Los Angeles / SoCal Scene

Vladimir UssachevskyFrom LA Composers Forum:

Friday, February 3, 8pm
The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music, Evening I begins with works by Frances White, HyeKyung Lee, Benjamin Broening, Tom Flaherty, Barry Werger-Gottesman / Bill Alves, and Nina Young. Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay (piano), Tom Flaherty (cello), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Roger Lebow (cello), William Peterson (organ), Gary Bovner (clarinet), Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin (robots), and the Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks (conductor). Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont | Free

From Cryptogramophone:

Friday, February 3, 8:30pm
The Jazz Bakery’s Movable Feast Presents Trio M: Myra Melford (piano), Mark Dresser (contrabass), Matt Wilson (drums) in concert. Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood | $25 / $15 students

From blue whale:

Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
blue whale presents a double-bill Saturday night, with the Trevor Dunn / Travis LaPlante Duo at 7:30, and at 9pm Ben Wendel will present his new CD release, with Ben Wendel (saxes, bassoon), Tigran Hamasyan (piano), Adam Benjamin (fender rhodes, piano), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dave Robaire (bass), and Nate Wood (drums). blue whale, 123 astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown Los Angeles | $15

From Sundays Live:

Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
LACMA Art & Music presents the Eclipse Quartet with vocalist Perla Batalla, performing selections by Ruth Crawford Seeger and Meredith Monk. The Eclipse Quartet is Sara Parkins (violin), Sarah Thornblade (violin), Alma Fernandez (viola), and Maggie Parkins (cello). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (mid-Wilshire), Los Angeles | $25 / $18 members and seniors / $5 students

From LA Composers Forum:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
The Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music, Evening II begins with works by Frank Stemper, Benjamin Broening, Eric Moe, Barry Schrader, Frederick Lesemann, and Olivier Messiaen. Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay (piano), Tom Flaherty (cello), Cynthia Fogg (viola), Roger Lebow (cello), William Peterson (organ), Gary Bovner (clarinet), Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin (robots), and the Pomona College Band with Graydon Beeks (conductor). Bridges Hall of Music, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont | Free

From FaceBook:

Saturday, February 4, 8pm
Open Gate Theatre presents The Moose Heard, “Vondell Vu” – Improvisations with Electronics, curated by Stephanie Cheng Smith, with performers Daniel Eaton (trombone, electronics), Carmina Escobar (voice, electronics, a little bit of salsa dancing), Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir (viola, electronics), and Stephanie Cheng Smith (violin, electronics). Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 West Arden Ave., Glendale | $10

From CalArts:

Sunday, February 5, 4pm
CalArts presents The Long Books: John Cage’s Complete ‘Song Books’, performed in the Main Gallery, L-Shape Gallery, Roy O. Disney Music Hall Foyer, and Main Reception Area. This is a complete performance of the Song Books by John Cage. California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

From Sundays Live:

Sunday, February 5, 6pm
LACMA presents pianist Bruce Brubaker in a concert of new music by Phillip Glass, Missy Mozzoli, Nico Mulhy, and Meredith Monk. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (mid-Wilshire), Los Angeles | Free

From the wulf:

Sunday, February 5, 5pm/8pm
Legendary Tokyo guitarist and composer Taku Sugimoto joins Michael Pisaro and the Dog Star Orchestra for two concerts and a grillout. At 5pm, a group of 16 musicians will premiere a new, 50-minute piece co-written by Sugimoto and Pisaro. At 8pm, Sugimoto and Pisaro will take turns playing each other’s guitar solos (Pisaro’s melody, silence and a new piece written by Sugimoto), with grillout in between concerts courtesy of Dr. Hildestad as chef. Taku Sugimoto and Michael Pisaro (guitars) with the Dog Star Orchestra (Winter, 2012): Casey Anderson (computer), Matt Barbier (trombone), Eric KM Clark (violin), Devin Disanto (clarinet), Paul Fraser (trumpet), Kristin Haraldsdottir (viola), Stefan Kac (tuba), Ingrid Lee (piano) Daniel Letourneau (guitar), Heather Lockie (viola), Sepand Shahab (keyboard), Cassia Streb (viola), Christine Tavolacci (flute), and Chaz Underriner (guitar). the wulf, 1026 South Santa Fe Ave. #203, downtown Los Angeles | Free, donations accepted

From Open Gate Theatre:

Sunday, February 5, 7pm
From Open Gate Theatre presents the Sunday Evening Concert with GongFarmer and Corey Fogel. Corey Fogel (drums) will begin the evening with a solo set, followed by Gongfarmer – Jim McAuley (acoustic guitars, Marxophone), Andrew Pask (woodwinds), Mary MacQueen (bass, voice, recorders), and Alan Cook (drums, percussion). Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock | $10 / students, seniors, and series performers half price.

