Update on Boston and Chicago Lee Hyla Tribute Shows

Kronos Quartet
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BOSTON
Thursday, September 25, 2014 8PM
New England Conservatory of Music-Jordan Hall (http://necmusic.edu/calendar_event/2014-9-25)
Free admission

Composer Lee Hyla taught at New England Conservatory from 1992 through 2007, and was co-chair or chair of the composition department for most of that time. This memorial concert brings together performers of Hyla’s music who had the opportunity to work with him during his time here.

Ensembles: Firebird Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet, Callithumpian Consort

Conductors: Jeffrey Means, Stephen Drury

Artists: Stephen Drury (Piano), Gabriela Diaz (Violin), Sarah Brady (Flute), Gary Gorczyca (Clarinet), Sarah Bob (Piano), Kate Vincent (Viola), David Russell (Cello), Aaron Trant (Percussion), Judith Gordon (Piano), Thea Lobo (Mezzo Soprano), Alexis Lanz (Clarinet), John Diodati (Bass Clarinet), Franziska Huhn (Harp), Yukiko Takagi (Piano), Ashleigh Gordon (Viola), Jeffrey Means (Percussion), Yoko Hagino (Piano), Jessi Rosinski (Alto Flute, Flute)

Program:

Hyla: Basic Training
Stephen Drury (Piano)

Hyla: Passeggiata for solo violin
Gabriela Diaz (Violin)

Hyla: Field Guide
Sarah Brady (Flute), Gary Gorczyca (Clarinet), Sarah Bob (Piano), Gabriela Diaz (Violin), Kate Vincent (Viola), David Russell (Cello), Aaron Trant (Percussion)

Hyla: Third Party
Judith Gordon (Piano)

Hyla: String Quartet no 3

Hyla: Migración
Thea Lobo (Mezzo Soprano), Sarah Brady (Flute), Alexis Lanz (Clarinet), John Diodati (Bass Clarinet), Franziska Huhn (Harp), Yukiko Takagi (Piano), Gabriela Diaz (Violin), Ashleigh Gordon (Viola), David Russell (Cello), Jeffrey Means (Percussion)

Hyla: Warble
Sarah Brady (Flute), Yoko Hagino (Piano)

Hyla: My Life on the Plains
solo cadenzas
Sarah Bob (Piano)

Hyla: Ciao Manhattan
Jessi Rosinski (Alto Flute)Alto Flute, Flute), Stephen Drury (Piano), Gabriela Diaz (Violin), David Russell (Cello)

CHICAGO
Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:30PM
Northwestern University
Lutkin Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL (http://www.pickstaiger.org/event/lee-hyla-memorial-concert)
Free admission

A concert honoring the late Bienen School professor Lee Hyla, an award-winning composer who wrote for such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His honors included the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the St. Botolph Club Award, and the Rome Prize.

Featuring:

Ryan Muncy and Thomas Snydacker, saxophone; Joshua Rubin, bass clarinet; Austin Wulliman, violin; Chris Wild, cello; Spektral Quartet; Nolan Pearson, piano

Program: All works by Lee Hyla

We Speak Etruscan
Passeggiata
Winter/Fall
Pre-Amnesia
Basic Training
String Quartet No. 4

Upcoming Lost Civilizations Shows

September 26, 2014 @ Green Island DIY

Loop 2.4.3, Castles and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project appear at 
Green Island DIY, 2327 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Loop 2.4.3 (http://www.loop243.com/) offers a “refreshing combination of rigor, complexity, and force” mixed with “emotionally rich expression” (George Grella, The Big City), in original music that’s built around percussion, steel drum, vocals, and electronics. Founder Thomas Kozumplik (also of indie-classical quartet Clogs), multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson, and guests, create works and give performances described as “visceral and satisfying,” with “brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura, a genuine time warp.” (Gramophone) Their “energetic performances” (New York Times) and “stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago) are featured at music festivals, arts centers, universities, experimental venues, and jazz and rock clubs internationally. They are also often asked to provide educational and community outreach programs. Embracing heritage while pursuing their own path, “Kozumplik and Watson never sound like makers of arbitrary music…it all sounds like part of a well-though-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Fresh Air, NPR).

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://www.lost-civilizations.tumblr.com) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Amanda Huron on percussion, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008. It has been described thusly:

Castles (https://soundcloud.com/castlesmusic ) is jan jeffry shaagnik bort brian lena.

Admission: $5 in advance (via a no-cost/no credit card Eventbrite reservation made through http://goo.gl/79U6fe); $10 at door.
For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/517169381754041/

September 27, 2014 @ Baltimore’s An die Musik

On Saturday, September 27, the Neil Feather/Rosie Langabeer Two To Tutu Too duo, Loop 2.4.3 and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will appear at Baltimore’s iconic An die Musik, which is located at 409 North Charles Street (Second Floor). The performance begins at 8 pm and tickets are $10 in advance (InstantSeats , or via phone: 410-385-2638); $13 at the door.

