AMN Reviews: Richard Chartier – Interior Field (Line)

Site-specific work rendering architecture pliable while at the same time telling its very solid history. Los Angeles artist Richard Chartier originally presented Interior Field as an installation for Civilian Arts Projects in Washington, DC., combining field recordings made all over the world. The surround effect may have been engrossing in situ, but it works subtley and superbly as an at-home stereo experience, redefining itself as it redefines inside, outside and in-between. “Part 1” creaks and judders into being before spreading foggily. “Part 2” contains recordings made during a rainstorm at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a hundred-year-old water treatment plant arrestingly landscaped by architect and wildlife conservationist Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr.,  that local citizens are battling to save from partial demolition. The pock-pock of the raindrops has a tactile report as satisfying as bursting bubblewrap.

Taylor Ho Bynum News

English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007
English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taylor Ho Bynum News:

A very exciting concert coming up – on Tuesday, September 24th, I will be conducting the world premiere of four new compositions with the Tri-Centric Orchestra, an extraordinary assemblage of 45 musicians, in concert at Brooklyn’s Roulette.

We’ll be premiering my work Questions of Transfiguration (choices for creative orchestra and choir with three conductors). The text for the piece is inspired by the book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, a meditation on how the planet would change in humans’ absence. This is my first composition for such a large ensemble, and I couldn’t imagine having a more wonderful group of musicians performing it.

I will also be conducting two new works commissioned by the Tri-Centric Foundation – Ingrid Laubrock’s Vogelfrei and Mark Taylor’s It’s Not Like He’s Never Been There Before. I am awed and inspired by the music these two incredible composer/performers have written for this. Last but certainly not least, I’ll be conducting Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 27, belatedly receiving its premiere 40 years after it was written. This is one of Braxton’s earliest orchestra pieces, and it is a fantastic and fascinating composition, demonstrating the masterful control of pacing, structure, and orchestration Braxton already wielded in his 20s, and hinting at many of the large scale innovations he’s explored in the ensuing decades.

This will be a special night, please come out if you can! And come the following night (Weds 9/25) as well, when the Tri-Centric Foundation presents multi-media and electroacoustic projects led by the marvelous saxophonist/composers Chris Jonas and Steve Lehman.

Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jason Hwang, Scott Tixier, Sarah Bernstein, Skye Steele, Gwen Laster, Curtis Stewart, Julianne Carney, Brenda Vincent (violin); Jessica Pavone, Erin Wright, Brian Thompson (viola); Tomas Ulrich, Marika Hughes, Chris Hoffman (cello); Carl Testa, Ken Filiano (bass); Josh Sinton, Mike McGinnis, Oscar Noriega (clarinet); Katie Scheele, Libby Van Cleve (oboe/English horn); Sara Schoenbeck, Dana Jessen (bassoon); Michel Gentile, Yukari (flute); Nate Wooley, Stephanie Richards (trumpet); Vincent Chancey, Rachel Drehmann (French horn); Curtis Hasselbring (trombone); Jay Rozen (tuba); Chris Dingman, David Shively (percussion); Amy Crawford (piano); Kyoko Kitamura, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Elizabeth Saunders, K. Fung, Tomas Cruz, Nick Hallett, Roland Burks, Michael Douglas Jones, Peter Stewart (voice); Taylor Ho Bynum (conductor)

Other upcoming fall events:

Saturday, September 21, 8pm: Quartet Collective (Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, and Taylor Ho Bynum)
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The improvising sound/movement ensemble, in the appropriately named Moving Sounds Festival.

Sunday, September 22, 8pm: Rachel Bernsen’s After the Meadow, Before the Forest
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
My favorite choreographer premieres a new piece, with Pamela Newell, Carl Testa, Anne Rhodes and Jean Carla Rodea.

October 4 – October 8: The Convergence Quartet
European tour in support of the new album Slow and Steady – Romania, Austria, Switzerland, UK. Check my calendar for details.

Saturday, October 26, 8pm: James Jabbo Ware’s Me We and Them Orchestra
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
My favorite NYC jazz big band will premiere a new composition of mine, in an evening honoring the great percussionist Warren Smith.

AMN Reviews: Antoine Beuger – Cantor Quartets

Antoine Beuger: Cantor Quartets [at62x2]

Antoine Beuger’s Cantor Quartets, a composition consisting of fifteen pages, would seem to concern themselves with the three fundamental musical elements pitch, duration and density. The work’s structure is fairly transparent: Four musicians play from a score in which individual pages contain four lines of seven notes each; each note—of an octave of the musician’s choosing–is to be played for a long duration. The piece begins with the first musician playing the first line solo; when he or she begins the second line the second player begins with the first line, creating a duet; when the second player begins the second line the third musician begins the first line, forming a trio; when the third musician begins the second line, the final musician begins the first line, to end the piece as a full ensemble. The performance captured on this two-disc set covered four of the fifteen pages, with each page’s realization being represented by a 30-minute-plus track.

The quartets are realized here by the fine ensemble of Jürg Frey (clarinet), Sarah Hughes (e-bowed zither), Dominic Lash (double bass), and Radu Malfatti (trombone). The ensemble represents the full range of pitches, from lowest to highest. Additionally, it’s evenly balanced between strings and winds, which brings out the subtle differences in the instruments’ mechanisms for maintaining long-duration pitches. These differences are further reflected in the way that the sequence of instruments is rearranged from track to track: Quartet I’s sequence is trombone-zither-double bass-clarinet; Quartet II’s is clarinet-double bass-trombone-zither; Quartet III’s is double bass-trombone-clarinet-zither; and Quartet IV’s is zither-clarinet-trombone-double bass. The approach throughout is expressively neutral, which helps focus attention on the sounded notes as things in themselves. In addition, the call for long duration tones brings out the peculiar characteristics of each instrument’s way of producing sound: The steadiness of tone of Hughes’s e-bowed zither contrasts with the other instruments’ slight variances of tone as brought on by fluctuations of breath and bow pressure. From the simple building blocks of individual pitches played one at a time, unisons and harmonies of different durations and degrees of consonance appear and disappear. The composition’s additive structure, together with the performers’ choices of how long to hold any given pitch, ensures that the density of sound will shift, sometimes unpredictably, throughout the performances.

