Ensemble Dal Niente 2019-20 Season Announced

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Dal Niente Season Opener/ Ben Melsky Album Release Concert
Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Allen Recital Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center (map)
Celebrate the opening of the Dal Niente season with a concert celebrating the album release of Ben Melsky/ Ensemble Dal Niente on New Focus Recordings! The show will feature live performances of several tracks off of the album, along with larger works by Tim Page, Carola Bauckholt, and Alican Çamci.

Chicago Concerts
Dal Niente Presents: Kyle Flens, Percussion
Friday, October 11, 2019
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Elastic Arts (map)
Kyle Flens plays works for percussion by some of his favorite Chicago collaborators in this concert of solos and duos, in which the instruments onstage come alive in different ways. Fellow Dal Niente members Ben Melsky, Jesse Langen, and Katherine Schoepflin Jimoh guest star.

Northern Illinois University New Music Festival
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
8:00 PM 9:00 PM
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building (map)
Erin Gee’s award-winning Mouthpiece series uses non-traditional vocal sounds to construct intricate sonic landscapes. In Mouthpiece 32, written for Dal Niente in 2018, Gee approaches the sound-worlds of specific insects, animals, and plants, mapping insect and human sound-production techniques on to each other to create music that is at once strange, familiar, and new. This program features Mouthpiece 32 along with works by NIU student composers.

Dal Niente Presents: Andrew Nogal, Oboe
Saturday, January 18, 2020
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Allen Recital Hall, Holtschneider Performance Center (map)
Oboist Andy Nogal takes a star turn with a program of duo music for oboe and piano that showcases the expressive and technical potential of the oboe as a tool for experimenting with sound and harmony. With pianist Daniel Pesca, who has been Nogal’s duo partner since 2010.

Composer Reading: Ensemble Dal Niente @ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Thursday, February 27, 2020
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Clarice Performing Arts Center (map)
Dal Niente plays works by University of Maryland students in a composer reading that is open to the public.

Dal Niente & The Music of George Lewis
Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00 PM 10:00 PM
The Joseph & Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (map)
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presents Ensemble Dal Niente in a program anchored by two parallel works: Hexis and Mnemosis, which invite the audience to improvise their listening experience amidst a wild array of loops, squeals, moans, and delicate, crystalline textures. Apply your improvising ears to the strange murmurs of Erin Gee’s Segment of the Fourth Letter. Listen to one of Christian Wolff’s famous exercises, which have been characterized by Frederick Rzewski as “weird little tunes, sounding as if they had been beamed at some remote point in the universe and then bounced back again as a kind of intergalactic mutant music.” Individual instruments are highlighted in smaller duets, including the fragile multiphonics of Wang Lu’s harp and clarinet duet; Sandra Lemus-Hernández’s urgent duo for flute and clarinet, and Her Disappearance by Bethany Younge and Kayleigh Butcher, in which two voices are extended and transformed by PVC pipe.
George Lewis: Hexis (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello, conductor)
Sandra Lemus-Hernández: II (flute, clarinet)
Erin Gee: Segment of the Fourth Letter (bass flute, clarinet, percussion, viola, cello)
Wang Lu: After Some Remarks by CW (clarinet, harp)
Christian Wolff: Exercise 18 (open instrumentation)
Bethany Younge/Kayleigh Butcher: Her Disappearance (two voices extended/transformed by PVC Pipe)
George Lewis: Mnemosis (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, conductor)

Leading International Composers: George Lewis
Sunday, March 1, 2020
4:00 PM 6:00 PM
The Phillips Collection (map)
Dal Niente performs the music of George Lewis, which the ensemble recorded to wide acclaim in 2017. The program will include Assemblage, which was written for the ensemble in 2013.

Dal Niente @ Northwestern University
Friday, March 13, 2020
7:30 PM 9:30 PM
Galvin Recital Hall, Bienen School of Music (map)
Dal Niente performs music for violin, clarinet, flute, cello, and harp by Northwestern University composers.

