Boat Burning at the Kennedy Center, December 11

Source: Hometown Sounds.

Hometown Sounds wraps up another successful full year of hosting monthly #DCmusic showcases with a performance by Boat Burning on Tuesday December 11th! Boat Burning, a DC-based experimental rock ensemble featuring original works for multiple electric guitars, will celebrate the holiday season with an evening of shimmering harmonics. The program will include favorites old and new, selections from the ensemble’s 2018 debut EP plus a few surprises especially for the holidays.


Boat Burning is a multi-guitar, experimental music collective from the US capital that combines classically-influenced, minimalist compositions with the maximal ferocity and power of punk rock.

Featuring a core of five composer/guitarists, Boat Burning explores “maximum minimalism,” an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation where elemental passages played by a multitude of instruments — sometimes 100 or more guitars — produce shimmering towers of densely-stacked harmonics. The result is majestic, evocative music that fuses the widescreen sweep of classical with the visceral thrill of punk.

Boat Burning’s approach is to radically embrace simplicity, community and chance, blending the power of each to build music of unexpected complexity and emotional resonance. By stripping musical passages and instrumentation way down and using special tunings, the subtle differences in each player’s technique, ability and gear are emphasized, creating striking sonic effects: phantom instruments, created by the massive additive and subtractive harmonics — piccolos, French horns, bassoons, even entire string sections — flicker into life, and then disappear…

Formed 2008 in Chapel Hill, N.C.’s roiling experimental music scene, founder Andras Fekete relocated Boat Burning to the U.S. capital in 2011 to take part in the District’s exploding musical renaissance. Since then, Boat Burning has attracted an astonishing array of collaborators from multiple cities.

The Kennedy Center performance will feature Boat Burning’s core ensemble: founder/guitarist Andras Fekete (Triangle Rhysing), guitarists Geordie Grindle (Teen Idles, TONE) and Norm Veenstra (TONE), and guitarist/keyboardists Robin Diamond (Triangle Rhysing, The Probes) and Jonathan Matis (DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC)), plus Mark Sherman on drums and percussion.

John Zorn Presents Music for Artist Hilma af Klint

Source: ARTnews.

“There are many alchemical tropes in the pieces you’ll be hearing tonight.” So said composer John Zorn last Friday in New York, in the midst of a two-evening presentation of music written in tribute to the mystic artist Hilma af Klint. The setting for his sounds was the same as the home right now for many of af Klint’s paintings: the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum, spiraled up in an ensorcelling shape similar to a temple envisioned by the Swedish artist as an optimal setting for her work. Not unlike the compositions that Zorn presented around Agnes Martin’s paintings at the Guggenheim in 2016, the program—performed on the museum’s ground floor before moving upward at the end—featured seven pieces for different arrangements of classical ensemble music and voice.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1159

Source: Vital Weekly.

ADAM HOPKINS CRICKETS – MUDBALL (CD by Out of Your Head Records)
JEFF MORRIS – INTERFACES (CD by Ravello Records)
MARIACHI (LP by Doubtful Sounds/No Lagos Musique)
OGROB – EXOCRIME/GENERATIONS (7″ lathe cut by Fissile)
TOM WHITE – RUN AMOK (CDR by Glistening Examples) *
SIMON WHETHAM – CAL Y CANTO (CDR by Glistening Examples) *
TAKUJI NAKA/TIM OLIVE – QUINCE (CDR by Kendra Steiner Editions) *
MARKUS MEHR – LIQUID EMPIRES (cassette by Hidden Shoal Recordings) *
AR.MA – WINTER (cassette by Plaza Zachodnia) *
TAKAHIRO MUKAI – THE PASSION OF VOJTEK (cassette by Plaza Zachodnia) *
PLEQ & PHILIPPE LAMY – SPACE (cassette by Plaza Zachodnia) *
FRIEDRICH JÜRGENSON – FROM THE STUDIO FOR AUDIOSCOPIC RESEARCH (USB by Parapsychic Acoustic Research Cooperative/Ash International/Spectral Electric) *

New World Records Releases

Source: New World Records.

