Ben Patterson: Methods and Processes – Tonight in Philadelphia


DECEMBER 14, 2018

4014 Walnut St Philadelphia PA 19104

Bowerbird and the Arcana New Music Ensemble are excited to present the music of Ben Patterson (1934-2016), an important and under-recognized leader of the early Fluxus movement, an international, interdisciplinary community of experimental artists that began in the early 1960s. The program represents Patterson’s wide range of compositional strategies. For example – Paper Piece (for 1 to 5 performers) is a text score that invites musicians to – “shake, break, tear, crumple” – paper in an improvisatory exploration of its sonic properties. String Music on the other hand is a graphic score with detailed performance instructions and intricate notation more reminiscent of Stockhausen’s Kontakte.

Upcoming Events for the International Contemporary Ensemble

Source: International Contemporary Ensemble.

Sunday, December 16, 2018
3:00 PM
Areté Gallery

Sat, Jan 12, 2019 5:00 PM Sun, Jan 13, 2019 4:00 PM
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 8:00 PM Thu, Jan 17, 2019 10:00 PM
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour Announced

Source: Jethro Tull.

16th January 2019 Kiev International Centre of Culture and Arts Ukraine
18th January 2019 Bratislava Hant Arena Slovakia
19th January 2019 Budapest Congress Hall Hungary
28th February 2019 Randers Store Sal, Vaerket, Denmark
1st March 2019 Esbjerg Koncertsalen, Musikhuset Denmark
9th March 2019 Atlantic City Ocean Resort Casino United States
11th March 2019 Oxon Hill The Theater at MGM National Harbor United States
12th March 2019 Morristown Mayo Performing Arts Center United States
22nd March 2019 Ostrava Gong Czech Republic
23rd March 2019 Brno BVV – hall G1 Czech Republic
24th March 2019 Prague Kongresove Centrum Czech Republic
28th March 2019 Torino Teatro Colosseo Italy
29th March 2019 Brescia Dis_Play Italy
30th March 2019 Bologna Teatro Europauditorium Italy
1st April 2019 Trieste Politeama Rossetti Italy
10th April 2019 Lingen EmslandArena Germany
11th April 2019 Bremen Metropol Theater Germany
12th April 2019 Flensburg Deutsches Haus Germany
5th July 2019 Indio Fantasy Springs Resort Casino United States
6th July 2019 Irvine FivePoint Amphitheatre United States
7th July 2019 San Diego San Diego Civic Theatre United States
19th July 2019 Kulmbach Plassenburg Germany
2nd August 2019 Calw Kloster Hirsau Germany
3rd August 2019 Hanau Amphitheater Germany
17th August 2019 Bonn Open Air Kunst! Rasen Germany
11th September 2019 Medford Chevalier Theatre United States
14th September 2019 Queens Forest Hills Pavilion United States
15th September 2019 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields at Carnegie Hall Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer-prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields returned to New York City and a full house on December 1st, 2018 for its Carnegie Hall debut. Since premiering in 2014, the work’s revelation of Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region culture found an unexpected resonance both in the United States and abroad, and Wolfe has come to anticipate the stories and familial connections that each performance generates. The 9 PM Late Nights at Zankel Hall crowd proved eager to hear the acclaimed piece in its updated multimedia presentation, and in return, Carnegie offered the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Choir of Trinity Wall Street directed by Julian Wachner.

Latitudes 3 in San Francisco, December 20

Source: Other Minds.

Chuck Johnson & Leila Abdul-Rauf
December 20, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Center for New Music

Pedal steel guitar player Chuck Johnson’s western-tinged ambient works drawl out slow and stately, like disappearing shadows on the desert floor while the sun rises overhead. Again the light changes with trumpet player and vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf whose blurred melancholic songs obscure the day’s memories in a mesmeric haze.

Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, minimalism and soundtrack composition. Recordings of his work have been published by VDSQ, Trouble in Mind, Scissor Tail, Merge, and Three Lobed, among others.

He has toured internationally and performed at the Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC), Debacle Fest (Seattle), the Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Siren Fest (New York), BENT (New York) and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Johnson’s credits as a film composer include scores for the HBO documentary Private Violence and the popular PBS show A Chef’s Life. In 2009 he received an MFA in Electronic Music and Intermedia Art from Mills College.

Leila Abdul-Rauf is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Oakland. A co-founder of extreme metal bands Vastum, Saros, and electronic/ambient trio Ionophore, she is also currently a member of Hammers of Misfortune and Cardinal Wyrm. As an ambient solo artist, Leila has released 3 albums under her name, and has collaborated with countless others.

