El Instruso Creative Music Poll Results

El Intruso is a website in Spanish founded in 2005, and focuses on creative music, jazz and beyond, free improvisation, art-rock and all kind of experimental music. Every year they poll critics and musicians about the best releases, groups, and musicians. Do check it out, as the results are always interesting and provide excellent suggestions for catching up with music you missed.

Critics’ Poll

Musicians’ Poll

And try not to look at the picture of me that they used. Not sure where they got it, but I assure you that I am not a psychopath. :)

Chicago Scene: January 16-23, 2016

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

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

Saturday, January 16th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Darius Jones Chicago Edition
Darius Jones, Josh Berman, Jason Stein, Jason Roebke, Mike Reed

Sunday, January 17th 2016

7:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
DEK : Elisabeth Harnik, Didi Kern, Ken Vandermark

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10-$5)
Amphion Percussion : Sean Connors, Peter Zlotnick
beyond this point : John Corkill, Alex Monroe

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (Donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Darius Jones, Josh Berman, Jason Stein, Mike Reed

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, January 18th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Elisabeth Harnik Solo
Tim Daisy, Didi Kern

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

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tim Stine, Josh Berman, Josh Abrams

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson Trio with Anton Hatwich, Mikel Avery

Thursday, January 21st 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10 donation)
Ed Wilkerson, Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Avreeayl Ra

Friday, January 22nd 2016
8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tomorrow Music Orchestra

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

6:30PM at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport, 312.526.3851
Tortoise, early show

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey

8:30PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($20)
Dal Niente Presents
Ben Melsky, Jesse Langen — music by Drew Baker, Fred Gifford, Tomás Gueglio, Kasia Szczech

9:30PM at Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport, 312.526.3851

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Cantata Profana (Thursday) This innovative vocal and instrumental ensemble offers an imaginative, century-spanning program that unfolds backward from Webern, Dallapiccola and Rochberg to Monteverdi’s “Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.” Ethan Heard directs the production, featuring projections by Nicholas Hussong and soloists including Emma McNairy, Virginia Warnken, Scott Mello and Jon Woody. At 7:30 p.m., 235 South First Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, cantataprofana.com. (Schweitzer)

Eighth Blackbird (Monday) This trailblazing new-music sextet performs “Hand Eye,” a multimedia show with music written by the six members of Sleeping Giant, a composers’ collective made up of Christopher Cerrone, Andrew Norman, Robert Honstein, Timo Andres, Ted Hearne and Jacob Cooper. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Taka Kigawa and Eric Edberg (Tuesday) The brilliant pianist Taka Kigawa, best known for his commanding accounts of difficult contemporary works, shows another side of his artistry in a duo-recital with the cellist Eric Edberg. The program offers sonatas by Bach, Debussy, Prokofiev and Schnittke. At 7:30 p.m., Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, second floor, Lower East Side, spectrumnyc.com. (Tommasini)

Josh Modney (Saturday) This superb violinist gives a recital of contemporary music, with a little help from his friends in Wet Ink. He’ll play works by Mario Diaz de Leon, Sky Macklay, Scott Wollschleger, Eric Wubbels, Kate Soper and Zach Seely. At 7 p.m., Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, second floor, Lower East Side, spectrumnyc.com. (Allen)

Tactus (Wednesday) Manhattan School of Music’s resident new-music group dedicates a program, led by Margaret Kampmeier, in celebration of the Italian composer Luciano Berio. At 7:30 p.m., Miller Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music, 122nd Street and Broadway, 917-493-4428, msmnyc.edu. (Allen)

Wet Ink (Wednesday) Anthony Braxton, the prolific composer and instrumentalist, receives a portrait concert, spanning the entirety of his career, from this excellent group and special guests. At 9:30 p.m., National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, at Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org. (Allen)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Source: The New York Times.

Jon Irabagon (Tuesday and Wednesday) A wily, hyperliterate saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition, Mr. Irabagon leads two small groups next week. On Tuesday he re-enlists the ace rhythm section from “Behind the Sky,” an album released last year: Luis Perdomo on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. On Wednesday the format is a trio with two equally brilliant partners: the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 8 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa: ‘Bird Calls’ (Monday) “Bird Calls,” the most recent release by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, takes Charlie Parker as a point of departure if not a distant lexicographical ancestor. The album, widely recognized as one of last year’s best, features the sharp young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and a rhythm section consisting of the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Thomson Kneeland and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9:30 p.m., 425 Lafayette Street, 212-539-8500, joespub.publictheater.org. (Chinen)

Quinsin Nachoff Pyramid Project (Wednesday and Thursday) Quinsin Nachoff is a modern-thinking saxophonist from Canada, and in his Pyramid Project he composes music for his own voice, a brass quintet and drums. Among the brass players are the trombonist Ryan Keberle and the trumpeters Ralph Alessi and Jonathan Finlayson; the drummer is Jim Black. Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, seedsbrooklyn.org. Thursday at 9 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com. (Chinen)

Sam Newsome-Andrew Cyrille Duo (Saturday) Mr. Newsome has made a specialty of the soprano saxophone solo recital, working with original material as well as music by the titan of that format, Steve Lacy. He engages here in duologue with Mr. Cyrille, an exacting and uningratiating drummer who had some history with Mr. Lacy, and many other important figures in the avant-garde. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon (Friday and Saturday) The highlight and centerpiece of any Winter Jazzfest is this two-night deluge, which will take place in more than a dozen spaces in and around Greenwich Village. Among the myriad things to look out for this year are an ECM Records stage at the New School Tishman Auditorium, with the Avishai Cohen Quartet and Tim Berne’s Sideshow, among others; a Revive Music stage at the Bitter End, with acts like the drummer Makaya McCraven and the saxophonist Terrace Martin; and an intimate lineup at the Django in the Roxyl, with the singer-songwriter Camila Meza, the guitarist Gilad Hekselman and others. For a full schedule, visit winterjazzfest.com. (Chinen)

Rova Saxophone Quartet (Sunday and Tuesday through Jan. 24) “Rova Channeling Coltrane,” a new album and DVD, chronicles this group’s visionary Electric Ascension project, featuring special guests like the guitarist Nels Cline. Electric Ascension performs on Sunday as a final rite of this year’s Winter JazzFest, and then Rova sets up for a week at the Stone, welcoming close associates like the saxophonist John Zorn (Tuesday) and Mr. Cline again (Wednesday). Sunday at 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, lepoissonrouge.com. Tuesday through Jan. 24 at 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)

Matthew Shipp Trio (Wednesday) The pianist Matthew Shipp has a new album, “The Conduct of Jazz,” which smartly ducks in and around the mainstream conventions of the post-bop piano trio. His partners on the album, rejoining him in an unusually chic club setting next week, are the bassist Michael Bisio and the drummer Newman Taylor Baker. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-258-9595, jazz.org. (Chinen)

Still Dreaming (through Sunday) Old and New Dreams, a quartet active roughly during the Carter and Reagan eras, celebrated the rambling spirit of Ornette Coleman, from a close vantage: all of its members, including the tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, were former band mates of his. Which in some respects makes Still Dreaming a tribute to a tribute — though the group has the right lineup for such a task, starting with Mr. Redman’s son the saxophonist Joshua Redman, and extending to the cornetist Ron Miles, the bassist Scott Colley and the drummer Brian Blade. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com. (Chinen)

Lampo’s Winter / Spring 2016 Schedule

Source: Lampo.

JAN 23
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

South Korean filmmaker Lee Hangjun and noise musician Hong Chulki have performed together since 2006 as the audiovisual research project “Expanded Celluloid, Extended Phonograph,” investigating the performativity of the darkroom, the screening room, the private studio and live performance.

Here, in Lee’s U.S. debut, they present two works:

In Film Walk (2012), the film projector’s optical sound head reads Lee’s hand-made perforations as sound, as he draws the film strip while walking around the space. Instead of continuous image movement, the perforations make what the artist calls “a hole a sound,” where sounds mass according to the speed of his step and length of the performance.

Phantom Schoolgirl Army (2013) is based on a collection of military photographic portraits, and elaborates on the story of North Korean spies disguised as high school girls during the Yeosu-Suncheon rebellion of 1948. The South Korean government used this legend as anti-Communist propaganda.

Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti presents the U.S. premiere of Plane/Taléa, an immersive, four-channel electronic sound work stemming from his interest in vocal and polyphonic music. In this special concert, amateur performers wear headphones and respond to spoken instructions from the artist. These instructions (e.g., questions to answer, or directions to imitate a sound, to reveal a secret thought, etc.) are triggered by algorithm in an ever­-changing geometric configuration.

Plane/Taléa expands and exposes single voices within a granular polyphony, where small details and tonal inflections combine in textured chorus.

FEB 20
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, half of the Barcelona-based post-rave sound-art duo EVOL, premieres Opus17aSlimeVariation#8—for computer and RGB laser. The piece is a new deconstruction and reinterpretation of German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven’s legendary Opus 17a.

MAR 12
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Thomas Ankersmit premieres new work commissioned by Lampo—a composition for analog Serge modular and digital processing, intended to produce an effect of intensity or sensory overload through the combination of many, very small sounds. Ankersmit’s project is his first significant foray into the digital realm and first fully quadraphonic composition.

The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Welshman Rhodri Davies confronts traditional concepts of the harp through his use of preparations, de-tuned, bowed and e-bowed strings. Here, he presents a program of recent works for both lap harp and concert pedal harp—in his Chicago solo debut and first local appearance since 2002.

MAY 21
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Chris Abrahams is best known as the piano player of the long-form improv trio, The Necks—an Australian band that has built up quite an international following over the last thirty years. In that time he also has developed a formidable reputation as a solo pianist.

Abrahams’ piano music explores the resonating properties of the vibrating piano string, coaxing from it strange, varied and beautiful sounds that often transcend the generally observed tonal qualities of the instrument. At times his approach borders on the electronic, acoustically modeling reverbs, distortion, delays and low frequency oscillations.

Tonight he performs new work, as he makes his Chicago solo debut.

JUN 11
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Reducing the Tempo to Zero is Ben Vida’s new long-form composition for three female vocalists and electronics. As an investigation of presentness, RtTtZ is designed to illuminate the “now” as an ever-changing point of multiple durations and potentialities. By using long-form structures, the linear/temporal path is blurred, resulting in a musical composition experienced through the summing of multiple tempos, melodies, textures and rhythms into a string of spatial moments.

Coming to Houston: Olivia Block and The Necks

Source: Nameless Sound.

Olivia Block – Houston debut
February 19, 2016
1900 Kane St, HOUSTON, TX 77007
Olivia Block (Chicago, Illinois) – performing a multi-channel, in the dark, surround version of her composition Aberration of Light

The Necks – Houston debut
March 30, 2016
3400 Main St, HOUSTON, TX 77002
Chris Abrahams (Australia) – piano
Tony Buck (Australia) – drums
Lloyd Swanton (Australia) – double bass

Akama, Clayton Mills, Frey, Lash, Lucier, Niblock in Bristol, Uk

Source: Bang the Bore.

Bang the Bore & Reductive Journal present
Performances by Ryoko Akama, Joseph Clayton Mills, Dominic Lash
Compositions by Jürg Frey, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock
Sunday 7th February 2016
The Cube Microplex
4 Princess Row, Bristol, BS2 8NQ
£6 on the door, or more if you want
Tickets HERE
No one turned away due to lack of funds

Ryoko Akama
Sound artist/composer/performer whose work approaches silence, time and space, exploring quiet and minimal music and situations. Akama performs with sine tones and objects, or creates sound installations that deal with materials, objects and phenomena. She is associated with the Octopus Collective, runs the Melange Edition label and edits the Reductive Journal.

Joseph Clayton Mills
Joseph Clayton Mills is a musician, artist, and writer who lives and works in Chicago. His text-based paintings, assemblages, and sound installations have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Europe and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker. He is the author of the short-story collection Zyxt, and in 2012 published Nabokrossvords, a translation of early Russian crosswords by Vladimir Nabokov. He is an active participant in the improvised and experimental music community in Chicago, where his collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Noé Cuéllar (asParital), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block, among many others; his recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Another Timbre, FSS, and Entr’acte. In 2013, in conjunction withNoé Cuéllar, he launched Suppedaneum, a label focused on releasing scores and their realizations.

Jürg Frey
Frey’s work is marked by an elementary non-extravagance of sound, a sensibility for the qualities of the material and precision of compositional approach, sometimes bypassing instrumentation and duration altogether. He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text.

Dominic Lash
Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist, although his activities also range much more widely and include playing bass guitar and other instruments; both writing and performing composed music; and writing about music and various other subjects.

Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University, Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which includedRobert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma. Much of his work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.

Phill Niblock
Composer, filmmaker, videographer, and director of Experimental Intermedia. Niblock’s music is an exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations. The layering of long tones only very slightly distinct in pitch creates a multitude of beats and generates complex overtone patterns and other fascinating psychoacoustic effects.

Floating Categories (Jürg Frey, 2015)
for reader, listener, player alone, maybe performer(s)
From the notes accompanying the score: “The items on the page are isolated, but also connected. It looks like a page is balanced in space, – and the performance of the ensemble may be balanced in time. Performances should be non-theatrical, but with clear activities. The number of elements is manageable; complexity occurs in unexpected connections and overlapping of elements.”

Homage to James Tenney (Alvin Lucier, November 1986, 15′)
for double bass and pure wave oscillators
From the score: “Audible beats are produced at speeds determined by the distances between the instrumental and electronically generated tones. The farther apart, the faster the beating. At unison, no beating occurs. Furthermore, under certain conditions the beats may be heard to spin in elliptical patterns through space, from the higher sound source to the lower.”

Twelve Tones (Phill Niblock, March 1977, 22′)
recordings by Jon Deak, contrabass
Bob Gilmore on Phill Niblock: “One of music’s great late starters (he produced his first pieces at the age of thirty-four), he began on a high level and has been getting better and better ever since. … His music is minimal (in the best sense), microtonal, rich, and very loud. The pieces are drones on a single note, or two notes, or a chord, coloured by microtonal inflections. Within apparent stasis there is constant movement. I like Robert Ashley’s comment that in Niblock’s music “something happens in the way of change that is not fundamentally a change of pitch: it is a change of what the pitch sounds like”.’