Tri-Centric Foundation Update

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation. Excerpts from their recent newsletter:

This was another fruitful year for Tri-Centric – the New Braxton House label released Sextet (Parker) 1993, the complete recordings of Anthony Braxton’s legendary Charlie Parker project from twenty-five years ago, while making its entire catalog available on Bandcamp for easier engagement and distribution. Tireless work continued on digitizing and archiving Braxton’s complete compositional and philosophical archive – as evidenced by the increasing number of artists performing Braxton’s music worldwide, from the young musicians of Face the Music, to leading new music ensembles like the JACK Quartet and Wet Ink, to Monochrome Brass’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Braxton’s Composition No. 103 for seven trumpets.

Taylor [Ho Bynum] began a new teaching job at Dartmouth College in 2017, and after a year and a half of juggling his various responsibilities, has made the difficult decision to step down from his position at Tri-Centric to better focus on his own work as a composer/performer and his commitments as an educator. While Taylor will always be a part of the Tri-Centric family and will continue to support the organization as an advisor and friend, the organization wants to formally thank him for his dedicated service and the extraordinary accomplishments during his tenure, and wish him the greatest success in his future endeavors.

Tri-Centric is excited to announce that beginning in 2019, Kyoko Kitamura will be taking on the role of executive director. Kyoko has been with Tri-Centric since 2010, most recently serving as director of communications, along with being a featured performer on both Trillium operas, multiple small-ensemble and duo performances and recordings, and as producer and performer on the upcoming 12-CD box set GTM (Syntax) 2017. Prior to re-entering the music scene, Kyoko also had a successful career as a television journalist and a magazine writer, bringing deep experience and leadership to her new position.

The Tri-Centric Foundation has many exciting projects coming up in 2019 – including an upcoming event on January 25 at Roulette celebrating the release of GTM (Syntax) 2017, a night of Braxton’s music co-produced with the Edition Festival in Stockholm on February 8, and many more ensembles performing and students learning Braxton’s music as part of his 75th birthday celebration (aka Braxton75).

Chicago Scene: December 29, 2018 – January 3, 2019

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, December 29th 2018

3:00PM at the May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood (Free)
Helen Money, Steve Marquette

Monday, December 31st 2018

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Marvin Tate’s Kitchen Sink, with Cher Jey, Sam Lewis, Angel Bat Dawid, Cristal Sabbagh, Eddie G-Glo, Aaron Shapiro, Adam Zanolini, Avreeayl Ra, Paul Giallorenzo, more TBA

Thursday, January 3rd 2019

9:30PM at the California Clipper, 1002 N California, 773.384.2547
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound with Fred Jackson Jr, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon

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Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Bowerbird.

Arcana New Music Ensemble
JANUARY 18, 2019
Bowerbird is excited to present a rare evening of all contemporary music for brass ensemble featuring musicians from the Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program encompasses a wide variety of compositional voices from the last sixty years, including Lois V. Vierk’s thorny Jagged Mesa, Michael Nyman’s very un-Cagein For John Cage, and more recent works by Philadelphia based composers Rene Orth and Dustin Hurt.

JANUARY 19, 2019
Bowerbird is pleased to present the extraordinary vocal ensemble Ekmeles performing Madrigals and Animals, a program celebrating the ongoing history of madrigals – the complex multi-part songs born during the Renaissance period known for their creative text setting (including imitating animals calls). Karola Obermüller’s mass:distance:time relates directly to this history, with flickers of Machaut’s mass, and text by renaissance writer Ungaretti. Salvatore Sciarrino’s 12 Madrigali is an epic exploration of the composer’s signature sound world of filigree and glissando, and will be heard here in its U.S. premiere. Karola Bauckholt’s Instinkt, also heard for the first time in the U.S., blurs the line between animal vocalization and contemporary music. Finally, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf’s void – un delitto italiano dramatizes in madrigal form the murder of Italian artist Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Arcana New Music Ensemble
FEBRUARY 9, 2019
The music of the Canadian composer Claude Vivier (1948-1983) combines diverse influences–from the cerebral constructions of the European avant-garde to exoticist borrowings from East Asia– into a haunting and inimitable artistic voice. Vivier’s intense and colorful music mirrors his life as an eccentric and bon vivant who met a tragic death at the age of 34. The Arcana New Music Ensemble will present a selection of this rarely performed music, ranging from the shatteringly virtuosic piano work Shiraz to the ritualistic intonations of Et je reverrai cette ville étrange (“And I will see this strange city again”), which is based, like much of his music, on the unfolding elaboration of a single melodic line.

Variant 6
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
Bowerbird is pleased to present the world premiere of Greg Brown’s Fall and Decline performed by Variant 6. The new work composed for voices and electronics is based on texts of Sadakichi Hartmann, Eprenius, Todd Hearon, Edward Gibbon, and Omar Khayyam. The composition contemplates the inevitable decline of all things natural and manmade. Variant 6 pairs this new work with other pieces for voices and electronics, as well as selections of Medieval and Renaissance music.

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival, January 4-6

Source: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival. Lineup incudes:

Friday January 4, 2019 (9pm)
JAMES TENNEY – For Ann (rising) (1969)
FRANÇOIS BAYLE – Solitioude (from L’Expérience Acoustique, 1969)
HORACIO VAGGIONE – Consort for Convolved Violins (2011)
THOM BLUM – Epenthesis (2018)
MAIJA HYNNINEN – It is always today (2015)
KRISTIN MILTNER – Untitled (2018)
CHRISTOPHER CHANDLER – from these old roots (2017)
MIKE FRENGEL – Sarteano, l’estate (2012)
ADAM STANOVIĆ – Foundry Flux (2016)

Saturday January 5, 2019 (8pm)
THE BEATLES – Revolution 9 (1968)
JON APPLETON – Newark Airport Rock (1969)
ALISTAIR MACDONALD – Final Times (1998)
ANNETTE VANDE GORNE – Figures d’espace (2004)
CLIFF CARUTHERS – The Underneath (2013)
KENT JOLLY – Tightrope (2018)
MAGGI PAYNE – Quicksilver (2011)
BRIAN REINBOLT – The Unintentional Garden (2018)
JASON BOLTE – AridFlow (2017)
AKI PASOULAS – Irides (2017)
ELI STINE – No Where (2018)

Saturday January 5, 2019 (10:30pm – FREE!)
ÉLIANE RADIGUE – Stress-Osaka (1969)
GILLES GOBEIL – Le miroir triste (2007)
KRIS FORCE – Auric Blade (2018)
ROB HAMILTON – One who lives near the olive tree (2017)
LARRY POLANSKY – Glass (2018)
RAUB ROY – QTπ (2018)
ANTHONY DI FURIA – Piano Selvatico (Wild Plane) (2016)

Sunday January 6, 2019 (8pm)
BERNARD PARMEGIANI – excerpts from Du Pop À L’âne (1969) and Pop’éclectic (1969)
ANTHONY GNAZZO – Population Explosion (1969)
DARREN COPELAND – while working and walking (2016)
HANES/ADAMS (STEVE ADAMS and JOHN HANES) – Two Improvisations (2018)
MATT INGALLS – poem (2013)