King Crimson World Tour in 2019 – First Dates Announced

Source: DGM Live.

As part of a series of events and releases for their 50th anniversary, King Crimson’s 2019 tour will include special concerts across three continents, including both festivals and headline shows.

The band’s packed three-hour shows regularly include material from twelve of their thirteen studio albums, including many of the songs from their seminal 1969 album “In The Court of the Crimson King”, described by Pete Townshend, as an “uncanny masterpiece”. The new 8-piece line-up plays many historic pieces which Crimson have never played live, as well as new arrangements of Crimson classics – “the music is new whenever it was written”. There are also new instrumentals and songs, as well as the compositions by the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are a regular highlight. A unique show, where eight of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or adornment.

King Crimson will be playing three shows at the Albert Hall in London in June 2019!

18 June –
19 June –
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AMN Reviews: Scott L. Miller – Raba [New Focus Recordings FCR198]

The electronic and electroacoustic music on Raba represents an updating, in its own way, of ambient music by way of contemporary art music. As composer Scott L. Miller explains, the CD began as a retrospective of his work but evolved into a reworking of some old pieces along with the creation of new work.

The title track, composed in 2015 and revised in 2017, exemplifies the paradox of tension within drift that characterizes Miller’s reimagining of ambient composition. The piece is orchestrated for a small electroacoustic ensemble of winds, strings, piano, percussion, and electronic sound. The latter is responsible for the ambience, providing as it does a textural backdrop recalling at times the electronic hum of a distant engine. Over this foundation, the acoustic instruments intervene with complementary washes of sound. The work is low-key but psychologically taut; it creates an atmosphere permeated by unresolved anticipation. The title of The Frost Performs Its Secret Ministry (2016) hints at an esoteric action hidden in an everyday meteorological event; this trio for flute (Laura Cocks), guitar (Daniel Lippel) and electronic sound keeps that action veiled in mostly abstract, unpitched sounds: the flute comes in on a gust of air notes, for example. Lippel’s agitated strumming keeps the piece from wafting into languor and instead adds an urgent, emotional edge. Lippel is the pivot for Meditation (2016) for guitar and interactive electronic sound. The piece is undergirded by a feedback-like hum on which the guitar’s coloristic fragments float; from this basic division of sonic parts Miller builds a subtle drama out of oppositions of timbre: the sharp attack, short sustain and relatively muted tones of the nylon-string guitar provide a compelling contrast to the electronics’ sustained sounds.

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Multiple Artists
Thumbscrew: Ours & Theirs

Sean Conly
Hard Knocks (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Benoît Delbecq – Jorrit Dijkstra – John Hollenbeck
Linger (Driff Records)

Eric Dolphy
Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions (Resonance Records)

Andrew Cyrille
Lebroba (ECM Records)

Charles Mingus
Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden (BBE Records)

Jasna Jovicevic Sextet
Flow Vertical (FMR Records)

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

This Week in New York


Jon Irabagon, Nate Wooley, Matt Moran, and MIVOS Quartet Bojan Vuletic’s beautiful in the subversion of beauty inspired by and dedicated to Cy Twombly.
Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Metropolis Ensemble, 1 Rivington Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

NOW Ensemble performs music by composer and founding member of NOW Ensemble Judd Greenstein, including the New York premiere of Greenstein’s The Jewish Pope featuring special guest clarinetist David Krakauer. The program will also include earlier pieces from Greenstein’s body of work for NOW Ensemble, as well as music written especially for NOW members Michael Mizrahi (piano) and Alex Sopp (flute).
Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Wolfgang Mitterer’s collaboration with Ensemble Signal opens with a chamber program featuring Mitterer’s IM STURM, 11 Songs for Baritone, Electronics & Prepared Piano, after Franz Schubert. The performance is followed by an on-stage discussion with the composer.
Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

Among the first Japanese artists inspired by the industrial music of Whitehouse and SPK, Grim was founded as a one-man power electronics project in 1985, following the dissolution of duo White Hospital. This Blank Form concert showcases Grim.
Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 members
Blank Forms, 55 Walker Street, New York, NY

