Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

English: Susan Alcorn
English: Susan Alcorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Friday May 25 – 8pm

John Butcher will perform his new work The Geometry of Sentiment, a set of new pieces for acoustic and amplified saxophone developed for the distinctive acoustic space of ISSUE Project Rooms new theater. John Butchers work ranges from improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked saxophone pieces and solo explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.

This performance will also mark the release of the latest album from Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci, (aka Twistycat). Bertucci and Bear use electroacoustic/extended techniques on Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone to explore microtonal harmony, creating simultaneously minimal and lush, structured improvisations that are ornamented with vibraphone and AM radio textures.

Susan Alcorn plays Piazzolla + The Sleeping Utes
Wednesday May 30 – 8PM

Innovator of the pedal steel guitar Susan Alcorn comes to Issue for two evenings. The first night of Susan Alcorns residency will include new arrangements of Astor Piazzolla songs performed with Ryan Sawyer, Steve Swell, Darius Jones, Michael Formanek, Maria Chavez and Country Western Improv group with Skul Sverrison, Ryan Sawyer, C Spencer Yeh, Beverly Keys, and Patrick Holmes.

Susan Alcorn (+)1 (-)1
Thursday May 31 – 8PM

Susan Alcorn (+)1 (-)1 will feature a solo improvised performance by Alcorn followed by (Minus)One, ensemble curated by Janel Leppin, performing Alcorns compositions featuring Janel Leppin with Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Doug Wieselman, Anthony Pirog and Skul Sverrisson.

Sonic Circuits Celebrates John Cage on Saturday in DC

From Facebook Events:

Credo in Us (1942)
STYLUS JS Adams, artistic director; Jeff Bagato, Chester Hawkins, Janel Leppin, Anthony Pirog, Gary Rouzer, Keith Sinzinger

Living Room Music (1940)
Gary Rouzer, Rich O’Meara, Kevin O’Meara, Mike Wingo

Dream (1948)
Daniel Barbiero, double bass Ken Manheimer, dancer

Five (1988)
Anthony Pirog, guitar; Janel Leppin, cello; Erin Flynn, viola; Carrie Ferguson, accordio;n Joe Herrera, trumpet

Solo for Cello (1957-1958)
Janel Leppin, cello

Variations I (1958)
Anthony Pirog, guitar

Suite for Toy Piano (1948)
Carrie Ferguson, toy piano

Ecstatic Summer Events in New York

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New Amsterdam Presents:

New Amsterdam is proud to announce Ecstatic™ Summer, a series of three collaborative concerts, a production of New Amsterdam Presents in association with the Kaufman Center and presented by Arts Brookfield. All concerts are free and open to the public.

On June 30, Merrill Garbus (of indie sensation tUnE-yArDs) will team up once again with the intrepid vocal group Roomful of Teeth and composer William Brittelle for the first time since the 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival. This time, joining the fold will be Judd Greenstein’s ensemble The Yehudim, who will perform from Greenstein’s work Sh’lomo, in addition to performing collaboratively with Garbus, Brittelle, and Roomful of Teeth. The set will include new work by Garbus and Brittelle, along with a performance by Garbus of selections from the tUnE-yArDs catalog with Roomful as backing group. The concert, free and open to the public, will take place outdoors at the World Financial Center Plaza at 7pm. Part of River To River® Festival.

On July 14, sound artist Daniel Lopatin, who performs as Oneohtrix Point Never, will join with fearless string ensemble A Far Cry to unveil a new interpretation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang‘s hour-long work Darker. Lopatin and A Far Cry will also perform selections from Oneohtrix Point Never’s critically acclaimed albums Returnal and Replica, the latter of which was named the Number Six Album of 2011 by Pitchfork. The concert, free and open to the public, will take place at the World Financial Center Winter Garden at 7pm. Part of River To River® Festival.

On August 25, in what promises to be the dance party of the summer (if not the year), Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (who were nominated for a Grammy for their NewAm Records album Infernal Machines) will join with Brooklyn disco stalwarts Escort, creators of “the best disco album of 2011″ (SPIN). Argue will write a new work for the combined ensembles. The concert, free and open to the public, will take place outdoors at the World Financial Center Plaza at 7pm.

JazzWrap Reviews

From JazzWrap:

Alon Nechushtan – Dark Forces (Creative Sources Records; 2011)
McPhee & Haker-Flaten – Brooklyn DNA (Clean Feed; 2012)
Resonance Ensemble – What Country Is This? (Not Two Records; 2012)
Lorenzo Feliciati – Frequent Flyer (Rare Noise Records; 2012)

Red Light New Music at Leonard Nimoy Thalia Reviewed


“Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise,” the composer John Cage said in a 1937 lecture later published as “The Future of Music: Credo.” Noise, Cage contended, constituted a disturbance only when you try to ignore it: “When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.” That quotation appeared atop a news release describing “Music in Layers,” a concert presented by the composers’ collective Red Light New Music on Monday evening at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space.