Upcoming Ensemble Dal Niente Shows in Chicago

English: Fausto Romitelli, composer, Ictus Sem...
English: Fausto Romitelli, composer, Ictus Seminar, Brussels, april 2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:30pm
Northwestern University Residency

Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
More information: http://www.pickstaiger.org/events

World premieres of new works by David Carter, Elliott Cless, Joan Arnau Pàmies, David Reminick, Scott Scharf and Liza White.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 9pm
Opening Night at Constellation:
Dal Niente and Green Pasture Happiness

3111 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Constellation is Chicago’s newest venue for cutting edge music, located in the former home of the Viaduct Theater. As Chicago’s local answer to New York’s “Le Poisson Rouge” and “Roulette”, this 180-seat venue will host a weekly new music series, “Frequency”. Dal Niente and electronic improvisation group Green Pasture Happiness share the opening bill for Constellation’s opening night of new music.

Nathan Davis: Cipher (2012) for baritone sax and live electronics (World Premiere)
Stefan Prins (b.1979): Piano Hero #1 (2011) for piano, midi keyboard, live electronics, and video
Steve Reich (b.1936): Violin Phase (1967) for violin and tape
Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004): Trash TV Trance (2002) for electric guitar

Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30pm

National Pastime Theater
941 W. Lawrence Avenue at the Preston Bradley Center
Chicago, IL
Tickets: $25 general / $15 students with ID
Featuring Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Chris Wild, cello, and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

WERKplaats is a performance, a gathering, an evening born of extensive artistic collaboration. Join Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and High Concept Laboratories for an evening of new works tailor-made for the performers, featuring current and former members of High Concept Labs’ Sponsored Projects Program: composer Robert Honstein, visual artist Liz McCarthy, and Ensemble Dal Niente. After the performance, audience members are encouraged to stick around for an acoustic set / afterparty by the Grant Wallace Band. Free drinks will be provided throughout the evening.

In the late 1970s, the Asko Ensemble – an Amsterdam-based forerunner of today’s contemporary chamber ensemble model – established a composer-performer collective called Werkplaats met weekly and provided the opportunity for extensive collaboration between composers and performers. Dal Niente takes a proverbial page from the ASKO Ensemble with WERKplaats, a performance experience based on extensive workshop collaboration. Co-produced by High Concept Laboratories, the audience will have an opportunity to connect with these new works in a relaxed, intimate environment lacking the protocol of traditional concerts.

Brooklyn-based composer Robert Honstein will work closely with Dal Niente musicians to create a new work of musical theater based on a series of emails unintentionally addressed to him. The ensemble will also perform a new work of Santiago Diez-Fisher created during an intensive workshop produced by the 2012 Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, as well as solo pieces tailor-made for the players’ unique talents and a new work commissioned specifically for this event by Chicago composer Morgan Krauss.

Robert Honstein (b.1980): My Heart Iz Open (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for solo soprano, chamber ensemble, and vocal ensemble
Daniel Dehaan (b.1988): If it encounters the animal, if it becomes animalized… (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for cello
Alexandre Lunsqui: Glaes (2007) for piano and percussion
Morgan Krauss (b.1985): Overcast (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for bass flute, bass clarinet, and baritone sax
Santiago Diez Fisher (b.1977): Moving as not moving (2012, US PREMIERE) for bass flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, electric guitar, viola, cello, and bass

AMN Picks of the Week: Jack ‘o the Clock / Nicole Mitchell / Mazurek’s Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble / Stirrup

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Jack O’ The Clock – All My Friends (2013)
Mitchell, Nicole / Ice Crystal – Aquarius (2013)
Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble – The Space Between (2013)
Stirrup (Lonberg-Holm / Macri / Rumback) – Sewn (2013)

Red Light New Music presents “Discretionary Music” by Daniel Lippel + Ben Lanz April 20

From New York’s ShapeShifter Lab:

7:30p: Ben Lanz
8:30p and 9:30p: Discretionary Music
Cover: $10
Forks of Buffalo – Doug Boyce
Music with Radios – Dan Lippel
Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges (TBD) – Peter Gilbert
Partita for Slide Whistles – Liam Robinson
For Chris – Scott Wollschleger
American Standard – John Adams
Viola (1971) – Bruno Maderna

In Red Light New Music’s first collaboration with Artist-In-Residence, guitarist Daniel Lippel, the ensemble will present a collection of works structured by principles of musical games and structured improvisation. The concert will feature premieres by Lippel and Liam Robinson alongside compositions by Scott Wollschleger, Doug Boyce, Peter Gilbert, and John Zorn.  Ben Lanz as an opening act

Tyshawn Sorey’s Wu Wei Quintet at Greenwich House Reviewed

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

From NYTimes.com:

Tyshawn Sorey’s Wu Wei Quintet reached a fever pitch about halfway into its 90-minute concert at the Greenwich House Music School on Wednesday night, and even then it seemed to be holding something in reserve. But it was thunderous, at least until it was hushed again, with a bracing intrigue coded somewhere in the transition.