Newsbits: Dewar / Laswell / Collier / Feldman / Grimes

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Theatre Intangible has a podcast of Andrew Raffo Dewar’s October Nashville performance.

Bill Laswell is interviewed regarding his latest projects.

A posthumous Graham Collier 2CD release is on the way.

Red Light New Music is featuring The Viola In My Life: The Influence of Morton Feldman, Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 8pm at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space ($15 / $12 students and seniors).

A recent show of the Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble is reviewed.

Ben Goldberg, Jeff Parker, and Ches Smith kick off San Diego’s fresh sound series.

Henry Grimes plays in Israel this week.


Upcoming in Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music:

WED. 2/22, 7:30 PM – Viva Vocalists (student ensemble of the Fisher Ensemble) presents two one-act operas from the Golden Age of television: Kurt Weill‘s Down in the Valley (1945-48) and Douglas Moore‘s Gallantry (1958).

THU. 2/23, 8 PM – Jim Bartz/StringStation, atmospheric music using an amazing new electric guitar/digital hybrid instrument

FRI. 2/24, 8 PM – Beth Fleenor in her Crystal Beth incarnation leads you into altered states

SAT. 2/25, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents pianist Adam Tendler performing John Cage’s complete Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano

FRI. 3/2, 8 PM – Seattle Composers’ Salon, new music by Jay Hamilton, Clement Reid, John Teske, Terry Wergeland

SAT. 3/3, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Electro-Gals, a collective of women making electronic music. This one features Heather Perkins (Portland), Briana Marela (Olympia), and Christi Denton (Portland)

THU. 3/8 – Andy Clausen and the Wishbone Project, CD release concert

FRI. 3/9 – Monktail Creative Music Concern Composers Series, Vol. 8

SAT. 3/10 – electroacoustic music from Los Angeles by Yann Novak + Robert Crouch + Sublamp

FRI. 3/16 – Hollow Earth Radio’s Magma Festival presents four trios of multiples: Angelina Baldoz, Samantha Boshnack, Lesli Dalaba (trumpets); Beth Fleenor, Paul Hoskin, Jenny Ziefel (clarinets); Byron Au Yong, Tari Nelson-Zagar, Paul Rucker (strings); Stuart Dempster, Paul Kikuchi, Susie Kozawa (percussion/objects)

SAT. 3/17 – Seattle Pianist Collective, program TBA

SAT. 3/24 – Hollow Earth Radio’s Magma Festival – Figeater, King Tears Bat Trip, WA, T’th & Hare’

THU. 3/29, 7:30 PM – DoubleSharp presents Russian pianist Anton Batagov performing music of Philip Glass and Debussy

FRI. 3/30, 7:30 PM – DoubleSharp presents Russian pianist Anton Batagov performing music of Anton Batagov



February 16, 2012
Dave Rempis & Joshua Abrams, Elastic, Chicago
Dave Rempis Josh Abrams

February 16, 2012
Helen Gillet & Michael Zerang, Elastic, Chicago
Helen Gillet Michael Zerang

February 15, 2012
Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack, Hideout, Chicago
Anton Hatwich Jason Stein Jen Clare Paulson Kyle Bruckmann Tim Daisy

February 13, 2012
Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Beat Kitchen, Chicago
Brian Sandstrom Jim Baker Joe Adamik Mars Williams

Upcoming Orlando Shows

From Orlando’s The CM5:

Sunday, February 26th 2012
Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day @ the Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission

Sunday, March 25th 2012
cm5 One and One Series:
Jaap Blonk solo and Fred Ho solo @ the Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission

Sunday, April 1st 2012
cm5 All-Trombone Affair
Wolter Wierbos solo and David Manson’s SWARM for trombone octet @ the Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission

Sunday, April 8th 2012
Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Oscar Noriega, Trevor Dunn and Jim Black)
@ the Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission

Sunday, July 8th 2012
Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston @ the Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:30 pm, free admission

American Mavericks Festival

This festival takes place across four cities in the month of March.

Additional shows, not part of the formal listings, are: Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, The Kitchen hosts Instrumentals, two evenings of music presented in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks festival. The finale of the weekend is a presentation by composer Peter Gordon of the late Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals (1975), and is preceded by new music from William Basinski, Mary Halvorson and Tristan Perich. Curated by Nick Hallett, the performances will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Tickets are $15.

