Now Hear This Festival in Edmonton, March 21-25

Source: New Music Edmonton.

Wednesday, March 21
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, (10037 84 Ave NW) 12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
Preview Event
Join us in the beautiful surrounds of Holy Trinity Anglican Church for this informal festival warm-up. A select group of festival artists will offer offer exclusive performances of music not included elsewhere in Now Hear This. We are delighted to partner with our friends at Holy Trinity in making Now Hear This part of their regular series of afternoon concerts. Watch for an update of exactly who will be on hand to perform. Admission is by donation.

Thursday, March 22
City Hall (1 Sir Winston Churchill Square), 12:00 p.m.
Earth Ears: A Sonic Ritual, by Pauline Oliveros with the Now Hear This City Hall Players
Spend your lunchtime with us at City Hall and be prepared for an astonishing, moving and deeply profound experience as a band of some 20 Edmonton musicians present Earth Ears, a work by musical pioneer and prophet Pauline Oliveros. The City Hall Players will each bring musical materials of their own invention and, under the leadership of Raylene Campbell and Allison Balcetis, will assemble a beautiful, meditative ritual. With the musicians spread throughout the City Hall atrium you can sit in the middle of the sound on the chairs provided, or take a stroll around to experience the result from different perspectives. Free admission.

Studio 96 (10909 96 St NW)
Tapestry – Don Berner Trio Featuring Nico Arnáez, electronics, 7:30 p.m.
Don Berner – Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
Ryan Timoffee – Keyboards and Piano
Gord Graber – Drums, Cymbals and Percussion
With special guest Nicolás Arnáez – Live Processing, Bass and Found Objects
Don Berner, Ryan Timoffee and Gord Graber are familiar names in Edmonton music circles, and New Music Edmonton is proud to feature them on our opening night show. Moving way beyond the confines of a standard jazz performance, Tapestry, with guest artist, Nicolás Arnáez, promises a scintillating, possibly startling, combination of straight ahead and free form jazz, dance, electronic, electroacoustic and chamber music.

Live Mix I, 9:30 p.m.
After the Don Berner show, stick around Studio 96 for the second show of the night when we present a unique double bill of performances beyond categorization. Mixing live music, electronics, theatre and text, Live Mix is our chance to shine the spotlight on remarkable innovators from Edmonton and beyond.

Tab C.A. and Ocra: Moonbathers
Moonbathers is an interdisciplinary collaboration between poet Tab C.A. (2016 Edmonton Slam Team finalist and original member of The Edmonton Poetry Brothel) and experimental musician Ocra (the solo project of Myles Bartel). The duo formed for the purpose of performing at the release party of Tab C.A.’s Moonbather chapbook. This will be their second live collaboration based on that material. Tab C.A.’s poetry strives to create honest, heartfelt connections and bring their audience into shared catharsis, while the music of Ocra specializes in sounds of brooding and meditative drones, loops and excursions via prepared guitar, vocals, and more.

Gel Nails: Under the Sea
Under The Sea is a narrative about being invisible and in plain sight at the same time. The performance is built using cassette samples with elements of Musique Concrète and the influences of Michele Chion and Steve Reich. The cassette medium is truly central to this Gel Nails’ show, but not just with recorded sounds: tape warble and hiss are features of the work, not to mention the mechanical sounds of cassette decks opening and closing. There’s also going to be plenty of sonic contributions emanating from the sound of the stop/ play/ pause/ rewind and eject buttons being called into action. Connecting it all: looping live electronics, slabs of guitar and vocals.

Tab C.A. and Ocra and Gel Nails are both appearing for the first time on a New Music Edmonton program. It’s a unique chance to experience these Alberta artists performing on the same bill, and a great close to the first day of Now Hear This.

