Big Ears Festival Planning Two Weekends in 2021

Source: Big Ears Festival. Modulo pandemic, of course.

Our primary goal has been to offer TWO Big Ears weekends in 2021 — each with a unique line up and program of its own — combining as much of the programming scheduled for 2020 as possible with many new programs that were already in the works. We’ve discussed this with many of the artists who were scheduled for the 2020 festival — as well as with others who were planning to play Big Ears 2021 — with very positive response. We are hopeful and optimistic.

The two weekends we have in mind are March 18 – 21 and March 25 – 28; however, it will still be several weeks — perhaps until late-August or early-September — before we know for certain if those weekends are actually feasible. The health and safety of everyone who attends Big Ears — and of our community — is our #1 concern. If these dates don’t allow for that, we’ll pivot to weekends later in the year.

This Week in Live Streamed Concerts 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

HOUSE MUSIC | METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE
Metropolis Ensemble’s series, House Music, reflects its values of putting community at the heart of its practice, and allows it to continue to create opportunities for artists to do what they do best: make and share new music. All artists are being paid for their work. Metropolis Ensemble is commissioning performers to present bite-sized works from contemporary composers, as well as composers to create new works specifically for this series, which are then recorded from wherever the artists are sheltering. “House Music” launched in late March and streams live every Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

ADJUA GARGI NZINGA GREAVES | ISOLATED FIELD RECORDING SERIES
In response to COVID-19’s impact, ISSUE is commissioning artists to produce field recordings to be streamed over the course of this challenging and isolated time. This series will support artists directly in an unprecedented moment of uncertainty, struggle, and financial risk and emphasize the solidarity of artists working in a situation where everyday life is confined and separated. Focusing on recordings from artists’ current conditions, the series will broadly approach the field recording as an expanded form and open invitation to experiment with home audio recording during this period of social distancing.
Wednesday, July 1 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time

HOUSE MUSIC | METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE
Metropolis Ensemble’s series, House Music, reflects its values of putting community at the heart of its practice, and allows it to continue to create opportunities for artists to do what they do best: make and share new music. All artists are being paid for their work. Metropolis Ensemble is commissioning performers to present bite-sized works from contemporary composers, as well as composers to create new works specifically for this series, which are then recorded from wherever the artists are sheltering. “House Music” launched in late March and streams live every Tuesday and Thursday.
Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

RAFIQ BHATIA | DIGITAL DISCOVERY FESTIVAL
In this layered live performance, Rafiq Bhatia employs vanguard, sculptural approaches to guitar in an aural funeral ceremony commemorating the staggering human cost of the COVID-19 crisis. Rendered through a hallucinatory, audio-reactive video treatment, the performance channels the risk and uncertainty of a live show while suggesting other possibilities for expression, communion, and catharsis in our isolated present.
Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

SEASON FINALE & FUNDRAISER | NEXT FESTIVAL 2020
Combining three events that showcase the breadth of the Festival’s activities, Next Festival 2020 invite you to learn, explore and be inspired by great artists, genre-free creativity and innovative collaborative solutions. The evening features talks and music by Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Richard Thompson, Lisa Bielawa, Derek Bermel, and S. Ama Wray.
Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

JAMES K | ISOLATED FIELD RECORDING SERIES
In response to COVID-19’s impact, ISSUE is commissioning artists to produce field recordings to be streamed over the course of this challenging and isolated time. This series will support artists directly in an unprecedented moment of uncertainty, struggle, and financial risk and emphasize the solidarity of artists working in a situation where everyday life is confined and separated. Focusing on recordings from artists’ current conditions, the series will broadly approach the field recording as an expanded form and open invitation to experiment with home audio recording during this period of social distancing.
Thursday, July 2 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time

LIVE@NATIONALSAWDUST
Live@NationalSawdust is a digital home for the voices and work of the artists they have hosted over the past 5 seasons in their Brooklyn venue. Live@NationalSawdust will feature weekly releases from their archive of live performances and is free for audiences across the globe.

Jazz 2020 Replaces Jazz em Agosto

Source: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Jazz will be heard once again at the open-air Amphiteatre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, between 31 July and 9 August. Two weekends filled with concerts dedicated to jazz, improvised and exploratory music. In light of the current pandemic, the 37th international edition of Jazz em Agosto will not take place this year, having been replaced by Jazz 2020.

Through this event, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation aims to support the comeback of Portuguese jazz musicians and reunite them with their audience. For this purpose, the Foundation established a partnership with Associação Porta-Jazz, in Oporto, and Jazz ao Centro, in Coimbra – two entities that have both been pioneers in fostering jazz in Portugal – to jointly help bring about this event.

Jazz 2020 will feature 10 performances – six in Lisbon, at the open-air Amphitheatre of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, two in Oporto and two in Coimbra. The programme will include some of today’s most relevant national projects, selected among the recordings and live performances that shaped the Portuguese Jazz scene in the past year.