Sound Mechanic Neil Feather (http://www.neilfeather.org/http://www.neilfeather.org/) has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments for thirty years, and is increasingly known internationally as one of the most original musical thinkers of his day. His instruments each embody uniquely clever acoustic and engineering principles, and are visually arresting. The music he plays on the instruments is equally original, embodying new principles and resulting in a nearly alien idiom of music. A founding member of THUS and THE OFFICIAL PROJECT, as well as the leader of AEROTRAIN, he has a long history of collaborative projects and solo concerts.
Mr. Feather’s music generating sculptures are listed in the New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments and he has a long history of exhibits and performances (examples at http://soundamerican.org/neil-feather-photos-and-videos). He has performed in more than 200 concerts of his original music using these sculptures, including venues such as the American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD, 2008), the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA, 2008), Area 405 (Baltimore, MD 2007), the Knitting Factory (New York, NY, 2005), and the Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD, 2004).

Mr. Feather will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist and composer Rosie Langabeer (http://www.rosielangabeer.com/http://www.rosielangabeer.com/; http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1748http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1748 ). Ms. Langabeer is an award wining composer, experimental musician and instigator with a taste for things that teeter on the intersection of the serious and the absurd. Langabeer composes regularly for theatre, dance and musical ensembles of various sizes and has performed extensively in NZ and internationally throughout the USA (2010 – 2013), the UK (2013), Mexico City (2010) and France (2005).

Loop 2.4.3 (http://www.loop243.com/) offers a “refreshing combination of rigor, complexity, and force” mixed with “emotionally rich expression” (George Grella, The Big City), in original music that’s built around percussion, steel drum, vocals, and electronics. Founder Thomas Kozumplik (also of indie-classical quartet Clogs), multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson, and guests, create works and give performances described as “visceral and satisfying,” with “brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura, a genuine time warp.” (Gramophone) Their “energetic performances” (New York Times) and “stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago) are featured at music festivals, arts centers, universities, experimental venues, and jazz and rock clubs internationally. They are also often asked to provide educational and community outreach programs. Embracing heritage while pursuing their own path, “Kozumplik and Watson never sound like makers of arbitrary music…it all sounds like part of a well-though-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Fresh Air, NPR)

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/; http://goo.gl/WfSs5) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin).For its September 27 performance, Jerry Busher (drums), Emily Chimiak (violin) and Patrick Whitehead (horns) are scheduled to appear with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.

For further information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com
FaceBook “event”: https://www.facebook.com/events/1507128572864961/

September 29, 2014 @ Arlington’s Galaxy Hut

On September 29, 2014, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project opens for Tony Risotto at Arlington’s iconic Galaxy Hut (http://www.galaxyhut.com/), located at 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201. The performance begins at 9pm, and admission is $5, all of which goes to the performers.

Tony Risotto ( https://soundcloud.com/tony-risottohttps://soundcloud.com/tony-risotto) is an improviser and composer chiefly interested in expressing emotion and seeking to do the same in the listener. He studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory and has performed at such DC venues as Blues Alley and The Velvet Lounge with performers such as Earl Klugh.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/; http://goo.gl/WfSs5) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin).
Facebook “Event”: https://www.facebook.com/events/304252249771062

October 2 ,2014 @ Green Island DIY

On October 2, 2014, Loop 2.4.3, Tony Risotto and the Lost Civilizations experimental project perform in the Indie Adams Morgan series at Green Island, which is located at 2327 18th St NW. Doors open at 7pm.

Loop 2.4.3 (http://www.loop243.com/) offers a “refreshing combination of rigor, complexity, and force” mixed with “emotionally rich expression” (George Grella, The Big City), in original music that’s built around percussion, steel drum, vocals, and electronics. Founder Thomas Kozumplik (also of indie-classical quartet Clogs), multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson, and guests, create works and give performances described as “visceral and satisfying,” with “brand-new yet iconic sounds that create a riveting aura, a genuine time warp.” (Gramophone) Their “energetic performances” (New York Times) and “stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago) are featured at music festivals, arts centers, universities, experimental venues, and jazz and rock clubs internationally. They are also often asked to provide educational and community outreach programs. Embracing heritage while pursuing their own path, “Kozumplik and Watson never sound like makers of arbitrary music…it all sounds like part of a well-though-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.” (Fresh Air, NPR)

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http:/www.lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/) is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (Tenor Sax, Saxello and Baritone Sax) and T. A. Zook (BassCello and Misc. Instruments). Although it is essentially a duo and performs most frequently as such, it often features guest performers. When complex schedules permit, it now performs with Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics, Jerry Busher on percussion and electronics, Amanda Huron on percussion, Larry Gomez on percussion, Patrick Whitehead on horns and Emily Chimiak on vocals and violin. This project began performing in 2008. It has been described thusly:

Tony Risotto (https://soundcloud.com/tony-risotto) is an improviser and composer chiefly interested in expressing emotion and seeking to do the same in the listener. He studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory and has performed at such DC venues as Blues Alley and The Velvet Lounge with performers such as Earl Klugh.

