Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr. (March 15, 1926 – July 21, 2019) was an American contemporary music composer using just intonation. He was called “one of the foremost composers of microtonal music” by Philip Bush (1997) and “one of the best non-famous composers this country has to offer” by John Rockwell (1990).
Sad news indeed. You can read our review of one of his recordings here.
Live at L’Horologe, a set of music by the trio of pianist Yoko Miura, soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and percussionist Thierry Waziniak, represents a further installment in the creative work that Miura and Mimmo have done together. The rapport that was apparent between them in their duo album, 2017’s Departure, is abundantly on display in this new release.
The music on Live at L’Horologe was recorded in concert in Tracy le Mont, France, in November 2018. Composition on all nine pieces is credited to Miura, but the excitement and finesse of the music is the product of exemplary playing by all three. Although it isn’t clear how much is written and how much is improvised—an indication in its own right that the set is a success—the music is structurally sound, whether or not these structures are premeditated or spontaneous. The improvisations are built around economical motifs—a handful of notes, a slow trill, a cascading figure—that are developed through variations, transformations, deviations, repetitions, and extensions. Miura’s playing cuts right to the essence of the music and is characterized by a generous sense of space, while Mimmo’s exquisite tone and lyrical sensibility are, as always, a pleasure to listen to. Waziniak’s drumming adds a particularly bracing sense of urgency and intensity.
Source: Industry Cafe & Jazz.
Flutist Ellen Burr and bassist Jeff Schwartz continue their Thirdsday (Third Thursday) residency at the Industry Cafe & Jazz on August 15 with special guests Jeff Gauthier (violin) and Maggie Parkins (cello). All four performers are known for working in classical, jazz, and free improvised music, as members of groups including the LA Flute Orchestra, Eclipse Quartet, and Santa Monica Symphony, and with artists such as Nels Cline, Nicole Mitchell, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. This performance will consist of two sets of completely improvised music, from 8-10PM.
There is no cover, but donations are welcome and the artists will have CDs available. The Industry Cafe serves Ethiopian and Eritrean food, including vegan options, and beer and wine, at 6039 Washington Blvd. in Culver City’s Arts District.
Source: Downtown Music Gallery.
The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues!
Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.
Sunday, July 21st:
6pm: LARUM Featuring: CHET DOXAS / MICAH FRANK – Woodwinds / Cassette Deck/Electronics
7pm: MICHAEL VATCHER and DARREN JOHNSTON – Drums and Trumpet
Sunday, July 28th:
6pm: DARIUS JONES and MICHAEL VATCHER – Alto Sax and Drums – Rare Duo Set!!
Sunday, August 4th:
6pm: ALEX WARD / SAM WEINBERG / HENRY FRASER –
Clarinet & Guitar / tenor & soprano saxes / Contrabass!
7pm: SEAN ALI – Solo ContraBass!
Rare Monday, August 5th:
6:30: ROBERT DICK and LESZEK “HEFI” WISNIOWSKI – International Flute Duo!
7:30: MILO TAMEZ – ToBeatorNottoBeat – Solo Drums!
Sunday, August 11th:
6pm: LOUNA DEKKER-VARGAS / LEDAH FINCK / TAL YAHALOM / NICK DUNSTON /
STEPHEN BOEGEHOLD – Flute / Violin / Guitar / Bass / Drums
7pm: BEN GOLDBERG / CAROLINE DAVIS & Company
Sunday, August 18th:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG / SIMON JERMYN / RYAN FERREIRA – Clarinet & Two Guitars
7pm: JACK WRIGHT / EVAN LIPSON / ZACH DARRUP – Alto Sax / Contrabass / Guitar
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed
Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.
FURE & THORVALDSDOTTIR
International Contemporary Ensemble performs music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Ashley Fure, and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir at this free performance.
Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 PM
Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium, New York, NY
FRONT PORCH, JEFF SIEGFRIED & HAYLEY BOGGS
A showcase of new chamber and solo music presented by University of Michigan student composers, Transformations features world premieres from Gala Flagello, Maria Paterno, Ari Sussman, and Daniel Zlatkin, performed by mixed quartet Front Porch (violin, bassoon, piano, percussion), saxophonist Jeff Siegfried, and soprano Hayley Boggs.
Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 PM
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY