Coming to Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

TUE. 9/17 @ 7 PM – NOT AT THE CHAPEL BUT OF RELATED INTEREST: John Boylan’s conversations at Vermillion continue with a discussion on music that crosses genres, moving within and around contemporary classical, experimental, and popular styles. Panelists are Hanna Benn, Evan Flory-Barnes, Steve Peters, and Hollis Wong-Wear. It’s free and participatory.

THU. 9/19 – Danse Perdue, improvisational Harvest Moon butoh performance with live music by Epos Nemo Latrocinium (noisepoetnobody, Vox Vespertinus, Dean Moore, Scott Yolanda Adams)

FRI. 9/20 – Live electronic music with Matthew Ostrowski (NYC) & Doug Theriault (PDX) – live electronic transformations of acoustic and electronic sound sources and manipulation of those transformations live without an escape route… + Gyre (Mike Shannon, David Stanford, Carl Lierman)

FRI. 9/20, 7 PM – ALSO NOT AT THE CHAPEL BUT OF RELATED INTEREST: Steve Peters’ sound installation Lições dos Antepassados opens at Jack Straw New Media Gallery. Drop by on your way to the Chapel concert, or another time through November 8.

SAT. 9/21 – Paul Hoskin presents his annual contrabass clarinet solo. Continuous throughout.

THU. 9/26 – broken bow ensemble, led by Seattle composer John Teske, performs mer, a new 40-minute piece for chamber orchestra that traces the many facets of human consciousness, awareness, and experience

FRI. 9/27 – Seattle pianist Gust Burns presents work from the past 5 months comprised from bird song, record reviews, field recordings, dubplate record, silence, audition, jazz standards, and strolling

SAT. 9/28 – Seattle composer Hanna Benn premiers new works for piano, chorus and string quartet + Kelly Wyse solo piano

Upcoming MAVerick Ensemble Shows in the Chicago Area

From the MAVerick Ensemble:

Sunday, October 6
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)

FELDMAN ~ Extensions #5
MESSIAEN ~ Theme and Variations
PAMELA Z ~ Twenty Answers
TOWER ~ Snow Dreams
FRED O ~ Nubian Dances
IVES ~ Concord Sonata (Movement III and IV)

Performers include:
James Baur, guitar
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite, violin
Jennie Brown, flute
Andrea R. DiOrio, clarinet
William Jason Raynovich, violoncello
Mark Sudeith, piano

Guest Artists:
Alyson Berger, violoncello
Jennifer Blyth, piano
Steve Butters, percussion
Timothy Johnson, electric guitar
Garrett Matlock, bass clarinet
Margaret Murphy-Webb, vocalist


Friday, October 18
7:30PM at Bethel, 315 St. Charles, Elmhurst ($15)
(Is this one acceptable? Perhaps not?)

MESSIAEN ~ Theme and Variations
PAMELA Z ~ Twenty Answers
TOWER ~ Snow Dreams
FRED O ~ Nubian Dances
RAN ~ Mirage

Performers include:
James Baur, guitar
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite, violin
Jennie Brown, flute
Andrea R. DiOrio, clarinet
Jeffrey Panko, piano
William Jason Raynovich, violoncello
Mark Sudeith, piano


Friday, October 25
7:30PM at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 West Chicago Avenue ($15/$10)

MESSIAEN ~ Theme and Variations
PAMELA Z ~ Twenty Answers
TOWER ~ Snow Dreams
FRED O ~ Nubian Dances
RAN ~ Mirage

Performers include:
James Baur, guitar
Elizabeth Brausa Brathwaite, violin
Jennie Brown, flute
Andrea R. DiOrio, clarinet
Jeffrey Panko, piano
William Jason Raynovich, violoncello
Mark Sudeith, piano

Pauline Oliveros and Olivia Block Find the Unconventional

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland


In practical terms, the two compositions presented in a concert on Saturday night at Issue Project Room shared little common ground. Pauline Oliveros, in “Primordial/Lift,” engaged with a small ensemble in a lengthy process akin to collective meditation. Olivia Block, seated at a table filled with amplified gadgets and electronics for “Dissolution,” produced a discursive field of sound constantly in flux.

REDCAT Fall Schedule

Liberation Music Orchestra (album)
Liberation Music Orchestra (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Friday, October 11, 2013

Angel City Jazz Festival 2013
Co-presented with The Jazz Bakery as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival


The world premiere of the trio of Jim Black on drums, Tim Lefebvre on bass, and Chris Speed on saxophone opens this concert and brings together three of the most exciting and innovative improvisers of our time.

The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz since their founding in the late 1990s. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck always wanted Claudia to be a ‘band’ with a sound not only determined by the compositions and the instrumentation, but by the players who perform the music. Over the last 16 years the exceptional artistry and individuality of each musician has been skillfully revealed through Hollenbeck’s stunning original compositions.
John Hollenbeck – drums, percussion | Chris Speed – reeds | Matt Moran – vibes | Red Wierenga – accordion | Chris Tordini – bass

“Metamorphosis: New Technologies in Jazz and Jazz Journalism”

Jazz musicians and journalists have experienced both boons and challenges in the age of new technology. Music journalist Greg Burk moderates a multidisciplinary panel co-sponsored by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Angel City Jazz Festival 2013
Co-presented with The Jazz Bakery as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival


Cuban-born composer and drum virtuoso Dafnis Prieto performs movements of his award-winning Chamber Music America commission The Emotion Series: Taking the Soul for a Walk, with his adventurous sextet: Peter Apfelbaum, saxophones and flute; Felipe Lamoglia, saxophones; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Manuel Valera, piano; and Johannes Weidenmueller, bass. Prieto has served on the Music Faculty at NYU since 2005, toured Europe with the groundbreaking group Columna B and was the recipient of a 2011 MacArthur “genius grant.” He received a Latin Grammy Nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2007.
7:00 PM Ticket price includes FREE PRE-CONCERT FILM SCREENING
Icons Among Us; Jazz in the present tense, Episode 4: Everything Everywhere