From musicweb UCSD:

Monday, February 6, 12pm(noon)
Diagenesis Duo gives its California debut. The duo, dedicated to performing new music, is made up of UCSD cellist Jennifer Bewerse and Montana-based soprano Heather Barnes. This concert will feature the world premiere of two pieces from the Diagenesis American Folksong Project: Just Lonesome by Aaron Jay Myers and Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair by Scott Ordway. They will also perform Hands and Lips of Wind, by Mischa Salkind-Pearl and excerpts from James Kallembach’s 11 Songs to the Poems of Anne Bradstreet, both of which they commissioned and premiered in 2011. University of California, San Diego, CPMC Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla | Free

From FaceBook:

Tuesday, February 7, 8:30pm
The Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet featuring Norton Wisdom will perform at the blue whale. The Anthony Shadduck Double Quartet features Tom McNalley (guitar), Brian Walsh (bass clarinet), Adam Goodwin (contrabass), Alan Cook (drums), Jeff Kaiser (trumpet), Alex Sadnik (alto sax), Anthony Shadduck (contrabass), and Ted Byrnes (drums), with Norton Wisdom performing live painting. blue whale, 123 astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, downtown Los Angeles | $10

From CalArts:

Tuesday, February 7, 8pm
CalArts presents Off the Grid II, an evening of live, improvised electronic music. California Institute of the Arts, The Wild Beast Music Pavillion, 24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia | Free

From Santa Barbara New Music Series:

Thursday, February 9, 8pm
The Santa Barbara New Music series presents a double bill of New Music. The first set will be Anna Abbey, Jim Connolly, and Colter Frazier; a band that is yet nameless. Tunes that are created for this performance and never played again using the Mini Piano, Bass, Voices, Banjo, Bibber box, musical saw. The second set will be PLOTZ!, blending the sounds of Eastern European folk music with progressive rock and creative jazz improvisation, featuring Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), Gavin Templeton (saxophone), Brian Walsh (clarinet, saxophone), Jake Vossler (guitar), Orest Balaban (bass), and Austin Wrinkle (drums). Muddy Waters Cafe, 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara | $8


Sound Icon presents Georg Friedrich Haas’s ‘in vain’

From the Boston Globe, a preview of tonight’s performance:

Haas has been linked to spectral music, a style of composing that centers around the acoustic properties of sound. While Haas himself does not use that label, much of his music – “in vain’’ especially – is devoted to creating rich, strange clusters of sound. To do this, Haas makes extensive use of both overtones – the higher frequencies of a note – and microtones – notes that fall between the 12 that we customarily use to divide up the scale.

February at Roulette

Roswell Rudd at Jazzfestival Frankfurt
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From New York’s Roulette:

S.E.M. Ensemble: 70th birthday celebration for Petr Kotik
Tue Feb 7 – 8:00 PM

INTERPRETATIONS: Thomas Buckner performs Robert Ashley, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Anne Guthrie, Narong Prangcharoen, + Kit Young
Thu Feb 9 – 8:00 PM

Roswell Rudd Quartet
Fri Feb 10 – 8:00 PM

SOUNDCORRIDORS: Sound Engaging Architecture
Sun Feb 12 – 5:00 PM

IRIS – Andrea Parkins, Hans Tammen, Didier Petit, Edward Perraud
Mon Feb 13 – 8:30 PM

XPRMNTL <3 FSTVL: Terri Hanlon Meringue Diplomacy (featuring David Behrman, Gisburg, Eric Barsness)/ The Chutneys (featuring Fast Foward, Chris Cochrane, Gelsey Bell)
Tue Feb 14 – 8:00 PM

XPRMNTL <3 FSTVL: Gabrielle Herbst / John Leland / Eyebodega
Wed Feb 15 – 8:00 PM

XPRMNTL <3 FSTVL: Loren Mazzacane Connors / Jim Staley & Zeena Parkins / Sam Mickens String Quartet
Thu Feb 16 – 8:00 PM

XPRMNTL <3 FSTVL: Greg Fox / Metal Tongues / Hubble
Fri Feb 17 – 8:00 PM

XPRMNTL <3 FSTVL: ESP TV taping hosted by Sam Mickens featuring Little Women, Grasshopper, MV Carbon w/ C Spencer Yeh, and Amanda Long (curated by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie)
Sat Feb 18 – 8:00 PM

Audrey Chen / Jeremiah Cymerman + Nate Wooley + Brian Chase
Fri Feb 24 – 8:00 PM

Newsbits: No Idea Festival, Eri Yamamoto, Dal Niente, Tony Levin Memorial

Mike Patton a bologna

The No Idea Festival hits San Antonio on Monday, and features Gill Arnò Korean Bonnie Jones, Jason Lescalleet, Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks, and Vic Rawlings.

