The recent collaboration between John Zorn and Pat Metheny is reviewed.
The Chicago Reader profiles avant drummer Ches Smith.
From TROST Records, Steamboat Switzerland and Michael Wertmüller will release “Zeitschrei”.
From Denovali, a new Sankt Otten record “Messias Maschine” featuring Ulrich Schnauss, Christoph Clöser (Bohren under Club of Gore), Jaki Liebezeit (Can), Coley Duane Dennis (Maserati). Also, the new full length album “Alpha Heaven” by Canadian duo AUN will see the light of the day.
The Los Angeles New Music Ensemble received over 100 submissions for their new music contest. They will play the best of the best on June 1st at the monthly Classical Revolution: LA Happy Hour! The show will include “MINIBOSS,” by Joseph Eidson, featuring the music of Nintendo, and “Mirror Sermon” by Patrick Conlon, based on the anti-apartheid poem of Dennis Brutus.
The night will start with a celebration of Classical Revolution: LA’s new piano! Fans of CRLA funded the instrument and Helix Collective will show it off with their signature Classical Dance Club music!
Los Angeles New Music Ensemble
Flute – Izzy Hance
Clarinet – Christina Giacona
Violin – Patrick Conlon
Cello – Zack Reaves
Ben Goldberg – Unfold Ordinary Mind (BAG Productions, 2013) ***
Wacław Zimpel Quartet: Stone Fog (For Tune Records, 2013) **** ½
Jason Mears Electric Quintet – Book Of Changes, Part 1 (Prefecture Music, 2013) ****
Michel Doneda, Didier Lasserre, Mathias Pontevia – Miettes & Plaines (Petit Label, 2012) ****
Eva-Maria Houben – Decay (Diafani, 2013) **½
Atolón & Chip Shop Music – Public Private (Another Timbre, 2013) ***½
Michael Thieke & Olivier Toulemonde/Lucio Capece & Jamie Drouin – The Berlin Series No. 1: Inframince & Immensity (Another Timbre, 2013) ***
Zen Widow Featuring Wadada Leo Smith – Screaming In DayTime (Makes Men Forget) (Pfmentum, 2012) ****
Elena Kakaliagou, Schmoliner, Stempkowski – Para-Ligo (Creative Sources, 2012) ****
AMM – Two London Concerts (Matchless, 2012) ****
Atomic – There’s a Hole in the Mountain (Jazzland, 2013) ****
Wednesday, May 29th – 8:00pm
Recognized for decades among contemporary music’s most gifted interpreters, new-music pianist Joseph Kubera is hailed for the unrelenting stamina, precision, and grace of his performances. In this intimate solo piano concert, Kubera performs works by Julius Eastman, Michael Byron, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, and Stuart Saunders Smith, celebrating his forthcoming CD from New World Records. Steve Smith features this concert as a critic’s pick in The New York Times.
DANCE // Michelle Boulé: WONDER
Thursday, May 30th – 8:00pm
Friday, May 31st – 8:00pm
at Gallim Dance Studio, the Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew,
520 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn 11238
Seating is limited, advance tickets are strongly recommended! WONDER is a new solo created and performed by dancer Michelle Boulé, premiering as part of ISSUE’s Emerging Artists Commission program. In WONDER, Boulé mines the depth of information and perceptual patterns she has acquired through a lifetime of dance. In a continuous cycle of costumes and personas, Boulé explores archetypes and definitions of gender, identity, and virtuosity. Presented in the round, WONDER mutually explores seeing and being seen, initiating a performance encounter where a shared space of curiosity and possibility is laid bare.
Bojan Vuletic: L’Écume des jours’
Saturday, June 1st – 8:00pm
ISSUE and ASPHALT Festival present L’Écume des jours’, compositions by Bojan Vuletic inspired by and dedicated to French polymath Boris Vian. Based on Vian’s novel of the same title, the music is composed in a linear form that crosses composed and improvised music, and attempts to capture this book with all its absurdities, humor, lightness, and both tragic and playful moments. Featuring an unusual chamber ensemble of exceptional musicians equally fluent in contemporary and improvised languages, including Nate Wooley (trumpet), Dan Peck (tuba), Jacqueline Kerrod (harp), and the Mivos Quartet.