AMN Reviews: Splinter Reeds – Got Stung [Splinter Records SR001]

downloadOne of the most enduring legacies of 20th century art music is the use of timbre as a major element in musical organization. Whether through serialism’s principle of klangfarbenmelodie or Impressionism’s sound painting with orchestration, the blending and sorting of instrumental voices as a theme in itself took on a salience that continues to resonate in contemporary music. With this release of six new and recent works, Splinter Reeds, a quintet from the San Francisco Bay area, reveals the richness of color inherent in a small, all-reed ensemble.

As a unit, the three-year-old group draws on its individual members’ extensive experience with contemporary art music both composed and improvised. Oboist/composer Kyle Bruckmann, who is well-represented on new music recordings, played experimental music in Chicago before joining the Bay Area new music community in 2003. In addition to working with small new music ensembles, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos has performed with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras as well as with the Oakland Symphony, where he was principle clarinetist. Saxophonist David Wegehaupt has premiered new works for saxophone and has played for or guested in several new music ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble and Ensemble Dal Niente. Jeff Anderle, the group’s bass clarinetist, has played with the Paul Dresher Electro/Acoustic Band as well as in the genre-blurring bass clarinet duo Sqwonk and the bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles. Dana Jessen, who has played free jazz and contemporary improvised and experimental music here and in Europe, is doing for the bassoon what Bertram Turetzky did for the double bass in the 1950s and 1960s: Actively commissioning a repertoire for it in order to bring it into its own as an expansive and adventurous voice in contemporary music.

The ensemble’s attunement to the expressive and structural value of instrumental color is apparent from the first track, the precisely played, eight-part suite Splinter by composer Marc Mellits. The work frequently distributes its lines across the ensemble in contiguous pieces, giving the impression of an elaborate mosaic each tile of which consists of an individual instrumental voice. It’s a timbral pointillism whose points of color are rhythmically interwoven into an overall textural continuity rather than set out in a succession of isolated fragments surrounded by silences. Ryan Brown’s Pinched, which was originally written for pizzicato string quartet and is here arranged for reed quintet, is a similarly pulse-based, pointillist piece. By contrast, the additive structures of Erik De Luca’s Songs and Interludes emphasize color in a different way, largely by having the individual instruments contribute their distinctive voices to increasingly complex, composite timbres. Bruckmann’s Mitigating Factors is a denser work exploring close-knit harmonic textures. Dominated by the earth-toned palettes of bassoon and bass clarinet, it is a dark, deliberately-paced composition containing a bestiary of unorthodox sounds for reeds—hisses, groans, growls and whooshes—within a framework of dissonant chords and tone clusters supplemented by electronic sounds. Ned McGowan’s Wood Burn has the plosive low reeds mimic a funk-rock bassline, while the closer, My Bike by Jordan Glenn, is a nostalgic, hymn-like piece that has the composer join the quintet on drums.

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 

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Mivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana FranMivos Quartet – Photo by Ralf Puder/Nana Fran
Jen Shyu premieres a new full-length composition, Song of Silver Geese, a multilingual, ritual music drama, composed for dancer-improviser Satoshi Haga, Jen Shyu’s core ensemble Jade Tongue, and the Mivos Quartet, with Shyu on vocals, dance, gayageum, Taiwanese (Shyu’s father’s birthplace) moon lute, and East Timorese (mother’s birthplace) lakadou.
Monday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Resident Artist Vijay Iyer premieres a new work commissioned by Met LiveArts for the exhibition dedicated to Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi.
Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $45
The Met Breuer, Madison Avenue and 75th Street, New York, NY

M is Black Enough is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation through steel pan, cello, text and voice. It aims to be complex and aggressive, and involve all elements equally in the bold narrative the band undertakes – one about people, and justice and struggle and joy and celebration. Featuring NS artist-in-residence Roger Bonair-Agard, with NS curators Jeffrey Zeigler and Andy Akiho.
Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

To celebrate her EP release of HEDERA, Lesley Flanigan presents a special concert of music for voice, spanning early to modern approaches for the human instrument.
Friday, April 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

