AMN Reviews: Eric Wubbels – being-time [Carrier037]

Composer Eric Wubbels’ being-time (2013-2017), a work for string quartet and quadrophonic electronic sound, is an essay in the effects of tuning on the experience of sound and through it, time. The piece was commissioned by Chamber Music of America for the Mivos Quartet, who premiered it in November 2015 at the Roulette in Brooklyn and who perform it on this recording.

Wubbels, who is a pianist and co-director of the new music ensemble Wet Ink as well as a composer, conceived the piece as a kind of investigation into how the resonances of detuned string instruments interact with the environment and the listener’s perceptions of pitch and rhythm and ultimately, time. Although Wubbels’ preparation for writing the piece included research into the physics and psychology of sound, being-time seems intended to be more the product of imaginative speculation rather than a proper scientific experiment.

The piece calls for a scordatura in which the instruments are tuned down to low pitches whose microtonal relationships create dissonances of varying degrees as well as consonances. The fluid movement back and forth between and within dissonances and consonances gives the piece its distinctive sound.

Although music like this probably has to be heard live to get the full effect, the recording does give a sense of its sound and structure. Overall, being-time creates the impression of an archipelago of microtonal chords separated by silences and electronic events. Most of the movement is carried by the incremental drift of the chords’ inner voices, which subtly changes their color. Although the piece features a range of dynamics, this seems a secondary factor relative to the ongoing recalibration of the harmonies. As with many long-duration works that use silence as a structural element, being-time delays and expands the listener’s sense of anticipation to reveal time for one of the things it is—an unmarked ground for music, a figuratively blank canvas on which sounds are arranged in dynamic relationships.

Daniel Barbiero

Sciarrino / Mundry April 16 in Los Angeles

Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, at the ...

Source: Monday Evening Concerts.

8pm | Zipper Hall | The Colburn School

Salvatore Sciarrino – Perduto in una città d’acque
Isabel Mundry – Dufay Bearbeitungen
Salvatore Sciarrino – Aspern Suite

Echoi Ensemble
Alice Teyssier, soprano
Richard Valitutto, piano
Jonathan Hepfer, conductor

MEC artistic director Jonathan Hepfer calls Salvatore Sciarrino’s Aspern Suite one of the key chamber works of the late 20th century. The piece, which Sciarrino bases loosely on Henry James’ novella The Aspern Papers (which itself is based on lore surrounding Lord Byron), concerns the theme of secrecy – or what must remain forever sacred and hidden. In the piece, Sciarrino employs Venetian boat song, snippets of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, artful techniques of seduction, as well as his own iconic sonic universe. The work will be presented with Sciarrino’s gorgeous surreal lullaby Perduto in una città d’acque, and Isabel Mundry’s imaginative and masterful re-workings of works by the Renaissance composer Guillame Dufay.

This Week in New York 

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Soprano Nina Berman and pianist Steve Beck perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Acht Lieder, Milton Babbitt’s Du, and Dvorak’s Pisne Milostne, as well as give two premieres: Theodore Wiprud’s For Allegra and Galen H. Brown’s Darkness.
Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the New York premiere of Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Voices for chorus and orchestra with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Community Voices of Philadelphia.
Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $22-$140
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

On Tuesday April 10th, the 20th MATA Festival mainstage kicks off with Out of Bounds, featuring the East Coast debut of Mexico’s only independent new music ensemble, Liminar. Beginning with Sergey Khismatov’s D-musik for soprano broadcast from within a shower in the offices of the Kitchen, the evening edges toward the stage by way of Carlos Iturralde’s Fata Morgana, for offstage and onstage ensembles, and Juro Kim Feliz’s Pangkur for two spatially separated groups culminating in the world premiere of Joseph Bates’s a noise so loud, alongside newly commissioned works from Daniel Silliman and Annie Gosfield.
Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

On Wednesday April 11th Liminar returns to join forces with the Friends of MATA (FOM) ensemble and vocalists Carmina Escobar, Jeffrey Gavett and Steven Hrycelak in a clamorous celebration of sound. The program will include works by Kristin Boussard, Sky Macklay, Valentin Pelisch, Alessandro Perini, and Michael Winter, and the premiere performance of a newly commissioned work from David T. Little.
Wednesday, April 11 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

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This special concert featuring John Zorn and three bands from the extended Masada family (Secret Chiefsb 3, Banquet of the Spirits, Zion80) will be an unforgettable evening of new Jewish music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences, and styles.
Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 AM
Tickets $25-$85
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, 196 Allen Street, New York, NY

