This Week in New York

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THE ANAGRAM ENSEMBLE: I LOOKED AT THE ECLIPSE BY JAMES ILGENFRITZ & SARAH KRASNOW
Composer James Ilgenfritz’s Anagram Ensemble presents I Looked At The Eclipse—a new opera that blends video, theater, language games, free improvisation, and chamber music. The bilingual work is presented in French and English. Using a solar eclipse as a metaphor for a widespread epidemic of problematic human interactions that range from the mundane to predatory, the work is a surreal vision of self-regulation in a society obsessed with shifting culpability and consequence.
Monday, December 9 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

JUDITH BERKSON AND ORDINARY AFFECTS
Soprano, pianist, and composer Judith Berkson premieres new work in collaboration with the new music chamber ensemble, Ordinary Affects, and avant-metal guitarist Mick Barr presents a solo set.
Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

A VERY MERRY MINIMALISTMAS
Come to Scholes St. Studio for a play-along of Carrie Freiley’s In C(hristmas). It’s based on Terry Riley’s classic In C but with a hefty dose of holiday twist. There will be music and festive snacks and beverages!
Wednesday, December 11 at 8:00 PM
Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

JULIÁN DE LA CHICA
Composer & pianist Julian De La Chica returns to the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, to premiere his new ambient/minimal Piano Cycle Op. 10 “Voyeuristic Images”. In this intimate, solo recital, De la Chica explores raw scenes from watching people’s everyday life from a friend’s apartment window in Soho, NY.
Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

ÉLIANE RADIGUE: OCCAM OCEAN | BLANK FORMS
Éliane Radigue (b. 1932) is a French composer of undulating continuous music marked by patient, virtually imperceptible transformations that purposively unfold to reveal the intangible, radiant contents of minimal sound—its partials, harmonics, subharmonics and inherent distortions. Occam Ocean is an ongoing series of solo and ensemble pieces composed by Radigue for individual instrumentalists in which a performer’s personal performance technique and particular relationship to their instrument function as the compositional material of the piece.
Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 PM
Blank Forms at Pace Gallery, 540 West 25th Street, New York, NY

KINDS OF KINGS
Shelley WashingtonShelley Washington–Photo by Peter Yankowsky
Artists-in-Residence Kinds of Kings are a collective of six composers who actively advocate for underrepresented voices in the music landscape. In the first of four concerts this season, they present Shelley Washington’s electric guitar quartet The Workers’ Dreadnought, performed by Brooklyn-based group Real Loud. Taking inspiration from the left-wing newspaper of the same name, the piece explores the continual, backbreaking crusade for intersectional equality across the globe. The evening opens with a conversation with composer Angélica Negrón about the compositional process and representation in classical and new music.
Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

WET INK COLLABORATIONS: HUDDERSFIELD COMPOSERS AND CHARMAINE LEE
Wet Ink presents a concert of collaborations from the 2019 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, featuring the US premieres of sextets written for Wet Ink by UK-based composers Kristina Wolfe, Bryn Harrison, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, plus a work by Charmaine Lee. Wet Ink debuted these works at hcmf// in November 2019 and recorded them for release on Huddersfield’s HCR label.
Friday, December 13 at 8:00 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 West 20th Street, New York, NY

JOHN ZORN: HEAVEN AND EARTH MAGICK
Composer John Zorn returns to Roulette to present a concert for piano, vibraphone, bass, and drums featuring pianist Stephen Gosling and vibist Sae Hashimoto accompanied by the bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. In a blend of classical and jazz, Gosling and Hashimoto play virtuosic exactly notated music while Roeder and Sorey improvise along with it. This evening of new work will feature a world premiere by the composer.
Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

IMPOSSIBLE TASKS | TAK ENSEMBLE
TAK premieres new works by Brandon Lopez and Bethany Younge as part of their 2019-2020 commissioning project. Lopez’s epic fifty-minute Empty Church of Plenty, featuring Lopez on bass, plays with improvisation, processes, group physicality, and dissent. Younge’s at midnight I walked into the middle of the desert deals in physical precognition and unworldly memory through fantastical textures and texts written in collaboration with the composer and ensemble.
Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 PM
Saint Mary’s Harlem, 521 West 126th Street, New York, NY

LUCY SHELTON
Soprano Lucy Shelton presents a “tasting menu” of composers with whom she has worked extensively over her decades of performing, including Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Miriam Gideon, Shulamit Ran, and George Rochberg, as well as composers of whose works she provided the first major or complete recordings — songs by John Cage, Ruth Crawford, and Igor Stravinsky.
Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 PM
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

ROTUNDA HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH ROOMFUL OF TEETH, CAROLINE SHAW, AND TIGUE
Celebrate the season with the sounds of holiday music and a new Works & Process commission of composer Caroline Shaw. Roomful of Teeth and the three percussionists of Tigue perform as part of this annual tradition in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda.
Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 PM
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY