This Week at National Sawdust

Source: NY’s National Sawdust.

NATIONALSAWDUST+ AND ARRAY PRESENT: A SPECIAL SCREENING OF “VAYA” WITH AVA DUVERNAY + AKIN OMOTOSO
Oct 29 – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm EDT

TULIPA RUIZ
Oct 30 – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm EDT

JOHN ZORN’S STONE COMMISSIONING SERIES PRESENTS: ZEENA PARKINS WITH JEFF KOLAR
Oct 31 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

SOLD OUT – JOEP BEVING
Nov 2 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY YOUTH WORKSHOPS WITH SONIC ARTS FOR ALL
Nov 3 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT

SOLD OUT – JOEP BEVING
Nov 3 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

AMN Reviews: Ogni Suono – Saxo Voce [New Focus Recordings fcr213]; Vinny Golia & Gianni Mimmo – Explicit [Amirani Records AMRN057/Nine Winds NWCD0346]

The pairing of the same or two closely related instruments, when done well, can make the claim of being something like the anti-homeopathy of music. Rather than using like to negate like, as is claimed by homeopathic medicine, the successful duet uses like to enhance like. Each amplifies the effect of each while helping focus the ear on subtle gradations of timbre and, by extension, expressive force.

Ogni Suono, the Cleveland, Ohio saxophone duet of Noa Even and Phil Pierick, opened the 2018 Sonic Circuits DC Festival this past September. Their set was a remarkable, precisely played précis of their album Saxo Voce, a collection of new work they commissioned from several contemporary composers. As its title suggests, Saxo Voce is an album of music for saxophones and voices matched and sorted in a variety of ways. On a piece like Christopher Dietz’s My Manifesto and Me (2016), which alternates recitative and instrumental passages, voice and saxophone occupy distinct spheres that dramatize each other by way of contrast. On Chris Fisher-Lochhead’s Chroma (2017) for two soprano saxophones and voice, the instrumental parts—long lines moving past each other in slow glissandi—lie over a substrate of wordless voices hardly distinguishable from the sounds of the instruments. The serene pace of the work belies its on-edge dissonances, afforded by overtones, multiphonics and microtonal collisions. Ogni Suono’s facility with extended techniques is further demonstrated in Vocalise II (2016) by Felipe Lara, which rushes in with the hissing of air notes and is sustained on the drone of a tenor saxophone accompanied by a parallel, hummed line.

In contrast to the composed and meticulously rehearsed pieces on Saxo Voce, Explicit, a recording made in Piacenza, Italy in October 2014, is a foray into free improvisation by American multi-woodwind artist Vinny Golia and Italian soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo. Even so, the sympathy and judiciousness of the interplay make it sound as if it were composed. Golia and Mimmo’s close musical synchronicity is apparent from the very first notes of the opening track and develops further from there. The intricate yet spontaneous coordination of phrasing and dynamics is uncanny, as is Golia and Mimmo’s ability to layer harmonies and even set up cadences on the fly. The longer improvisations are notable for having differentiated but linked sections defined by characteristic tempos, dynamics, thematic material and density of texture: the sound of two voices alone but lacking for nothing.

http://www.newfocusrecordings.com/

http://www.amiranirecords.com/

http://www.ninewinds.com

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Nikita Rafaelov
Spirit of Gaia (Gotta Let It Out)

Dialeto
Dialeto Live with David Cross (MoonJune Records)

Matthew Shipp
Sonic Fiction (ESP Disk)

Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz
Random Dances And (A)Tonalities (Intakt Records)

Harvey Sorgen / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell
Dreamstruck (Not Two Records)

Evil Genius
Experiments on Human Subjects (Orenda Records)

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

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Wadada Leo Smith Composer/Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith (courtesy of wadadaleosmith.com)
The concert includes the world premiere of Red Autumn Gold by Wadada Leo Smith, followed by Annea Lockwood’s 1998 piece Immersion performed by Dominic Donato and Frank Cassara, and the U.S. premiere of Catherine Lamb’s Prisma Interius VIII performed by Wet Ink Ensemble.
Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 PM
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY

SETH & GENE’S LIVE SCORE HORROR SHOW
Composer/performers Seth Boustead and Gene Pritsker present a chilling, thrilling double bill of live musical scores to short silent horror and horror spoof films.
Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00 PM
The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street, New York, NY

ELLIOTT SHARP: IRRATIONAL MUSIC
The evening features a solo set by Sharp on 8-string guitarbass, playing selections from his album Octal, in addition to the realization of his graphic score Mare Undarum. The second half of the program brings SysOrk, Sharp’s ensemble dedicated to performing algorithmic scores and graphic notations together with the members of VENI ACADEMY to perform three of the pieces.
Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

PHENOMENAL WOMEN | AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA
The performance will feature the world premiere of Valerie Coleman’s Phenomenal Women performed by the Imani Winds with ACO; as well as the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Three Principles of Noir with singer Meaghan Burke, director Amber Treadway, and costumes by Storm Garner. Joan Tower’s Chamber Dance from 2006 completes the program.
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 PM
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

SITUATION 2 | WAVEFIELD ENSEMBLE
New York’s newest new music collective, Wavefield, begins its existence through a residency at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, culminating with its debut performance on Saturday November 3 at 7pm.
Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 PM
Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

SANDBOX PERCUSSION AND ELIZA BAGG | KETTLE CORN NEW MUSIC
Kettle Corn New Music presents Sandbox Percussion with singer Eliza Bagg, in a program of György Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel and the premiere of with gentle fingers by Alex Weiser. Also featured is Andy Akiho’s Pillar IV, a movement from a forthcoming large-scale work commissioned by Sandbox Percussion, as well as the world premiere of a new movement from that work. Lukas Ligeti’s Pattern Transformations and Viet Cuong’s Water, wine, brandy, brine round out the program.
Saturday, November 3 at 2:30 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

The Roulette in November

Source: New York’s Roulette.

ELLIOTT SHARP: IRRATIONAL MUSIC
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Composer Elliott Sharp celebrates the NYC-return of Slovakia’s VENI ACADEMY and the release of their album, Dispersion.

DARIUS JONES: FOR THE PEOPLE
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
For The People is a collection of compositions by Darius Jones, that express the many reasons why American citizens should vote in this year’s […]

VX BLISS: AUDIOVISUAL ARRANGEMENTS BY GINNY BENSON
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
VX Bliss combines analog video and electronic sound into an immersive transmedia collage.

100 FOR 100 MUSICAL DECADES OF FREEDOM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Steven Schick leads ICE in five contemporary chamber and ensemble works by living composers from Poland.

INTERPRETATIONS: BUN CHING LAM // TANA QUARTET
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Chinese/American composer Bun Ching Lam presents music for string quartet: L’air du Temps (1991); and Conversation with My […]

RECKONING: MUSIC AND MOTION
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Composer Ross Feller and choreographer Kora Radella hit the stage with StringNoise, Adam Tendler and an array of talented performers.

WEBBER/ MORRIS BIG BAND: REVERSES
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
Anna Webber and Angela Morris and the Webber/Morris Big Band present ‘Reverses’: adventurous music for 18-piece big band