9 PM Monday 30 September
Mike Gurfield, trumpet
Nathan Koci, horn
Steve Parker, trombone
Signal Brass (Mike Gurfield, Nathan Koci, and Steve Parker) is the brass section of Ensemble Signal. The trio performs regularly together both within and outside of the context of Signal, and in addition to making adventurous music together, nearly all of them enjoy laughing and occasional carousing.
From trumpet maestro Mike “Gurf” Gurfield:
We’ll be premiering “Trio” by Nathan Koci, I’ll be playing Matt Marks’s “Short Skirts/T-shirts” for trumpet and electronics, Steve will be playing “Parafrasis” by Hilda Paredes for trombone and electronics (which he’ll have just premiered at Miller), Nathan will play a solo piece “Flow” of his. We’ll also be doing some structured improv with electronics, and there will be a few surprises.
8 PM and 10 PM Wednesday 2 October (two sets)
The Acoustic Frontier: Improvisation by Experts
Eyal Maoz, Guitar
Kyoko Kitamura, Voice
Kathleen Supové, Piano
Reuben Radding, Bass
Kathleen Supové is one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today’s world. Ms. Supové annually presents a series of solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO. In this series, she has performed and premiered works by countless established as well as emerging composers. She has also performed with LEMUR musical robots and SIDEBAND, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. In May, 2012, she received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” For more info, visit http://www.supove.com or follow http://www.facebook.com/pages/explodingpiano or @supove.
Michael Lytle, Denman Maroney and Robert Dick, curators and at times performers
8 PM Thursday 3 October
Parameters of Sound
Duo Violin Program
Sarah Plum and Hal Grossman, violin
New Piece for two violins and live electronics ** Mari Kimura
Ira and Lachrymae for two violins (2013) ** Sidney Boquiren
Kikaku (2013) ** David Bohn
10 fragments for two violins
Il Prete Rosso (2013) ** Charles Nichols
after time: a resolution (2013) * Jeff Herriot
come ricordi come sogni come echi (2012) Christopher Burns
Jolie Sphinx (2009) Christopher Adler
Zing (2011) for violin and piano Bjorn Berkout
With Hal Grossman, violin
Polydorus Echoes (2011) * Sidney Corbett
7 PM Sunday 6 October
Rétes Series: Kevin Norton – composer percussionist. Presented by Eleanor Sandresky
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, NY, the composer/percussionist came to jazz in an unlikely setting, befriending drummer and fellow record collector Kenny Washington as a teenager. Studies at Hunter College (in NYC) introduced Kevin to Milt Hinton and after a short period, he began to perform with Milt, eventually recording The Judge’s Decision. Under Milt’s encouragement, Kevin enrolled in the Masters program at Manhattan School of Music. After graduation he played every kind of gig available to a versatile percussionist: classical, jazz, blues, Dixieland, off-Broadway shows, rock, but especially taking part in the blossoming downtown New York City scene that strove to combine these “styles.” Soon Mr. Norton was busy in the downtown New York Knitting Factory scene, performing with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins and John Zorn. Returning to his jazz roots, he began to devote himself to creating projects that featured his own composition and improvisation, predominately on vibes and drums. Kevin has composed several multi-movement pieces sometimes based on extra-musical subject matter. For Guy Debord (in nine events) is a composition for quintet and woodwind soloist (originally Anthony Braxton) based on the texts of the radical French philosopher whose thought proved central to the riots of Paris, 1968. Change Dance (Troubled) Energy draws it’s inspiration from another radical political activist, Kathy Change (born Kathleen Chang). Both suites are approximately an hour in duration. On February 23rd 2006 Kevin’s Water and Fire Suite was premiered, commissioned as part of the national series of works from Meet The Composer Commissioning Music/USA, which is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and the Target Foundation. Kevin has lead and/or co-lead 20 critically acclaimed recordings, many of them making year-end “Best of” lists. One recent recording, Time-Space Modulator integrates intricate, sophisticated composition work with the deep improvisatory skills of Kevin, Tony Malaby, John Lindberg and Dave Ballou. Kevin has also played with many highly esteemed European improvisers such as Paul Rogers, Joëlle Léandre, Paul Dunmall and Frode Gjerstad. For nearly ten years, Kevin was Anthony Braxton’s main percussionist in both the “ghost trance” phase and the “standards” phase, plotting out the course for all percussionists who followed. In June of 2002, Kevin Norton was a resident composer at the MacDowell Colony. He has served on the faculty of several schools and is currently on the faculty of William Paterson University. Some of his most recent composition work can be heard in the film Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words, dir. By Y. Hong. http://www.kevinnorton.com
7 PM Wednesday 9 October
Ambient-Chaos Evening, Curated by Pas Musique
From Belgium: Yannick Franck
8 PM Friday 11 October
Loneliness as Style
7:30 PM and 8:30 PM, Saturday 12 October. $10 for one set; $15 for both
Markus Reuter, 8-string touch guitar.
