AMN Reviews: Scott Worthington – Orbit [IIKKI 005]

These three pieces by Los Angeles-based double bassist/composer Scott Worthington represent one half of a collaboration with Italian photographer Renato D’Agustin. The other half is D’Agustin’s book of photographs. While each half complements the other, each also provides a gratifying experience by itself and on its own terms, as Worthington’s contribution ably demonstrates.

Worthington’s three compositions can be listened to separately, but together they create a consistency of mood and dynamic that makes them best heard as an interlocking triptych. The first of the three pieces, A Time That Is also a Place (2015) for flute and electronics, was commissioned by flutist Rachel Beetz, who performs it here. Structured as a series of long tones on flute alternating with silences, the piece is a meditation on breath as a marker of time. Both the tones and silences are given the duration of a breath—a necessarily inexact but very human metronome. The tonal richness of Beetz’s interpretation is supplemented by an electronic playback system, which gives unintrusive support to the flute by supplying ghostly echoes and a quite surf of static. There follows a brief electronic interlude that builds and thickens some of the timbres set out in the first piece, and serves as a hinge joining it to the concluding piece. This latter is the dreamily paced A Flame that Could Go Out (2016) for two five-string electric basses, a sequence of slow and seemingly randomly-ordered chord tones that imply a hesitant movement between tonic and dominant. As with Worthington’s other two pieces, it weaves minimal raw material into something hauntingly beautiful.

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York


Musicians from the New York Philharmonic return for the final performance of CONTACT!, its new-music series. Hosted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the evening will showcase emerging Russian composers Nikolay Popov, Denis Khorov, Marina Khorkova, Dmitri Kourliandski, and Alexander Khubeev.
Monday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Ensemble Signal returns to the Pop-Up series with a concert that shines a spotlight on violinist Lauren Cauley and pianist David Friend. Featured as soloists as well as in duet, the program features works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang.
Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos. The program also includes music by Beethoven.
Wednesday, April 4 & Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 PM; Friday, April 6 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $75-$166
Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, New York, NY

Patty Waters is featured on this iteration on the Blank Forms series. Her concert—with original pianist Burton Greene as well as bassist Mario Pavone and percussionist Barry Altschul—will be Waters’ first New York appearance since 2003.
Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $75 prime seating, $30 general, $22.50 members
First Unitarian Congregational Society, 119-121 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY

In celebration of the exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, The Noguchi Museum presents Sounds of Akari, a musical performance featuring violist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, harpist Ashley Jackson, and flutist Alice Teyssier in a program featuring an original composition by Lanziotti and works by Claude Debussy, Andrew Norman, and Toru Takemitsu.
Friday, April 6 at 6:30 PM
Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Queens, NY

Clarice Assad. Credit: Amara Photos.Clarice Assad. Credit: Amara Photos.
The program features the world premieres of Ethan Iverson’s first orchestral work, Concerto to Scale, with the composer as the piano soloist, and Steve Lehman’s Ten Threshold Studies, both commissioned by ACO; and the New York premieres of Clarice Assad’s Dreamscapes featuring violinist Elena Urioste, TJ Anderson’s Bahia Bahia, and Hitomi Oba’s September Coming, which was first read at the Buffalo Philharmonic EarShot Readings led by ACO after Oba’s participation in ACO’s 2015 Jazz Composers Orchestra Initiative.
Friday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $41-$51
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Cellist Clarice Jensen releases her debut solo album, For this from that will be filled, worldwide on Miasmah Recordings on April 6, 2018. She celebrates the release with this concert featuring music from the album. The Ambient Church concert also celebrates the release of electronic artist Christina Vantzou’s new album, No. 4, and includes the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Steve Hauschildt, Deradoorian, John Also Bennett, and C. Lavender.
Saturday, April 7 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
Bushwick Methodist Church, 1139 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Marc Ducret at moers festival 2006

Source: All About Jazz.

