AMN Reviews: Gianni Lenoci / Earle Brown – Selected Works for Piano and/or Sound-Producing Media [Amirani AMRN 054]

Relative to his New York School associates John Cage and Morton Feldman, Earle Brown (1926-2002) tends to be overlooked both as a composer and as someone who helped reimagine the relationship between composition and performance. But his work with graphic and indeterminate scores, composed in the 1950s, helped define a concept of composition as an open-ended—he liked to use the word “mobile”—process consisting in the dynamic exchange of creative energy between composer and performer. Brown described these scores, exemplified by the FOLIO collection, as “ambiguous but implicitly inclusive” systems which, with the active participation of the performer, would stimulate an engagement with sound through its multiple parameters. Beyond their capacity to elicit a highly creative response from the performer, Brown’s graphic scores—the single-page December 1952 best known among them—are elegant, and elegantly spare, works of visual art in their own right.

The Pugliese pianist Gianni Lenoci has had an interest in Brown’s work for at least a decade, having obtained from the Earle Brown Foundation some scores for study. Like other performers before him, Lenoci, active in jazz and improvised music, was attracted to Brown’s work at least in part because of Brown’s own background as an improvising jazz trumpeter. Unlike a composer like Cage, who long denied the role of improvisation in the interpretation of his own indeterminate scores, Brown fully acknowledged that improvisation was the latent content implicit in his graphic and modular work. Lenoci’s Selected Works for Piano and/or Sound-Producing Media, the recording of which was supported by a grant from the Earle Brown Music Foundation, presents the pianist’s realizations of ten of Brown’s compositions.

Lenoci’s piano performances are exquisite—hearing them, one can imagine sound as the material crystallization of time. The pieces from FOLIO treat sound as consisting in a collection of quanta–a series of brief, discrete points in time defined by their sudden eruption, limited duration, and inevitable dissipation. Moving through the FOLIO sequence these events gradually become longer in phrasing or simply hang in the air, blending into one another—helped, in the case of December 1957 52, by an electronic delay or loop. In contrast to these piano performances, Lenoci’s interpretation of Four Systems is a thicker-textured thing–all electronic scuff and rush. The closing piece, Twenty-Five Pages, is a shimmering kaleidoscope of pianism that never loses momentum throughout its entire twenty-five minute length.

Daniel Barbiero

Baltimore Electronic Music 2018 Summerfest Concert Two 

Source: Baltimore SDIY Group.

This Electronic Music/Experimental Music/Electro-Acoustic Music event, herein known as the Baltimore Electronic Music 2018 Summerfest Concert Two, is being sponsored by the Baltimore SDIY Group & Friends. This will be a really nice musical endeavor, so we are really looking forward to this event. Please come out & join us for a really fantastic night of knob twisting, pitch bending, wiring mazes, sound shaping & visual explosions that will coincide with an absolutely awesome musical voyage into another galaxy of sound alterations.

Location: Electric Maid ( & 268 Carroll Street NW Washington, DC 20012 (202-545-3980), directly across from the Takoma Park Metro (subway) Station –

Event Dates & Times: July 21st 2018 (Saturday) 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Doors open anytime from 1/2-hour to 1 hour before the show starts.

Event’s Entrance Fee: $10.00 per person – this is an all ages show.

Current Lineup of Performing Artists as of 05/20/2018:

1. 7:30 – 8:00pm Stefan Prosky
2. 8:15 – 8:45pm Chaka Benson
3. 9:00 – 9:30pm Bev Stanton “Arthur Loves Plastic”
4. 9:45 – 10:15pm John Saint John “Winston Psmith Project”
5. 10:30 – 11:00pm “Hovercraft”

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Tomeka Reid, Kyoko Kitamura, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris
Geometry of Caves (Relative Pitch Records)

Kamasi Washington
Heaven & Earth (Young Turks)

Christian Windfeld/Julius Schwing
Rhubarb (Isthmus Music)

David Sylvian And Holger Czukay
Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutability (Gronland Records)

This Week in New York 


The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) 2018 will take place July 16 through 22, with multiple events each day, at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street in Manhattan NYCEMF 2018 will showcase electroacoustic music and video art from around the world, including curated concerts from Catalonia, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and from APNM. The Festival again has submissions from 6 continents, and they have submissions from Estonia and Croatia for the first time as well as South Africa, Great Britain and Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Poland, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, and the USA.
Monday, July 16 to Sunday, July 22 at various times
Tickets $20 per concert, $35 per day, $180 festival pass
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY

Brooklyn based composer, pianist, and vocalist Judith Berkson performs a dynamic set featuring her unique blend of cantorial music, Hebrew liturgy, and her indie-contemporary composed songs, in conjunction with Chaim Soutine: Flesh.
Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $16 students/seniors, $12 members
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Gapplegate Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

Elizabeth A. Baker, Quadrivium

Antti Samuli Hernesniemi, Bridge (Silta), Compositions 3, Music for Clavinova and Piano

Almeida Prado, Complete Cartas Celestes 4, Aleyson Scopel

Charles Wuorinen, Vol. 3, The Group for Contemporary Music

Victor Herbiet, The Road to the Ethereal Gate