Newsbits: Ziporyn / New Amsterdam Records / International Contemporary Music Festival / Braxton

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone
Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Evan Ziporyn is leaving the Bang on a Can ensemble.

Sad news as Hurricane Sandy has severely damaged the offices of New York label New Amsterdam Records.

The 34th International Contemporary Music Festival has begun in Moscow.

Anthony Braxton‘s Creative Music Orchestra (NY) 2011 has been released.

AMN Picks of the Week: Sky Burial / Eduardo F. Rosario / Magma / Anglagard

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.

Sky Burial – There I Saw The Grey Wolf Gaping (2012)
Eduardo F. Rosario – (Auto/Anti)nomía (2012)
Magma – Félicité Thösz (2012)
Änglagård – Viljans Öga (2012)

Morton Feldman’s Major Orchestral Works November 5th in New York

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.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society To Play Two Nights At Jazz Gallery

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

From Improvised Communications:

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.