The Music of Roscoe Mitchell: Dal Niente w Ken Vandermark @ The Pillsbury Theatre
Thursday, March 26, 2020
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
Pillsbury Theatre (map)
Dal Niente, in large ensemble form, teams up with legendary saxophonist Ken Vandermark to perform brand-new music by Roscoe Mitchell, a fearless musical pioneer whose music has, over the last half-century, changed the very definition of what is possible. Dal Niente co-commissioned this work with the Birdhouse, an organization dedicated to honoring the legacy of Fred Andersen, whose Velvet Lounge was an anchor for new forms of music in Chicago for decades.

Ensemble Dal Niente: Humming Between Branches
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Holtschneider Performance Center, Gannon Concert Hall (map)
Dal Niente performs music by leading Mexican and Argentinian composers, including Nur Slim’s Humming Between Branches for soprano with chamber orchestra, in which the singer’s voice dances between and among wildly varied instrumental textures, which shimmer, dive, and groan with kaliedascopic virtuosity.

Ensemble Distractfold, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble 20+
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Holtschneider Performance Center, Gannon Concert Hall (map)
In 2019, Ensemble Dal Niente met up in Berlin with the Distractfold Ensemble, a brilliant UK-based new music group, to collaborate on some truly wild music. Now, Distractfold comes to Chicago, where they, along with Dal Niente and Ensemble 20+, will perform music for their blended ensembles, including George Lewis’s Connectome (2019), which was written for Dal Niente, Distractfold, and Ensemble Adapter and premiered in Berlin in 2019.

Dal Niente @ University of Washington
Friday, May 15, 2020
7:30 PM 9:30 PM
Meany Hall—Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater (map)
Ensemble Dal Niente performs a program of all new works by University of Washington faculty members Joel Durand, Huck Hodge, Juan Pampin, and Richard Karpin.

Seattle Scene: September 19-28, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Alforjs + Bad Luck
Thu. Sep. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Alforjs makes idiosyncratic music reflecting the cauldron of disparate influences that is Lisbon in the 21st century, from the most avant-garde jazz, to the darkest and most peripheral dance music, to noise, electronics and electroacoustics. Local duo Bad Luck (Neil Welch, saxophone + elec- tronics and Christopher Icasiano, drums) is a genre-defying supernova of electronics, metal, folk and jazz.

Cellista + Zero Collective + noisepoetnobody
Fri. Sep. 20, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Bay Area post-classical artist Cellista performs excerpts from Transfigurations, a multimedia work steeped in genres, social commentary and fueled by the conscious imagery that surrounds us all. Zero Collective (LA) specializes in improvisation, noise and audio surrealism. Sonic improviser, instrument builder/destroyer, and analog synthesist noisepoetnobody also joins along with collaborator Cailleach.

John Teske: vectorscores
Sat. Sep. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Seattle composer John Teske presents a new suite of graphic and generated works for any ensemble. vectorscores uses web technologies to generate and render scores. The shape of each piece is composed, with some flexibility in the details, so the works as a whole are crafted but each performance is unique. The new suite explores some recurring thoughts, visions, and dreams from a dark and surreal time, expanding on the potential of the vectorscores project.

Wed. 9/25 – Bryan Eubanks/Greg Kelley duo + Catherine Lamb’s Prisma Interius IV (2017)

Thu. 9/26 – Nonsequitur presents Canções Profundas, a work by Steve Peters about family history in the Azores Islands with Greg Campbell, Jesse Canterbury, Lesli Dalaba, Amy Denio, and Christian Pincock

Fri. 9/27 – Different Drummer, with Don Dieterich (percussion), Anna Doak (bass), Brandon Vance (violin) and Gretchen Yanover (cello)

Sat. 9/28 – The Sound Ensemble performs works by Christopher Dietz, Jerry Mader, Jennifer Butler, Sang Mi Ahn, Bohuslav Martinu

Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph on Tour

Wednesday, September 25 at Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH.
Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets $20. For information call 216-771-6551 or visit https://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2019/09/25/karuna-duo-hamid-drake-adam-rudolph-bop-stop.

