Two New Thumbscrew Recordings Coming From Cuneiform Records

Source: Cuneiform Records. Cuneiform is not dead yet…great news as it “returns” with a pair of albums from Thumbscrew.

Thumbscrew: Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson – Ours and Theirs

Michael Formanek – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
Mary Halvorson – guitar

Thumbscrew demonstrates their unique collective musical vision in contrasting but complementary ways on two exciting new CDs. Ours and Theirs are the first to be released on a newly revamped Cuneiform Records, just returning from a hiatus. Comprised of longtime collaborators Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson, Thumbscrew is a true collaborative effort with all three members contributing at an equal rate both in terms of composition and improvisation.

Newsbits: Talea Ensemble / Brotzmann & Leigh / Susan Alcorn / John Zorn / Irène Schweizer / Bassoon Weaponry

A recent Talea Ensemble performance is reviewed.

A Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh performance in Sydney is also reviewed.

Elysium Furnace Works is proud to present the acclaimed experimental pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, who will perform in a solo concert at the Howland Cultural Center on Saturday, June 2 at 8 PM. Opening for Ms. Alcorn will be the Beacon-based musician Mark Trecka.

John Zorn’s new album, Insurrection, gets a review.

Irène Schweizer has been given the Swiss Grand Award for Music 2018.

And in news of the unusual, a man’s bassoon was mistaken for a gun. Luckily for everyone, they did not have to pry it from his cold, dead hands.

Seattle Scene: May 17-31, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Peter Nelson-King
Thu. May 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Pianist and modern music rabble rouser Peter Nelson-King presents an eclectic program of individualist piano music from the 1980’s by a cadre of composers working in a time of unprecedented pluralism and freedom in classical music: Robert Beaser, George Benjamin, Fulvio Caldini, David Chaitkin, Edmund Rubbra, Peter Sculthorpe, John Tavener, Augusta Read Thomas, Charles Wuorinen.

Sonic Lighthouse: The Sychronized Rotations of Sounds in Spaces
Sat. May 19, 8 PM; $10 advance, $5-$15 at door

A Sonic Lighthouse is a device invented by Jimmy Johnson that spins a highly focused beam of sound around a horizontal plane. This performance is tailored to the unique acoustics and geometry of the Chapel. It will feature live musicians, synthesized sound and field recordings played through several sonic lighthouses, a second type of rotating reflector, and traditional multi-speaker holographic sound.

FRI. 5/25 – Inverted Space Ensemble presents works for cimbalom by Györgi Kurtág and Georges Aperghis

TUE. 5/29 – Composer Daniel Webbon presents recent works for piano and voice, solo flute, string quartet, and mixed ensemble

THU. 5/31 – Christian Asplund (piano) and Melissa Heath (soprano) perform works by Asplund, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, and others

Miller Theatre Composer Portrait Series Announced

Source: Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Miller’s signature series since 1999
Each composer to attend their Portrait

KATE SOPER: Ipsa Dixit, the composer/singer’s tour-de-force “philosophy-opera,” blends Greek theater and screwball comedy (10/27)

DU YUN: ICE performs a range of adventurous chamber music
by the 2017 Pulitzer winner and social activist (11/15)

WANG LU: Yarn/Wire and ICE champion this composer’s lyrical and powerful works; includes a world premiere commission (2/21)

JOHN ZORN: Dream team of new music superstars perform recent chamber works (3/7)

TYSHAWN SOREY: JACK and ICE perform new works by the visionary
2017 MacArthur Fellow, who guests as drummer and conductor (3/28)

DAVID T. LITTLE: Third Coast Percussion and ACME perform
Little’s socially engaged music (4/18)