Alvin Curran: Endangered Species
Composer(s): John Green, Edward Heyman, Doc Daugherty, A. J. Neiburg, Ellis Reynolds, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill, Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini, Renato Rascel, Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans, Herman Hupfeld, Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell, Anonymous, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake, Julius Brammer, Leonello Casucci, Traditional
Alvin Curran, Yamaha Disklavier

Kate Soper: Ipsa Dixit
Composer(s): Kate Soper
The Wet Ink Ensemble
Kate Soper, soprano; Erin Lesser, flute; Ian Antonio, percussion; Josh Modney, violin
Kate Soper’s (b. 1981) Ipsa Dixit (2010 – 16) is an evening-length work of chamber music theatre for voice, flute, violin, and percussion that explores music, language, and meaning through blistering ensemble virtuosity and extended vocal technique.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs – “Amaranth” (Shifting Paradigm Records, 2018)

Roland Dahinden ‎– “Talking With Charlie – An Imaginary Talk With Charlie Parker” (Hat Hut, 2018)

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret – “The Other Side of Air” (Firehouse 12, 2018)

Gianni Mimmo/Vinny Golia – “Explicit” (Amirami Records, 2018)

Edward Lucas & Daniel Thompson – “Six By Two Three By One” (Earshots Recordings, 2018)

Westlin Tontin ‎– “Westlin Tontin” (Grodor & Fåglar, 2018)

Transient Canvas – “Wired” (New Focus Recordings, 2018)

QUARTET121: Inaugural Concert January 18 in NY

Source: Tenri Cultural Institute.

QUARTET121: Inaugural Concert
Friday, January 18, 2019, 8 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43AWest 13th St, NYC


Settori [1999] by Olga Neuwirth
Fragment No. 1 [1994] by Elliott Carter
With Each Breathing [2015] by Katherine Balch
BLEMISH [2016] by Camila Agosto
Infrastructures [2016] by James Diaz
“…und ich bin Dein Spiegel” [2000, rev. 2012] by Reiko Füting, with soprano Amber Evans

Quartet121 is a New York City-based string quartet dedicated to the performance of new works.
With diverse backgrounds as both soloists and collaborators, this will be their debut concert as an ensemble.

The debut concert of Quartet121 includes pieces that highlight the players’ strengths and tastes. From the high energy of Settori by Neuwirth, to the use of texture and movement in BLEMISH by Agosto, to the strict rhythmic language of Carter in Fragment No. 1, the program showcases the quartet’s commitment to the music they believe in. This concert is sponsored by friend and mentor Reiko Füting.

Molly Germer is a violinist versed in multiple styles of performance. She is a violinist in Quartet121 and member of earspace, a Raleigh-based ensemble dedicated to contemporary music and interdisciplinary performances. Molly is a former member of the Erie Philharmonic, has recently performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble LPR, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Signal, and can be heard on Signal’s recordings of music by David Felder, Tristan Perich, and David Lang. She is a teaching artist at Play On Philly and collaborates with numerous groups in New York City, performing at venues such as The Stone, Miller Theater, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, The Kaplan Penthouse, National Sawdust, and (le) poisson rouge. Molly is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) with additional studies at University of Rochester, and of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music (MM) with additional studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Julia Jung Un Suh is a South Korean violinist and proactive artist specializing in multidisciplinary contemporary art. She loves collaborating with composers, sound artists, and visual artists. She also has participated in various film recordings. An avid performer of contemporary music, Julia recently served as principal second violin in the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland. During the festival, she worked with renowned conductors Matthias Pintscher, Alan Gilbert, and Susanna Mälkki; and performed in venues including KKL Luzern and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. She also collaborated with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players under the artistic director, Steven Schick, for X-SCAPE in January 2016. Julia earned a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under Milan Vitek with a minor in Music Theory and received her Performance Studies Diploma from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Ian Swensen. She completed her master’s degree in contemporary violin performance at Manhattan School of Music in 2018.

Violinist/violist Lena Vidulich is an adventurous and multi-faceted performer based in New York City. A tireless advocate for new music, she is also able to move fluidly between the worlds of orchestral music, rock, improvisation, and musical theater. Lena is the violist of earspace, a Raleigh-based ensemble creating multi-sensory performances; co-artistic director of Amalgama, a septet dedicated to the synthesis of improvisation and contemporary classical music; and the violist of Quartet121. Lena holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Northwestern University. Her education also included studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris and Université de Paris 8 – Vincennes-St Denis. Lena recently received her master’s degree in contemporary violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently pursuing a Teacher’s Certification at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique.

Thea Mesirow is a cellist with a diverse musical background and an artistic sensibility. She performs contemporary and classical music, as well as rock, pop, musical theatre, and recording for film. As both a soloist and collaborator Thea has been fortunate enough to work with composers such as Michael Pisaro, Reiko Füting, and Sophia Gubaidulina, among others. In their debut season her duo, Berrow Duo, alongside flutist Leia Slosberg, had their international debut in Montreal,QC, a weekly pick by I Care if You Listen, a performance presented by Metropolis Ensemble, and a performance as part of NYU’s Music Department Conference. She is a member of The Nouveau Classical Project and Quartet121. Thea received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick. She completed her master’s at the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2017 where she studied with Fred Sherry.