Santa Sangre Reviews

Source: Santa Sangre.

RANDAL COLLIER-FORD, FLOWERS FOR BODYSNATCHERS, COUNCIL OF NINE, GOD BODY DISCONNECT ‎– LOCUS ARCADIA
OUT OUT – SWAN/DIVE?
MATHIAS GRASSOW – THE DARKLIGHT QUEST
PROXIES – GROOVIN’ OVER BEIRUT
CONCRETE MASCARA – PERENNIAL DISAPPOINTMENT

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AMN Reviews: Anthony Cheung – Dystemporal [Wergo WER7343 2]

wer73432_670The line break in free verse often has important implications for the way the poem’s meanings can be read. In the absence of a fixed meter or rhyme scheme, the division of words gives semantic force to some, subordinates others to their immediate neighbors, and generally adds or diminishes weight of meaning through isolation or amalgamation. By the same token, the musical pacing and breaking of phrases and the binding and separation of instrumental voices can affect the way musical meaning is conveyed. The line break plays a central role in the musical rhetoric of many of the compositions on Dystemporal, a collection of recent work by composer/pianist Anthony Cheung.

Windswept Cypresses (2005), scored for flute, viola, harp and percussion, is a single-movement work that alludes in its orchestration and its atmosphere to pieces by Debussy and Takemitsu. Its rhetoric seems analogous to an Objectivist poem, with short, lucid phrases defined by well-placed line breaks. It’s a pensive piece; the pacing is deliberate and each gesture and note is allowed its full weight in shaping the overall mood. Instrumental groupings cluster and disperse, often exposing individual voices to determine any given moment’s force of conveyance. Cheung’s uses of passing silences—the line breaks themselves—are exquisitely effective in carving out and throwing into high relief units of musical meaning.

As it happens, Enjamb, Infuse, Implode (2006), a work for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello and percussion, makes direct reference to poetic method. Enjambment breaks a poem’s line within a thought or sense rather than at the end; Cheung saw the composition’s building of tension as working in a comparable manner. The piece is largely carried along through dynamic blends of instrumental color, with percussion and piano seeming to supply the enjambment.

Other works on the CD bring to mind a kind of updated Impressionism where color carries as much meaning as melody, harmony or dynamics. The three-movement Centripedalocity (2008) for seven instruments, for example, combines the timbres of chamber ensemble with jazz alto saxophone all while casting sideways glances at Debussy and Thelonious Monk; SynchroniCities (2012) uses the astringent colors of electronics and microtones to construct a paradoxically consonant clash of media and pitches. Here and elsewhere Cheung’s timbres and dynamics are often exhilarating and at many points seem to take the fractured surfaces of High Modernism and charge them with a direct, emotional urgency.

http://www.wergo.de

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

CURTIS 20/21 ENSEMBLE | POP-UP CONCERTS
Students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform music by Curtis composers.
Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 PM
Free
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

NORDIC NOIR | AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs music by Danish composers Frans Bak, Ejnar Kanding and MBD73 (aka Carsten Bo Eriksen). The three composers have chosen music for this concert that captures what they call the Nordic “dark sides” or Nordic Noir — music that captures a coolness, calmness, and a mindfulness.
Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

XENOPHOBIA QUARTET | COMPOSERS CONCORDANCE
Composers Concordance presents Xenophobia Quartet in a salon setting at Kostabi World Uptown. The Xenophobia Quartet was formed in New York City and Dresden, Germany in 2015 by pianist Marius Moritz, percussionist Steffen Roth, saxophonist Jonathan Strauch, and trombonist David Whitwell. The quartet performs composed, semi-composed, and improvised music, drawing from the members’ vast experience in jazz, art, choral, free, and 21st century music. The goal of the quartet is to use contemporary music as a catalyst for discussion surrounding the issue of xenophobia.
Friday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 advance
Kostabi World Uptown, 357 E 62nd Street, New York, NY

CONCERT 1 | NEW [COMPLEXITY] BRITISH INVASION FESTIVAL
Pianist Jacob Rhodebeck performs Michael Finnissy’s Folklore, a work 80 minutes in length.
Friday, October 7 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

