Upcoming Ratchet Series Shows

From Chicago’s Ratchet Series:

This week’s installment of the Ratchet Series will feature Everypeople Song, a project with music and lyrics by Mikel Avery:
Monday, October 17

Mary Lawson – vocals
Aaron Shapiro – banjo
John Sutton – cello
Nicholas Gajewski – bass
Mikel Avery – drums

The Ratchet Series at the Skylark
2149 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 948-5275
all shows 10pm

— Upcoming Performances —

Monday, October 24

Ryan Shultz – bass trumpet
Mitch Paliga – saxophone
Paul Hartsaw – saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Damon Short – drums

Monday, October 31

Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Toby Summerfield – guitar
Anton Hatwich – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Les Rhinocéros – Les Rhinocéros (2011)
Jeff Gauthier / Goatette – Open Source (2011)
Moraine – Metamorphic Rock (2011)
Output:Noise Improv Collective – A Soundtrack to the DSM-IV (2011)
Jason Kao Hwang / Edge (2006)

This Week in Buenos Aires

Erik Satie

From Buenos Aires, su Nueva Musica:

Monday 17, October

Tropi Ensamble ( Classical contemporary )
At the Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina ,Agüero 2502 , 19:00 hs

Dérive – Pierre Boulez
Talea – Gerard Grisey
Sports et divertissements – EriK Satie
CINÉMA, entr’acte symphonique de relâche – EriK Satie

Sebastián Tellado, Flute
Bruno Lo Bianco, Percusion
Sebastián Gangi, Piano
Florencia Ciaffone, Violín
Manuel Moreno, Guitar
Pablo Garcia, Violoncello
Constancia Moroni, Clarinet
Direction, Haydée Schvartz

Butelman *Rave *Chientaroli *Elstein + free jam ( free jazz / experemintal )
at Cultural Matienzo- MATIENZO 2424, Buenos Aires, 21 hs

Pablo Butelman: guitar
Ada Rave: alto and tenor sax
Nicolás Chientaroli: piano
Andrés Elstein: drums



Tuesday 18 October

Torrcillas Ensamble ( Contemporary Jazz )
at Cultural Matienzo- MATIENZO 2424, Buenos Aires, 22 hs

Nico Politzer – drums
Pablo Vazquez – Contrabass
Jorge Torrecillas – Saxophones
Fermin Echeveste – Trumpet


Saturday 22 October
Alejandro Soaires and guests ( classical contemporary )
At Casa de la Cultura, rufino de elizalde 2831 ,20:30 hs

Alejandro Soaires for sax & percusion
Alejandro Soaires saxophone / Marcos Zabala, percusion marimba

Steve reich ‘New York Counterpoint’ for prerecorded saxophones and live saxophone quartet
Alejandro Soaires ,Eugenia baza, M, Proscia, M Brondino .saxophones

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Easy / Not Easy at Roulette

Christian Marclay

From New York’s Roulette:


October 24th & 25th
8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

509 ATLANTIC AVE (at the corner of 3rd Ave)
2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR

Using the idea of “Simple Scores” as a starting point, the two night – second annual – EASY NOT EASY FESTIVAL gathers a wide array of some of NYC’s most exciting young artists to compose and perform a series of “simple” new scores as well as some by more established artists.

Listen to all three nights of last year’s Easy Not Easy Festival on the Free Music Archive – featuring work by Robert Ashley, John Zorn, Matana Roberts, Dan Deacon, and many more –


List Subject to Change:

Christian Marclay (Shuffle)
Greg Saunier (from Deerhoof)
Tyshawn Sorey
Greg Fox (from Guardian Alien)
Duane Pitre
Hunter Hunt Hendrix (from Liturgy)
Okkyung Lee
Jeremiah Cymerman
Matthew Mehlan
Doron Sadja
Darius Jones
Jason McMahon
Alfredo Marin
Catherine Lamb


Mon Oct 24
Jessica Pavone – viola
Jeremiah Cymerman – clarinet/electronics
Brad Henkel – trumpet
Joshua Rubin – clarinet
Sam Sowyrda – vibes, malletcat
Darius Jones – alto sax
Josh Modney – violin
Russell Greenberg – percussion
Sandy Gordon – ice, electronics
Dan Peck – tuba

