Upcoming Eyal Maoz Shows

From Eyal Maoz:

Crazy Slavic Band, and other Ethnix ensembles event at The Tank
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor. Manhattan, New York City.
Cover price: $8-10
Event website: http://www.thetanknyc.org/
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214708

EDOM at the Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival
A celebration of avant-garde and experimental Jewish music
Date: Wednesday, May 9 at 8 PM till 10 PM
Venue: Sixth St. Synagogue.
Venues address: The Sixth Street Community Synagogue | 325 E. Sixth Street | New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212.473.3665
Event URL: http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/special-events/

Play, with Guy Barash, Frank London, Eyal Maoz at the Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival
A celebration of avant-garde and experimental Jewish music
Date: Wednesday, May 10 at 8 PM till 10 PM
Venue: Sixth St. Synagogue.
Venues address: The Sixth Street Community Synagogue | 325 E. Sixth Street | New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212.473.3665
Event URL: http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/special-events/

Eavesdropping: Play, with Guy Barash, Frank London, Eyal Maoz and Adam Matta + Ambiguous Kafka
Venue: The Tank
Date: Thursday May 24, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue address: 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor. Manhattan, New York City.
Cover price: $8-10
Event website: http://www.thetanknyc.org/
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214710

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Scott Fields (b. September 30, 1956 in Chicago...
Scott Fields (b. September 30, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois), is a guitarist, composer and band leader. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Squid’s Ear:

Various Artists – PRES Revisited: Jozef Patkowski In Memoriam
(Bolt)

Ruins Alone – (self-titled)
(Skin Graft)

Tetuzi Akiyama / Takuji Kawai – Transition
(Ftarri)

Scott Fields Ensemble – Frail Lumber
(Not Two)

The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide – Shinjuku Crawl
(Smalltown Superjazzz)

Max Eastley – Installation Recordings (1973-2008)
(Paradigm Discs)

John Cage Festival in Chicago

John Cage
John Cage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Aperiodic, the festival takes place this weekend, April 13-15, and features the following performances:

3 Chance operations
Cage might be best known for using chance to govern his music. “He wanted to rid himself from the composer’s ego,” says Epstein. Cage used the Chinese numerology book the I Ching to decide how to make complex choices, and he even occasionally rolled dice. Taking a page from the composer, we rolled a die to choose how to number these concepts.

6 Improvisation
“When we think of Cage, we think of him being crazy and radical,” Epstein says. “But he was not a proponent of improv—he didn’t want taste to be expressed.” In the mid-1970s, Cage became more open to it, and created the semi-improvisational Child of a Tree (Curtiss Hall, 410 S Michigan Ave; Sun 15 at 4pm). In the piece, Cage instructs the performer to make music by strumming plant material.

2 Percussion music
“There were only a dozen or so percussion ensembles before Cage,” says Epstein, whose percussionist father played Cage’s music when she was growing up. The festival presents an early piece, Quartet (Curtiss Hall, 410 S Michigan Ave; Sun 15 at 4pm), played by members of the Percussion Art Ensemble and the Improvisation Unit. In it, Cage dictated the use of “unspecified instruments,” which could include anything from timpani to pans clanging together.

1 Choral music
In his music for voices, Cage often eschewed traditional notation (think notes on a staff). For Aria, presented in the festival by Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St; Sat 14 at 1:30pm), Cage created sheet music with curved colored lines meant to give the singer pitch and style cues. Each hue corresponds to a style of the singer’s choosing. For example, red could be Kristin Chenoweth–like and green could sound folksy. “He approached notation from a different perspective,” Epstein says.

5 Collaboration
Cage collaborated with a host of choreographers, artists and even other composers. Often, this allowed him to bring in a chance element—as with the score of “Double Music” (Curtiss Hall, 410 S Michigan Ave; Sun 15 at 4pm), cowritten sight unseen by Lou Harrison. Cage notably repeatedly partnered with choreographer Merce Cunningham. Their Variations V (Collaboraction, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, room 300; Sat 14 at 7, 9pm) receives a contemporary update by sound artist Julia Miller and others, including Enid Smith, a dancer who worked under Cunningham before his death in 2009.

4 Number Pieces
Epstein’s favorite works come from Cage’s Number Pieces, a body of compositions titled by a two-number system. For example, the sixth quartet in the series is called Four 6 (Curtiss Hall, 410 S Michigan Ave; Sun 15 at 4pm), presented in the fest by Chance Operations Collective of Kalamazoo. Cage toiled on these from 1987 until his death in 1992.

