Newsbits: Doek Festival Radio Show / New Alvin Lucier / Electroacoustic Awards

Bimhuis Radio has an over 3-hour program on the recent Doek Festival, which featured several Anthony Braxton ensembles.

God Records has released a new recording, Dark Matter, from Alvin Lucier.

At the 2nd Klang competition in Montpellier, France, Lightvessels by David Berezan was awarded the 1st prize and Hydatos by João Pedro Oliveira was awarded the 2nd prize.

New Music Needs Curators

An interesting opinion piece from NewMusicBox:

At a time when the definition of curation is expanding rapidly, stretching from professionals in galleries, to curating your Google profile, to “tossers making a cup of tea,” there remains a lack of genuine curators and curatorial thought in the field of new music. While, historically, the curator was the person at a museum in charge of caring for that museum’s collection of artwork, this has only been a partial description of part of the profession for some time. Now, art curators are often at the forefront of enabling creative innovation and audience interaction. In the world of new music, on the other hand, curating is mostly a word we’ve usurped for use in funding applications and marketing materials. We use it because it sounds better to say someone (or a number of someones) “curated” a concert rather than “chose the pieces we’ll play.”

Jason Eckardt Interview

From Burning Ambulance, and interview with Eckardt, whose new CD is just out on Tzadik Records.

Last month, Steve Hicken reviewed composer Jason Eckardt‘s CD Subject (get it on Amazon). He wrote, “Eckardt’s music is (in part) a celebration of the physical and psychological acts of performance at levels that stretch the abilities of performers to execute the score and for audiences to follow them on the musical journey…you are not expected to hear everything that is going on in one of Eckardt’s compositions, certainly not on first listening. Rather, it seems to me, that what we, the audience, are expected to hear, what we need to hear, is the emotional/expressive content of the musical gestures as they pass by. These gestures add up to a musical-expressive experience, whether we are able to “understand” them on a detailed level or not.” Read the whole thing.

Seattle Scene: June 11-27 2015

English: The composer Cécile Schott playing at...
Cécile Schott

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Inverted Space plays Feldman
Thu. June 11, 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Inverted Space, UW’s contemporary music ensemble, concludes its inaugural Long Piece Fest with Morton Feldman’s epic 75-minute For John Cage. Violinist Luke Fitzpatrick and pianist Brooks Tran perform this hypnotic work that blends Feldman’s propensity for expansive time and harmony with Cage’s silence. It is a piece that explores poetic dissonance in a state of prolonged stillness.

Zero-G: Vlatkovich 5tet + Rob Millis
Fri. June 12, 8:00 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
The Vlatkovich 5tet moves the jazz tradition forward with non-traditional interactions of melody, accompaniment, harmony, and rhythm. Michael Vlatkovich, trombone; Jim Knodle, trumpet; Jared Burrows, guitar; Clyde Reed, bass; Greg Campbell, drums/French horn. Robert Millis veers between sound art, music concrete, instrumental, improv, field recording, song and collage.

Colleen + Hanna Benn
Sat. June 13, 8:00 PM; SOLD OUT
Colleen (French musician Cécile Schott) plays the Baroque viola da gamba with live electronic processing. Over five albums, she has consistently reinvented herself by taking acoustic instruments out of their usual context, with compositions ranging from the mysterious and contemplative to kinetic and playful. Seattle composer/vocalist Hanna Benn opens. SORRY, THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Substrata 1.5
July 16-18; buy tickets online now!
Substrata is Seattle’s annual international festival of ambient/electronic/experimental music curated by composer Rafael Anton Irisarri. This year’s lineup: Taylor Deupree, Rachel Grimes, Lubomyr Melnyk, Tara Jane O’Neil, Tiny Vipers, Arovane, Panabrite, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Paul Clipson, Mary Lattimore, Rauellson, Leo Mayberry. Tickets for individual nights are still available.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

THU. 6/18 – composer/violinist Julio Lopez & friends present new compositions and improvisations
FRI. 6/19 – Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Gradus, for Fux, Tesla, and Milo the Wrestkler
SAT. 6/20 – Earshot Jazz presents Spanish bassist/composer Giulia Valle Trio
FRI. 6/26 – Earshot Jazz presents German pianist Julia Hülsmann Trio
SAT. 6/27 – electronic music by Brad Anderson and Greg Weber (Noisegasm, Distorrent)