Upcoming Nate Wooley Performances

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November 14
Annea Lockwood Composer Portrait
Miller Theater
This is a long overdue overview of the great Annea Lockwood’s work at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. I will be performing Becoming Air, a piece that she and I collaborated on that was premiered at 2018’s FOR/WITH FESTIVAL. Yarn/Wire will host the proceedings and will premiere a work that they have made with Annea as well. If you haven’t seen her work live, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

November 15-16
Issue Project Room
The third iteration of the FOR/WITH FESTIVAL and, luckily for me, the third hosted by the wonderful folks at Issue Project Room. I will premiere Sarah Hennies’s Monologue and Eva Maria Houben’s chanting ballads for solo trumpet as well as a new work by Ryoko Akama for ensemble commissioned to commemorate the founder of IPR, Suzanne Fiol. Solo and ensemble works by Katherine Young, Eva Maria Houben, and Sarah Hennies will also be performed and will feature Weston Olencki, Mariel Roberts, Lea Bertucci, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Russell Greenberg, and Sara Schoenbeck!

November 23
Blank Forms St. Peter’s Church Chelsea
After a long hiatus, Seven Storey Mountain is back. This is the penultimate part of the song cycle, now over a decade in the making. Since SSM2, all of the premieres have been supported by Lawrence Kumpf and so I’m pleased to have Blank Forms supporting this, the largest SSM to date, performed by a 32 person ensemble featuring superduperstars like C. Spencer Yeh, Chris Corsano, Samara Lubelski, Ben Hall, Ryan Sawyer, Susan Alcorn, Ava Mendoza, Emily Manzo, Julien Desprez, Isabelle O’Connell, and a choir directed by Megan Schubert and featuring (takes a deep breath) Melissa Hughes, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Charlotte Mundy, Bridget Hogan, Daisy Press, Anaïs Maveiel, Christina Kay, Shannyn Rinker, Aubrey Johnson, Gelsey Bell, Yoon Sun Choi, Lisa Karrer, Dafna Naphtali, Amirtha Kidambi, Jasmine Wilson, Samita Sinha, Ariadne Greif, Nina Mutlu, and Erica Koehring!

Coming to Roulette

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Tuesday, November 5. 8pm.
Astro-Electronics: Tania Caroline Chen & Ikue Mori with guest Jim Staley
Tania Caroline Chen and Ikue Mori unite for the first time, evoking a dream-like sensation through experimentation with acoustic and electronic layers of sound, with trombonist Jim Staley.

Wednesday, November 6. 8pm.
Joel Harrison Quintet Featuring Sarodist Anupam Shobhakar with Talujon Percussion Quartet: Still Point
Joel Harrison and Anupam Shobhakar fuse jazz music and Indian ragas, exploring the unorthodox connection between the two artists through improvisation.

Tuesday, November 12. 8pm.
Neil Rolnick: Journey’s End
Roulette welcomes electronic and computer music pioneer Neil Rolnick as he presents an evening of deeply personal new work reflecting on the final days of his late wife.

AMN Reviews: Benoit Cancoin – Orbital Solo [Blumlein]; Birgit Ulher & Benoit Cancoin – Electric Green [Blumlein]

The primary focus of French double bassist Benoit Cancoin’s music is on the changeable qualities of sound as such. As with his previous solo work and his work with the extraordinary, free improvisational string quartet Quatuor BRAC, his two most recent recordings, one a solo and the other a duet with trumpeter Birgit Ulher, find him deeply immersed in the double bass’s palette of sounds.

In Orbital Solo Cancoin’s concentration is on transformations of sonority rather than changes of pitch. The latter he often holds constant or very nearly so, as when he brings out the subtle differences between the same note as played on different strings and different positions, or as played plucked, tapped and bowed. He’s especially adept at highlighting the different sets of overtones obtainable from the same note when one changes the position and weight of the bow as when, for example, he takes the open D string as an anchor and uses variations in bowing to coax a rich range of harmonics from it.

Orbital Solo is one long, unbroken performance in which the double bass is played organically–without amplification or augmentation by electronics or foreign objects. The title is a reference to Cancoin’s having rotated the instrument around the axis of its endpin while playing, in order to foreground the spatial aspects of the sound.

On Electric Green Cancoin partners with Birgit Ulher, another musician known for exploring the less ordinary side of her instrument’s sound capabilities. The album is marked by an understated, dynamically subtle expressionism communicated through an extended vocabulary of creaks, chattering, squeals, whooshes, and gurgles.


Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 


Momenta Festival V opens with a celebration of Momenta’s 15th anniversary with selected milestones from their unique and eclectic personal repertoire along with world premieres by Matthew Greenbaum and the Chamber Music America commission of Alvin Singleton. The Momenta Quartet is joined by baritone Brad Walker.
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Concrète Jungle is a work of sound art performed live by composer Dan Siegler and special guests. The piece is inspired by and takes its title from musique concrète, an electroacoustic genre in which readymade sounds are employed in place of instrumentation. Featuring hundreds of intricately edited New York voices, Concrète Jungle highlights borough-specific accents, linguistic filler, and word repetitions to form assembled sentences and musical grooves.
Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
$15 suggested donation
The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

Featuring the world premiere of Christopher Stark’s Seasonal Music, American Voices highlights music all written in the past 15 years.
Friday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Soundlines: A Dreaming Track is George Lewis’s musical interpretation of percussionist and composer Steven Schick’s journal documenting his 700-mile walk from the US-Mexico border to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Directed by Jim Findlay, Schick performs as speaker and percussionist, joined by a chamber ensemble featuring eight musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and electronics.
Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35-$45
NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY

R. Andrew Lee will perform the latest music of composer Michael Vincent Waller, in celebration of the October release of Moments via Unseen Worlds.
Friday, October 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

For the first time, New York City is hosting a festival celebrating the music of Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952). This is the second concert in a series of events stretching over three months, and will present intimate settings of the poetry of Mörike & Rückert; the piano trio Strange Scene II, which was meant as an homage to Robert Schumann; as well as the US premiere of ET LUX, a “requiem” for vocal quartet and string quartet.
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$25
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the completion of Charles Ives’ ground-breaking “Concord” Sonata, pianist Jason Hardink will perform the work on Ives’ birthday along with selections of his Studies and the world premiere of Jason Eckardt’s a melody which the air had strained, a piece which combines original music with reimagined passages from the Sonata, commissioned expressly to commemorate its centennial. The concert also features flutist Claire Chase.
Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

PIANO+ #17
New solo, duo, and ensemble works by Germaine Sijstermans, Vladan Kulišić, Grzegorz Marciniak, Assaf Gidron, and Teodora Stepančić for clarinet, sine tones, keyboards, and piano, featuring Douglas Farrand on trumpet and melodica.
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Gapplegate Music Reviews

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Michael Byron, Bridges of Pearl and Dust, Specially Priced EP

New Jewish Music, Vol. 2, Murphy-Dorman-Glick

Istvan Anhalt, The Timber of Those Times, Ajtony Csaba, SALT Festival Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony

Munir N. Beken, A Turk in America, ISSA Sonus Ensemble

John A. Carollo, Symphony No. 3, London Symphony Orchestra, Miran Vaupotic