San Francisco

Premiere Screening of LOU HARRISON: A World of Music
A film by Eva Soltes
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 7pm Castro Theater
For information and tickets, visit

Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 8pm
Friday, March 9, 2012 | 8pm

MTT and the San Francicso Symphony present American Mavericks, works of composers who created a new American musical voice for the 20th century and beyond. This celebration of the independent spirit of composition in this country begins with two orchestral transcriptions, the first by Brant of Ives’ famous Concord Piano Sonata and the second by Copland of his own Piano Variations. Lou Harrison’s Concerto is at times grand and energetic, but also delicate and haunting. All told, it is a spellbinding listening experience.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 8pm
Wednnesday, March 14, 2012 | 8pm

Three of the most distinctive vocalists today will participate in an American Mavericks performance involving John Cage’s Song Books. Jessye Norman, with her ability to project drama throughout her vocal range, will join Meredith Monk and Joan La Barbara, who never cease to amaze with their experimental and extended vocal techniques. Cowell, in his Piano Concerto, chooses to treat the piano as much as a percussive instrument as a melodic one, in characteristic Cowell fashion. Jeremy Denk performs the three movements, entitled “Polyharmony,” “Tone Cluster,” and “Counter Rhythm.”

Sunday, March 11, 2012 | 2pm

The American Mavericks explored every sound that a full orchestra could make, but they also composed fascinating and invigorating chamber music. Hear intriguing chamber works from the composers whose music will shape the next 100 years.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 8pm
Friday, March 16, 2012 | 8pm
Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 8pm

Two world premieres by Bay Area residents round out the American Mavericks concerts. Mason Bates, who is also the San Francisco Symphony’s Project San Francisco composer, brings his individual style of electronica and choral writing to Mass Transmission. And John Adams introduces Absolute Jest, featuring the St. Lawrence String Quartet and based on fragments of Beethoven scherzos. Rounding out the evening is pianist Emanuel Ax with the SFS in Feldman’s work of free-floating rhythms and slowly evolving sounds, Piano and Orchestra. The Orchestra reprises its highly praised performance of Varèse’s Amériques.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 2pm

The American Mavericks explored every sound that a full orchestra could make, but they also composed fascinating and invigorating chamber music. Hear intriguing chamber works from the composers whose music will shape the next 100 years in a special chamber music concert.

Ann Arbor

Four Nights, Four Programs

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 2012 | 8 pm
Saturday, March 24 | 8 pm
Sunday, March 25 2012 | 4 pm

As part of its centennial season, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will present the second American Mavericks Festival, which will tour in its entirety to only two US venues: Hill Auditorium and Carnegie Hall. The 2012 festival celebrates the creative pioneering spirit and the composers who created a new American musical voice for the 20th century and beyond. These concerts will examine the music of iconoclastic, revolutionary composers championed by MTT and the SFS, such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Carl Ruggles, Edgard Varèse, and Charles Ives, and expand the maverick roster through two commissions by Bay Area composers John Adams and Mason Bates. Concerts will feature performances by longtime SFS collaborators Jessye Norman, Emanuel Ax, Meredith Monk, Jeremy Denk, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, among others.

This final concert features 17 musicians from the San Francisco Symphony performing chamber music. American mavericks explored every sound that a full orchestra could make, but they also composed fascinating, and invigorating, chamber music. This concert features intriguing chamber works from composers whose music will shape the decades to come.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 8pm

The San Francisco Symphony, famous for its electrifying performances and adventurous, engaging programming, celebrates its 100th anniversary this season. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, a champion of contemporary and American music, conducts works from his American Mavericks Festival, including a new piece by Bay Area resident and legendary composer John Adams and an orchestral arrangement of Ives’ Concord Sonata, which pays homage to the great American literary figures of the 19th century.

New York

Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 3pm

Sometimes new music is challenging; with Alarm Will Sound, it’s mind-blowing. Playing the most innovative performances of contemporary classical music with fierce talent and enjoyment, this 20-member ensemble is “as close to being a rock band as a chamber orchestra can be” (The New York Times). Alarm Will Sound delves into an eclectic mix of repertoire, from music by ground-breaking modern composers like John Adams to reinterpretations of the Beatles’ experimental Revolution 9 and trippy songs by the Dirty Projectors. In addition to this concert, Alarm Will Sound will perform later this March on Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks series.

Sunday March 18, 2012 | 4pm

Violinist Jennifer Koh can be summed up like this: daring, vivacious, and brilliant. Collaborating with the most ground-breaking contemporary composers on the scene, Koh traces the threads connecting new music to music of the past. As part of Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks festival, this program features works by American composers Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, Missy Mazzoli, and Lou Harrison, including a piece written expressly for Koh by Higdon. Koh describes her career as a musician: “I always knew I wanted music in my life, but I never thought of this as a career—I got an English degree at Oberlin. I almost feel as though the career is a side note to the act of studying to be a musician. The work process is what I love most, and performance is just a part of that process.”

Friday March 23, 2012 | 8pm

To see Lisa Moore perform is to be ushered into a world of mesmerizing theatricality and compelling emotional power. “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” (The New Yorker), Moore is an Australian long based in and around New York, carving a niche for herself in the city’s vibrant new music scene. She was the founding pianist for the revolutionary and wildly entertaining ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, and has collaborated with the world’s most famous composers, including Iannis Xenakis, Elliott Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Meredith Monk.

