Musical Utopias Festival in The Hague Starts Tomorrow

Source: Korzo. Lineup includes:

MUSICAL UTOPIAS – Environments
Peter Adriaansz | Ensemble Klang
Korzo theater, diverse ruimtes
thu 20 dec 2018 | 20:30

MUSICAL UTOPIAS – Change
Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Mother, Julius Eastman, Keir Neuringer | Ensemble Klang
Korzo theater, diverse ruimtes
fri 21 dec 2018 | 20:30

MUSICAL UTOPIAS – Trance Bright
Andrew Hamilton, Julia Wolfe, Anna Meredith, Johann Sebastian Bach, David Dramm, Il Hoon Son, Marc Kapteijn, John de Simone, Battles | Ensemble Klang, 9×13, Koninklijk Conservatorium
Korzo theater, diverse ruimtes
sat 22 dec 2018 | 15:00

MUSICAL UTOPIAS – Trance Night
Astrid Boons, Magda Mendes, Ward Veenstra, Duo Attema-Haring, Keir Neuringer, Matthew Wright, Michael Gordon | Knalpot, Ensemble Klang, Koninklijk Conservatorium
Korzo theater, diverse ruimtes
sat 22 dec 2018 | 19:30

Asia’s Experimental Music Scene Is About to Explode 

Source: VICE.

It’s hard not to at least be aware of the local noise scene if you live in Yogyakarta. That’s because, most of the time, the scene comes to you, whether you want it or not. Recently, we were on a Jogja city bus when a small crowd got on board with their arms full of speakers, cables, and DIY electronic noisemakers, and proceeded to blast out the bus, exposing the riders to a new soundtrack of discordant noise.

It was another performance by Jogja Noise Bombing, a collective that believes in staging secret, but very public, happenings throughout the city. They do this often enough, taking over parks, streets, and other public spaces. But there was something special about this performance because this time, they weren’t alone.

The entire city was full of experimental artists, 57 in total, for an international music festival called Nusasonic. It was the biggest noise and experimental festival of its kind to be held in Jogja and, true to the scene’s outsider status, it pulled of eleven days of music, discussions, and workshops without the kinds of corporate sponsorship (read: tobacco money) that usually seep into arts and music festivals in Southeast Asia.

New Releases from Starkland

Source: Starkland.

Tim Brady
Music for Large Ensemble

Two major compositions, from the acclaimed composer and electric guitar virtuoso Tim Brady, receive their premiere recordings on this CD. One is the driving, high-energy Désir: concerto for electric guitar and large chamber ensemble, and the other is the intensely harrowing, yet poignant, Eight Songs about: Symphony #7.

Peter Garland
The Landscape Scrolls

This premiere recording of Peter Garland’s 50-minute piece The Landscape Scrolls continues his history as a maverick “composer of mesmerizing music” (Kyle Gann). Commissioned by percussionist John Lane, the work depicts the 24-hour day cycle in five movements.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Paul Jolly and Paula Rae Gibson – Vestige (33Xtreme, 2018) ****

Fay Victor’s SoundNoiseFUNK – Wet Robots (ESP-Disk’, 2018) ****½

Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie ( Music Heritage Productions / ECM Records, 2018) ****

Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson, and Ken Filiano – Hunters & Scavengers (Grizzley Music, 2018) ****

Pascal Battus, Anne-F Jacques, Tim Olive – Trois Conseillers (Caduc, 2018) ****

Kammerflimmer Kollektief – There Are Actions Which We Have Neglected And Which Never Cease To Call Us (Bureau B, 2018) *****

Mazen Kerbaj – Walls Will Fall – The 49 Trumpets of Jericho (Bohemian Drips, 2018) *****

The latest from Catherine Sikora

10th Anniversary Celebration of loadbang Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

What do Charles Wuorinen, Reiko Füting, Eve Beglarian, Alexandre Lunsqui, Hannah Lash, and Andy Akiho have in common? Over the past decade, this stylistically diverse group all composed defining works for loadbang, NYC’s one-of-a-kind ensemble featuring Andy Kozar (trumpet), Will Lang (trombone), Jeff Gavett (baritone voice), and Carlos Cordeiro (bass clarinet).