Two solo releases featuring winds from opposite points on the pitch spectrum, but with some qualities in common. Both come in at economical run times—under thirty minutes total each—and both consist of short, thematically cohesive tracks.
Darío Dolci’s excursions on sopranino saxophone are in some ways the more austere of the two sets. Without overdubs or supporting instruments and sounds, he devotes each of his nine tracks to an elaboration of one technique, sound quality or pitch collection. In doing so, Dolci often employs extended techniques which find him exploring extreme ranges or making broad interval jumps, or using key clicks, tongue slaps, air notes and overblowing. On La Aumentada, YYYY and Monotonica he plays more or less conventionally, setting up and developing modally-tinged melodies and motifs.
Paul Mimlitsch’s Random Thoughts for contrabass clarinet are improvised live to disc, sometimes with the inclusion of live electronics to supplement the sound of the lone instrument. On all tracks Mimlitsch takes advantage of the low reed’s brooding, saturnine voice. Slow melodic passages join with occasional extended techniques and electronic sound deformation to produce an intimate portrait of the contrabass clarinet as seen from several angles.
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.
Henry Kaiser / Ray Russell – The Celestial Squid (2015)
Discordian Community Ensemble – Draught, Suspicion (2015)
Schnellertollermeier – X (2015)
Jeff Cosgrove / Frank Kimbrough / Martin Wind – Conversations with Owls (2015)
The Blunder Of A Horse – Mystery Manta (2014)
Henry Kaiser 5 CD & Single CD Sets! Nate Wooley & Ken Vandermark! Shoko Nagai/Todd Reynolds/Jonathan Goldberger/Stomu Takeishi/Jim Black! Morton Feldman Rarity! A Norwegian Deluge: Detail with Frode Gjerstad/John Stevens!
A four day fandango of cutting edge electronic sounds from around the world make up this year’s Fusion Festival, which will be `blurring the boundaries between avant-garde classical, experimental electronic popular and improvised music’. Groups taking part range from Salford-based indie electronic band Patchwork Rattlebag to pianist Xenia Pestova, to Manchester Camerata.
In 2015 Pierre Boulez, the founder and artistic director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, celebrates his 90th birthday – and LUCERNE FESTIVAL celebrates Pierre Boulez. On 23 August we will open up the halls of the KKL Luzern and invite you to a day-long music marathon. Together with members of the Ensemble intercontemporain, the students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will perform important masterworks of Boulez – works which have already become classics of today. And since Boulez is not one to merely look backward but always seeks out the new, his works will be presented in dialogue with world premieres by several well-wishers.
13.30, 18.00, and 19.00 | KKL Luzern, Roof Terrace
Boulez Dialogue de l’ombre double for Clarinet and Tape
14.00 | Tribute to Boulez 1 | KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall
Ensemble intercontemporain | students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher | Julien Leroy
Boulez Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna | world premieres by Pintscher and Mason
15.15 and 16.00 | Tribute to Boulez 2 & 3 | Kunstmuseum Lucerne
ensembles of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Julien Leroy
Boulez Messagesquisse (two versions) |
Mémoriale (… explosante-fixe … Originel)
15.15 | Tribute to Boulez 4 | KKL Luzern, Terrace Hall
string quartets of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Berg Lyric Suite
16.00 | Tribute to Boulez 5 | KKL Luzern, Terrace Hall
string quartets of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Boulez Livre pour Quatuor
17.00 | Tribute to Boulez 6 | KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall
Ensemble intercontemporain | students of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Matthias Pintscher
Boulez sur Incises | world premieres by Holliger and Machover
18.30 | Introduction to Symphony Concert 10 | KKL Luzern,
A project in response to Boulez’s Notations with Richard McNicol, and Aleksandar Aces | in cooperation with Klavier-Festival Ruhr
19.30 | Symphony Concert 10 – Tribute to Boulez 7 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra | Mariano Chiacchiarini | Julien Leroy | Matthias Pintscher
Boulez Notations I–IV and VII (versions for piano and for orchestra) | Pintscher Osiris | world premieres by Kurtág, Moussa, Peszat, and Rihm
MON, FEBRUARY 16 – 8PM
Music For Matter: ENERGY INTO MATTER
FREE / $10 SUGGESTED
@ 55 WALKER ST., NYC 10013
Artist Space Books & Talks hosts a new solo performance by 2015 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence Dawn Kasper. Comprised of improvisationally layered archival field recordings, drums, bells, and prerecorded analog sound, performance artist Kasper’s new composition takes inspiration from “The Music of The Spheres”, illustrating the movement of the Sun, Moon, and planets as music.
SAT, MARCH 7 – 6:30-11PM Tony Conrad at 75: a Benefit for ISSUE Project Room
$45-500 @ 508 W. 26TH ST., NYC 10001
Greene Naftali hosts ISSUE Project Room’s annual spring benefit, honoring the 75th birthday of pioneering multidisciplinary artist Tony Conrad. The event includes a special dinner by Fitzcarraldo, and performances by Mr. Conrad & Jennifer Walshe, David Grubbs & Eli Keszler, John Miller, Dan Conrad, and more.