Upcoming International Contemporary Ensemble Events

From the International Contemporary Ensemble:

CHICAGO
One Hundred Names | Rebekah Heller, solo bassoon at MoCP
April 20, 2012 | 7:30pm

NEW YORK
Changing Light | Music of Saariaho at Roulette
May 2, 2012 | 8:00pm

BOSTON
Composer Portrait: Kaija Saariaho | ICE at the Gardner Museum
May 3, 2012 | 8:00pm

COLOGNE, GERMANY
ICE NYC at EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne
May 5, 2012 | 8:00pm

COLOGNE, GERMANY
Cage On-Demand | Music of John Cage at EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne
May 6, 2012 | 8:00pm

WASHINGTON DC
Music of Michel van der Aa at the Phillips Collection
May 10, 2012 | 8:00pm

WASHINGTON DC
ICElab at Atlas Performing Arts
May 17, 2012 | 8:00pm

RESTON, VA
ICElab at Reston
May 19, 2012 | 10:00am

NEW YORK
Composer Portrait: Georges Aperghis | Conducted by Ludovic Morlot
May 24, 2012 | 7:59pm

CHICAGO
ICE Solo (2) at Corbett vs. Dempsey | Tony Arnold, voice
May 25, 2012 | 6:30pm

CHICAGO
Georges Aperghis and the New Generation | ICElab on the MCA Stage, conducted by Ludovic Morlot
May 26, 2012 | 7:30pm

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...
Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) 13/1/08) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Thur 12 | 8.30pm £9

WorldService Project & Tribraco
WSP’s fourth Match&Fuse adventure teams them up with Italian quartet Tribraco. Led by keyboardist Dave Morecroft, WSP is “music for the head as well as the feet” (the jazzmann.com) with the “jazz-infused nu-funk” (The Guardian) also featuring Tim Ower (saxophones), Raph Clarkson (trombone), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Neil Blandford (drums).

Tribraco formed in Rome in 2004, by Lorenzo Tarducci (guitar, loop machine) with Valerio Lucenti (bass), Tommaso Moretti (drums), Dario Cesarini (guitar, loop machine, effects).

Like tight-rope walkers, these musicians run a fine balance between the structured composition and free improvisation, syncopated and pressing rhythms…which they describe as pyscho jazz rock.

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Sat 14 | 7.30pm £7

The Local has teamed up with Sleepsound Agency to present ‘The Dalston Residency’ – a a multi-venue musical showcase of innovative modern electrical and acoustic music from England’s shores and a little bit further abroad, spread over a weekend.

Richard Knox & Frederic D Oberland
Richard Knox and Frederic D. Oberland Perform “The Rustle of the Stars”.
450 km from the Arctic Circle, ’The Rustle of the Stars’ is a phenomenon of austere beauty, a barely audible noise that occurs when the draught from human breath causes multiple collisions among the ice micro-crystals in the air.

Clem Leek
Clem Leek is a UK-based composer and multi-instrumentalist (piano, violin, guitar, and various other instruments). He studied at Bath Spa University and earned a Creative Arts degree and a Masters in Music Composition.

He finds inspiration among his neo-classical contemporaries such as Max Richter, Keith Kenniff, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and Dustin O’Halloran as well as minimalist pioneers Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

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Sun 15 | 8.30pm £8

Mopomoso – the best in free improvisation
Now in their 21st anniversary year, Mopomoso is the UK’s longest concert series dedicated to improvised music.

Matt Hutchinson / Dave Solomon
Constantly inventive interplay from Matt Hutchinson (piano) / Dave Solomon (drums), two veterans of free improvisation with credits including Mike Osborne, The Flying Lizards, The Chris Burn Ensemble and Danny Adler’s Roogalator on a highly enjoyable and fiery musical safari.

Viv Corringham / Alison Blunt
Very pleased that a visit from the U.S.A by vocalist Corringham allows her to once again joins forces with the prolific Alison Blunt on violin. A duo that extends and challenges perceptions whilst reassuring a faith in all things musical. Always a delight.

Pascal Marzan / John Russell
Two of the finest free improvising guitar players around today in a long standing duo that has delighted audiences both here and abroad. Pascal Marzan and John Russell explore all aspects of their nylon and steel strung instruments and from quite different starting points they converge in a transparent, tightly knit music.

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Mon 16 | 8.30pm £8

Born to Brew
Featuring Matthew Bourne & Sean Noonan

Psychedelic storytelling Improvisation duets between Sean Noonan (drum set and vocals) and Matthew Bourne (analog keyboards/piano).

‘Born to Brew’ is a fermentation of shape-shifting improvisations, stories of minimalism and intoxication that wander through dense soundscapes. Picture Cecil Taylor and Samuel Beckett out on a night of romance and in quest of a good bar fight.

N.E.W
The unstoppable power trio of Steve Noble (drums), John Edwards (bass) and Alex Ward (guitar) return to the club.

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Tue 17 | 8.30pm £10

Anker, Taborn, Cleaver
Three top improvisers with a strong intuitive sense and attentiveness, Lotte Anker (saxophones), Craig Taborn (piano) and Gerald Cleaver (drums) play adventurous music that can be intensely hypnotic and dense but also beautifully fragile.

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Thur 19 | 8.30pm £10

Parker, Edwards
Saxophonist Evan Parker’s monthly free improvisation residency.