Angelica 27 Festival

0fe94150-b46c-408a-ad90-a8067f455ca8The full schedule for the festival Angelica 27 in Bologna, May 4 – 31 , has been announced.

Details at Angelica 27.

This years festival includes:

  • Jacques Demierre
  • David Moss & Daan Vandewalle
  • ALTERATIONS – Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack, Terry Day, David Toop
  • Ghédalia Tazartès
  • TENORES DI BITTI “MIALINU PIRA”  – Omar Bandinu, Marco Serra, Bachisio Pira, Arcangelo Pittudu
  • ARKE SINTH – Giovanni De Poli, Marco Sambin, Michele Sambin, Alvise Vidolin
  • Natasha Barrett
  • SKRAP – Heiða Karine Jóhannesdóttir Mobeck,Anja Lauvdal
  • Audrey Chen & Phil Minton
  • AMETSA – Beñat Achiary, Erwan Keravec
  • WAYS FOR AN ORCHESTRA – Phil Minton, Veryan Weston, Fabio Sacconi, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tonino Battista direzione – playing the music of  Minton, Weston, Jacques Brel, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Eric Dolphy, Arthur Sullivan,Frankie Armstrong and Lindsay Cooper
  • Bob Ostertag & THE ALTERNATIVE FACTS – Julia Reidy, Mazen Kerbaj, Phil Minton
  • Annette Peacock IN PERFORMANCE WITH Roberto Dani & Roger Turner
  • Robin Holcomb & Wayne Horvitz
  • Piccolo Coro Angelico
  • Roscoe Mitchell & Francesco Filidei
  • SOLISTI & ORCHESTRA  – Thomas Buckner, Gianni Trovalusci, Roscoe Mitchell, Nicola Baroni with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tonino Battista direzione – musiche di Sylvano Bussotti, Roscoe Mitchell.

Details at


AMN Picks of the Week: Dominic Lash Quartet / Grant Cutler / Jaimie Branch / Crystal Mooncone / Kate Mohanty

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.

Dominic Lash Quartet – Extremophile (2017)
Grant Cutler – Self Portrait (2017)
Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)
Crystal Mooncone – Listening Beam Five (2017)
Kate Mohanty – The Double Image (2017)

Newsbits: Han Bennink / Circuit Bender’s Ball / Robert Rich / Leap of Faith Orchestra / Lowercase in Classical

English: ICP Orchestra - Han Bannink

The Chicago Reader reviews Han Bennink‘s new trio album.

This year’s Circuit Bender’s Ball will take place in Nashville, August 25th to 27th, and is looking for performers.

Ambient artist Robert Rich’s next album is due out soon.

Jazz Right Now reviews the new album from Leap of Faith Orchestra.

On a lighter note, the New York Times has a surprisingly lengthy piece on the (over) use of lowercase letters in classical music.

MATA Festival 2017 Announced

Source: MATA.

APRIL 25 – 29

Now in its nineteenth year, MATA Festival is back at The Kitchen on April 25 – 29 with an overflowing bounty of the newest music. Representing 31 early-career composers from seventeen countries, it offers a singular opportunity for New Yorkers to grasp the complete spectrum of new music emerging today – from gritty European modernism to experiments in theater, sound, and acoustics. This year’s concerts include seven world premieres (including three MATA commissions), fifteen US premieres, and six NY premieres.


Monday, April 24: Opening Night Concert Reception at WhiteBox
Meet and mingle with the composers and performers of MATA Festival 2017, hear some short pieces, drink some wine. Program includes members of Scenatet in a US premiere by Jexper Holman and a New York premiere by Thomas Kotcheff, played by Hocket.

Tuesday, April 25: SCENATET: Wow and Flutter
Denmark’s buzzy Scenatet makes its official New York debut with a potent program that belies the cozy Danish stereotype of ‘Hygge.’ Along with the twitchy improvised grooves of Yu Oda and the strobe-funk theatrics of Kaj Duncan David’s Computer Music, highlights include the first of this year’s MATA commissions, a world premiere by Eric Wubbels. Also on tap: the hermetic canons of Daniel Tacke’s musica ricercata | musica poetica, Turkish composer Murat Çolak’s Orchid, an octet by rising Danish star Christian Winther Christensen, and German composer Martin Grütter’s Messer Engel Atem Kling (Cleaver Angel Breathing ‘Ding’).

