RIP Keith Emerson 

Keith Emerson performing at a WPLR Show

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock.

Keith Emerson, the outsized co-founding keyboardist in Emerson Lake and Palmer has died. Long-time bandmate Carl Palmer’s publicist has posted a message that confirms Emerson’s passing last night (March 10) in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 71.

“Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come,” Palmer said. “He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz.”

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AMN Reviews: Ted Moore – Gilgamesh & Enkidu [Ravello RR7926]

rr7926 -gilgamesh-eknkiduGilgamesh and Enkidu is Minnesota composer Ted Moore’s recasting of the ancient Akkadian epic poem as a six-movement work for string quartet and electronics.

For Moore as both composer and musician, the integration of electronics with acoustic instruments puts him on known ground. His compositions frequently involve the use of SuperCollider for real-time sound processing and manipulation, and he regularly performs on laptop with wind player Kyle Hutchens in the improvisational duo Binary Canary.

For Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Moore augmented a traditional string quartet with himself on laptop. The string instruments’ sounds were fed into SuperCollider, which Moore used to create a fifth line cued from and complementing the strings’ lines. The presence of the electronics is subtle and serves to maintain the work’s focus on the writing for the strings. These in turn make equally subtle use of extended techniques, which are used in the service of the expressive content of the quartet rather than as ends in themselves. Still, they can provide significant thematic material, as for example in the first movement, when the cello plays a motif centered on bouncing the wood of the bow on and off the strings, or in the third movement, where the quartet’s expressive counterpoint unravels into siren-like, descending glissandi.

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Daniel Barbiero

The Music of Salvatore Sciarrino at EMPAC

Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, at the ...

Source: Troy NY’s EMPAC.

Existing at the edge of what can be heard, the music of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino is identified by whispers of sound that punctuate a canvas of silence. It’s music that demands a pristine listening environment to be presented properly. On April 14, the rare pairing will be achieved when a program of chamber works by Sciarrino is presented in the concert hall of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Rensselaer faculty Nicholas DeMaison will work in residence at EMPAC the week of the performance to rehearse three of Sciarrino’s best-known works (composed between 1985 and 2009). Working with a nine-piece ensemble and featured vocalist Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, the program will consist of Infinito Nero, a piece that draws its inspiration from the vocal outbursts of 16th-century mystic St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi; Lo Spazio Inverso, a piece that creates islands of sound in a sea of silence; and the most recent, L’Altro Giardino, an elaboration of his earlier work Il Giardino di Sara.

Program:
Infinito Nero (1998)—flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello, voice
Lo Spazio Inverso (1985)—flute, clarinet, celesta, violin, cello
L’Altro Giardino (2009)—flute, English horn, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, voice

San Francisco Scene: March 11-18, 2016

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, March 11

Fri 3/11 7:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St. #127 Santa Cruz, CA 95060]
Joseph Davancens (contrabass), Weston Olencki (trombone), and Andrew C. Smith (electronics, Fender Rhodes) perform Catherine Lamb’s monumental work matter/moving, alongside contemplative music by Craig Shepard, Larry Polansky, and Joseph Davancens.

Fri 3/11 7:30 PM Bing Studio Space [Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen Street Stanford CA 94305]
– MARCH MATTESS – CCRMA AT BING
Please join us for night 1 of 2 in the Bing Concert Hall Studio Space as CCRMA presents – MARCH MATTESS – two eclectic evenings of multichannel electronic and acoustic music from 7.30PM on Friday March 11th and Saturday March 12th. These concerts are curated by Matt Wright CCRMA’s new Technical Director and demonstrate the various aspects of his musical career and his many performance and research activities. From new instrument designer to computer music researcher, from samba to oud performance, from network audio concerts to improvising electronic ensembles – Matt has collaborated and performed with an amazing variety of world class musicians and artists. So please come along and experience performances and music by:
Edmund Campion
Curtis Roads
David Wessel
Indian music with Manik Khan and William Rossel
John MacCallum
Arabic music with Ali ‘Amr, Briana DiMara, Faisal Zedan
Ali Momeni
Roberto Morales
Mark Applebaum
CREATE Ensemble network feedback performance
Charlie Roberts
John Schott
Lee Heuermann

Fri 3/11 8:00 PM Signal Flow Festival 2016 [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Signal Flow Festival 2016 (Concert 2) – Signal Flow is a four-day festival of creative music and innovative sound art in all its forms, featuring new work by graduate students of the Mills College Music Department. Centered in Littlefield Concert Hall and spreading across the Mills campus in the hills of Oakland, the festival celebrates a wide diversity of new approaches to sound through collaborative performances, improvisations, installations, and multimedia experiments.

Fri 3/11 8:30 PM Strand Theater | Rueff Room [1127 Market St. San Francisco]
Kronos Quartet with special guest Jherek Bischoff

Saturday, March 12

Sat 3/12 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
G|O|D|W|A|F|F|L|E||N|O|I|S|E||P|A|N|C|A|K|E|S @ NOISEBRIDGE
Dyemark———-Eurostache———-
Music For Hard Times——-Failure Cock—-
Mas Coad

Sat 3/12 3:00 PM Musicians Union Hall – 116 9th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 [116 9th Street San Francisco, CA 94103]
Saturday, March 12, 3-5pm.
zBug -structured improvisational compositional music.
Christina Braun- Butoh dance.
ArtsEarth presents Afternoon / the concert series once-a-month featuring the best in music and other arts from the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally.

