AMN Reviews: Ensemble Reconsil – Exploring the World [Orlando Records or0014]

or0014_ensemble-reconsil_FRONTCOVER_BOOKLETIn a series of seven concerts held between May 2014 and May 2015, the Ensemble Reconsil, a contemporary music group directed by flutist Alexander Wagendristel, conductor Roland Freisitzer and violist Julia Purgina, presented an ambitious program featuring music from and about fourteen countries, each of which was represented by three of its contemporary composers. In addition, the group commissioned composers based in Austria—again, three for each country—to write works conveying their own impressions of the places. The concerts were recorded and are presented in this rich set of fourteen CDs, one per country. (In order of presentation: United States; Australia; South Africa; Spain; United Kingdom; Japan; Argentina; New Zealand; Singapore; Sweden; Hong Kong; Brazil; South Korea and Canada.)

An undertaking of this scope and diversity forestalls any attempt to describe the music in terms of anything like an underlying common style or single approach to composition. There is as much difference within each country’s cohort of composers as there is between countries, and nothing like a national style emerges from any. Some of the compositions do reflect national traditions, though. Argentina’s Herbert Grassi offers a work based on a highly oblique allusion to the tango; Hong Kong composer Pui-Shan Cheung’s piece was influenced by ethnic musics of China’s southwestern Yunnan province; Amir Safari’s Brazilian composition reflects the rhythms of samba; Anselm Schauffer’s impression of Japan is based on traditional Gagaku music. The other composers’ contributions span a similarly broad range of stylistic inspirations or echoes, from New York School-like sparseness (Andrew Toovey, Samuel Holloway, Lok-Yin Tang and, oddly for a program of mostly younger contemporary composers, Morton Feldman himself) to improvisation or quasi-improvisation (Hoh Chung Shih, Peter Jakober), jazz (Max Nagl, Clemens Wenger), pop/rock (Thomas Walley, Christoph Cech), and even television theme music (Jorge Sánchez-Chiong).

There is much to engage here in the many angles opened up by so many different artists, each pursuing his or her own vision of contemporary art music.

http://www.orlando-records.com

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

A MUSICAL COMPASS: FINDING THE SOUNDS OF HOME | CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
An evening that explores the meaning of home through music, visual art and dialogue. Works by Anton Webern, György Ligeti, and Antonin Dvorak with featured artists, the Verona Quartet, and Festival musicians.
Monday, June 13 at 6:30 PM
Tickets $35, $25 seniors, $20 30 and under
Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

25TH ANNUAL UNDERWOOD NEW MUSIC READINGS | AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA
American Composers Orchestra. Photo credit: RMK PhotosAmerican Composers Orchestra. Photo credit: RMK Photos
This year, seven composers in the early stages of their professional careers have been selected for ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings from 200 submissions received from across the country. The selected composers – Katherine Balch (b. 1991), Lembit Beecher (b. 1980), Paul Frucht (b. 1989), Sarah Gibson (b. 1986), Joel Rust (b. 1989), Carlos Simon (b. 1986), and Michael Small (b. 1988) – represent a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new piece to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season.
Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 PM
Free
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

THE FIFTH CENTURY | GAVIN BRYARS
PRISM Quartet joins The Crossing to present Gavin Bryar’s The Fifth Century, a forty-minute reflection on Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditations.
Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $30, $20 students/seniors
Trinity Church Wall Street, 75 Broadway, New York, NY

WOODEN’T IT BE NICE?
This concert features music for strings and woodwinds by living composers. It is curated by Masatora Goya and features composers whose music is influenced by a variety of genres.
Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10
The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY

NØRGÅRD’S AMERICA | PER NØRGÅRD
Nørgård’s America highlights the influence of American music and poetry on the Danish composer.
Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

(CON)TEMPORARY (IN)SIGHTS
Trombonist Weston Olencki performs a program of installation pieces for trombone, euphonium and electronics by Eric Wubbels, Michelle Lou, Andrew Greenwald, and Katherine Young.
Friday, June 17 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, New York, NY

MOMENTA QUARTET: NIGHT DESCENDING LIKE SMOKE | PER NØRGÅRD
Momenta Quartet performs the US premieres of several Nørgård string quartets.
Friday, June 17 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

LATE NIGHT: KEYS TO GRAVITY | CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
From the harpsichord to the toy piano, this program features music from Bach to Beethoven, Scarlatti to Satie, and Classical to Jazz. The evening will conclude with an original 2016 Chelsea Music Festival commission for 5 keyboards entitled Partita by composer Nicolas Namoradze, featuring each instrument in its own miniature concerto.
Friday, June 17 at 10:00 PM
Tickets $30, $20 seniors/30 and under
St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church, 315 West 22nd Street, New York, NY

THE DAY BREAKS: WORKS FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE | PER NØRGÅRD
The final Festival program features works for larger ensembles, and continues to explore Nørgård’s connection to the natural world and the Golden Ratio.
Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

PATTERNS IN A CHROMATIC FIELD
Teodora Stepančić (piano) and Lester St. Louis (cello) perform Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field.
Sunday, June 19 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, New York, NY

GREY NEON LIFE | EAVESDROPPING
In a program inspired by the oeuvre of Musique Concrète founding father, Pierre Schaeffer, Seth Woods recreates an organic sonic mosaic of new works for cello and electronics. The works of George E. Lewis, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, and others presented in this concert focus as much on the artistic process as they do on the technical, and deal with the representation of human and non-human bodies in movement.
Sunday, June 19 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

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Source: All About Jazz.

Illogical Harmonies With D’Incise
Illogical Harmonies with D’Incise (Insubordinations Netlabel)

Defibrillator & Peter Brötzmann
Conversations About Not Eating Meat (Border Of Silence)

Julie Kjaer 3
Dobbeltgaeenger (Clean Feed Records)

The Claudia Quintet
Super Petite (Cuneiform Records)

Markus Stockhausen / Florian Weber
Alba (ECM Records)

Ivo Perelman
Breaking Point (Leo Records)

John Surman
Morning Glory (Fledg’ling Records)

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord
Play All the Notes (Hot Cup Records)

Julian Julien
Terre II (Self Produced)

Angel City Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Source: Angel City Jazz Festival, which runs from September 30 to October 16 in LA. Highlights include:

Spirits (Pharoah Sanders, Adam Rudolph, Brahim Fribgane) + Gurrisonic with Special Guest Don Byron
Vinny Golia Ensemble
Ingrid Laudbrock & Tom Rainey
Don Byron
Gurrisonic Orchestra
David Binney Trio
Steve Lehman Trio
Julian Lage
Craig Taborn & Kris Davis
Steuart Liebig
Samuel Blaser & Gerry Hemingway Duo
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Thumbscrew
Joel Harrison Spirit House