AMN Picks of the Week: WorldService Project / Devin Gray / Michael Nicholas / Perhaps Contraption / Nordvargr Renaudin

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

WorldService Project – For King and Country (2016)
Devin Gray – Devin Gray’s Fashionable Pop Music (2016)
Michael Nicholas – Transitions (2016)
Perhaps Contraption – Mud Belief (2016)
Nordvargr Renaudin – Anima Nostra (2016)

Interview with Federico Garcia-De Castro (Pittsburgh New Music Festival artistic director)

Source: I Care If You Listen.

When most people think of flourishing new music cities, Pittsburgh probably isn’t one of the first names that comes to mind. Pittsburgh New Music Festival artistic director Federico Garcia-De Castro and the rest of his dedicated team are trying to change that. The festival is a month-long series of events featuring both Pittsburgh locals and internationally recognized names. This year includes a music and film collaboration from Amy Williams and Aaron Henderson, a large-scale performance of Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning taking place over three days, and a free Firebird flashmob in the heart of the city, Market Square.

This Week in Buenos Aires

goicoecheaSource: Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica.

MAY 17 @ CETC , Teatro Colon 20 hs
GERERADO GANDINI Chamber Opera tribute , Director Michał Znaniecki

MAY 19 @ Al escenario 21 hs
Lucas Goicoechea , alto SAX
Nataniel Edelman , piano
Violeta Garcia , cello
Andrés Elstein , drums

MAY 20 @ Roseti , 22 hs – 3 sets
-Carlos Lastra ,sax + Carlos Alvarez contrabass
-Castro Mejía (piano) + francisco Salgado , trombone
-Trío Dapine (Nicolas Pasetti + Federico Viceconte y Luciano Monte)

MAY 20 @ , 22 hs – 3 Sets
-Javier Bustos (aerodrones) y Franco Espíndola (trombone).
-Miríada (Guillermo Novelli, Sebastián D’Amore, Mark E Herr).

MAY 21 @ sala Argentina CCK – 18 hs
Ciclo A Dos Pianos ( Two Pianos )
Paula Shocron & Lilian Saba , Pianos

MAY 21 @ Peru 272 , 20.30 hs
Luciano Vitale – Flauta
Gabriela Areal – Cello
Julia Sanjurjo – Voice
Tomás Cabado – Guitar
Emiliano Salvatore – Guitar

May 22 @ Caras y Caretas 21 hs – 2 sets
André Marques – Piano;
Marcel Bottaro – Contrabaiss
Fulvio Moraes – drums
Guilherme Fanti – Guitar
Fabio Oliva – Trombone
Diego Garbin – Trumpet

Hernán Jacinto piano,
Fernando Silva contrabass & cello
Pipi Piazzolla drums

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Deterritorialization – Cold Light
Michael Trommer – Berlin Anamnetic
Tyrant Flycatcher – Sacsayhuaman
Andreas Trobollowitsch – Roha
The Wakedead Gathering – Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre
Official Music Team – Sonikillage Volume 1
Morton Feldman / Steffen Schleiermacher – The Late Piano Works Vol. 2 – For Bunita Marcus

Seattle Scene: May 17 – June 4, 2016

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Tanya Tagaq: Nanook of the North
Tue. May 17; doors 7 PM, show 8; TIX HERE!

Wayward is dark tonight, so we suggest going to hear the amazing Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s live soundtrack to the Robert Flaherty film Nanook of the North at the Neptune Theater, presented by our pals at STG and On the Boards. Click the TIX HERE! link above and enter password NANOOK when prompted at checkout to get a 15% discount on tickets!

Jonathan Shames, piano
Thu. May 19; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Grammy winner and Tchaikovsky Competition finalist Jonathan Shames performs a unique program that features three 21st-century works: Luciano Berio‘s Sonata, Enfance by Joël-François Durand, and Halki by Yiğit Kolat, as well as Debussy’s Prélude, “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” and Étude, “Pour les arpèges composés”.

Jesse Myers: Sonatas & Interludes
Fri. May 20; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes are composed for the prepared piano, in which dozens of various-sized bolts, screws, pieces of rubber and plastic are inserted between the piano strings, transforming the sound of the instrument into a complex variety of percussive sounds. Prior to the concert, pianist Jesse Myers gives a lecture on Cage, his philosophies, and the music of the Sonatas and Interludes.

Pulse Emitter, bardo:basho, Marcus Price, J. Ryan
Sat. May 21; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Pulse Emitter (PDX) focuses on hyper-melodic synthesizer music that’s equally transportive and uplifting. Bardo:Basho (Seattle’s Kirsten Thom, co-boss of Elevator) creates pastoral and medieval sounding textures. Unpredictability and adventurousness pervade Marcus Price’s electronic music. Justin Figiel (aka J. Ryan, Seattle) unveils his new ambient/new age project.

THU. 5/26 – composer Marcin Pączkowski presents new works for performers, accelerometers, and instruments

FRI. 5/27 – Further Records presents artists TBA

FRI. 6/3 – Julio Lopezhiler and friends, new compositions and improvisations for strings, trumpet, percussion, piano, and voice

SAT. 6/4 – Nonsequitur presents Bay Area electronics trio Tender Buttons (Gino Robair, Tania Chen, Tom Djll) + guest TBA

Glenn Branca Interview 

English: Glenn Branca performing at Hallwalls ...

Source: Esquire.

Glenn Branca is feeling groggy. His enormous creative energy is channeled, as it has been for more than 40 years, into dreaming up combinations of sounds no one has heard before or even considered, and it’s exhausting work. To begin, there’s his music: at times gnarled and knotty, at others delicate and lilting, his is a mind-bogglingly diverse catalogue of experimental composition.