Sat 3/12 7:30 PM Bing Studio Space [327 Lasuen Street Stanford CA 94305]
– MARCH MATTESS – CCRMA AT BING
Night 2 of 2 at the Bing Concert Hall Studio Space as CCRMA presents – MARCH MATTESS – two eclectic evenings of multichannel electronic and acoustic music from 7.30PM on Friday March 11th and Saturday March 12th.

Sat 3/12 8:00 PM Signal Flow 2016 [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Signal Flow 2016 (Concert 3)is a four-day festival of creative music and innovative sound art in all its forms, featuring new work by graduate students of the Mills College Music Department. Centered in Littlefield Concert Hall and spreading across the Mills campus in the hills of Oakland, the festival celebrates a wide diversity of new approaches to sound through collaborative performances, improvisations, installations, and multimedia experiments.​

Sat 3/12 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Lisa Leong, pianist: Arrell, Boulez, Harvey, Lin, Nono, Williams
Pianist Lisa Leong performs a wide-ranging program of music by Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Jonathan Harvey, Mei-Fang Lin, Amy Williams and Chris Arrell.

Sunday, March 13

Sun 3/13 4:00 PM Signal Flow 2016 [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Signal Flow is a four-day festival of creative music and innovative sound art in all its forms, featuring new work by graduate students of the Mills College Music Department. Centered in Littlefield Concert Hall and spreading across the Mills campus in the hills of Oakland, the festival celebrates a wide diversity of new approaches to sound through collaborative performances, improvisations, installations, and multimedia experiments.​

Sun 3/13 4:00 PM Fort Mason Center [BUILDING B Studio 301 (across from Greens) 2 Marina Blvd San Francisco]
Del Sol Quartet
Mason Music is a new musical experience presented by the Del Sol String Quartet in the intimacy of a private art studio at the historic Fort Mason. Come sample handcrafted, curated music that include a variety of musical artisans.
This performance features the public premiere of “Glass Shatters the Same Way Twice” by Bay-Area-composer Mark Ackerley.

Tuesday, March 15

Tue 3/15 7:30 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For the March installment of the Meridian Composers in Performance series we are excited to present Oa and Kadet Kuhne!

Tue 3/15 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Royal Hartigan: Akoma Ensemble
In a rare west coast appearance, royal hartigan (drums) will be joined by long-time collaborators Wes Brown (bass) and Hafez Modirzadeh (saxophones), performing original music involving shape-shifting temporal concepts that span multiple traditions of the world. Guests to include Dahveed Behroozi on piano.

Wednesday, March 16

Wed 3/16 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Admiral Launch Duo: New Music for Harp and Saxophone
Enjoy the fusion of harp and saxophone in an evening of acoustic and electroacoustic new music, including West Coast premieres of pieces by Christine Hedden and Stephen J. Rush.

Thursday, March 17

Thu 3/17 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Free World ~ 3rd Thursdays
with
CONJURE!
con·jure: make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic
India Cooke, violin
Lewis Jordan, saxophone, word
Joe McKinley, contrabass
Kele Nitoto, percussion
Donald Robinson, set drum

Thu 3/17 7:30 PM The Exploratorium [15 Embarcadero San Franciso]
The Sound of Space with Ben Burtt and Geeta Dayal

Thu 3/17 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
“ThumbThumb is Not Mysterious” EP Release show
8:15pm: Homoglochini
9:15pm: (Adam Adhiyatma – electronics)

Friday, March 18

Fri 3/18 6:00 PM Presidio Officer’s Club [50 Moraga Ave SF]
Wild Rumpus
The flexible and dynamic Wild Rumpus Collective continues to bridge musical divides with impassioned performances of work by radical young and emerging composers from around the world.

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Wiener Kids (Jordan Glenn, Cory Wright, Aram Shelton)

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Music for Birdwatching:
USUFRUCT (Polly Moller + Tim Walters)
Doug Carroll + Original Field Recordings
Wendy Reid w/ Lulu the African Grey Parrot
+ Pet the Tiger (David Samas, Kevin Corcoran)
performing “the 6th Extinction” w/ Butoh (Christina Braun)

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Transient Beings: Jamal R. Moore
Depth perception of creative arts. A performance of sonic healing through intergalactic visualization and lo-­‐fi frequencies.

Fri 3/18 8:00 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Schimscheimer Family Trio San Francisco album release concert, presented by Jazz in the Neighborhood
Kasey Knudsen – alto sax & electronics
Michael Coleman – keyboards & electronics
Jon Arkin – drums & electronics
special guest
Ben Goldberg – clarinets

Wadada Leo Smith and Vijay Iyer at Harvard April 7 & 8

Source: Harvard University Department of Music.

Creative Music Convergences: Improvisation, Creativity Highlight Fromm Players Concerts April 7, 8

Two evenings of concerts by composer/performers including Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman Octet, Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio, more

On Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, the Fromm Concerts at Harvard assemble some of the finest musicians in creative music for a series of free concerts, “Creative Music Convergences,” in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall on the Harvard University campus.

The Thursday lineup features 7:30 pm performances by Wadada Leo Smith and Vijay Iyer (whose album A cosmic rhythm with every stroke releases March 25) and Nicole Mitchell with Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed. At 9:00pm Okkyung Lee and the Steve Lehman Octet take the stage.

On Friday at 7:30 pm, hear Craig Taborn and Wadada Leo Smith with Ikue Mori. The 9:00 show features Courtney Bryan and the Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio.