The 34th International Contemporary Music Festival has begun in Moscow.
Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
From S.E.M. Ensemble:
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava • Petr Kotik, Conductor
Hana Kotková, Violin • Joseph Kubera, Piano • Erin Lesser, Flute
Morton Feldman Piano and Orchestra (1976)
Structures for Orchestra (1961)
Flute and Orchestra (1978) AMERICAN PREMIERE
Violin and Orchestra (1979) AMERICAN PREMIERE
Admission: $25 / $15 Students & Seniors | Buy Tickets
The 100-piece Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (JPO) (Czech Republic) is coming to New York to perform an evening of Morton Feldman’s music – the first all-Feldman orchestra concert in the U.S. Highlights will include the American premieres of the hour-long Violin and Orchestra and Flute and Orchestra (dedicated to Edgar Varèse), 35 years after their creation. The program also includes Structures for Orchestra, the first in a series of orchestra works that Feldman continued to compose throughout the rest of his life, and the lyrical Piano and Orchestra.
The JPO, whose repertoire includes ten major orchestra compositions by Feldman, is the only orchestra to have performed all four works. The soloists are the acclaimed pianist Joseph Kubera, a longtime associate of Feldman and Cage; flutist Erin Lesser, a member of New York Wet Ink Ensemble; and Czech violinist Hana Kotková, whose performances of concertos by Ligeti, Rihm and Francesconi have been rated to be among the best in the world.
- John Cage, With Stars (thebigcityblog.com)
- Music Review: American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (nytimes.com)
Platform 1 – Takes Off (Clean Feed; 2012)
Wadada Leo Smith/Louis Moholo-Moholo – Ancestors (Tum Records Oy; 2012)
Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii – Muku (Libra Records; 2012)
- Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura: Muku / Gato Libre: Forever (Review) (popmatters.com)
Darcy James Argue‘s acclaimed 18-piece big band Secret Society will close out its 2012 performance schedule with a two-night stand at The Jazz Gallery in New York on November 30th and December 1st. These shows, featuring sets at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., will be part of the venue’s last month at its current location, where it has hosted the GRAMMY nominated ensemble on multiple occasions over the years.