AMN Reviews: Douglas Boyce – Some Consequences of Four Incapacities [New Focus FCR205]

The music of composer Douglas Boyce reflects an eclectic set of influences and interests. He has turned pre-Baroque music for inspiration as well as raw material; at the same time, he is conversant with contemporary compositional language rooted in Modernism. On Some Consequences of Four Incapacities, Boyce presents recent work in a contemporary vein. The string trio 102nd and Amsterdam is a sonic portrait of an intersection in upper Manhattan: the energy of an urban crossroad translated into vertiginous glissandi, frantically pulsating rhythms and the often dissonant coincidence of independently moving voices. The rhythmic cohesion and propulsion of the string trio find a counterpart in Piano Quartet No. 1 for violin, viola, cello, and piano. The piece’s asymmetrical but regular rhythms and heavy chords wittily acknowledge—and reveal the congruence between—two of Boyce’s early influences: Bartok and King Crimson. The CD closes with the well-crafted, thirty-five minute-long Fortuitous Variations, a four-part composition for piano, violin, and cello.

Daniel Barbiero

Upcoming Washington DC Creative Music Shows

From Impending Bloom:

On Wednesday, August 8th @7:30PM, cellist Bonnie Thron, and pianist Carl Benner, perform sonatas by Fauré, Beethoven & Brahms. @Banner Arts, 7502 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park MD.

On Saturday, August 11th @8PM, saxophonist Sam Newsome, trumpeter Jamie Branch, and Heart of a Ghost featuring saxophonist Jarrett, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Ian McColm. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Monday, August 20th @8PM, guitarist Daniel Bachman. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Sunday, September 23rd, Transparent Productions presents “Karuna”, w/drummer & percussionist Adam Rudolph, drummer & percussionist Hamid Drake, and reedist Ralph Jones. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

Gapplegate Reviews 

Source: Gapplegate.

Michael Hersch, End Stages Violin Concerto, Patricia Kopatchinskaya

John Harbison, Symphony No. 4, Carl Ruggles, Sun Treader, Steven Stucky, Second Concerto for Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, David Alan Miller

John Cage, The Works for Piano 10, Thomas Schultz

Graciela Paraskevaidis, Libres en el Sonida, Ensemble Adventure

This Week in New York


How do we bear witness to a thing our bodies seem built to ignore? In Ashley Fure’s immersive music-theater piece, created with her architect brother Adam Fure and the International Contemporary Ensemble, 24 subwoofer speakers emit sound too low for humans to hear, creating a subsonic sense of ecological anxiety that ripples around the audience. Drama is steered away from the human, time is stretched to a geologic scale, and seven live performers act as wordless harbingers of a consciousness not limited to the living.
Monday, August 6 to Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Tickets $30
Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY

Echoing the environmental themes and communal experience of John Luther Adams’s In the Name of the Earth, Michael Pisaro’s 75-minute piece embeds audience members in a grid of 100 performers, where they are slowly submerged in an ocean of sound. Isolated, imperceptibly soft noises—sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—are layered into powerful waves of sound adding to the immersive nature of the experience. a wave and waves melds microscopic moments of friction, gravity, and vibration into a single, pulsing organism.
Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 PM
Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium, New York, NY

From 12 – 4 pm, Areté Venue and Gallery will be screening the video work of Angelica Bergamini, Lino Strangis, Alessandro Amaducci, Post Rebis, Isabel Pérez Del Pulgar, Eleonora Manca, and Manuel Diaz in a show curated by Maurizio Tozzi. This event is free of charge. At 7pm is an improv set featuring Markus Reuter (Berlin), Mark Wingfield (London), Tim Motzer (Philadelphia), and Doug Hirlinger (NYC/Philadelphia) in a guitar trio plus drums. The late set starting at 9pm is a quadruple bill: 2018 SUMMA SLAM featuring Ikue Mori solo, Peter Evans’ new ensemble “Being & Becoming”, vocalists/noise artists Andrea Pensado (on tour) / Charmaine Lee, and percussionist Chris Strunk (on tour).
Saturday, August 11 at 12:00 PM
Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Bang on a Can presents the violin duo String Noise as part of their Artists at Nogushi music series. String Noise will perform music written for them by David Lang, Pauline Kim Harris, Jessie Cox, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Eric Lyon’s The Book of Strange Positions.
Sunday, August 12 at 3:00 PM
Included with museum admission
Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Queens, NY