2016 Switchboard Music Festival 

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

Source: San Francisco’s Switchboard Music.

The 2016 Switchboard Music Festival is 1-9pm on June 18, 2016 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco.

Julius Eastman’s 1973 piece is one of the first minimalist works to show the influence of pop music. Written for an indeterminate ensemble, Stay On It will be performed by Festival artists, co-directors, and Switchboard alumni.

Two sets of collaborators at the extremes of new music find one another in this unlikely partnership. Hailing from the outsider worlds of avant-garde opera, Tuvan throat-singing, and wicked good performance art, Majel Connery, Ken Ueno and The Living Earth Show (Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews) team up for Switchboard Music Festival to produce something truly novel: bona fide pop music.

The Grammy-nominated ZOFO piano duo will be performing three of their most recently commissioned new works: Ryan Brown’s I Heard Bells from My Rotating House, the world premiere of Gabriella Smith’s Máncora to Huaraz, and Terry Riley’s Praying Mantis Rag.

Dominique Leone is a musician, DJ and writer currently based in New York. At Switchboard, he will perform music from his most recent album, November 2015’s ‘San Francisco,’ featuring an all-star cast of the Bay Area’s best experimental musicians. He has released albums on Important, Smalltown Supersound, and Upcode, and worked with Lindstrom, Max Tundra, Matmos, Fred Frith, William Winant, Kevin Blechdom and R.Stevie Moore among many others. He appeared on Boredoms’ Super Roots 10 release (2009), and Nonesuch released his remix of Steve Reich’s 2×5 the following year, in conjunction with the composer’s 74th birthday. Dominique staged and recorded an updated version of Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces in 2011 (which appeared at Switchboard 2012) and helped organize live presentations of Frith’s Gravity LP during 2012-14. In 2013, he completed a project to release a new song each day of the year. As a music critic, he has written for Pitchfork, Paste, Allmusic and others, known for championing modern experimental, progressive and fringe artists.

Tonal Masher is the solo electroacoustic project of Aram Shelton. To find a new application for the use of his 1937 Conn alto saxophone, Shelton has chosen to remove the reed and mouthpiece, and work with the tones that are a result of feedback via microphone and amplification, and the percussive elements of keys and pads. Using a Max patcher that he has developed over several years, Shelton creates music that uses the unique harmonic palette of the instrument to create patient polyphony from a monophonic instrument, while highlighting the rhythmic side of the saxophone via key clicks and pad thumps.

Religious Girls are a diverse group of multi-instrumentalists, with each member hailing from separate musical backgrounds that ranges from metal to noise to math rock and pop. Using their talents, Religious Girls focus thier energy into creating beautiful harmonies and layering them over intricate percussive ryhthms. Preferring to play on the floor near listeners rather than a distant stage, they feel that no matter how high of quality a recording may be the live set is what moves people, and therefore focus on creating intimacy with the crowd. Collectively, the band has tried to push aside the standards of popular song writing with non-repeating structures, an intricate mathmatical style, and a carefully laid out set in which all songs are interweaved into one. Religious Girls offers an intense and dramatic set, leaving viewers in awe by the end of the performance.

Alisa Rose, of the Real Vocal String Quartet, performs her Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces, a collection of virtuosic compositions for solo violin that explore rhythmic fiddle and tango bowing, percussive noises, and an array of pizzicato sounds.

The Del Sol String Quartet will perform music for quartet and electronics by Mason Bates, and will be joined by Daniel Wohl for selections from his new quartet Holographic, which NPR says “quietly erases the line between electronic and acoustic music, while potentially appealing to many curious ears, from fans of Aphex Twin to followers of new chamber music.”

JacobTV’s Body of your Dreams for piano and soundtrack samples an Abtronic Pro commercial (“It’s one of the easiest ways ever to get your body in the shape you want it…”). Paired with a rhythmic solo piano, performed by Anne Rainwater, it’s a humorous and on-the-nose portrayal of a society obsessed with slimness.

Aaron Novik‘s O+O+ was conceived amidst thoughts on the role of swing feel in music making today. Instead of wondering if jazz needs to swing to be called jazz, Aaron started from the question ‘Does all music that swings need to be jazz?’ Using an austere compositional approach of only two chords, with extended use of repetition, the effects owe more than a slight nod to minimalism, but the use of fiercely independent and conflicting lines creates an atmosphere more reminiscent of dixieland or even avant garde jazz. O+O+ is Aaron Novik, clarinet, compositions; Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Mia Bella d’Augelli, violin; Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Jason Hoopes, bass; and Jordan Glenn, drums.

Winner of five Grammy awards, the San Francisco Girls Chorus will perform music by Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa, Philip Glass, and Timo Andres.

