EMPAC Fall 2015 Schedule

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland

From Troy NY’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center:

During a production residency with Rensselaer professor Pauline Oliveros, Lebanese electronic composer Tarek Atoui will offer a performance/workshop called WITHIN 2 on September 24, meant to explore our range of listening abilities beyond simple auditory perception.

On October 8 and 9, electronic musician Mark Fell will debut his first foray into the world of choreography with the multi-genre performance Recursive Frame Analysis, which adds a dancer to his characteristic matrix of strobing light and sound.

On October 15, Canadian sound sculptor France Jobin will treat the Concert Hall with a complex array of loudspeakers for a new multi-channel composition.

Then on the following night (October 16), experimental electronic star Oneohtrix Point Never will premiere a new stage show, currently in development.

Electronic vanguard Tim Hecker returns to EMPAC after recording parts of his breakout album Virgins in the Concert Hall, to develop a new performance of sound and light in Studio 1. He’ll perform on November 12.

Jazz and metal virtuosity collide on December 3, when guitarists Mary Halvorson and Colin Marston share a contrasting double-bill.

Finally, on December 11, electronic innovator Holly Herndon will ride the acclaim of her new album Platform into an EMPAC residency to develop and perform new work.

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New Tzadik Releases

John Zorn (cropped version)

From Tzadik:

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt

A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends Latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. Bret Higgins is no stranger to Tzadik, performing on the 2014 release Zebrina and performing with Tzadik regulars like Frank London, David Buchbinder, Ben Goldberg and many others. A new take on The Meters and Booker T, this is small unit instrumental music that you will return to again and again.

John Zorn – Forro Zinho — Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn’

There has never been a Zorn CD like this one! One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late night Nublu scene in the East VIllage, Forro in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, reggae, folk and country. Here they take on some of Zorn’s most lyrical and grooving compositions to create a charming CD of Brazilian-tinged dance music. Endlessly listenable, this is a CD filled with catchy hooks, burning solos, driving rhythms and infectious Zorn melodies, new and old. Produced by Jesse Harris and featuring Brazilian legend Marcos Valle as a special guest.

Vital Weekly Reviews 992

From Vital Weekly:

Celer – How Could You Believe When I Said I Loved When You I’ve Been a Liar all My Life (Cd by White Paddy Mountain) *
Sion Orgon – Recognition Journal (Cd by Lumberton Trading Company) *
Locrian – Infinite Dissolution (Cd by Relapse Records) *
Client/server – Tokyo Dronecore (Cdr by Client Server Music) *
Sindre Bjerga &Amp; Micromelancolie – Invisible Paths (Cd by Zoharum) *
Niedowierzanie – Paradies (Cd by Zoharum) *
07/100/15 (2cd by Zoharum)
Rob Van/heavy Mental (Lp by Vinyl on Demand)
Portion Control – Progress Report 1982-86 (2lp by Vinyl on Demand)
Tvam – No Explanations (Usb Device by Static Caravan) *
Orphax – over Hoe DE Regte Heide (Cassette by Barreuh Records) *
Flexible Grain – Lotus (Cassette by Midnight Circles) *
Effed – on Going (Cassette by Midnight Circles) *
Tbc/cfw – Doppelbelichtung (Cassette by Midnight Circles) *
Hey Exit – Else (Cassette, Private)
Hey Exit – Slow Names 3: Glasswing (Cassette by of Plants)

Cluster’s Dieter Moebius Unplugs

Echoes has a nice career overview of Dieter Moebius:

In the world of progressive space and ambient music, the German group called Cluster were eccentric wizards, musical alchemists who defied traditions, even the ones they helped create during the space music days of 1970s Berlin. Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius have released dozens of albums as Cluster, and under their own names, over the last 45 years.

Cluster influenced three generations of ambient composers, beginning with Brian Eno and continuing through Robert Rich, The Orb, Ulrich Schnauss and countless others. Although they were lumped in with the space music of Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk in the 1970s, Cluster always followed their own path, creating sonic landscapes that could quaint and spacey, like a surreal music box, slightly sprung, or they could assault the walls of dissonance.

Now, one half of this influential band has flipped the off-switch for the last time. Dieter Moebius died on July 20 at the age of 71.

Harris Eisenstadt Stone Residency in September

From Harris Eisenstadt:

9/1 Tuesday
8 and 10 pm
Old Growth Forest
Jeb Bishop (trombone)
Tony Malaby (tenor sax)
Jason Roebke (bass) Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions)

9/2 Wednesday
8 pm
Lucumi Songs and Rhythms
John Amira, Lorne Watson
Harris Eisenstadt (batá drums)

9/3 Thursday
8 pm
Canada Day IV CD Release Party
Nate Wooley (trumpet)
Matt Bauder (tenor sax)
Chris Dingman (vibraphone)
Adam Hopkins (bass)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions)
10 pm
Canada Day Octet
Jeb Bishop (trombone)
Anna Webber (flute) Dan Peck (tuba) Nate Wooley (trumpet)
Matt Bauder (tenor sax)
Chris Dingman (vibraphone)
Adam Hopkins (bass)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions)

9/4 Friday
8 pm
Golden States
Ben Goldberg (clarinet)
Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
Marika Hughes (cello)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions)
10 pm
Golden States
Sam Bardfeld (violin)
Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
Chris Hoffman (cello)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums, compositions)

9/5 Saturday
8 pm
Vinny Golia and Harris Eisenstadt
Vinny Golia (woodwinds)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums)

9/6 Sunday
8 pm
New Vistas
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
Adam Rudolph (percussion)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
10 pm
New Vistas
James Hurt (piano) Adam Rudolph (percussion)
Harris Eisenstadt (drums)