The Here and Now Series at Bargemusic Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

Among the numerous innovations instituted at Bargemusic by the violinist Mark Peskanov since he became its president and executive and artistic director in 2006, the least likely wrinkle has proved the most durable. Here and Now, an irregularly scheduled but consistently active series devoted to contemporary music, has enlivened the offerings at this longtime bastion for conventional fare.

In 2008 Mr. Peskanov filled Bargemusic’s Labor Day weekend concerts with Here and Now programs, a notion that has since become a de facto festival. Evident in this year’s changeable smorgasbord, laid out on Thursday evening and served up with varying courses through Sunday afternoon, was the surprising stylistic breadth Mr. Peskanov’s neighborly open-mindedness has welcomed.

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Pierre Boulez Festival in London, Late September

Pierre Boulez

From Southbank Centre:

Pierre Boulezavant-garde figurehead since the 1940s, musical giant on the world stage and author of some of the key progressive works in musical modernism – is celebrated over one weekend. As well as hearing the composer himself conducting a special performance of his masterpiece Pli selon pli, with the esteemed Ensemble InterContemporain – which he founded in the 1970s – there is an opportunity to hear almost all his piano works played during one day by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich.

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Umbrella Music Through October 11

The Necks

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sep 07
Wheelhouse
The Hideout

Sep 08
Glassworks
Elastic

Sep 11
Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn & Gerald Cleaver
Hungry Brain

Sep 14
Survival Unit III
The Hideout

Sep 15
SET I: Kimmel/Roebke Duo
SET II: Toby Summerfield Trio
Elastic

Sep 18
The Necks
Hungry Brain

Sep 22
Bishop/Rempis/Kessler/Zerang
Elastic

Sep 25
Bishop/Parker/Roebke/Reed
Hungry Brain

Sep 29
Ricardo Tejero Group
Elastic

Oct 06
SET I: Evans/Adasiewicz Duo
SET II: Beatty/Poretti Duo
Elastic

Oct 09
Valentine Trio
Hungry Brain

Oct 11
Trio Braam-De Joode-Vatcher
Elastic

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