Ojai Music Festival

This fest takes place next month outside of Los Angeles, and features, among many others, The Eighth Blackbird and Tin Hat. Some scheduled performances are below.


PART I – 4:00 pm
Steve Reich: Double Sextet
Stravinsky: Songs
Lee Hyla: We Speak Etruscan
Victor Ekimovskij: Kites Flying
Taverner: In Nomine
Pete Rose: Tall P

PART II – 5:30pm
Stephen Hartke: Meanwhile
Steven Mackey: Heavy Light
Lisa Bielawa: Kafka Songs
John Cage: Construction No. 3

PART III – 7:00pm
David Rakowski: Selected Piano Etudes
Hartke: Oh Them Rats is Mean in My Kitchen
Nathan Davis/Trimpin: Sounder
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union

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Performances Reviews

A new music festival brings what Boston isn’t hearing

The Boston new music scene is profiled.

But there is a lot more new music under the sun – including an entire world of viscerally charged contemporary concert works that draw inspiration from improvised traditions, minimalism, popular or folk music. This other music doesn’t have a single name, but it’s clear that it’s not thriving here. Performances of works by Steve Reich, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Magnes Lindberg – hugely prominent composers with international reputations – still take on the whiff of forbidden fruit. Osvaldo Golijov, a Boston-based composer whose music taps into world-music genres from tango to klezmer, has a far bigger profile nationally than he does in his own hometown. A minimalist landmark like Terry Riley‘s “In C” draws a crowd barely larger than the group of performers on stage. I have heard exactly one work by John Zorn performed here in almost three years. And if you want to hear anything by the legions of younger composers and performers inspired by the various downtown traditions, the pickings are extremely slim.

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Music on Main Tonight in Vancouver

Music on Main is a small festival taking place this week in Vancouver. Its focus this evening is the works of Louis Andriessen.

Music on Main presents: Turning Point Ensemble | Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Andriessen’s exploration of physical matter in Zilver (“Silver”) is heard alongside the remarkable music of Claude Vivier, whose inventive orchestrations and personal style inspired Andriessen, and a piece by Andriessen’s earliest influence, his father… read more

Music on Main presents: Louis Andriessen, piano | Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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From the Montreaux Jazz Festival to La Scala, Amsterdam’s Bimhuis to New York’s Carnegie Hall, Cristina Zavalloni is one of the most sought-after and diverse vocalists in the world. Louis Andriessen has written numerous pieces for her, including… read more

Music on Main presents: One Night Stand, Louis Andriessen | Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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Music on Main’s One Night Stands are like one night mini-festivals featuring the music of one composer. With short concerts on the hour and a bar open between sets, it’s a fun way to hear some new music, have a few drinks… read more

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Nathan Davis & Cristina Valdes in Seattle

From Wayward Music:

8:00 PM; $5 – $15 sliding scale donation at the door.

Nathan Davis and Cristina Valdes – music for percussion, piano, and electronics

Critically acclaimed composer and percussionist Nathan Davis makes music inspired by natural processes, acoustic phenomena, and the abstraction of simple stories. Tonight he plays his solos for triangles, river stones, and amplified laptop – probed with microphones and exaggerated with live electronic processing. Pianist Cristina Valdes (Seattle) performs the world premiere of CuoRE, a solo piano piece written for her by Seattle composer Donald Stewart. Together they play duos including the US premiere Orlando Garcia’s September 2007 (Remembering Morty), a memorial to Morton Feldman.

Nathan Davis (NYC) makes music as a composer and percussionist. He has received commissions from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Meehan/Perkins Duo, Ethos Percussion Group, the Jerome Foundation, Concert Artists Guild, and received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the Look and Listen Festival, and the ISCM. His music has been performed in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Europe, Finland, and China, in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Roulette, The Stone, LPR, and many others. Several of his electroacoustic percussion pieces are available on a solo cd, Memory Spaces, and his acoustic music is published by Frog Peak. As a percussionist, Nathan is a member of ICE and plays original and commissioned works with cellist Ha-Yang Kim in the duo Odd Appetite, touring as far as Russia, Bali, and Turkey, and appearing closer to home as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and at the Bang on a Can Marathon. He has worked with Evan Ziporyn, Lee Hyla, Louis Andriessen, and Christian Wolff, premiering their music, and has recorded for Tzadik, New Albion, Bridge, Cold Blue records.

Cristina Valdes has performed across four continents and in a multitude of venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. As an advocate of new music she has collaborated with and premiered the works of countless composers. Her festival performances include the Singapore Arts Festival, the Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva in Mexico City, the New Music in Miami Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador among others. She has also performed with the Bang on a Can “All Stars”, Musicians Accord and the Parsons Dance Company. Cristina holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and SUNY at Stony Brook, and is the recipient of an Arts International Grant, the Thayer Award for the Arts, and an Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music grant.

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