2015 Season for New Music Circle

Tim Berne
Tim Berne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From St. Louis’s New Music Circle:

Saturday January 17th, 2015
Concert 7:30PM 560 Music Center
560 Trinity Ave, 63130 (map)
Johanna Ballou — piano
Stella Markou — soprano

Johanna Ballou is a young American pianist who has been enthralling American and European audiences with her magnetic stage presence and dynamic interpretations. She completed her studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the UK and has studied with Daniel Martyn Lewis, Rolf Hind, Seth Carlin, William Phemister, Vera Parkin, and members of Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. After her acclaimed Welsh premier of Gyorgy Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, she toured alongside members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta for the contemporary chamber opera company Music Theatre Wales. She collaborated with Diversions, the National Dance Company of Wales, and worked in music for Welsh independent film, television, theater, and art installation projects. Since returning to the states in 2009, she has continued her performance career in both solo and collaborative piano. She works closely with composers in the performance of new music, and performs educational programs for children throughout Missouri and Illinois. Ballou’s January concert will include selections that employ a variety of modern classical approaches.

OKKYUNG LEE / LOTTE ANKER (solo sets and collaborative duo)
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Concert 7:30 PM
Doors 7:00 PM Joe’s Cafe
6014 Kingsbury Ave., 63122 (map)
Okkyung Lee — cello
Lotte Anker — saxophones

Okkyung Lee has been developing her own approach to cello performance for over a decade. Unbound by any specific genre or style, her visceral yet communicative sound draws from her background in extended instrumental techniques, Korean traditional musics and contemporary “noise” aesthetics. Born in Korea but based in New York City since 2000, she has released several albums on labels such as Tzadik, Ideologic Organ, and Ecstatic Peace. A list of her musical partnerships is long and diverse and include such maverick sound-experimentalists as Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, Laurie Anderson, Ikue Mori, Jim O’Rourke and C. Spencer Yeh, as well as master instrumentalists like John Zorn, Chris Corsano, Leo Wadada Smith, Vijay Iyer and John Edwards. Okkyung’s forays include collaborations with visual artists and choreographers to develop multi-disciplinary performances, many of these ultimately presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Issue Project Room and The Kitchen.

ON FILLMORE (Glenn Kotche, Darin Gray)
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Concert 7:30 PM
Doors 7:00 PM The Stage at KDHX – welcomed by KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)
Glenn Kotche — percussion
Darin Gray — bass

Once dubbed “the rhythm section’s revenge” by Jim O’Rourke, On Fillmore is the multi-instrumental duo of bassist Darin Gray (St. Louis) and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Chicago). Kotche and Gray first came in contact with one another at recording sessions in 1999 during which the On Fillmore project was conceptualized. Over a decade later the band is still stretching the very definition of the term “rhythm section” by their use of upright bass, exotic percussion, vibraphone, various small instruments and the superimposition of field recordings.Kotche and Gray both have long and impressive musical résumés. Well known for his tenure with Wilco, Kotche is a respected composer whose 2006 solo album, Mobile, was released on Nonesuch. Darin Gray’s output of recordings began in the ’90s, when he was a member of various experimental rock bands. Since then, Gray has been consistently active as a world class performer and improviser, releasing solo recordings as well as numerous collaborative works with musicians Loren Mazzacane Connors, Akira Sakata, Chris Corsano (as Chikamorachi), among many others. The past two years have seen Gray active in tours with NPR’s Radiolab series and Jeff Tweedy.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – (quartet)
Friday, May 8, 2015
Concert 7:30 PM
Doors 7:00 PM The Stage at KDHX – welcomed by KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)
Tim Berne — saxophone
Oscar Noriega — clarinets
Matt Mitchell — piano
Ches Smith — percussion

New York-based alto saxophonist Tim Berne has long been regarded as one of the Downtown scene’s most forward thinking bandleaders. Active in New York since 1974, Berne has fostered the creative talent of subsequent generations.Since learning music at the elbow of St. Louis master Julius Hemphill in the ’70s, Berne has built an expansive discography, and The New York Times described Berne’s signature sound as one consisting of “wide intervals, athletic tone, tiny grooves worked into the music’s pivots and hesitations”.


DMG Newsletter December 26th, 2014

From DMG:

Six from Treader: Wadada Leo Smith & John Tilbury! Spring Heel Jack & Pat Thomas/Alex Ward/Paul Lytton! fORCH/FURT: John Butcher/Lori Freedman/Rhodri Davies/Phil Minton..! The Founder Effect I-III: Wilkinson/Thomas/Noble/Coxon!

ReR Treasures: Lindsay Cooper Rarities & New Biota! Bobby Previte + Nels Cline /Zeena Parkins/John Medeski! CvD: Peter Kowald/Kent Kessler/Fred Lonberg-Holm! Joe McPhee 7″! Thurston Moore! Tomeka Reid OST! Mikko Innanen/William Parker/Andrew Cyrille 2 CD Set!

Olie Brice Quintet with Waclaw Zimpel! Buckethead LP! Plus Archival Discs from: Evan Parker/Derek Bailey/Han Bennink: Topography of the Lungs on LP! Sun Ra Arkestra 1988! Schlippenbach Trio 1st LP! Nihilist Spasm Band! Dub Syndicate! The Blue Notes Box Returns! And Even More Yuletide Ninsense!


The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Monday, December 29th:
6pm: SAADET TURKOZ / STEVE SWELL / PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER / SHAHZAD ISMAILY! Experimental Vocalist Based in Switzerland with Two of Downtown’s Finest!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015:
6pm: KALABALIK Returns to DMG to Help Celebrate the New Year!

Sunday, January 11th:

Sunday, January 25th:
6pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT & JON IRABAGON – Two Solos & A Duo!

Sunday, February 1st: