RIP Takehisa Kosugi

Source: Pitchfork.

Japanese avant-garde composer and violinst Takehisa Kosugi has died, according to the Merce Cunningham Trust. He was 80 years old. Associated with the Fluxus movement, Takehisa Kosugi was best known for the experimental music he made in the ’60s and ’70s. He began his career as part of the seminal Tokyo-based Group Ongaku, which was one of the first ensembles in Japan to explore collective group improvisation and multi-media performances. He later made a name for himself as a solo artist and member of Taj Mahal Travelers.

John Zorn Career Profile

Source: Art & Music Magazine.

David Sheppard celebrates the film music of American composer John Zorn, a musician who, he suggests, is something of a victim of his own creative eclecticism and unremitting artistic curiosity, his true genius “obscured by the cloud of his own scorching but unclassifiable prodigiousness”.

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Cuong Vu 4Tet
Change In The Air (RareNoiseRecords)

Soft Machine
Hidden Details (MoonJune Records)

Brandon Seabrook
Convulsionaries (Astral Spirits)

King Crimson
Meltdown (Live in Mexico City) (Panegyric Recordings)

Rudy Royston
Flatbed Buggy (Greenleaf Records)

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

OCEAN BREAKUP | MOMENTA FESTIVAL
Ocean Breakup explores the literary connection between tales of heartbreak and tales of the sea. Soprano Ariadne Greif joins Momenta and friends in the world premiere of Stephanie Griffin’s chamber arrangement of the “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde, with additional works by Alba Potes, Carl Bettendorf, Guy Barash, and Stephanie Griffin.
Monday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
Free
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

YMUSIC
yMusic gives the NY premiere of Bryce Dessner’s People Variations and Nico Muhly’s Clip. Also on the program is music by Gabriel Kahane, Gabriella Smith, and Andrew Norman.
Monday, October 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street #501, New York, NY

WILL LANG’S TUESDAY NIGHT MEGA POWER CONCERTS
At 7 PM is a solo violin recital by Shannon Steigerwald featuring the premiere of Anna Heflin’s The Garden of Live Flowers. At 9 PM, vocalists Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anais Marviel, and Megan Schubert take the stage.
Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
$10 for 7 PM and $15 for 9 PM
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

POINTS OF DEPARTURE | MOMENTA FESTIVAL
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In addition to three solo violin works by Nicola Matteis, Jean Martinon, and Kaija Saariaho, Points of Departure features Roberto Sierra’s String Quartet No. 2, Song of the Varied Thrush by Winnipegian Ann Southam, and Aaron Copland’s Sextet.
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 PM
Free
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

PIANO+ #10 – PIANO+VISUALS
New works by Evelyn Emile (piano+video), Jesse Greenberg (piano+movable score), Sarah Friedland+Teodora Stepancic (piano+electronics+video), and Anton Lukoszevieze’s piece Mapping Amnon for video, soundtrack, and piano.
Wednesday, October 17 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

THE POWER OF FOUR | MOMENTA FESTIVAL
The program opens with Four to One (2011), a work written for Momenta Quartet by composer Eric Nathan. The program also includes Fourth String Quartet (1928) and Enescu’s Octet for Strings, Op. 7, featuring Argus Quartet.
Friday, October 19 at 7:00 PM
Free
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

OUTSKIRTS PIANO SERIES I: TENDLER, ZUCKER, MORRIS, WALLACE
Outskirts Piano Series is an offshoot of Outskirts Music Series, and is curated by Eli Wallace. The series focuses on pianists working in different mediums: performances of well known 20th Century composers, new music compositions, sound installations, and improvisation all centered around the piano.
Sunday, October 21 at 7:00 PM
Outskirts Music Series, 254 Schenck Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Boat Burning & Aaron Leitko in DC, October 19

Source: Luce Unplugged Community Showcase.

FRI 10/19: Luce Unplugged Community Showcase presents BOAT BURNING and AARON LEITKO live at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s LUCE Center

Luce Unplugged’s October showcase will feature the ambient, synthesized tunes of AARON LEITKO and the maximal minimalism of BOAT BURNING’s experimental rock.

Free beer tastings (ages 21+) provided by 3 Stars Brewing Company. Additional beverages and small snacks available for purchase.

6:00 pm Aaron Leitko
7:00 pm Boat Burning

The LUCE Center is on third floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC

This show is free | all ages.

Over the years BOAT BURNING has established itself as one of DC’s most exciting ensembles. Led by Andras Fekete, the “maximalist-minimalist” ensemble pushes the boundaries of live performance with its mass guitar orchestra concerts—last year’s performance at the 9:30 Club featured nearly 100 (!) guitarists. With its simplistic, mesmerizing composition, Boat Burning warps sound, playing a single musical phrase with so many different players and tones until it takes on a life of its own.

AARON LEITKO has been a fixture of the DC music scene for years. As one-half of the deep house duo Protect-U, Leitko and bandmate Mike Petillo have been at the forefront of the District’s deeply cool and innovative electronic music scene. But as a solo performer, Leitko takes a deep exploration into unknown sonic territories via modular synthesizers.