Friday, March 23
Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave NW)
Windrose – Kagelian Ensemble with special guest Miguel Belllusci, 7:30 p.m.
Chenoa Anderson, flutes
Don Ross, clarinets
Charles Stolte, narration
Mark Segger, percussion
Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, keyboards
Haley Simons, keyboard
The Vaughan String Quartet:
Neda Yamach, violin
Mattia Berrini, violin
Fabiola Amorim, viola
Silvia Buttiglione, ‘cello
and Jeff Johnson, bass
Conducted by Miguel Bellusci
The 2018 Now Hear This Festival is pleased to welcome renowned Argentinian conductor and composer Miguel Bellusci to Edmonton to lead some of our finest musicians in a brilliant evening of music by composers from his own country. This is a rare opportunity to hear works by Mauricio Kagel, a towering figure of the post-war era, in selections from his mammoth opus, Die Stücke der Windrose. In these complex, yet inviting and humorous works, Kagel re-interprets aspects of traditional Argentinian music such as tango and carnavalito through the lens of a new music chamber ensemble with and amazing percussion set-up that including anvils, electric fans and stones. The program also includes a mind-blowing, kaleidoscopic work for string quartet and octophonic, three-dimensional live electronics by Edmonton’s very own Nicolás Arnáez, performed by local favourites, The Vaughan Quartet.

Listening Lounge I, 9:30 p.m.
We’ll be around after Windrose is over and you should be too! The Listening Lounge will be a free, relaxed gathering space for festival-goers to relax and enjoy the festival in a unique way. You can meet some of the festival artists, look at scores and other artifacts, and enjoy refreshments and discussion. We’ll also be setting up some places for attendees to listen to and share recordings, and to watch videos of music and sound art. This is kind of an experiment for us, but we’re looking forward to enjoying an hour or two spending time with you!

Saturday, March 24
Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave NW)
Social Sounds, With Catherine Lee, Oboe and Electronics, 2:00 p.m.
On the first weekend of spring, especially, with the sun shining through stained glass, an afternoon recital in Holy Trinity’s exquisite sanctuary is an extraordinary experience. Now Hear This is delighted to welcome Edmonton-raised oboist Catherine Lee as she returns to our city for a performance certain to be part of the magic of the newly minted spring. Her compelling, beautifully curated program of Canadian works will bring to mind many aspects of the natural world – flowers, wind, colour, the movement of sand and rock sediment through water and the irresistibly hypnotic nocturnal songs of whales.

Catherine Lee is a renowned oboist able to produce the full range of sounds from lyrically traditional to grittily experimental. She is also a highly regarded and sought-after improviser and has chosen this program specifically to explore the continuum between improvised and strictly notated music, often within the same composition. Combining oboe and oboe d’amore with a rich stream of expertly diffused electronic sounds, this recital will fill the phenomenal acoustic of Holy Trinity with magical and memorable music.

Dorothy Chang – Still
Catherine Lee – a tiny dance
Jérôme Blais – Rafales
Dana Reason – Chanson de fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine
Taylor Brook – Alluvium
Emily Doolittle – Social Sounds From Whales At Night

Listening Lounge II, 3:30 p.m.
Please see the note about our Listening Lounges for Friday, March 23!
Trio in Trinity – Swell/ Burrell/ Segger Trio, 7:30 p.m.
Dave Burrell, piano
Steve Swell, trombone
Mark Segger, drums and percussion

Collaborations between visiting and local artists have been an important stream of most Now Hear This Festivals. Continuing that tradition, join us and revel in the unique combination of New York’s Dave Burrell/ Steve Swell Duo with Edmonton percussionist Mark Segger. You won’t want to miss this explosive meeting of three great musicians in a show created especially for Now Hear This.

The Burrell/ Swell Duo first worked together in 2011 and have given performances of Dave Burrell’s Civil War Project music at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, at the Vision Festival in New York and in Houston presented by the Nameless Sound Foundation. For Now Hear This, the duo has invited Edmonton’s Mark Segger to join with them in what is certain to be a “masterclass” in infusing improvisation with a stunning array of sound and rhythm drawn from all corners of the jazz and new music worlds. The trio’s highly developed improvisational skills and phenomenal sensitivity to each other’s playing will be radically, readily apparent as they bring us an intense, absorbing evening of music rarely heard in our city.

Live Mix II, 9:30 p.m.
After The Trio show we’ll have a short break – a chance to grab a snack or drink, or take a walk, but don’t go home! Our third show of the day is the second of our unique Live Mix double bills, once again bringing cutting edge, risk-taking performers into focus. This is going to be fantastic way to finish the day off as we pair…

Ryan M. Hemphill: Overfill Undergrowth
This is an orchestra of a different kind – a collection of a half dozen or so decommissioned propane tanks and some audio transducers. Feed them some pre-recorded voices, sine-wave oscillations and live amplified brass, let the transducers do their work (i.e. converting the sound into vibrations) and voila: an orchestra of resonating propane tanks! Since each tank is unique it will resonate in different way, resulting in the room being filled with gorgeous, bell-like sounds. Overfill Undergrowth can exist as both an installation and live performance, and Ryan Hemphill will offer some of both during this performance. With the gas tanks set up surrounding the audience, expect to be immersed in a rich, warm, constantly changing pool of ambient sound.

blablaTrains: blablaOdyssey_3
blablaTrains is a duo formed by Takuto Fukuda (DIY sensor instrument), and Ana Dall’Ara-Majek (extended Theremin). Respectively from Japan and France, they moved to Canada to study composition and to take the train. The duo develops new ways of narrativity and musical meaning by extending idiomatic gestures to theatrics.

The improvisation performance ‘blablaOdyssey_3’ is a theatrical exploration of two instruments that require a kind of choreography to generate sound. The duo uses electronic sounds generated by their instruments and recordings from different travels by train. Those sounds are processed in real-time with body movements and hands gestures. The performance illustrates a surrealistic odyssey in which they create links between our two instruments and the electroacoustic world.

As with our March 22 Live Mix I artists, Ryan M. Hemphill and blablaTrains are making their New Music Edmonton debut appearances on Live Mix II. We’re excited to be capping off this amazing and varied Saturday with these original, unforgettable performances.

Sunday, March 25
Workshop With blablaTrains
Strathcona Community League (10139 87 Ave NW), 11:30 AM – 1:00 p.m.
In this workshop, blablaTrains will talk about the way they conceived Human-Computer Interaction with their respective gestural interfaces. Participants will have the opportunity to try Takuto’s gyro-based sensor instrument and Ana’s augmented Theremin in order to experience the cause-effect relationship between gestures and sound. After the talk, audience members will be solicited for a demonstration of Human-Computer Interaction by taking part in an audiovisual game-piece that was specifically designed for the improvisors. Audience members that want to volunteer for the game are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments!

Yardbird Suite (11 Tommy Banks Way)
Rise Up Singing – UltraViolet Ensemble, 2:00 p.m.
Roger Admiral, piano
Chenoa Anderson, flutes
Allison Balcetis, saxophones
Amy Nicholson, ‘cello
Closing our festival this year: Edmonton’s amazing new music group, UltraViolet. This quartet gave an awe-inspiring debut performance of new, multi-media works during our 2017 festival, and we have every reason to believe they will outdo themselves as the closing act of Now Hear This 2018.
Alice Ho – Cothemus
Erin Rogers – Rise Up, Singing
Bernhard Lang – Differenz / Wiederholung 1.2
Doug Hoyer – Theme for the Largest Organism on Earth
Emily Casavant – Fuse


Heterodyne and Joy on Fire in Baltimore, March 22

On Thursday, March 22Heterodyne and Joy on Fire perform at The Corner Charcuterie Bar, which is located at 850 West 36th Street in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood.  Heterodyne’s set will include the amazing Sarah Hughes on saxophone.  The music starts at 9.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Derek Bailey & Company: Simon H Fell / Mark Wastell / Will Gaines! Georg Graewe & Mark Sanders! Phil Minton & Roger Turner! ZION80! Ben Goldberg & Michael Coleman Do Steve Lacy’s ‘Hocus Pocus’! Rarities from Shiiin: Elaine Radigue! Charlemagne Palestine! Luc Ferrari & Brunhild! Otomo Yoshihide & Xavier Charles! Jackie-O MF!

Plus Historic Discs: The Residents! Harold McNair with Ornette Coleman’s Rhythm Team! Masahiko Togashi Quartet! Bob Marley! Restocked Rarities from Evan Parker! Agusti Fernandez! Alvin Curran! Willem Breuker! Wadada Leo Smith & John Coxon! Vinyl from Derek Bailey! International Artists Psych Compilation! Sun Records Collection! And Much More!