Mon Oct 25
Daniel Levin – cello
Shahzad Ismaily – electronics
Richard Garet – electronics
Greg Fox – drums
Matt Nelson – tenor sax
Sam Sowyrda – vibes, malletcat
Nathaniel Morgan – alto sax
Jason McMahon – guitar

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Robert Ashley


10/18 @ 8:00pm
Theoretical: Transmission Arts, Artists and Airwaves

Join free103point9, PAJ Publications, Issue Project Room, and Electronic Music Foundation in celebrating the publication of Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves by Galen Joseph-Hunter with Penny Duff, and Maria Papadomanolaki (PAJ Publications. In association with free103point9.) This event will feature performances from Todd Merrell, Kabir Carter, Terry Nauheim, Lázaro Valiente, Joel Chadabe, and others.

ISSUE’s Theoretical series is made possible, in part, through generous support from The Casement Fund.
10/19 @ 8:00pm
Theoretical: Jarett Kobek, “ATTA”

Author Jarett Kobek is the son of a Turkish immigrant and a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In the summer of 1999, 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta defended a master’s thesis that critiqued the introduction of Western-style skyscrapers in the Middle East, and called for a return to the “Islamic-Oriental city.” Using this as a departure point, Jarett Kobek’s novel ATTA offers a psychedelic biography of Mohamed Atta that circles around a simple question: what if 9/11 was as much a matter of architectural criticism as religious terrorism?
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10/20 @ 8:00pm
Emerging Artists Commission: Laura Vitale

Laura Vitale/We Are Your Friends with Paul Geluso presents A Capella Space Station: an evening of surround sound installation and performance in which ISSUE Project Room transmogrifies into a space ship environment constructed from the human voice and other human things. Laura Vitale works with a focus on sound in a variety of media, with performance and installation, and often in collaboration. Laura is in her second and final year of graduate school in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has made commissioned sound installations for WNYC, been a Van Lier Fellow at Harvestorks Digital Media Arts Center, and received a New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant. She will make a New Programming commission for Triple Canopy and occupy Recess Session’s SoHo project space in 2012.

We Are Your Friends is a collaborative, community-based choral project founded in 2009 by Laura Vitale and writer/musician Rick Moody. Membership is open to anyone who wants to join and shows up. We Are Your Friends specializes in untrained voices and extended vocal technique, and its particular interest is in rendering electronica and space-themed music in live and unaccompanied settings. We Are Your Friends is presently at work on its first album, a full-length cover of COMPUTER WORLD by the Beatles of the electronic music world, Germany’s own Kraftwerk.

10/22 @ 8:00pm
Ensemble Klang

Formed in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang’s innovative programs, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become “one of the top ensembles” (NRC Handelsblad) in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene.

Dedicated to a new generation of composers, the group continues to build a repertoire of bold, uncompromising works. The unique yet versatile instrumentation – ranging from a quiet, fragile intimacy to the punchy power of a big-band – has attracted composers including Heiner Goebbels, Tom Johnson, Martijn Padding, Phill Niblock, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Kate Moore, Jan-Bas Bollen, Oscar Bettison and Peter Adriaansz. Performing without a conductor, the result in concert is one where complex music requiring virtuosic accuracy and precision is played with the energy, drive and passion of a band.

10/23 @ 2:00pm
ISSUE @110: Robert Ashley‘s Perfect Lives + Q&A with Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman

As part of a fundraiser for the upcoming production of Vidas Perfectas, an all-new Spanish language version of Robert Ashley’s classic made-for-TV opera Perfect Lives, Issue Project Room is hosting a screening of three episodes from the original Perfect Lives (1983) at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn. The three episodes to be screened are the original 1983 versions of the first episodes that director Alex Waterman is re-creating as Vidas Perfectas, filmed on location in Marfa, Texas.

Following the screening, there will be an open Q&A between Vidas Perfectas composer Robert Ashley and director Alex Waterman.

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