Why Mary Halvorson Sounds Like No Other Guitarist 


English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: NPR.

When you see Mary Halvorson on stage, she doesn’t look like much of a trailblazer. She plays sitting down. She’s small, and mostly hidden behind her hollow-body guitar and glasses. But then she starts to play. And the sounds coming out of her amp are anything but conventional.

“I do like things that are unexpected,” Halvorson says. “I often don’t like music that’s predictable, so you know what’s coming next. I like to throw in things that maybe are a little less predictable.”

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AMN Reviews: Irene Kepl – Get Weaving! [Zeromoon zero173]


 

The open form composition—the composition that leaves significant aspects of its realization to the discretion of the performers—combines the immediacy and in-the-moment awareness of improvisation with the thought-out architecture associated with more conventional, premeditated writing. Get Weaving!, a work by Austrian violinist/composer Irene Kepl, is just such a composition, here performed by a quintet comprising the composer on violin, Ingrid Schmoliner on prepared piano, Petr Vrba on trumpet and speakers, Miroslav Toth on alto saxophone, and Heinz-Peter Linshalm on bass clarinet.

Kepl’s score addresses a limited but well-chosen set of parameters–instrumental groupings, foreground-background relationships, durations and timbral effects—and engages them in dynamic ways. Her compositional choices, along with her skill in conducting the ensemble through its 43-minute-long performance, produce a rewarding, profoundly textural experience consisting in a constantly changing panorama of densities and voicings, with a particular emphasis on contrasts of pure and aggregate colors.

Daniel Barbiero

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Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for December 2016


Tim Berne

Source: extended techniques.

THURSDAY, December 1
Improvised Music with Lukas Ligeti
8 PM Elliott Sharp & Lukas Ligeti Duo
9:15 PM Hypercolor: Eyal Maoz – Guitar; James Ilgenfritz – Bass; Lukas Ligeti – Drums
VENUE: The Firehouse Space
ADMISSION: $10

THURSDAY, December 1
8 PM Curated by Meredith Monk: Missy Mazzoli // GABI
Missy Mazzoli – compositions, piano, keyboards, electronics
Aaron Roche – guitar, voice
Ludovica Burtone – violin
GABI – voice
Greg Fox – drums
Rachel Garrard – video
VENUE: Roulette
TICKETS: $15- $25

THURSDAY, December 1
8 PM Thin Air by Paul Geluso & Lars Graugaard
VENUE: WhiteBox Sound Lab (329 Broome Street, New York)
Admission $10

December 1 – 29
L’Amour de Loin, an opera by Kaija Saariaho
VENUE: Metropolitan Opera
ADMISSION: $27-460

FRIDAY, December 2
10 pm Susie Ibarra (drums) Dave Douglas (trumpet) Marc Ribot (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

Tuesday, December 6
7:30 PM Ensemble Connect
Program:
Prokofiev, Overture on Hebrew Themes
Osvaldo Golijov, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Shostakovich, Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
VENUE: Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall)
ADMISSION: $33

TUESDAY, December 6
8 pm Ches Smith (drums) Fred Frith, Mary Halvorson (guitars)
10 pm Ches Smith (drums) Ikue Mori (laptop electronics) Fred Frith (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

WEDNESDAY, December 7
8 PM Gyan Riley (guitar) Fred Frith (guitar)
10 PM Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Fred Frith (guitar)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

WEDNESDAY, December 7
7:30PM and 9:30PM
Tim Berne – saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Dan Weiss – drums
VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $15/$10

FRIDAY, December 9
8 PM Laurie Anderson (keyboard, violin, voice) Fred Frith (guitar, objects)
10 PM Ava Mendoza, Fred Frith (guitars) Okkyung Lee (cello)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20 each set

FRIDAY, December 9
8 PM Yoshimio / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Trio
A first time meeting of a trio consisting of multi-instrumentalist Yoshimio (Boredoms / OOIOO), avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra, and modular synthesist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15- $25

FRIDAY, December 9
8 PM Musica Elettronica
Electronic music works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Petr Kotik, Michael J. Schumacher, and Laurie Spiegel
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2718483
VENUE: Paula Cooper Gallery
ADMISSION: $10-15

SATURDAY, December 10
8 pm Zeena Parkins (harp. el. harp) Fred Frith (piano, guitar)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

SUNDAY, December 11
9 PM Vicky Chow’s Album Release
https://nationalsawdust.org/event/classical-new-ansterdam-presents-vicky-chow/
VENUE: National Sawdust
ADMISSION: $20

WEDNESDAY, December 14
7:30pm and 9:30pm
Tim Berne – saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Dan Weiss – drums
VENUE: Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION: $15/$10

THURSDAY, December 15
8 pm John Zorn (sax) Ikue Mori (electronics) Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

