Debut Recording by the Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio Crowdfunding

Source: Indiegogo. Tomas Fujiwara is requesting backing for this effort. Please consider providing a few dollars or more, as it will offset the cost of providing the recording, and you’ll get a copy of it as well.

In a few weeks I will be performing with and recording a new project with some of my favorite musicians – a “mirror-image” double trio with Ralph Alessi and Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet/cornet, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitars, and Gerald Cleaver and myself on drums. For those of you familiar with these artists, you will understand why I am so excited by this ensemble and have been so inspired composing the music.

AMN Reviews: Cecilia López / Amanda Irarrazabal / Cecilia Quinteros: La Corporación [Pan y Rosas pyr201]

la-corporacion1-768x768The collaboration of acoustic strings with synthesizer can be a challenging. Both strings and electronics are capable of great timbral range, but of qualitatively different sorts. Combining them in real-time performance opens up many different possibilities, and therefore requires some judgment on the part of the collaborators. One such possibility is to set out a contrastive juxtaposition in which each contributor retains its characteristic voice. That is the possibility realized by synthesizer player Cecilia López in her collaboration with double bassist Amanda Irarrazabal and cellist Cecilia Quinteros in a set of pieces recorded live in Buenos Aires this past July.

Over the course of six tracks and 31 minutes, López, Irarrazabal and Quinteros work a creative parataxis in which strings and synthesizer occupy distinctive spheres. Both string players explore expanded sound palettes, but no matter how extended the techniques drawn on, the rasp or creak of bowhair on string, the snap of metal against fingers or wood and the physical thump and projection of pizzicato passages all serve to announce the quintessentially acoustic presence of double bass and cello. The sonic balance of these pieces tends to tilt toward the strings, but those moments when the synthesizer comes through are notable for introducing characteristically electronic colors into an otherwise predominantly acoustic weave of sound.

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

Keith Tippett

Source: All About Jazz.

Rova Orkestrova
No Favorites! (New World Records)

Anthony Braxton
3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (Firehouse 12 Records)

Keith Tippett Octet
Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon (Discus)

Nat Birchall
Nat Birchall: Creation (Sound Soul And Spirit)

Joe McPhee
Flowers (Cipsela Records)

Dave Fiuczynski
Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! (RareNoiseRecords)

Borah Bergman/Peter Brötzmann/Frode Gjerstad
Left (Not Two Records)

This Week in New York 


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives the NY premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Theatrum bestiarum along with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
Wednesday, November 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25 to $161
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

The 92Y presents the Variation Trio, comprising violinist Jennifer Koh, violist Hsin-Yun Huang and cellist Wilhelmina Smith in its 92Y debut. In addition to selections from György Kurtág’s Signs, Games and Messages, the Trio will perform Kaija Saariaho’s Cloud Trio. The Trio then takes an atmospheric tour of the great churches of Rome by Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman.
Wednesday, November 30 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $25
92Y, Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY

John Zorn assembles a cast of musicians for an evening of music performed in the Guggenheim’s rotunda. Zorn’s Dark River from his 1995 album Redbird was inspired by Agnes Martin, and this program serves as the premiere of two brand-new compositions also inspired by her work, Praise and Blue Stratagem. The program concludes with an exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.
Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $30, $20 members, $15 students
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Composer/performers Missy Mazzoli and GABI join forces for a rare night of solo and collaborative performances that explore the ethereal fringes of electronic music, classical virtuosity, glitchy vocals and extended techniques.
Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues its Composer Portraits series with Zosha Di Castri featuring Yarn/Wire and Ekmeles.
Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Claire Chase premieres part four of Density 2036. This year’s lineup, featuring world premieres by Vijay Iyer, Pauchi Sasaki, Tyshawn Sorey, Suzanne Farrin, and Richard Beaudoin, investigates the flute in dialogue with other forces: ondes martenot, drum set, small choir (with settings of new poems by Paul Griffiths), electronics, and an interactive dress constructed of pipes and speakers.
Thursday, December 1 & December 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Brooklyn Rider performs works by Beethoven, Janáček, Glass and Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen.
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $15 seniors, $10 students
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens, NY

The evening features world premieres by RAM composers Gilbert Galindo and David Fetherolf with works by fellow RAM composers Guy Barash and Allen Schultz alongside Gorecki performed by David Broome, Kate Dillingham and Thomas Piercy.
Friday, December 2 at 8:00 PM
Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, NY

Songs of Black Lives Matter, music and medicine, neuroscience of everyday music. Talks, brainstorming, workshops, and collaboration on creative projects to use music to improve lives.
Saturday, December 3 at 12:00 PM
Spotify, 45 West 18th Street, New York, NY

