Momenta Quartet, Gene Coleman & Ensemble N_JP in New York

Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006.
Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Interpretations:

Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 8PM, Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd ave)

Momenta Quartet Plays Lateef,
Kampela, Beeferman, & Rudolph

Gene Coleman & Ensemble N_JP

Two ambitious ensembles present world premieres! Gene Coleman presents the New York premiere of “Spiral Network” and the world premiere of “Sendai Transmissions”, commissioned by Chamber Music America. New York’s Momenta quartet will perform string quartets composed by improvisational artists, including Yusef Lateef, Arthur Kampela, Gordon Beeferman, and a world premiere from Adam Rudolph.

Gene Coleman’s Ensemble N_JP is an ongoing cross-cultural project combining performers from Philadelphia and New York with members of the Tokyo experimental scene and traditional Japanese instrumentalists. With Yoko Reikano Kimura & Naoko Kikuchi (voice and koto), Naomi Sato & Ko Ishikawa (sho), Gene Coleman (bass clarinet), Nick Millevoi (electric guitar), Toshimaru Nakamura & Adam Vidiksis (electronics), Alex Waterman & Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello), and special guest Thomas Buckner (voice).
The Momenta Quartet’s mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world, with Emilie-Anne Gendron & Adda Kridler (violin), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Michael Haas (cello).

This program features four new works by improvisers:
Gordon Beeferman: Quadrille (2012) with Stephanie Sleeper (choreography) & Gordon Beeferman (piano)
Arthur Kampela: “Uma Faca Só Lâmina” (“A Knife All Blade,” 1998)
Yusef Lateef: String Quartet no. 2 (2009)
Adam Rudolph: Morphic Resonances (2013): WORLD PREMIERE.

Artist Bios:
Gene Coleman is a composer and director. He is the recipient of the 2013 Berlin Prize in Music Composition and has created over fifty compositions for various instrumentation and media. Since 2001, his work has focused on global culture and music’s relationships with architecture, video, and dance. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with experimental filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Ernie Gehr, as well as musician Robert Snyder. He has been a composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome (Fall 2011); the Shofuso House in Philadelphia (2009); the Westwerk in Hamburg (2007); the Taipei Artists Village (2007); the Irtijal Festival in Beirut (2005); the Takefu Music Festival (2002); and in Tokyo, on a Japan–US Fellowship (2001). Many international organizations have commissioned and presented his music and film work, including: Konzerthaus Wien; the Japan Society; the Ernst von Siemens Foundation; Phace Contemporary Music; I-House Philadelphia; MoMA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Maerzmusik Festival; and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

The Momenta Quartet’s vision of new music embraces composers from all cultures and from diverse musical backgrounds, including jazz and avant-garde improvisation. The quartet devotes the vast majority of its programming to living composers, many of whom are emerging or underrepresented in the New York new music scene. The ensemble gives multiple performances of their works on innovative concert programs that may include 20th/21st century masterworks and selected great music from the past. Praised by the New York Times for its “focused, fluid performance” and by Sequenza 21 for its “fire, fantasy and absolute musical commitment,” the Momenta Quartet has premiered over 50 works in the past eight years and has collaborated with over 80 living composers. Now in its ninth year in residence at Temple University, Momenta has also performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, Yeshiva and Hawaii Pacific Universities; Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges; The Mannes School of Music and the Boston Conservatory; among others. The quartet has performed in England, Singapore and Indonesia and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)
509 Atlantic Ave
(On the corner of Atlantic + 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY

This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

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English: A self-portrait photograph by and of Rhys Chatham. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the ISSUE Project Room:

Thursday, October 10th – 8:00pm
Yasunao Tone

Well known as an active member of the Fluxus movement since 1962, Yasunao Tone’s expansive practice eschews standard notions of media and embraces contradiction. His most recent sets, harsh and scrupulous digital noise generated by his own modifications to the MP3 encoding system, have been called, “chaotic and highly charged, cerebral in its conceptual intent but with a bracing sense of urgency” (Wall Street Journal). Tone performs solo, sharing the bill with his recent collaborators Talibam!, a duo of 2010 Artist-In-Residence Matt Mottel (keys) and Kevin Shea (drums), who also celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.

Friday, October 11th – 8:00pm
Francesco Tristano
Byron Westbrook

Barcelona-based pianist Francesco Tristano had already established a formidable reputation as a classical performer when he broke new ground with the release Not for piano, containing his compositions as well as acclaimed piano versions of Detroit techno classics. Known for exploring new shapes of the piano recital– including programs interpreted as a continuous playlist, or amplified through real-time processing– tonight his program includes his own works as well as Luciano Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza IV, and compositions by Dietrich Buxtehude and JS Bach.

Brooklyn-based electronic composer Byron Westbrook presents a new work exploring drones in the form of high speed playback and fast interlocking pulses. Informed by the harmonic series, Westbrook uses multi-channel dispersion techniques that dynamically respond to the space in performance.

