DMG Newsletter September 11th, 2015

English: Barry Altschul, moers festival 2011

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Peter Evans/Jon Irabagon/Moppa Elliott/Kevin Shea – Final Live Set! Barry Altschul‘s 3Dom Factor: Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda! Michael Bisio QT: Kirk Knuffke/Art Bailey/Michael Wimberly! Mural 3 CD Set: Jim Denley / Kim Myhr / Ingar Zach! Dead Neanderthals!

Eugene Chadbourne! Jeremy Danneman/Anders Nilsson/William Parker/Tim Keiper! Josh Evans’ Hope & Despair! New on Clean Feed: Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs! Benoit Delbeq 3! Silva/Zetterberg/Lindwall!

Denny Zeitlin/George Marsh! Archival Goodies from: Sun Ra Rarity: Pat Patrick & Bari Sax Retinue! The Residents! JJ Cale! Heartbreakers! Kawabata Makoto 2 LP Set and Even More!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, September 13th – Triple Header:
6pm: JOHN LITTLEFIELD Plays GIANCINTO SCELSI – Solo Acoustic Guitar!
7pm: NONOKO YOSHIDA – Solo Alto Sax!

Sunday, September 20th:

** Sunday, September 27th & Monday & September 28th:
FONT FEST Comes to DMG! FONT is The Festival of New Trumpet 2015

Sunday, September 27th – Triple-Header – $10 for the Night!
Curated by Aaron Shragge & Featuring:
Chad McCullough/Geof Bradfield/Clark Sommers/Dana Hall!
John Blevins/Jeff McLaughlin/Marty Kenney/Nathan Ellman-Bell!

Monday, September 28th – Triple-Header – $10 for the Night
Curated by Nate Wooley and Featuring:
7pm: ILLIONAIRES: Jaimie Branch/Anthony Pirog/Jason Ajemian!
8pm: JOE MOFFETT – Solo Trumpet!

Chicago Scene: September 12-18, 2015

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This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, September 12th 2015

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($15)
Ten x Ten Release Concert and Exhibition
Salvador Andrade Arévalo, Jerome Bryerton, Uriel Correa, Rob Funderburk, Trevor Goosen, Andrew Holmquist, Hannah Ireland, Vesna Jovanovic, Alexander Stewart, Cynthia Weiss, Josh Berman, Paul Giallorenzo, Anton Hatwich, Keefe Jackson, Peter Maunu, Eli Namay, Ryan Packard, Cameron Pfiffner, Jason Stein, Phil Sudderberg

Sunday, September 13th 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Ed Wilkerson, Jim Baker, Steve Hunt

Monday, September 14th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Phil Sudderberg
Michelle Kranicke
Keefe Jackson

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tomeka Reid Residency
Jamison Williams Quartet with Aaron Zarzutzki, Albert Wildeman, KG Price
Black Earth Strings : Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams, JoVia Armstrong

Wednesday, September 16th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Chicago Plan
Gebhard Ullman, Steve Swell, with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang
Sound Of The City Workshop

Thursday, September 17th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
São Paulo Underground : Rob Mazurek, Mauricio Takara, Guilherme Granado

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Keefe Jackson’s Likely So, with James Falzone, Guillermo Gregorio, Jeff Kimmel, Jason Stein, Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Mars Williams

Friday, September 18th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Josh Berman Trio with Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly

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Arts for Art Upcoming NY Shows

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In Gardens This Fall
Sandra Bland Series
@Children’s Magical: 9/19, 9/20, 9/26 * 129 Stanton St near Essex
Earth Justice Series
@6BC: 9/27, 10/3, 10/4 * 6 Street btwn Ave B & Ave C
An Un-Columbus Celebration
@First Street Green: 10/10, 10/11, 10/12 * 33 East 1st Street

The Sandra Bland Series
at Children’s Magical on Stanton & Norfolk
Saturday 09/19
2pm Ana Îsma Viel Solo voice, percussion
3pm Cristian Amigo guitar / Juan Pablo Carletti drums
4pm Yoni Kretzmer sax / Shayna Dulberger bass

Sunday 09/20
2pm Juan Quinonez Quartet : Hayes Greenfield alto / Larry Roland bass
Jackson Krall drums / Juan Quinonez guitar
3pm Ras Moshe sax / John Pietaro vibes / Luke Stewart bass / Tiffany Chang drs
4pm Carletti / Levin / Lopez
Daniel Levin cello / Brandon Lopez bass / Juan Pablo Carletti drums

Saturday 09/26
2pm Nick Lyons sax / Pete Swanson bass
3pm While We Still Have Bodies’
Michael Foster: reeds,objects,samples / Ben Gerstein: trombone,samples
Sean Ali: bass,samples / Flin van Hemmen: percussion
4pm Michael Wimberly Solo

Earth Justice at 6BC Botanical Garden
Sunday 09/27
2pm Lamb/Dulberger Duo
Andrew Lamb sax / Shayna Dulberger bass
3pm Todd Nicholson bass / Daniel Carter sax / Newman Taylor Baker drums
4pm Jonathan Finlayson trp / Brian Settles sax

Saturday 10/3
12pm Steve Dalachinsky Poet
1pm Vincent Chancey french horn / Ken Filiano bass
2pm Bisio / McPhee Duo
Joe McPhee – sax trp / Michael Bisio bass

Sunday 10/4
2pm Jason Kao Hwang violin / Anders Nilsson guitar
3pm Steve Swell trombone / Chad Taylor drums
4pm Whit Dickey drums / Daniel Carter reeds

The Un-Columbus Celebration
Saturday 10/10
2pm Kirk Knuffke trumpet / Karl Berger vibes
3pm Bill Cole double reeds / Lisette Santiago percussion
4pm Dance Yoshiko Chuma

Sunday 10/11
2pm Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Reggie Nicholson – drums
3pm JD Parran’s ‘Harlem Reunion’
Sharif Kales trumpet / Baba Donn Eaton perc. / Alexi Marcelo piano
Brad Jones bass / J D Parran tenor
4pm P Nicholson’s ‘Resurrection Revolution’(R&R)
Patricia Nicholson & Jason Jordan dance
TA Thompson drums / Jason Kao Hwang violin
4:30 Zak Sherzad Solo

Monday 10/12
2pm Larry Roland The Neo-Urban Folk Project
Larry Roland bass, words / Michael Moss reeds / Michael Wimberly drums
3pm James Brandon Lewis sax / Luke Stewart bass / Warren Trae Cruddup III drs
4pm Michael TA Thompson Trio
Michael Attias sax / Ken Filiano bass / Michael TA Thompson drums

Momenta Quartet CD Release and Momenta Festival

Source: Momenta Quartet.

September 30- October 4, 2015

In honor of and coinciding with the release of Similar Motion, the Momenta Festival is a celebration of our unique musical personality, with each quartet member curating one of four concerts. The century-spanning repertoire ranges from Luigi Boccherini to Charles Ives, to Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman, and extending into the present, with works by DJ Sparr and Dan Visconti.

All concerts will take place at 8:00pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $15, or you can purchase a full festival pass for $50, available at Each night features a brand new custom beer by Sam Burlingame of Brooklyn-based Brewheister with a taste profile corresponding to the evening’s program!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015: Americana
Curator: Adda Kridler, Violin

DJ Sparr: Abhlach (2015) *written for Momenta
Morton Feldman: For Aaron Copland (1981)
Dan Visconti: Worn Surfaces (2014)
Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion (1969)
Christian Wolff: Bread and Roses (1976)
Charles Ives: String Quartet No. 2 (1913)

Exploring various American sounds from violinist Adda Kridler’s childhood, the festival’s opening program begins with DJ Sparr’s Abhlach (2015), written for Momenta after a collaboration together at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. In Irish mythology, Emhain Abhlach is an island paradise of everlasting beauty whose residents danced the days away. Morton Feldman’s solo violin miniature is a quiet, tender study in the open harmonies of the quintessential American composer Aaron Copland, while Dan Visconti’s Worn Surfaces is a sparse, quasi-aleatoric tapestry of sounds. Momenta will conclude the first half of the program with the (partial) namesake of their debut record, Glass’ Music in Similar Motion. The two pieces on the second half use American folk songs to explore political and social concerns. Bread and Roses (1976) is based on a song of the same title written during the great mill strike of 1912 in Lawrence, MA. Ives’ String Quartet No. 2 is subtitled: ‘S[tring] Q[uartet] for 4 men–who converse, discuss, argue (in re: ‘Politick’), fight, shake hands, shut up–then walk up the mountain side to view the firmament!’ It is thorny, confrontational and transcendent, using Civil War era tunes, quotes from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Brahms, and famous church hymns.

OCTOBER 1, 2015: The Concert from Hell
Curator: Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
Guest Artist: Gilbert Kalish, piano

Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27 No. 2 (1923)
Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 8 (1959)
Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 2, “Company” (1983)
George Crumb: Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) (1970)
Charles Ives: Hallowe’en, from “Three Outdoor Scenes” (1906)

“The Concert from Hell” explores the dark, disturbed, and deranged corners of the string chamber repertoire. The centerpiece is George Crumb’s iconic Black Angels, a harrowing portrayal of the coexistence of good and evil, inspired by the Vietnam War. The composer refers to it as a “parable on our troubled contemporary world.” Armed with an impressive arsenal of percussion, extended techniques, and verbal-theatrical instructions, Momenta is elated to present this visceral and transportive experience. Julián Carrillo’s String Quartet No. 8 will open the program–this microtonal composer is a cult favorite in his native Mexico, and his signature “Thirteenth Sound” is sure to immediately set the evening’s spine-chilling tone. Other highlights include Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 2, “Company,” written as incidental music for a staging of Samuel Beckett’s eponymous prose poem. Beckett’s novella unfolds from the perspective of an old man lying infirm in a dark room as he reflects upon his ever-fading existence, trapped in the hellish existential despair of his own head. Uncontrollable dark thoughts are a central feature of Eugene Ysaye’s second Violin Sonata from the Op. 27 set, which obsessively revolves around Bach quotations and the famous liturgical chant theme “Dies Irae,” before finally descending into Hell in a fiendishly difficult finale. Momenta and eminent guest pianist Gilbert Kalish will conclude the evening with Charles Ives’ Hallowe’en, which, according to Ives, was “written for a Halloween party and not for a nice concert.”

OCTOBER 3, 2015: Memory Palace
Curator: Michael Haas, cello
Guest Artist: Marcy Rosen, cello

George Crumb: Sonata for Solo Cello (1955)
Michael Small: Memory Palace (2014-15) NYC PREMIERE *written for Momenta
Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 28 No. 4, G. 310 (1779)
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Quam pulchri sunt (1572)
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op. 10 (1893)

Crumb’s early Sonata for Solo Cello opens the comparatively mellow third program, “Memory Palace.” The piece occupies a much less abrasive and more mystical space than the second program’s Black Angels. While works from the classical and Renaissance periods provide sharp contrasts to the rest of the program, Michael Small’s eponymous Memory Palace precariously sways back and forth between soft flutterings and searing cries. Debussy’s beloved String Quartet concludes the program, just as it does the album whose release the festival celebrates.

OCTOBER 4, 2015: All Blade
Stephanie Griffin, curator
Guest flutist/composer: Wilfrido Terrazas (Mexico)
Guest pianist/composer: Gordon Beeferman (USA)

Borey Shin: Trio for Bass Flute, Viola and Cello (2014) NYC PREMIERE
Wilfrido Terrazas: The Life in My Viola (2014) US PREMIERE
Gordon Beeferman: Tunnel Visions (2015) WORLD PREMIERE
Yusef Lateef: String Quartet no. 3 (2013) WORLD PREMIERE
Viola / Flute Improvisation
Arthur Kampela: Uma Faca Só Lâmina (‘A Knife All Blade,’ 1998)

Outside her activities with Momenta, curator and violist Stephanie Griffins’s main musical interests lie in the realm of improvisation, and the intersection between the aesthetics of avant-jazz and fully notated compositions. A shining example of this crossroads is Uma Faca Só Lâmina (‘A Knife All Blade,’ 1998) by improvising guitar wizard and self-proclaimed “Brazilian madman” Arthur Kampela. Momenta spent four years learning this extremely complex quartet, which Kampela waited fifteen years to hear, and Momenta’s debut album Similar Motion features its world premiere recording. The program will also include premieres of three pieces written for Stephanie by her improvisational colleagues, Borey Shin, Wilfrido Terrazas and Gordon Beeferman. Also on the program is the posthumous world premiere of jazz visionary Yusef Lateef’s String Quartet No. 3 (2013). After hearing Momenta premiere his String Quartet no. 2 in 2013, Lateef gave Momenta the score and parts to his most recent string quartet and said he would be honored if they would give its world premiere.

David Grubbs Interview

David Grubbs performing as part of EMP Pop Con...

Talking John Cage, digital music and the wide world of experimental music with the brilliant musician and thinker


David Grubbs is perhaps best known as half of the rangy, ambitious, quixotic Chicago-based duo Gastr del Sol, along with producer and filmmaker Jim O’Rourke, but he has worn innumerable musical hats, having begun his music career as a teen in the seminal Louisville punk band Squirrel Bait (the band that spawned Slint, the For Carnation, Bastro, etc.), and, upon the breakup of Gastr del Sol, made a great number of solo albums, some song-based, some not at all. He has also collaborated with everyone from Royal Trux and Will Oldham to Pauline Oliveros, Rhys Chatham and Tony Conrad. And somewhere in the middle of all this, he found time to finish a Ph.D. in literature at the University of Chicago, which in turn led to a rather substantial day job at Brooklyn College, where he now teaches music, music composition, performance and creative writing. (It bears mentioning, here, that I occasionally collaborate with him in the Wingdale Community Singers.)