Thursday, September 26 at Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series, Happy Days Lodge, 500 West Streetsboro St., State Route 303, Peninsula, OH.
Concert at 7 p.m. Tickets $21, members $17, students $10, kids free. For information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/karuna-duet-cuyahoga-valley-national-park-concert-series-tickets-69225931625?aff=affiliate1.

Friday, September 27 at Trinosophnes Concert Gallery, 1464 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI.
For information contact (313)778-9258 or visit http://trinosophes.com/PERFORMANCES-EVENTS.

Saturday, September 28 at Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Concert at 3 p.m. Free admission. For information visit https://www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org/karuna-hamid-drake-and-adam-rudolph-duet.

Sunday, September 29 at Mexicains Sans Frontieres, 120 South Division Avenue, #226, Grand Rapids, MI.
Concert at 6 p.m. For information visit https://www.facebook.com/mexicainssansfrontieres/.

Tuesday, October 1 at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY.
Concert at 8 p.m. Tickets $20, $15 students. For information call 585-271-3354 or visit http://bopshop.com/event/karuna-hamid-drake-adam-rudolph-duet/.

Friday, October 4 at Mandorla Music, Accurate Records Loft, 343 Medford St., Somerville, MA. Concert at 8 p.m. Club d’Elf opens. Tickets $20. For information visit http://www.mandorlamusic.net or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4279416.

With their new Karuna duet Drake and Rudolph bring their unique and evolved rhythm languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. The name Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life of musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

Blank Forms Concerts in October

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Akira Sakata with Darin Gray
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Wadada Leo Smith with Pheeroan akLaff, Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
8:00 PM

Fred Moten
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
2:00 PM

Okkyung Lee
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Henry Cow: The World Is a Problem Book Release
Friday, October 11th, 2019
6:30 PM

Joe McPhee
Saturday, October 12th, 2019
2:00 PM

Blank Forms Third Annual Benefit Honoring Ikue Mori and Arto Lindsay
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
7:00 PM

Coming to Washington DC

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the opening concert of ‘The Piano Trio: A Survey in 8 Concerts’, with the Milo Trio, featuring Celaya Kirchner on violin, Emma Hays Johnson on cello, and Carl Banner on piano, presenting a series of eight concerts devoted to exploring the history and development of the piano trio. This first concert explores the music of Haydn and Mozart. @Banner Arts, located at 7502 Flower Avenue, in Takoma Park, MD.

On Saturday, September 22, 2019, Bells & Bills for Bill, live music in support of our friend Bill Brower. Beginning with bassist Luke Stewart and friends. October 22nd is drummer Nasar Abadey and friends. November 24th is singer Sunny Sumpter and friends. And ending December 15th with Solo Pianists TBA. All in the Old Firehouse Studio, near Cottage City.

And on Friday, October 4, 2019, @Joe Chambers, M’Boom, his percussion ensemble of marimba, xylophone, tympani, vibes, bells, gongs, drum sets, and even a musical saw, featuring fellow percussionists, Ray Mantilla, Warren I. Smith, and Bobby Sanabria, along with the 16-piece Moving Pictures Orchestra and vocalist Mavis Swan Poole. @The Kennedy Center

This Week in New York 


Cellist Joshua Roman returns to The Church of the Intercession with pianist Conor Hanick to perform the works of Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke.
Wednesday, September 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $80, including Wine Tasting & hors-d’oeuvres
The Church of the Intercession Crypt, West 155th and Broadway, New York, NY

Ensemble Pamplemousse and JACK arts curates and produces a three-day festival of experimental music and performance at JACK Arts, from September 19 – 21, 2019. The third iteration of an annual festival follows in the tradition of the Annual Avant-Garde Festival, which took place between 1963 and 1980, advancing the careers of hundreds of young musicians and artists while deeply expanding the repertoire of the disciplines featured. Chance and Circumstance seeks to bring together American collectives and sound/media artists working in the field of experimental arts, music, and music theater, with a strong focus on the community of New York City.
Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $10-$15
JACK 18 Putnam Avenue Brooklyn, NY

Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger concerns itself with the Great Irish Famine of 1845–52, which transformed Irish society irrevocably, resulting in the loss of approximately one million people to death and another million to emigration. The Hunger will be presented alongside Eartheater’s When Fire is Allowed to Finish by Queens-based artist Alexandra Drewchin (A.K.A. Eartheater), creating an evening of music centered around historical accounts of personal loss.
Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

Coming to Areté Venue & Gallery in October

Source: New York’s Areté Venue & Gallery.