PERMUTATIONS100816: POPEBAMA AND OGNI SUONO
Permutations launches their 2016-2017 season with Popebama (Erin Rogers, saxophones and Dennis Sullivan, percussion) and Ogni Suono (Noa Even and Phil Pierick, saxophones) at Scholes Street Studio.
Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Scholes Street Studio, 75 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

THE THIRD ASCENSION AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE LIGHT (FOR DAVID) | GLENN BRANCA
Glenn Branca performing at Hallwalls in the 1980’s. Courtesy of Hallwalls’ archive.Glenn Branca performing at Hallwalls in the 1980’s. Courtesy of Hallwalls’ archive.
In his Roulette debut, Glenn Branca premieres The Light (For David), a new work written for David Bowie, and a revised version of The Third Ascension.
Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25-$30
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

CONCERT 2 | NEW [COMPLEXITY] BRITISH INVASION FESTIVAL
Clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich explores multiple corners of virtuosic solo works of British composers and composers that are greatly influenced by their approach to physicality of performance.
Saturday, October 8 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

YUKIKO SEKINO
Pianist Yukiko Sekino performs a recital of 20th and 21st century piano works, including compositions by Dai Fujikura, David Rakowski, Scriabin, and Copland. She will premiere David Rakowski’s Preludes No. 17 and 19, both titled Mind the Gap, and also perform Dai Fujikura’s piano studies Deepened Arc and Frozen Heat and two little piano pieces. The program will also include Scriabin’s Sonata No. 10 and Copland’s Piano Variations.
Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...

Source: All About Jazz.

Jakob Bro
Streams (ECM Records)

Thollem McDonas
Meeting At The Parting Place (Odradek Records)

Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mário Costa/Chris Corsano
Purple Patio (NoBusiness Records)

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda
Duet (Long Song Records)

Chat Noir
Nine Thoughts For One Word (RareNoiseRecords)

Yoni Kretzmer / Jason Ajemian / Kevin Shea
Until Your Throat Is Dry (OutNow Recordings)

Evan Parker / Alexander Hawkins
Leaps In Leicester (Clean Feed Records)

I.P.A.
I Just Did Say Something (Cuneiform Records)

Wadada Leo Smith
America’s National Parks (Cuneiform Records)

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for October 

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: extended techniques.

Highlights of the month: John Zorn’s Ultimate Bagatelles Marathon |
Ava Mendosa, The Stone Residency October 25-30 | Ghédalia Tazartès|

TUESDAY, October 4
8 PM Krakauer With Strings
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sara Caswell (violin) + friends
VENUE:The Stone
ADMISSION:$20

SATURDAY, October 8
8:00PM Glenn Branca: The Third Ascension and The World Premiere of The Light (for David)

Glenn Branca: The Third Ascension and The World Premiere of The Light (for David)

VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $25-$35

TUESDAY, October 11
8 PM S.E.M. Ensemble and Sol LeWitt’s celebration
Alvin Lucier: Love Song (2016) – World Premiere
Petr Kotik: William William (2016) – American Premiere
A dance opera with a libretto by Kotik and choreography by Matilda Sakamoto,
Featuring Matilda Sakamoto & Dancers
Alvin Lucier: Navigations for Strings (1991)
http://www.semensemble.org
VENUE: Paula Cooper Gallery (534 West 21st Street, NY)
ADMISSION: $15-20

THURSDAY, October 13
8 PM Curated by Meredith Monk: David Behrman’s Reinventions
David Behrman – Laptop & small instruments
John King – Guitar
Cleek Schrey – Hardanger d’amore

VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15-$25

THURSDAY, October 13
7:30PM Brooklyn Rider Anne Sofie von Otter
Brooklyn Rider Anne Sofie von Otter perform works by Janáček, Glass, Adams, Braxton, Muhly, Björk and others
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2016/10/13/0730/PM/Brooklyn-Rider-Anne-Sofie-von-Otter/
VENUE: Carnegie Hall
ADMISSION: $47-55

SUNDAY, October 16
8PM An Evening of Duos
Brian Marsella (piano, keys) Cyro Baptista (percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Sam Newsome (soprano sax)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION:$20

THURSDAY, October 20
8 PM Composer Portraits: John Zorn
http://www.millertheatre.com/events/john-zorn-2016
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University
ADMISSION: $20-40

