AMN Reviews: Ryan Carter – Chamber Works [Kairos 0015048KAI]

Although composer Ryan Carter’s monograph Chamber Works contains work largely written for acoustic chamber ensembles and solo piano, the influence of modern electronic audio technologies is never very far away. Carter is, in addition to a composer of “classical” music, a programmer and electronic sound artist, one of whose projects uses a video game controller to create real-time electronic music.

Carter is particularly interested in the ways that technology informs, and at times distorts, the way people listen to music. It’s an interest that surfaces in his third string quartet, Too Many Arguments in Line 17 (2010), which was inspired by the glitches and loops of a badly buffered video Ryan was watching. The piece, which was written for the JACK Quartet who perform it here, mimics the jerky playback of the video with seemingly randomly repeated phrases broken up by hiccups, skips and other rhythmic interruptions.

If Too Many Arguments in Line 17 is marked by discontinuities of rhythm Grip, Carter’s second string quartet, is marked by displacements of architecture. The piece, performed here by the Calder Quartet who commissioned it in 2006, features synchronous and asynchronous layers of sound built up from glissandi, overlapping sustained tones, and tremolo bowings and plucking.

When All Else Fails (2016-2017) is a work centered on the sonorous qualities and interplay of two prepared pianos and two percussionists. The pianos sound at times like marimbas, gamelans and chimes; the preparations additionally alter the instruments’ pitch to throw out a hint of microtonality. The gradually becomes polyrhythmic as the instruments’ tempos go in and out of phase. It’s a highlight of the album and is played with characteristic verve by Yarn/Wire, for whom it was written.

The single work for acoustic instrument and electronics is On the Limits of a System and the Consequences of My Decisions (2016) for fixed media, piano and interactive electronics. Carter envisioned the electronics as another sustain pedal for the piano; they account for the intermittent drones and glassy, bell-like simulacra of the piano part. This latter, played by Keith Kirchoff, is couched in fragmented phrases scattered nervously across the instrument’s registers.

Chamber Works also includes the simultaneously hesitant and exuberant solo piano work Errata (2010), which wittily recasts Carter’s technical limitations as a pianist into technical challenges for the performer (Emanuele Torquati), and Break (2018) for piano and cello.

https://www.kairos-music.com/cds/0015048kai

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 

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JESSICA PAVONE STRING ENSEMBLE: BRICK AND MORTAR
Monday, October 7 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

HEROINE THE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY: LIVE CONCERT MEDITATION
Wednesday, October 9 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $25
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

TAK ENSEMBLE
Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 PM
$10-$20 suggested donation
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

SIROTA @ 70
Sunday, October 13 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $30
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

Harry Partch and Andrea Centazzo Performances Coming to the Santa Monica Public Library

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ANDREA CENTAZZO SOLO PERCUSSION, ELECTRONICS, AND VIDEO PERFORMANCE AT SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY

Improviser, composer, and percussion innovator Andrea Centazzo performs “Cycles of Life,” a set of pieces for percussion, electronics, and video on Wednesday November 6, 2019, at 7:30 pm, with a concert at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

A pioneer of European free improvisation and an early part of the New York Downtown scene, Centazzo has made dozens of albums as a leader and collaborator, with artists from Steve Lacy and Derek Bailey to John Zorn and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet.

MUSIC OF HARRY PARTCH AT SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY

On Thursday November, 7 2019, at 7:30 pm, the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes John Schneider and TJ Troy of the Grammy-winning Partch ensemble to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

The Partch ensemble specializes in the music of composer/theorist/inventor Harry Partch (1901-1974) using expert re-creations of his handmade instruments. Schneider and Troy will show films of Partch, demonstrate their replica instruments, and play several short pieces.

This performance is a partial preview of the November 9 Jacaranda Music concert which features the compete Partch ensemble and distinguished guests performing “The Wayward,” “Castor & Pollux,” and “Dark Brother.” Tickets are available through jacarandamusic.org Since 2003 Jacaranda has presented world-class artists playing imaginative programs of contemporary and canonical classical music, primarily at Santa Monica’s First Presbyterian Church. Soundwaves offers free previews of excerpts with artist talks the week before most Jacaranda shows.

Exclaim! Reviews

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J. Pavone String Ensemble
Brick and Mortar

Michael Vincent Waller
Moments

Miles Davis
Rubberband

Boris
LφVE & EVφL

Laurie Anderson with Colin Stetson and Rebecca Foon
POP Montreal, Montreal QC, September 26

Patty Waters
Live

Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier
Corpse Flower

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O’Malley
Cylene

Gapplegate Music Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

George Perle, Serenades, Boston Modern Orchestral Project, Gil Rose

Hans Werner Henze, Das Floss der Medusa, Peter Eotvos, WDR Symphonie Orchester, WDR Rundfunkchor, etc.

Dimensions, Works for Orchestra, Vol.2, Stem, Whitley, Field, Francis, Jarvlepp

Gillian Smith, Into the Stone, Music for Solo Violin by Canadian Women, Ho, Sokolovic, Krausas, Agocs, Laplante

Markus Reuter, String Quartet No. 1 “Heartland,” Matangi Quartet