S.E.M. Ensemble in NYC Reviewed

Source: New York Classical Review.

Despite the New York City concert situation feeling contingent once again, a seasonal tradition returned Monday night: the S.E.M. Ensemble Christmas Concert. The venue was new—the Zürcher Gallery in NoHo rather than the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea—but everything else was familiar.

Most of all that meant the indefatigable Petr Kotik. The ensemble is Kotik’s baby—he cofounded it with Jan Williams and Julius Eastman in 1970—as a vehicle to perform music of the modernist avant-garde, especially that grounded in the New York School of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, and Earle Brown.