Large Furniture
10/8/19, 8:00 pm
Large Furniture is a quartet of bass players from Brooklyn, NY (Greg Chudzik, Tristan Kasten-Krause, Evan Runyon and Pat Swoboda) that decided what the world really needed was a bass quartet. Their 2019-2020 season opener features the music of Julia Wolfe, Veronika Krausas, Robert Honstein and Larry Polansky, and since they’ve rehearsed it now you have to listen to it.
Robert Honstein, Alone Together (2012)
Veronika Krausas, Sillages (2013)
Larry Polansky, Movement for Lou Harrison (1976/1988)
Julia Wolfe, Stronghold (2008)

Sputterbox: Music for 8×11 Rug
10/10/19, 7:30 pm
Sputter Box presents their first premieres concert! Music for 8×11 Rug is the culmination of a true collaborative experience between performer, composer, and choreographer.
After working in collaborative composition intensives with three composers and a choreographer, Sputter Box will present a premieres concert of interdisciplinary art pieces. Kathryn Vetter (clarinet/bass clarinet), Alina Tamborini (voice), and Peter White (percussion) will perform pieces by Alan Hankers, Joe Krycia, and Christopher Lucius Newman, and choreographed by Neil Parsons. These pieces range from an exploration of a soundworld inspired by the physical act of writing to a satirical commentary on the contemporary classical music field in relation to the Millennial generation.

10/13/19, 7-9:00 pm
Jason Kao Hwang violin, Melanie Dyer viola, Adam Lane bass, Tomas Ulrich cello, Julian Priester trombone, Steve Swell trombone, Dave Storrs percussion, Bernard Purdie percussion
Birth of a City is in that third-stream universe that brings in aspects of classical chamber music with jazz for a more cerebral experience of musical material… Certainly an album worth exploring- Cinemusical, August 2019.

ACUTE trio
10/19/19, 5:00 pm
Kyle Hutchins | Bera Romairone | Sara Zazo
Acute Trio is a modular saxophone trio with members Kyle Hutchins (USA), Bera Romairone (Argentina), and Sara Zazo (Spain) who met at the 2016 Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Germany. Their program will consist of new works written for them by 113 (One Thirteen) Composer’s Collective members Joey Crane, Benjamin J Mansavage Klein, Sam Krahn, Joshua Musikantow, Tiffany M. Skidmore, and Adam Zahller.

Sunday, 10/20/19, 8:00 pm
Den Haag Tribute
Germaine Sijstermans: Jasminum
Vladan Kulišić: new work
Grzegorz Marciniak: melodica duets
Assaf Gidron: Group + Teodora Stepančić: Trumpet
with LCollective
Germaine, Vladan, Grzegorz, Assaf and Teodora met at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Netherlands). There they played, composed, drank and also lived together at the legendary Stevinstraat house. Now they still play, compose and drink together.
Piano+ is a concert series dedicated to new and recent music for piano with other instruments and media, inviting composers, performers and audiences into an intimate listening experience, a space for sharing sounds, ideas and music, for open minds and ears. Curated by composer and pianist Teodora Stepančić.

October 25th, 8:00 PM
Screenings of Muyassar’s 16mm film trilogy:
*A Song for Many Women (9m21s, 2018) is a short 16mm movement film exploring gravity, perception, and subtlety. A woman’s dance in the aftermath of war and destruction.
*Field Dances (9m17s, 2019) is a short 16mm dance film ruminating on space, scale, micromovements, and anatomy.
Playing continuously:
*Travelling (10m9s, 2017) is a short 16mm movement film, a pilgrimage, a ritual: exploring gravity, vulnerability, spaces between spaces, visual rhythm, and presence.