This Week in New York 

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NEW WORKS BY NEW FOLKS II | FACE THE MUSIC
The teens and tweens of Face the Music premiere two new works for mixed ensemble: Yusei Hata’s A Call From a Guy and Julian Galesi‘s Four Kyles.
Monday, March 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

THE IVES OF MARCH
Danielle Buonaiuto, Maya Bennardo, and Karl Larson celebrate Charles Ives with a performance of his second violin sonata accompanied by selections from his wide art-song repertoire.
Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

FLYING BACKWARDS
Members of the North/South Chamber Orchestra perform recent works by composers representing three generations and various aesthetic points of view: Benet Casablancas, Christopher Ha Chun, David Colson, Max Lifchitz and Carlos Rodriguez.
Tuesday, March 15 at 8:00 PM
Free
Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY

THERE MIGHT BE OTHERS
Rebecca Lazier makes her New York Live Arts debut with her movement-based realization of Terry Riley’s seminal masterpiece In C, performed with a live score by Dan Trueman in collaboration with members of So Percussion and Mobius Percussion.
Wednesday, March 16-19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY

WILLIAM TYLER, QUINDAR & NICK HALLETT | ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hear Quindar, featuring art historian James Merle Thomas and Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen, meld their electronic beats with Tyler’s fusion of rock and lo-fi guitar and Hallett’s eclectic compositions.
Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

(CON)TEMPORARY (IN)SIGHTS PRESENTS: ALICE TEYSSIER
Alice Teyssier explores the collision of her vocal and instrumental approaches to music in a program for flute, voice and combinations thereof.
Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

BROOKLYN NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE
The Brooklyn New Music Collective presents premieres from Oliver Markson, Beth Levin, and Michael Rose.
Friday, March 18 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

NATURA BRUTA | SPRING REVOLUTION FESTIVAL
NATURA BRUTA will feature multiple art forms including short films by Iranian Americans, performances by established poets, music by Aida Shahghasemi, who fuses her exquisite Persian classical vocal training with indie-rock tendencies, and finally, a midnight show with the multi-media performance of NATURA BRUTA – The Persian Rite of Spring.
Friday, March 18 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $45
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

M. LAMAR, CHARLIE LOOKER & MIVOS QUARTET | ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Mivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana FranMivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran
Extra Life and Zs founding member Charlie Looker and Mivos Quartet join composer/countertenor M. Lamar for the premiere of Lamar’s Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, a song cycle with art direction by Sabin Calvert.
Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

SOLOS & TRIOS: MUSIC OF JEFFREY MUMFORD
The music of Jeffrey Mumford is presented.
Saturday, March 19 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

RANDOM ACCESS MUSIC: THE HEAVENS DECLARE
Extra performance added! Guy Barash brings his comrades from Random Access Music to Spectrum for one last performance of their string quartet program. RAM players Maya Bennardo (violin), Sabina Torosjan (violin), Liuh-Wen Ting (viola), and Kate Dillingham (cello) perform string quartets by RAM composers Guy Barash, Stephen Cabell, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, and Frances White.
Sunday, March 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

STRING THEORIES I: JOHN CAGE’S TWENTY-THREE | ANDPLAY
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn kicks off their String Theories festival with John Cage’s Twenty-Three followed by the andPlay duo performing works by Robert Honstein, Nicholas Demaison, Fjola Evans, Peter Kramer, and Kristopher Svensson.
Sunday, March 20 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

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Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

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Akio Suzuki: Conceptual Soundwork
Friday, March 18th – 8pm
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Active since the 1960s, Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki’s intensive involvement with the phenomena of pulse and echo led him to develop his own instruments, many of which employ quotidian and modest objects. In this acoustic solo performance, he reprises four pieces from his late 70s series “Conceptual Soundwork”.

Takahiro Kawaguchi & Makoto Oshiro
Tuesday, March 22nd – 8pm
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

Japanese artists Takahiro Kawaguchi and Makoto Oshiro use homemade devices and everyday objects to create sounds with discrete relationships to performance spaces. Kawaguchi performs with handmade acoustic horns and small objects, Oshiro improvises with diverse materials including electronics and household products.