Markus Reuter (b.1972 in Lippstadt, Germany) is a composer, record producer, performing musician, educator and psychologist whose career has received international recognition.
3 PM Sunday 13 October
Reinier van Houdt, Piano, visiting from The Netherlands
Two sets, with intermission.
THE WELL-EXTENDED PIANO
Luc Ferrari (F): 36 Enfilades (1985) for piano and magnetophone
Michael Pisaro (USA): Fields have Ears #1 (2008) for piano, fieldrecording, noise, sinetones.
Peter Adriaansz (NL): Waves (2007) for piano, sinetones & ebows
Alvin Curran (USA) : Endangered Species (1996) for piano solo
Reinier van Houdt will present the piano in its own expanding – often ephemeral universe.
In his program the piano is featured as the protagonist in a fragmentary collection of Journal-entries (Ferrari), as a solitary ear exploring tones within a rotating field (Pisaro), as an audioscanner highlighting the outlines of an evolving structure (Adriaansz), or finally as an endangered species, time and again surviving its own extinction (Curran) ”
7 PM Wednesday 16 October
ICE album release event: Xenakis chamber concertos on Mode Records
Live performances (all Xenakis):
Charisma (Joshua Rubin, clarinet, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello)
Dikhthas (Erik Carlson, violin, Jacob Greenberg, piano)
Paille in the Wind (Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello, Jacob Greenberg, piano)
2 PM Thursday 17 October Unofficial CMJ SHOWCASE
Ben Holmes Quartet
2 PM Saturday 19 October Unofficial CMJ SHOWCASE
Kevin Hufnagel CD release
Cinema Cinema Matt Darriau
7 PM Saturday 19 October
Ty Citerman’s new quartet, Bop Kabbalah, features Adam D Gold (drums), Ben Holmes (trumpet), Ken Thomson (bass clarinet) and Citerman (guitars). The band prepares to head into the studio later this fall to record its debut release for Tzadik Records (due spring 2014). Citerman, Gold and Thomson have an instinctual musical rapport with each other through their longstanding work in the punk-jazz quartet Gutbucket. In Bop Kabbalah, Citerman’s compositions explore a different instrumentation and new sounds in modern Jewish music through the language of klezmer, niggunim, jazz, rock and 21st century concert music. The sound is lyrical and whimsical, ferocious and hypnotic. It’s not every concert that explores Spectrum’s past life as a synagogue a century ago (no joke), so come hear Bop Kabbalah turn some folks over in their graves.
7 PM Sunday 20 October
Brooklyn New Music Collective concert
Hannah Min, Violin
Aminda Asher, Cello
Katya Mihailova, Piano
Program: Piano Trios 2.0
Avro Part Mozart Adagio
Jennifer Higdon Piano Trio
Lera Auerbach Piano Trio
Katya Mihailova Blurr
Dan Visconti Lonesome Roads
Mike Rose, Director.
7:30 PM Tuesday 22 October
Cornelius Dufallo and Patrick Derivaz: Album-Release Party
Cornelius Dufallo, Violin
Patrick Derivaz: Bass Violin
Former ETHEL violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo joins forces with Bass player, composer, and producer Patrick Derivaz in a new ambient project. Dufallo describes the work as, “a meditative, quasi-hypnotic aesthetic in which variation is slow to a nearly imperceptible rate.”
7 PM Wednesday 23 October
Ambient-Chaos Evening, Curated by Pas Musique
1) Chris Cochrane and David First
2) Thilo Schölpen
3) Insect Ark
4) Dane Patterson
7:30 PM Tuesday 29 October
Ensemble NI&CO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra)
In 2006, Gediminas Gelgotas founded Ensemble NI&CO (The New Ideas Chamber Orchestra), which primarily performs his own compositions and represents his own artistic concept. NI&Co with Gelgotas as conductor has appeared in concert halls in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, London, Kiev, Hamburg and Duisburg. In 2009, NI&Co delivered an especially superb performance in Essen when Vilnius handed over the title of “Cultural Capital of Europe” to the Ruhr region (Germany). NI&Co presents contemporary art music with a theatrical awareness. Playing from memory, the performers integrate movement, speech and singing into their performances. Works NI&Co performs are predominantly composed by Gelgotas. However, Arvo Pärt, Terry Riley and others have found their way into their repertoire, forming organic programs with the Gelgotas works.