AMN Picks of the Week: Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel / Myra Melford / Robert Scott Thompson

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.

Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel – DfTaLS with Helton and Bragg (2015)
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel – Live at Pine Lake June 2015 (2015)
Myra Melford – Live at The Stone EP (2015)
Robert Scott Thompson – Summer Idyll (2015)


Ensemble Mise-En in NY October 9th

From ensemble mise-en:


Works by:
Frederic Rzewski
Enda Bates
Keeril Makan
Moon Young Ha

(678 Hart St 1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 8PM

On October 9, 2015, Friday, ensemble mise-en will be hosting Acoustic #6 at our home studio location, MISE-EN_PLACE, situated in the heart of Bushwick. The concert will start at 8pm and will feature compositions in preparation for the mise-en European tour. The European tour is from October 22-30, and mise-en will be going to Sweden, Lithuania (GAIDA Festival) and Latvia (ARENA Festival). This concert will feature the works of world renowned Frederic Rzewski, one of the most consistent, creative personalities of the last few decades. His compositions will include “Moon Rise with Memories”, “96 : canon for five instruments”, and a thirteen minute piece, “Spot”.

In addition, Keeril Makan presents us with “Becoming Unknown”, a commission by the Fromm Foundation for Music and the Harvard University Department of Music.
“Becoming Unknown” opens with piercing wind dissonances, gradually dissolving into sparse, inquisitive interplay between bass flute, bass clarinet and double bass. Enda Bates will present “Echo Game”, an open-form piece devised as a sort of game in which the musicians attempt to echo and reproduce complex (and sometimes detuned) multiphonic tones that are freely chosen by the wind instruments. Harmonies that are derived from multiphonics are a recurring interest of Bates and inspired him to create a scenario which encourages the musicians to explore and develop these strange, but often quite beautiful, textures. The evening finishes of with our very own Moon Young HA’s new piece, “(in) stillness” for bass flute, bass clarinet, trombone, piano, violin and contrabass.

This season’s ACOUSTIC+ series focuses on collaborative performances of new works for live performers with/without multimedia components. The series’ concept is thus: for each concert, a New York City composer (selected from the academic and musical community of which ensemble mise-en is itself a part) curates a program of new music for ensemble mise-en and him or herself.

Composer Moon Young Ha is now in his fifth season as the artistic and chief executive director for MISE-EN. As the founder, Moon seeks to cultivate large­ scale composition projects such as this one. MISE-EN is a virtuoso ensemble dedicated to innovative musical performance and discovery of daring artistic paths. Championing cutting-edge contemporary composers, as well as framing classical collection in new contexts, mise-en inspires musical inquiry through pushing the boundaries of classical music with riveting performances that reach across genres and generations and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.