AMN Picks of the Week: Tim Hecker / Nagual / Yeh, Lee, Marhaug / John Davis

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.

Tim Hecker – Virgins (2013)
Nagual – Nagual (2013)
C. Spencer Yeh / Okkyung Lee / Lasse Marhaug – Wake Up Awesome (2013)
John Davis – Ask the Dust (2013)

Experiments In Opera in New York

From Experiments In Opera:

Experiments in Opera (www.ExperimentsInOpera.com) announces their upcoming quadruple bill, Chorus of All Souls to be held on Saturday November 2, 8pm at Abrons Art Center Playhouse, 466 Grand Street, New York. This performance kicks off their 2013-14 Season and yearlong residency at Abrons Arts Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For tickets ($30), patrons should call Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or visit http://www.AbronsArtsCenter.org.

A free preview event at Abrons Art Center, Opera in Dialogue, will take place Sunday October 27 from 7 – 9 PM featuring Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, Jessica Pavone, and Paola Prestini (director of VisionIntoArt); moderated by CultureBot founder Andrew Horowitz.

In celebration of the Day of All Souls and the close of Hallowmas, Experiments in Opera, in partnership with VisionIntoArt, presents a semi-staged production of John Zorn’s The Holy Visions, an exhilarating choral opera based on the writings and work of the medieval mystic and composer, Hildegard von Bingen. ’Chorus of All Souls’ will also include the premiere of When No One Around You is There by Jessica Pavone which utilizes the chorus as an abstract metaphor for the human predicament and two semi-staged choral operas: Jason Cady’s Nostalgia Kills You, a comedy about a man and his zombie ex-girlfriend and Matthew Welch’s Reanimator Requiem which merges the mass for the dead with H.P. Lovecraft’s cult classic.

The Holy Visions
By John Zorn
Produced by VisionIntoArt
Projection & Video Design by S. Katy Tucker
Performances by Abby Fischer, Kirsten Sollek, Sarah Brailey, Jane Sheldon and Mellissa Hughes

Nostalgia Kills You
By Jason Cady
Directed by Louisa Proske
Costumes by Seth Bodie
Matthew Welch – conductor
Erin Flannery – Soprano
Vince B. Vincent – Bass

Reanimator Requiem
By Matthew Welch
Directed by Louisa Proske
Costumes by Seth Bodie
Matthew Welch – conductor

When No One Around You is There
By Jessica Pavone

The Chorus
Amanda Weber, Molly Netter, Kathleen Allan, Rachel Calloway, Patrick Fennig, Max Blum, Nick Hallett, Jeffrey Gavett, Peter Stewart – Chorus

The Ensemble
Mike Pride, Tim Dahl, Emily Manzo, Brendon Randall-Myers

Sound Design by Levy Lorenzo
Lighting Design by Masha Tsimring

Chorus of All Souls opens Experiments in Opera’s 2013-14 Season and yearlong residency at the Abrons Arts Center. The residency will continue with a Radio Operas (February 28 – March 1, 2014), a showcase of opera shorts for the radio , and the premiere of Brother Brother (May 2-3, 2014), an evening length opera that has been in development with EiO for the past two seasons. A $60 subscription is available for discounted ticketing to all three events.

Zevious and Dysrythmia Fall Tour

Zevious stomps it flat
Zevious stomps it flat (Photo credit: crimfants)

From Zevious:

Oct 12
Baltimore, MD
Orion Sound Studios
2903 Whittington Ave.
Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 646-7334 with Sonar and Expanding Man

Oct 28
Brooklyn, NY
The Grand Victory
245 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 529-6610 with Brandon Seabrook, Elliot Sharp, Nels Cline and Split Red

Nov 2
Richmond, VA
Wonderland
1727 E. Main St
Richmond, Virginia 23219 with Dysrhythmia and Hellbear

Nov 3
Chapel Hill, NC
Local 506
506 W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 942-5506 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 4
West Columbia, SC
Conundrum Music Hall
626 Meeting St
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 250-1295 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 5 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
256 W Clayton St
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 549-5577 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 6 Tampa, FL Crowbar
1812 17th St. North
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 241 – 8600 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 7 Miami, FL Churchill’s Pub
5501 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida 33137 with Dysrhythmia, Orbweaver and Cave of Swimmers

Nov 9 Tallahassee, FL Rehab
926 W. Tharpe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 10 Hattiesburg, MS Thirsty Hippo
309 Mcleod St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 583-9188 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 11 Memphis, TN Murphy’s
1589 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 726-4193 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 12 St. Louis, MO Fubar
3108 Locust St
St Louis, MO 63103
(314) 289-9050 with Dysrhythmia, Yowie and The Vanguar Party

Nov 13 Chicago, IL Ultra Lounge
2169 Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 269-2900 with Dysrhythmia and Guzzlemug

Nov 14 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
11213 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 221-8576 with Dysrhythmia and Clan of the Cave Bear

