Much experimental/electronic sound art can be austere and even severely cerebral; Kurundu’s five-movement suite Yvykua Ipuva, by contrast, revels in the polymorphous sensuality of sound.
Kurundu, named for South American ritual amulets, is a binational duo of Paraguayan cellist Camila Dos Santos and Argentinian electronics artist Zigo Rayopineal. Their collaboration has produced a set of richly atmospheric, layered musical constructions built in real time. Dos Santos and Rayopineal are particularly good at creating the illusion of spatial depth with sound, partly through a close attention to the stratification of texture and partly through the reverberant voices they tend to favor. The foundation is Dos Santos’ cello, suitably looped and processed. Her playing here is more about ambience than melody, although a melodic line does unfold slowly at the heart of the long second movement; her use of chords and drones, glissandi and extended techniques complements Rayopineal’s shimmering electronic settings. The latter dominate the fourth movement, which seems to allude to early electronic music’s sonic imaginings of outer space; the final movement puts the focus on Dos Santos’ cello—strummed, overpressured and bowed for harmonics and multiphonics, it sketches its self-portrait in a concave mirror.
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KRONOS QUARTET & FACE THE MUSIC | ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Kronos Quartet joins NYC’s youth new music ensemble Face the Music to perform new works written for Kronos’ “Fifty for the Future,” a commissioning, education and legacy project showcasing contemporary approaches to the string quartet that features new works by today’s composers. The two ensembles will perform separately and together. Face the Music will perform Yotam Haber’s From the Book and Kala Ramnath’s Amrit.
Monday, February 5 at 7:30 PM
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
NICO MUHLY AND FRIENDS INVESTIGATE THE GLASS ARCHIVE
This program features world premieres of Glass songs, as arranged by composer and collaborator Nico Muhly. Over his long career, Glass has written countless pieces of music for his ensemble: a band of his friends and close collaborators, performing them with his own community of musicians. In these brand-new arrangements, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Muhly brings together a new community of musicians to perform some of Glass’s lesser-known music.
Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $66 to $77
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
TAK ensemble and Architek percussion blend forces to present newly commissioned works by composers David Bird, Taylor Brook, Myriam Bleau, and Isaiah Ceccarelli. The program features works inspired by a range of sources, from René Descarte’s obsession with a life- sized clockwork doll which travelled with him everywhere, to the musical and metaphysical meanings of a ‘pulse,’ to a 19th-century account of the life of Saint Edward the Confessor.
Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY
Piano+ is a monthly concert series at Spectrum curated by composer and pianist Teodora Stepančić, dedicated to new and recent piano music. This concert features music by Tom Johnson, Assaf Gidron, and Coleman Alexander Zurkowski.
Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY
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THE GLENN MILLER SESSIONS (3CD SET)
The Heat Death
LIVE IN EUROPE (3LP+3CD SET)
Gard Nilssen´s Acoustic Unity
Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio with Jamie Saft
Jon Rune Strøm Quintet
Igor Lumpert & Innertextures
SOMEWHERE IN THE UPSTREAM
Michael Dessen Trio
ALL THE RIVERS – LIVE AT PANTEÃO NACIONAL
Susana Santos Silva
Jonas Cambien | Adrian Myhr