AMN Reviews: Daniel Levin – Inner Landscape

Daniel Levin: Inner Landscape (Clean Feed 224)

Inner Landscape is the first solo release from Daniel Levin, a cellist whose work forcefully inhabits the territory between jazz and avant garde art music. The six improvisations collected here, recorded over the course of two sessions in 2009, represent a comprehensive description of the sonic landscape of the contemporary cello.

The six landscapes encompass a broad range of techniques and genre-crossing sounds, creating a complex atmosphere of mixed moods. Landscape 1, for instance, features sound clusters of dissonant tones along with abrupt phrasing and simultaneously struck and plucked notes. The third landscape creates an unstable tension through the judicious use of tritones – this is a landscape viewed from a precarious standpoint. A different kind of tension builds in Landscape 4, with its brusque chords, strings struck with the wood of the bow, and rapid tremolo. Closing out the recording, Landscape 6 moves in and out of a kind of frantic falsetto voice as Levin swoops across the cello’s upper and lower registers.

Inner Landscape is a fine showcase for Levin’s technical and emotional versatility and an important document of adventurous solo string improvisation.

http://www.cleanfeed-records.com

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

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From NYTimes.com:

American Composers Orchestra (Tuesday) This concert marking the 75th birthday of Philip Glass features the American premiere of his Ninth Symphony. (Fear not, superstitious types; Mr. Glass already has a 10th in the drawer.) Completing the program is Arvo Pärt’s stirring “Lamentate,” featuring the pianist Maki Namekawa. At 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $29 to $82, with limited availability. (Steve Smith)

Eve Beglarian’s RiverProject (Friday and Saturday) Prompted by the 2008 election to get back in touch with America, the composer and singer Ms. Beglarian kayaked and bicycled the length of the Mississippi River; since her return she has translated her findings into music of sophisticated rusticity. On Friday the agit-prop new-music ensemble Newspeak presents the New York premiere of “Waiting for Billy Floyd”; on Saturday Ms. Beglarian performs with the violinist Mary Rowell, the guitarist Taylor Levine and the singer Malcolm J. Merriweather. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (866) 811-4111, abronsartscenter.org; $25, or $15 for students and seniors. (Smith)

Focus! 2012 Festival (Friday, and Monday through Thursday) The Juilliard School provides a gift to the city in this year’s installment of its venerable annual new-music festival: six concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage. It’s a rich selection of nearly 40 works drawn from every period of Cage’s pathbreaking career, from vocal music to compositions for percussion ensemble. That the shows are all free is the icing on the cake. (The finale concert is next Friday.) Friday, and Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m., the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, (212) 769-7406, juilliard.edu; free tickets required. (Woolfe)

Gaudeamus Muziekweek New York (Friday and Saturday) A series mounted by the prestigious Dutch new-music festival Gaudeamus Muziekweek ends with two concerts featuring Ensemble MAE, the successor to the trailblazing Maarten Altena Ensemble. On Friday the International Contemporary Ensemble pitches in for works by Yannis Kyriakides; on Saturday, Iktus Percussion shares a program that includes pieces by Ligeti, Robert Ashley, Michel van der Aa and others. At 7:30 p.m., Issue Project Room, 110 Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $20. (Smith)

David Lang (Friday) A founder of Bang on a Can, with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, Mr. Lang writes in a colorfully accessible, energetic style. His “Little Match Girl Passion,” a wrenching setting of the Hans Christian Andersen story, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and is the centerpiece of this Making Music program, which also includes the New York premiere of Mr. Lang’s “Death Speaks.” The starry cast includes Theater of Voices; Bryce Dessner and Shara Worden on guitars and vocals; the composer Nico Muhly on keyboards; and Owen Pallett on violin and vocals. At 6 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $30, with limited availability. (Kozinn)

Mimesis Ensemble (Saturday) This new-music group offers an appealing program of 20th- and 21st-century works, including Takemitsu’s “Entre-Temps,” Mohammed Fairouz’s “Furia,” Ned Rorem’s “Unquestioned Answer” and Kaija Saariaho’s “Terra Memoria.” At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $15 for students and 65+. (Schweitzer)

February at the Stone

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From New York’s Stone:

2/1 Wednesday
8 pm
Omei

10 pm
Northern Cross

2/2 Thursday (JI)
8 pm
Carlos Giffoni

10 pm
Dust Belt / Dual Action

2/3 Friday (JC)
8 pm
Luke Moldof + Reuben Son
Luke Moldof, Reuben Son

10 pm
Hell Hoarse

2/4 Saturday (DH)
8 pm
Stillbirth

10 pm
Hoor-Paar-Kraat

2/5 Sunday (CB)
8 pm
Kama Rupa

10 pm
Pharmakon

2/6 Monday (MP)
7:30 and 9 pm
NEW MUSIC OBSERVATORY AT THE STONE
BUTCH MORRIS CONDUCTION
7:30—Open Rehearsal
9:00—Performance

2/7 Tuesday (YT)
8 pm
Yellow Tears

10 pm
K.P.

