In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill Wins a Pulitzer Prize

pi58_500Source: The Pulitzer Prizes.

For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year,
In for a Penny, In for a Pound, by Henry Threadgill (Pi Recordings)

Recording released on May 26, 2015 by Zooid, a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life (Pi Recordings).

This is a very well-deserved honor for Threadgill and company. I’ve been of the opinion for 20 years that there is no such thing as a bad, or even mediocre, Threadgill release. Great to see creative music get some deserved recognition.

Read our review of the release here.

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AMN Reviews: Andrew Tholl, Corey Fogel & Devin Hoff – Conditional Tension [Populist Records PR010]

Conditional Tension is an apt name for these two long improvisations for acoustic and amplified violin (Andrew Tholl); double bass and electric bass (Devin Hoff); and percussion (Corey Fogel). The first piece, for the acoustic instruments, is an essay in sound construction founded largely on the timbral overlap and divergence of the two string instruments. Both Tholl and Hoff explore different bowings and fingerings to pull extreme sounds from their instruments, often from the higher and lower reaches of their registers. The piece plays as well with textural variations, with dense microtonal drones giving way to an audio space sparsely populated by staccato attacks of pizzicato bass or Fogel’s percussion. As Tholl, Hoff and Fogel play it, dynamics are the other side of density, thickening and thinning textures bringing with them changes in volume and corresponding tightening and slackening of tensions. The second improvisation, for amplified violin, electric bass and percussion, is a more aggressive assault into denser, louder territory.

http://www.populistrecords.com

Daniel Barbiero

Interview with Robert Rich

Music from Atlas Dei

Source: Ambient Visions.

Robert was born in 1963 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started to build his own modular synthesizers from kits and experimented with long-form sonic environments already from 1976 on. In the late 70s he was involved in some local noise/industrial bands.While still studying psychology at Stanford University in the early 80s, he started to organize his first all-night sleep concerts for which he eventually became well known. Also around that time, he released his first solo albums (“Sunyata”, “Trances” “Drones” etc), first on cassette and then later on small European labels on CD.

This Week in New York

Iannis Xenakis

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

KARIN HELLQVIST & HELOISA AMARAL
Karin Hellqvist & Heloisa Amaral perform music by Eivind Buene, Helmut Lachenmann, Iannis Xenakis, and Natasha Barrett.
Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

REFLECTIONS & ILLUSIONS | CUTTING EDGE CONCERTS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Victoria Bond’s Rashomon will be performed by shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player James Nyoraku Schlefer with a chamber ensemble that includes violist David Yang and cellist Edward Aaron. The program also features works by Jeffrey Mumford, Karen LeFrak, and Steve Antosca.
Monday, April 18 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 advance, $30 day of show
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY

FRANCESCA VERUNELLI | COMPOSER PORTRAITS
The International Contemporary Ensemble showcases the work of composer Francesca Verunelli. A highlight of the program is a new piece for flute and electronics, composed especially for flutist Claire Chase.
Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

JAIR-ROHM PARKER-WELLS
A rare performance of John Cage’s Sonata for Steinberger Bass with the original orchestration, abetted by a custom speaker designed for the correct sonority. The program also includes Parker-Wells music for Steinberger Upright Baby Bass and electronics in three channels, emulating the acoustics of a virtual bass sitar.
Thursday, April 21 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

COLLABORATIVE DUETS: GELSEY BELL AND BIBA BELL
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.
Sunday, April 24 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$25
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: All About Jazz.

Sonny Rollins
Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4 (Doxy Records)

Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove
Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records)

Keir Neuringer/Rafal Mazur
Diachronic Paths (Relative Pitch Records)

Craig Taborn
Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27 (Tzadik)

Jemeel Moondoc/Hilliard Greene
Cosmic Nickelodeon (Relative Pitch Records)

Snik
Metasediment Rock (Clean Feed Records)

This Week in Buenos Aires

condeSource: Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica.

APRIL 19 @ Ladran Sancho – 22.30 hs
RENATO BIANUCCI 5tet
Pablo Cavalchini, guitar / Nataniel Edelman, piano
Ezequiel Dutil, contrabass / Matías Crouzeilles, drums
Renato Bianucci, flute

APRIL 20 @ Virasoro -22 HS
CUARTET :
Claudio Risso (Dums) – Diego Wainer (contrabass) –
Ramiro Penovi (guitar) – Frido ter Beek ( tenor & baritone saxophones)

APRIL 21 @ Virasoro – 22 hs
DIEGO SCHISSI 5TET
Guillermo Rubino (violín) – Santiago Segret (bandoneón) – Ismael Grossman (guitar) –
Juan Pablo Navarro (contrabass) – Diego Schissi (piano).

APRIL 22@ LIPM, Centro Cultural Recoleta , 20.30 HS
UNTREF STRING QUARTET
Carlos Brítez ( violín), Mariano Malamud (viola)
Martín Devoto (violoncello). David Núñez (director – violín)

APRIL 22 @ La Pipa de Pepa , 22 HS
SLD TRIO
Paula Shocron , piano
Germán Lamonega , contrabass,
Pablo Díaz , drums

APRIL 22 @ vicente el absurdo , 22hs
CUARTETO INSTANTANEO
Guillermo Roldán, Bass Francisco Salgado , Trombone
Enrique Norris , Cornet / Tatiana Castro , Piano

APRIL 22 @ Roseti – 22 hs
VIENTO DIVINO
Lucio Balduini (guitar)
Esteban Sehinkman ( Synths & keys)
Maxi Kirzner (Contrabass)
Pipi Piazzolla (Drums)

APRIL 22 @ VIRASORO – midnight shows 00.30
TRIO + UNA – midnight show
Rocío Mehtce (voice/ narration) – Juan Bayón (Contrabass)
Andrés Elstein (Drums) – Tatiana Castro Mejía (Piano & composer )

APRIL 23 @ La Manzana de las Luces (Perú 272)
EXPERIMENTAL CHAMBER MUSIC
Luciano Vitale – Flute, contrabass
Gabriela Areal – Cello
Julia Sanjurjo – Voice
Tomás Cabado & Emiliano Salvatore – Guitars

APRIL 23 @ una.casa 22 hs
Electronics Visuals Noise & More.
Fantasma / Andrea Lange / Vinzenz Schwab & Fernando Perales / Luis Conde