This is the Album of the Future

Source: NewMusicBox. Ruminations on what format can be used to meaningfully deliver music to listeners.

What is the album of the future? I hope for an interface that is as accessible and navigable as the current streaming platforms, one that allows artists to configure a unique experience for their listeners, and one that empowers us to control its monetization. (Bandcamp is well ahead of the pack in this regard.) The ideal platform would not only provide easy access to music, art, text, and all types of media, but be malleable so that new elements can be integrated as they arise. The next sea change in business and technology will surely provide new and unforeseen formats for our music, and within it artists will continue to innovate, adapt, and respond.

DARA String Festival Takes Place August 30-31 in Berlin

Source: DARA String Festival.

Premiering in August 2019, DARA String Festival will present a wide variety of innovative multi-genre music for string instruments, ranging from early contemporary to experimental and freely improvised. DARA transcends genre boundaries, uniting highly renowned international artists from diverse musical backgrounds, in a series of encounters to inspire new thoughts and ideas towards the advancement of individual and collective artistic work. In the longer term DARA aims to present guest editions in collaboration with different partners/curators internationally and expand into electroacoustic and staged multi-media concert performances.

The first festival edition will include open talks and long concert evenings at the fabulous open boat gallery Hošek Contemporary. The concerts will feature solos performed by each artist and selected group combinations. Programmes will include world premiers, compositions and improvisations.

Festival artists
Séverine Ballon – cellist, composer (France)
Isidora Edwards – cellist, composer-performer, improviser (Chile)
Clara Gervais – bassist, composer (France / Germany)
Nina de Heney – bassist, composer-performer, improviser (Sweden)
Nurit Stark – violinist, violist (Israel / Germany)
Biliana Voutchkova – violinist, composer-performer, improviser (Bulgaria / Germany)

August 30/31.2019
Hošek Contemporary
Fisherinsel 3, 10179 Berlin

August 30
festival opening and artist talk

Isidora Edwards – Solo improvisation WP/UA
Chaya Czernowin – Adiantum Capillus Veneris no. I / Songs of the muted one arr. S.Ballon
Steingrimur Rohloff – Magic Number for solo cello

James Dillon – Selections from duos for two violins
Séverine Ballon – Chant mécanique for solo cello
Martin Iddon – Λεύκη for solo cello WP/UA
Iannis Xenakis – Theraps for solo bass

Clara Gervais – N.N. for solo bass WP/UA
Clara Gervais – N.N. for string quintet WP/UA
Edwards/De Heney/Voutchkova – Trio improvisation WP/UA

August 31
artist talk

György Ligeti – Sonata for solo viola
Edwards/De Heney – Duo improvisation WP/UA

Nina de Heney – Solo improvisation WP/UA
Tristan Murail – C’est un jardin secret for solo viola
Peter Ablinger – Ohne Titel 1 – 10 string trio version

Liza Lim – The Su Song Star Map for solo violin
Sofia Gubaidulina – Rejoice! duo for violin and cello
Biliana Voutchkova – Words I’d have never known for string sextet WP/UA

Art Ensemble Of Chicago on Tour

Source: Songkick.

Friday 23 August 2019 – Sunday 25 August 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Supersense Festival 2019
Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Friday 30 August 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, US

Sunday 06 October 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
La Cité des Congrès, Nantes, France

Friday 11 October 2019 – Tuesday 22 October 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Stockholm Jazz Festival 2019
Stockholm, Sweden

Saturday 12 October 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Mondriaan Jazz Festival 2019
Paard, The Hague, Netherlands

Wednesday 16 October 2019 – Sunday 20 October 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Vilnius Jazz Festival 2019
Rusų dramos teatras, Vilnius, Lithuania

Friday 18 October 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Cemal Reşit Rey Konser Salonu, Istanbul, Turkey

Friday 15 November 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019
Art Ensemble Of Chicago
EFG London Jazz Festival 2019
Barbican Centre, London, UK

AMN Picks of the Week: Roy Mattson / Kronos Quartet & Terry Riley / Grey Frequency / Dana Saul

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Roy Mattson – Music of the Smoky Rainbow (2019)
Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley – Sun Rings (2019)
Grey Frequency – Ufology (2019)
Dana Saul – Ceiling (2019)

Seattle Scene: August 22 – September 7, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Bassett/Lubelski + Suzuki/Karusbauer + Kelley/Millis
Thu. Aug. 22, 8 PM; $8 – $15 donation at door

Marcia Bassett (guitar) and Samara Lubelski (violin) have extensive backgrounds in the East Coast/NYC sub-underground. Kaori Suzuki (electronics) and John Krausbauer (violin) present music for voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion. Rob Millis (guitar, Climax Golden Twins) and Greg Kelley (trumpet, nmperign) have performed twice as a duo. The third time is the proverbial charm.

Aaron Michael Butler + Bonnie Whiting
Fri. Aug. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Athens, Ohio-based percussionist, composer, and educator Aaron Michael Butler performs works recently composed for him by Nick Zammuto (of The Books), Brian Harnetty, and Rob Funkhouser; and David Gibson’s Lillian Brook, a ground-breaking, nearly-lost vibraphone solo from 1973. Local percussion ace Bonnie Whiting opens, and the two will also play duo improvisations.

Kyte Mica + Peter Colclasure
Sat. Aug. 24, 7 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer/pianists Kyte Mika (Seattle) and Peter Colclasure (San Jose, CA) play solo sets, aiming for a soothing, ambient, and beautiful sonic landscape. Peter Colclasure has released two albums with traces of Bach, Philip Glass, Debussy, and Olafur Arnalds. Kyte Mika combines influences from post-classical, ambient, and electronic genres to evoke distinct and fascinating narratives.

Thu. 9/5 – After 16 years of musical collaboration, drummer Ted Poor and trumpeter Cuong Vu come together in a rare duet setting to celebrate new beginnings.

Sat. 9/7 – Gift Tapes/DRAFT presents Jason E Anderson’s new work CORM (Consequences of Recursive Memory) + a new computer synthesis work by RM Francis