Nov 15 Syracuse, NY Gorham Brothers Music
118 Seeley Rd
Syracuse, NY 13224
(315) 214-3573 with Dysrhythmia

Nov 17 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
1120 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222 with Dysrhythmia and Geryon

Georg Friedrich Haas Is Celebrated at Miller Theater

From NYTimes.com:

During an onstage interview halfway through a concert on Thursday night at the Miller Theater at Columbia University, the conductor Brad Lubman asked the composer Georg Friedrich Haas how he had become interested in writing microtonal music. It was a simple question that might have occurred to anyone in the hall. Mr. Haas’s works, some of which have become staples of the contemporary repertory, make striking use of sounds that lurk between the semitone steps of the conventional Western scale. Mr. Haas sidestepped a simple answer. Microtones exist, he said; why not use them? Anyway, it’s only a problem for the conductors and performers who have to interpret faithfully pieces like his latest opera, “Thomas,” in which Mr. Haas used some 1,600 different pitches. Pushed gently, he divulged some history, but he had a more important point to make: using microtones is not an end in itself, but a means by which to provoke strong emotional responses from his listeners.

Chicago Scene: October 12 – October 26

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

October 12:

11:00AM at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Pk (Free)
James Falzone’s Improvisus Collective : James Falzone, Ellen McSweeney, Ayako Kato, JulieAnn Graham

7:30PM at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd (Free)
Off the Record Part 1
avery r young, Douglas Ewart

8:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, must RSVP)
Lampo Presents
Ben Vida

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
CPA Trio : Christopher Preissing, Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, with special guest Jim Baker

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Steven Lugerner, Russ Johnson, Myra Melford, Matt Wilson

October 13:

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen

October 14:

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

October 15:

7:30PM at Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
Dal Niente — music of Johannes Kreidler

October 16:

9:00PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800
Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Joshua Abrams

9:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Gordon Grdina Trio with Tommy Babin, Kenton Loewen

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke, Hamid Drake

October 17:

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Gordon Grdina Trio, with Tommy Babin, Kenton Loewen

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($18-$10)
Clark Sommers Ba(SH) with Geof Bradfield, Dana Hall — CD release

October 18:

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
Mark Hosler
Thomas Dimuzio
M C Schmidt, Wobbly

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($9)
Health&Beauty : Brian Sulpizio, Ben Boye, Frank Rosaly
Chuck Johnson
Spires That In the Sunset Rise : Kathleen Baird, Georgia Vallas, Taralie Peterson, Tracy Peterson

October 19:

9:00PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.342.4597
CPA : Christopher Preissing, Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman
Toby Summerfield, Anton Hatwich, Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Tim Berne‘s Snake Oil, with Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith

October 20:

4:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Articular Facet 5.2
Avreeayl Ra’s Dream Stuff
Reid Karris, KG Price

7:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($15-$5)
Claire Chase, Katinka Kleijn, Jacob Greenberg — performance of Vox Balaenae

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$10)
Third Coast Percussion : Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Toby Summerfield, Jason Roebke, Jeff Kimmel
bAgg*fisH : Marcos Baggiani, Michael Fischer

October 21:

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Keefe Jackson, Daniel Fandiño

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
a.pe.ri.od.ic (8)
Jeff Kimmel, Robert Reinhart, Eliza Bangert, Kenn Kumpf, Matthew Oliphant, Billie Howard, Jonathon Kirk, Owen Davis, Nomi Epstein, with special guest Michael Pisaro

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

October 22:

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Keefe Jackson Trio with Jason Roebke, Mikel Avery

October 23:

9:00PM at the Bedford, 1612 W Division, 773.235.8800
Makaya McCraven, Justin Thomas, Jeff Parker, Joshua Abrams

October 24:

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($13-$10)
Lucian Ban, Mat Maneri

October 25:

11:00AM at Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630 (Free)
My Silence XL : Jason Stein, Nick Butcher, Mike Reed, with Eleanor Scott, Jessica Mart

7:30PM at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($35-$5)
On Sacred Ground
The Bad Plus : Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King, with Cristina Guadalupe, Noah Hutton

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($13-$10)
Michael Formanek, Ellery Eskelin, Jacob Sacks, Dan Weiss

October 26:

11:00AM at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Pk (Free)
My Silence XL : Jason Stein, Nick Butcher, Mike Reed, with Eleanor Scott, Jessica Mart

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour And Sound Trio

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28) (wheelchair-accessible)
Composer Portrait : John Zorn
ICE

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Spektral Quartet
Good Evening

11:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Colorlist : Charles Gorczynski, Charles Rumback

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/
http://www.ratchetmusic.com
http://www.umbrellamusic.org
http://www.mcachicago.org
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html
http://www.skylarkchicago.com
http://www.hideoutchicago.com
http://www.elasticrevolution.com
http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html
http://www.lampo.org
http://dalniente.com
http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago
http://www.emptybottle.com/