Sunday March 25, 2012 | 3pm

Four wicked players creating an explosion of sound: The JACK Quartet is the new definition of the modern-day string quartet. Presented as part Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks series, these electrifying young musicians are dedicated to commissioning and performing new works by the most ground-breaking composers, while delivering vibrant performances with overflowing energy. They tackle music by modernist composers Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger, and then team up onstage with composer-guitarist Steven Mackey on his own composition Physical Property.

Monday, March 26, 2012 | 7:30pm

No one did more to change how we think about music—how we listen to it, make it, perform it—than John Cage. As part of American Mavericks at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn-based ensemble So Percussion fetes this challenging composer, who was born 100 years ago in Los Angeles, and whose influence is felt today almost everywhere in American music.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 8pm

The San Francisco Symphony begins its American Mavericks residency at Carnegie Hall with a spectacular, ground-shaking ode to our country from the 1920s by a Frenchman who found creative sustenance right here in the Big Apple. Also on the program is music from John Cage’s enigmatic Song Books with Jessye Norman, Meredith Monk, and Joan La Barbara, and the New York premiere of John Adams’s Absolute Jest.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 8pm

On its second concert at Carnegie Hall as part of American Mavericks, the San Francisco Symphony presents Carl Ruggles’s Sun-Treader, whose title comes from a Robert Browning poem, and an orchestration of Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata, inspired by New England’s transcendentalists. Ruggedly nonconformist, these works are matched with the no-less-individualistic music of iconoclast Morton Feldman.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 8:30pm

Music by two West Coast composers with a penchant for melding seemingly disparate sounds frames this American Mavericks event, starting with a piece for electronica and chorus by Oakland-based Mason Bates. Organist Paul Jacobs joins an unorthodox ensemble that includes plumbers’ pipes and oxygen-tank bells in Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra.

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 8:30pm

American Mavericks concludes with a concert that reflects the range of music that defines the maverick spirit: The human voice stretched to its limit by Meredith Monk; electronic theater music by Morton Subotnik; pulsing music by Steve Reich; and Lukas Foss’s experimentalism grounded in the European tradition.

Upcoming Buffalo Shows: Wadada / Cage / Ballister / Shipp

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From Buffalo, New York’s Hallwalls:

Friday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet & Double Quartet
Asbury Hall, Babeville
$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet, compostion)
Angelica Sanchez (piano)
John Lindberg (contrabass)
Pheeroan Aklaff (drums)
Jonathan Golove (cello)
Steve Baczkowski (saxophone)
Omar Tamez (guitar)
John Bacon (percussion)

Hallwalls is pleased to present a rare and extraordinary artist residency project with internationally-renowned American master of sound and form, trumpet player/composer/improviser Wadada Leo Smith and his Golden Quartet. The Golden Quartet features three master musicians in their own right; bassist John Lindberg, drummer Pheeroan akLaff and pianist Angelica Sanchez. They will be joined by a long-active Buffalo-based ensemble featuring percussionist John Bacon, cellist Jonathan Golove, saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez. The two quartets will collaborate on a performance of music selections from Mr. Smith’s master work Ten Freedom Summers, a tribute to the American Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Smith will also conduct a workshop with students from Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts.

Tuesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m.
UB Percussion Ensemble performs John Cage
$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members
Tom Kolor directs the UB Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.
$12 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 members
Dave Rempis (alto/baritone saxophone)
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)
Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)

Ballister is happy to announce the release of their second cd “Mechanisms” on Clean Feed Records, set to coincide with a seven-concert North American Tour in April. Featuring Chicagoans Dave Rempis (saxophones), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), alongside famed Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, the tour promises to be one of the highlights of the spring season for fans of jazz and improvised music.

Sunday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Matthew Shipp Trio
$12 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 members
Matthew Shipp (piano)
Michael Bisio (contrabass)
Whit Dickey (drums)

Hallwalls is pleased to announce the Buffalo debut of the Matthew Shipp Trio. Following 2011’s spectacular The Art Of The Improviser LP, Shipp’s Trio celebrates the upcoming release of Elastic Aspects on Thirsty Ear Recordings.

Musique Machine Reviews

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From Musique Machine:

Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Broken.Heart.Collector – Self Titled
Moloch – Blacker Than Darkness
Cyclo – ID
Shazzula Nebula/Various Artists – Black Mass Rising(DVD)
Dead Body Collection – Laryngeal Carcinoma
Ghost – Untitled
Small Hours – Untitled
Static Mantra – Untitled
Gender Sabotage / Ritual Stance – Third Gender / Bare Upon The Altar
Traitors – Recluse
Loincloth – Iron Balls of Steel
Negru Voda – Våld De Luxe
Tomas Phillips – Quartet for Instruments