A new Eri Yamamoto Trio release will be out on AUm Fidelity this April.

Ensemble Dal Niente presents Mark Andre, Saturday, March 3, 2012, 8:00pm, at DePaul University Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL. Tickets $20 general, $10 students, available at door. Featuring Winston Choi, piano; Mabel Kwan, piano; Greg Beyer, percussion. Works include MARK ANDRE (b.1964): zu staub (2005) for ensemble, ANDRE: durch (2004) for saxophone, percussion, and piano [NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE], ANDRE: Contrapunctus (1998-1999) for piano, ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945): Quartett, op. 2 (1930) for clarinet, saxophone, violin, piano, JOHN CAGE (1912-1992): Child of Tree (1975) for percussionist, CAGE: Sonata 14 and 15 (1948) for prepared piano.

Mike Patton and Trey Spruance are recording together. Rumors of a Mr Bungle reunion shall now commence.

A memorial to the drummer Tony Levin, who passed away a year ago, will be held tonight in Birmingham, and will include Art Themen (saxes) (a regular at the club in the 1980s), Jean Toussaint (saxes), Steve Melling (piano), Fred Baker (guitar and bass), Chris Bolton (bass), Paul Dunmall (saxes), Mark Fletcher (drums), and Tony’s son, Miles Levin, on drums.

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Ecstatic Music Festival (Saturday and Tuesday through Thursday) Returning for a second year, this eclectic, exhilarating series plants a flag in the common ground shared by contemporary classical music, progressive jazz and adventurous rock. Lighting the fuse on Saturday night is the pop polymath Jherek Bischoff, who performs with the Wordless Music Orchestra and a starry cast of alt-rock vocalists. Tuesday’s program pairs the versatile composers Sxip Shirey and Angélica Negrón; on Wednesday, the chamber ensemble yMusic plays with Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire) and Son Lux. And on Thursday, the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry collaborates with the indie bands Slow Six and This Will Destroy You. At 7:30 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330, kaufman-center.org; $25; $15 for students; $175 for a festival pass. (Smith)

Focus! 2012 Festival (Friday) The Juilliard School is celebrating the centennial of the avant-garde composer John Cage with six concerts featuring a wide range of his works. The festival concludes on Friday with music for chamber orchestra, performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs. At 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 769-7406, lincolncenter.org, juilliard.edu; free tickets required. (Vivien Schweitzer)

JACK Quartet and Signal (Tuesday) Two of New York’s most energetic and finely polished new-music groups collaborate on a free concert of complex but vital music by Helmut Lachenmann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis. At 5:30 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799, millertheater.com. (Allan Kozinn)

Music of Now Marathon (Saturday) Symphony Space has been transforming itself into a hub of new-music activity in recent years, and as it did last season, it is contributing to the citywide Composers Now Festival with a full-immersion overview of recent works, for which the composer Laura Kaminsky, the space’s artistic director, is curator. The eight-hour Music of Now Marathon includes works by nearly 30 composers, among them Valerie Coleman, Scott Eyerly, Anthony Korf, Fernando Otero, Kevin Puts, Neil Rolnick, Sheila Silver, Bernadette Speach, Matt Sullivan, Richard Wernick, Richard Wilson, Xinyan Li and Evan Ziporyn. At 4 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $15. (Kozinn)

Tactus (Tuesday) Jeffrey Milarsky leads the energetic young musicians of Tactus, one of the Manhattan School of Music’s signature ensembles, in a program of modernist classics that includes Stockhausen’s “Kreuzspiel” (“Crossplay”); two works by Stravinsky (the “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto and “Pribaoutki”); Pierre Boulez’s “Mémoriale (… explosante-fixe …)”; and Peter Lieberson’s “Raising the Gaze.” At 7:30 p.m., Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, 122nd Street and Broadway, Morningside Heights, (917) 493-4428, msmnyc.edu; free. (Kozinn)