Sunday, March 18th:
6pm: NICK FRASER and INGRID LAUBROCK – Drums and Tenor and/or Soprano Saxes
7pm: NICOLA HEIN and CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Guitar and Alto Sax

Sunday, March 25th, 2018:
8pm: DENNIS REA – Solo Electric Guitar

Sunday, April 1st, 2018 / April Fool’s Day / Easter Sunday!
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN Birthday Celebration
7pm: JACK WRIGHT and ZACH DARRUP – Alto Sax and Guitar

Sunday, April 8th: CP Birthday 65 Celebration Gig: The Beyond Group:
6pm: CHERYL PYLE / MICHAEL EATON / CLAIRE de BRUNNER – Flutes / Soprano Sax / Bassoon

Sunday, April 15th, 2018:
6pm: AARON SHRAGGE / ELI ASHER – Trumpet Duo
7pm: NICOLA HEIN / MIA ZABELKA Special Guest

Sunday, April 22nd:
6pm: NOAH BECKER & COLIN HINTON – Alto sax and Drums

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

Chicago Scene: March 18-24, 2018

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This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, March 18th 2018

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Fred Anderson Legacy Band, Encore Performance : Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Avreeayl Ra, Ari Brown

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Winston Choi, Katie Schoepflin, Chris Wild — music by Georges Aperghis, Franck Bedrossian, Marta Gentilluci, Kaija Saariaho, Jason Eckardt, Enno Poppe, Winston Choi

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Tashi Dorji, Tyler Damon, special guest Liberty
Natural Information Society
Frank Meadows

Monday, March 19th 2018

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Kris Davis Solo

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, March 20th 2018

7:30PM at the Old Town School, 4544 N Lincoln, 773.728.6000 ($38) (wheelchair-accessible)
David Hidalgo, Marc Ribot

8:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393 ($15)
The Thing : Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, PNL

Wednesday, March 21st 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($18-$15)
The Thing : MG IHF PNL

Thursday, March 22nd 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Exposure Series 2018
Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Steve Hunt
Steve Baczkowski, Ben LaMar Gay, Jason Adasiewicz, Anton Hatwich, Phil Sudderberg

Friday, March 23rd 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Bowlcut : Jake Wark, Matt Murphy, Bill Harris
Tim Daisy, Josh Berman

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Exposure Series 2018
Michael Foster, Katie Young, Michael Zerang
Jason Stein, Tashi Dorji, Joshua Abrams, Mikel Patrick Avery

Saturday, March 24th 2018

6:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 (Free)
Exposure Series 2018 : “Comparing Notes”, Panel Discussion
Steve Baczkowski, Tashi Dorji, Michael Foster, Molly Jones, Brandon Lopez, Luke Stewart

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Exposure Series 2018
Molly Jones, Gerrit Hatcher, Katie Ernst, Charles Rumback
Ed Wilkerson, Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Luke Stewart, Avreeayl Ra

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Frederic Rzewski at the Miller Theatre, April 19

Source: Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Frederic Rzewski
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8pm
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Though American composer Frederic Rzewski is best known for his powerfully moving scores responding to social and political uprisings around the world, one of his earliest pieces was of a more familiar variety—a string quartet, composed when he was just 17 years old. Now approaching 80, Rzewski is still composing. For his second appearance on the Composer Portraits series, Miller highlights this very early work, followed by the world premiere of Rzewski’s latest string quartet, co-commissioned for the occasion.

Frederic Rzewski composer
Del Sol String Quartet

Words for string quartet (2018) world premiere, Miller Theatre and Del Sol Performing Arts co-commission
String Quartet (1955)

AngelicA 28 Festival Internazionale di Musica


The Angelica Festival is celebrating its 28th year with AngelicA 28 Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna, Modena (Italy)

May 3>5 + 9 + 13 + 16>19 + 24>27 2018


The festival lineup currently includes:
Skadedyr CULTUREN ,
Alvin Curran A BANDA LARGA sinfonia di strada,
Dharma, HIS HUBRIS, SA ,
TRIO Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin & John Butcher,
Gavin Bryars Italian Ensemble & Ensemble Korymbos STRINGS, GUITARS & VOICES,
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna,
Piccolo Coro Angelico,
Mike Patton FORGOTTEN SONGS (Mike Patton, Uri Caine),
Anthony Braxton & Jacqueline Kerrod, …

For more information visit: AngelicA

San Francisco Scene: March 16-23, 2018

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Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, March 16

Fri 3/16 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Free As AIR: Celebrating 30 Years of Asian Improv aRts

Fri 3/16 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Holes in the Floor
Cello quartet Holes in the Floor present a program of works including West Coast Premieres by Jeremy Crosmer and Bosba Panh, along with works by Alexandre Tansman and Laszlo Varga’s arrangement of the Ciaccona from J. S. Bach’s Violin Partita. No. 2.

