Cage: Beyond Silence Shows This Weekend

From Cage: Beyond Silence:

James Pritchett | Peter Price | Brian Brandt
Saturday, November 3rd | Noon – 4pm
Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Parker Kitterman
Saturday, November 3rd, 8pm to Sunday, November 4th, 8am
Christ Church Philadelphia

Network for New Music
Sunday, November 4th, 1pm and 3pm
Dorrance Galleries, Main Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cage: Beyond Silence is presented by Bowerbird in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s major exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp (on view October 30, 2012 – January 21, 2013).

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

QUARZ / Five Years on Cold Asphalt (Crónica – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
LAWRENCE ENGLISH / For/Not For John Cage (Line – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
LIVING BY LANTERNS / New Myth/Old Science (Cuneiform)
KOJI ASANO / Mileage Reimbursement (Solstice)
LATA / Starlings (Exotic Pylon Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
CLOCKWORK ORCHESTRA / Friends Without Names (White Label Music – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
JACK DUPON / Bascule à vif (Transit Music Group/Musea)
HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS & CHRISTOPHER CHAPLIN / King of Hearts (Sub Rosa – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
STEVE MOORE / Light Echoes (Cuneiform)

AMN Reviews: Yasmin Levy – Libertad (World Village)

Is Yasmin Levy´s career too well-managed to be avant? Are her photo spreads too glossy? Does being the umpteenth person to record a theatrical version of Leonard Cohen´s “Hallelujah” disqualify her? Well, it shouldn´t, because she is not only a singer and arranger of superior skill and imagination, her work infuses Ladino culture with a vitality like no other living artist. Choosing her for the lead role in a movie about the greatest of all the Greek rebetika singers, Rosa Eskenazi, with whom she shares a Sephardic heritage, sounds like pefect casting.

“Libertad”, her new collection of songs, is not only delivered with emotional investment, but its mixture of cultures and styles flows with rare seamlessness. Ladino song has made her famous (her Turkish-born father Yitzhak was a preservationist of Sephardic culture), but on “Libertad” she sings only three in the family tongue. She harvests material from Spain, Portugal and the Argentine and Jewish and Turkish and Arabic impulses; originals are mixed with covers, traditional songs and a Hebrew poem by the great Medieval Andalusian poet Solomon ibn Gabirol. A duet with Mallorcan singer Buika is sweet plums and bitter chocolate. Building on her familiar foundation of flamenco, the fado and tango also cha-cha onto the stage, as do Persian and Hollywood pop – a rendition of the famous Iranian love song, Hayedeh´s “Soghati” (as “Recuerdo”), Nelson Riddle strings on “Olvidate de Mi”.

Producer Ben Mandelson has created clear, clean air for the Tel Aviv-based backing trio of bass, drums and guitar. Guitarist Yechial Hasson is magical throughout. When percussionist Itamar Doari and double-bassist Gilad Efrat are left to accompany her alone on “Aman Doktor”, it is flesh against flesh. Whenever they appear, but on “Firuze” in particular, the Strings Orchestra Istanbul brings Turkey and Israel back in harmony in a way no politician ever could.

Yasmin Levy is shaping up to be a leading force in a new syncretism of Pan-Mediterranean culture.

Stephen Fruitman

The undiminished power of Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble

From the Bleader:

Sometimes it saddens me that the memory and the music of Chicago’s singular Hal Russell, who died in 1992 at age 66, have faded so much over the past two decades, because as I see it the free-jazz and improvised-music renaissance here wouldn’t have happened without him. Drummer Steve Hunt, reedists Ken Vandermark and Mars Williams, and bassists Brian Sandstrom and Kent Kessler are all veterans of his mighty NRG Ensemble, and that group’s DIY, go-for-broke aesthetic informs much of the music still produced in town. Russell started out as a bop drummer and in the 50s often gigged in pickup combos backing some jazz’s biggest stars—Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan—but he first made his mark playing an early strain of free jazz in the Joe Daley Trio.

November at the ISSUE Project Room

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sebastien roux (Photo credit: Max Nathan)

New York’s ISSUE Project Room is attempted to allow the show to go on despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Please keep checking their site for the latest news.


Fri, November 9, 2012 – 6:00pm
RESCHEDULED! Ed Osborn: “Albedo Prospect”
at bitforms gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
RESCHEDULED! Ed Osborn’s “Albedo Prospect” is video installation considering the polar imaginary and its characteristic spatial and geographic disorientation. Projected as a video triptych, the work is a study of glacial landscapes in the Svalbard archipelago with 8 channel sound.


Sat, November 10, 2012 – 7:00pm
Sébastien Roux: Inevitable Music
at REVERSE, 28 Frost Street, Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
Over the last few years, Sébastien Roux has worked with the principle of translation, using a pre-existent artworks as scores for a new works. For his installation at REVERSE, Roux presents a 9-channel collection of pieces based on Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings.


