Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

Dave Rempis and Frank Roasly – Cyrillic (482 Music, 2010)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Forty Fort (Hot Cup, 2010)

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Performances Reviews

The Avant Garde Alive and Kicking with Callithumpians

From The Boston Musical Intelligencer:

The Callithumpian Consort, under the skillful direction of pianist and conductor Stephen Drury, presented a concert entitled, “Hot Butterknife Knight” to a young and packed audience in the Gardner Museum’s series, “Avant Gardner,” on Thursday, January 21. The concert title itself has no particular meaning that I could determine, but rather seems to be a handle to signify the collaboration of three young composers, Lei Liang, Adam Roberts, and Nicholas Vines, all of whom have recent Ph.D. degrees in composition from Harvard University. Indeed the second work on the program, “Triplex mobilis” (2009) was written by all three at the suggestion of Drury, and first performed on this occasion. 

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Myra Melford Interview

From At Length:

Myra Melford is one of the most exciting musicians working in any genre, and though she’s most frequently associated with the more avant garde circles of jazz, sometimes it seems as if she’s working in every genre. Drawing from influences as diverse as the blues of her native Chicago and the North Indian harmonium music she studied as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000, her music defies even the bravest attempts at categorization.

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Modern Classical at the University of Arkansas

From the University of Arkansas:

The Fulbright College department of music will feature guest trombonist Dirk Amrein in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 14, in the newly renovated Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. He will be accompanied on piano by Jürg Henneberger in a recital featuring works by John Cage, Merrill Clark, Jürg Wyttenbach, Heinz Holliger and Helena Winkelman.

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New on Tzadik

Tzadik’s July releases are out:

Cyro Baptista‘s Banquet of the Spirits – Infinito
John Zorn – O’o
Koby Israelite – Is He Listening?
Rashanim – The Gathering

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General Site News

Donation to David S. Ware

As promised, I’ve donated our advertising proceeds for the last 3 months to Aum Fidelity for their David S. Ware fund. Here’s to hoping David has a speedy recovery from his kidney transplant.

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Full Blast (Brotzmann / Pliakas / Wertmuller) – Black Hole
Birgit Ulher / Heiner Metzger – Blinzeln
Elliott Sharp / Bernhard Lang – War Zones
Luc Ferrari – Archives Genetiquement Modifiees/Societe II
Loren Connors & Jim O’Rourke – Two Nice Catholic Boys
Who Trio – Less is More
Tim Hecker – An Imaginary Country
Powertrio – What We Think When We Walk and What We Walk While Thinking

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Cyro Baptista Brings His Spellbinding Rhythms and Infectious Dance Music to Bergen Community College

Cyro Baptista appears in New Jersey later this month.

World-class percussionist Cyro Baptista and Beat The Donkey, a highly creative ensemble that blends instrumentation and dance from countries throughout the world, will perform at Bergen Community College on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $22 for students and senior citizens (65).

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Univers Zero News

From Univers Zero:

Andy Kirk is back and Univers Zéro will be performing as a two-keyboard band from now on. We are planning to start to record our new CD, Clivages, in May.

March 2009 Concert Dates (some to be confirmed, yet)
Würzburg / Germany (CAFE CAIRO) March 17th
Linz/ Austria (POSTHOF) March 19th
Praha/ Czec Republic (PALAC AKROPOLIS) March 20 th Tickets:
Dresden/ Germany (JAZZWELTEN) March 21th
Wroclaw/ Poland March 22, Gothic Hall – 1 Purkyniego Street in Wroclaw. (4th Energy and Sound festival, 21-25 March)

April 2009 Univers Zéro in Mexico
Puebla Baroque Fringe Festival the 18 in Puebla (outdoors)
Teatro de la Ciudad Mexico City the 19
Ecatepec (festival) 24

June –
Les Tritonales, Le Triton, les Lilas, France
12 and 13 June, 2009
11 bis, rue du Coq Français – 93260 LES LILAS (Métro Mairie des Lilas)
tél : 01 49 72 83 13 – fax : 01 49 72 83 11 – email :

Univers Zéro will also be playing at RIO Festival 2009, September 20
We are planning to play with Present at the end of the festival as a single band.
We hope it works out!

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Empyrean Ensemble

My alma mater, UC Davis, is home to the Empyrean Ensemble a modern classical group. Their current schedule is below.

Americana: American Themes in Music and Film
7 pm, Sunday, 25 January 2009
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
6 pm pre-concert talk: “Demystifying the Music”

7:30 pm, Wednesday, 28 January 2009
California State University, Fresno
Pablo Ortiz: New Work (with early American silent film) for violin, viola, cello,
flute, clarinet, piano and percussion (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Benjamin Boone: New Work WORLD PREMIERE
Robin Estrada: DASAL for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano (2008) WORLD PREMIERE*
Derek Keller: New Work for cello, piano and percussion (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Aaron Travers: TRIO for clarinet, piano and percussion (2007) WORLD PREMIERE
Charles Ives: Largo for clarinet, violin and piano (1934)
Ortiz (arr.): Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

Hot Off the Press: All New Works by American Composers
7 pm, Sunday, 15 March 2009
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
6 pm pre-concert talk: “Demystifying the Music”
Mario Davidovsky: Piano Septet for violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, clarinet and piano (2007) WORLD PREMIERE
Sara Doncaster: Piano Trio (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Petros Ovsepyan: Deserts for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano (2009) WORLD PREMIERE
Ed Martin: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Mika Pelo: New Work for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano (2009) WORLD PREMIERE

New Music from Davis: All New Works by UC Davis Graduate Composers
7 pm, Monday, 1 June 2009
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
6 pm pre-concert talk: “Demystifying the Music”
Hendel Almetus, An Tan, Ching-Yi Wang
Ben Irwin, Sue-Hye Kim, Garrett Shatzer
Davide Verotta

Special Free Noon Concert: Empyrean Members Join UC Davis Student Performers
12:05 pm, Thursday, 30 April 2009
Room 115, Music Building, UC Davis
Empyrean members join UC Davis students to perform 20th- and 21st-century music, including a new work by Ross Bauer and two new student compositions.

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