AMN Reviews: Ben Stapp & The Zozimos – Myrrha’s Red Book Acts I & II (2015; Evolver Records)

New York based composer Ben Stapp released a notable two-album operatic jazz cycle last year. While lauded in writings since then, the Myrrha’s Red Book suite should have garnered much greater attention. With any luck, we can change that here, at least to some modest extent.

Stapp plays tuba and composes, the latter of which is his main role on these recordings. The Zozimos is an extended jazz band, including Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, Stephen Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn, Oscar Noriega on clarinet, and Rebekah Heller on bassoon, among about nine other performers. Not unlike recent efforts by Darcy James Argue and Dan Weiss, this is modern big band jazz with a heavy compositional focus. Additionally, the two vocalists (three on Act II) play the several characters. Thus, comparisons could easily be made to the Trillium operas of Anthony Braxton as well.

The story told here is one that questions the nature of reality, with the main character, Myrrha, struggling to determine which of her memories reflect reality. Intertwined are references to Greek myths, as well as explorations of the nature of the human psyche.  The myths seem to serve as the archetypes for the psychological aspects, with the work as a whole making a clear reference to the Red Book of Carl Jung.

The supporting music, while clearly preconceived, also includes space for group improv, as well as subsets of the big band playing somewhat independently of one another. The overall effect is similar to the unraveling of the characters’ minds, and the multiple realities in which the story exists. Unlike some operatic recordings, the vocals on Myrrha’s Red Book do not dominate the foreground. The singing blends with the instruments, and is quite pleasant in nature even if the subject matter is disconcerting.

One could try to categorize these recordings as free jazz, opera, classical, or avant-garde performance art. Regardless of such pigeonholes, Stapp has produced a singular work that reflects today’s increasingly bent genres, and provides an unapologetically intellectual approach. Bravo.

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

SALGADO Y ASOCIADOSSource: Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica.

MARCH 16 @ At Teatro Cervantes – 21 hs
CICLO DE MUSICA CONTEMPORANEA – Concert # I
Pieces by Rocca, Kagel, Scelsi, Romero, Viera y Kokoras
Ensamble Suden:
Pablo Jivotovshii, violín / Alex Kostianovsky, violín / Mariano Malamud, viola
Martín Devoto, violonchelo / Facundo Ordoñez, contrabass
Federico Landaburu, clarinet / Diego Ruiz, piano

MARCH 18 @ Casa Nacional de la Musica , 20.30 hs
PIAZZOLLA CELEBRATION
Piano: Nicolas Guershberg, Hernan Possetti
Bandoneon: Nicolas Henrich,
Violin: Bruno Cavallaro,
Guitar: Esteban Falabella
Contrabass: Daniel Falasca, Manuel Gomez

MARCH 18 @ Roseti – 22 hs
SET I – SALGADO Y ASOCIADOS :
Bárbara Togander – Voice / Wenchi Lazo – Guitar / Pablo Moser – Barítone & Soprano sax
Guillermo Roldán – Bass / Sebastián Groshaus – Drums Francisco Salgado – Trombone & Harmonicas

SET II – ENRIQUE NORRIS / BARBARA TOGANDER ,DUO
-Enrique Norris ( cornet & piano ) / -Barbara Togander ( voice turntables electronics etc )

MARCH 19 @ Dpto Unico , 22.00 hs
FOTO + RAUNDUP
– FOTO : -Hernan Hayet (bass) / Wenchi Lazo (guitar) / Barbara Togander (voice turntable & electronics)
Diego Voloschin (drums) / Visuals: Caro Andreetti & Azucena Lozana
-RAUNDUP : – Leonello Zambón (Hardware Hacking), Sebastián Rey (Basso)

MARCH 19 @ Espacio Para Los Arboles , 21.00 hs
SAMI ABADI solo ( violin loops & electronics )