AMN Reviews: John Persen – Electronic Works [Aurora ACD5090]

MI0003981837This set of two electronic works by Norwegian composer John Persen (1941-2014) focuses attention on a relatively little-known side of his work. His music for orchestra and chamber ensembles is well-represented on CD, while his opera Under Cross and Crown earned him a measure of renown.

Persen’s biography is somewhat unusual, and in its own way its trajectory from an upbringing in a religious minority community to a career as a modern composer, is oddly reminiscent of La Monte Young’s own passage from Mormonism to musical innovation. Persen, of Sami background, was raised in an environment shaped by Laestadianism, a conservative Lutheran revival movement. He studied at the Oslo conservatory and pursued further studies in composition in Germany with Ligeti. In addition to his compositional work, he took an active role in establishing or working with various cultural institutions in Norway.

One of the two pieces presented here has been issued previously, while the other appears for the first time. The first track is Things Take Time, a work originally conceived of as a six-hour, staggered-loop piece called Against Cold Winds. The track, structured as a long-period cycle, features an array of sounds—chiming metallic chirps and synthetic tintinnabulations—that stays more or less constant across various changes of texture. Almost halfway in a dully roaring, wind-like sound washes out the chiming sounds and the piece evolves into long, layered tones, eventually coming back around to the sounds at its beginning. The second track, Nota Bene—The Title Is a Lie, relies on sounds that, while mostly percussive, are interspersed with sounds broadly suggestive of environmental elements: Bubbling and dripping water, rustling wind and rattling leaves.

A minor complaint: The CD jacket lists the tracks in the wrong order and attributes a date of composition for Note Bene at variance with the date given in the liner notes. None of this takes away from the sound of the music, which is absorbing.

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Daniel Barbiero

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Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces Touring Europe


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Nate Wooley will be taking Battle Pieces on the road in Europe with Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Matt Moran.

Mo 25 Jan – Gent Jazz Club -Gent BE
Tu 26 Jan – In Situ Art Society at Klavierhaus Klavins -Bonn, DE
We 27 Jan – LOFT -Cologne, DE
Th 28 Jan – W8 Alter Schl8hof -Wels, AT
Fr 29 Jan – Jeunesse at Porgy & Bess -Vienna, AT
Sa 30 Jan – Open Music at Wist -Graz, AT
Su 31 Jan – Club Gromka -Ljubljana, SI

Rova Saxophone Quartet Ascends With ‘Rova Channeling Coltrane’ 


Source: KQED News.

Where “A Love Supreme” served as a finely wrought vessel for Coltrane’s spiritual yearning, “Ascension” was more like glimpsing the face of God directly, and many of Coltrane’s fans refused to follow him into this daunting realm.

Leave it to Rova, the long-running Bay Area saxophone quartet featuring Steve Adams, Bruce Ackley, Jon Raskin and Larry Ochs, to put their own stamp on this marvelously unruly music. Their new release, “Rova Channeling Coltrane,” is a three-disc set with a CD, DVD and Blu-ray of the 12-piece Orkestrova performing “Electric Ascension” at the Guelph Jazz Festival in Ontario in 2012.

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

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January 17, 2016
Julian Lage Solo, (le) poisson rouge
Julian Lage

January 17, 2016
Channeling Coltrane: Rova’s Electric Ascension, (le) poisson rouge
Bruce Ackley Steve Adams Charlie Burnham Gerald Cleaver Nels Cline Trevor Dunn Jason Kao Hwang Ikue Mori Larry Ochs Zeena Parkins Jon Raskin Nate Wooley

January 15, 2016
James Blood Ulmer Solo, New School
James Blood Ulmer

January 15, 2016
David Torn Solo, New School
David Torn

January 15, 2016
Craig Taborn Solo, New School
Craig Taborn

January 15, 2016
Mark Turner Quartet, New School
Avishai Cohen Marcus Gilmore Joe Martin Mark Turner

January 14, 2016
Tuomo Uusitalo & Tim Norton, Manhattan Inn
Tim Norton Tuomo Uusitalo

January 14, 2016
Nick Mazzarella Trio, Manhattan Inn
Anton Hatwich Nick Mazzarella Frank Rosaly