FRIDAY, October 21
8PM Susie Ibarra, Brian Chase (drums)
10PM Lee Ranaldo (guitar) Susie Ibarra, Brian Chase (drums)

VENUE:The Stone
ADMISSION:$20 each set

FRIDAY, October 21
9PM Mark Feldman (violin) and Sylvie Couvoisier (piano)
10PM Sirius Quartet
(Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Gregor Huebner, violin; Ron Lawrence, viola; Jeremy Harman, violoncello)
VENUE: shapeshifterlab
ADMISSION:$20-$40

SATURDAY, October 22
John Zorn’s Ultimate Bagatelles Marathon
2 PM-midnidnight
Bagatelles Quartet (john zorn, dave douglas, kim cass, kenny wollesen),
Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft Trio, Brian Marsella, Ikue Mori, Craig Taborn and many others
https://nationalsawdust.org/event/multi-john-zorns-ultimate-bagatelles-marathon/#toggle-id-1
VENUE: National Sawdust
ADMISSION: $25

SATURDAY, October 22
8PM Anthony Coleman (piano) Brian Chase (drums)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

SUNDAY, October 23
6PM Thomas Helton / Tony Malaby / Joe Hertenstein
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery
ADMISSION: Free

SUNDAY, October 23
7:00PM Mivos Quartet
VENUE: Spectrum
ADMISSION:$15

TUESDAY, October 25
10PM Ava Mendosa Residency at Stone (October 25–30), Opening Night
Peter Evans (trumpet) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Matt Mitchell (Prophet 12 synth, piano) Devin Hoff (bass) Mike Pride (drums, percussion)
VENUE:The Stone
ADMISSION:$20

TUESDAY, October 25
6 PM Ensemble Signal Plays More Reich
http://www.millertheatre.com/events/ensemble-signal-plays-steve-reich
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University
ADMISSION: free

SATURDAY, October 29
8 PM Ghédalia Tazartès
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2605546

VENUE: First Unitarian Congregational Society
ADMISSION:$20

SATURDAY, October 29
7:30 PM Axiom: Steve Reich 80th Birthday Celebration
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/axiom-steve-reich-80th-birthday-celebration
VENUE: Alice Tully Hall
ADMISSION: Free

SUNDAY, October 30, 3 PM
MONDAY, October 31, 7:30 PM
JACK Quartet performs FLiGHT by Roger Reynolds
The world premiere of FLiGHT, a fully-staged event with string quartet, real-time computer-derived sound, readings, and projections to explore humankind’s aspiration to fly
http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/recital_series_jack_quartet
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory
ADMISSION: $45

New Releases From Midira Records

(@ Loppen, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark) A...

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BIRKEN – MONSTERA

Birken concentrates on guitar sounds, mostly in a way that you think someone added some synthesizer sounds, but that´s a false conclusion, everything is made by six strings and some soundeffects. As Andreas is also interested in old school recordings he captured all the tracks without overdubs, what makes the tracks predestined for a tape release.

[ B O L T ] + GROWTH – SPLIT TAPE

Side A contains three new tracks by [ B O L T ], who are currently in the studio, recording their next full length album as a trio with Maik from Kodiak. That circumstance makes this release also very special, cause this might be the last [ B O L T ] output as a duo. The tracks evolve within 20 minutes playtime into massive soundwalls, build by two bass guitars. Compared to previous released material those tracks have a very homogeneous structure and surprisingly one track has also a real name, caused to it´s function. A drone tale, with quiet and loud parts that will embrace you.

Side B features two tracks by Growth from Berlin. If you are familiar with not so ambient drone guitar music, you might know him as guitarist of Sun Worship. Growth concentrates on ambient and drone sounds made by guitar and has a big focus on floating sounds. This is what the Inverted Horizon tracks on side B are all about. Diving into a wave of ambient sounds and swimming through drones and noise, just to breach safely back to the shore.

AIDAN BAKER / N / DIRK SERRIES – ENOMENI

“Enomeni” (which is greek and means “connected”) is a document of a very special live performance. Aidan Baker, N and Dirk Serries came together for the first time to play an improvised live session. The result is an one hour session, divided into four tracks, which show up an impressively increasing soundjourney with accentuating moments, ending up in a massive drone with squeaking and buzzing guitars.