AMN Reviews: Max Giteck Duykers / Ensemble Ipse – Folding Music [New World Records 80811-2]

21904.covfile2In addition to being a composer, Max Giteck Duykers (b. 1972) is the co-founder of the Ensemble Ipse, which is featured on this collection of Duykers’ new and recent work for chamber ensembles. All of the pieces in the collection are scored for the so-called Pierrot sextet or its subdivisions, the Pierrot sextet, of which Ensemble Ipse is one, comprising piano, clarinets, flutes, violin, cello, and percussion. (The name derives from the quintet used in Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark 1912 work Pierrot Lunaire.) For such a small group it contains a surprisingly wide variety of instrumental colors, which Duykers ably exploits.

Duykers has written a number of works for the full sextet, two of which appear on Folding Music. The title track is one; it was composed in 2017 and opens the album. Duykers plays with the sextet’s color possibilities by breaking the group down into various subgroups of contrasting timbres; he distributes the piece’s thematic material, much of which consists of cells made up of a limited number of pitches, across the ensemble for maximum effect. The music has an ambiguously tonal sound to it—not quite inside and yet not quite outside either. The same is true of the other sextet on the album, 2007’s Twilight for Adored and Breathless Moments. Opening with an insistently hammered chord, it’s characterized by lively rhythms in changing meters and quasi-serial melodies allocated across winds and strings. Here again, Duykers’ effectively breaks the ensemble down into mutable subdivisions in order to create an engaging series of timbral harmonies and dissonances.

Other pieces on the album include Dark Body (2015), a quartet for flute, violin, cello and piano that’s notable for the violin’s astringent, chromatic lines and the flute’s uses of extended technique, and The Way In (2015), a setting of Robert Bly’s translation of the Rilke poem “The Way In,” arranged for soprano, piano and cello.

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York


Bent Duo performs music by Sarah Hennies, Hannah Lash, and Mayke Nas.
Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

National Sawdust hosts a concert of world premieres by the winners and runners-up of its second Hildegard Competition for emerging female, trans, and non-binary composers. The winners of the 2019 competition are inti figgis-vizueta of the U.S., Niloufar Nourbakhsh of Iran, and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir of Iceland; their newly commissioned works will be premiered by the National Sawdust Ensemble, which is anchored by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and makes its formal debut under the baton of Lidiya Yankovskaya.
Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

ShoutHouse celebrates the release of their debut full-length digital album, Cityscapes.
Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$25
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

The North/South Consonance Ensemble performs five works by composers from Brazil and the US. To be heard in New York for the first time are recent works by Jorge Antunes, Timothy Kramer, Max Lifchitz, Paul Richards, and Sarah Wald.
Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00 PM
Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY

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Violin duo ​​String Noise​​ will present a ​​world premiere​ by ​George Lewis​, the first in his new series of works for ensembles and computer sound processing. Also making its ​world premiere​ is Pauline Kim Harris’s ​​100 Thimbles in a Box for Syrinx​​ (acoustic synthesizer) and two violins (featuring ​Spencer Topel​​). Rounding out the program are the works ​​Holding Pattern​​ by ​​Sam Yulsman​, and ​​The Life of Information​​ by ​​Jessie Cox​​.
Thursday, June 6 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn (SOB) returns to Roulette to perform world premieres of newly commissioned works by composers Gregory Spears and Phil Kline alongside a reimagination of Julius Eastman‘s dense minimalist masterpiece Gay Guerrilla. Phil Kline’s Four Songs from Florida Man is a first-hearing of a song cycle-in-progress that features vocalist Theo Bleckmann, while Gregory Spears’s Concerto for Two Trumpets and Strings features trumpeters Brandon Ridenour and Andy Kozar.
Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Shepherdess presents an EP and music video release party for After written by composer Joel Thompson. The program also includes three world premieres by NYC- based composers Mary Prescott, Viola Yip, and natalie[dot]computer, that have each been inspired by the duo’s mission to commission new works by underrepresented voices in contemporary music. Also on the program are works written for the duo by Bethany Younge, Annika Socolofsky, Annie Hui Hsin Hsieh, and Luis Fernando Amaya.
Sunday, June 9 at 6:00 PM
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

PIANO+ #15
Featuring new works for piano and electronics by Laura Cetilia and YoungEun Kim; piano, trumpet, and others by Eugene Kim; M by Germaine Sijstermans; and Cecilia Arditto’s Gespleten Piano for piano, lamps, and tape recorders.
Sunday, June 9 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

David Rosenboom’s Brainwave Music Reviewed

Source: 4Columns.

Many of the deepest and most sustained musical investigations of biofeedback have been conducted by the artist and composer David Rosenboom, who began working with sound in the 1960s. A new, deluxe, expanded double-vinyl reissue of his key 1975 record Brainwave Music is a revelation. The album still sounds forward-thinking, standing up as rich and compelling music. It can be enjoyed without knowing anything about the technical design, or the backstory of how it was made.

Gapplegate Music Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

Nikoghayos Tigranian, Armenian Dances, Mugam Arrangements, Mikael Ayrapetyan

Jasper String Quartet, The Kernis Project: Debussy, String Quartets by Aaron Jay Kernis and Claude Debussy

Mark Andre, HIJ, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Mariano Chiacchiarini, SWR Vokalensemble, Markus Creed, SWR Experimentalstudio

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Vernacular

Dysrhythmia, Stinking Lizaveta, PAK, Shardik in NY June 6

Source: The Kingsland.

Dysrhythmia, Stinking Lizaveta, PAK, Shardik
Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7 PM

The Kingsland
269 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Dysrhythmia – Challenging,experimental,technical progressive metal.

Stinking Lizaveta – Philadelphia’s heavy complex power trio returns to Brooklyn.

PAK – Ron Anderson is back on guitar with a more powerful heavier sound. New members Steve Blanco (Imperial Triumphant) on bass and Larry Kwartowitz (Cleric) on drums are helping in stretching the bands previous boundaries pushing PAK to new sonic directions. The new CD “Bestial” will be available at the show.

Shardik – This new instrumental trio project from the burning guitarist of Cleric and Simulacrum blends avant-garde classical, free jazz, dissonant math metal, ambient and world music into a powerful new mix. Originally from Philly and now living in Brooklyn, Matt Hollenberg has spent over a year composing these complex and exciting pieces and has chosen two of his oldest musical cohorts to perform them. This bold new take on the power trio will fry your mind!