Combining electronics, acoustic instruments, voice and field recordings, Leila creates an overall atmosphere of introspection, accessing what is often unconscious and obscured by the human condition: songs are not so much composed as captured from dreams. Evoking haunting and desolate places, a private world is exposed, where time and space are distilled down to what remain of distant memories and hidden emotions, melded into a symphony of ethereal melancholy.

Leila will be joined by long-time collaborators, Nathan A. Verrill and Ryan Honaker, who will be accompanying her set with multiple instruments, live sound captures, and visual projections designed by Verrill. Selections will draw mostly from her recent album Diminution, that was released earlier in 2018, and will also include earlier works embedded within improvisational pieces.

Fresh Sound Music 2019 Schedule

Source: Fresh Sound Music.

White Box Live Arts
2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205 (on the corner of Truxtun Rd and Roosevelt Road)
San Diego, CA 92106

All concerts will be held at 7:30 pm
Tickets at the door – $20.00 and $10.00 for students

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30 PM
Stephanie Richards: Take the Neon Lights

After her “spellbinding” (NPR) debut record, new music trumpeter Stephanie Richards follows up with a premiere of works from her latest project. Using New York City as a backdrop, Richards selected poems from icons including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Allen Ginsberg to name a few, and has crafted music for quartet that explores a spontaneous prose of grit and brilliance; the ugly beauty of the city. In conjunction with The San Diego Symphony’s fourth annual January Festival, this year entitled Hearing the Future. The concert will feature Joshua White, piano; Brian Walsh, bass clarinet; Andrew Munsey, drums; and bass, Mark Dresser.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:30 PM
Stephan Crump, Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox – 3 guitars

Stephan Crump brought together Rosetta Trio for the first time in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That “engaging and sublime meeting” (Signal to Noise) of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox, produced Rosetta, which was greeted with enthusiasm and inclusion on multiple top ten lists, and ecstatic reviews for its narrative depth and outstanding performances.

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 7:30 PM
Jennifer Curtis, violin

Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert at Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM
Scott Worthington, bass and electronics

Scott Worthington presents Ground Bass, featuring music for bass and electronics by Jenny Olivia Johnson, Julia Wolfe, Alexandra Gardner, and more. Since hearing a festival of computer music during college, Worthington has consistently performed, composed, and commissioned electro-acoustic music for his instrument.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:30 PM
Bill Solomon, percussion David Friend, piano

Bent Duo is an emerging NYC-based project investigating the limits of chamber music for piano and percussion and the exciting innovations that happen at the outer fringes of this repertoire. Founded in 2015, the duo has performed at a wide variety of venues and is equally committed to works that exploit the performers’ virtuosic instrumental technique as to those that are developing new performance techniques entirely

Seattle Scene: December 13-21, 2018

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.

Kasson Crooker + Dahliia
Thu. Dec. 13, 8 PM; $10 donation at the door

In Gishiki (ritual, ceremony), Kasson Crooker fuses vintage synths, field recordings, sound design and processed koto to create a lush, atmospheric electro-acoustic experience in 4-channel surround sound. Patchwerks owners Tom Butcher and Cindy Reichel collaborate as DAHLIIA: arpeggiated synth bleeps drenched, melodic drone tones in sound-on-sound sediment, and percussive “clicks and cuts”.

Luke Fitzpatrick & Laure Struber
Fri. Dec. 14, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Pianist Laure Struber and violinist Luke Fitzpatrick perform 20th and 21st century works that utilize Theme and Variations. Featured on the program is Tartiniana Seconda by Dallapicolla, Theme and Variations by Messiaen, Fratres by Pärt, Lachrymae by Britten and the Violin Sonata by Shostakovich. The concert will also have a newly arranged work by Marcin Paczkowski (Paganini Variations by Lutoslawski).

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Finnegans Wake, Part 1 Chapter 5
Sat. Dec. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

A Finnegans Wake Project continues with the premiere performance of Part I, Chapter 5, performed from memory, and with acute attention to musical detail. As usual, expect props, costume, sound and lighting design, with theatrical/liturgical movement. Chapter 5 has often been recommended as an excellent point of entry for Joyce’s mysterious and dream-like masterpiece.

Thu. 12/20 – Rahikka (Carston Rennekamp), electronic ambient/drone with colorfield projections

Fri. 12/21 – Electronic blankets for winter solstice, with AVOLA, Nordra, Marcus Price, Kevin Blanquies