CompCord Ensemble, featuring Mark Kostabi and Lukas Ligeti, will perform compositions by Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Melissa Grey & Nicole Antebi, Peter Jarvis, Mark Kostabi, Lukas Ligeti, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Rob Voisey, and P. Kellach Waddle. The program will include premieres and recent works inspired by a broad definition of myth: medical myth, witchcraft, the monster Procrustes, the ever-laboring Sisyphus, and others.
Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

In Visuality, music develops its own visual component, dramaturgy and aesthetic. Visuality merges live classical music, visual art, and technology to explore how light and sound intersect in their purest forms. Each musical piece is developed around commissioned new creations from painters, sculptors, choreographers, writers, and other visual artists.
Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Queens, NY

Lesley Flanigan will perform a new work with handmade speaker feedback instruments alongside amplified voice, creating an intimate connection between gesture and sound—a kind of physical electronic music. Lucky Dragons return for the first time in nearly a decade with a composition based on explorations of auditory illusions, voice, and synthesis.
Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

American classical guitarist Adam Levin returns with a new program celebrating his artistic collaboration with 30 living Spanish composers. At this concert, he’ll perform six New York premieres.
Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Bridging the Gap is a series of concerts created by National Sawdust Curator Robert Sirota, to explore the student/teacher, mentor/mentee relationships between generations of composers. The series will emphasize the influences that brought about the expansion of musical styles and approaches over the past 20-30 years. Each concert will be preceded by a discussion with composer mentors, mentees, and performers, led by a distinguished thought leader. The concerts themselves will include performances of works by both younger composers and the teachers who have influenced their development.
Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

November Tzadik Releases

Ned Rothenberg at Appleby Jazz Festival 2007

Source: Tzadik.

Ned Rothenberg
Ghost Stories

A downtown mainstay for twenty years, composer/multi-woodwind performer Ned Rothenberg makes his Tzadik debut with a stunning CD of chamber music. Acclaimed for work in a wide variety of contexts from the multi-metric funk of his Double Band to the large chamber jazz of Power Lines, Rothenberg here shows both range and focus in works for unprecedented instrumentations that have epic scope. Asian and western instruments combine in scores mixing improvised solo features with through-composed ensembles. Ghost Stories is one of Rothenberg’s most accomplished works.

Shane Parish
Undertaker Please Drive Slow

A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old times folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, boiling them down to their very essence.

The Sapphire Nature

One of the world’s greatest noise percussionists and a learned scholar of Kabbalah, Z’ev has been a vital force in the downtown scene since the late 1970s. His latest solo project, The Sapphire Nature is a metaphonic meditation on the mystical text Sefer Yetzirah. Accompanied by over 54 pages of text in both English and Hebrew, accessible on computer, the music is an atmospheric and hypnotic symphony of spiritual percussion.

December at the Spectrum

Source: New York’s Spectrum.

– Ashley Walters (Dec. 2)

Ole Mathisen with Amir ElSaffar, Bobby Avey & Gregg August (Dec. 2)

– Music & Myth: Composers Concordance Ensemble feat. Lukas Ligeti & Mark Kostabi (Dec. 3)
Lynn Bechtold, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Melissa Grey, Peter Jarvis, Mark Kostabi & Lukas Ligeti

– John King’s Born Into Flames Series feat. Aleksandra Vrebalov (Dec. 3)
Soundshapes Peformance Party with Lynn Bechtold, Steve Bloom, Jennifer Choi,
Dan Cooper, Du.0, Marija Ilic, John King, Hajnal Pivnick, Kathy Tagg, Aleksandra Vrebalov
& Dorian Wallace

– David Whitwell’s Radical Brass Series (Dec. 4)

– Brooklyn Brass: Mike Gurfield, Matt Mead, Matt Marks, Will Lang & John Altieri (Dec. 4)

– Karl Larson (Dec. 4)

– JC Sanford Quartet with Mike Bagetta (Dec. 5)

– Joel Forrester (Dec. 8)

– Sean Satin & Friends (Dec. 9)

– Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series feat. You Break You Buy (Dec. 10)
Rossi, Peter Hess, Stephen Ulrich, John Madoff & Yuval Lion

– Robert Dick Flute Studio (Dec. 11)

– Dan Lippel (Dec. 11)

– Will Mason Quartet (Dec. 12)
Mason, Kris Davis, Ned Rothenberg & Greg Chudzik

– Parlour Tapes (Dec. 12)

– Ambient-Chaos (Dec.16)

– Derin Oge & Gozde Yasar (Dec. 17)

– Ari Streisfeld (Dec. 17)

– Burnett Thompson: Christmas in Vienna (Dec. 18)

– Guy Barash’s Eavesdropping Series feat. Washington Square Winds (Dec. 18)