ISSUE Project Room Festivals in 2014

English: Peter Evans, moers festival 2009
English: Peter Evans, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:


Unsound New York – April 2014
Unsound— the Kraków-based festival of electronic and experimental music— has grown from a small underground event to a worldwide force. ISSUE co-presents the festival’s return to New York in April for four focused days of music and related visual arts. This year’s series will do what Unsound does best: explore the linkages between varying music genres in unexpected ways, often throwing a spotlight on artists from Poland.

Tectonics Festival New York – May 2014
Founded in 2012 by Ilan Volkov, music director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Tectonics festival highlights cutting-edge emerging and established composers working across chamber, orchestral, and electro-acoustic mediums. A rare forum for the critical consideration of developments in contemporary composition, the festival folds in explorations of improvisation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental performance practice.

New York Festival Ultima – May 2014
Scandinavia’s largest contemporary music festival, since 1991 Ultima has been a key arena for new music and related art forms. For their first New York Festival Ultima teams up with ISSUE to present a 5 day series highlighting outsider Scandinavian and American electro-accoustic composers, with a special attention being paid to female composers.

Artists-In-Residence – Ongoing through 2014
ISSUE’s 2014 Artists-in-Residence include performance artists Raul De Nieves and Georgia Sagri, choreograpers Moriah Evans and Gillian Walsh, and trumpeter/composer Peter Evans. Since 2005, ISSUE’s Artist-in-Residence program has provided artists an opportunity to develop significant new works in partnership with ISSUE over the course of the year.


Unapologetic “Tours de Force” in Kansas City

From, a review of a recent NewEars show.

newEar’s “Tours de force” could have been subtitled “Aggressively Unapologetic,” for Kansas City’s contemporary music ensemble’s second concert of the season on Saturday evening at All Souls Unitarian Church was an uncompromising pairing of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Axe Manual for percussion and piano and György Ligeti’s Trio for horn, violin, and piano.

AMN Reviews: Patrick Crossland & Alexander Frangenheim – Ape Green

Patrick Crossland & Alexander Frangenheim: Ape Green [cs243]

It isn’t every day that one runs across a duo of trombone and double bass. Even so, the two instruments’ differences in timbre and overlap of range make them potentially compatible partners. This potential is well-realized in this collection of improvised duets by Patrick Crossland on trombone and Alexander Frangenheim on double bass.

Throughout the set, Crossland and Frangenheim fully explore the richness of sound available to them both collectively and individually. Frangenheim brings out the extensive timbral possibilities inherent in his instrument, plucking, bowing, tapping and rattling until a complete sound profile of the double bass accumulates from his individual gestures. His use of different bow articulations are especially noteworthy, and allow the bass to play interlocutor to Crossland’s expressively vocal-like inflections, which are by turns grousing, inquisitive, lyrical, ruminative and declarative. Each player’s aural space interlocks with the other’s, creating a shared middle ground in which the roles of lead and backing line constantly shift. In the process—which both balances on and grows out of the mutually reinforcing qualities of contrast and likeness–each makes apparent the unique and defining characteristics of his particular voice.

Although the CD is organized into twelve relatively brief tracks, the momentum and continuity are such that, as with a well-written book, it’s hard not to take in the whole in one sitting.

January Frequency Fridays in Columbus, January 3rd

From Columbus’s Fuse Factory:

Our January 2014 Frequency Fridays show features free improv jazz Karma Flute Duo (Cheryl Pyle + Premik Russell Tubbs, NYC), electronic experimental musician Jessica Rylan (CA), and experimental drone duo Scenic Railroads (Mike Shiflet + Joe Panzner, CMH). Date: Friday, January 3, 2014. Location: Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St. 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2013-2014 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:

New York based flutist and composer Cheryl Pyle integrates many styles into her creative works. The versatile flutist received her BA in music from the University of California at Berkeley. She has appeared at such jazz clubs as the Blue Note, Seventh Avenue South, Angry Squire, Kave Haz, the Garage, Cornelia Street Café, CBGB’s Art Gallery, St. Peter’s Church, Amazonas, Fat Baby’s, Abc No Rio, Culturefix, Bar on A and Birdland. Ms Pyle has performed and recorded with such fine musicians as Joe Lovano, Fred Hersch, Mark Soskin,Tom Harrell, David Phelps, Billy Bang, Danilo Perez, Nick Gianni, Chuck Loeb, Michael Cochrane, Ben Monder, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Duduka Fonseca, Charlie Haden, James Williams, John Abercrombie, Paul Motian, Peter Washington, Rez Abassi, Atma Anur and others. She has recorded on Contemporary and Chesky Records with Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Charlie Haden and Paul Motion. Her lyrics have been recorded on Atlantic, Justin Time, Muse and Concord Records. She has cds out on the 11th street music label-Dalle Alle, Til Soon, Surreal, 9 Flute Duos, Inside Dialogue, Soul Dust , Sound Sculptures , Green Underworld, 13 Stories , 9 Improvisations for 9, DUO Live at ABC NO RIO , DUO Live at Downtown Music Gallery and Far Out.