Stunning vocal range, flexibility, drama, and power are among the hallmarks of the 37-year-old San Francisco Girls Chorus, which is recognized as one of the world’s most widely known and respected vocal ensembles for youth. Under the direction of composer-performer Lisa Bielawaand conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the SF Girls Chorus has achieved an incomparable sound that underscores the unique clarity and force of impeccably trained treble voices fused with expressiveness and drama. As a result, the Chorus vibrantly performs 1,000 years of choral masterworks from plainchant to the most challenging and nuanced contemporary works created expressly for them in programs that are as intelligently designed as they are enjoyable and revelatory to experience.

Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and electronic musician. He has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively, under various group titles, since the mid 1990’s. His music incorporates electronic and modern orchestral elements, ranging from solo pieces to large-scale symphonic works. The former front man of experimental rock band Battles, Braxton has since focused on his own work, including his critically acclaimed album Central Market – which has been performed by world-renowned orchestras such as London Sinfonietta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, Braxton collaborated with legendary composer Philip Glass – performing as a duo for the festival series All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as remixing Glass’ work for the REWORK remix album. In 2013, Braxton premiered HIVE – a multimedia piece that is part sound installation/part live performance – at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He has given subsequent HIVE performances at Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, as part of the Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary celebration at The Barbican in London, and at Sydney Opera House. HIVE1 – Braxton’s first new album in six years – was released on May 12th on Nonesuch Records.

Edgefest 2016 Lineup Announced

English: Jason Kao Hwang live at Saalfelden 20...

Source: Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House.

Wednesday, October 26th

Sylvaine Hélary’s Spring Roll
Sylvaine Hélary – flutes/voice
Antonin Rayon – piano/synthesizer
Hugues Mayot – saxophones/clarinets
Sylvain Lemêtre – vibraphone/percussion
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) & John Lindberg (bass)

Thursday, October 27th

Ken Filiano – bass
Connie Crothers – piano
Andrea Wolper – voice

John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet
Chris Speed – clarinet/tenor saxophone
Red Wierenga – accordion/piano
Drew Gress – bass
Matt Moran – vibraphone
John Hollenbeck – drums/composition

Ingrid Laubrock Sextet
Ingrid Laubrock – saxophones
Craig Taborn – piano
Tyshawn Sorey – drums/piano/trombone
Miya Masaoka – koto
Dan Peck – tuba
Sam Pluta – live processing

Noh Prezens
David Torn – guitar
Tim Berne – saxophone
Craig Taborn – piano
David King – drums

Friday, October 28th

Conference Call Quartet
Gebhard Ullman – reeds
Joe Fonda – bass
Michael Jefry Stevens – piano
George Schuller – drums

Craig Taborn (solo piano)

Kris Davis Trio
Kris Davis – piano
John Hébert – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Jason Kao Hwang’s Burning Bridge Ensemble
Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet/flugelhorn
Andrew Drury – drums
Ken Filiano – bass
Joseph Daley – tuba
Sun Li – pipa
Wang Guowei – erhu

William Parker Quartet
William Parker – bass
Hamid Drake – drums
Rob Brown – saxophone
Lewis Barnes – trumpet

Saturday, October 29th

Northwoods Improvisers Trio – 40th Anniversary Celebration
Mike Gilmore – vibraphones/marimba/cheng/guitar/saz/percussion
Mike Johnston – bass/wood flutes/percussion
Nick Ashton – drums/percussion

Trio 3
Reggie Workman – bass
Oliver Lake – reeds
Andrew Cyrille – drums

John Hollenbeck – Works for Large Ensemble
Stephen Rush
The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
John Hollenbeck – drums/composer
Stephen Rush – piano/composer
Ellen Rowe – director of The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
Students of The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble

Tad Weed’s Freedom Ensemble featuring Vinny Golia
Tad Weed – piano
Andrew Bishop – woodwinds
Ken Filiano – bass
Pete Siers – drums
Vinny Golia – woodwinds

Date TBA

Blue Dog
Erik Gustafson – guitar
Mick Dobday – keyboards
Michael Graye – saxophone
Alex Trajano – drums

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Vyamanikal (Slip, 2016) ****
Brian Groder Trio – R Train on the D Line (Latham, 2016) ***½
The Out Louds – s/t (Relative Pitch, 2016) ****½
Thumbscrew – Convallaria (Cuneiform, 2016) ****
Moppa Elliott – Still, Up In The Air (Hot Cup, 2016) ***½
Tomasz Dąbrowski – S-O-L-O: “30th Birthday / 30 Concerts / 30 Cities” (Barefoot Records, 2016) ****½

Recent Robert D. Bielecki Foundation Grants

Source: Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

$10,000 Unrestricted Grant for Guitarist Mary Halvorson

In honor of her achievements as a guitarist, improvisor and composer blurring musical borders while amplifying what it means to play the guitar in the 21st century, we award Mary Halvorson an unrestricted grant of $10,000.