This Week in New York

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WET INK ENSEMBLE
The next installment of Wet Ink’s ongoing Portrait Concerts series will celebrate the work of Anthony Braxton, a major figure of American music, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Wednesday, January 20 at 9:30 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

DAVID T. LITTLE PRESENTS: THE KNELLS
Through lushly arranged electric art song and swirling computer graphic animation, The Knells and software artist Joshue Ott explore the personal and eternal questions that confound the human search for meaning and significance in the universe. In service of this overarching theme, the artists confront such specific ideas as one’s perception of the passage of time, the illusive nature of progress, the power of perspective in deriving meaning from one’s own life experience, and the circular and ultimately transcendental — if frequently violent — beauty of nature.
Thursday, January 21 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

HOLOGRAPHIC | DANIEL WOHL
Daniel WohlComposer Daniel Wohl
The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) will present the world premiere live performances of Daniel Wohl’s Holographic, performed by Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet with Daniel Wohl on electronics.
Thursday, January 21 & January 22 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

ANDY KOZAR: NEW MUSIC FOR TRUMPET
Andy Kozar presents new music for trumpet at Spectrum.
Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

COLLABORATIVE DUETS: GELSEY BELL AND BIBA BELL // GELSEY BELL AND JOHN KING
Gelsey Bell in Robert Ashley’s Crash (credit: Gelsey Bell, Courtesy of Lovely Music)Gelsey Bell in Robert Ashley’s Crash (credit: Gelsey Bell, Courtesy of Lovely Music)
The third and final performance of Gelsey Bell’s residency will consist of two collaborative duets: a new work created with her sister, choreographer and dancer Biba Bell, and a concert version of music created with John King last year for Compagnie CNDC-Angers’s performance of Merce Cunningham.
Friday, January 22 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members/students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

MARTHA CARGO + AND/PLAY
Flutist Martha Cargo, and Violin, Viola duo And/Play team up for a double bill of music for both instrumentation as well as a trio piece.
Saturday, January 23 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

THE FIFTH CENTURY | GAVIN BRYARS
The Crossing and PRISM Quartet perform the NY premiere of The Fifth Century, a large-scale work for the rare combination of choir and saxophone quartet by the English composer Gavin Bryars.
Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $30, $20 students
St. Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York, NY

JEFFREY ZEIGLER SOLO
Jeffrey Zeigler returns to National Sawdust with a program of new works for solo cello, which includes two world premiers by Brooklyn based composers Jim Thirlwell and The National’s Bryce Dessner. Zeigler will also perform the New York premiere of Tangled in Plastic Currents by Derek Charke.
Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

ARVO PÄRT DAY
Arvo Pärt – Photo by Peeter LangovitsArvo Pärt – Photo by Peeter Langovits
To honor Arvo Pärt, the Mannes School of Music at the New School, the New York Choral Society, and the Arvo Pärt Project have designated Sunday, January 24, 2016 Arvo Pärt Day. Open to the public with free admission, celebratory events are scheduled to take place from 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, January 24 at 1:00 PM
Free
Tishman Auditorium of the New School for the Performing Arts, 13th Street & Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

AUGUSTUS ARNONE: THE COMPLETE PIANO WORKS OF MILTON BABBITT, CONCERT II
In honor of the centenary of Milton Babbitt’s birth, Augustus Arnone will be performing the complete solo piano works of the iconoclastic and pioneering American serialist over the course of three piano recitals at Spectrum, New York City.
Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

BRASS OF YALE
The concert will highlight Yale’s brass faculty as well as the contributions to the brass repertoire of past and present Yale composers. The program honors the late composers Ezra Laderman and Gunther Schuller, both of whom served on the Yale faculty.
Sunday, January 24 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

MIRANDA CUCKSON PRESENTS: NUNC
NUNC performs a sextet by Argentinean composer Diego Tedesco, a work for voice and string trio by Jonathan Dawe, the New York premiere of an octet for strings by David Fulmer, Elliott Carter’s Four Lauds, Michael Jarrell’s Eco III, and Iannis Xenakis’s Aroura.
Sunday, January 24 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE | JOHN ZORN
John Zorn premieres Commedia dell’arte, a suite of five miniatures inspired by the dell’arte characters Harlequin, Colombina, Scaramouche, Pulcinella, and Pierrot.
Sunday, January 24 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $20
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B. Lewis Theater, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY