AMN Reviews: Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad: Rooms & Rituals [Grappa GRCD4584]

Rooms & Rituals is a recording of often strange but always beautiful music for electronically modified female voices. The latter belong to the Trondheim Voices, a group of vocalists whose performances integrate wireless sound-sculpting devices developed for them by Asle and Arnvid Lau Karstad. On these twelve tracks the combination of voices and electronics makes for haunting, ethereal sounds that explore the voice in its different manifestations—sung, spoken, yelled, whispered—with and without words. These voices stand alone, are massed into floating chords, call back and forth, and loop themselves into ostinati. And even though some of the pieces seem to balance on the edge of a pure electronic music, there is never a loss of the natural intimacy that’s never more effectively communicated than through the human voice.

Daniel Barbiero

Upcoming Events From St. Louis’s New Music Circle

Source: New Music Circle.

Okkyung Lee, Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Bill Orcutt – TWO NIGHTS
Friday, September 21, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Joe’s Cafe
McPhee / Corsano Duo
Lee / Orcutt Duo

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Off Broadway
McPhee / Lee Duo
Corsano / Orcutt Duo

Anthony Braxton / Jacqueline Kerrod
Monday, October 8, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Xavier Hall, St. Louis University
+ after-concert special talk by Anthony Braxton

Ellen Fullman
Friday, November 9, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
560 Music Center

Lonnie Hollie
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Off Broadway

Sarah Davachi / Lea Bertucci (Solo Sets)
January 12th or 19th, 2019 – TBA

Jamie Branch, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ståle Liavik Solberg
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.

Nicole Mitchell’s Liberation Narratives (featuring poet Haki Madhubuti)
Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Xavier Hall, St. Louis University
Marcus Evans, drums
Joshua Abrams, bass
Miguel de la Cerna, piano
Haki R. Madhubuti, poetry, spoken word
Nicole Mitchell, flute

Andrew Lampert: Curated Experimental Films
April 12th or 13th, 2019
Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University

This Week in New York 


Composers Courtney Bryan, Ashley Fure, George Lewis, and Michael Pisaro, whose works will be performed during the Mostly Mozart Festival, join members of the International Contemporary Ensemble for a free discussion on their works, the creative process, and the future of classical music.
Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 PM
Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York, NY

John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music is the centerpiece of this celebration of the piano and technology from International Contemporary Ensemble. Dating from 1982, Adams’s work for two pianos, voices, and chamber ensemble uses live performers to recreate tape-delayed loops. In the first half of the program, Courtney Bryan’s Songs of Laughing, Smiling, and Crying creates conversation between the piano and recordings plucked from YouTube. And in a newly revised version of George Lewis’s chamber piece Voyager, AI technology allows the piano to take up the conversation on its own, a sentient automaton among human wind players.
Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $30
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY

Gapplegate Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Cello Concerto, Transcriptions for Cello and Piano, Houston Symphony, Brinton Averil Smith, Kazuki Yamada

Duo Noire, Night Triptych, Thomas Flippin, Christopher Mallett

Christian Wolff, Two Orchestra Pieces

Henze, Violin and Viola Works, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Roderick Chadwick

Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Piano Sonatas opp. 8, 49bis & 56 (Nos. 2, 4 and No Number) , Elisaveta Blumina

The Stone in July

Source: NY’s Stone.

8/1 Wednesday (SZ)
8:30 pm
Michaël Attias (alto sax) John Hébert (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (drums)

8/2 Thursday (RB)
8:30 pm
Michaël Attias (alto sax) Aruán Ortiz (piano) John Hébert (bass) Nasheet Waits (drums)

8/3 Friday (NB)
8:30 pm
Michaël Attias (alto sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Jacob Sacks (piano) Sean Conly (bass) Mark Ferber (drums)

8/4 Saturday (HM)
8:30 pm
Michaël Attias (sax) Tony Malaby (sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Ben Gerstein (trombone, etc) Kris Davis (piano) Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) John Hébert (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) Eric McPherson (drums)

8/7 Tuesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Nicole Mitchell and Cory Smythe
Cory Smythe (piano) Nicole Mitchell (flutes)
Compositions for flute and piano by Nicole Mitchell

8/8 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Val-Inc (electronics/perc) Imani Uzuri (vocals) Nicole Mitchell (flute/electronics)

8/9 Thursday (NB)
8:30 pm
Maria Grand (sax) Emma Dayhuff (bass) Shirazette Tinnin (drums) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

8/10 Friday (HM)
8:30 pm
Nicole Mitchell and Robert Dick
Nicole Mitchell (flute) Robert Dick (flute)

8/11 Saturday
8:30 pm
Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler
Fay Victor (vocals) Darius Jones (tenor sax) Ken Filiano (bass) Angelica Sanchez (piano) Marika Hughes (cello) Pheeroan Aklaff (drums) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

8/14 Tuesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Duo with Mary Halvorson
Julian Lage (guitar) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

8/15 Wednesday (ICS)
8:30 pm
Rude Ruth w/ Margaret Glaspy
Julian Lage (guitar) Margaret Glaspy (voice)

8/16 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
Trio with Jorge Roeder and Dave King
Julian Lage (guitar) Jorge Roeder (bass) Dave King (drums)

8/17 Friday (AV)
8:30 pm
QUARTET with Jorge Roeder, Dave King, and John Zorn
Julian Lage (guitar) Jorge Roeder (bass) Dave King (drums) John Zorn (sax)
Improvisations and a few Masada tunes!

8/18 Saturday (RK)
8:30 pm
Trio with Kris Davis and Dave King
Julian Lage (guitar) Kris Davis (piano) Dave King (drums)

8/21 Tuesday (SK)
8:30 pm
Duet with Gerald Cleaver
Bill Frisell (guitar) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

8/22 Wednesday (ICS)
8:30 pm
Duet with Kenny Wollesen
Bill Frisell (guitar) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

8/23 Thursday (FM)
8:30 pm
Duet with Andrew Cyrille
Bill Frisell (guitar) Andrew Cyrille (drums)

8/24 Friday (DT)
8:30 pm
Duet with Johnathan Blake
Bill Frisell (guitar) Johnathan Blake (drums)

8/25 Saturday (RK)
Duet with Mark Guiliana
Bill Frisell (guitar) Mark Guiliana (drums)

8/28 Tuesday (AV)
8:30 pm
Chris Cochrane, Kato Hideki and G Calvin Weston
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Kato Hideki (bass) G Calvin Weston (drums)

In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through 2018.
7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check

8/29 Wednesday
8:30 pm
Billy Martin and G Calvin Weston
Billy Martin (drums, percussion) G Calvin Weston (drums, electronics)

The Stone is proud to present music at Russ and Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard Street the last Thursday of every month! Drop by for smoked fish, pickles and great music!

8/30 Thursday (RK)
8:30 pm
G Calvin Weston, Simon Hanes and Jamie Saft
G Calvin Weston (drums) Simon Hanes (bass) Jamie Saft (keyboards)

8/31 Friday
8:30 pm
John Medeski and G Calvin Weston
John Medeski (keysboards, organ) G Calvin Weston (drums)