AMN Picks of the Week: Green Dome / Africa Anthology / Liebman, Rudolph & Drake / Rajna Swaminathan / Mount Meander

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.

Green Dome (Parkins / Sawyer / Smith) – Thinking In Stitches (2019)
Various Artists – Anthology of Contemporary Music From Africa Continent (2019)
Dave Liebman / Adam Rudolph / Hamid Drake – Chi (2019)
Rajna Swaminathan – Of Agency and Abstraction (2019)
Mount Meander – Live in Berlin (2019)

This Week in New York

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

SANCTUM – A BALLET IN THE ROUND
Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet continues its series with the world premiere of Sanctum, set to music by two major composers, Kaija Saariaho, and Karin Rehnquist, with guest singers Charlotte Mundy, Mary Mackenzie, and Elisa Sutherland of Ekmeles joining the resident Magloire ensemble of dancers and musicians. Also on the program is Magloire’s Morning Song, a solo to music by John Cage.
Monday, February 18 & Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 PM
City Center Studio 5, 130 West 56 Street, New York, NY

CUTTING EDGE CONCERTS
The program includes Philip Glass’s Annunciation Quintet, Victoria Bond’s Simeron Kremate, Maria Newman’s Pennipotenti, and a preview performance of Victoria Bond’s new opera, The Adventures of Gulliver.
Monday, February 18 at 7:30 PM
Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY

HORST RICKELS WITH SHELLEY HIRSCH // CRYSTAL PENALOSA: SOURCES OF POWER
Mixology kicks off with an evening featuring Shelley Hirsch reviving Host Rickels’s instrument, The Mercurius Wagon, and Crystal Penalosa‘s new piece, Sources of Power for electronics, voice, and movement.
Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

ANTHONY BRAXTON’S COMPOSITION NO. 222
Wet Ink’s Josh Modney (violin) and Eric Wubbels (piano) perform an evening-length rendition of Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 222 for violin and piano, from Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music series.
Tuesday, February 19 at 9:00 PM
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

JON SATROM: PREPARED DESKTOP / ALI SANTANA: BOOMBAYÉ
Jon Satrom pushes of his limits in Prepared Desktop while multi-media artist Ali Santana explores rhythm, identity, community, nature, abstraction, and displacement through hard-knocking beats and synchronized projections in Boombayé.
Wednesday, February 20 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
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WANG LU | COMPOSER PORTRAITS
International Contemporary Ensemble and Yarn/Wire perform the music of composer and pianist Wang Lu.
Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

MICHELE MERCURE // 51717
Roulette, with RVNG Intl. and Freedom To Spend, presents minimal synthesist and experimental composer Michele Mercure‘s long-overdue New York City debut.
Friday, February 22 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

APERGHIS RECITATIONS
Stephanie Lamprea performs Georges Aperghis’s 14 Recitations at ShapeShifter Lab.
Friday, February 22 at 8:15 PM
ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY

NED ROTHENBERG: BEYOND C WITH DAVID BLOOM AND CONTEMPORANEOUS
Composed by Ned Rothenberg, Beyond C is a concerto for improvising woodwind soloist—Ned Rothenberg —and an ensemble of varied instruments—Contemporaneous. Inspired by seminal minimalist composer Terry Riley’s landmark composition In C (1964) which first introduced the musical style now known as Minimalism to a mainstream audience, Rothenberg’s Beyond C expands the harmonic, timbral, and rhythmic world of that work. It retains the modular structure of Riley’s original piece, but the progression through the work is formed by the conductor who, in partnership with the soloist, shapes each performance in a unique way.
Sunday, February 24 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

AMN Picks of the Week: Viviankrist / Marilyn Mazur / Brian Krock / Torn, Berne & Smith

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.

Viviankrist – Morgenrøde (2019)
Marilyn Mazur – Shamania (2019)
Brian Krock – Liddle (2019)
David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger (2019)

Shelter Press Releases “SPECTRES”

Shelter Press with the support of INA GRM has published the new book “Spectres Composer l’écoute / Composing listening”. This book is the first in an annual series. The first edition features writings in English and French by François Bayle, Jim O’Rourke, Daniel Terruggi, Stephen O’Malley, Elaine Radigue, Chris Watson, Brunhild Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Espen Sommer Eide, Drew Daniel, François J. Bonnet, Régis Renouard Larivière, and Félicia Atkinson.

Each issue of “SPECTRES” will have a different subtitle / focus.  “This book has been conceived as both a prism and a manual. Following the “traditional” arc of electroacoustic composition (listen—record—compose—deploy—feel), each of the contributions collected together here focuses in on a personal aspect, a fragment of that thrilling territory that is sonic and musical experimentation.

Although the term “experimental music” may now have be understood as referring to a genre, or even a particular style, we ought to hold on to the original use of this term, which was based more on an approach than on any particular aesthetic line to be followed. The experimental is first and foremost a spirit, the spirit of the exploration of unknown territories, a spirit of invention which sees musical composition more as a voyage into uncertain territories than as a self-assured approach working safe within the bosom of fully mapped out and recognized lands.”

More info at Shelter Press

Sun of Goldfinger US Tour in March and April

Source: David Torn.

David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger

Tim Berne: alto saxophone, Ches Smith: drums, electronics, tanbou,
David Torn: electric guitar, live-looping, electronics

Sun of Goldfinger on tour:
March 12th San Francisco, CA (Freight and Salvage)
March 13th Los Angeles, CA (Zebulon)
March 14th Portland, OR (Holocene)
March 15th Seattle, WA (Royal Room)
March 16th Denver, CO (workshop)
March 17th Denver, CO (Dazzle)
March 18th Minneapolis, MN Icehouse
March 19th Madison, WI (Arts and Literature Laboratory)
March 20th Pittsburgh, PA (Spirit)
March 21st NY, NY (Nublu)
March 24th Knoxville, TN (Big Ears Festival)
April 18th Boston, MA (Regatta Bar)
April 19th Portland, ME (Space Gallery)
April 20th Newburgh, NY (Atlas)

Newsbits: Zorn’s Insurrection / Sunn O))) Release / John Paul Jones Trio / Electroacoustic Writings / Glasgow Experimental Music Series

Burning Ambulance reviews the second album from John Zorn’s Insurrection outfit.

Sunn O))) is releasing a new album titled Life Metal.

John Paul Jones has an upcoming one-time-only performance with Thurston Moore and Steve Noble on March 28 in London.

Shelter Press is releasing a book entitled Spectres that is an anthology of writings by electroacoustic modern composers.

The Glasgow Experimental Music Series is featuring works by Samuel Vriezen, Lauren Redhead and Gregor Forbes on February 9.

AMN Picks of the Week: Quinsin Nachoff / Forrest Fang / Mz.412 / Dieu / Jon Lundbom / Original Past Life

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.

Quinsin Nachoff / Flux – Path of Totality (2019)
Forrest Fang – The Fata Morgana Dream (2019)
Mz.412 – Svartmyrkr (2019)
Dieu – Fore (2019)
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Harder on the Outside (2019)
Original Past Life – Inference/Interference (2019)