Fri 3/16 8:00 PM Community Music Center [544 Capp Street San Francisco]
Jeff Denson leads on double and electric basses with vocals, accompanied by Lyle Link on tenor and soprano saxes, Dahveed Behrhoozi on piano, and Alan Hall, drumset.

Saturday, March 17

Sat 3/17 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Theresa Wong
Julia Reidy
Judith Hamann

Sunday, March 18

Sun 3/18 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
7:30pm Bleeding Vector
Lorin Benedict – voice, Eric Vogler – guitar
8:30pm Pek/Dunkelman/Romus
Jakob Pek – guitar, preparations, percussion
Nava Dunkelman – percussion
Rent Romus – saxophones More…

Sun 3/18 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)
The monthly series of improvisation research at Temescal Arts Center continues. Bring your instrument or come to listen. No advance notice needed — just show up. Small groups will be randomly assembled from submitted names immediately before each group plays. We try to keep transition time between groups at a minimum. Over by 10pm. It’s free. If you want to contribute, bring snacks and drinks.

Sun 3/18 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Karl Evangelista: Exploring the Filipino-American Avant-Garde
Filipino-American guitarist Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song. Joined by an all-star grouping of Bay Area experimentalists, Evangelista explores a spectrum of folk melodies and brand new compositions, venturing into the meeting point between ecstatic song and the dark outer reaches of noise, psychedelia, and free jazz.
Featuring Kasey Knudsen (alto sax), Crystal Pascucci (cello), Rei Scampavia (keys), and Robert Lopez (Drums) More…

Monday, March 19

Mon 3/19 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Fluke-Mogul/Heule/Nucci/Robinson

Tuesday, March 20

Tue 3/20 4:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Tracking Series #1: Going Public
Join your fellow community members for the first event in the Tracking Series, a new series of events meant to catalyze and build a community of new music researchers to demonstrably improve gender and racial equity within the field of new music.

Tue 3/20 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
The Third Ear: Doug Lynner, Shiro Fujioka, Peter Grenader, all on modular synthesizers. Three master analog synthesists together for the first time.

Wednesday, March 21

Wed 3/21 7:45 PM Peacock Lounge [552 Haight St SF]
Relay for Death, Jim Haynes, AEMAE, The Third Ear

Thursday, March 22

Thu 3/22 7:00 PM Montalvo Arts Center [15400 Montalvo Road Saratoga, CA]
The Living Earth Show

Thu 3/22 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 PM Collette McCaslin
Collette McCaslin – percussion, trumpet, soprano saxophone
9:00 PM L.J. Altvater
looped cassette tapes (physically cut and spliced) run through guitar effects pedals

Friday, March 23

Fri 3/23 5:30 PM Z Space [450 Florida St SF]
SFCMP in Concert: A 4-Concert Weekend
Celebrating Pauline OLIVEROS and Steven SCHICK
Join us for a weekend of artistry and creativity at our “at the CROSSROADS Series” where we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Pauline Oliveros’ birth as well as Steven Schick‘s final season as SFCMP’s Artistic Director.
The weekend’s events include four concerts, composer talks, a solo-percussion concert by Steven Schick, and a celebratory reception and toast to honor maestro Schick’s seven years of dedication to SFCMP.

Works by
Galina Ustvolskaya
Xavier Beteta
Carolyn Chen
Luciano Berio
Pauline Oliveros
3 Winners of SF Search Under-30 Call for Scores: Danny Clay, John Ivers, Nathan Chamberlain
Morton Feldman
Composer Talk with Carolyn Chen
SPECIAL EVENTS: Reception and toast for Steven Schick followed by Steven Schick solo-percussion concert performing works of Iannis XENAKIS, Kurt SCHWITTERS, and Celeste ORAM

Fri 3/23 7:00 PM Sound & Savor [24th and Adeline in West Oakland. Exact locale given to those who sign up.]
Duck Baker solo guitar and 4 course gourmet vegan menu.