In a time when many artists have seen their projects cancelled or postponed, this edition is also an opportunity to support more than 60 musicians and the technical teams involved in these concerts.

Programme
Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Coreto
Fri, 31 Jul, 21:30, Open-air Amphitheatre

Susana Santos Silva – Impermanence
Sat, 01 Aug, 21:30, Open-air Amphitheatre

Angélica Salvi – Phantone + The Selva – Canícula Rosa
Sun, 02 Aug, 21:30, Open-air Amphitheatre

Daniel Bernardes & Drumming GP – Liturgy of the Birds
Fri, 07 Aug, 21:30, Open-air Amphitheatre

João Lencastre – Parallel Realities
Sat, 08 Aug, 21:30, Open-air Amphitheatre

Lantana + João Mortágua – Dentro da Janela
Sun, 09 Aug, 21:30, Open-air Amphitheatre

Coimbra, Jazz ao Centro Clube

TGB III – Sérgio Carolino, Mário Delgado e Alexandre Frazão
Sat, 01 Aug, 18:00, Casa das Artes Bissaya Barreto

Luís Vicente, Hugo Antunes e Pedro Melo Alves
Sat, 08 Aug, 18:00, Casa das Artes Bissaya Barreto

Porto, Associação Porta Jazz

Ricardo Toscano, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira e Gabriel Ferrandini
Sun, 02 Aug, 19:00, Sala Porta-Jazz / Quintal

André Rosinha Trio – Árvore
Sun, 09 Aug, 19:00 Sala Porta-Jazz / Quintal

Wayward in Limbo Recordings

Source: Wayward Music Series.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been considering how we can most directly assist the artists who inhabit our particular niche of the Seattle music community.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series now moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is curating and commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of exclusive material. Many of these will be essentially “live” performances recorded at home for this occasion. Others may create a mix of pre-recorded material that has not been previously released elsewhere.

These tracks are available to stream at no charge on SoundCloud via the links below, and will be promoted like our concerts via our weekly e-newsletter, our Facebook group, and our Twitter feed. The artists retain all rights to their recordings. We strongly encourage you to visit their web sites and purchase their recordings or contribute to their personal crowdfunding campaigns.

This series will continue for as long as we are unable to use the Chapel for performances.

Wayward in Limbo 30: Yann Novak

Yann Novak’s Mountain, Fire, Holding Still is a remixed version of time-suspending ambient drone for a 10-hour durational performance by dancer taisha paggett at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Wayward in Limbo 31: Norm Chambers

Norm Chambers’ Music for Neuropathy combines modular synths and field recordings to aurally portray the experience of living with nerve damage for nine months and the accompanying phantom sensations.

Wayward in Limbo 32: Carlos Snaider

Carlos Snaider shares a series of recent compositions, improvisations, and songs for guitar, voice, and percussion from his personal sanctuary, exploring both external physical space and internal emotional space.

Wayward in Limbo 33: Nordra

Nordra (Monika Khot) creates apocalyptic dirges combining modern classical explorations of electronic ambiance with hardware-fueled industrial barrages. This piece combines cacophonous and meditative elements

MOPOMOSO Live stream from the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: Vortex Jazz Club.

SUN 28 JUNE 2020, 2PM
MOPOMOSO goes digital

Line up
First edition of Mopomoso Digital (live premiere) featuring:
– Jörg Hufschmidt / ddavid / John Russell trio (Zoom hosted by Atelier Grammophon – made for this edition),
– Sylvia Hallett solo with a track from her lockdown release ‘Tree Time’,
– Catherine Sikora (sax) with a film by Eric Mingus (made for this edition),
– Ash Cooke solo guitar (made for this edition),
– The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with international guests (made for this edition),
– Sothiac with guest Paul Jolly with their new release ‘Superluna’ and
– Ned Rothenberg / Paul G Smyth duo. Link camera by Yui Ting. Brought to you by the Mopomoso Team.

Braxton75: Navigation Through Form Online Event

Source: New School.

In celebration of Anthony Braxton’s 75th birthday year, International Contemporary Ensemble and Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation are collaborating to present the very first online Braxton75 event accessible to the public. In this talk, Tri-Centric president James Fei, who has been working closely with Braxton for over two decades, will offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Braxton compositions. Specifically, using scores and audiovisual material, Fei will examine the intersection of improvisation and notation, the changing role of the performer, and the fluid notions of “composition” in Braxton’s works.

Bang on a Can Marathon June 2020 Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Since its 1987 inauguration at Exit Art in SoHo, the annual Bang on a Can Marathon has been a New York staple. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the second in this year’s series of online Marathons was held on June 14, 2020. Performances from twenty-five artists based across the United States and internationally made up the six hours of innovative, boundary-bending live music. In between each set, Bang on a Can directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe interviewed composers and performers in a Zoom conference room. The program was free, with the option to donate $10, $20, or $50; patrons with deep pockets could additionally donate $1,500 to commission a future work.

