REDCAT Winter / Spring 2012 Schedule

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From LA’s REDCAT:

February 10–11
CEAIT FESTIVAL
Vintage electronics share a stage with the newest sonic technology when acclaimed Dutch composer Thomas Ankersmit highlights a two-night festival. Friday’s “Noise Night” features L. Damion Romero and noise pioneers Zbigniew Karkowski and Xopher Davidson. Saturday’s “Ambient Night” features Ankersmit along with zerfall_gebiete, Thomas K¬öner and Ulrich Krieger. Read more

February 15–16
JOHN CAGE CENTENARY FESTIVAL
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, REDCAT hosts two nights of rarely played music by the American visionary. The New Century Players, CalArts’ professional new music ensemble, joins forces with the CalArts Orchestra to perform such works as 103, Fifty-eight and Cage’s seminal graphic score Fontana Mix. Read more

February 17–19
MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND: LOW DOUBLE STANDARDS: AN ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM
The ragingly multitalented Justin Vivian Bond commands the stage in a hilarious, heart-wrenching cabaret show with original music from the critically hailed debut recording Dendrophile, featuring guileful covers of songs by Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, LCD Soundsystem, and others—and no small amount of biting political satire. Read more

March 23
FRANCES-MARIE UITTI
Known for a prodigious career of dismantling longstanding musical boundaries, the supremely gifted cellist Frances-Marie Uitti makes a rare Los Angeles appearance for the debut of Michael Jon Fink’s new cello concerto, written especially for her pioneering technique of playing with two bows simultaneously, and chamber ensemble. Read more

March 24
CALIFORNIA E.A.R. UNIT: FROM SILVER APPLES TO A SKY OF CLOUDLESS SULPHUR: REVISITED
Featuring Morton Subotnick
The Los Angeles new music high-fliers meet up with the godfather of techno Morton Subotnick for a live revisit to the electronic music pioneer’s iconic works, rendered with new technology. Subotnick performs landmark works with the E.A.R. Unit—collaborators since 1980—in an evening of “spontaneous performance and decision-making.” Read more

April 12–13
KARMETIK MACHINE ORCHESTRA: SAMSARA
Brilliant musicmakers are allied with fantastical robotic instruments in this paradigm-shifting performance that invokes “samsara”—the Sanskrit concept of the cycle of birth, life, death, and reincarnation. Directed by Ajay Kapur and Michael Darling, the Machine Orchestra offers musical interpretations of several traditional Indian fables, along with special guest artists including the legendary kinetic sculptor and musician Trimpin. Read more

April 18–19
NEW ZEALAND IN L.A.
Master musician Richard Nunns, the world’s foremost authority on Māori music, is the special guest artist for a two-day celebration of New Zealand contemporary chamber and orchestral works and music for ngā taonga pūoro—traditional Māori instruments—featuring compositions by Chris Cree Brown, James Gardner, Ross Carey, and more. Read more

May 1
TRANSPARENT CITIES
Madison Brookshire (video), April Guthrie (cello), Michael Pisaro (sound), and Cassia Streb (viola) layer sound and image field recordings combined with music—both recorded and performed live—to reveal patterns that emerge during the course of a single day in this vivid portrait of Los Angeles. Read more

June 14
PARTCH
Celebrating the release of the first recording of the complete Bitter Music, Partch’s often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, long-lost hobo journal from 1935 is performed as a special multimedia presentation including the work’s original pen and ink illustrations, photographs from the composer’s scrapbooks and his legendary instruments. Read more

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Newsbits

A recent release from Irene Schweizer is reviewed.

French Canadian label Tenzier is putting out an archival release from Le Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Québec.

At Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY, on Saturday, January 14th, Output:NOISE will perform improvised aural interpretations of select mental illnesses in support of their release, A Soundtrack to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). The presentation will be accompanied by exploratory music from experimental / industrial pioneers, Controlled Bleeding; local noise artist, and member of Parts and Labor, Dan Friel; and Diamond Terrifier, the sax / electronics solo-project from Sam Hillmer of ZS.

Avant-brass band Perhaps Contraption has a new single out with an album entitled Cousin / Grandma on the way.

All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

Alexey Kruglov
Identification (Leo Records)

Iskra 1903
Goldsmiths (Emanem)

Benoit Delbecq / Francois Houle
Because She Hoped (Songlines Recordings)

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood
In Case The World Changes Its Mind (Indirecto Records)

FAB Trio
History of Jazz in Reverse (TUM Records)

Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Departure of Reason (Thirsty Ear Recordings)

Kaze
Rafaele (Libra Records)

Wadada Leo Smith at Roulette in Brooklyn Reviewed

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From NYTimes.com:

Wadada Leo Smith was a force in motion during the early stretch of his concert at Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday night. Stalking the stage, busily directing the output of his Golden Sextet, he gave off an air of restless intent. The exceptions mostly came when he played his trumpet, projecting in a hard, lustrous tone. In those moments he rooted himself: shoulders squared, the bell of his horn pointing either straight ahead or toward the floor. At every juncture he seemed to mean business.