Spektral Quartet and Ensemble Dal Niente at the Ear Taxi Festival Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

When you arrive at the The Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, you come-in off a busy Chicago road, descend three flights of fluorescent illuminated stairs into a concrete lobby, grab a drink, and step into a 1,500 seat hall. Among Harris’ 35 resident organisations, you’ll find Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and collaborations with Chicago Opera Theatre and Chicago’s Lyric Opera. As a place to hold a concert of new music–especially one beginning with a string quartet–it seems positively cavernous.

By 7:30pm on 7th October 2016, though, I was joined by more than 1,000 Chicagoans as we took our seats for an evening at the Ear Taxi Festival featuring six world premieres –all from Chicago composers, performed by two of Chicago’s stalwart ensembles–and the vast space took on a bustling, electric atmosphere.

Sound It Out Series in NY Upcoming Performances

Source: Sound It Out.

Upcoming Concerts…
Thursday, November 3, 8:00 p.m. – Hot New Trio!
Anna Webber’s Simple Trio
Anna Webber, saxophones; Matt Mitchell, piano; John Hollenbeck, drums

Friday, November 4, 8:00 p.m. – Beautiful New Ensemble!
Oded Lev-Ari Group
Oded Lev-Ari, piano/conductor; Jeremy Udden, alto/soprano saxophone; Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet/flugelhorn; Rubin Kodheli, cello; James Shipp, vibes/percussion; Jesse Lewis, guitar; Matt Aronoff, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m. – In Praise of Ornette!
Fay Victor’s In Praise of Ornette
Fay Victor, voice, arrangements, text; Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Kenny Wessel, electric guitar; Sean Conly, double-bass

Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. – Guitar Double-Bill!
Mike Baggetta Trio + Anders Nilsson Trio
Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Billy Mintz, drums
Anders Nilsson, guitar; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Ken Filiano, double-bass

Frequency Series Festival in Chicago February 14-19

Source: Frequency Series, providing an early heads up for this upcoming fest.

Mocrep
Tuesday, February 14
Museum of Contemporary Art
Time TBA, free with museum admission
(Tuesday is free to Illinois residents)

R. Andrew Lee
Wednesday, February 15. 8:00 PM
Bond Chapel, University of Chicago
Free

Morton Feldman Chamber Players
Thursday, February 16. 8:30 PM
Constellation
$15

Bill Orcutt and Austin Wulliman
Friday, February 17. 8:30 PM
Constellation
$15

Olivia Block and Quince
Saturday, February 18. 8:30 PM
Constellation
$15

Miranda Cuckson, solo
Sunday, February 19. 3:00 PM
Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago
$10, $5 museum members/students

Ensemble Dal Niente, Hard Music, Hard Liquor
Sunday, February 19. 8:30 PM
Constellation
$15

Since its inception at Constellation in 2013, the Sunday night Frequency Series, curated by Peter Margasak, has become one of the gravitational centers of Chicago’s flourishing new music scene. The seven concerts on this six-day festival follow the series mission to present the most exciting and important artists in new music.

Concerts will take place at Constellation (3111 N. Western Ave.), the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Avenue), Bond Chapel (1025 E. 58th Street), and the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Avenue).

Vital Weekly 1054 Reviews

Source: Vital Weekly.

TOD DOCKSTADER – FROM THE ARCHIVES (CD by Starkland) *
CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA & HAKOBUNE – THE FALL RISES (CD by White Paddy Mountain) *
CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA – COASTAL RAILROADS IN MEMORIES (CD by White Paddy Mountain) *
SUN RA & MERZBOW – STRANGE CITY (CD by Cold Spring) *
GIANLUCA FAVARON & ANACLETO VITOLO – ZOLFO (CD by 13/Silentes/ManyFeetUnder) *
MATT WESTON – SKATE FOR THE LIE (CD by Tape Drift/7272Music)
BEN VERDERY – GUITAR PROJECT: ON VINEYARD SOUND (CD by Elm City Records)
PORTA CHIUSA – BECAUSE LIFE SHOULD BE SO WONDERFUL (I) (CD by Herbal International) *
GOH LEE KWANG – BACK2BED (CD by Herbal International) *
ORCHESTRAMAXFIELDPARRISH – A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT (CD by Faith Strange) *
ORCHESTRAMAXFIELDPARRISH – INSTANT LIGHT (CD by Faith Strange) *
WELL, THAT ABOUT WRAPS IT UP FOR THE SEA (CD compilation by Cordelia Records)
DRAPE – LET THERE WATER AIR (CD by Infraction Records) *
BEAUTUMN – BORDEAUX (CD by Infraction Records) *
CELER – I LOVE YOU SO MUSIC I CAN’T EVEN TITLE THIS (2LP by Infraction Records)
JAMKA – INTER ALIA (LP by Urbsounds) *
NIMMA 001 (12″ compilation by miNIMMAl movement)
NIMMA 002: ROMANESC (12″ compilation by miNIMMAl movement)
TAGC/MATAR/MIKYEL BOYD (7″ flexi disc by Somnimage)
DONATELLA BARTOLOMEI – SACRA DEA (CDR by Atemwerft)
KRAKEN – TODO LO QUE MUERE (cassette by Lage Landen Lawaai)
DJ KOOLKATZ – THE BEST DISCO IN TOWN (cassette by Lage Landen Lawaai)
MÖRKERSEENDE MÖRKERSEENDE (Cassette by Mörkerseende)
MATTHEW D. GANTT – ITERATIONS (two cassettes by Gold Bolus)

An Interview With Electronic Music Pioneer Richard Pinhas

Source: Subrewind.

For over 40 years, Richard Pinhas has innovated and entranced through music and sound. Founding the massively influential French electronic rock band Heldon in the 1970s, Pinhas and his colleagues stood out with a unique blend of futuristic synthesizers and classic rock instruments. He went on to record many boundary-pushing albums under his own moniker, as well as in collaboration with notable musicians and writers worldwide. As a result, his mark can be found on many musical movements, from industrial rock to techno to ambient to noise. It comes as little surprise that fans of all ages continue to find and embrace his work.