Saturday, October 12th – 8:00pm
Barbara Sukowa & The X-Patsys
Rhys Chatham
at The Kitchen: 512 West 19th St. NYC

The X-Patsys is a musical project started in 1998 by three close friends: actress Barbara Sukowa and artists Robert Longo and Jon Kessler. Kessler had a dream in which he saw Sukowa dressed as a country- western singer belting out legendary Patsy Cline songs. He told his vision to Sukowa and Longo, and together they used it as inspiration to form The X-Patsys, initially performing Patsy Cline songs, transforming them into a new sound that was dark, moody, and dramatic. Tonight ISSUE collaborates with the Kitchen to present the X-Patsys founding members joined by extraordinary musicians Anthony Coleman, Knox Chandler, Jonathan Kane, and Ernie Brooks.

Rhys Chatham opens with a performance of his legendary Guitar Trio (1977), joined by David Grubbs, Karen Haglof and the X-Patsys players. With a single, repeated chord, gritty, overtone-drenched minimalism crosses with the elemental fury of punk. The amalgamation energized the downtown New York scene throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, and made Chatham a founding father of the No Wave movement.

Coming Up:
Thursday, October 17th – 8:00pm
Ben Vida: Damaged Particulates

Friday, October 18th – 8:00pm
Tony Conrad / Amen Dunes & Tom Thayer / Lee Noble

Saturday, October 19th – 8:00pm
William Basinski / Aki Onda & Raha Raissnia

AMN Picks of the Week: Mary Halvorson / Rent Romus / Anthony Braxton / Miller, Lee, Merzbow

Braxton, Anthony

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.

Mary Halvorson Septet – Illusionary Sea (2013)
Rent Romus – Truth Teller (2013)
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Berlin) 1976
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Sweet Basil) 1985
Scott Miller / Lee Camfield / Merzbow – No Closure (2013)

5 must-see shows at the 2013 X Avant Music Festival


The Music Gallery’s 2013 X Avant Festival lineup is without a doubt what many experimental, pop, jazz, noise, classical, and world music fans would call exciting, and what some other music lovers would hesitatingly call “interesting.” Yet the 10 day, seven show fest isn’t all weird dudes sharing the stage with their stuffed animals — more on that in a minute — A Tribe Called Red will be in town for what can and should be festival’s best dance party ever, and Morton Feldman‘s String Quartet No. 2 promise a “slow motion rave,” which, to be fair, still falls under “interesting.” But at X Avant, as in life, interesting is nothing if not something to aspire to.

This Week in Buenos Aires

1x1 nicetoFrom Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica:

NORRIS TRIO + SAMA 4TET ( free jazz / new jazz )
At Onyx club , 21.00 hs

At Thelonius Bar , 21.30 hs

DAWID 5TET +SANTIAGO LEISBON TRIO ( free jazz / new jazz )
At Onux Club , 21.00hs

HERNAN MERLO TRIO ( free jazz / new jazz )
Juan Filipelli (guitar)- Nicolas Politzer (drums) Hernán Merlo (contrabass)
At Virasoro Bar 21.30 hs

At Lamadrid 1001 , 22.00 HS

COMPOSITORAS ARGENTINA ( classical contemporary)
V. A.
At Suipacha 1422 , 19 hs

INSTANTES SONOROS ( experimental/ multimedia)
Viideo Pipilotti Rist # 1987 / 2003
Elisabeth Charlotte Rist (1962 Switzerland) .
Ernesto Baca Retrospective 8mm/ 2012/2013 Music: Klauss (Ernesto Romeo) & Ariel Chase (XVOX)
At Domus Artis 21.30 hs

AL RAZZ = LEISBON 4TET + ZAYAS TRIO ( free jazz / new jazz )
Fitz Roy 2483 , 21.30 hs

UNOXUNO ( free rock/ improv/ electronics )
Hector Ongarato: bass, electrónics.
Francisco Jaime: drums percussion
Carlos Alonso: voice guitar electrónics.

Ciclo “Música por sus autores” en Xperiencias en Escena.
Marco Sanguinetti + Jerónimo Carmona + Migma
(piano+ contrabass + turntable )
Centro Cultural Borges (Viamonte esq San Martín). 19.30hs.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: American bass guitarist, composer and...
English: American bass guitarist, composer and producer Melvin Gibbs in Paris, France Français : Le bassiste, compositeur et producteur américain Melvin Gibbs au Palace. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Christophe Berthet – Malval (Creative Sources, 2012) ****½
Kit Downes & Tom Challenger: Wedding Music (Loop Records, 2013) *****
Mary Halvorson Septet – Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12, 2013) ****½
Body/Head – Coming Apart (Matador, 2013) ****
Chis Kelsey & What I Say – The Electric Miles Project (Self-released, 2013) ****
Elliot Sharp, Melvin Gibbs, Lucas Niggli – Crossing the Waters (Intakt, 2013) ****
Yves Reichmuth Quartet – Fingertongue (Veto, 2013) ****
Lucien Dubuis Trio and the Spacetet – Design Your Future (Unit Records, 2013) ****½