Premik, a composer, arranger, producer and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist performs on various flutes, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, wind synthesizers, and lap steel guitar. Premik has worked with everyone from Carlos Santana, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Narada Michael Walden, Clarence Clemons, Ornette Coleman, Jackson Browne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Scarlet Riveria, James Taylor, Sting and Lady Gaga just to name a few. He is equally adept in pop, R&B, jazz, world and experimental genres.

Jessica Rylan is a sound artist and electronic musician who, for many years lived and performed in the Boston area, where she grew up. The main focus of her work to date has been the design and construction modular synthesizers which use analog electronic circuits to create a diversity of sounds. She uses her synthesizers in installations at galleries and also in her high-energy, live musical performances. She has performed extensively throughout New England and has also undertaken several national tours which have taken her from Boston all the way to Seattle and San Francisco. She has also performed in Europe on several occasions, from Russia to Norway. She has also performed live on the radio and was featured in a PBS documentary in March, 2003. She has created sound installations for such places as the LIST Gallery for Visual Arts at MIT, the Boston Center for Contemporary Art, Bard College, the Berwick Research Institute and the Massachusetts College of Art. She has an MFA in electronic music from Bard College, Avondale-on-Hudson, New York and has received grants from the Penny McCall Foundation and the LEF Foundation. She also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UMass/Lowell. Currently, she is a graduate student in electrical engineering at Stanford University. When she is not working on her graduate studies or her electronic music business, Flower Electronics, she likes to ride horses.

Mike Shiflet is a sound artist living in Columbus, Ohio. His performance technique involves a combination of several analog noise generators with Macintosh computer and software, usually resulting in a mix of rich drones and fluttering, frequency-jumping noises. In addition to recording as a solo artist, he has been involved in a variety of groups ranging from the violin-led improv group Burning Star Core and the laptop duo Scenic Railroads to performance troupe Noumena and cathartic sludge/noise band Sword Heaven. From 1998 until 2008, he ran GMBY Records (known as Gameboy before legal threats from Nintendo) and released exactly 100 albums by improv and noise artists from across the globe. His newest releases include The Choir, the Army (2012), Merciless (2011), Sufferers (2011), and Llanos (2010).

Joe Panzner is a computer musician and audio engineer from Columbus, OH with over a decade of experience in electronic and experimental music production. His sound work draws on the live electronic music of John Cage and David Tudor, the long-form memory experiments of Morton Feldman, and the digital extremism of Peter Rehberg, Florian Hecker, Zbigniew Karkowski, Dion Workman, and Kevin Drumm. In addition to his solo performance and composition, he records and performs with scenic railroads alongside fellow computer/electronics musician Mike Shiflet and in an ongoing collaboration with percussionist Greg Stuart.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Tim Berne
Tim Berne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Electric Snakeoil (Wednesday) “Shadow Man” is the second album by Snakeoil, an investigative chamber-improv group led by the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, and featuring Oscar Noriega on clarinets, Matt Mitchell on piano and Ches Smith on drums and percussion. For this one-nighter the group adds another partner, and another layer of texture, by including an electric guitarist, Ryan Ferreira. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)

Darius Jones Quartet/Circle Wide (Tuesday) With “Book of Mae’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise),” from last year, the alto saxophonist Darius Jones lobbed another depth charge into the postbop pool, backed by the same dynamic rhythm section found in a 9 p.m. set here: the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Ches Smith. A following set, at 10:30 p.m., will feature the drummer George Schuller’s band Circle Wide, with Peter Apfelbaum on saxophone, Brad Shepik on guitar, Dave Ambrosio on bass and Tom Beckham on vibraphone. Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

Ingrid Laubrock Quartet (Friday) The saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock this year released “Strong Place,” her second album with the restless unit she calls Anti-House. Here she enlists the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the trombonist Ben Gerstein, the tuba player Dan Peck and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)


Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Witold Lutosławski in 1993.
Witold Lutosławski in 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





Ensemble ACJW (Saturday) The brilliant conductor David Robertson, particularly gifted in 20th- and 21st-century music, leads this talented group of young professional musicians in a wide-ranging program: Berio’s “Folk Songs” (with the soprano Dawn Upshaw); Steve Reich’s “City Life”; and Bartok’s “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.” At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $43 to $50. (Woolfe)

Witold Lutoslawski: A Centennial Tribute (Friday) As part of Symphony Space’s In the Salon series, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble offers a tribute to the pioneering Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. The ensemble will perform some of his chamber works and music by Steven Stucky. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $32, $27 for members, $20 for 30 and under. (Schweitzer)

UnCaged Piano Festival (Friday and Saturday) A sine wave oscillator, a tea set, a tricycle and toy pianos are among the quirky “instruments” featured at this fun festival. Margaret Leng Tan, the doyenne of the miniature keyboard, is among the performers who will offer an eclectic lineup of music, with premieres by composers including Lukas Ligeti. More details: Friday at 7 p.m., Harvestworks, 596 Broadway, No. 602, south of Houston Street; free. Saturday at 8 p.m., DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan; $15. (Schweitzer)