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Reinier van Houdt

World Premiere
Frequently chosen by experimental composers to premiere works around the world, Reinier van Houdt is a pianist with astonishing technique who developed an early fascination for matters that escape traditional notation: physicality, space, memory, noise, environment and the points where interpretation touches improvisation. For this concert, van Houdt performs several pieces, including the world premiere of pioneering music legend Walter Marchetti’s Per La Mano Sinistra for umbrella and piano; Chimanzzi by Jerry Hunt, one of the most original composers of the last century; and Luc Ferrari’s sound journal 36 Enfilades for piano and magnétophone, in which the composer’s reluctance to process natural sounds into unrecognizability for musique concrète allows the mental associations provoked by the sounds to create narrative drama.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Tiger Lillies

The deranged British cult band The Tiger Lillies serves up its sinister blend of corrosive lyrics, astonishing vocals and Brechtian cabaret for this wonderfully gruesome concert. Led by the fierce falsetto of vocalist Martyn Jacques, known as the “criminal castrati,” the Grammy-nominated three-piece band unflinchingly unfurls savage tales of prostitutes, drug addicts and other desperate souls. With a unseemly passion and a dark theatrical flair, The Tiger Lillies squeeze the vice out of their instruments—as Jaques growls and squawks with passionate love for the damned—to create a musical experience that is a little bit opera, a little bit vaudeville and very-very Weimar.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Now Hear Ensemble: Made in California

The innovative new music quintet Now Hear Ensemble presents Made in California, an exciting collaborative concert series of works by 11 composers located throughout the state. The program features music by Eoin Callery, Carolyn Chen, Todd Lerew, Mateo Lugo, Daniel Miller, Jon Myers, Iván Naranjo, Nick Norton, Dan Van Hassel, David Werfelmann and Kevin Zhang—composers with ties to legendary institutions, including CalArts, Mills College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and USC. Scheduled to be performed in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Made in California serves as a statewide dialogue among audiences, performers and composers, complemented by documentary videos on the collaborative process.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Morton Subotnick with Lillevan: From Silver Apples of the Moon to A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur IV: LUCY

Electronic music legend Morton Subotnick performs his seminal work Silver Apples of the Moon (1967), the first album of all-electronic music featuring exotic timbres and dance-inspiring rhythms. Subotnick performs this piece accompanied by his frequent collaborator, video artist Lillevan, along with another groundbreaking work, A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur IV (1977), a playful piece made with a mix of Buchla synthesizers and tape recorders. More than a generation ago Subotnick helped to create a new music genre, one that still resonates with contemporary audiences. Seeming simultaneously composed and spontaneously improvised, this immersive performance wraps audiences in a sonic swell of surprising distortions, energetic rhythms and moving meditations.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners

In the 100th anniversary year of Futurist Luigi Russolo’s manifesto, The Art of Noises, The Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (Luciano Chessa, Director) performs on the only complete reconstruction of Russolo’s earliest Intonarumori Orchestra, commissioned by Performa. Hand-cranked instruments designed to produce “noises”—the first instruments capable of creating and manipulating sound through entirely mechanical processes—generate sounds of whirrs and buzzes, clangs, scrapes, sirens and mechanically plucked strings. The program includes historical compositions by Russolo and Paolo Buzzi, as well as newly composed works by Chessa, Ulrich Krieger, Joan La Barbara, Annie Lewandowski, Theresa Wong (all also performing) and others, and features tenor Timur Bekbosunov, soprano Carmina Escobar and 16 players operating the instruments under Chessa’s baton.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Charlie Haden’s CalArts Liberation Music Orchestra

NEA Jazz Master and Legendary Bassist Charlie Haden who founded the Jazz Studies program at CalArts in 1982 conducts CalArts musicians in compositions from Haden’s groundbreaking Liberation Music Orchestra, a large jazz ensemble that he formed in 1969. With innovative and dynamic arrangements by Carla Bley, the orchestra features experimental harmonies and improvisation for a wide palette of brass instruments and piano, bass, guitar, percussion and drums. The ensemble’s body of work has reflected Haden’s political concerns, including juxtaposing music from the Spanish Civil War, African National Congress and other folk music while exploring the realms of free jazz.

New Releases from Leo Records

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Leo Records:

Frank Paul Schubert / Johannes Bauer / Andreas Willers / Willi Kellers – Grid Mesh; Live in Madrid
Mike Nord / Georg Hofmann / Makoto Matsushima – Music of Noru Ka Soru Ka
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Mat Maneri – A Violent Dose of Anything
Goat’s Notes – Wild Nature Executives
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Whit Dickey / Gerald Cleaver – Enigma
Ensemble Montaigne (bau 4) 2013; Guest Conductor Roland Dahinden – Anthony Braxton

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Barre Phillips, 2008, moers festival
English: Barre Phillips, 2008, moers festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

Harris Eisenstadt
Golden State (Songlines Recordings)

Matt Ulery’s Loom
Wake An Echo (Greenleaf Music)

Billy Bang
Da Bang! (TUM Records)

Joey Baron
Just Listen (Relative Pitch Records)

Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow
Trios (ECM Records)

Spontaneous Music Ensemble
New Surfacing 1978 & 1992 (Emanem)

S.O.S. extended analysis
S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One (Cuneiform Records)

Mary Halvorson Septet
Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12 Records)

Tatsuya Nakatani multiple reviews
Tatsuya Nakatani / Harold Rubin / Barre Phillips / Assif Tsahar

Prism extended analysis
Prism: Prism (Dare2 Records)