Sat, November 10, 2012 – 9:00pm
Sébastien Roux: Inevitable Music
at REVERSE, 28 Frost Street, Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
Over the last few years, Sébastien Roux has worked with the principle of translation, using a pre-existent artworks as scores for a new works. For his installation at REVERSE, Roux presents a 9-channel collection of pieces based on Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings.


Tue, November 13, 2012 – 5:30pm
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: OIOION
at Printed Matter, 195 10th Avenue, NYC
For his final performance of the 2012 AIR series, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix will present selections from the ever-in-progress libretto for the opera “OIOION”, including the poem “Stations of the Arkwork”, which follows in the wake of his controversial 2009 essay “Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism”.


Thu, November 15, 2012 – 7:30pm
Reza Negarestani & Florian Hecker: The Non-Trivial Goat and the Cliffs of the Universal
at Abrons’ Playhouse, 466 Grand Street, New York
Chimeras are integrated bodies that synthesize incompatible modalities, surpassing their respective particularities without fusing them, finding common ground, or reducing one to the other. In this performance Florian Hecker uses psychoacoustics to compose such creatures from readings of a libretto by Reza Negarestani.


Fri, November 16, 2012 – 8:00pm
Mind Over Mirrors + Miguel Gutierrez
at Actors Fund: 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Mind Over Mirrors, AKA harmoniumist/electronicist Jaime Fennelly, performs with dancer and musician Miguel Gutierrez. After four years of constant collaboration, trans-continental performance, cohabitation and detritus as Sabotage and The Powerful People, this evening marks their first duo performance in eight years.


Sat, November 17, 2012 – 8:00pm
Mind Over Mirrors with Zelienople + The Ashcan Orchestra
at Actors Fund: 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Hailing from Chicago, Zelienople have been etching out a place for themselves in the Windy City for fourteen years. In a rare New York appearance Zelienople teams up with Mind Over Mirrors to perform a live soundtrack to Donald Prokop’s film Gone. P. Spadine’s Ashcan Orchestra open the evening.


Tue, November 27, 2012 – 6:30pm
RESCHEDULED! Sergei Tcherepnin: Massage Performance (Music)
RESCHEDULED! Artist-in-Residence Sergei Tcherepnin will premiere a new six-channel composition to be played through your body. The Massage Performances will be limited to a small number of participants, seven massages per evening with a waiting room for a small audience. RSVP required.


Thu, November 29, 2012 – 7:00pm
Evan Calder Williams
at Artists Space: Books & Talks, 55 Walker St. NYC
Evan Calder Williams’ “In the Wan Light of Napalm and Moon” presents new research into the intersection of two old and ever-renewing histories: horror and capital. Taking flight from a Restoration Hardware catalog, the work sketches a secret hell of production and circulation drawn from the history of the horror genre.


Fri, November 30, 2012 – 8:00pm
Swedish Energies: EMS in NYC – Night 1
at Location TBA
The first night of Swedish Energies features Christine Ödlund, Mats Lindström, Vinyl Terror & Horror with guest JG Thirlwell, Rolf Enström, and a duo performance by Aki Onda, and Lise-Lotte Norelius.

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows

From Ars Nova Workshop:

Saturday, November 3, 8pm
Ab Baars, tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi; Ig Henneman, viola

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

The Philadelphia debut of this duo featuring the Dutch musicians Ab Baars and Ig Henneman. The duo began in 1999 at the Festival ControIndicazioni in Rome; they have since toured internationally, conducted numerous educational workshops, and, in 2006, released a debut album called “Stof.” The multi-instrumentalist Baars is well known as a member of the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, the long-running ensemble founded by Han Bennink, Willem Breuker and Misha Mengelberg. Over the years, Baars has also worked with Ken Vandermark, Roswell Rudd, Sonic Youth, and The Ex, and he leads the Ab Baars Trio with Wilbert de Joode and Martin van Duynhoven. Henneman has composed for orchestras, written film scores and has worked with ICP Orchestra members like Mengelberg, Wolter Wierbos, Michael Moore and Tristan Honsinger. She is also the leader of the Ig Henneman Sextet with Axel Dorner, Lori Freedman, Wilbert de Joode and Merilyn Lerner.


Saturday, November 10, 8pm
Fred van Hove, piano

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

An incredibly rare solo performance by the Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the pioneers of European free-jazz music. The pianist, accordionist, organist and composer Van Hove began his long-running collaboration with the German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in the mid-1960s, and went on to work in trio with Brötzmann and the Dutch percussionist Han Bennink. Van Hove began performing solo in the early-1970s, and soon after founded the Werkgroep Improviserende Musici in order to elevate the work of experimental musicians and improvisers from Belgium. In 1978, he formed the Musica Libera Antverpiae and the Musica Libera Belgicae, which resulted in a series of new music and festivals highlighting the work of fellow experimentalists such as Radu Malfatti and Paul Rutherford. His celebrated recordings include 1967’s “For Adolphe Sax” and 1969’s “European Echoes” with Manfred Schoof, and throughout his career he has collaborated with Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Peter Kowald, Steve Lacy and Joëlle Léandre.