Lampo’s Winter / Spring 2013 Schedule

Jason Lescalleet
Jason Lescalleet (Photo credit: Non Event)

From Chicago’s Lampo:

SAT FEB 9 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here.

Lampo and the Graham Foundation are very pleased to welcome Hong Chulki and Choi Joonyoung, two leading figures from Seoul’s emerging experimental music community, as they make their Chicago debut.

And if global sameness has you down, this might be your remedy. Hong and Choi are part of a South Korean scene recognized for its unique style and creative approach, distinct from strategies in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Their noise music is less about taking non-musical amplified and synthesized sounds and organizing them into musical forms. Instead, they’re fascinated by non-musical practices, where the sonic results may be nearly inaudible or very loud, acoustic or electronic, and, they say, “barely musical.”

SAT MAR 30 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

Valerio Tricoli offers a special program for Lampo to mark the 100th anniversary of Luigi Russolo‘s Futurist manifesto, “The Art of Noises” (March 1913), one of the most influential texts in 20th century music. For the first time, the idea of noise-sound becomes part of musical discourse, creating the conditions for a radical advancement in sonic art, indeed anticipating and informing the whole experience of musique concrète, electronic music, and of American experimental composers such as John Cage.

In the manifesto, Russolo argues that the current musical avant-garde, even though seeking harmonic and timbre complexity through dissonance, fails in its task of renewing musical language. Orchestras are “hospitals for anemic sounds,” he writes, capable only of limited range of tones, or “a repugnant mixture… of monotonous sensations.”

SAT APR 20 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

In this very special solo performance, Takehisa Kosugi performs several compositions for multi-dimensional live electronic music — works originally commissioned for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Tonight he will revise his material for quad sound, using homemade audio generators, readymade sound processors and an improvised lighting system to activate photosensitive electronic circuits. The program includes “Cycles” (1981), “Streams” (1991), “Op Music,” (2001), “Music for Nearly 90, Part-A” (2009) and “Octet” (2011).

SAT MAY 4 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP info soon.

John Bischoff, an early pioneer of live computer music, presents four recent works. His stuff is precise and textured, spare, at times delicate, and really lovely.

We blurb. For John, it’s the method that matters: He explains, “The work projects sounds from an analog circuit into juxtaposition with raw digital audio generated from a laptop. As a performer interacts with the circuit, which consists of two square-wave oscillators activated by pressure sensors and shorting disks, instances of pulsed and modulated sound are triggered in the circuit and the laptop as well in a manner that couples the analog and digital sources together.” Bischoff continues, “In these pieces the detailed nature of the performer’s actions with the circuit — the initiation of sound events, the timing between them, and their spectral characteristics — are analyzed in real-time and used to construct an extended computer-generated response.” The set includes “Surface Effect,” “Field Transfer,” “Vocal Imprint (Test Pressing),” and a new untitled work.
SAT JUN 8 8pm
The Renaissance Society
Bond Chapel, 1050 East 59th Street
Admission FREE; No RSVP required.

Something new from Jason Lescalleet, tape-looper and chart-topper (e.g., here, here, here and here). Here, in his much anticipated return to Chicago, he’ll play with the resonance of Bond Chapel’s neo-Gothic space.

Lescalleet makes his music using a collection of vintage reel-to-reel tape recorders and simple electronics, running loops of crumpled tape between machines. He blends layers of found sound, amplified silences, and artifacts of everyday noise, all transformed through various microphones and speakers.

RIP Butch Morris

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From the Bleader:

This morning great musical thinker Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris passed away at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Fort Hamilton section of Brooklyn following a struggle with cancer. He was 65 years old. Though Morris started out as a cornetist—first in his native California, later in New York—he was known best for “conduction,” a term he borrowed from physics to describe a way of organizing, shaping, and leading group improvisation.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Zeena Parkins – Double Dupe Down (Tzadik 2012) **½
Michael Attias – Spun Tree (Clean Feed, 2012) ****
Andreas Kaling: As If There Was A Tomorrow (JazzHausMusik, 2012) ****
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken with Kenny Wollesen, Like a Tree (SteepleChase 2012) ****
François Carrier and Michel Lambert w/ Daniel Thompson, Neil Metcalfe and Guillaume Viltard – Shores and Ditches (FMR Records, 2012) ***½
Joe Morris, Agustí Fernández, Nate Wooley – From the Discrete to the Particular (Relative Pitch, 2012) ****
Soren Kjaergaard / Ben Street / Andrew Cyrille – Femklang (Ilk, 2011) *****
John Tilbury – For Tomasz Sikorski (Bôłt, 2012) ****

Modern Classical at The Cell (New York) on February 9

Edison Denisov in Sortavala, Summer 1975. Phot...
Edison Denisov in Sortavala, Summer 1975. Photo by © Dmitri Smirnov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cell in New York is featuring the following show:

The cell theatre presents ensemble mise-en! (2/9/2013) – FREE ADMISSION!

The ensemble mise-en will be playing another exciting concert at the cell theatre on February 9 at 8pm. We’ll be performing premières by five different composers from three different continents. We would like to invite all of you to join us for this free event! And after the performance, everybody is welcome to stay for the reception, with beer provided by the Brooklyn Brewery. Don’t forget to bring your family & friends!

The program:
Quinn Collins (USA)
Summer Music for chamber orchestra (2012, world premiere)

Elliott Schwartz (USA)
Texture (1966, rev. 2013, world premiere)

Hans Abrahamsen (Denmark)
String Quartet No. 3 (2008, US premiere)

Edison Denisov (Russia)
Five Studies for Bassoon Solo (1983, US premiere)

Bent Sørensen (Denmark)
Ständchen (2007, US premiere)

Upcoming New York Shows

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010
English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Vision Festival folks:

Evolving Series Upgrade 2013

Friday & Saturday nights / Sunday afternoons
Monday evenings – A mini-fest once a month
The Evolving Music Upgrade runs on the first weekend of each month,
Friday through Monday!

At Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St. near Delancey

Day 1: Friday 1st

@ LES Gallery

Hosted by Miriam Parker
9pm Cooper-Moore Duo
Cooper-Moore – handcrafted insts.
Brian Price – woodwinds

10.30pm: Tyshawn Sorey Duo
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Fay Victor – voice

Day 3: Sunday 3rd
@ Kabayitos Theater
The Sunday Afternoons are designed as family-friendly events where children can participate, interact or simply be exposed with live performances, music, dance and words.

Hosted by Andrew Drury
2pm: Kids-Ride facilitated / directed by Zak Sherzad
Zak Sherzad – cello and cornet
Hard Edge – sound design

3pm: LPHC, Inc.
Daniel Levin – cello
Ivo Perelman – sax
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
Day 2: Saturday 2nd
@ Kabayitos Theater

Hosted by Paul deLucena
9pm: Bill Cole – A Tribute to Jayne Cortez
Bill Cole – db. reeds & didgeridoo
Joseph Daley – tuba
Althea SullyCole – voice
Warren Smith – drums

10.30pm: Brian Settles Duo
Brian Settles – sax
Jeremt Carlstedt – drums
Day 4: Monday 4th
@ Kabayitos Theater

Hosted by Jason Kao Hwang
7.30pm: The Daves
Dave Sewelson – baritone sax
Dabe Hofstra – tuba
Steve Moses – drums

8.40pm: Ingrid Laubrock & Mary Halvorson Duo
Ingrid Laubrock – sax
Mary Halvorson – guitar

9.50pm: Attias/Malaby’s Barisop
Tony Malaby – soprano sax
Michaël Attias – baritone sax
Pascal Niggenkemper – bass
Jeff Davis – drums