Composers Concordance presents Estonian Connections, featuring flutists Maarika Järvi and Monika Mattiesen, pianist Mark Kostabi, and the CompCord String Orchestra, conducted by Arkady Leytush. Works by contemporary Estonian composers will be heard alongside premieres from American composers inspired by the event’s theme. CompCord Co-Director Gene Pritsker will join with Relevant Tones Host Seth Boustead for a live stream talk show during the concert. They will discuss the music being presented, and also interview some of the performers and composers. The live stream will be accessible from Composers Concordance’s and Relevant Tones’ Facebook pages.
Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 early bird
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Talea Ensemble returns to Americas Society with two substantial works for chamber ensemble: a new electroacoustic work by Canadian composer David Adamcyk and a work for voice and chamber ensemble by Kate Soper entitled Voices from the killing jar with soloist Lucy Dhegrae.
Friday, November 30 at 7:00 PM
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Fair Trade Trio will join Wet Electric to perform a program of new music by female composers.
Friday, November 30 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10-$15
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Ensemble Signal and Wolfgang Mitterer perform Mitterer’s mobile beats for ensemble and electronics, followed by a solo organ and electronics set, featuring St. Peter’s Church’s acclaimed organ.
Friday, November 30 at 8:00 PM
St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

FRaGMeNTS is a program of new music that explores the coexistence of strength and fragility by examining our relationship with the Earth. The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) will premiere Will Mason’s Larsen C, a work inspired by the ice shelf that lost a huge fragment in July 2017, a newly commissioned work by Emily Praetorius, and works by Missy Mazzoli and Leaha Villareal. Fragments will also feature wearable sculptures by artist Chanel Matsunami Govreau.
Friday, November 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Wet Ink Ensemble teams up with Being & Becoming to perform works by Sam Pluta, Bryan Jacobs, Louise D.E. Jensen, Alex Mincek, and Peter Evans.
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10, students free
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Bang on a Can All-Stars, along with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and conductor Julian Wachner, will perform Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields—a work inspired by miners living in the Pennsylvania coal region. A pre-concert talk begins at 8:00 p.m. with Julia Wolfe and scenographer Jeff Sugg in conversation with John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck.
Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $54-$65
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

William Hooker Interview

Source: The Trove.

Seventeen years to the day that William Hooker carried a traumatized woman from the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center collapse about a mile northeast to TriBeCa, we sat in his exposed-brick and wood-paneled living room on Manhattan’s west side to continue a conversation we’d started in Washington, D.C. weeks earlier. Before the exemplary bandleader and free jazz drummer’s extemporaneous trio set at Twins Jazz with two of the dopest improvisers in the nation’s capital, bassist Luke Stewart and tenor saxophonist, Brian Settles, he waxed optimistically on touring his eponymous multimedia chronicle of The Great Migration, his soon-to-launch podcast and the next release in his prolific recording corpus. By the time we reconvened in New York City over tea, his characteristic ebullience was dimmed – only a notch – by a bout of bronchitis, the suitable opprobrium of the election cycle and the remembrance of September 11, 2001.

Robert Dick and Tiffany Chang in NY, December 9

Flutes and Drums – Primal Music from the Next Dimension

Zürcher Gallery
33 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Admission: $15, Info: (212) 777-0790

On Sunday, December 9th at 2:30 PM, flutist Robert Dick and drummer Tiffany Weitien Chang will perform a duo concert at Zürcher Gallery to celebrate the release of their improvised duo album, “Raise the River,” which was released in March on the French label Rogueart.

Flutist Robert Dick – is known worldwide as a musical revolutionary. Like Hendrix and Paganini, he has not only mastered his instrument, but redefined it. He’ll be playing a variety of flutes, including two kinds of bass flute and flute with his invention, the Glissando Headjoint®, also known as the “whammy bar for the flute.”

Drummer Tiffany Weitien Chang – is a powerful and fresh new voice on the New York and national scene. She has performed in six countries and at such New York venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Madison Square Garden, The Apollo Theater, Jazz Gallery, Cornelia St. Café, Rockwood Music Hall and 55 Bar.