Aruán Ortiz Trio With Brad Jones And Chad Taylor
Live in Zürich (Intakt Records)

Bobby Zankel
Celebrating William Parker at 65 (Not Two Records)

Noah Preminger
Genuinity (Criss Cross)

VIP: Pierre Audetat – Vinz Vonlanthen
Walking Contradiction (Leo Records)

King Crimson
Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 (UK Edition) (Panegyric Recordings)

Samuel Blaser With Marc Ducret & Peter Bruun
Taktlos Zurich 2017 (Hatology)

Jurg Frey & Magnus Granberg
Early to Late (Another Timbre)

Aalberg / Kullhammar / Zetterberg / Santos Silva
Basement Sessions Vol. 4 (The Bali Tapes) (Clean Feed Records)

Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for April 2018 

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MONDAY, April 2
A Day with Meredith Monk
1 PM Film Screenings
5:30 PM Discussion
1 pm 16 Millimeter Earrings (1979, 25 minutes)
1:30pm Book of Days (1988, 85 minutes)
3 pm Ellis Island (1981, 28 minutes)
3:30pm Turtle Dreams (Waltz) (1983, 27 minutes )
4 pm Paris (1982, 26 minutes)
4:30pm Short Silent Films (1966-1994, 40 minutes)
16 Millimeter Earrings (1966, 4 minutes)
Children (1967, 8 minutes)
Ball Bearing (1968, 6 ½ minutes)
Quarry (1975, 5 ½ minutes)
Ellis Island (1979, 6 ½ minutes)
Faces (1994, 5 minutes)
VENUE: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, New York)

TUESDAY, April 3
8:30 pm Dan Weiss (drums, percussion) Evan Parker (sax)
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, April 3
8:30 pm New York Philharmonic – works by Nikolay Popov, Denis Khorov, Marina Khorkova, Dmitri Kourliandski, and Alexander Khubeev.
VENUE: National Sawdust

TUESDAY, April 3
6 pm Ensemble Signal
Lauren Cauley, violin
David Friend, piano
Tonia Ko Tribute (Axis II) (2016)
Christopher Cerrone Sonata for Violin and Piano (2015)
David Lang mystery sonatas (selections) (2014)
David Lang memory pieces (selections) (1992)
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University

7 PM Jason Eckardt portrait concert
Asarum canadense: “Wild Ginger” (2014)
from A Compendium of Catskill Native Botanicals, book 2
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
suspension/bridge (2015)
Jordan Dodson, guitar
Compression (2017)
Will Lang, trombone
Athrium filix-femina: “Lady Fern” (2014)
from A Compendium of Catskill Native Botanicals, book 2
Bridget Kibbey, harp
The Silenced (World Premiere, 2015)
Claire Chase, flute
VENUE: Spectrum

8 PM Patty Waters
VENUE: First Unitarian Congregational Society (119-121 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn)
ADMISSION: $75 Prime Seating / $30 General / $22.50 Members

8PM Evan Parker w/Ned Rothenberg
VENUE: Zürcher Galerie

8PM Peter Evans/Levy Lorenzo & Yvette Janine Jackson
VENUE: Fridman Gallery

SUNDAY, April 8
3 PM Michael Noble, Piano
Frederic Rzewski, The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
VENUE: Spectrum

THURSDAY, April 12
8 pm John Zorn’s Masada Book 3 — The Book Beriah
VENUE: Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
ADMISSION: $34 and up

FRIDAY, April 13
8 pm Floating Borders (Look + Listen Festival)
Claire Chase, Susie Ibarra, Alex Peh and Kaoru Watanabe will take you through a journey blending musical traditions of the Far East with Western techniques including the NYC premiere of Susie Ibarra’s latest composition Talking Gong.

SUNDAY, April 15
3:30 PM “The Easily Satisfied Lover”
Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and vocal works by Berg, Schoenberg and others
Ariadne Greif, soprano; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, conductor; Jessica Jade Han,
flute/piccolo; Sammy Lesnick, clarinet/bass clarinet; Anna Tsukervanik, violin/viola;
Dan Barrett, cello; Nara Avetisyan, piano
VENUE: St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

7 pm Seth Parker Woods, cello with Ashleigh Gordon, viola
Giacinto Scelsi: Maknongan (1976)
Claudio Gabriele: PNOM (2005)
Matthias Pintscher: Janusgesicht (2001)
Giacinto Scelsi: Triphon (1957)
VENUE: The Italian Academy

7 PM Mariana Sadovska
VENUE: National Sawdust

THURSDAY, April 19
8 PM Pharoah Sanders
ADMISSION: $35/$45

THURSDAY, April 19
8pm Composer Portraits: Frederic Rzewski
Del Sol String Quartet
Words for string quartet (2018) world premiere, Miller Theatre and Del Sol Performing Arts co-commission
String Quartet (1955)
VENUE: Miller Theatre at Columbia University
ADMISSION: $20-$30

SATURDAY, April 21
Perimeters (Look + Listen Festival)
7 pm Pre-concert performance by Emma Sulkowicz and Sean Harold
8 pm Closing concert
improvisations by Peter Evans and Levy Lorenzo duo, a re-mash of the American Songbook by Mellissa Hughes and Philip White, Boston duo Patchtax, cellist Mariel Roberts, and Doug Ballet.
VENUE: The Invisible Dog (51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn)

TUESDAY, April 24
7 pm & 9 pm Matana Roberts
VENUE: Park Avenue Armory

THURSDAY, April 26
6:30PM and 9PM New Music
Schumann Quartet, Gloria Chien, piano
Helena Winkelman “Sleipnir the eight-legged” from Quadriga Quartet for Strings (2011)
Timo Andres Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2012)
Hans Werner Henze Sonatina for Violin and Piano (1979)
Augusta Read Thomas Etudes for Piano (2003, 1996)
Avro Pärt Fratres for String Quartet (1977, arr. 1989)
VENUE: Daniel & Joanna S. Rose Studio (Lincoln Center)

THURSDAY, April 26
8 PM Uri Caine
VENUE: Russ and Daughters

THURSDAY, April 26
7:30 PM Ecstatic Music Festival: Margaret Leng Tan premieres George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin & Kelly Moran
VENUE: Russ and Daughters
ADMISSION: $20/$25

FRIDAY, April 27
8:30 pm “Mycale” John Zorn vocal quartet
Sofía Rei, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Malika Zarra, Sara Serpa (vocals)
VENUE: The Stone

SATURDAY, April 28
8:30 pm Petr Kotik’s Chamber Opera, Master-Pieces
A meditation on the nature of creative process and works that we identify as masterpieces with text from Gertrude Stein’s 1936 lecture, “What Are Master-Pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them.”
Text/Libretto by Gertrude Stein and Petr Kotik
Christina Kay, Soprano (leading role)
Steven Wilson, Tenor
Jose Pietri-Coimbre, Baritone
Nicholas Hay, Bass
Debra Kay Anderson, James Falzone, Kerry Wolff, Narrators
S.E.M. Ensemble:
Pauline Kim Harris, Violin Soloist
Petr Kotik, Conductor
VENUE: Bohemian National Hall

SUNDAY, April 29
4 PM Daniel Schreiner: Piano works of the 20th and 21st Century
Images, Set II by Debussy
Cinque Variazioni by Berio
Petites esquisses d’oiseaux by Messiaen
La mandragore by Murail
Reservoir by Dennehy
VENUE: Spectrum

Gapplegate Music Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

Kreu Zungen, Vassos Nicolaou, Johannes Schollhorn, Gerard Grisey, Dieter Mack

Arnold Rosner, Orchestral Music, Volume Two, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nick Palmer

Camillo Togni, Complete Piano Music 4, Aldo Orvieto

Ligeti, Complete Etudes, Kei Takumi

Society for New Music, Music Here & Now

Upcoming Keir Neuringer Performances

Source: Keir Neuringer

4/2 Berlin: Irreversible Entanglements @ Acud Macht Neu
4/3 Copenhagen: Irreversible Entanglements @ Alice
4/4 Munich: Irreversible Entanglements @ Kammerspiele
4/5 London: Irreversible Entanglements @ Cafe Oto
4/6 Nijmegen Nl: Irreversible Entanglements @ Doornroosje
4/7 The Hague Nl: Irreversible Entanglements @ Rewire Festival
4/8 Brussels: Irreversible Entanglements @ Brdcst Festival
5/21 Moers, Germany: Irreversible Entanglements @ Moers Festival
5/25 Brooklyn: Irreversible Entanglements @ Vision Festival
6/8 Tba
6/9 Philadelphia: Dromedaries @ Da Vinci Art Alliance
6/17 Montreal: Irreversible Entanglements @ Suoni per IL Popolo
7/22 Chicago: Irreversible Entanglements @ Pitchfork Festival