MATA delves into a world of dreams and nightmares, probing the depths of self and other in an evening of newly commissioned work from composer-performers Erin Rogers and a performance by Ken Ueno together with Du Yun. Also featured are works from Egyptian new music Bahaa el-Ansary (Nightmare), Aaron Graham’s scena “Old Voltage” for six-hand piano, Jenny Hettne’s While She Was Dreaming performed by Pauline Kim Harris, and Steven Blake Whiteley’s psychodrama for performer featuring Charlotte Mundy. Finally, Chris Perren repeats a suspended moment of dramatic recognition with his Samurai Loops, scored for two pianos and video projection.
Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

The Look + Listen Festival opening concert features performances by composer Susie Ibarra alongside pianist Alex Peh and Claire Chase. They will perform the NYC premiere of the 2018 L+L commission Talking Gong. The program will also feature Claire Chase performing Du Yun’s Empty Garlic for bass flute and electronics. Kaoru Watanabe will perform selections from his album Néo alongside Fumi Tanakadate and Alicia Hall Moran.
Friday, April 13 at 8:00 PM
BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

Missy MazzoliMissy Mazzoli– Photo by Stephen Taylor.
The evening will celebrate the festival’s most meaningful pieces, selected by some of those who have shaped MATA’s 20-year history, including Du Yun (artistic director, 2015-2018), Yotam Haber (artistic director, 2011-2015), Missy Mazzoli (executive director, 2007-2010), David T. Little (executive director, 2010-2012), and Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky (founders and directors, 1998-2005). The evening will center around a reconstruction of composer Randy Hostetler’s P(l)aces. Also on the program, composer Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga’s Jintili will be performed. The program will also feature encores of composer Kate Moore’s Sensitive Spot and Eric Wubbels’s Viola Quartet (IJVER).
Friday, April 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th 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. Works for piano, electronics, other instruments, voices and objects. Solo and with great guest musicians. This concert features Luc Ferrari, Jasna Veličković, John Lely, Ana Gnjatović, Coleman Zurkowski.
Friday, April 13 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

Contemporaneous brings the 20th MATA Festival’s mainstage series to a close with a celebration of the future directions of new music, from Lasse D. Hansen’s Face the Music, Andreas Eduardo Frank’s Samouraï Progressif, David Kirkland Garner’s DwnByThRckyMntns, to William Dougherty’s a stillness of zero sensation. The evening also features the world premiere of a new arrangement of Jennifer Higdon’s DASH, as well as a newly-commissioned work by Jenna Lyle, whose choreography combines performers gestures and interactions with sound-emitting fans.
Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

NY-based composer-performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy will celebrate the release of its debut album, Dissections, on April 15 at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall as part of the LPR: Presents series, with Lisel (the recording project of Eliza Bagg) opening. Dissections will be released March 30 through New Amsterdam Records, and features five new works by the group’s members.
Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, 196 Allen Street, New York, NY

Just Outside Reviews

Source: Just Outside.

Paul Khimasia Morgan – Peoplegrowold (Confront Collectors Series)

Laura Steenberge – Harmonica Fables (Nueni)

Mazen Kerbaj/Andrew Lafkas/Mike Bullock – Funkhaus (Fine Noise & Light)

Sons of God – Table Talk (Fine Noise & Light)

Vanessa Rossetto – Fashion Tape (No Rent Records)

Patrick Shiroishi – Ima (Confront Recordings)

Patrick Shiroishi – Tulean Dispatch (Mondoj)

Eva-Maria Houben/Rebecca Lane/Samuel Dunscombe – observing objects (Edition Wandelweiser)

Eva-Maria Houben – voice with piano (Edition Wandelweiser)

Eva-Maria Houben – voice with harp (Edition Wandelweiser)

Eva-Maria Houben – breath for organ (Second Editions)

Another Timbre New Releases

Taku Sugimoto

Source: Another Timbre.

Taku Sugimoto – ‘h’

An extended composition for two guitars, exquisitely played by Taku Sugimoto & Cristián Alvear, captured in concert at Ftarri in Tokyo in November 2017.

Early to Late
Jürg Frey ‘Late Silence’
Magnus Granberg ‘How Vain Are All Our Frail Delights’

Ensemble Grizzana play new works commissioned by Another Timbre, and premiered at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2017.

Bruno Duplant
‘Chamber and Field Works 2015-2017’

Disc One: Three ensemble works played with great delicacy by the Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble

Disc Two: Taku Sugimoto plays ‘lEttEr to tAku’, a piece for solo guitar, recorded in a park in Tokyo with an extraordinary variety of environmental sounds

Clara de Asís – ‘Do Nothing’

Six solo works for guitar and percussion performed and played by Clara de Asís.