$10,000 Grant for Studio Museum in Harlem

It is a privilege to award the Studio Museum in Harlem general operating support for their 2016/17 season. We commend the Studio Museum’s commitment to artistic excellence and community-based practice.

$10,000 Ticket Sales Matching Grant for Edgefest’s 20th Anniversary

We are honored to provide a matching grant on ticket sales for Edgefest 20 including a double match for every new attendee up to $10,000. Edgefest 20: 20 Years at the Edge (October 26–29 in Ann Arbor, MI) will celebrate the iconic and avant-garde artistry of the past 20 years, while looking ahead to the future of the festival and jazz at the edge itself! On the occasion of the festival’s 20th anniversary, Dave Lynch, founder of Edgefest and the Artistic Director for its first 10 years, joins Kerrytown Concert Hall in Ann Arbor, MI in the planning of this banner year. Drawing from the artist rosters of former Edgefests, 2016 will feature distinguished groundbreaking composer-performers with their ensembles and collaborators, illuminating their various innovative roles in the avant/jazz world of today. In the tradition of Edgefest, the roster will also include renowned performers and ensembles from our home community of Southeast Michigan and other new-to-the-festival faces from the front lines of the avant-garde jazz scene.

$6,000 Grant for Bang on a Can

We are pleased to award Bang on a Can general operating support for their 2016/17 season. Next year, it will be three decades since the very first Bang on a Can Marathon at Exit Art. The world for new music has changed dramatically, much to everyone’s delight, with new festivals and ensembles and brilliant new works sprouting all around the world. Bang on a Can All-Stars have become the premier agents of challenging new music. They’ve commissioned 200 new pieces, “graduated” 500 alums of their Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, dropped 120 albums, and presented almost 100 Bang on a Can Marathons worldwide.

$1,200 Underwriting Support for John Butcher / Okkyung Lee Duo & Yoshi Wada / Nate Wooley Duo, Blank Forms Concert

We are proud to support an evening of music (June 26) by the free-improv duos of Okkyung Lee on cello with John Butcher on saxophone, and Nate Wooley on trumpet with Yoshi Wada on bagpipes. Hosted by SIGNAL in celebration of the closing of Jodan Kasey’s Free Time. June 26th at 8pm.

Avantwhatever June Show

Source: Melbourne’s Avantwhatever.

Radio Cegeste (NZ)
Sabina Maselli
Carmen Chan

The Alderman
134 Lygon St
Wednesday June 22
Entry $10 | 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Radio Cegeste

Sally Ann McIntyre was born in Hobart, and currently resides in Dunedin. Her creative practice is highly responsive to place, and includes sound art, the creative use of radio, and the the use of field recordings, as well as a concurrent practice in poetry and associated forms of writing.

A major platform for her artistic output since 2006 has been a hand-made narrowcast radio station named radio cegeste, a nomadic performance and recording project which broadcasts within a small radius to any locality on the frequency 104.5FM. Lo-fi, site-specific technological interventions into the soundscapes of various places and ecologies are often conceived as exploratory inter-species collaborations, for which she acts as curator and operator, destabilising the notion of one-to-many broadcast, and associated forms of control and authorship within the medium. Soundscapes recorded on site are layered back into the environment with historic field recordings on 78rpm and other media, problematising the immediacy of listening, and asking questions about its historicisation.

radio cegeste has released material on the labels winds measure, Consumer Waste, and/Oar, Idealstate, Flaming Pines, and Gruenrekorder. Sally’s sound work also includes ongoing research into the materiality of recorded silence, the history of birdsong transcription, and the hauntology of extinction as a trace within sound archives, including the use of pre-electrical sonic inscription and playback mechanisms, such as gramophones, phonographic wax cylinders and music boxes, to bring extinct birdsong back to audibility. Projects have been exhibited in galleries and project spaces in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the U.S.

Sabina Maselli

Engaged in the language and techniques of cinema, Sabina makes works that exist at the intersection of film, performance and installation. She also directs music videos, and collaborates regularly with musicians in audio-visual shows and expanded cinema works.

She often works within live performance and site-specific situations, using both analogue and digital technology, the body, voice and sound as ways to express an alternative form of ‘cinematic’ viewing, blurring the lines between live and prerecorded. Through acts of transformation and the presence of ‘invisible’ formations- such as memory and its different manifestations in the physical, biological, material and mythological realms- Sabina creates multi-layered works that live in a continuous state of flux. The synthesis between still and moving, actual and virtual, documentary and fiction, form the basis of her research into memory, perception, identity, and concepts of the sublime.