Roscoe Mitchell Profiled Ahead of Art Ensemble’s Chicago Jazz Fest Performance

Source: Chicago Magazine.

When the Art Ensemble of Chicago plays the Chicago Jazz Festival this month, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell will be the only original member onstage — the only one of the four founders still alive. But to Mitchell, it’s not about who is performing; it’s about the group’s enduring legacy of pushing boundaries. “The mission hasn’t changed,” says Mitchell, 79. “We always said, ‘Look, if the Art Ensemble gets down to one person, that’s the Art Ensemble.’ We’re doing now what we would have been doing 50 years ago: developing ourselves creatively.”

AMN Picks of the Week: Merzbow, Keiji Haino & Balazs Pandi / Peter Bjärgö / Trepaneringsritualen / John Wiese / Max Corbacho

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.

Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer (2019)
Peter Bjärgö – Structures and Downfall (2019)
Trepaneringsritualen – ᛉᛦ – Algir; eller Algir i Merkstave (2019)
John Wiese – Seven of Wands (2019)
Max Corbacho – Echo of Longing (2019)

Fresh Sound Music Upcoming Concerts

Source: San Diego’s Fresh Sound.

All concerts at White Box Live Arts/Liberty Station
2590 Truxton Road #205 San Diego, CA 92106

Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:30 pm
Joey Guidry – solo bassoon

Joey Guidry III is an American bassoonist, and activist currently studying at the Mannes School of Music under Rebekah Heller. As an avid performer and supporter of new music, Clifton has spent the last two years commissioning and premiering a number of new works for bassoon and electronics. He has collaborated with composers George Lewis, Felipe Lara, Edgar Guzman, Bekkah Simms, Christine Liu, and Chew Jun An. Mr. Guidry has participated in the Eastern Music Festival and the Puerto Rico Summer Music festival, and Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre. This summer he will be performing in the Spoleto Music Festival, and returning to the Banff Centre for ensemble evolution. Joey Guidry completed his undergraduate studies at the Peabody conservatory under Phillip Kolker

Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:30 pm
Carl Stone – computers

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling,” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan. Stone served as president of the American Music Center from 1992–95. He was the Director of Meet the Composer/California from 1981–1997, and Music Director of KPFK-FM in Los Angeles from 1978–1981. He often hosts a weekly program on KPFA in the Bay Area. Other activities have included serving as a regular columnist for Sound & Recording Magazine in Japan; editor for Other Minds, a website devoted to New Music; and editor for the official website of the John Cage Trust.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:30 pm
Thomas Lehn, Analogue synthesizer
Tiziana Bertoncini (violin)

The duo of Tiziana Bertoncini and Thomas Lehn has been working since 2002. Their real time created music is deeply rooted in their long years practice of both, improvisation and interpretation. They are founding members of the interpreter-improviser ensemble]h[iatus (] formed in 2006. Their highly acclaimed CD “Horsky Park” was released in 2011 on British Label Another Timbre. Both live in Vienna/Austria.
The concert tour in April 2020 is their first duo appearance in the USA.

CreArt Music Festival Takes Place this Weekend in NY

Source: CreArtBox.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2019, 8:00PM

As the opening concert of CreArt’s 2019 music festival, Julia Yang, Josefina Urraca, and Guillermo Laporta present three different takes on the classic piano trio from three different musical eras. The program will move from the dramatic romanticism of Felix Mendelssohn to the high classicism of Haydn, and conclude with the intensity of Ned Rorem’s 1960 work for the ensemble. This opening night showcases the eclecticism of CreArt’s programming and the versatility of their performers and will take place on Friday, August 30th at 8:00 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)
Piano trio op.49 [35’]
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Piano trio in D Major, Hob. XV:16 [12’]
Ned Rorem (1923 – )
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano [10’]

Julia Yang, cello
Josefina Urraca, piano
Guillermo Laporta, flute


End Of Time
CreArt presents two works brimming with hope despite being steeped in tragedy by French composer Oliver Messiaen and Chinese composer Dai Wei. Written while a prisoner in a German prisoner-of-war camp in the midst of World War II and premiered by his fellow prisoners and himself, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time confronts the reality of some of the darkest moments in our history while remaining hopeful through his own deeply-held religious beliefs. Wei’s Mandalas in the Rubble examines the natural destruction of many of Nepal’s temples at the hands of an earthquake in 2015 and celebrates the many Nepali people continuing to worship among the rubble with a genuine sense of hope. Adelya Nartadjieva, Julia Yang, Jonathan Cohen, and Josefina Urraca will perform this emotionally weighted program Saturday, August 31st at 8:00 p.m.

Dai Wei (1989 – )
Mandalas in the Rubble, NY premiere [8’]
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Quartet for the End of Time [50’]

Mari Lee, violin
Julia Yang, cello
Jonathan Cohen, clarinet
Josefina Urraca, piano


Two Roads
This collaboration between the composer, musicians, choreographer, and designer sees its world premiere on the final night on CreArt’s music festival. Featuring two sopranos, a physical actor, a choir, a dance ensemble, electronics, piano, percussion, and a movable set, this collaboration will end the festival with a spectacle that can’t be missed. Though framed as a chamber opera, Two Roads wholeheartedly embraces its interdisciplinary nature, following a parallel creative process that showcases each aspect in earnest and displays CreArt at its best. Guillermo Laporta, Tagore Gonzalez, Isis de Coura, and Josefina Urraca present this final program on Sunday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m.

Concept, music, and dramaturgy by
Guillermo Laporta
Scene direction and choreography by
Tagore Gonzalez
Set and costume design by
Isis de Coura
Music direction by
Josefina Urraca

Mary Taylor Hennings, dancer
Can Wang, dancer
Rosalie van Wamel, dancer
Ariadne Greif, soprano
Julie Berndt, actress
Josefina Urraca, piano