THURSDAY, December 15
8 PM Ingrid Laubrock Septet: Serpentines Album Release
Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Glockenspiel
Peter Evans – Piccolo Trumpet, Trumpet
Miya Masaoka – Koto
Craig Taborn – Piano
Sam Pluta – Electronics
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $15- $25

SATURDAY, December 17
8 pm Erik Friedlander (cello) Pauchi Sasaki (violin) Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics)
10 pm Mark Feldman (violin) Michael Nicolas (cello) Mark Helias (bass) Trevor Dunn (bass)
VENUE: Stone
ADMISSION: $20 each set

SUNDAY, December 18
6 PM Viv Corringham / Mia Zabelka – Vocals / Violin
7 PM Emilie Lesbros – Solo Vocals
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery
ADMISSION: Free

TUESDAY, December 20
7 PM The Little Match Girl Passion
VENUE: The Met Breuer – Lobby
ADMISSION: $65

TUESDAY, December 20
7 PM Vijay Iyer + Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
VENUE: National Sawdust
ADMISSION: $35

WEDNESDAY, December 28 – FRIDAY, December 30
8 PM John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, December 30
9 PM and 10:30PM Tom Rainey Trio
Ingrid Laubrock – tenor, soprano saxophones
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Tom Rainey – percussion
VENUE: Cornelia street Cafe
ADMISSION: $15

SATURDAY, December 31
8PM Thurston Moore (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $30

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Igloo Magazine Reviews


Amiina-05

Source: Igloo Magazine.

Two on the Radar :: Amiina and Ryan Teague
meanwhile.in.texas :: Twin God Fragments (Orb Tapes)
Dean De Benedictis :: Salvaging The Present (Spotted Peccary Music)
Not just jazz :: Soulful rejuvenations
The Lure of the Synth :: Forma & Steve Hauschildt enchant with new albums on Kranky
Simfonica :: Song of the Volcanoes (Cathedral Transmissions)

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Renee Baker and Michael Vlatkovich in LA This Weekend


Source: Open Gate Theatre.

Sunday, December 4th, at 7:00 p.m.,
Sunday evening concerts
Open Gate Theatre and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
presents

The Decisive Instant- with Renee Baker
Reeds: David Adler, Alicia Byer, Ken Luey, Will Salmon, Richard Savery, Charles Sharp, and Alexander Vogel
Brass: Bruce Friedman, Omar Murillo, William Roper, Kris Tiner, and Dave Williams
String and keyboard section:Scott Dibble, Jonathan Grasse, Michael Alviderez, and Angelo Metz
Percussion: David Martinelli, Jonathan Saxon, and Tom Steck
Renee Baker conductor/composer

and the Michael Vlatkovich Quartet
Michael Vlatkovich – trombone
Bill Plake – saxophone
Anders Swanson – bass
Christopher Garcia- percussion

At
Center for the Arts,
Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
(one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.).
Admission is $10,
(students, seniors, and past series performers half price)
Free parking

Important, dynamic, and internationally renowned composer, conductor, and visual artist Renee Baker, veteran of Chicago’s penetratingly influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) and director of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, will make a rare visit to L.A. to guest-conduct the local creative music large ensemble the Decisive Instant, its directors being local notables reedman Charles Sharp and bassist Jeff Schwartz. Bringing her powerful and unique compositional sensibility and her original and expressive conducting method to direct the large group, an aggregation of willing participants ready to spontaneously respond with skill and spirit to her visionary direction, Baker will mine the Decisive Instant’s deep potential, channel its responsive and formidable talents, and present to the audience music rich in variety of texture, color, and content, and compelling in its intensity and immediacy. The ensemble itself consists of reed section David Adler, Alicia Byer, Ken Luey, Richard Savery, Charles Sharp, and Alexander Vogel; brass section Bruce Friedman, Omar Murillo, William Roper, Kris Tiner, and Dave Williams; string and keyboard section Scott Dibble, Jonathan Grasse, and Angelo Metz; and percussion section David Martinelli, Jonathan Saxon, and Tom Steck. This encounter promises to be momentous.

Opening the evening is one of this concerts series’ most venerable participants, trombonist and composer Michael Vlatkovich, bringing a group consisting of some of his most dedicatedly long-term accomplices—tenor and soprano saxophonist Bill Plake, bassist Anders Swanson, and drummer-percussionist Christopher Garcia—who will collectively, skillfully, and ardently breathe life into his undeniably distinctive, unpredictable, uncompromising, delightful, and engaging original music. Always a joy, Vlatkovich takes musical conventions and inventions, turns them on their heads and inside out, rediscovers layers of intriguing and surprising aspects they rarely reveal, and re-presents them in a fresh, vibrant, spontaneous, and timeless way. A must.