John Zorn Gets a Masada Marathon for His 60th Birthday

Concert of "Masada": Joey Baron (dr)...
Concert of “Masada”: Joey Baron (dr), Greg Cohen (b), Dave Douglas (tr), John Zorn (sax); (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Power chords and pizzicato. Cha-cha and chamber music. Funk and free jazz. Klezmer and cacophony. All of those, and many more, turned up during a marathon of John Zorn’s Masada works at the N.Y.U. Skirball Center on Sunday. In four and a half hours of music by 13 ensembles and soloists, the concert celebrated Mr. Zorn’s 60th birthday, which was Sept. 2. He has been marking the occasion with concerts around the world that have reaffirmed his astonishing productivity and multifarious connections. Mr. Zorn was sampling and mashing up idioms long before computers made it easy; he was also, well before the Internet, setting up improbable but fruitful networks of musicians and ideas.

In Gardens Fall Schedule

English: Saxophonist Mark Whitecage at concert...

From New York’s Arts for Art:

In Gardens
Innovative Music in Community Gardens

WHAT: Afternoon concerts in Community Gardens in Downtown Manhattan

Saturday, September 21st & 28th
@ Children’s Magical Garden – Stanton St. & Norfolk St.
Sunday, September 29th, October 6th & 13th
@ 6BC Garden – E. 6th St. between Ave B & C
Saturday, October 5th & 12th
@First Green Community Garden – E. 1st St between 1st & 2nd Ave

PROGRAM: Creative Music, Spoken Word, and dance. See below for full schedule

TICKETS: Free and open to the public, suggested donation of $5 for the performers.

Arts for Art (AFA) is proud to present their annual celebration of innovative artists in the creative environment of NYC’s community gardens. Weekend In Garden performances bring cutting edge creative music, poetry into our community gardens. In a city full of concrete venues, our performers and audiences rarely have the chance to experience art in beautiful, open, green spaces. These In Garden performances open eyes and ears to new music and art, furthering the accessibility of the innovative arts. The In Gardens performances realize Arts for Art’s passion to share our art and gifts with the neighborhoods in which we live and work.

Saturday 09/21 @ Children’s Magical Garden – Heralding InGardens

2PM: Ras Moshe Trio
Ras Moshe – sax
John Pietaro – vibes
Lisa Mezzacappa – bass

3PM: Dave Sewelson’s GROOP
Will Connell – reeds, flute
Robert Barnes – trumpet
Dave Hofstra – tuba
William Parker – tuba
Dave Sewelson – tuba

4PM: James Brandon Lewis Duo
James Brandon Lewis – sax
Federico Ughi – drums

Saturday 09/28 @ Children’s Magical Garden – Latin Free Jazz

2PM: Price of Freedom Quartet
Juan Quinonez – guitar
Harvey Lesesne – sax
Emir Ksasan – bass
JoJo Smith – congas
Kevin Atkins – drums

Gerald Cleaver – drums
Jean Carla Rodea – voice
Brandon Seabrook – guitar

4PM: Carletti / Attias Duo
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
Michael Attias – sax

Sunday 09/29 @ 6BC Garden – Conference of the Birds

2PM: Accortet
Michael Bisio – bass
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Art Bailey – accordion

3PM: Rob Brown Duo
Rob Brown – sax
Kenny Warren – trumpet

4PM: NU Band
Roy Campbell – trumpet, cornet
Mark Whitecage – alto, clarinet
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

Saturday 10/05 @ First Green – A Fall Vision

2PM: Daniel Levin & Rob Brown Duo
Daniel Levin – cello
Rob Brown – sax

3PM: Daniel Carter & Zak Sherzad Duo
Daniel Carter – sax
Zak Sherzad – bass

Patricia Nicholson – words, dance
William Parker – words, bass

Sunday 10/06 @ 6BC Garden – The Nature of the Bass

2PM: Hilliard Greene Solo
Hilliard Greene – bass

3PM – Pascal Niggenkemper & Tatsuya Nakatani
Tatsuya Nakatani – drums
Pascal Niggenkemper – bass

4PM: Moshe / Cole / Dulberger
Ras Moshe – tenor sax
Bill Cole – double reeds, didjeridu
Shayna Dulberger – bass

Saturday 10/12 @ First Green – Downtown’s EDGE

2PM: Alex Harding & Free Flow
Alex Harding – baritone sax
Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
Hilliard Greene – bass
Francisco Mora Catlett – drums

3PM: Jason Kao Hwang Trio
Jason Kao Hwang – viola
Ken Filiano – bass
Andrew Drury – drums

4PM: Miriam Parker & Friends
Miriam Parker – dance
Full lineup TBA

Sunday 10/13 @ 6BC Garden – Songs in Nature

2PM: ZenBeatz
Albey Balgochian – bass, words
Jane Grenier B. – words

3PM: Ellen Christi & William Parker Duo
Ellen Christi – voice
William Parker – bass

4PM: Fay Victor’s Poetry & Strings
Fay Victor – words, vocals
Anders Nilsson – guitar
Marika Hughes – cello
Michael Bisio – bass