Monday Evening Concerts 2012-13 Schedule

From LA’s Monday Evening Concerts:

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Alexei Lubimov
At once elegantly simple and deeply weird, Erik Satie’s music for a mystery play, “The Son of the Stars,” offers a lens through which to rediscover a bunch of Debussy preludes and some haunting pieces by the young John Cage. Alexei Lubimov, who gave an extraordinary concert here two seasons back, has won huge acclaim for the pure fire of his recent recordings of Debussy and Cage, and for his mesmerizing Satie performances. He is joined by outstanding local musicians in a magical piece, very much in the Satie tradition, by Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, perhaps better known as a performing partner of Martha Argerich.

Monday, December 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
New Voices
Four North American composers in their thirties come as if from different points of the compass, though all are fresh voices, and curious, and tuned in to the world of today. Sounds in Aaron Helgeson’s piece for two pianists and two percussion players are intensified by expectation, by patterns that stop or shift. Robert Wannamaker, in violin, finds a new instrument in the old, and another, and another. Cassandra Miller’s bel canto, for two small groups, creates a spherical space from an instant of a Maria Callas recording. Rick Burkhardt’s Great Hymn of Thanksgiving is probably what you need to hear post-election.

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
wild Up: Archipelagos
Local new music group wild Up, known for intense concert experiences, mix crazy-delicate string sounds by Xenakis, and the bright clamor of Messiaen’s mini-concerto for piano, winds, and percussion, with windows into the astonishing world of music in the Philippines. Being on the edges of continents, not Asian, not American, may have helped José Maceda and Jonas Baes find their own routes. Unorthodox instruments and combinations uncover the strange familiarity of nature, and the familiar strangeness. – as happens, too, in Messiaen’s birdsong transformations and the music of English nomad Frank Denyer, whose work was a revelation of the 2009-10 season.

Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
The Black of the Star
Surrounding the audience, six percussionists play pulsing rhythms at different speeds on different instruments, creating an elaborate machinery of sound. Signaling to each other, signaling to us, they are also preparing for the arrival of rhythms from outer space: the pulsations of rapidly rotating neutron stars known as “pulsars.” After that, the musicians make music with the stars. In this rarely performed panoply of sound and time, Gérard Grisey took a moment off from spectral music to work with another fundamental, that of rhythm. Steven Schick returns to Monday Evening Concerts with his crack ensemble red fish blue fish.

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
Rolf Riehm and
Alexander Lonquich
Another returning guest this season is Rolf Riehm, whose Hawking made a spectacular impression two seasons ago. We present two pieces – one a world premiere – based on artists who reported from the outer limits of society and of themselves: the mid-20th-century film maker Pier Paolo Pasolini and the late-18th-century writer Jakob Lenz. This is protest music, on behalf of a wider humanity. Quieter, but no less insistent, the voices of Schumann, Schubert, and Janáček will also be heard in the much anticipated L. A. debut of legendary pianist Alexander Lonquich, a musician of breathtaking insight.

AMN Reviews: Alok & jrg_one – 628 Interface (Lona Records)

Hong Kong multimedia artist Alok Leung has been issuing streams of thought-provoking, mostly electronic music since 2002 on his Lona Records label. Often small gems of the 3″ CDR variety, its roster includes international luminaries like Maurizio Bianchi, Yan Jun and Roel Meelkop and pleasant surprises like Edwin Lo and Nisei23.

On the first, solo track of his new album, Alok irradiates the space with a huge evergrowing pulsating brainwave that instead of coming to a conclusion is overcome by the second track, a collaboration with ex-pat American Jackson Garland. Recording as jrg_one, Garland recently moved to Hanoi after six or seven years living and working in China. “Interface” was recorded live by the duo at a cool, disreputable bar in Beijing in 2009. Supplemented by his looped natural and synthesized ingredients, they let loose a wilder sound than Alok´s “628 am” and a lion tamer´s whip cracks regularly to keep it in line.

Far noisier than the first track, but not raucous and intrusive – rather, the half-hour long “Interface” agreeably disorients the senses, like being slightly drunk in a subway station crowded with rush hour passengers whom you, in no hurry to get home, are at leisure to sit back and enjoy observing. Twenty minutes into the piece and some rather noble tones are struck. You see how sometimes it is worth just staying put in one place for a while?

Stephen Fruitman

Igloo Magazine Reviews


Yellow6 & Caught in the Wake Forever :: The Slow Manipulation of Dying Light (Hibernate)
Solipsism :: Weaving Spiders (Herb)
Easychord :: Not in My Family Tree (Heart and Soul)
Diskrepant :: Through an Odious Framework (Attenuation Circuit)
Oorutaichi :: Cosmic Coco, Singing for a Billion Imu’s Hearty Pi (Out One Disc)
RAPOON 3VIEW :: Stray, Disappeared Redux & Time-Loop Anomalies (Soleilmoon, Zoharum)
Amalgamated :: Spark I (Intangible Cat)
ROM :: Foot Signal (Pingipung)
Alio Die :: Deconsecrated and Pure (Projekt)
Tpiatnaw :: Untitled (Beartown)

Circuit Benders’ Ball 2012 Lineup Announced

From Nashville’s Theatre Intangible:

the 2012 Circuit Benders’ Ball Nashville, taking place September 29th at Brick Factory Nashville! Workshops at 10am, music at 8pm.

2012 Performers:

Roth Mobot – Chicago
Blight Side of Life – Murfreesboro, TN
Brain Lesion – Murfreesboro, TN
Elegant Bassterds (Ben Marcantel and Derek Schartung) – Nashville
Josh Gumiela, Kelli Shay Hix, Lucas McCallister – Nashville
Hadals – Nashville / Montgomery, AL
Joey Molinaro – New York City
Nashville Robotic Philharmonic – (Zack Adams of CMKT4) Benton, KY
Pimpdaddysupreme – Nashville
Pineapple Explode – Nashville
Posttaste (Tommy Stangroom of Square People) – Nashville
Teletron Orchestra (Dylan Simon and Ken Soper) – Nashville / Murfreesboro

Upcoming Lost Civilizations Shows

LOST CIVILIZATIONS (Photo credit: IntangibleArts)

Tuesday, Sept. 18:  the Lost Civilizations experimental music project continues its residency at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant. In addition to a set by the Lost Civilizations duo, there also will be a set by Lost Civilizations’ Mike Sebastian and John Howard (The Plums) on drums.  (Details:

Saturday, Sept. 29:  two performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in the 2012 Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music (Details:
-Ted Zook will be performing at noon in the Lang Theater as part of the 21-player “Boris Bobby” project;
-The Lost Civilizations experimental music project, augmented by Fugazi’s Jerry Busher, will be performing at 4:30 in the Great Hall.

Sunday, Oct. 6, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will perform at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut on a bill including Brooklyn’s Loop 2.4.3 (

This Week at Cafe OTO

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English: Evan Parker Mats Gustafsson Pat Thomas Roger Turner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From London’s Cafe OTO:


Thursday 6 September ’12 • 8PM • £4 on the door

Sunday 9 September ’12 • 8PM • £7 / £8 on the door

Tuesday 11 September ’12 • 8PM • £10 advance / £12 on the door
with Evan Parker, Roger Turner
Wednesday 12 September ’12 • 8PM • £10 advance / £12 on the door
with Roger Turner, Pat Thomas, Steve Williamson