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Vital Weekly Reviews 1058


Source: Vital Weekly.

MASASHI TAKASHIMA/TOMOKO KAGEYAMA./TETSU NAGASAWA/TOSHIHIRO KOIKE – ASTROCYTE (CD by Ftarri) *
SUIDOBASHI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (CD by Ftarri) *
BRUSSEL – DELTA (CD by 33Revpermi) *
JEFFREY RODEN – THREADS OF A PRAYER VOLUME 2 (2CD by Solaire Records) *
JAMES O’CALLAGHAN – ES[ACES TAUTOLOGIQUES (CD by Empreintes Digitales) *
ANTOINE CHESSEX, APARTMENT HOUSE & JEROME NOETINGER (CD by Bocian Records) *
IDEA FIRE COMPANY – THE SYNTHETIC ELEMENTS (LP by Tastey) *
HEDDY BOUBAKER & ALEXANDRE KITTEL – MERCI MERCI (LP by Un Reve Nu)
DYANE DONCK – SOUNDS THAT SURROUND ME (LP, private)
DAVID MARANHA ENSEMBLE – SALT, ASHES, GOAT SKIN (LP by Roaratorio) *
TEXT-SOUND COMPOSITIONS 9 (compilation LP by Fylkingen Records)
TEXT-SOUND COMPOSITIONS 10 (compilation LP by Fylkingen Records)
TEXT-SOUND COMPOSITIONS 11 (compilation LP by Fylkingen Records)
E.M.I.R.S. – DOMUS (10″ by BK)
NOISESCULTPOR – SOLAP ARE (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
GHOST FLUTE & DICE – LIVE AT ECHOKAMMER (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
LE SCRAMBLED DEBUTANTE – THE EGG THAT MOVES ITSELF AND BRUNS! (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
PATRICK KAVANAGH – THE BEGINNING OF BEGINNINGS (CDR by Killer’s Car Records) *
ATTRITION – SECOND ONSLAUGHT (cassette by Maneki Neko Tapes)
SIGTRYGGUR BERG SIGMARSSON & BJ NILSEN – ABSTRACT ART AUTOMAT (cassette by Some)

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Mopomoso Three Days of Improvised Music in London


Steve Beresford

Source: Mopomoso Live Concert Series.

Dec 2 Friday (from 7.30 pm)
The Mopomoso workshop group
Sue Ferrar (violin) performing with film shot during her recent visit to the Discovery Hut Antarctica
Peter Marsh (bass), David Ross (electronics), Andrew Sharpley (electronics) trio
Sarah Gail Brand (trombone) Mark Sanders (drums) duo
Steve Beresford (piano) Satoko Fukuda (violin) duo
John Russell (guitar) / Stale Liavik Solberg (percussion) duo

Dec 3 (from 2 pm)
The Mopomoso workshop group
Paul Morris (The Gadget) solo
Bruno Guastalla (cello) Lawerence Casserley (electronics) duo
Sharon Gal (voice-electronics) solo
Daniel James Ross (electronics) Ian Simpson (guitar) duo
Alex Maguire (piano) Martin Speake (sax) duo
Luiz Moretto (violin) Marcio Mattos (cello) Isidora Edwards (cello) trio
KILT – Daniel Kordik (electronics) Ken Ikeda (electronics) Ed Lucas (trombone) trio
Illi Adato (electro acoustic rig) Guy Harries (flute and electronics) Dave Fowler (drums) trio
The Custodians – Adam Bohman (voice-electronics) Adrian Northover (sax) Sue Lynch (sax) trio
Alan Wilkinson (sax) solo
Dave Tucker (bass) Rachel Musson (sax) Claude Deppa (trumpet) Ravi Low-beer (drums) quartet
Kay Grant (voice) Alex Ward (clarinet) duo
Paul G Smyth (piano) solo
Phil Minton (voice) John Russell (guitar) duo

Dec 4 (from 2pm)
The Mopomoso workshop group
Sylvia Hallett (violin) Clive Bell (flute) duo
South Leicestershire Improvisors Ensemble – Lee Allatson (drums) Virginia Anderson (clarinets) Bruce Coates (saxophones) Christopher Hobbs (piano/whistles/small instruments) Rick Nance (flugel horn) Trevor Lines (bass) sextet
Edward Lucas (trombone) Daniel Thompson (guitar) Guillaume Viltard (bass) trio
Mark Browne (sax) solo
Ross Lambert (guitar) Ute Kanngiesser (cello) duo
Steve Noble (perc) Alex Ward (clarinet) duo
Adrian Northover (sax ) Tom Jackson (clarinet) JJ Duerinckx (sax) trio
Alison Blunt (violin) Hannah Marshall (cello) Trevor Watts (sax) trio
Eve Petermann (dance) John Russell (guitar) duo

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