2/8 Wednesday (DH)
8 pm
Twells+Ning Nong

10 pm
Burning Star Core

2/9 Thursday (HB)
8 pm
Withdrawal Method

10 pm
FFH

2/10 Friday (CB)
8 pm
Brian Sullivan

10 pm
Âmes Sanglantes

2/11 Saturday
8 pm
Decimus

10 pm
Stephen Brodsky

2/12 Sunday (JM)
8 pm
Theologian

10 pm
Alberich

2/13 Monday
7:30 and 9 pm
NEW MUSIC OBSERVATORY AT THE STONE
BUTCH MORRIS CONDUCTION
7:30—Open Rehearsal
9:00—Performance

2/14 Tuesday (MM)
8 and 10 pm
JOHN ZORN’S ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY IMPROV MARATHON—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
Come support the Stone at our monthly rent party which is now ONE LONG SET BEGINNING AT 8PM SHARP AND CONTINUES TO 930! Only 75 people will be admitted so arrive early! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

2/15 Wednesday (HB)
8 pm
John Mannion

10 pm
Lussuria

FEBRUARY 16–29
POGUS
CURATED BY AL MARGOLIS
Presenting experimental music from back in the day – and ahead in the night!
Pogus Productions features releases of Electronic, Electro-Acoustic, and Experimental music. Uncompromising, non-commercial, and definitely not for everyone (unfortunately), these releases are geared towards discerning listeners.

2/16 Thursday (CWL)
8 pm
Monique Buzzarté
Monique Buzzarté (trombone) Viv Corringham (voice) Al Margolis (violin, electronics)

10 pm
Totem
Bruce Eisenbeil (guitar) Tom Blancarte (bass) Andrew Drury (drums, percussion)

2/17 Friday
8 pm
Viv Corringham and Elliott Sharp
Viv Corringham (voice, electronics) Elliott Sharp (guitar, electronics)

10 pm
Violet
Violet (prepared zither, flotsam, jetsam) Janel Leppin (cello) Anthony Pirog (guitar)

2/18 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
String Surprise
Al Margolis, Julianne Carney (violins) Nathan Bontrager (cello) James Ilgenfritz (bass)

10 pm
Broadcloth
Anne Rhodes (voice) Adam Matlock (accordion, recorders) Nathan Bontrager (cello)

2/19 Sunday (DDT)
8 pm
Gen Ken Montgomery
Gen Ken Montgomery, Adam Krause
Gen Ken Montgomery (NYC) with Adam Krause (Milwaukee). Moon Ragas.

10 pm
Nate Wooley/Ben Hall
Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ben Hall (percussion)

2/20 Monday (MM)
7:30 and 9 pm
NEW MUSIC OBSERVATORY AT THE STONE
BUTCH MORRIS CONDUCTION
7:30—Open Rehearsal
9:00—Performance

2/21 Tuesday
8 pm
Doug van Nort, Al Margolis and Katherine Liberovskaya
Doug van Nort, Al Margolis (laptops) Katherine Liberovskaya (live video)

10 pm
Dada Frolic
Dan Andreana (computer generated sound) Detta Andreana (micasonic string box) Kevin Geraghty (turntable) Steve Roe (guitar)

2/22 Wednesday (DDT)
8 pm
Tom Hamilton: Oh Solo Meow
Tom Hamilton (electronics)
The now-senior synthesist, all alone for once. Electrical disturbances, instinctive responses, a cry for help.

10 pm
Matthew Ostrowski
Matthew Ostrowwski (glove-driven electronics) Andrea Parkins (objects, electronics)

2/23 Thursday
8 pm
Simon Wickham-Smith
Simon Wickham-Smith (computer)

10 pm
Matthew Schickele—Works for piano and works for voice
Jocelyn Dueck, Erika Switzer, James Johnston (piano) Hai-Ting Chinn (mezzo-soprano)
Works for piano and works for voice

2/24 Friday
8 pm
Mobius Quartet
James Coleman (theremin) Derek Hoffend, Jed Speare (electronics) Tom Plsek (trombone)

10 pm
C. Lavender
C. Lavender (electronics, voice)

2/25 Saturday
8 pm
Ellen Band
Ellen Band (electronics) Yael Acher (flute, electronics)

10 pm
Jim Ivy presents The Fortune
Jim Ivy (sax, electronics) Keaton Orsborn (electronics, visuals) Lucy Bonk (electronics, percussion) John Ajac (text, voice) Mario Schambon (percussion)

2/26 Sunday (NL)
8 pm
Pauline Oliveros
Pauline Oliveros (v accordion)

10 pm
Triple Point
Pauline Oliveros (accordion) Jonas Braasch (soprano sax) Doug Van Nort (electronics)

2/27 Monday (KR)
7:30 and 9 pm
NEW MUSIC OBSERVATORY AT THE STONE
BUTCH MORRIS CONDUCTION
7:30—Open Rehearsal
9:00—Performance

2/28 Tuesday (AC)
8 pm
Bryan Eubanks
Bryan Eubanks (soprano sax, feedback, dsp)

10 pm
Sarah Weaver
Robert Dick (flutes) Jane Ira Bloom (soprano sax) Ned Rothenberg (woodwinds) Dave Taylor (bass trombone) Miya Masaoka (koto) Ursel Schlicht (piano) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) Sarah Weaver (composer, conductor)

2/29 Wednesday (BLG)
8 pm
i’d m thfft able
i’d m thfft able, AJ Cornell, Emilie Mouchous (voice, electronics, stuff)

10 pm
Häßliche Luftmasken
Nick Didkovsky (compositions, electric guitar) Josh Lopes (electric guitar) Jesse Krakow (electric bass) Keith Abrams (drums)

Dusted Reviews

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From Dusted:

Artist: John Wiese
Album: Seven of Wands
Label: Pan

Artist: Steve Reich
Album: WTC 9/11
Label: Nonesuch

Artist: Driphouse
Album: Spectrum 008
Label: Spectrum Spools/Editions Mego

Artist: C. Spencer Yeh
Album: 1975
Label: Intransitive

Artist: Dave Douglas
Album: Three Views
Label: Greenleaf

Artist: My Cat Is An Alien
Album: Living on the Invisible Line
Label: Divorce Records

Artist: Neptune
Album: Silent Partner
Label: Northern Spy

Artist: Hession / Wilkinson / Fell
Album: Two Falls & a Submission
Label: Bo’Weavil