Newsbits: Irmin Schmidt / Moog App / Pharoah Sanders / Soundwaves Concert Series

Irmin Schmidt is coming out with a new live album.

Moog’s synthesizer app is now a free download for IOS devices.

Bandcamp reviews Pharoah Sanders’ classic Live in Paris album.

The Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library has been awarded a grant from the Amphion Foundation to help support the 2020-21 season of the Soundwaves concert series. Composer Elliott Carter and his wife Helen created the Amphion Foundation in 1987 “to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.” Launched in January 2016 by Reference Librarian Jeff Schwartz and composer Daniel Rothman, Soundwaves presents year-round free concerts of cutting-edge music from jazz, classical, rock, and experimental traditions. Soundwaves has ongoing partnerships with Jacaranda Music and Pianospheres to offer previews of their programs, hosts the Angel City Jazz Festival Young Artists Competition, and has collaborated with Cold Blue Music, Microfest, the Dog Star Orchestra Festival, and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, among other organizations. Performers have included Grammy, Emmy, and Downbeat Poll winners, members of the LA Philharmonic, students and faculty from CalArts, UCLA, USC, and several California State University campuses, and former Frank Zappa and Lou Reed sidemen, as well as underground performers unrecognized by the industry or the academy. At a time when gentrification threatens many arts spaces and communities, Soundwaves uses the Library’s freedom from commercial pressure to sustain creative music on the westside.