AMN Reviews: Horatiu Radulescu – Piano Sonatas & String Quartets Vol. 1 [Mode 290]

MI0004024730Although originating in France and particularly identified with the work of composer Gérard Grisey, Spectralism also flourished in Romania. Horatiu Radulescu (1942-2008), a Romanian composer who for a period took up residence in Paris, crafted a Franco-Romanian Spectralism with unique characteristics of its own. The three works presented on this CD—two piano sonatas played by Stephen Clarke and one string quartet—trace the development of Radulescu’s variation on Spectralism in the period 1990-2003.

Radulescu studied in the Bucharest Academy of Music in the late 1960s, relocating to Paris after his graduation in 1969. In the early 1970s, he took summer courses at Darmstadt with Cage, Ligeti, Stockhausen and Xenakis. He continued to esteem Xenakis’s music throughout his life. Also in the early 1970s he was a student of Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire. His artistic aim was to create a “sound plasma” of dynamic musical textures through which the listener could become immersed in the microtonal nuances deriving from the overtone series. He drew inspiration from the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu as well as from Pythagoras; many of his works—including the three on this release—are titled or subtitled with lines from Stephen Mitchell’s translation/paraphrase of the Tao Te Ching.

The two piano sonatas—No. 2 of 1991 and No. 5 of 2003—represent a kind of synthetic Spectralism—a Spectralism that is concerned with natural harmonics, but as interpreted through the instrument’s equal temperament. Also part of the synthesis is Romanian folk song, which provided Radulescu with melodic source material. The sonatas are distinct from Radulescu’s early experiments with retuned, bowed piano and show him now turning to the conventional piano. Piano Sonata No. 2, which is from a set of three piano sonatas (Nos. 2, 3 & 4) commissioned by pianist Ortwin Stürmer, incorporates themes taken from the Bb, C and B overtone series as well as a hexatonic mode with a B root. The textures are sparse and prismatic, and appear to develop their thematic material through repetition and fragmentation. Piano Sonata No. 5, like No. 2 a three-movement work, arranges Romanian folk motifs in multi-tempo canons in which the modal flavor of the melodies is particularly pronounced.

The CD’s centerpiece, both literally in terms of its placement and figuratively in its capacity to compel attention, is Radulescu’s String Quartet No. 5, titled “before the universe was born.” Realized here by the JACK Quartet, the piece is a tour de force of extended timbre amounting to a sort of dissonant counterpoint with instrumental color. The glassy sounds of sul ponticello bowing and high harmonics, and the frequent uses of multiphonics all make for an otherworldly sonic texture—quite literally, as at times the quartet sound as if they’re channeling the rising and falling squeals of extraterrestrial lightning-generated radio waves. It is a powerful performance of a thrilling work.

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Daniel Barbiero

This Week in Buenos Aires

rhabdoSource: Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica.

May 9 @ cello club – 21 hs
ARRE 4 +1
Vio Garcia/ Mauro Sarachian/ Juan Ferreras/ Guido Kohn ……CELLOS !!
Marcelo Delgado, narrator
Claudio Peña. cello + direction

May 10 @ L adran Sancho – 22.30 hs
MEDIA PILA :
nico said , saxophone
patricio carpossi , guitar
Fefe Gotii , Bass
Gozalo Chaile , drums

May 12 @ Al Escenario 22 hs
RHABDOVIRIDAE
Cecilia Quinteros: Cello
Pablo Vazquez: Contrabass
Caro Tierhs: Violin

May 13 @ jazz a la Vuelta , 22 hs 2 sets
*LEO FERNÁNDEZ CUARTETO
Leo Paganini: saxophones.
Leo Fernández: guitar
Diego Goldszein: contrabass
Martin Lambert: drums

*CATU HARDOY CUARTETO
Catu Hardoy: voice.
Nataniel Edelman: piano.
Santiago Lamisovski: contrabass
Pablo Diaz: drums

May 14 @ kaplan 21 hs
Leo Kaplan , trumpet
Mono Hurstao, Contrabass
Pablo Ledesma, saxophones

May 14 @ hOTEL rETIRO 23 HS
FOTO
Hernan Hayet (bass)
Wenchi Lazo (guitar)
Barbara Togander (voice and electronics)
Diego Voloschin (drums)
Carolina Andreetti & Azucena Losana (visuals)

May 14 @ virasoro – 22 hs & 00.00 hs
Ernesto Jodos Cuarteto :
Inti Sabev (clarinet)
Maximiliano Kirszner (contrabass)
Carto Brandan (drums)
Ernesto Jodos (piano)

00.00 hs midnight show
MAXI KIRZNER TRIO:
Maxi Kirszner (contrabass)
Fermín Merlo (drums)
Nataniel Edelman (piano)

May 15 @ Boris 21 hs 2 SETS
MINGUS FEST
1- Boris big band
2- Mingunos Ensemble

RIP Isao Tomita

Source: Pitchfork.

Synthesizer and electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita has died at 84, The Japan Times reports. Tomita was responsible for helping to bring analog synthesis and electronic music to Japan in 1971, when he imported a Moog III P at a time when such an instrument was a rarity in the country. Tomita is perhaps best known for his album Snowflakes Are Dancing, comprised entirely of Claude Debussy‘s “tone paintings.”

This Week in New York

Source: I Care If You Listen.

S.E.M. ENSEMBLE
This evening will feature three world premieres by Roscoe Mitchell, Petr Kotik, and Lucie Vítková. The concert also features works by Stockhausen, John Cage, and George Lewis.
Monday, May 9 at 7:00 PM
Free
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY

DARMSTADT INSTITUTE NEW YORK: 70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION | WET INK ENSEMBLE & JENNIFER WALSHE
Wet Ink Ensemble performs Matthias Spahlinger’s Extension
Monday, May 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

DENSITY IS A KIND OF LOVE | TRANSIENT CANVAS & CHRIS WATFORD
The Transient Canvas duo and Chris Watford (bassoon) join up for a program exploring radical new sonic identities of the bassoon, bass clarinet and marimba. With raw, primordial, and human tapestries, each work transforms the instruments in strange and startling ways.
Monday, May 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $8
ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY

MIRANDA CUCKSON AND BLAIR MCMILLEN
Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen celebrate the release of their new album with music by Bartok, Stucky, and Carter.
Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $18 day of show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

DARMSTADT INSTITUTE NEW YORK: 70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION | INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE & MIVOS QUARTET
International Contemporary Ensemble performs works by Ashley Fure, Chaya Czernowin, and Luigi Nono, and Mivos Quartet performs works by Helmut Lachenmann and Scott Wollschleger.
Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

ZOFO
ZOFO performs duet works from their album ZOFO Plays Terry Riley, including pieces written by Terry Riley for four-hands piano: Etude from the Old Country, Waltz for Charismas, Cinco de Mayo, and Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight. The duo will also present world premieres of self-commissioned works by Katherine Balch and Dylan Mattingly along with work by David Lang and Urmas Sisask.
Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

DEATH WILL COME AND WILL HAVE YOUR EYES | DIAMANDA GALÁS
Diamanda Galás presents Death Will Come And Will Have Your Eyes as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival.
Tuesday, May 10, 12, & 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 258 West 118th Street, New York, NY

DARMSTADT INSTITUTE NEW YORK: 70 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: TALEA ENSEMBLE & S.EM. ENSEMBLE
Talea Ensemble performs music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, and S.E.M. Ensemble performs music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, and Stockhausen.
Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

JENNY SCHEINMAN’S MISCHIEF & MAYHEM
Jenny Scheinman presents Mischief & Mayhem, featuring Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose.
Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $18 day of show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

ARTO LINDSAY
Lindsay’s program, which will be announced from the stage, will include music that echoes themes of cultural experimentation and cross-pollination, drawing on elements from American and Brazilian rock, pop, experimental music, and improvisation.
Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $18, $15 students/seniors
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY

COLA: FINALE | ENSEMBLE MISE-EN
ensemble mise-en performs works by Matthew Schickele, Amanda Feery, Matthew Barson, Su Seungeun Lee, and Vin Calianno.
Friday, May 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY

OTOMO YOSHIHIDE + FEN (FAR EAST NETWORK)
FEN (Far East Network) makes its North American debut at Japan Society. Led by pioneering Japanese experimental musician Otomo Yoshihide, FEN includes three musicians from neighboring countries: Ryu Hankil (S. Korea), Yan Jun (China), and Yuen Chee Wai (Singapore). The group performs two sets: one at 7PM and one at 9:30 PM.
Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $18
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY

EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING AND OTHER WORKS OF ABSURDITY
Vocalist Paul Pinto joins Tenth Intervention in an evening of absurdity, featuring Peter Maxwell Davies monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King. Also on the program is Sequenza V by Luciano Berio, performed by trombonist Mark Broschinsky, and a world premiere of Velocirapture by Matt Marks.
Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St, New York, NY

REINTERPRETATIONS: POLYPHONY, MYSTICISM, AND THE MUSIC OF OPPOSITES
This month at Reinterpretations, composer Ramin Arjomand presents a world premiere performance of his Salve Regina, a rhythmically complex, unrelentingly polyphonic 25-minute work for string quintet that uses an 11th century Marian antiphon as its inspiration. A discussion will follow, providing context for the compositional process used in Salve Regina, with musical examples, examining the expressive and esoteric uses of counterpoint as a cornerstone of Western European musical thinking.
Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Leo Records New Releases 

Julie Tippetts

Source: Leo Records.

Peter K Frey and Daniel Studer With J. Butcher, G. Hemingway, H. Koch, G. Schiaffini, H. Kimmig, M. Mayas, J. Demierre, J. Schlegel, M. Seigner, C. Weber, A. Zimmerlin – Zurich Concerts; 15 Years of Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey

Blazing Flame : Steve Day with Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Aaron Standon, Peter Evans, Julian Dale, Anton Henley, and a Special Guest Bill Bartlett – Murmuration

Slava Ganelin, Alexey Kruglov, Oleg Yudanov – Us

Juan Saiz, Marco Mezquida, Alex Reviriego, Genis Bages – H.C. Pindio

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Pat Metheny playing his guitar at Mil...

Source: All About Jazz.

Cecil Taylor
Live In The Black Forest (Edel Germany Gmbh)

Pat Metheny
The Unity Sessions / Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch Records)

Eric Revis Trio
Crowded Solitudes (Clean Feed Records)

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow
Carla Bley: Andando el Tiempo (ECM Records)

Daevid Allen Weird Quartet
Elevenses (Purple Pyramid)

Mette Rasmussen/Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano
Star-Spangled Voltage (Hot Cars Warp Records)

Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison
In Movement (ECM Records)

Ivo Perelman
Five By Five – More Love From Ivo Perelman

Benjamin Duboc/Julien Desprez/Julien Loutelier
Tournesol (Dark Tree Records)