AMN Picks of the Week: Bowditch / Corsano, Courvoisier, & Wooley / Owczarek Caicedo Ponsa Trio / simakDialog / Nelson, Dahl, & Podgurski / Juan Antonio Nieto / Gustafsson & Kurzmann

English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Bowditch – Southend Objectified (2017)
Corsano / Courvoisier / Wooley – Salt Task (2017)
Owczarek Caicedo Ponsa Trio – Owczarek Caicedo Ponsa (2016)
simakDialog – The 6th Story (2013)
Nelson / Dahl / Podgurski – GRID (2017)
Juan Antonio Nieto – Imperfect (2017)
Mats Gustafsson / Christof Kurzmann – Falling and 5 other Failings (2016)

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RIP Bill Horvitz

Source: San Antonio Express-News. We’re a little late on this one, as Mr. Horvitz passed away on January 15.

His collaborators included a brilliant and disparate cast of emerging luminaries. Among them were Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Phillip Johnston, Myra Melford, Bill Laswell, Eugene Chadbourne, Frank London and Wayne Horvitz, his brother. Many of these connections went undocumented, like his work in the influential new wave band the Public Servants.

AMN Reviews: Hannah Addario-Berry – Scordatura [Aerocade]

hab_scordatura_digitalTwenty-fifteen marked the centennial of the composition of the Sonata for Solo Cello by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály. To commemorate the anniversary, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry conceived the Scordatura Project, a program of music featuring the Kodály sonata along with commissioned works for cello by contemporary composers which use the same systematic detuning—the scordatura of the title–as the sonata.

A technically challenging composition, the Kodály sonata was one of the first pieces written for unaccompanied cello since the Bach suites. What distinguishes it is its grounding in a distinctive modality and tuning; Kodály based much of the musical material on Hungarian folk sources, and called for detuning the cello’s two lowest strings down a half step. Doing so produces a B minor seventh chord on the instrument’s open strings, which adds resonance to the work’s predominant modes. Addario-Berry’s interpretation is robust and liquid, keeping in the foreground the sonata’s origins in song.

The release’s other highlights include Eric Kenneth Malcom Clark’s Ekpyrotic: Layerings IV, which appears in a shorter and a longer version. Drawing on contemporary electronic technologies and acoustic techniques, the piece exploits micro-irregularities in the pitch, phrasing and intonation of both voice and cello by taking repeated material and looping and superimposing it into a thickening mass of close-but-not-identical figures. The longer and more dramatic of the two versions builds to a high density, microtonally discordant drone.

Addario-Berry includes several less abstract, more songlike compositions in the collection, the most intriguing of which is Calor, by composer Jerry Liu. Liu’s score specifies pitches but not their rhythmic values; likewise, measures are unmetered. This allows the performer broad discretion in phrasing and forming an overall narrative arc. Addario-Berry’s interpretation brings out the natural lyricism in her playing, which indeed is evident throughout the entire set of music.

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Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 

Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

REMEMBERING PAULINE OLIVEROS
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Park Avenue Armory host an open commemoration of the life and work of Pauline Oliveros on Monday, February 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. From 4pm to 8pm, there will be installations, meditations, stories, and performances followed by a concert at 8 PM.
Sunday, February 6 at 4:00 PM
Free
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York, NY

LONGLEASH WITH ANNE LANZILOTTI
Kettle Corn New Music presents the chamber music trio Longleash with special guest Anne Lanzilotti in a program exploring the relationships between contemporary American and Scandinavian music. The program features works by Scandinavian composers Saariaho, Abrahamsen, and Thorvaldsdottir paired with Americans Wollschleger and Marshall.
Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

KRONOS QUARTET
Kronos returns to Zankel Hall with its next set of Fifty for the Future works. The program also includes additional works unrelated to Fifty for the Future.
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 PM
Limited Availability
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK VOLUME II | 5 BOROUGHS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Commissioned in honor of the 5 Boroughs Music Festival’s 10th anniversary season, the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II features music by Matthew Aucoin, Lembit Beecher, Conrad Cummings, Jonathan Dawe, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Whitney George, Marie Incontrera, Laura Kaminsky, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, Robert Paterson, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Kamala Sankaram, Gregory Spears and Bora Yoon.
Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $30-$40, $20 students/seniors
DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 W 37th Street, New York, NY

I ♥ STEEL PAN | THE KNIGHTS
This program by The Knights is an intimate performance with Rome Prize-winner, composer, and steel pan performer Andy Akiho. The program includes the world premiere of his Septet for steel pan, percussion, piano and string quartet, as well as works by Jaco Pastorius, Osvaldo Golijov, and Biagio Marini.
Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 advance, $21 at door
BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK VOLUME II | 5 BOROUGHS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Commissioned in honor of the 5 Boroughs Music Festival’s 10th anniversary season, the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II features music by Matthew Aucoin, Lembit Beecher, Conrad Cummings, Jonathan Dawe, Evan Fein, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Whitney George, Marie Incontrera, Laura Kaminsky, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, Robert Paterson, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Kamala Sankaram, Gregory Spears and Bora Yoon.
Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $25, $15 seniors, $10 students
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens, NY
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JOSEPH HOUSTON + AISHA ORAZBAYEVA: FOR JOHN CAGE
The piano + violin duo of Joseph Houston and Aisha Orazbayeva give a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s 1982 composition, For John Cage. The 75 minute performance will run without pause. The piece unfolds with slow, fragile gestures, often repeated with minute rhythmic variations, and always operating on the edges of audibility.
Sunday, February 12 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

UNHEARD-OF//ENSEMBLE
Unheard-of//Ensemble celebrates the incredible impact The Firehouse Space has had on the New York new music community in a tribute to 246 Frost Street, the venue’s upcoming move, and to the Firehouse’s long future. Unheard-of performs Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Jesse Jone’s Snippet Variations. This concert, happening on the last day of The Firehouse Space’s performance calendar, honors the timelessness of the space where some of New York’s most innovative ensembles got their start.
Sunday, February 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10
The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: All About Jazz.

Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn
Ljubljana (Clean Feed Records)

Craig Taborn
Daylight Ghosts (ECM Records)

Max Richter
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon)

Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant
Ocean of Storms (Self Produced)

Motif
My Head is Listening (Clean Feed Records)

Francois Carrier
The Joy of Being (NoBusiness Records)

Equally Stupid
Escape from The Unhappy Society (Eclipse Music)

Francois Carrier
OUTgoing (FMR-Records)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 05/2017

Paal Nilssen-Love

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Michel Lambert
Alom Mola: Michel Lambert, Dr with Lots of Musicians

Aerophonic
Slag: Dave Rempis, as, Ts/ Fred Lonberg Holm, Cello/ Paal Nilssen Love, Dr, Perc

Sunnyside
Janus: Nick Sanders, P/ Logan Strosahl, as, Ts

Slam
Maha Samadhi: Paul Dunmall Brass Project

Relative Pitch
Perch Hen Brock & Rain: Ab Baars/ Ig Henneman/ Ingrid Laubrock/ Tom Rainey

Cleanfeed
in Cahoots: Ned Rothenberg Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Shakuhachi | Mark Feldman Violin | Sylvie Courvoisier Piano

Seven Pieces: Evan Parker Tenor and Soprano Saxophones | Daunik Lazro Alto and Baritone Saxophones | Joe Mcphee Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Alto Clarinet and Pocket Trumpet

Nottwo
Desire and Freedom: Rodrigo Amado, Ts/ Miguel Mira, Cello/ Gabriel Fernandini, Dr