Admission: $10 at the door
Facebook “Event”: https://www.facebook.com/events/769012219826362/
For additional information: t_a_zook@hotmail.com

October 4, 2014 @ The Fold in Rockville

110A Frederick Ave, Rockville, Maryland
Doors at 8pm. Music at 9pm
$10 at the door. Cash or Charge accepted
You must be +18 to enter and 21+ to drink. (BYOB)

Rockville’s The Fold is proud to host something new: Pre/Fix: Sound Scape. Sounds designed to bring you beyond:

Cagematch “Missing The End All” CD Release Concert, with special guest, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.

Cagematch (http://end-all.bandcamp.com/album/missing-the-end-all ): “. . . is visceral, moody and ultimately, unpredictable. Featuring soprano saxophone and electronics by Kate Olson, and rounded out by Gary Prince on electric guitar/effects and Tim Cohen on drums/percussion, this little combo applies a rock poise and an electrified sonic din to avant-jazz structures.” —Something Else Reviews

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://lost-civilizations.tumblr.com/) “Combining atmospheric strings with Ayler-esque expression, this group provides a fundamentally different approach to improvisation, with a focus on mood, landscape, and intensity.” “Veteran performers/composers T.A. Zook and Mike Sebastian create immediately enjoyable, yet endlessly complex soundscapes that seem to conjure a hyper-advanced, yet ancient parallel dimension. The duo regularly feature top improvisers in the greater DC area to compliment their electric strings, saxophone, and various loopers and effects.”

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/585424264896509

Newsbits: Anna Webber / Crimson in NY / John Luther Adams / Eli Keslzer and Rashad Becker / Matthew Shipp / 8-bit Music

Matthew Shipp
Cover of Matthew Shipp

Jazz Right Now reviews the latest release from Anna Webber.

King Crimson at the Best Buy Theater in New York is reviewed.

John Luther Adams‘ Become Ocean is streaming on NPR.

Eli Keslzer and Rashad Becker will perform in St. Louis on November 8.

Matthew Shipp will be playing solo piano at Greenwich House in West Village in Manhattan on Sunday September 28, as a CD release concert for his new solo CD “I’ve Been To Many Places”.

Finally, if you love 8-bit music and remember the old Nintendo Entertainment System, check this out.

Free Improv in Brighton and London, Oct. 3 and 9

Friday October 3rd 7.30 pm at Brighton Unitarian Church, New Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UF (www.brightonunitarian.org.uk). Tickets £10/£8 on the door or in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/286483

Thursday October 9th 7.30 pm The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES (theoldchurch.org.uk). Tickets £10/£8 on the door or in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/286485

An evening of structured and free improvisation with some of the leading UK string players

THE SLEEPWALKERS (Gus Garside, full ensemble)

A structured improvisation taking its title from Arthur Koestler’s Book The Sleepwalkers : Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe. A central theme is the changing relationship between faith and reason. The piece is written in a response to the way we have sleepwalked into climate change.

Fourfleckflock (Annie Kerr, string quartet)

Inspired by watching the gentle flecking of birds scouting the sky before massive starling murmurations gather at dusk. The score is a visual interpretation of bird movements seen against the sky and the threads of notation were directly inspired by shapes and rhythms in the bird flight.

SMALL GROUP IMPROVISATIONS

VIOLINS
Alison Blunt
Sylvia Hallett
Susanna Ferrar
Annie Kerr
VIOLA
Benedict Taylor
CELLOS
Alice Eldridge
Danny Kingshill
Marcio Mattos
DOUBLE BASSES
David Leahy
Gus Garside

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Abdullah Ibrahim
Cover of Abdullah Ibrahim

From Free Jazz:

The Whammies – Play the Music of Steve Lacy vol. 3: Live (Driff Records, 2014) ****
Samo Salamon Bassless Quartet – 2 Altos (Steeplechase) ***½
Battle Trance – Palace of Wind (NNA Tapes, 2014) ****
The Gate with Tim Dahl & Nate Wooley – Stench (Smeraldina-Rima, 2014) ***
Jonas Kullhammar – Basement Sessions Volume 3: The Ljubljana Tapes (Clean Feed, 2014) ****½
Abdullah Ibrahim – Mukashi ( 2014) ***
Mark Turner Quartet – Lathe of Heaven (ECM, 2014) ****
Period – 2 (Public Eyesore, 2014) ***½

Upcoming Creative Differences Shows

Uri Caine
Cover of Uri Caine

From Baltimore’s Creative Differences:

CREATIVE DIFFERENCES WEEKEND EDITION
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October
@ The Windup Space
12 W.North Avenue,Baltimore MD 21201
http://www.thewindupspace.com

Saturday October 4 at 9pm. Doors at 8pm – $20/15 students w.ID
Marilyn Crispell and Raymond MacDonald Duo
InsideOut (Lafayette Gilchrist,Michael Formanek,Eric Kennedy)

Sunday October 5 at 8pm. Doors at 7.30pm – $20/15 students w.ID
Uri Caine – solo
Uri Caine w. Michael Formanek,Dave Ballou and Devin Grey

Nels Cline and Julian Lage
Tuesday 18 November
at Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore MD 21224
United States
7:30pm
$22 / $20 memebers