Gjerstad‘s first all-Norwegian trio. And it is a significant move towards a Nordic improvised sound. In the past, he has played in trios with Hamid Drake, William Parker, John Stevens, Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, Wilber Morris and Rashid Bakr. (From http://frodegjerstad.com/)

Paal Nilssen-Love first started playing with Frode Gjerstad when he was 15. Since then, he has become one of the most active musicians of the new generation in Norway. He has also played and recorded with international sax-players Mats Gustavsson, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark and many, many more! He is now traveling the world and also is a permanent member of the Brøtzmann Tentet.
Check out www.paalnilssenlove.com

Jon Rune Strøm plays the acoustic bass with several Oslo-based bands.

This trio has made 6 recordings so far: “Last First” on the US label, Falcata-Galica. A studio-recording from November -99 when the group was quite fresh. Then came a live recording from September 2000 in Oslo, “The Blessing Light” on Cadence Jazz Records. This CD is dedicated to the late British drummer, John Stevens. “Sharp knives cut deeper” with Peter Brøtzmann on the Italian label Splash came in-03, “St.Louis” is a live recording from our 2002 US tour that came out on FMR in -04 and in 2005 we recorded “mothers & fathers”. In 2007 we recorded “Nothing is forever” at a concert in Oslo.

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Cafe OTO in September

Peter Blegvad
Cover of Peter Blegvad

From London’s Cafe OTO:

Sunday 4 September ’11
£6 / £4 concs

Regular meeting of The London Improvisers Orchestra. The LIO draws on London’s rich pool of improvising musicians and is part of a long and varied heritage that stretches back to the free-jazz big bands of Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook, the intuitive ensembles of John Stevens and purely improvising groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble.

Friday 9 September ’11
£8 advance / £10 on the door Off & on & in various combinations, Blegvad, Greaves & Cutler have been making music together since the early 70s, when they were in the English research group ‘Henry Cow’ working on the Cow/SlappHappy classic ‘Desperate Straights’. The trio combine Blegvad’s oblique and poetic wordplay with paired down rock rhythms.

Sunday 11 September ’11 w/ Ab Baars
Monday 12 SEPT ’11 w/ Steve Noble

£12 advance / £14 on the door / £22 two day pass

Storming residency coupling the long-standing free jazz duo of Ken Vandermark (Saxophones) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) with Andy Moor and Terrie Hessells – guitarists from the ever-vital Dutch experimental punk outfit The Ex. Look forward to two evenings of rhythmic intensity, bursting at the seams with noise and melodic possibility. The quartet will be joined by Dutch saxophonist Ab Baars on the first night and London’s own percussion wunderkind Steve Noble on Day Two.

Wednesday 14 September ’11
£7 advance / £8 on the door

ROOM40 presents the first UK appearance for this long running collaborative project that projects Paul Clipson’s highly evocative super8 collages against Jefre Cantu-Ledesma‘s intense wall of gorgeous noise. They’ll be joined by two of London’s finest drone/sound artists: the guitar and electronics of Talvihorros (whose new LP will be out on Hibernate this week!) and Aino Tytti who combines homemade electronics with resonating strings and unconventional tunings.

Thursday 15 September ’11
£5 advance / £6 on the door

Small But Perfectly Formed presents three solos. Z’EV’s unique inter-reactions between himself and his array of percussion instruments and the physical space of OTO, Katsura Yamauchi minimal saxophone playing and Sylvia Hallet on hurdy gurdy and lo-fi electronics.

Friday 16 September ’11
£8 advance / £10 on the door

Expanding on last year’s debut festival, the HFF events programme branches to experimental film and video works with a special collaborative performance event. HFF and LUX have co-curated a selection of visual and sound artists. Three duo’s will perform together for the first time, premiering brand new works celebrating experimentation in live moving image and sound featuring Heather Phillipson & Matt Hammond, Lucy Parker & Tom White and Jenna Collins & Mark Peter Wright.

Saturday 17 September ’11 • 7PM
£8.50 / £12.50

Join the Sound Tracks Festival on a musical journey across East London as we travel the London Overground from South to North. The Amersham Arms, Concrete and Cafe Oto are taking part in a single-wristband festival of music & place, connected by the East London Line.

Each venue will host bands, with DJ sets afterwards in Concrete and the Amersham Arms. There will also be a travelling stage on the East London Line itself and The Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston and the New Cross Inn will be hosting related programmes, also free to wristband holders.

Tuesday 20 September ’11
£7 advance / £8 on the door

God Don’t Like It presents the debut London show for Stockholm’s analogue electronic wizards Roll the Dice. Brining to mind Kosmiche heros like Cluster & Harmonia as well as well as appealing to fans of House & Detroit Techno the duo have been playing for the last few years as part of Fever Ray’s band and have a new album on UK Indie Leaf out on September 12th.

Saturday 24 September ’11
£5 advance / £6 on the door

Critical Heights presents an evening of pastoral psychedelia, ancient synth drone and waves of fuzz with improvising duo Delphic Vapours and the shadowy group Savaging Spires.

Sunday 25 September ’11
£7 advance / £8 on the door An evening of somnambulist trance and wide-ranging guitar improvisations of “extreme confidence and poetic tentativeness” with Marisa Anderson (USA, Mississippi records) & Bridget Hayden (UK, Vibracathedral Orchestra / KRAAK).

Monday 26 September ’11
£5/£4 concs

Monthly concert of experimental improvised music with participants drawn from Eddie Prévost’s weekly workshop. This month’s musicians are: Jennifer Allum (violin), Philip Somervell (piano), John Lely (unspecified), Seymour Wright (alto saxophone), Vasco Alves (AM/FM keyboard 6), Tom Soloveitzik (tenor saxophone), Hyelim Kim (taegum), Carole Finer (cumbus / objects), Benedict Taylor (viola).

Wednesday 28 September ’11
£8 advance / £10 door An evening with two of the leading lights of contemporary electronic music. Sheffield’s Mark Fell has been a long-standing presence in UK electronic music via his duo SND and has also created some of the most arresting and singular electronic music in the last 18 months with releases on Raster-Noton and Editions Mego. Ben Vida has been a vital part of Chicago’s music scene for the last decade, first rising to prominence with his group Town & Country and now exploring the ‘patchwork’ possibilities of automatic, self-generating compositions via his hybrid analog/digital modular synth set-up. This concert follows a split release with Keith Fullerton Whitman on Amish records and a residency at Stockholm’s EMS electronic music studio. A new LP of Vida’s synth music will be released on PAN in December 2011.

Friday 30 September ’11 • 7PM
£10 advance / £25 early bird festival pass

Sottovoce, now in its 4th year, is a London-based, multi-venue festival showcasing groundbreaking acts producing challenging, experimental music. For the evening at Cafe OTO Sotto Voce present a screening of Alan Roth’s documentary film on the artists associated with the ESP-Disk label in the 60s plus solo sets from Austrian percussionist Martin Brandlmayr, Rogelio Sosa and Ida Lunden (both using electronics) and guitarist Håvard Skaset.

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