Source: The New York Times.
‘Quicksand’ (through Feb. 6) Robert Ashley, the brilliant, innovative American composer who died in 2014, forged a distinctive, surrealist operatic aesthetic that meshes speech and song. This premiere of his opera-novel “Quicksand,” a mystery story, features a recording of Mr. Ashley singing the narrative, choreography by Steve Paxton, an electronic score by Tom Hamilton and light design by David Moodey. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m., the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-255-5793, thekitchen.org. (Schweitzer)
Composers Now Festival (Saturday through Feb. 29) This worthy festival showcases an eclectic range of composers, including Steve Mackey, beginning on Saturday with a multimedia lineup that features music for piano, violin, bassoon and electronic kumongo, with a painter performing alongside the musicians. On Monday Marilyn Nonken performs spectral music at Le Poisson Rouge and the violist Nadia Sirota performs Renaissance and contemporary works at Symphony Space. On Tuesday the Attacca Quartet performs Richard Wilson’s String Quartet No. 3. On Wednesday the American Composer’s Orchestra presents Angélica Negrón’s song cycle “El Colapso” and on Thursday Lori Freedman performs solo bass and contrabass clarinet music. At various times and locations, more information is at composersnow.org. (Schweitzer)
Dither (Tuesday through Feb. 7) This electric guitar quartet takes up residence at The Stone, in a series that includes, on Wednesday night, a rare performance of Cornelius Cardew’s experimental “Treatise,” for which the group is joined by TILT brass and four percussionists. Full details online. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (David Allen)
Ashley Fure (Thursday) This young composer is better known in the European experimental scene than here, but that should change with this Composer Portrait, the first of the season. The International Contemporary Ensemble plays five works, including the premiere of “Etudes from the Anthropocene,” a study on her forthcoming “opera for objects.” At 8 p.m. Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, millertheatre.com. (Allen)
Terry Riley (Wednesday) Among the many celebrations honoring the 80th birthday of the brilliant Minimalist composer Terry Riley, his seminal work “In C” will figure largely. Here it is presented by Darmstadt Essential Repertoire, an ensemble dedicated to performances of vital new and recent music. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)
Hailing from Denton, Texas, just outside of the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Vaults of Zin is a four piece experimental metal band with a throwback twist. The lineup consists of Rob Buttrum on drums
, Greg Dixon on guitar and electric violin
, Shane Hutchinson on bass and vocals
, and Stephen Lucas on synthesizer. Rather than a straight-forward assault, Kadath features the complex songwriting of a 70’s progressive rock band. The group rounds out this approach with heavy guitars, a prominent synth attack, and aggressive vocals. Some of the singing is in the so-called “cookie monster” style, which can be hit or miss with some listeners. Nonetheless, two of the five tracks on Kadath are instrumental, and the vocals are not a major part of the other three.
Perhaps the band’s most apparent influence is late-70’s Magma. The fourth track, Lankotan, in particular, exhibits low-frequency angular rhythms and synth weirdness that would be at home on the latter group’s Udu Wudu release. Thematically, Vaults of Zin also is a few parts H. P. Lovecraft – their name comes from that author’s writing, as does this album’s title. Consequently, the music’s brooding structures and dark overtones should not be surprising. Further comparisons could be made to Toby Driver‘s Maudlin of the Well and Kayo Dot, as well as Japan’s Happy Family and France’s Nebelnest.
It has been five years since the first Vaults of Zin album. Despite this long layoff, there is no evidence of a sophomore slump. The entirety of this 50-minute album is a joy, and already a standout in what promises to be a crowded set of 2016 releases.
This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.
Monday, February 1st 2016
7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
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)
Moods : Brad Fritcher, Patrick Booth, Travis Swanson, Jonathan Taylor, Joe Vasquez
Open Forum Project : Dave Rempis, Chris Weller, Charlie Kirchen, Tim Daisy
Wednesday, February 3rd 2016
8:00PM at DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W Belden
Ensemble 20+, Michael Lewanski, conductor — music by Judith Weir, Augusta Read Thomas
Thursday, February 4th 2016
9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10 donation)
Jason Adasiewicz Solo
Eli Namay, Phil Sudderberg
Saturday, February 6th 2016
7:00PM at the Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior, 312.787.7070 (Free)
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/
Source: We Need No Swords.
Set Ensemble: Stopcock
Training Brah: Cheese Fossil EP
Amulets: Sierra High
Alex Ward Trio / Sextet: Projected / Entities / Removal
Source: New York’s Roulette.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Interpretations: Lori Freedman: The Virtuosity of Excess // Morton Subotnick & Lillevan Canadian musician Lori Freedman will be performing solo bass and contrabass clarinet music, including three world premieres by Paolo Perezzani, Paul Steenhuisen, and Lori Freedman, as well as slightly older works by Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Barrett and Raphael Cendo. Influential electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and live video artist Lillevan will present the new collaborative creation “Song And Dance”, which looks at the relationship between the emotive qualities of song and the unifying qualities of dance….
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016 @ 8:00 PM Peter Evans Quintet plus special guests Aaron Burnett and Ingrid Laubrock Following a two well-received residency shows during the fall season, Peter Evans takes the stage at Roulette for a third time. The Peter Evans Quintet, which has been together for six years, will play a partially improvised set of all new music and will feature guest saxophonists for the first time….
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Mixology Power Switch: The Nine Lives of Electronic Music: Dorit Chrysler // DJ Dog Dick Roulette co-founder David Weinstein curates the annual festival celebrating the rich history of electronics in contemporary performance.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Mixology Power Switch: The Nine Lives of Electronic Music: Val-Inc // Trumpet Trumpet Synthesizer Roulette co-founder David Weinstein curates the annual festival celebrating the rich history of electronics in contemporary performance.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Mixology Power Switch: The Nine Lives of Electronic Music: Z’EV: CINEmotion // Lary 7 Roulette co-founder David Weinstein curates the annual festival celebrating the rich history of electronics in contemporary performance.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Mixology Power Switch: The Nine Lives of Electronic Music: David Linton: bicamRL AV // Thomas Dexter Roulette co-founder David Weinstein curates the annual festival celebrating the rich history of electronics in contemporary performance.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Mixology Power Switch: The Nine Lives of Electronic Music: Yuka C. Honda Roulette co-founder David Weinstein curates the annual festival celebrating the rich history of electronics in contemporary performance.
Source: OutNow Music Nights.
Tuesday, February 2 at 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM in EST
2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211
OutNow Music Nights presents:
Another night of music at Muchmore’s. hope you can make it out. This month:
9pm – Trio
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Adam Hopkins – double bass
Jeff Davis – drums
10pm – Illusion of Truth
Daniel Levin – cello
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
11pm – Bian Tai Quartet
Rick Parker – Trombone/Electronics
Michael Attias – Alto Sax
Simon Jermyn – Bass
Sam Ospovat – Drums