Wednesday, April 26: 88 Keys Open Many Doors
LA’s bold Hocket piano duo, heard in its New York debut, joins some of NY’s fiercest new-music pianists in an evening of keyboard adventures. Adam Tendler explores unintentional sounds in Charlie Sdraulig’s subtly choreographed collector, and repurposes the piano in Marina Poleukhina’s for thing. Hocket teases the ebonies and ivories in Joseph Michaels’ Together in Perfect Harmony and Michael Laurello’s Touch. Molly Herron’s trio resonates in her exquisite Full Blood Moon. Soprano Sarah Brailey is joined by pianist Blair McMillen in Sojourner Hodges’s eloquent Fire Command Room, while interloper harpist Bridget Kibbey gives life to Iranian composer Karen Keyhani’s Nightly Monologue II.

Thursday, April 27: plus 1
Three-dimensional works for one or two players. Thursday’s MATA Festival concert opens with Oleg Elagin’s space age electronic fanfare, The Formation of New Sensual Experience, setting the tone for an evening of evolution and innovation. Samuel Cedillo’s Monólogo III refashions the viola in an incredible tour de force of expression. The consummate Daniel Lippel brings elegance to the shifting guitar figures of Karin Wetzel’s Amorphose II and Basque composer Mikel Urquiza’s dialogues with Dowland, Belarretan. The evening reaches for the heavens with Nikolet Burzyńska’s Cold burning out, played by TIGUE’s Matt Evans, and Liisa Hirsch’s ethereal Cloud Tones for piano “glides” and viola.

Friday, April 28: Stencils and shadows
Performing as Friends of MATA, nine of NYC’s top new-music interpreters – including violinist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Mariel Roberts, and pianist Isabelle O’Connell – play works that explore what remains unsaid. Bangkok native Siraseth Pantura-Umporn’s MATA-Commissioned Ripples, inspired by disturbances of water, exposes what lies beneath the surface. Chilean composer Francisco C. Goldschmidt reflects on the loneliness of existence in his mesmerizing …y te pierdes y te hundes… Foreground and background are engaged through the vibrant absences of the Italian Giovanni Bertelli’s quartet Libro d’Aprile and the shifting shapes and contours of Piano by Krists Auznieks from Latvia.

Saturday, April 29: Dangerous currents
Novus NY, the vibrant new music ensemble based at Trinity Church, makes its MATA Festival debut in an evening of large-ensemble works. British composer Philip Venables uncovers a vein of Shakespearean tragedy in his boxing melodrama The Revenge of Miguel Cotto. In Letters from Brown Men, Paul Pinto explores the fallout from natural disasters. A monolithic yet ethereal stillness infuses Russian composer Dmitri Timofeev’s elegy, Angel. This year’s final MATA commission, Kristina Wolfe’s Record of Ancient Mirrors, conjures the drones of temple bells through retuned viola da gamba and large ensemble. Bringing it all back home, the Festival closes with the New York-based Le Boeuf Brothers joining Novus for Pascal Le Boeuf‘s bracingly inventive Alkaline for string quartet and jazz combo.

AMN Picks of the Week: Adam Rudolph / Jü / Akropolis Reed Quintet / Subversive Intentions / Dead Neanderthals / Northumbria

Adam Rudolph and Moving Pictures in 2006.

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.

Adam Rudolph / Moving Pictures – Glare of the Tiger (2017)
Jü – Summa (2017)
Akropolis Reed Quintet – The Space Between Us (2017)
Subversive Intentions – Every Sound is a Drone (2017)
Dead Neanderthals – Craters (2017)
Northumbria – Markland (2017)

Newsbits: Sirene 1009 / David Buddin / Meredith Monk / GRID

Jazz Right Now reviews new albums from Sirene 1009 and David Buddin.

I Care if You Listen reviews Meredith Monk‘s new release on ECM.

And finally, NPR reviews the new release from GRID. (Read our review of the same album here).

Orenda Records Overview Published

We recently published an overview of L.A.’s Orenda Records.  This page collects nine reviews that we’ve written on Orenda releases over the last three years, and provides what I believe to be the only overview of the label.  You can access it at the Retrospectives menu above, or at the link below. Enjoy!