Classical Music Listings from the New York Times


‘Nine Rivers’ (Friday and Saturday) Steven Schick joins members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the percussion ensemble Red Fish Blue Fish and the chamber choir the Crossing in two programs devoted to the Scottish composer James Dillon’s magnum opus. On Friday night Mr. Schick plays “La Coupure,” an hourlong work for percussion, electronics and visual projections; on Saturday he conducts the last four sections of “Nine Rivers,” culminating in a massed finale. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799,; $40. (Steve Smith)

‘Awakening: A Musical Meditation On 9/11’ (Wednesday and Thursday) The pioneering, genre-blurring, style-embracing Kronos Quartet returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with “Awakening,” a reflective program for the anniversary of Sept. 11. There will be 12 works by composers including Terry Riley, Michael Gordon, Osvaldo Golijov and others, and arrangements of traditional songs from around the world. The musicians conceived the program as a way to employ music when words fail us and to find “equilibrium in the midst of imbalance,” as the Kronos violinist David Harrington has put it. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will participate. At 7:30 p.m., Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100,; $20 to $50. (Tommasini)

Xavier Le Roy (Monday) As part of the interdisciplinary Crossing the Line festival at the French Institute Alliance Française, the choreographer Xavier Le Roy is presenting “More Mouvements für Lachenmann,” a program of works by the imaginative German composer Helmut Lachenmann, in which Mr. Le Roy examines the relationship between the music, the musicians and the performance, with an emphasis on aural and visual gestures. At 7:30 p.m., Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française, 55 East 59th Street, Manhattan, (800)?982-2787,; $20. (Allan Kozinn)

Moving Sounds Festival 2011 (Friday and Saturday) Produced by the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, this annual event mixes avant-garde classical music with sounds less easily codified. Two concerts presented under the title “Czechsplorations” feature the excellent Argento Chamber Ensemble. The first, offered twice on Friday, includes novel arrangements of the Adagio from Mahler’s 10th Symphony and two Janacek works; the second, on Saturday at 6 p.m., includes fresh pieces by David Fulmer, Eva Reiter and George Lewis, followed at 8 p.m. with electronic music by Michal Rataj and Michael J. Schumacher. (See the forum’s Web site for related events in other locations.) At 6 and 8 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan, (646) 422-3399,; free with reservations. (Smith)

Nono Muchmore Warp(ed) Festival (Saturday) Composed in 1988 and 1989, Luigi Nono’s dense, demanding “La Lontanza Nostalgicia Utopica Futura” is closely associated with the violinist who premiered it, Gidon Kremer. Leave it to Miranda Cuckson, an eloquent, enterprising New York violinist, to illuminate a new facet: namely, an optional vocal part that Nono indicated but Mr. Kremer never performed. Christopher Burns manages the electronic accompaniment; completing the program are works by Pat Muchmore and Richard Warp. At 7 p.m., Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, at 120th Street, Morningside Heights,; $20, or $15 for students and underemployed. (Smith)

Roulette (Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday) This longtime downtown Manhattan new-music bastion breaks in a considerably larger Brooklyn space with a starry lineup. Friday’s program matches the string quartet Ethel with the guitarist Marc Ribot, and the improvising vocalist Shelley Hersch with the guitarist Fred Frith. On Saturday, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and John Zorn renew a noisy acquaintance. On Sunday, Mr. Frith leads Cosa Brava, a new quintet chock full of genre-flouting free spirits. And on Tuesday, the refined English sound artist Kaffe Matthews and the explosive Cologne, Germany-based flutist Camilla Hoitenga share a bill. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, at Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, (917) 267-0363,; on Friday and Sunday, $35, or $100 for front rows of the house and balcony; on Saturday, $50, $100 for front rows of the house and balcony, or $25 for students; on Tuesday, $15, or $10 for students and 65+. (Smith)

Vincent Royer (Wednesday) Mode Records, an innovative new music label, is presiding over the programming at the Stone through the end of the September, and among the most promising programs of the week is concert of spectral works by Giacinto Scelsi and Horatiu Radulescu, performed by the violist Mr. Royer. Later the same evening, the pianist and composer Anton Batagov offers a program of new works for the screen. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 per set. (Kozinn)

Sequitur (Monday) This enterprising new-music band offers a program of premieres, including Chester Biscardi’s “Sailors and Dreamers” (2010), Eric Moe’s “Jozaphine Freedom” (2009), Ushio Torikai’s Oboe Trio (2011) and an untitled new work by Tamar Muskal. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street. (212) 501-3330,; $20. (Kozinn)


Thinking Plague

Locrian has recorded a cover of the Popol Vuh classic track Dort Ist Der Weg.

Charming Hostess will be playing today in San Francisco, at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 12:30.

Anthony Braxton‘s Tri-centric Foundation has release a free sampler.

Thinking Plague and Hamster Theater will be playing in Trevose, PA on Monday, November 21 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

The Guardian reviews Ex Guitars/Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love at Cafe Oto.

Hauschka and Glenn Jones will play the inaguaral concert of a new series at West Park Church, 165 W 86th Street New York, NY 10024 on Sunday September 25th, 2011.

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Los Angeles Scene

Zeena Parkins performing at the Music Unlimite...
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From FaceBook events:

Thursday, Sept 15, 7pm
The Battery Books & Music, 1005b Mission St., So. Pasadena
Free improv incorporating musical elements of the past, present, and future (or vice versa), featuring: Haskel Joseph, guitar; Daryl Tewes, electric bass; Bruce Friedman, trumpet/mutes.

Saturday, Sept 17, 6pm
Royal T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City presents:
Support: Artists Unite for Japan – Opening Reception
Musical performance by Motoko Honda & Jesse Gilbert featuring ‘Spectral GL’
DeaTS: funky beats by JDILLA and live trumpet by Spencer Ludwig
… DJ Snorlax
Proceeds will benefit the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.

From People Inside Electronics:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 8pm
MiMoDa Dance Studio, 5772 W Pico Blvd.(enter thru Paper or Plastik Cafe), LA
New Music for String Quartet and Electronics featuring the Eclipse Quartet, with new works by Jason Heath, Panayiotis Kokoras, Zeena Parkins, Kotoka Suzuki, and Dan Visconti.

From FaceBook Events:

Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30pm
the Handbag Factory, 1336 So. Grand Ave., LA, presents:
Noise Show, presented by love earth music, featuring:
+DOG+, AMK, Phog Masheeen, Conscious Summary, Black Artiodactyla, Pretty Agony, Modern Concert, Motordrone.


Sunday, Sept. 18, 1pm (load-in at 12:30pm)
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
SASSAS and the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, presents soundShoppe
Join us for a special presentation by John Schneider on Just Intonation for guitars. He’ll also play a little Patch, and talk about the Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and Ben Johnston works he’ll be performing on September 24 as well as lead a few “just” exercises.
soundShoppe @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is a monthly unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists presented by SASSAS and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock.

From FaceBook Events:

Sunday, Sept. 18, 11am-7pm
Road Concert on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles Road Concerts
At 2pm, Rebeca Hernandez (choreographer) will lead three other dancers in an experimental site-specific performance, with music accompaniment by the experimental duo, Comfort Zone (Breeze Smith, percussion; Oz, Chapman Stick) at the Sunset/Vermont Metro Station in Hollywood.
Los Angeles Road Concerts presents a showing of site-specific projects from over 100 LA artists in unused public outdoor spaces along the entire length of Sunset Boulevard’s 24 miles, from Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. For one day, artists will perform works, display installations, facilitate car pool happenings and make music… in public spaces such as sidewalks, traffic islands, parking lots, as well as inside the audience’s cars as they traverse one of LA’s most iconic boulevards. The audience self-curates, deciding how long they want to spend at each participating artist’s spot, or to skip spots or drive at different speeds between destinations as they journey from one end of Sunset to the other, arriving eventually to a beach reception at the ocean just before sunset. The road concert can easily be experienced by bus, bicycle and walking, and artist-driven carpools are available.

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Mary Halvorson Coming To The Stone October 14-15th

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From Improvised Communications:

This October, Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson will perform with three of her own ensembles over the course of two consecutive nights at The Stone in New York. On Friday, October 14th at 8:00 p.m., she’ll take the stage with the Mary Halvorson Quintet to preview music from its eagerly awaited 2012 release, Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12 Records), before adding special guests Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone) and Jacob Garchik (trombone) to the mix for the debut of her newest group, the Mary Halvorson Septet. On Saturday, October 15th at 8:00 p.m., she’ll celebrate the release of Departure Of Reason (Thirsty Ear Recordings), her fourth recording with violist Jessica Pavone. The longstanding duo plans to play selections from the record as well as a few surprise covers.

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