AMN Reviews: Dan Joseph – Electroacoustic Works [XI 138]

Composer/instrumentalist Dan Joseph has had a highly varied career since his start in Washington, DC’s 1980s punk scene.  As a sixteen year old in 1983 he became the drummer for 9353, an art-punk band notorious as much for its volatility as for its visually arresting flyers, which I remember somehow seemed to be on every lamppost, telephone pole and buildingside in the city in the early 1980s; later in the decade he participated in the experimental tape underground. After a move to California in the 1990s he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, Mel Powell and Terry Riley; the influence of these performer/composers can be heard in the immersive, drone-based form of structured solo improvisation that Joseph eventually developed for electronically enhanced hammered dulcimer.

The seven pieces composing this two-CD set of recent works represent long-form excursions into incremental harmonic and timbral movement, as realized through electronically altered or supplemented hammered dulcimer performances. The first disc is largely taken up by two live versions of Dulcimer Flight, one recorded in 2011 at Corvallis, Oregon and the other recorded in 2013 at Experimental Intermedia in New York. Both pieces demonstrate how Joseph blends structure and technique to texture an evolving soundscape. On both pieces he first sets up a central tone and basic harmonic kernel, looping a tremolo opening statement that gradually gives way to bowing with conventional bow and ebow. Through subsequent processing Joseph brings out or obscures selected overtones to achieve a sound best described as a constant chord whose colors are constantly changing. The second disc is given over to a 66-minute version of Periodicity Piece #6 (2005) for dulcimer, sampled instruments, sine tone, A440 tuning fork and miscellaneous sounds. As its title implies, Joseph works here with harmonic cycles of varying lengths, which are spun across changing tonal centers. Although predominantly meditative, the piece registers the occasional shock of abruptly intruding sounds and suddenly coarsened timbres.

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Daniel Barbiero

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Radiophonic Workshop/White Noise, Jazz Café Reviewed

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Fifty years ago London’s first electronic music festival took place at the Roundhouse in north London. Among the attractions at “The Million Volt Light and Sound Rave” was The Beatles’ “Carnival of Light”, a 14-minute sound collage over which Paul McCartney and John Lennon were recorded screaming, according to an attendee, like “demented old women”.

The piece has not been heard since. “Avant-garde a clue,” scoffed George Harrison, who loathed it. Alas, it was not exhumed from the vaults for a show at the Jazz Café held to mark the anniversary of the nearby Roundhouse event. The other notable absence was the visionary electronic composer Delia Derbyshire, a one-woman disproof of Harrison’s philistine remark who died in 2001.

This Week in New York 

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UNBOUND ALBUM RELEASE | JASPER STRING QUARTET
The Jasper String Quartet celebrates their fourth album, Unbound, which features never-before-recorded works by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and Caroline Shaw.
Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

THE MUSIC OF ANNA CLYNE WITH MIVOS QUARTET AND INBAL SEGEV | STRING THEORIES
For the first evening of the third annual String Theories festival, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet perform string works by composer Anna Clyne, joined by an opening set from cellist Inbal Segev.
Wednesday, March 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

WORLD PREMIERE BY W4 NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE | STRING THEORIES
The world premiere performance of a new work by W4 New Music Collective is the headlining act for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival.
Thursday, March 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

TAN DUN: TERRACOTTA SYMPHONY AND HERO CONCERTO
To celebrate the exhibition Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220), the Met commissioned a new work from composer Tan Dun—Terracotta Symphony, based on music from his opera, The First Emperor, featuring terra cotta drums sourced specifically for this piece. Also on the program is Hero Concerto for violin and orchestra, with music drawn from Tan Dun’s film score for Zhang Yimou’s Hero.
Friday, March 31 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $65-$85
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY

THE ARGUS STRING QUARTET | STRING THEORIES
For the closing night of The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, the Argus String Quartet presents an evening of old and new works for string quartet. The Argus String Quartet is featured on The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s inaugural album, AfterImage, to be released June 21, 2017.
Friday, December 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

RECENTLY ADDED | ATTACCA QUARTET
Recently Added is a 3 concert arc. It is an exploration of the complete works of living composers who have made significant additions to the string quartet repertoire. Recently Added is a follow-up to Attacca Quartet’s project called “the 68” where they played the complete string quartets of Haydn. This installment will feature the works of John Adams.
Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $35
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

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Jessica Ackerley
Coalesce (Self Produced)

DST
Il sistema periodico (Aut Records)

Harris Eisenstadt
Recent Developments (Songlines Recordings)

Miles Okazaki
Trickster (Pi Recordings)

Alex Cline‘s Flower Garland Orchestra
Alex Cline’s Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows (Cryptogramophone)

Miroslav Vitous
Ziljabu Nights – Live at Theater Gutersloh (Intuition)

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures
Glare of the Tiger (M.o.d. Technologies)

Lisa Mezzacappa
avantNOIR (Clean Feed Records)