This concert, which includes three world premieres, features music by young composers inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian culture – Saad Haddad, a first generation Arab-American composer from Los Angeles; Reena Esmail, who is Indian-American; Turkish-American composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol (who will also perform as a soloist with the orchestra on the ud); Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz; plus Matthias Pintscher’s songs from Solomon’s garden featuring baritone Steven LaBrie.
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $43-$50
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 57th Street and 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Zentripetal violin/cello duo will present a program with guest artists Milica Paranosic and Mioi Takeda including premieres by composers Lee Hyla, Martin Phelps, Tomi Räisänen, and Ann Warren and duos by Milica Paranosic and Iannis Xenakis.
Friday, April 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY

International Contemporary Ensemble performs the world premiere of Suzanne Farrin’s La Dolce Morte, commissioned by the Met specifically for their sixteenth-century Vélez Blanco Patio.
Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $95
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 534, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Afro-Electronica musician DJ Val-Inc, together known as DUO1804, create an immersive and interactive experience with the audience in Orchestra for Life. Created together with a public of all ages, this concert-performance redefines the audience experience with electrifying energy, inviting kids and parents to move and sing along with the music.
Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY

Kronos Quartet presents a program of new works, featuring Karin Rehnquist’s All Those Strings!, a piece by Fodé Lassana Diabaté, and the world premieres of four new works from its Fifty for the Future project.
Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $50-$75
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

This Week in Buenos Aires

elstein 8Source: Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica.

MARCH 31 @ roseti , 22 hs
SET I -Barbara Togander / Enrique Norris dúo ( voice, electronics //cornet , piano )
SET II – Cabeza de Termo :
Carlos Eduardo Quebrada: bass / Andrés Elstein, dums
Lucas Goicoechea ,alto sax /Pablo Moser , barítone sax

April 1 @ Yapeyú Música , 22 hs
22:00 -DACTILAR :
Guido Kohn ( cello ) | Mario Concha-Muñoz (g ) | Jaime Chirif ( g ) | Amanda Irarrazabal (contrabass)
23:00 -TRIO :
Pablo Ribot (guitar ) Mauro Rosal (trumpet ) Lucas Sofía (drums)

April 1 @ Roseti 22 hs
-REPTIL : Francisco Slepoy: guitar /Lucas Goicoechea: alto sax / Andrés Elstein: drums
Emma Famin: clarinet, alto sax / Lucas Goicoechea: alto sax
Vio Garcia: cello / Juan Bayon: contrabass / Maximiliano Kirszner: contrabass
Andrés Elstein: drums

April 1 @ una casa , 22 hs
1-Gabriela Areal , cello / Tomás Cabado , prepared guitars
2-Luciano Vitale , piccolo solo
3-Vinzenz Schwab & Maia Koenig ( electronics )

April 2 @ una casa , 220hs
Fo Fo Explioted
Los Whalers- (violín, contrabass cello) x 2 + percussion
Los eggy weggs- human voices and other noises

April 2 @ espacio cultural mi casa , after midnight 1.30 am
Hernan Hayet (bass) / Wenchi Lazo (guitar) /Barbara Togander (electronics voice)
Diego Voloschin ( drums)

All About Jazz Reviews

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink

Source: All About Jazz.

Irene Schweizer / Han Bennink
Welcome Back (Intakt Records)

Stick Men Featuring David Cross
Stick Men + David Cross: Midori (Moonjune Records)

Fourmation (Planet Arts Records)

Yoni Kretzmer 2 Bass Quartet
Book II (OutNow Recordings)

Thomas Stronen
Thomas Stronen: Time Is A Blind Guide (ECM Records)

Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio
Live in Seattle (Origin Records)

Robin Hayward
Stop Time (Important Records)

The Scrambling Ex
The Scrambling Ex (FMR Records)

Dre Hocevar
Collective Effervescence (Clean Feed Records)

King Crimson
King Crimson: Live in Toronto: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, November 20, 2015 (Panegyric Recordings)

Cafe OTO in April

English: Thurston Moore at the 2008 Brooklyn B...

Source: London’s Cafe OTO.

Friday 1 April 2016, 8pm
Ghédalia Tazartès + Xt

Saturday 2 April 2016, 8pm
Consumer Electronics + Circuit Breaker

Monday 4 April 2016, 8pm
Nts Is 5:
Gigi Masin (Live) + Sega Bodega + Paul Camo

Tuesday 5 April 2016, 8pm
Kammer Klang:
Perks Ensemble Performs Michael Finnissy + John Wall

Thursday 7 April 2016, 8pm
Penultimate Press &Amp; Kye Present:
Graham Lambkin &Amp; Astor + Hour House

Friday 8 April 2016, 8pm
Sensational + Klein

9–10 April 2016, 11am–7pm
Music Hackspace Workshop: Signum Device with Victor Mazon

Saturday 9 April 2016, 8pm
Jem Doulton + Thurston Moore + Steve Noble + James Sedwards + Alex Ward

Sunday 10 April 2016, 5pm
Upset the Rhythm Present:
Normil Hawaiians + Bamboo + the Wharves + Dog Chocolate

11–13 April 2016
Mattin – Noise &Amp; Reality: the Malevolence of Our Times (Three Day Residency)

Thursday 14 April 2016, 6pm
Bennett / Brice / Lash / Ziarkas / Kjær

Thursday 14 April 2016, 8pm
Eat your Own Ears Presents:
Trembling Bells

Friday 15 April 2016, 8pm
the Ex

Saturday 16 April 2016, 8pm
Joan LA Barbara

Sunday 17 April 2016, 8pm
Diskant / Emotional Response Presents:
High Wolf + Don’t DJ + Stuart Leath (DJ)

Monday 18 April 2016, 8pm
Damon &Amp; Naomi + Richard Youngs

Tuesday 19 April 2016, 8pm
Bird on the Wire Presents:
Susanna + Splashgirl

20–21 April 2016
Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor) + Special Guests Pat Thomas (Wed) + Alexander Hawkins + John Edwards (Thu)

Thursday 21 April 2016, 7pm
Guillaume Viltard / Steve Noble / Shabaka Hutchings (Trio)

Friday 22 April 2016, 7pm
Tom Wheatley – Double Bass
Free Event

Sunday 24 April 2016, 8pm
Neil Campbell / Noel Meek / Alexander Tucker (Trio &Amp; Solo Sets)

Monday 25 April 2016, 8pm
Kath Bloom + Glenn Jones

Tuesday 26 April 2016, 8pm
Tania Chen &Amp; Steve Beresford &Amp; Stewart Lee Perform John Cage’s ‘Indeterminacy’

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 8pm
Andrew Tuttle + Chris Rainier + Lisa Busby

28–29 April 2016
Marc Ribot – Two Day Residency

AngelicA Festival 26

English: Fred Frith, moers festival 2010

Source: The AngelicA Festival takes place in Bologna, Italy in May. The lineup features:

Ellen Fullman, Ellen Fullman + Konrad Sprenger, France Jobin, James Hamilton, Carine Masutti, The Sons of God (Leif Elggren, Kent Tankred), John Duncan + Coro Arcanto, Fred Frith, Orchestra AngelicA (Domenico Caliri direzione, Daniele D’Alessandro, Canio Coscia, Daniele Negrini, Irene Gentilini, Başak Canseli Çifci, Walter Zanetti, Daniele Faraotti, Michele Maccarini, Cecilia Stacchiotti, Tiziano Zanotti, Lorenzo Amoroso – musica di Fred Frith), The International Occasional Ensemble (Gerður Gunnarsdóttir, Garth Knox, Claudio Puntin, Karin Jampen, Daniela Cattivelli / Percussion Art Ensemble Bern / Daniel Scheidegger, Ferdinand Heiniger, Oliver Schär, Peter Fleischlin – musica e direzione di Fred Frith), European Duo (Joelle Léandre, Giorgio Occhipinti), Marc Monnet, Stéphanos Thomopoulos, Thierry Coduys, Julien Martineau, Laetitia Grisi, KONK PACK (Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn, Roger Turner), SPUNK (Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lene Grenager, Kristin Andersen), Philip Corner, Ensemble HODOS (Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Félicie Bazelaire, Sébastien Beliah, Fidel Fourneyron, Brice Pichard, Roméo Monteiro – musica di Philip Corner), Michael Pisaro + Reinier Van Houdt, Land Of Spirals (Francesco Chiapperini, Alberto Collodel, Simone Massaron, Pasquale Mirra, Tony Cattano, Luca Pissavini, Bernardo Guerra – musica e direzione di Rob Mazurek), MEV 50 – Musica Elettronica Viva (Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, Richard Teitelbaum), Pauline Oliveros, IONE, Piccolo Coro Angelico, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Tonino Battista direzione – musica di James Tenney, Philip Corner, Pauline Oliveros) …