This Week in Live Streamed Concerts 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

HOUSE MUSIC | METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE
Metropolis Ensemble’s series, House Music, reflects its values of putting community at the heart of its practice, and allows it to continue to create opportunities for artists to do what they do best: make and share new music. All artists are being paid for their work. Metropolis Ensemble is commissioning performers to present bite-sized works from contemporary composers, as well as composers to create new works specifically for this series, which are then recorded from wherever the artists are sheltering. “House Music” launched in late March and streams live every Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

A CONVERSATION WITH COMPOSER ANTHONY DAVIS | NEXT FESTIVAL 2020
Attend a conversation with Anthony Davis, who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for his opera The Central Park Five.
Tuesday, June 23 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

C. SPENCER YEH | ISOLATED FIELD RECORDING SERIES
In response to COVID-19’s impact, ISSUE is commissioning artists to produce field recordings to be streamed over the course of this challenging and isolated time. This series will support artists directly in an unprecedented moment of uncertainty, struggle, and financial risk and emphasize the solidarity of artists working in a situation where everyday life is confined and separated. Focusing on recordings from artists’ current conditions, the series will broadly approach the field recording as an expanded form and open invitation to experiment with home audio recording during this period of social distancing.
Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time

HOUSE MUSIC | METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE
Metropolis Ensemble’s series, House Music, reflects its values of putting community at the heart of its practice, and allows it to continue to create opportunities for artists to do what they do best: make and share new music. All artists are being paid for their work. Metropolis Ensemble is commissioning performers to present bite-sized works from contemporary composers, as well as composers to create new works specifically for this series, which are then recorded from wherever the artists are sheltering. “House Music” launched in late March and streams live every Tuesday and Thursday.
Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

OPEN SPACE: SONGS FOR OUR DISTANT PRESENCE
Explore the new reality of life with Jen Shyu, multilingual vocalist-composer-multi-instrumentalist-dancer. Hear the world premiere of Songs of Our Distant Presence: Book 1, new music composed by Ms. Shyu set to poems written by her friends, family, Patreon patrons, and herself. Each night features a mix of different works, some unique to each night. She sings, plays piano, Taiwanese moon lute, and a menagerie of other instruments as well.
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

LIVE@NATIONALSAWDUST
Live@NationalSawdust is a digital home for the voices and work of the artists they have hosted over the past 5 seasons in their Brooklyn venue. Live@NationalSawdust will feature weekly releases from their archive of live performances and is free for audiences across the globe.

Wayward in Limbo Recordings

Source: Wayward Music Series.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been considering how we can most directly assist the artists who inhabit our particular niche of the Seattle music community.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series now moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is curating and commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of exclusive material. Many of these will be essentially “live” performances recorded at home for this occasion. Others may create a mix of pre-recorded material that has not been previously released elsewhere.

These tracks are available to stream at no charge on SoundCloud via the links below, and will be promoted like our concerts via our weekly e-newsletter, our Facebook group, and our Twitter feed. The artists retain all rights to their recordings. We strongly encourage you to visit their web sites and purchase their recordings or contribute to their personal crowdfunding campaigns.

This series will continue for as long as we are unable to use the Chapel for performances.

Wayward in Limbo 28: Lineberry/Miller

Saxophonists Bryan Lineberry & Gregg Miller met up in a lush dell in park in Beacon Hill’s Jefferson Park to improvise with each other (at a safe distance) and the sounds of the environment in real time.

Wayward in Limbo 29: Pincock/O’Brien

Christian Pincock (valve trombone/electronics) in Seattle joins John O’Brien (drums) in Brooklyn for some long-distance duo improvisations using the low-latency, uncompressed audio streaming program JackTrip.

San Francisco Tape Music Collective

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A selection of fixed media works presented by the collective in recent San Francisco Tape Music Festivals.

Works by Maggi Payne, Kent Jolly, Cliff Caruthers, Matt Ingalls, Thom Blum, Kristin Miltner, and Joseph Anderson.

 

Freely available for streaming and download from http://sound.bandcamp.com.

The San Francisco Tape Music Collective is dedicated to presenting performances of audio art. For over 20 years they have presented The San Francisco Tape Music Festival, diffusing works from composers throughout the world in addition to their own works through a pristine immersive 24-speaker surround-sound environment, in complete darkness.   SFTMC and SFTMF are projects of sfSound.

Donations are welcome. All proceeds go to the San Francisco Tape Music Festival. (post COVID-19).  If you donate this Friday, Juneteenth, bandcamp will donate 100% of their shares to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

http://sfSound.org/tape

http://sfsound.bandcamp.com/album/san-francisco-tape-music-collective